Del Lago Elementary

Summary:

Del Lago Elementary is a public elementary school in Mission Viejo, California, serving 355 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, which is ranked 349 out of 1,560 districts in the state.

While Del Lago Elementary has a diverse student population, the school faces some notable challenges. Its chronic absenteeism rate has significantly increased from 4.4% in 2018-2019 to 27.7% in 2022-2023, which is notably higher than the 10.6% to 22.7% range seen at nearby schools like La Madera Elementary and Rancho Canada Elementary. Academically, Del Lago's proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics are lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels. Additionally, the school has a relatively high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 44.23% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, compared to the 24.82% to 52.28% range at nearby schools.

Interestingly, Del Lago Elementary's statewide ranking has declined over the years, from a high of 835 out of 5,377 California elementary schools in 2010-2011 to 2,434 out of 5,848 in 2022-2023. This trend contrasts with the nearby schools, which have maintained relatively stable or improving rankings. The school's performance also varies significantly among different student subgroups, suggesting a need to address achievement gaps. When compared to the nearby schools, Del Lago generally underperforms in academic achievement, with lower proficiency rates in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.


Detail:

Public K-6

 27181 Entidad St.
       Mission Viejo, CA  92691-1029


(949) 855-1125

District: Saddleback Valley Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
2441st of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,254 Help


Students who attend Del Lago Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Los Alisos Intermediate
High:    Trabuco Hills High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.4 Help
Number of students:  355

