Pine Grove Elementary

Summary:

Pine Grove Elementary is a public elementary school located in Santa Maria, California, serving students from kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the Orcutt Union Elementary District. With a diverse student population of 510, the school consistently outperforms the district and state in academic assessments, particularly in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

Pine Grove Elementary's academic performance is a standout, with 47.71% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 52.6% in Mathematics, compared to the district and state averages. The school also excels in supporting the success of its diverse student groups, including Hispanic students and students with disabilities, who perform well above their peers statewide. However, the school has seen an increase in chronic absenteeism, from 5.7% to 18.3% in recent years, which is still lower than nearby schools like Joe Nightingale Elementary and Alice Shaw Elementary.

Overall, Pine Grove Elementary is a strong-performing school that has consistently supported the academic success of its diverse student population. While the increasing chronic absenteeism rate and declining enrollment are areas that may require attention, the school's academic achievements, particularly in core subject areas, are commendable. When compared to nearby schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita and Orcutt Union Elementary Districts, Pine Grove Elementary generally outperforms its peers, suggesting the school may have effective practices or resources that could be shared with other schools in the area.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1050 East Rice Ranch Rd.
       Santa Maria, CA  93455-5068


(805) 938-8800

District: Orcutt Union Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
1692nd of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,715 Help


Students who attend Pine Grove Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Orcutt Junior High
High:    Ernest Righetti High

Student/teacher ratio:  25.5 Help
Number of students:  510

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
49.2%
White:
36.1%
Two or more races:
10.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  38.2% Help


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Compare Details Pine Grove Elementary ranks better than 71.2% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 6 ranked elementary schools in the Orcutt Union Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 67.56. (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 Racial makeup is: Hispanic (49.2%), White (36.1%), two or more races (10.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 38.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Orcutt Union Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pine Grove Elementary is 25.5, which is the 3rd best among 6 elementary schools in the Orcutt Union Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Pine Grove Elementary is $6,715. 3 elementary schools in the Orcutt Union Elementary School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Pine Grove Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Pine Grove Elementary 1692nd of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Pine Grove Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Orcutt Union Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Orcutt Union Elementary 579th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Pine Grove Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Pine Grove Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 71.35 1259th 4809 73.8%
2005 59.48 1770th 4822 63.3%
2006 66.83 1474th 4818 69.4%
2007 67.28 1499th 5113 70.7%
2008 69.44 1429th 5113 72.1%
2009 60.77 1887th 5193 63.7%
2010 43.22 2972nd 5314 44.1%
2011 39.52 3275th 5377 39.1%
2012 52.21 2489th 5390 53.8%
2013 57.75 2251st 5530 59.3%
2015 56.53 2098th 5611 62.6%
2016 66.28 1700th 5614 69.7%
2017 73.07 1423rd 5692 75.0%
2018 75.20 1350th 5662 76.2%
2019 66.63 1764th 5789 69.5%
2022 65.56 1797th 5883 69.5%
2023 67.56 1692nd 5874 71.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Pine Grove Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 67.85 505th 2420 79.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Pine Grove Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.05 772nd 5084 84.8%
2019 59.03 1831st 5173 64.6%
2022 68.55 1238th 5264 76.5%
2023 64.53 1499th 5374 72.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Pine Grove Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.05 1290th 5413 76.2%
2019 69.33 1529th 5492 72.2%
2022 56.31 2087th 5635 63.0%
2023 59.43 1972nd 5617 64.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Pine Grove Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.17 119th 2128 94.4%
2019 93.26 121st 2585 95.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Pine Grove Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.69 1411th 5431 74.0%
2019 60.77 1922nd 5510 65.1%
2022 71.11 1470th 5663 74.0%
2023 71.86 1419th 5650 74.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Pine Grove Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.30 629th 4830 87.0%
2019 72.39 1045th 4963 78.9%
2022 61.82 1534th 5084 69.8%
2023 70.96 1137th 5098 77.7%
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Rank History for White students at Pine Grove Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.02 1330th 2737 51.4%
2019 47.24 1646th 2834 41.9%
2022 56.41 1276th 2726 53.2%
2023 53.94 1323rd 2662 50.3%
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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.

