Garden Road Elementary

Summary:

Garden Road Elementary is a public elementary school in Poway, California, serving 508 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the highly-ranked Poway Unified School District, which is rated 5 out of 5 stars by SchoolDigger.

Garden Road Elementary has consistently performed well academically, ranking in the top 25% of California elementary schools over the past 10 years. The school's students outperform the state average in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, though they lag slightly behind the Poway Unified School District average. Garden Road Elementary particularly excels in serving its Hispanic and Special Education student populations, ranking in the top 20% and top 5% of California schools in these subgroups, respectively. However, the school's performance for its White and Multi-racial students is relatively lower, ranking in the bottom 40% and bottom 50% of California elementary schools in these areas.

While Garden Road Elementary's academic performance is generally strong, it faces some challenges compared to other high-performing schools in the Poway Unified School District, such as Creekside Elementary, Painted Rock Elementary, and Tierra Bonita Elementary, which all rank in the top 10% of California elementary schools. Additionally, Garden Road Elementary has experienced a recent increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 7.2% in 2017-2018 to 19.2% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the Poway Unified School District average of 17.5%.


Detail:

Public K-5

 14614 Garden Rd.
       Poway, CA  92064-5299


(858) 748-0230

District: Poway Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1332nd of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,673 Help


Students who attend Garden Road Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Twin Peaks Middle
High:    Poway High

Student/teacher ratio:  19.3 Help
Number of students:  508

Racial breakdown:

White:
48.4%
Hispanic:
24.0%
Two or more races:
15.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  16.1% Help


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Compare Details Garden Road Elementary ranks better than 77.3% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 24th among 26 ranked elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 75.85. (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 Garden Road Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (48.4%), Hispanic (24%), two or more races (15.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 16.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Garden Road Elementary is 19.3, which is the lowest among 26 elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Garden Road Elementary is $8,673, which is the 4th highest among 26 elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Garden Road Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Garden Road Elementary 1332nd of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Garden Road Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Poway Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Poway Unified 81st of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Garden Road Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 87.46 611th 4809 87.3%
2005 81.08 886th 4822 81.6%
2006 80.58 942nd 4818 80.4%
2007 82.76 857th 5113 83.2%
2008 81.59 899th 5113 82.4%
2009 82.07 882nd 5193 83.0%
2010 80.49 985th 5314 81.5%
2011 86.63 657th 5377 87.8%
2012 76.85 1182nd 5390 78.1%
2013 80.96 1006th 5530 81.8%
2015 84.66 897th 5611 84.0%
2016 85.09 895th 5614 84.1%
2017 90.40 618th 5692 89.1%
2018 91.45 545th 5662 90.4%
2019 86.01 850th 5789 85.3%
2022 83.28 1034th 5883 82.4%
2023 75.85 1326th 5848 77.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 62.65 256th 610 58.0%
2023 54.69 348th 667 47.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 87.84 197th 2416 91.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.80 288th 5084 94.3%
2019 81.69 637th 5173 87.7%
2022 53.77 2050th 5264 61.1%
2023 47.78 2510th 5355 53.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.82 300th 5413 94.5%
2019 87.17 707th 5492 87.1%
2022 80.90 1064th 5635 81.1%
2023 74.80 1283rd 5595 77.1%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 74.67 423rd 2585 83.6%
2022 91.44 146th 2227 93.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.91 941st 5431 82.7%
2019 80.30 1058th 5510 80.8%
2022 83.06 962nd 5663 83.0%
2023 73.25 1352nd 5627 76.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.46 366th 4830 92.4%
2019 89.45 325th 4963 93.5%
2022 85.28 535th 5084 89.5%
2023 79.05 781st 5079 84.6%
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Rank History for White students at Garden Road Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.36 368th 2737 86.6%
2019 64.57 1046th 2834 63.1%
2022 58.26 1215th 2726 55.4%
2023 44.60 1580th 2659 40.6%
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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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Enrollment information for Garden Road Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 533 7 21 17 2 n/a n/a 0 580
1989 532 8 21 10 2 n/a n/a 0 573
1990 569 17 22 19 3 n/a n/a 0 630
1991 591 10 27 18 1 n/a n/a 0 647
1992 570 9 29 22 2 n/a n/a 0 632
1993 602 8 34 30 2 n/a n/a 0 676
1994 619 9 30 48 1 n/a n/a 0 707
1995 633 11 41 55 0 n/a n/a 0 740
1996 633 11 41 55 0 n/a n/a 0 740
1997 640 16 40 59 0 n/a n/a 0 755
1998 608 9 40 55 1 n/a n/a 0 713
1999 584 7 43 59 2 n/a n/a 0 695
2000 569 5 39 60 4 n/a n/a 11 688
2001 518 7 39 67 5 n/a n/a 11 647
2002 430 8 40 68 3 n/a n/a 10 559
2003 430 8 40 68 3 n/a n/a 10 559
2004 409 14 38 73 6 n/a n/a 17 557
2005 385 13 43 68 6 n/a n/a 25 540
2006 348 13 51 70 6 n/a n/a 27 515
2007 343 13 47 76 4 n/a n/a 33 516
2008 324 9 45 77 5 n/a n/a 0 460
2009 317 8 41 87 2 2 48 0 505
2010 297 2 41 78 0 2 50 0 470
2011 313 8 42 84 0 2 16 0 465
2012 301 8 34 90 2 2 19 0 456
2013 280 10 34 101 1 2 22 0 450
2014 267 6 34 95 2 1 24 0 429
2015 265 9 47 95 2 1 21 0 440
2016 257 9 42 99 1 0 39 0 447
2017 266 11 46 100 0 0 40 0 463
2018 262 9 44 118 0 0 46 0 479
2019 248 7 32 114 0 0 57 0 458
2020 241 5 32 106 0 0 80 0 464
2021 241 7 36 104 0 1 81 0 470
2022 233 9 48 111 0 2 81 0 484
2023 246 7 51 122 0 2 80 0 508