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
40.6%
White:
35.5%
Asian:
13.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  44.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Del Lago Elementary ranks better than 58.4% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 18th among 22 ranked elementary schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 51.87. (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 Del Lago Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (40.6%), White (35.5%), Asian (13%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 44.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Del Lago Elementary is 22.4, which is the 8th best among 22 elementary schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Del Lago Elementary is $5,254. 14 elementary schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Del Lago Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Del Lago Elementary 2441st of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Del Lago Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Saddleback Valley Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Saddleback Valley Unified 349th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Del Lago Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Del Lago Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 82.81 799th 4809 83.4%
2005 79.30 955th 4822 80.2%
2006 81.17 916th 4818 81.0%
2007 83.47 825th 5113 83.9%
2008 76.27 1129th 5113 77.9%
2009 77.51 1111th 5193 78.6%
2010 80.10 1006th 5314 81.1%
2011 83.16 835th 5377 84.5%
2012 80.64 996th 5390 81.5%
2013 68.24 1665th 5530 69.9%
2015 56.40 2103rd 5611 62.5%
2016 56.95 2130th 5614 62.1%
2017 53.41 2359th 5692 58.6%
2018 52.20 2437th 5662 57.0%
2019 59.39 2108th 5789 63.6%
2022 67.34 1721st 5883 70.7%
2023 51.87 2434th 5848 58.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Del Lago Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.95 2254th 3246 30.6%
2019 60.81 794th 3275 75.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Del Lago Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.07 2605th 5084 48.8%
2019 54.69 2090th 5173 59.6%
2022 53.50 2065th 5264 60.8%
2023 33.81 3568th 5355 33.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Del Lago Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.12 2426th 5413 55.2%
2019 56.74 2131st 5492 61.2%
2022 61.88 1860th 5635 67.0%
2023 44.87 2702nd 5595 51.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Del Lago Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.81 853rd 2128 59.9%
2019 64.21 622nd 2585 75.9%
2022 66.97 470th 2227 78.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Del Lago Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.81 2349th 5431 56.7%
2019 60.40 1942nd 5510 64.8%
2022 67.25 1627th 5663 71.3%
2023 56.53 2095th 5627 62.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Del Lago Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.85 2493rd 4830 48.4%
2019 58.98 1754th 4963 64.7%
2022 71.33 1090th 5084 78.6%
2023 53.83 2008th 5079 60.5%
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Rank History for White students at Del Lago Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.99 2128th 2737 22.3%
2019 43.98 1732nd 2834 38.9%
2022 49.79 1465th 2726 46.3%
2023 44.73 1575th 2659 40.8%
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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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Reviews:
by a parent
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Open Quote My daughter is in 2nd grade, she came from foothill elementary. My daughter is learning nothing and the teacher does not return any of my emails. I haved talked to her teacher several times to please keep me posted via email, nothing! I have emailed the principal who has not returned my email. I also paid for an after school math class which was in a different location, they did not help the students either. I feel Del Lago will hire just about anyone to teach and even when a parent reaches out the staff do not care. I was going to give it a 1 rating but Im sure it could always be worse. I am hoping to get my daughter out of this school with the district transfer lottery. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Del Lago Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 587 2 40 39 0 n/a n/a 0 668
1989 623 4 47 40 0 n/a n/a 0 714
1990 591 11 43 35 2 n/a n/a 0 682
1991 559 14 49 47 1 n/a n/a 0 670
1992 572 22 45 58 3 n/a n/a 0 700
1993 537 13 56 59 4 n/a n/a 0 669
1994 501 20 50 75 4 n/a n/a 0 650
1995 451 18 62 85 6 n/a n/a 0 622
1996 451 18 62 85 6 n/a n/a 0 622
1997 450 19 65 95 3 n/a n/a 0 632
1998 451 23 68 102 2 n/a n/a 0 646
1999 443 13 71 98 3 n/a n/a 0 628
2000 430 13 59 100 5 n/a n/a 0 607
2001 411 16 57 85 2 n/a n/a 0 571
2002 391 11 58 91 1 n/a n/a 0 552
2003 391 11 58 91 1 n/a n/a 0 552
2004 358 8 38 107 0 n/a n/a 0 511
2005 344 6 35 124 2 n/a n/a 0 511
2006 325 9 19 123 1 n/a n/a 2 479
2007 309 8 22 115 1 n/a n/a 3 458
2008 300 7 30 110 1 n/a n/a 0 448
2009 307 10 40 132 1 4 15 0 509
2010 327 8 41 176 0 1 31 0 584
2011 348 6 40 186 0 0 38 0 618
2012 349 8 47 190 2 0 33 0 629
2013 362 7 44 191 1 0 48 0 653
2014 359 7 53 207 2 0 46 0 674
2015 340 7 55 219 1 0 37 0 659
2016 281 3 46 223 0 0 31 0 584
2017 243 7 50 197 0 0 36 0 533
2018 213 5 51 192 0 0 42 0 503
2019 175 4 55 171 1 0 38 0 444
2020 175 2 56 175 0 3 47 0 458
2021 134 6 47 138 0 0 41 0 366
2022 117 6 47 150 0 0 37 0 357
2023 126 8 46 144 0 2 29 0 355

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 Del Lago Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 668 25.2 26.5 n/a
1989 714 26.4 27.0 n/a
1990 682 27.0 25.2 n/a
1991 670 28.4 23.5 n/a
1992 700 28.9 24.2 6.6
1993 669 27.0 24.8 8.5
1994 650 25.0 26.0 10
1995 622 25.0 24.9 11.3
1996 622 25.0 24.9 11.3
1997 632 29.5 21.4 13
1998 646 32.6 19.8 14.4
1999 628 32.6 19.3 13.2
2000 607 29.9 20.3 13.3
2001 571 30.0 19.0 11.7
2002 552 26.4 20.9 11.8
2003 552 26.4 20.9 11.8
2004 511 23.8 21.5 15.1
2005 511 24.4 20.9 19
2006 479 22.0 21.8 18.7
2007 458 21.4 21.4 17.8
2008 448 22.0 20.4 17.4
2009 509 22.3 21.8 17.7
2010 584 23.0 25.3 19.9
2011 618 n/a n/a 19.9
2012 629 22.5 27.9 n/a
2013 653 25.2 25.9 28.5
2014 674 23.0 29.3 30.7
2015 659 23.0 28.6 27.2
2016 584 22.0 26.5 29.6
2017 533 20.0 26.6 26.1
2018 503 20.0 25.1 33
2019 444 15.4 28.6 35.4
2020 458 n/a n/a 29.7
2021 366 14.0 26.1 27.3
2022 357 15.1 23.5 28.9
2023 355 15.8 22.4 44.2

