Birney Elementary

Public, Magnet K-5

 4345 Campus Ave.
       San Diego, CA  92103-2406


 (619) 497-3500

 School Website

District: San Diego Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
983rd of 5,662 California Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  24.3
Number of students:  560

Racial breakdown:
Hispanic:
37.3%
White:
36.3%
African American:
14.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  46.4%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Birney Elementary ranked better than 82.6% of elementary schools in California. It also ranked 38th among 139 ranked elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 83.1. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Student population at Birney Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (37.3%), White (36.3%), African American (14.1%). (See more...)
Compare Details 46.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Birney Elementary is 24.3. 74 elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Birney Elementary employs 23 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Birney Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Birney Elementary 983rd of 5662 California public elementary schools. (See Birney Elementary in the ranking list.)

San Diego Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks San Diego Unified 337th of 856 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Birney Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 30.02 3240th 4809 32.6%
2005 37.85 2841st 4822 41.1%
2006 48.01 2270th 4818 52.9%
2007 41.07 2843rd 5113 44.4%
2008 38.01 3069th 5113 40.0%
2009 74.69 1220th 5193 76.5%
2010 80.37 993rd 5314 81.3%
2011 87.98 564th 5377 89.5%
2012 77.21 1168th 5390 78.3%
2013 78.61 1129th 5530 79.6%
2015 83.04 979th 5611 82.6%
2016 88.92 676th 5614 88.0%
2017 88.03 757th 5692 86.7%
2018 83.10 983rd 5662 82.6%

Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Open Quote Birney is an amazing school. If you really want to embrace diversity, there's a whole world on the blacktop at Birney. The staff and teachers are all focused on those long-term IB characteristics: not just doing what the students need to succeed this semester, but what will support them through the rest of their academic life. The Birney community is committed to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, so much so that when funding was cut for all the specials that make the IB program (art, Spanish, music, etc.) the parents and staff rallied and raised the money to pay for those classes and keep the IB accreditation. Since funding is based on attendance, attendance does get a lot of attention at Birney, but it's working. Birney's had the best attendance rates in the district for a couple years now.

If you haven't read up on the IB program, Google it for all the details. The IB program is not just something the kids learn explicitly in class and never use outside of class; everything at Birney goes back to those principles. For example, I saw two kids running between classes, and a parent told them to walk. When they thought they were out of eyesight, they began running again. Another staff member saw them and said, "Be principled and walk. Being principled means we follow the rules even when no one is watching us." What could have just been another scolding became an IB moment.

Lastly, as an IB magnet, Birney offers a clear feeder path through middle (Roosevelt) and high school (San Diego High), which is not something a kinder parent might think about when looking for an elementary school. Close Quote


by a student
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Open Quote I am currently a high school senior but my early school life through fourth grade was in Birney Elementary. I was very pleased how teacher and student connections were strong in this school and how there were after school classes for students who were behind. At this time of my life I was one of the students that took the after school help for second language learners. Here I was able to improve my literature skills. I remember that reading levels were based on alphabet letters. Before this program I was at level G, I believe. After the program was over I had already reached level M. I know that thanks to special programs for kids that are behind, Birney has helped me get to where I currently am. Today, I am enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program and have gained acceptance to Point Loma Nazarene University. I do recommend this school for parents who want their children to grow academically. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, November 15, 2010