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by a parent
Friday, July 10, 2020

Open Quote Way too many students in each classroom. They put my child in a combo first second grade classroom. She was a first grader. I feel like she went from kindergarten to second grade into the land of iPad use most of the day. Thankfully my child was not a victim of bullying, but she witnessed so much drama that she was getting frequent stomach aches. All the teachers she had were pretty great, though 2 retired. Music class was never fun, because if a child was not listening, no one got to touch the instruments. The fundraisers were always the same and so boring. I’m so glad I pulled all my children to homeschool. California public schools should hire more teachers and pay them. 1 teacher should never ever have 30 students and 2 grades to teach at once. It’s basically a day full of chaos and distractions. So sad for this generation of children. Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Open Quote This school is awful. I only have one child, and am so glad I don't have to go through all the same garbage if I had more children. It started in 2nd grade, got worse in 4th (his male teacher was a bully), 6th grade was a nightmare. In general I would say the problem is the "attitude" of state employed teachers. They have this mentality that they are "all supreme" or untouchable. Many of them believe that since they are teachers they know everything...they don't. They may be knowledgeable on their subject, but that's about it. For some reason they hold the belief that they can do as they please with your child in their classroom. They seem to forget they are a tate paid employee, my tax dollars pay their over-inflated union wages, therefore they work for me the taxpayer! I am so disgusted with the experience at the elementary level, that I will begin homeschooling my child the rest of his education at home. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Pine Grove Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 355 7 9 28 0 n/a n/a 0 399
1989 373 9 15 31 0 n/a n/a 0 428
1990 411 13 17 31 0 n/a n/a 0 472
1991 429 8 14 46 2 n/a n/a 0 499
1992 376 9 18 56 2 n/a n/a 0 461
1993 403 8 2 72 0 n/a n/a 0 485
1994 380 15 15 72 6 n/a n/a 0 488
1995 385 27 21 92 2 n/a n/a 0 527
1996 385 27 21 92 2 n/a n/a 0 527
1997 363 15 21 105 17 n/a n/a 0 521
1998 359 18 17 80 4 n/a n/a 0 478
1999 347 17 21 81 3 n/a n/a 0 469
2000 350 10 28 95 5 n/a n/a 0 488
2001 345 2 35 95 13 n/a n/a 1 491
2002 323 13 31 89 4 n/a n/a 4 464
2003 323 13 31 89 4 n/a n/a 4 464
2004 295 11 31 89 2 n/a n/a 2 430
2005 288 19 30 74 4 n/a n/a 2 417
2006 279 13 29 96 4 n/a n/a 2 423
2007 284 13 21 103 5 n/a n/a 3 429
2008 271 11 18 96 5 n/a n/a 0 401
2009 241 11 18 97 5 2 15 0 389
2010 208 12 11 103 2 1 9 0 346
2011 223 10 11 135 3 1 15 0 398
2012 346 12 11 197 4 2 32 0 604
2013 297 8 9 189 4 1 30 0 538
2014 294 7 10 214 7 1 32 0 565
2015 270 7 12 236 4 1 38 0 568
2016 300 2 8 236 3 2 38 0 589
2017 254 3 13 237 2 1 45 0 555
2018 235 1 14 228 1 2 46 0 527
2019 226 2 18 230 2 1 49 0 528
2020 244 2 16 224 2 1 52 0 541
2021 195 1 14 217 0 1 50 0 478
2022 196 1 12 227 1 1 50 0 488
2023 184 9 13 251 1 0 52 0 510

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 Pine Grove Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 399 16.0 24.9 n/a
1989 428 16.0 26.7 n/a
1990 472 16.0 29.5 n/a
1991 499 19.0 26.2 n/a
1992 461 19.3 23.8 10.4
1993 485 18.0 26.9 15.3
1994 488 21.0 23.2 18
1995 527 22.0 24.0 24.5
1996 527 22.0 24.0 24.5
1997 521 23.0 22.7 29.8
1998 478 24.0 19.9 26.6
1999 469 23.5 20.0 26.2
2000 488 24.0 20.3 26.2
2001 491 24.0 20.5 29
2002 464 23.0 20.2 23.9
2003 464 23.0 20.2 23.9
2004 430 19.2 22.4 25.7
2005 417 19.0 21.9 27
2006 423 19.0 22.3 28.5
2007 429 20.0 21.5 27.9
2008 401 21.0 19.1 31.2
2009 389 17.0 21.6 32.1
2010 346 13.0 26.6 32.1
2011 398 n/a n/a 25.6
2012 604 21.0 28.7 n/a
2013 538 19.0 28.3 38.3
2014 565 19.0 29.7 36.8
2015 568 19.0 29.8 34
2016 589 20.0 29.4 33.4
2017 555 19.0 29.2 33.3
2018 527 19.0 27.7 34.2
2019 528 19.0 27.7 33
2020 541 n/a n/a 33.3
2021 478 19.0 25.1 32.4
2022 488 18.0 27.1 29.5
2023 510 20.0 25.5 38.2

