Montecito Union

Summary:

Montecito Union is a highly-rated public elementary school in Santa Barbara, California, serving 353 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. It is part of the Santa Barbara Unified district, which is ranked 12th out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Montecito Union consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in California, with 87.44% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 90% proficient or better in Mathematics, far exceeding the state averages. However, the school has a relatively homogeneous student population, with a majority (69.97%) of students identifying as White and a lower percentage of Hispanic (13.03%) and Asian (0.85%) students compared to nearby schools like Peabody Charter, Harding University Partnership, and Santa Barbara Community Academy. Additionally, Montecito Union has a higher chronic absenteeism rate (17.3%) compared to the state average, which may be an area for improvement.

While Montecito Union's academic performance is exceptional, the school's lack of racial diversity and the increasing chronic absenteeism rate are areas that warrant further attention and improvement. The school's White students consistently rank among the top in the state, but the school's overall student population is not representative of the broader community. Addressing these issues could help Montecito Union continue to provide an excellent education for all students in the area.


Detail:

Public K-6

 385 San Ysidro Rd.
       Santa Barbara, CA  93108-2131


(805) 969-3249

District: Montecito Union Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
67th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $31,547 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  12.1 Help
Number of students:  353

Racial breakdown:

White:
70.0%
Two or more races:
15.9%
Hispanic:
13.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  5.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Montecito Union ranks better than 98.9% of elementary schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.34. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Montecito Union is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (70%), two or more races (15.9%), Hispanic (13%). (See more...)
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Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Montecito Union is 12.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Montecito Union is $31,547.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Montecito Union:

SchoolDigger ranks Montecito Union 67th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Montecito Union in the ranking list.)

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Montecito Union Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Montecito Union Elementary 12th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Montecito Union

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Rank History for all students at Montecito Union

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 98.00 80th 4809 98.3%
2005 96.73 124th 4822 97.4%
2006 95.93 163rd 4818 96.6%
2007 94.71 241st 5113 95.3%
2008 95.42 154th 5113 97.0%
2009 92.66 317th 5193 93.9%
2010 95.21 129th 5314 97.6%
2011 93.91 188th 5377 96.5%
2012 94.92 98th 5390 98.2%
2013 94.78 126th 5530 97.7%
2015 98.19 85th 5611 98.5%
2016 98.21 48th 5614 99.1%
2017 97.97 87th 5692 98.5%
2018 97.71 91st 5662 98.4%
2019 97.69 92nd 5789 98.4%
2021 97.92 37th 1417 97.4%
2022 98.88 31st 5883 99.5%
2023 98.34 67th 5874 98.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Montecito Union

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.98 36th 5413 99.3%
2019 97.37 60th 5492 98.9%
2021 96.68 40th 1267 96.8%
2022 98.56 25th 5635 99.6%
2023 98.04 56th 5617 99.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Montecito Union

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.09 183rd 5431 96.6%
2019 96.91 129th 5510 97.7%
2021 97.98 20th 1272 98.4%
2022 98.52 40th 5663 99.3%
2023 97.66 91st 5650 98.4%
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Rank History for White students at Montecito Union

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.06 31st 2737 98.9%
2019 90.80 78th 2834 97.2%
2022 95.20 7th 2726 99.7%
2023 94.39 12th 2662 99.5%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Montecito Union

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 285 2 14 31 0 n/a n/a 0 332
1989 340 2 11 22 1 n/a n/a 0 376
1990 367 5 8 27 0 n/a n/a 0 407
1991 327 4 9 22 1 n/a n/a 0 363
1992 363 4 4 29 0 n/a n/a 0 400
1993 384 4 8 27 1 n/a n/a 0 424
1994 369 1 12 36 2 n/a n/a 0 420
1995 453 2 5 37 0 n/a n/a 0 497
1996 453 2 5 37 0 n/a n/a 0 497
1997 452 1 18 39 0 n/a n/a 0 510
1998 466 0 14 42 0 n/a n/a 0 522
1999 471 0 10 33 0 n/a n/a 21 535
2000 447 1 8 31 0 n/a n/a 27 514
2001 450 3 7 28 0 n/a n/a 16 504
2002 405 5 6 26 0 n/a n/a 0 442
2003 405 5 6 26 0 n/a n/a 0 442
2004 369 3 7 22 0 n/a n/a 0 401
2005 364 5 11 26 0 n/a n/a 4 410
2006 395 5 10 31 0 n/a n/a 1 442
2007 358 3 9 33 1 n/a n/a 16 420
2008 341 3 14 39 1 n/a n/a 0 398
2009 332 2 12 32 2 4 15 0 399
2010 316 1 18 47 2 6 2 0 392
2011 2 0 0 2 0 0 408 0 412
2012 0 0 0 37 0 0 402 0 439
2013 392 4 9 38 4 0 24 0 471
2014 396 5 5 36 5 0 26 0 473
2015 368 4 4 36 4 0 32 0 448
2016 381 6 4 26 2 0 19 0 438
2017 356 4 4 26 1 0 22 0 413
2018 333 3 3 41 4 1 25 0 410
2019 314 2 3 42 5 0 28 0 394
2020 286 1 3 37 4 0 37 0 368
2021 271 2 3 44 4 0 50 0 374
2022 272 2 3 42 3 0 53 0 375
2023 247 1 3 46 0 0 56 0 353

