Holmes Elementary

Summary:

Holmes Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school in San Diego, California, serving 514 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, with a statewide ranking of 72 out of 5,848 schools and a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Holmes Elementary stands out for its exceptional academic performance, with 89.83% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, significantly outpacing the San Diego Unified School District (53.76%) and the state of California (46.66%). The school also boasts a relatively diverse student population, with 18.29% Hispanic, 3.11% Asian, and 13.04% identifying as two or more races, compared to some nearby schools like Linda Vista Elementary and Ross Elementary, which have higher concentrations of Hispanic or Asian students. Additionally, only 18.68% of Holmes Elementary students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, significantly lower than the nearby schools mentioned.

The school's success extends beyond its overall academic performance, as it also excels in supporting the achievement of various student subgroups, ranking among the top schools in California for female students, Hispanic students, White students, and students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. This demonstrates Holmes Elementary's commitment to equity and its ability to provide an exceptional education to students from diverse backgrounds. While the school has seen a slight increase in chronic absenteeism, from 4.0% in 2020-2021 to 13.0% in 2022-2023, it remains an area of focus for the school to ensure all students are consistently engaged in their learning.


Detail:

Public K-6

 4902 Mt. Ararat Dr.
       San Diego, CA  92111-3808


(858) 496-8110

District: San Diego Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
72nd of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,102 Help


Students who attend Holmes Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Marston Middle
High:    Clairemont High

Student/teacher ratio:  25.7 Help
Number of students:  514

Racial breakdown:

White:
65.4%
Hispanic:
18.3%
Two or more races:
13.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18.7% Help


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Compare Details Holmes Elementary ranks better than 98.8% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 117 ranked elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.26. (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 Holmes Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (65.4%), Hispanic (18.3%), two or more races (13%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 18.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Holmes Elementary is 25.7. 112 elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Holmes Elementary is $7,102. 107 elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Holmes Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Holmes Elementary 72nd of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Holmes Elementary in the ranking list.)

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San Diego Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks San Diego Unified 582nd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Holmes Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Holmes Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 70.64 1283rd 4809 73.3%
2005 84.26 762nd 4822 84.2%
2006 79.67 981st 4818 79.6%
2007 84.04 793rd 5113 84.5%
2008 81.39 909th 5113 82.2%
2009 85.85 714th 5193 86.3%
2010 87.36 614th 5314 88.4%
2011 81.47 918th 5377 82.9%
2012 84.57 757th 5390 86.0%
2013 83.28 865th 5530 84.4%
2015 96.36 244th 5611 95.7%
2016 95.80 257th 5614 95.4%
2017 97.75 108th 5692 98.1%
2018 96.04 214th 5662 96.2%
2019 95.31 262nd 5789 95.5%
2022 98.02 96th 5883 98.4%
2023 98.26 72nd 5874 98.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Holmes Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.77 102nd 339 69.9%
2022 90.27 13th 610 97.9%
2023 82.47 79th 669 88.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Holmes Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.50 58th 5084 98.9%
2019 97.63 57th 5173 98.9%
2022 99.31 41st 5264 99.2%
2023 99.81 9th 5374 99.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Holmes Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.28 264th 5413 95.1%
2019 93.13 348th 5492 93.7%
2022 98.31 43rd 5635 99.2%
2023 98.08 55th 5617 99.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Holmes Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 98.16 42nd 2585 98.4%
2022 99.88 8th 2227 99.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Holmes Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.24 170th 5431 96.9%
2019 95.33 222nd 5510 96.0%
2022 96.74 182nd 5663 96.8%
2023 97.62 96th 5650 98.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Holmes Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.22 45th 4830 99.1%
2019 93.23 187th 4963 96.2%
2022 99.70 14th 5084 99.7%
2023 99.90 2nd 5098 100.0%
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Rank History for White students at Holmes Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.19 144th 2737 94.7%
2019 88.09 149th 2834 94.7%
2022 90.15 102nd 2726 96.3%
2023 91.48 60th 2662 97.7%
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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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by a parent
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Open Quote this school and the teachers have helped my Chauntell in so many ways, from teaching and learning how to deal with bullies she and i will always remember Holmes we only have 2 more years left with you and so far i give u guys 10 stars Close Quote



Enrollment information for Holmes Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 301 65 33 49 3 n/a n/a 0 451
1989 331 61 37 43 1 n/a n/a 0 473
1990 345 55 31 40 1 n/a n/a 0 472
1991 359 40 32 50 2 n/a n/a 0 483
1992 334 50 30 43 0 n/a n/a 0 457
1993 338 38 46 50 4 n/a n/a 0 476
1994 357 43 48 70 4 n/a n/a 0 522
1995 379 32 36 49 2 n/a n/a 0 498
1996 379 32 36 49 2 n/a n/a 0 498
1997 389 26 38 56 3 n/a n/a 0 512
1998 397 17 43 53 0 n/a n/a 0 510
1999 377 17 41 56 2 n/a n/a 0 493
2000 399 17 42 57 4 n/a n/a 0 519
2001 382 16 43 54 5 n/a n/a 0 500
2002 362 34 39 58 6 n/a n/a 0 499
2003 362 34 39 58 6 n/a n/a 0 499
2004 333 31 39 64 5 n/a n/a 0 472
2005 312 22 44 83 5 n/a n/a 0 466
2006 319 29 39 75 2 n/a n/a 0 464
2007 322 24 42 72 1 n/a n/a 2 463
2008 318 24 39 58 1 n/a n/a 0 440
2009 354 19 44 65 1 6 0 0 489
2010 348 9 28 73 0 5 29 0 492
2011 359 10 20 90 0 4 42 0 525
2012 340 6 19 108 0 4 48 0 525
2013 347 4 21 111 0 4 45 0 532
2014 336 4 23 112 0 3 46 0 524
2015 307 4 29 109 3 3 67 0 522
2016 335 4 30 105 3 2 71 0 550
2017 331 4 27 116 3 2 81 0 564
2018 361 4 22 118 3 1 76 0 585
2019 342 3 17 120 3 1 73 0 559
2020 336 1 20 125 0 0 78 0 560
2021 319 1 19 116 0 0 69 0 524
2022 331 0 16 95 0 0 68 0 510
2023 336 0 16 94 1 0 67 0 514

