Gardner Elementary

Summary:

Gardner Elementary is a public elementary school in San Jose, California, serving 389 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the San Jose Unified school district, which has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Gardner Elementary has a predominantly Hispanic student population (88.17%), it faces several challenges compared to nearby schools. The school has a significantly higher chronic absenteeism rate of 43.5%, much higher than other local schools like Washington Elementary (33.7%) and Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary (13.0%). Additionally, Gardner Elementary's test scores are consistently lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas, with only 25.6% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 16.94% in Mathematics, compared to 50.42% and 39.57% in the San Jose Unified district, respectively.

Further, Gardner Elementary has a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (68.12%) compared to nearby schools like River Glen (40.55%) and Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary (18.67%). This suggests that the school's student population faces significant socioeconomic challenges, which may contribute to the school's consistently low performance and high chronic absenteeism rates. Addressing these issues will likely require a multi-faceted approach, including targeted interventions, community engagement, and collaboration with the district and other nearby schools to share best practices and resources.


Detail:

Public K-5

 502 Illinois Ave.
       San Jose, CA  95125-1534


(408) 535-6225

District: San Jose Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
4857th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,450 Help


Students who attend Gardner Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Herbert Hoover Middle
High:    Abraham Lincoln High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.1 Help
Number of students:  389

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
88.2%
White:
4.1%
African American:
2.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  68.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Gardner Elementary ranks worse than 82.8% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 19th among 27 ranked elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 19.92. (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 Racial makeup is: Hispanic (88.2%), White (4.1%), African American (2.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 68.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Gardner Elementary is 23.1. 16 elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Gardner Elementary is $12,450, which is the 12th highest among 27 elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Gardner Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Gardner Elementary 4857th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Gardner Elementary in the ranking list.)

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San Jose Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks San Jose Unified 711th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Gardner Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Gardner Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 12.65 4506th 4809 6.3%
2005 7.16 4767th 4822 1.1%
2006 10.58 4602nd 4818 4.5%
2007 15.39 4617th 5113 9.7%
2008 18.65 4423rd 5113 13.5%
2009 35.23 3353rd 5193 35.4%
2010 32.35 3669th 5314 31.0%
2011 30.02 3979th 5377 26.0%
2012 19.80 4658th 5390 13.6%
2013 10.71 5265th 5530 4.8%
2015 9.45 5497th 5611 2.0%
2016 11.26 5356th 5614 4.6%
2017 12.31 5338th 5692 6.2%
2018 20.89 4609th 5662 18.6%
2019 23.33 4507th 5789 22.1%
2021 19.28 1177th 1417 16.9%
2022 18.64 4994th 5883 15.1%
2023 19.92 4840th 5848 17.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Gardner Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.61 2679th 3246 17.5%
2019 48.74 1316th 3275 59.8%
2021 37.64 344th 602 42.9%
2022 26.06 2876th 3311 13.1%
2023 32.12 2379th 3240 26.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Gardner Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.33 4243rd 5084 16.5%
2019 25.13 4216th 5173 18.5%
2021 23.51 941st 1110 15.2%
2022 19.32 4694th 5264 10.8%
2023 20.62 4646th 5355 13.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Gardner Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.92 3695th 5413 31.7%
2019 25.26 4206th 5492 23.4%
2021 17.84 1101st 1267 13.1%
2022 15.70 5127th 5635 9.0%
2023 16.93 4947th 5595 11.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Gardner Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.34 4935th 5431 9.1%
2019 22.59 4413th 5510 19.9%
2021 22.91 987th 1272 22.4%
2022 24.24 4302nd 5663 24.0%
2023 25.47 4187th 5627 25.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Gardner Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.81 3840th 4830 20.5%
2019 30.64 3648th 4963 26.5%
2022 17.75 4654th 5084 8.5%
2023 23.01 4240th 5079 16.5%
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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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Enrollment information for Gardner Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 150 2 5 295 1 n/a n/a 0 453
1989 180 2 2 286 0 n/a n/a 0 470
1990 160 7 1 282 0 n/a n/a 0 450
1991 157 7 1 306 0 n/a n/a 0 471
1992 146 9 6 324 0 n/a n/a 0 485
1993 106 9 7 370 0 n/a n/a 0 492
1994 89 12 4 452 1 n/a n/a 0 558
1995 105 12 8 444 6 n/a n/a 0 575
1996 105 12 8 444 6 n/a n/a 0 575
1997 87 13 12 455 8 n/a n/a 0 575
1998 58 8 7 515 12 n/a n/a 0 600
1999 45 10 7 552 13 n/a n/a 0 627
2000 36 15 8 585 12 n/a n/a 0 656
2001 27 12 8 604 6 n/a n/a 0 657
2002 13 10 4 481 9 n/a n/a 5 522
2003 13 10 4 481 9 n/a n/a 5 522
2004 13 6 4 417 5 n/a n/a 0 445
2005 14 7 7 436 5 n/a n/a 3 472
2006 13 11 9 408 6 n/a n/a 4 451
2007 16 10 10 422 3 n/a n/a 3 464
2008 23 15 10 437 3 n/a n/a 0 488
2009 25 25 12 471 4 1 10 0 548
2010 27 22 15 472 4 3 17 0 560
2011 26 19 12 502 7 3 15 0 584
2012 19 24 12 523 3 2 7 0 590
2013 13 16 12 495 3 2 8 0 549
2014 13 7 8 467 3 0 10 0 508
2015 16 7 8 435 4 0 7 0 477
2016 16 7 14 382 4 0 3 0 426
2017 16 10 12 346 2 0 4 0 390
2018 26 10 10 305 2 0 7 0 360
2019 30 15 7 325 2 0 8 0 387
2020 24 13 7 321 1 1 9 0 376
2021 22 8 4 300 1 0 9 0 344
2022 12 6 5 286 2 0 13 0 324
2023 16 11 7 343 2 0 10 0 389