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 Pine Grove Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 399 16.0 24.9 n/a
1989 428 16.0 26.7 n/a
1990 472 16.0 29.5 n/a
1991 499 19.0 26.2 n/a
1992 461 19.3 23.8 10.4
1993 485 18.0 26.9 15.3
1994 488 21.0 23.2 18
1995 527 22.0 24.0 24.5
1996 527 22.0 24.0 24.5
1997 521 23.0 22.7 29.8
1998 478 24.0 19.9 26.6
1999 469 23.5 20.0 26.2
2000 488 24.0 20.3 26.2
2001 491 24.0 20.5 29
2002 464 23.0 20.2 23.9
2003 464 23.0 20.2 23.9
2004 430 19.2 22.4 25.7
2005 417 19.0 21.9 27
2006 423 19.0 22.3 28.5
2007 429 20.0 21.5 27.9
2008 401 21.0 19.1 31.2
2009 389 17.0 21.6 32.1
2010 346 13.0 26.6 32.1
2011 398 n/a n/a 25.6
2012 604 21.0 28.7 n/a
2013 538 19.0 28.3 38.3
2014 565 19.0 29.7 36.8
2015 568 19.0 29.8 34
2016 589 20.0 29.4 33.4
2017 555 19.0 29.2 33.3
2018 527 19.0 27.7 34.2
2019 528 19.0 27.7 33
2020 541 n/a n/a 33.3
2021 478 19.0 25.1 32.4
2022 488 18.0 27.1 29.5
2023 510 20.0 25.5 38.2

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

Pine Grove Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%1.0%0.0%1.0%97.0%97.0%99.0%97.0%97.0%
201392.0%7.0%0.0%2.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%92.0%93.0%
201497.0%2.0%0.0%1.0%97.0%97.0%98.0%97.0%97.0%
201594.0%5.0%0.0%1.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%94.0%
201693.0%1.0%0.0%6.0%96.0%97.0%99.0%96.0%94.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202097.1%1.4%1.4%97.1%
202197.1%0.0%2.9%97.1%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Pine Grove Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,715

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Pine Grove Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1764th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1692nd of 5874 Elementary schools
 1.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pine Grove Elementary)59.438.8
 20.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Orcutt Union Elementary)47.437.5
 9.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Pine Grove Elementary)59.445.4
 14%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Orcutt Union Elementary)47.241.6
 5.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pine Grove Elementary)59.752.8
 6.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Orcutt Union Elementary)53.148.4
 4.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Pine Grove Elementary)5063.9
 13.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Orcutt Union Elementary)43.945.9
 2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pine Grove Elementary)58.857.7
 1.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Orcutt Union Elementary)56.145.4
 10.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Pine Grove Elementary)41.252.6
 11.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Orcutt Union Elementary)38.637.2
 1.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Pine Grove Elementary)46.444.3
 2.1%
   5th Grade Science (Orcutt Union Elementary)33.234.1
 0.9%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pine Grove Elementary)54.642.3
 12.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Orcutt Union Elementary)56.946.1
 10.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Pine Grove Elementary)40.350
 9.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Orcutt Union Elementary)4638.4
 7.6%
   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 Students528510
 3.4%
African American29
 350%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian1813
 27.8%
Hispanic230251
 9.1%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White226184
 18.6%
Two or More Races4952
 6.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients33%38.2%
 5.3%


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Pine Grove Elementary ranks 1692nd of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 510 students attended Pine Grove Elementary.

Students at Pine Grove Elementary are 49% Hispanic, 36% White, 10% Two or more races, 3% Asian, 2% African American.

Students who attend Pine Grove Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Orcutt Junior High
High : Ernest Righetti High


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