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 Del Lago Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 668 25.2 26.5 n/a
1989 714 26.4 27.0 n/a
1990 682 27.0 25.2 n/a
1991 670 28.4 23.5 n/a
1992 700 28.9 24.2 6.6
1993 669 27.0 24.8 8.5
1994 650 25.0 26.0 10
1995 622 25.0 24.9 11.3
1996 622 25.0 24.9 11.3
1997 632 29.5 21.4 13
1998 646 32.6 19.8 14.4
1999 628 32.6 19.3 13.2
2000 607 29.9 20.3 13.3
2001 571 30.0 19.0 11.7
2002 552 26.4 20.9 11.8
2003 552 26.4 20.9 11.8
2004 511 23.8 21.5 15.1
2005 511 24.4 20.9 19
2006 479 22.0 21.8 18.7
2007 458 21.4 21.4 17.8
2008 448 22.0 20.4 17.4
2009 509 22.3 21.8 17.7
2010 584 23.0 25.3 19.9
2011 618 n/a n/a 19.9
2012 629 22.5 27.9 n/a
2013 653 25.2 25.9 28.5
2014 674 23.0 29.3 30.7
2015 659 23.0 28.6 27.2
2016 584 22.0 26.5 29.6
2017 533 20.0 26.6 26.1
2018 503 20.0 25.1 33
2019 444 15.4 28.6 35.4
2020 458 n/a n/a 29.7
2021 366 14.0 26.1 27.3
2022 357 15.1 23.5 28.9
2023 355 15.8 22.4 44.2

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

Del Lago Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201289.0%0.0%0.0%11.0%92.0%99.0%99.0%91.0%92.0%
201399.0%1.0%0.0%0.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201494.0%4.0%0.0%3.0%94.0%95.0%94.0%94.0%95.0%
201588.0%5.0%0.0%8.0%92.0%93.0%95.0%93.0%90.0%
201696.0%4.0%0.0%0.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%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%
2019≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%
202098.2%0.0%0.0%98.2%
202195.7%0.0%1.1%95.7%95.7%95.7%95.7%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Del Lago Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,254

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Del Lago Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2108th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 2434th of 5848 Elementary schools
 5.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Del Lago Elementary)45.631.8
 13.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Saddleback Valley Unified)56.252.1
 4.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Del Lago Elementary)43.930.4
 13.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Saddleback Valley Unified)57.356.7
 0.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Del Lago Elementary)51.427.3
 24.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Saddleback Valley Unified)60.355.7
 4.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Del Lago Elementary)44.427.3
 17.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Saddleback Valley Unified)55.755.8
 0.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Del Lago Elementary)61.561.5
 0.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Saddleback Valley Unified)63.660.6
 2.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Del Lago Elementary)48.230.8
 17.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Saddleback Valley Unified)51.847.9
 3.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Del Lago Elementary)4748.7
 1.7%
   5th Grade Science (Saddleback Valley Unified)47.151
 4%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Del Lago Elementary)54.155.1
 1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Saddleback Valley Unified)62.459.5
 2.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Del Lago Elementary)31.839.2
 7.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Saddleback Valley Unified)54.951.2
 3.7%
   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 Students444355
 20%
African American48
 100%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian5546
 16.4%
Hispanic171144
 15.8%
Pacific Islander02
White175126
 28%
Two or More Races3829
 23.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients35.4%44.2%
 8.9%


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Students at Del Lago Elementary are 41% Hispanic, 35% White, 13% Asian, 8% Two or more races, 2% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 355 students attended Del Lago Elementary.

Del Lago Elementary ranks 2441st of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Del Lago Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Los Alisos Intermediate
High : Trabuco Hills High


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