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 Gardner Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 453 29.0 15.6 n/a
1989 470 27.5 17.0 n/a
1990 450 26.7 16.8 n/a
1991 471 27.2 17.3 n/a
1992 485 27.6 17.5 67.8
1993 492 26.7 18.4 77.4
1994 558 25.4 22.0 76.3
1995 575 26.1 22.0 77.9
1996 575 26.1 22.0 77.9
1997 575 21.0 27.4 84.9
1998 600 26.0 23.1 80.3
1999 627 30.0 20.9 77.2
2000 656 30.0 21.9 70.7
2001 657 33.0 19.9 69.6
2002 522 32.0 16.3 92.1
2003 522 32.0 16.3 92.1
2004 445 29.0 15.3 86.3
2005 472 28.5 16.6 84.2
2006 451 28.0 16.1 82.8
2007 464 28.8 16.1 80.3
2008 488 29.0 16.8 84.6
2009 548 29.0 18.3 85.6
2010 560 25.0 22.4 75.2
2011 584 n/a n/a 74.3
2012 590 22.6 26.1 n/a
2013 549 23.0 23.8 78.1
2014 508 20.1 25.2 76.8
2015 477 19.0 25.1 73.8
2016 426 18.0 23.6 72.3
2017 390 16.9 23.0 76.2
2018 360 14.6 24.5 73.6
2019 387 16.8 22.9 59.9
2020 376 n/a n/a 65.7
2021 344 14.6 23.4 67.4
2022 324 16.8 19.2 67.6
2023 389 16.7 23.1 68.1

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 Gardner Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 453 29.0 15.6 n/a
1989 470 27.5 17.0 n/a
1990 450 26.7 16.8 n/a
1991 471 27.2 17.3 n/a
1992 485 27.6 17.5 67.8
1993 492 26.7 18.4 77.4
1994 558 25.4 22.0 76.3
1995 575 26.1 22.0 77.9
1996 575 26.1 22.0 77.9
1997 575 21.0 27.4 84.9
1998 600 26.0 23.1 80.3
1999 627 30.0 20.9 77.2
2000 656 30.0 21.9 70.7
2001 657 33.0 19.9 69.6
2002 522 32.0 16.3 92.1
2003 522 32.0 16.3 92.1
2004 445 29.0 15.3 86.3
2005 472 28.5 16.6 84.2
2006 451 28.0 16.1 82.8
2007 464 28.8 16.1 80.3
2008 488 29.0 16.8 84.6
2009 548 29.0 18.3 85.6
2010 560 25.0 22.4 75.2
2011 584 n/a n/a 74.3
2012 590 22.6 26.1 n/a
2013 549 23.0 23.8 78.1
2014 508 20.1 25.2 76.8
2015 477 19.0 25.1 73.8
2016 426 18.0 23.6 72.3
2017 390 16.9 23.0 76.2
2018 360 14.6 24.5 73.6
2019 387 16.8 22.9 59.9
2020 376 n/a n/a 65.7
2021 344 14.6 23.4 67.4
2022 324 16.8 19.2 67.6
2023 389 16.7 23.1 68.1

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

Gardner Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%2.0%0.0%1.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%97.0%
201396.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%96.0%
201497.0%1.0%0.0%2.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%
201598.0%1.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%98.0%99.0%
201697.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%97.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201894.0%0.0%3.0%0.0%94.0%96.0%97.0%94.0%96.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202194.7%0.0%0.0%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $12,450

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Gardner Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4507th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 4840th of 5848 Elementary schools
 4.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Gardner Elementary)21.323.7
 2.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Jose Unified)51.346.7
 4.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Gardner Elementary)22.628.6
 6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)49.348.7
 0.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
3rd Grade Reading/Language Arts (Gardner Elementary)11.420.5
 9.1%
   3rd Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Jose Unified)20.916.2
 4.7%
   3rd Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)13.88.7
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Gardner Elementary)34.316.3
 18%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Jose Unified)55.947.4
 8.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Gardner Elementary)26.57
 19.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)47.145.7
 1.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
4th Grade Reading/Language Arts (Gardner Elementary)150
 15%
   4th Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Jose Unified)15.69.6
 6.1%
   4th Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)14.59.1
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Gardner Elementary)45.135
 10.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Jose Unified)57.852.1
 5.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Gardner Elementary)23.514.3
 9.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)42.138.7
 3.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Gardner Elementary)25.517.5
 8%
   5th Grade Science (San Jose Unified)39.339.1
 0.2%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
5th Grade Reading/Language Arts (Gardner Elementary)13.817.1
 3.3%
   5th Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Jose Unified)18.317.1
 1.2%
   5th Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)138.8
 4.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students387389
 0.5%
African American1511
 26.7%
American Indian22
Asian77
Hispanic325343
 5.5%
Pacific Islander00
White3016
 46.7%
Two or More Races810
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients59.9%68.1%
 8.2%


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Gardner Elementary ranks in the bottom 17.2% of California elementary schools.

Students who attend Gardner Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Herbert Hoover Middle
High : Abraham Lincoln High

In the 2022-23 school year, 389 students attended Gardner Elementary.

Students at Gardner Elementary are 88% Hispanic, 4% White, 3% African American, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian.


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