Tierra Bonita Elementary

Summary:

Tierra Bonita Elementary is a public elementary school in Poway, California, serving 380 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the highly-ranked Poway Unified School District, which is in the top 5% of districts in the state.

Tierra Bonita Elementary is a standout performer, consistently earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger and ranking in the top 412 out of 5,848 California elementary schools. The school's academic achievement is particularly impressive, with proficiency rates significantly higher than state averages in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. For example, 88% of 3rd-grade students at Tierra Bonita were proficient or better in both ELA and Mathematics, compared to the state averages of just 42.96% and 45.11%, respectively. The school's performance is strong across different student subgroups as well, with high rankings for male students and White students.

While Tierra Bonita Elementary generally outperforms nearby schools in the Poway Unified School District, such as Creekside Elementary, Rolling Hills Elementary, and Painted Rock Elementary, some nearby schools, like Highland Ranch Elementary and Chaparral Elementary, have higher rankings in certain grade levels and subject areas. Additionally, Tierra Bonita's relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch suggests a more affluent student population compared to some other schools in the district. However, the school's recent increase in chronic absenteeism is a concerning trend that warrants further investigation and intervention.


Detail:

Public K-5

 14678 Tierra Bonita Rd.
       Poway, CA  92064-3090


(858) 748-8540

District: Poway Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
414th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,508 Help


Students who attend Tierra Bonita Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Twin Peaks Middle
High:    Poway High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.7 Help
Number of students:  380

Racial breakdown:

White:
63.7%
Hispanic:
17.1%
Two or more races:
12.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  10.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Tierra Bonita Elementary ranks better than 92.9% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 14th 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 94.18. (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 Tierra Bonita Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (63.7%), Hispanic (17.1%), two or more races (12.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 10.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Tierra Bonita Elementary is 22.7, which is the 10th best 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 Tierra Bonita Elementary is $7,508, which is the 13th highest among 26 elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Tierra Bonita Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Tierra Bonita Elementary 414th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Tierra Bonita 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 Tierra Bonita Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Tierra Bonita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 95.15 229th 4809 95.2%
2005 92.72 349th 4822 92.8%
2006 88.32 574th 4818 88.1%
2007 88.45 595th 5113 88.4%
2008 82.34 862nd 5113 83.1%
2009 86.47 679th 5193 86.9%
2010 89.90 447th 5314 91.6%
2011 86.89 647th 5377 88.0%
2012 84.56 758th 5390 85.9%
2013 74.48 1346th 5530 75.7%
2015 81.65 1052nd 5611 81.3%
2016 90.37 592nd 5614 89.5%
2017 85.04 912th 5692 84.0%
2018 76.99 1265th 5662 77.7%
2019 83.71 981st 5789 83.1%
2022 94.24 421st 5883 92.8%
2023 94.18 412th 5848 93.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Tierra Bonita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.14 2543rd 5084 50.0%
2019 15.40 4817th 5173 6.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Tierra Bonita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.44 1225th 5413 77.4%
2019 82.65 944th 5492 82.8%
2022 94.42 338th 5635 94.0%
2023 89.99 617th 5595 89.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Tierra Bonita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.18 310th 2128 85.4%
2019 70.88 489th 2585 81.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Tierra Bonita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.14 1261st 5431 76.8%
2019 82.14 962nd 5510 82.5%
2022 91.98 511th 5663 91.0%
2023 95.81 234th 5627 95.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Tierra Bonita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.74 2501st 4830 48.2%
2019 56.82 1863rd 4963 62.5%
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Rank History for White students at Tierra Bonita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.64 1213th 2737 55.7%
2019 72.89 706th 2834 75.1%
2022 79.95 453rd 2726 83.4%
2023 80.30 409th 2659 84.6%
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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.

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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Data source: California Department of Education

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Reviews:
by a parent
Friday, March 20, 2009

Open Quote Tierra Bonita has an incredible support structure by way of the very forward thinking Principle, Joe Erpelding, and highly engaged parent support system. Always readily accepting new volunteers, Tierra Bonita boasts a large volunteer-staffed PTA, and an well run Educational Foundation. These two organizations work hand in hand with the teachers and staff to bring the right supplementary programs and tools to the children's fingertips, including teacher workshops, state of the art technology such as smart boards, and supplemental art, music and science programs. Many of the teachers consistently go above and beyond, making themselves available to the students and their parents even outside of school hours, working with students and parents to employ individualized performance programs that help each student focus on their key learning areas using techniques that work best for the individual. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Tierra Bonita Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 613 8 9 14 0 n/a n/a 0 644
1989 681 6 28 16 0 n/a n/a 0 731
1990 703 7 38 19 0 n/a n/a 0 767
1991 698 6 40 23 0 n/a n/a 0 767
1992 720 9 37 31 0 n/a n/a 0 797
1993 712 10 30 19 0 n/a n/a 0 771
1994 698 7 34 24 1 n/a n/a 0 764
1995 687 6 45 28 4 n/a n/a 0 770
1996 687 6 45 28 4 n/a n/a 0 770
1997 696 6 53 28 2 n/a n/a 0 785
1998 683 6 44 30 2 n/a n/a 0 765
1999 657 9 56 34 2 n/a n/a 0 758
2000 611 11 48 37 3 n/a n/a 48 758
2001 596 9 50 40 4 n/a n/a 31 730
2002 563 9 42 38 4 n/a n/a 22 678
2003 563 9 42 38 4 n/a n/a 22 678
2004 535 6 45 41 7 n/a n/a 25 659
2005 501 3 46 42 6 n/a n/a 27 625
2006 462 3 45 46 5 n/a n/a 20 581
2007 422 4 45 41 3 n/a n/a 23 538
2008 419 3 40 44 2 n/a n/a 0 508
2009 406 5 38 48 1 0 39 0 537
2010 376 4 35 48 0 1 39 0 503
2011 384 6 26 39 2 2 15 0 474
2012 367 7 28 46 2 2 14 0 466
2013 356 5 22 58 2 1 19 0 463
2014 358 5 29 69 1 1 21 0 484
2015 352 8 25 69 1 1 33 0 489
2016 326 3 27 74 1 1 38 0 470
2017 331 4 34 66 0 2 40 0 477
2018 327 3 24 64 0 1 42 0 461
2019 333 4 26 65 0 1 36 0 465
2020 327 5 29 76 0 1 53 0 491
2021 223 2 21 66 0 0 42 0 354
2022 254 3 21 55 2 1 44 0 380
2023 242 3 21 65 2 0 47 0 380