Open Quote Student to teacher ratio is high, both grades my son has been in have no real structure only thing principle cares about is attendance so school can receive government funds. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Birney Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 318 89 113 160 1 n/a n/a 0 681
1989 323 103 83 175 1 n/a n/a 0 685
1990 332 145 57 181 4 n/a n/a 0 719
1991 326 164 56 223 3 n/a n/a 0 772
1992 306 170 56 280 1 n/a n/a 0 813
1993 314 202 53 312 4 n/a n/a 0 885
1994 313 228 44 352 7 n/a n/a 0 944
1995 245 207 30 356 8 n/a n/a 0 846
1996 245 207 30 356 8 n/a n/a 0 846
1997 211 229 45 391 12 n/a n/a 0 888
1998 150 178 47 413 8 n/a n/a 0 796
1999 143 141 45 401 7 n/a n/a 0 737
2000 114 111 36 326 6 n/a n/a 0 593
2001 105 136 43 342 7 n/a n/a 0 633
2002 87 86 42 353 4 n/a n/a 0 572
2003 87 86 42 353 4 n/a n/a 0 572
2004 85 66 40 358 2 n/a n/a 0 551
2005 67 59 36 307 3 n/a n/a 0 472
2006 64 49 21 184 4 n/a n/a 0 322
2007 59 48 24 160 2 n/a n/a 13 306
2008 80 60 20 174 4 n/a n/a 0 338
2009 83 79 29 171 4 5 0 0 371
2010 92 63 25 188 1 5 33 0 407
2011 113 72 20 207 1 1 43 0 457
2012 147 77 23 210 2 3 36 0 498
2013 176 88 20 238 2 1 40 0 565
2014 194 79 18 229 1 2 43 0 566
2015 196 85 12 225 1 4 42 0 565
2016 189 86 10 202 1 3 50 0 541
2017 203 79 14 209 1 1 53 0 560

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 Birney Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 681 25.1 27.1 n/a
1989 685 26.2 26.1 n/a
1990 719 28.1 25.5 n/a
1991 772 28.2 27.3 n/a
1992 813 28.7 28.3 70.0
1993 885 32.2 27.5 77.2
1994 944 34.0 27.8 78.7
1995 846 33.0 25.6 86.6
1996 846 33.0 25.6 86.6
1997 888 37.0 24.0 87.8
1998 796 41.0 19.4 89.6
1999 737 35.0 21.1 89.0
2000 593 31.0 19.1 85.5
2001 633 33.0 19.2 76.8
2002 572 35.0 16.3 85.5
2003 572 35.0 16.3 85.5
2004 551 32.0 17.2 79.1
2005 472 31.0 15.2 84.1
2006 322 26.0 12.4 83.9
2007 306 25.7 11.9 81.6
2008 338 26.0 13.0 76.9
2009 371 25.7 12.3 72.2
2010 407 23.0 17.7 68.1
2011 457 n/a n/a 67.6
2012 498 23.8 20.9 n/a
2013 565 24.8 22.7 57.0
2014 566 22.0 25.7 56.2
2015 565 21.0 26.9 52.2
2016 541 22.0 24.5 53.0
2017 560 23.0 24.3 46.4

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Birney Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 681 25.1 27.1 n/a
1989 685 26.2 26.1 n/a
1990 719 28.1 25.5 n/a
1991 772 28.2 27.3 n/a
1992 813 28.7 28.3 70.0
1993 885 32.2 27.5 77.2
1994 944 34.0 27.8 78.7
1995 846 33.0 25.6 86.6
1996 846 33.0 25.6 86.6
1997 888 37.0 24.0 87.8
1998 796 41.0 19.4 89.6
1999 737 35.0 21.1 89.0
2000 593 31.0 19.1 85.5
2001 633 33.0 19.2 76.8
2002 572 35.0 16.3 85.5
2003 572 35.0 16.3 85.5
2004 551 32.0 17.2 79.1
2005 472 31.0 15.2 84.1
2006 322 26.0 12.4 83.9
2007 306 25.7 11.9 81.6
2008 338 26.0 13.0 76.9
2009 371 25.7 12.3 72.2
2010 407 23.0 17.7 68.1
2011 457 n/a n/a 67.6
2012 498 23.8 20.9 n/a
2013 565 24.8 22.7 57.0
2014 566 22.0 25.7 56.2
2015 565 21.0 26.9 52.2
2016 541 22.0 24.5 53.0
2017 560 23.0 24.3 46.4

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.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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