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 Garden Road Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 580 19.5 29.7 n/a
1989 573 22.0 26.0 n/a
1990 630 23.0 27.3 n/a
1991 647 25.0 25.8 n/a
1992 632 25.4 24.8 5.4
1993 676 26.0 26.0 12.6
1994 707 28.0 25.3 14.1
1995 740 30.4 24.3 19.2
1996 740 30.4 24.3 19.2
1997 755 36.0 21.0 15
1998 713 38.0 18.8 15.4
1999 695 37.0 18.8 14.1
2000 688 36.0 19.1 13.4
2001 647 32.0 20.2 13.8
2002 559 29.0 19.3 11.7
2003 559 29.0 19.3 11.7
2004 557 27.0 20.6 14.1
2005 540 27.0 20.0 14.4
2006 515 27.0 19.1 18.6
2007 516 26.0 19.8 19
2008 460 27.0 17.0 21.7
2009 505 27.0 16.5 18
2010 470 22.0 21.3 20
2011 465 n/a n/a 19.6
2012 456 17.0 26.8 n/a
2013 450 18.0 25.0 22.9
2014 429 18.0 23.8 23.3
2015 440 18.0 24.4 25.5
2016 447 19.0 23.5 21
2017 463 18.0 25.7 17.5
2018 479 19.2 24.8 23.4
2019 458 19.4 23.5 20.5
2020 464 n/a n/a 20.9
2021 470 22.2 21.1 18.7
2022 484 23.2 20.8 17.8
2023 508 26.2 19.3 16.1

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 Garden Road Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 580 19.5 29.7 n/a
1989 573 22.0 26.0 n/a
1990 630 23.0 27.3 n/a
1991 647 25.0 25.8 n/a
1992 632 25.4 24.8 5.4
1993 676 26.0 26.0 12.6
1994 707 28.0 25.3 14.1
1995 740 30.4 24.3 19.2
1996 740 30.4 24.3 19.2
1997 755 36.0 21.0 15
1998 713 38.0 18.8 15.4
1999 695 37.0 18.8 14.1
2000 688 36.0 19.1 13.4
2001 647 32.0 20.2 13.8
2002 559 29.0 19.3 11.7
2003 559 29.0 19.3 11.7
2004 557 27.0 20.6 14.1
2005 540 27.0 20.0 14.4
2006 515 27.0 19.1 18.6
2007 516 26.0 19.8 19
2008 460 27.0 17.0 21.7
2009 505 27.0 16.5 18
2010 470 22.0 21.3 20
2011 465 n/a n/a 19.6
2012 456 17.0 26.8 n/a
2013 450 18.0 25.0 22.9
2014 429 18.0 23.8 23.3
2015 440 18.0 24.4 25.5
2016 447 19.0 23.5 21
2017 463 18.0 25.7 17.5
2018 479 19.2 24.8 23.4
2019 458 19.4 23.5 20.5
2020 464 n/a n/a 20.9
2021 470 22.2 21.1 18.7
2022 484 23.2 20.8 17.8
2023 508 26.2 19.3 16.1

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

Garden Road Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201298.0%2.0%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201399.0%1.0%0.0%0.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201497.0%3.0%0.0%0.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
201594.0%4.0%1.0%1.0%95.0%94.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201694.0%5.0%0.0%1.0%95.0%94.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
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%
201995.0%2.0%1.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%96.0%95.0%
202095.1%0.0%2.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%95.1%
202197.0%0.0%1.0%97.0%98.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Garden Road Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,673

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Garden Road Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 850th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1326th of 5848 Elementary schools
 8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garden Road Elementary)7466.2
 7.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Poway Unified)76.373.1
 3.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Garden Road Elementary)70.162.3
 7.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Poway Unified)76.975.7
 1.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garden Road Elementary)6663.5
 2.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Poway Unified)75.875
 0.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Garden Road Elementary)62.358.1
 4.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Poway Unified)76.874.4
 2.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garden Road Elementary)75.754.2
 21.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Poway Unified)78.476.4
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Garden Road Elementary)56.841.7
 15.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Poway Unified)70.969.3
 1.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Garden Road Elementary)55.438.9
 16.5%
   5th Grade Science (Poway Unified)6364.1
 1%
   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 Students458508
 10.9%
African American77
American Indian00
Asian3251
 59.4%
Hispanic114122
 7%
Pacific Islander02
White248246
 0.8%
Two or More Races5780
 40.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients20.5%16.1%
 4.4%


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Students at Garden Road Elementary are 48% White, 24% Hispanic, 16% Two or more races, 10% Asian, 1% African American.

Garden Road Elementary ranks 1332nd of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Garden Road Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Twin Peaks Middle
High : Poway High

In the 2022-23 school year, 508 students attended Garden Road Elementary.


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