Agua Caliente Elementary

Summary:

Agua Caliente Elementary is a public elementary school in Cathedral City, California, serving 626 students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Palm Springs Unified school district. The school has consistently been ranked in the bottom 20% of California elementary schools, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past several years.

Agua Caliente Elementary faces significant challenges, including a high chronic absenteeism rate of 37.9%, well above the state and district averages. Academically, the school's performance on Smarter Balanced Assessments and CAST Science tests is significantly below state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas, with only 24.5% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 46.66% statewide and 34.49% in the district. The school's performance is particularly low for certain student subgroups, such as English Language Learners, Special Education students, and Low Socioeconomic Status students.

When compared to nearby schools in the Palm Springs Unified School District, Agua Caliente Elementary consistently performs worse on academic measures. For example, Katherine Finchy Elementary, located just 2.91 miles away, has significantly higher test scores and a lower chronic absenteeism rate. Addressing the challenges at Agua Caliente Elementary, such as the high rates of poverty, English Language Learners, and special education students, will require a comprehensive, data-driven approach focused on targeted interventions, family and community engagement, and a commitment to equity and excellence.


Detail:

Public K-5

 30-800 San Luis Rey Plaza
       Cathedral City, CA  92234-6045


(760) 416-8235

District: Palm Springs Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5096th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,425 Help


Students who attend Agua Caliente Elementary usually attend:

High:    Cathedral City High

Student/teacher ratio:  21.9 Help
Number of students:  626

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
93.8%
White:
1.9%
Two or more races:
1.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  97.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Agua Caliente Elementary ranks worse than 86.8% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 13th among 16 ranked elementary schools in the Palm Springs Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.59. (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 (93.8%), White (1.9%), two or more races (1.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 97.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Agua Caliente Elementary is 21.9. 13 elementary schools in the Palm Springs Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Agua Caliente Elementary is $13,425, which is the 4th highest among 16 elementary schools in the Palm Springs Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Agua Caliente Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Agua Caliente Elementary 5096th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Agua Caliente Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Palm Springs Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Palm Springs Unified 1046th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Agua Caliente Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 13.02 4484th 4809 6.8%
2005 18.56 4067th 4822 15.7%
2006 21.07 3919th 4818 18.7%
2007 27.50 3738th 5113 26.9%
2008 35.92 3208th 5113 37.3%
2009 37.55 3205th 5193 38.3%
2010 40.68 3129th 5314 41.1%
2011 40.08 3229th 5377 39.9%
2012 25.19 4300th 5390 20.2%
2013 24.81 4411th 5530 20.2%
2015 26.27 4004th 5611 28.6%
2016 22.72 4371st 5614 22.1%
2017 23.16 4415th 5692 22.4%
2018 25.95 4160th 5662 26.5%
2019 20.32 4770th 5789 17.6%
2022 21.31 4712th 5883 19.9%
2023 17.59 5096th 5874 13.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.10 1811th 3246 44.2%
2019 29.75 2510th 3275 23.4%
2022 43.57 1563rd 3311 52.8%
2023 40.29 1792nd 3250 44.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 24.28 1938th 2420 19.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.09 3161st 5084 37.8%
2019 30.56 3829th 5173 26.0%
2022 31.25 3735th 5264 29.0%
2023 24.96 4313th 5374 19.7%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 29.45 272nd 336 19.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.37 3885th 5413 28.2%
2019 20.61 4565th 5492 16.9%
2022 21.05 4613th 5635 18.1%
2023 17.19 4954th 5617 11.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 33.53 1606th 2585 37.9%
2022 24.27 1787th 2227 19.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.91 4027th 5431 25.9%
2019 22.03 4467th 5510 18.9%
2022 22.77 4447th 5663 21.5%
2023 19.84 4735th 5650 16.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Agua Caliente Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.59 3105th 4830 35.7%
2019 28.64 3792nd 4963 23.6%
2022 30.78 3641st 5084 28.4%
2023 25.62 4057th 5098 20.4%
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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 Agua Caliente Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 176 24 37 272 3 n/a n/a 0 512
1989 139 34 34 260 0 n/a n/a 0 467
1990 127 34 27 345 0 n/a n/a 0 533
1991 111 39 33 392 0 n/a n/a 0 575
1992 82 28 27 385 0 n/a n/a 0 522
1993 73 17 15 369 0 n/a n/a 0 474
1994 53 38 23 434 1 n/a n/a 0 549
1995 43 39 24 485 2 n/a n/a 0 593
1996 43 39 24 485 2 n/a n/a 0 593
1997 41 24 13 491 1 n/a n/a 0 570
1998 41 37 13 514 8 n/a n/a 0 613
1999 37 32 18 545 2 n/a n/a 0 634
2000 51 47 22 635 3 n/a n/a 0 758
2001 38 32 21 668 3 n/a n/a 2 764
2002 29 32 16 714 3 n/a n/a 2 796
2003 29 32 16 714 3 n/a n/a 2 796
2004 32 20 15 706 1 n/a n/a 0 774
2005 31 35 11 732 3 n/a n/a 0 812
2006 21 14 12 798 0 n/a n/a 0 845
2007 15 24 13 752 0 n/a n/a 0 804
2008 17 18 9 711 n/a n/a n/a 0 755
2009 10 14 12 761 0 0 1 0 798
2010 11 10 10 697 0 0 4 0 732
2011 13 4 12 671 0 0 5 0 705
2012 12 8 7 623 0 0 6 0 656
2013 11 6 7 608 0 0 7 0 639
2014 12 8 5 604 0 0 5 0 634
2015 7 5 3 600 0 0 6 0 621
2016 4 2 4 580 0 0 4 0 594
2017 2 1 4 552 0 1 7 0 567
2018 3 2 2 514 1 0 4 0 526
2019 2 1 2 532 0 0 4 0 541
2020 8 5 8 570 0 1 4 0 596
2021 10 5 6 562 0 0 7 0 590
2022 10 6 5 542 1 0 8 0 572
2023 12 4 9 587 3 1 10 0 626