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Montecito Union

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 332 17.0 19.5 n/a
1989 376 19.5 19.2 n/a
1990 407 22.5 18.0 n/a
1991 363 22.2 16.3 n/a
1992 400 22.6 17.6 4.8
1993 424 23.8 17.8 4.7
1994 420 23.9 17.6 5
1995 497 25.0 19.9 3.6
1996 497 25.0 19.9 3.6
1997 510 27.0 18.9 2.9
1998 522 29.0 18.0 2.5
1999 535 31.0 17.3 1.8
2000 514 29.0 17.7 2.1
2001 504 30.0 16.8 3.7
2002 442 31.6 14.0 2
2003 442 31.6 14.0 2
2004 401 31.0 12.9 2
2005 410 31.6 13.0 2
2006 442 32.8 13.5 2
2007 420 31.5 13.3 3.2
2008 398 35.0 11.4 3.5
2009 399 35.5 10.6 4.5
2010 392 34.5 11.3 4.6
2011 412 n/a n/a 7.5
2012 439 34.0 12.9 n/a
2013 471 27.0 17.4 3
2014 473 35.5 13.3 4.7
2015 448 26.0 17.2 4.2
2016 438 27.0 16.2 8
2017 413 37.0 11.1 7
2018 410 36.0 11.3 10.7
2019 394 32.5 12.1 14.5
2020 368 n/a n/a 11.1
2021 374 32.9 11.3 9.1
2022 375 30.1 12.4 5.1
2023 353 29.1 12.1 5.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Montecito Union

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 332 17.0 19.5 n/a
1989 376 19.5 19.2 n/a
1990 407 22.5 18.0 n/a
1991 363 22.2 16.3 n/a
1992 400 22.6 17.6 4.8
1993 424 23.8 17.8 4.7
1994 420 23.9 17.6 5
1995 497 25.0 19.9 3.6
1996 497 25.0 19.9 3.6
1997 510 27.0 18.9 2.9
1998 522 29.0 18.0 2.5
1999 535 31.0 17.3 1.8
2000 514 29.0 17.7 2.1
2001 504 30.0 16.8 3.7
2002 442 31.6 14.0 2
2003 442 31.6 14.0 2
2004 401 31.0 12.9 2
2005 410 31.6 13.0 2
2006 442 32.8 13.5 2
2007 420 31.5 13.3 3.2
2008 398 35.0 11.4 3.5
2009 399 35.5 10.6 4.5
2010 392 34.5 11.3 4.6
2011 412 n/a n/a 7.5
2012 439 34.0 12.9 n/a
2013 471 27.0 17.4 3
2014 473 35.5 13.3 4.7
2015 448 26.0 17.2 4.2
2016 438 27.0 16.2 8
2017 413 37.0 11.1 7
2018 410 36.0 11.3 10.7
2019 394 32.5 12.1 14.5
2020 368 n/a n/a 11.1
2021 374 32.9 11.3 9.1
2022 375 30.1 12.4 5.1
2023 353 29.1 12.1 5.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Montecito Union

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201282.0%15.0%0.0%3.0%83.0%85.0%85.0%85.0%82.0%
201382.0%14.0%1.0%3.0%85.0%82.0%85.0%85.0%85.0%
201471.0%27.0%0.0%2.0%71.0%71.0%71.0%71.0%71.0%
201579.0%21.0%0.0%0.0%79.0%79.0%79.0%79.0%79.0%
201684.0%11.0%0.0%5.0%87.0%85.0%89.0%89.0%89.0%
201782.0%0.0%0.0%18.0%97.0%87.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%
201889.0%0.0%5.0%5.0%91.0%89.0%95.0%91.0%93.0%
201988.0%8.0%4.0%92.0%96.0%96.0%90.0%94.0%
202090.9%4.6%4.6%90.9%
202196.2%1.9%0.0%96.2%96.2%96.2%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Montecito Union

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $31,547

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Montecito Union

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 92nd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 67th of 5874 Elementary schools
 0.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Montecito Union)83.974.5
 9.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Montecito Union Elementary)83.974.5
 9.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Montecito Union)83.981.8
 2.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Montecito Union Elementary)83.981.8
 2.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Montecito Union)91.292.6
 1.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Montecito Union Elementary)91.292.6
 1.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Montecito Union)9398
 5.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Montecito Union Elementary)9398
 5.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Montecito Union)89.193
 3.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Montecito Union Elementary)89.193
 3.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Montecito Union)77.887.5
 9.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Montecito Union Elementary)77.887.5
 9.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Montecito Union)69.176.7
 7.7%
   5th Grade Science (Montecito Union Elementary)69.176.7
 7.7%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Montecito Union)8789.1
 2.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Montecito Union Elementary)8789.1
 2.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Montecito Union)85.590.9
 5.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Montecito Union Elementary)85.590.9
 5.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students394353
 10.4%
African American21
 50%
American Indian50
 100%
Asian33
Hispanic4246
 9.5%
Pacific Islander00
White314247
 21.3%
Two or More Races2856
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients14.5%5.4%
 9.1%


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Students at Montecito Union are 70% White, 16% Two or more races, 13% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 353 students attended Montecito Union.


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