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 Holmes Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 451 20.1 22.4 n/a
1989 473 17.1 27.6 n/a
1990 472 19.1 24.7 n/a
1991 483 20.1 24.0 n/a
1992 457 20.4 22.4 23.9
1993 476 20.1 23.7 25
1994 522 19.0 27.5 31
1995 498 18.0 27.7 31.5
1996 498 18.0 27.7 31.5
1997 512 19.0 26.9 31.6
1998 510 23.0 22.2 25.3
1999 493 22.0 22.4 22.3
2000 519 23.0 22.6 26.4
2001 500 24.0 20.8 20.8
2002 499 25.0 20.0 23.4
2003 499 25.0 20.0 23.4
2004 472 25.0 18.9 20.6
2005 466 24.0 19.4 22.5
2006 464 25.6 18.1 20
2007 463 24.0 19.3 21
2008 440 25.0 17.6 19.3
2009 489 24.0 19.6 19.4
2010 492 23.0 21.3 21.7
2011 525 n/a n/a 25.3
2012 525 25.4 20.6 n/a
2013 532 25.0 21.2 23.7
2014 524 20.2 25.9 21.8
2015 522 19.0 27.4 22
2016 550 20.0 27.5 21.6
2017 564 21.5 26.2 22.9
2018 585 23.0 25.4 21
2019 559 22.0 25.4 18.8
2020 560 n/a n/a 19.3
2021 524 21.0 24.9 20.8
2022 510 21.0 24.2 22.2
2023 514 20.0 25.7 18.7

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 Holmes Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 451 20.1 22.4 n/a
1989 473 17.1 27.6 n/a
1990 472 19.1 24.7 n/a
1991 483 20.1 24.0 n/a
1992 457 20.4 22.4 23.9
1993 476 20.1 23.7 25
1994 522 19.0 27.5 31
1995 498 18.0 27.7 31.5
1996 498 18.0 27.7 31.5
1997 512 19.0 26.9 31.6
1998 510 23.0 22.2 25.3
1999 493 22.0 22.4 22.3
2000 519 23.0 22.6 26.4
2001 500 24.0 20.8 20.8
2002 499 25.0 20.0 23.4
2003 499 25.0 20.0 23.4
2004 472 25.0 18.9 20.6
2005 466 24.0 19.4 22.5
2006 464 25.6 18.1 20
2007 463 24.0 19.3 21
2008 440 25.0 17.6 19.3
2009 489 24.0 19.6 19.4
2010 492 23.0 21.3 21.7
2011 525 n/a n/a 25.3
2012 525 25.4 20.6 n/a
2013 532 25.0 21.2 23.7
2014 524 20.2 25.9 21.8
2015 522 19.0 27.4 22
2016 550 20.0 27.5 21.6
2017 564 21.5 26.2 22.9
2018 585 23.0 25.4 21
2019 559 22.0 25.4 18.8
2020 560 n/a n/a 19.3
2021 524 21.0 24.9 20.8
2022 510 21.0 24.2 22.2
2023 514 20.0 25.7 18.7

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

Holmes Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%2.0%1.0%0.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
201398.0%2.0%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201496.0%4.0%0.0%0.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%
201592.0%7.0%0.0%1.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%92.0%
201695.0%5.0%0.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201796.0%3.0%0.0%1.0%98.0%97.0%98.0%97.0%98.0%
201898.0%0.0%1.0%1.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%≥99.0%
2019≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
202098.3%0.8%0.8%98.3%98.3%98.3%98.3%98.3%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,102

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Holmes 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 262nd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 72nd of 5874 Elementary schools
 3.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Holmes Elementary)75.890.8
 15%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Diego Unified)56.253.6
 2.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Holmes Elementary)80.290.8
 10.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (San Diego Unified)60.455
 5.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Holmes Elementary)89.791.4
 1.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Diego Unified)56.851.1
 5.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Holmes Elementary)82.888.6
 5.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (San Diego Unified)5550
 5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Holmes Elementary)83.587.3
 3.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Diego Unified)6055.6
 4.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Holmes Elementary)75.376.3
 1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (San Diego Unified)50.742.5
 8.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Holmes Elementary)63.968.8
 4.8%
   5th Grade Science (San Diego Unified)39.940
 0.2%
   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 Students559514
 8.1%
African American30
 100%
American Indian31
 66.7%
Asian1716
 5.9%
Hispanic12094
 21.7%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White342336
 1.8%
Two or More Races7367
 8.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients18.8%18.7%
 0.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Holmes Elementary

Yes! Holmes Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 72nd of 5874 California elementary schools.

Students who attend Holmes Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Marston Middle
High : Clairemont High

In the 2022-23 school year, 514 students attended Holmes Elementary.

Students at Holmes Elementary are 65% White, 18% Hispanic, 13% Two or more races, 3% Asian.


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