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 Tierra Bonita Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 644 24.0 26.8 n/a
1989 731 28.2 25.9 n/a
1990 767 30.2 25.3 n/a
1991 767 30.4 25.2 n/a
1992 797 30.9 25.7 1.1
1993 771 29.0 26.6 1.8
1994 764 29.0 26.3 3.4
1995 770 29.7 25.9 4.7
1996 770 29.7 25.9 4.7
1997 785 36.6 21.4 3.7
1998 765 38.6 19.8 4.1
1999 758 38.6 19.6 4.9
2000 758 37.3 20.3 3.5
2001 730 36.0 20.3 2.7
2002 678 33.0 20.5 1.7
2003 678 33.0 20.5 1.7
2004 659 30.0 22.0 3.8
2005 625 27.0 23.1 3.3
2006 581 28.0 20.8 2.9
2007 538 24.5 22.0 5.4
2008 508 27.2 18.7 11.4
2009 537 24.0 19.2 8.8
2010 503 17.0 29.5 11.1
2011 474 n/a n/a 8.2
2012 466 18.0 25.8 n/a
2013 463 18.0 25.7 9.5
2014 484 19.0 25.4 12.6
2015 489 20.0 24.4 14.1
2016 470 20.0 23.5 12.8
2017 477 20.2 23.6 12.6
2018 461 20.2 22.8 15.6
2019 465 21.2 21.9 16.6
2020 491 n/a n/a 18.5
2021 354 18.7 18.9 18.1
2022 380 17.2 22.0 8.4
2023 380 16.7 22.7 10.8

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 Tierra Bonita Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 644 24.0 26.8 n/a
1989 731 28.2 25.9 n/a
1990 767 30.2 25.3 n/a
1991 767 30.4 25.2 n/a
1992 797 30.9 25.7 1.1
1993 771 29.0 26.6 1.8
1994 764 29.0 26.3 3.4
1995 770 29.7 25.9 4.7
1996 770 29.7 25.9 4.7
1997 785 36.6 21.4 3.7
1998 765 38.6 19.8 4.1
1999 758 38.6 19.6 4.9
2000 758 37.3 20.3 3.5
2001 730 36.0 20.3 2.7
2002 678 33.0 20.5 1.7
2003 678 33.0 20.5 1.7
2004 659 30.0 22.0 3.8
2005 625 27.0 23.1 3.3
2006 581 28.0 20.8 2.9
2007 538 24.5 22.0 5.4
2008 508 27.2 18.7 11.4
2009 537 24.0 19.2 8.8
2010 503 17.0 29.5 11.1
2011 474 n/a n/a 8.2
2012 466 18.0 25.8 n/a
2013 463 18.0 25.7 9.5
2014 484 19.0 25.4 12.6
2015 489 20.0 24.4 14.1
2016 470 20.0 23.5 12.8
2017 477 20.2 23.6 12.6
2018 461 20.2 22.8 15.6
2019 465 21.2 21.9 16.6
2020 491 n/a n/a 18.5
2021 354 18.7 18.9 18.1
2022 380 17.2 22.0 8.4
2023 380 16.7 22.7 10.8

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

Tierra Bonita Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201285.0%5.0%0.0%9.0%89.0%93.0%95.0%89.0%89.0%
201390.0%3.0%0.0%7.0%97.0%95.0%97.0%97.0%91.0%
201487.0%5.0%0.0%9.0%94.0%89.0%95.0%95.0%88.0%
201592.0%7.0%0.0%2.0%92.0%93.0%93.0%92.0%92.0%
201696.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%97.0%100.0%100.0%97.0%96.0%
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%
201986.0%1.0%13.0%95.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%93.0%≥98.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Tierra Bonita Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,508

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Tierra Bonita Elementary

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 981st of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 412th of 5848 Elementary schools
 9.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Tierra Bonita Elementary)66.288
 21.8%
   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 (Tierra Bonita Elementary)7388
 15%
   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 (Tierra Bonita Elementary)60.266.7
 6.4%
   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 (Tierra Bonita Elementary)5977.8
 18.7%
   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 (Tierra Bonita Elementary)71.169
 2.1%
   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 (Tierra Bonita Elementary)69.970.7
 0.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Poway Unified)70.969.3
 1.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Tierra Bonita Elementary)54.277.2
 23%
   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 Students465380
 18.3%
African American43
 25%
American Indian02
Asian2621
 19.2%
Hispanic6565
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White333242
 27.3%
Two or More Races3647
 30.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients16.6%10.8%
 5.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Tierra Bonita Elementary

Students at Tierra Bonita Elementary are 64% White, 17% Hispanic, 12% Two or more races, 6% Asian.

Students who attend Tierra Bonita Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Twin Peaks Middle
High : Poway High

In the 2022-23 school year, 380 students attended Tierra Bonita Elementary.

Yes. Tierra Bonita Elementary ranks in the top 7.1% of California elementary schools.


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