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

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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 Agua Caliente Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 512 21.1 24.2 n/a
1989 467 19.1 24.4 n/a
1990 533 21.6 24.6 n/a
1991 575 22.1 26.0 n/a
1992 522 22.5 23.2 77.4
1993 474 20.0 23.7 65.2
1994 549 22.6 24.3 91.4
1995 593 22.0 27.0 90.9
1996 593 22.0 27.0 90.9
1997 570 26.0 21.9 90.5
1998 613 28.0 21.9 94.9
1999 634 34.0 18.6 95
2000 758 42.0 18.0 83
2001 764 44.0 17.4 93.4
2002 796 44.0 18.1 89
2003 796 44.0 18.1 89
2004 774 46.0 16.8 72.1
2005 812 40.0 20.3 73
2006 845 41.0 20.6 88.5
2007 804 39.0 20.6 83
2008 755 41.0 18.4 87.9
2009 798 37.0 21.0 90.5
2010 732 32.0 22.8 94.5
2011 705 n/a n/a 95.2
2012 656 24.0 27.3 87.7
2013 639 23.0 27.7 84.5
2014 634 23.0 27.5 91.6
2015 621 23.0 27.0 96.9
2016 594 24.0 24.7 93.8
2017 567 22.0 25.7 96.3
2018 526 22.0 23.9 97.5
2019 541 21.5 25.1 94.5
2020 596 n/a n/a 98.2
2021 590 24.5 24.0 96.1
2022 572 27.0 21.1 95.3
2023 626 28.5 21.9 97.1

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 Agua Caliente Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 512 21.1 24.2 n/a
1989 467 19.1 24.4 n/a
1990 533 21.6 24.6 n/a
1991 575 22.1 26.0 n/a
1992 522 22.5 23.2 77.4
1993 474 20.0 23.7 65.2
1994 549 22.6 24.3 91.4
1995 593 22.0 27.0 90.9
1996 593 22.0 27.0 90.9
1997 570 26.0 21.9 90.5
1998 613 28.0 21.9 94.9
1999 634 34.0 18.6 95
2000 758 42.0 18.0 83
2001 764 44.0 17.4 93.4
2002 796 44.0 18.1 89
2003 796 44.0 18.1 89
2004 774 46.0 16.8 72.1
2005 812 40.0 20.3 73
2006 845 41.0 20.6 88.5
2007 804 39.0 20.6 83
2008 755 41.0 18.4 87.9
2009 798 37.0 21.0 90.5
2010 732 32.0 22.8 94.5
2011 705 n/a n/a 95.2
2012 656 24.0 27.3 87.7
2013 639 23.0 27.7 84.5
2014 634 23.0 27.5 91.6
2015 621 23.0 27.0 96.9
2016 594 24.0 24.7 93.8
2017 567 22.0 25.7 96.3
2018 526 22.0 23.9 97.5
2019 541 21.5 25.1 94.5
2020 596 n/a n/a 98.2
2021 590 24.5 24.0 96.1
2022 572 27.0 21.1 95.3
2023 626 28.5 21.9 97.1

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

Agua Caliente Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201298.0%1.0%0.0%1.0%98.0%98.0%99.0%98.0%98.0%
201399.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%
201499.0%1.0%0.0%0.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201599.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%
2016100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2017≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2019≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
202097.1%0.0%2.9%97.1%97.1%
202196.5%0.0%0.9%98.3%96.5%98.3%
202295.7%0.0%0.0%96.8%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Agua Caliente Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $13,425

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Agua Caliente Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4770th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5096th of 5874 Elementary schools
 4.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Agua Caliente Elementary)27.527
 0.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Springs Unified)42.827.1
 15.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Agua Caliente Elementary)3422.3
 11.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Palm Springs Unified)42.929.5
 13.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Agua Caliente Elementary)2021.6
 1.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Springs Unified)42.530.9
 11.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Agua Caliente Elementary)24.118.6
 5.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Palm Springs Unified)33.726.9
 6.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Agua Caliente Elementary)34.625.6
 9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palm Springs Unified)42.938.2
 4.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Agua Caliente Elementary)23.29.1
 14.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Palm Springs Unified)28.621.6
 7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Agua Caliente Elementary)20.713.6
 7.1%
   5th Grade Science (Palm Springs Unified)23.222.3
 0.9%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students541626
 15.7%
African American14
 300%
American Indian03
Asian29
 350%
Hispanic532587
 10.3%
Pacific Islander01
White212
 500%
Two or More Races410
 150%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients94.5%97.1%
 2.7%


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Students at Agua Caliente Elementary are 94% Hispanic, 2% White, 2% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

Agua Caliente Elementary ranks in the bottom 13.2% of California elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 626 students attended Agua Caliente Elementary.

Students who attend Agua Caliente Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : Cathedral City High


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