Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

Summary:

Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary is a public elementary school in San Jose, California, serving around 300 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. This high-performing school consistently outpaces the San Jose Unified School District and the state of California in academic achievement, ranking in the top 15% of California elementary schools.

Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary's academic success is particularly noteworthy, with 74.15% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy and 69.39% proficient or better in Mathematics, far exceeding the district and state averages. The school's diverse student population, which includes 32% Hispanic and 16.67% Asian students, demonstrates the school's ability to effectively serve students from various backgrounds. Additionally, Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary's low chronic absenteeism rate of 13% is significantly better than nearby Schallenberger Elementary at 21.9% and Willow Glen Elementary at 27.9%.

The school's Montessori-based approach to education, which emphasizes hands-on, self-directed learning, appears to be a key factor in its success. When compared to other high-performing schools in the area, such as Booksin Elementary, Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary stands out for its exceptional academic results, particularly for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, who rank in the top 5% of California elementary schools in this subgroup.


Detail:

Public K-5

 1610 Bird Ave.
       San Jose, CA  95125-1821


(408) 535-6671

District: San Jose Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
636th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,554 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  27.6 Help
Number of students:  300

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
32.0%
White:
28.3%
Asian:
16.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18.7% Help


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Compare Details Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary ranks better than 89.2% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 6th 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 91.04. (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 Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (32%), White (28.3%), Asian (16.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 18.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary is 27.6. 24 elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary employs 10.8 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary is $10,554. 21 elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary 636th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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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 Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 47.24 2295th 4809 52.3%
2005 55.43 1939th 4822 59.8%
2006 50.09 2190th 4818 54.5%
2007 61.59 1738th 5113 66.0%
2008 68.92 1456th 5113 71.5%
2009 73.04 1301st 5193 74.9%
2010 72.66 1338th 5314 74.8%
2011 60.13 2021st 5377 62.4%
2012 70.86 1474th 5390 72.7%
2013 63.47 1920th 5530 65.3%
2015 83.99 932nd 5611 83.4%
2016 84.61 922nd 5614 83.6%
2017 88.44 736th 5692 87.1%
2018 87.67 759th 5662 86.6%
2019 79.45 1199th 5789 79.3%
2021 82.25 243rd 1417 82.9%
2022 87.91 812th 5883 86.2%
2023 91.04 629th 5848 89.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.60 505th 5084 90.1%
2019 56.21 1990th 5173 61.5%
2021 93.16 45th 1110 95.9%
2023 93.52 250th 5355 95.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.22 816th 5413 84.9%
2019 79.67 1091st 5492 80.1%
2021 74.57 295th 1267 76.7%
2022 80.91 1063rd 5635 81.1%
2023 88.83 694th 5595 87.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.94 741st 5431 86.4%
2019 74.82 1303rd 5510 76.4%
2021 85.71 185th 1272 85.5%
2022 90.57 592nd 5663 89.5%
2023 90.47 583rd 5627 89.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.46 618th 4830 87.2%
2019 70.50 1151st 4963 76.8%
2022 77.51 838th 5084 83.5%
2023 95.95 131st 5079 97.4%
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Rank History for White students at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.65 431st 2737 84.3%
2019 75.23 623rd 2834 78.0%
2022 86.34 219th 2726 92.0%
2023 81.40 374th 2659 85.9%
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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
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Open Quote I am so glad there is a public Montessori school in San Jose Unified. My daughters are in 4th and Kinder, and are thriving here. I see them taking ownership of their learning experiences, and growing in confidence and leadership. They have had fabulous teachers who draw out the best from them. I am also excited about the parent community, which is growing and deepening every year. We love our school. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, January 31, 2010

Open Quote This is my son's second year at Hammer Montessori School and he loves it. The teachers are warm, caring and just fantastic. The skills learned in the Montessori way will last the kids a lifetime Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Saturday, January 23, 2010

Open Quote Hammer is a great school with superior teachers (that are both state and Montessori credentialed) My son has been at the school for 3 1/2 years and absolutely loves the school. He has learned much more than book knowledge from Hammer...he has learned how to care for others, how to care for the environment, and how to be a great leader. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1998 76 12 18 62 5 n/a n/a 0 173
1999 72 11 28 63 4 n/a n/a 0 178
2000 126 16 40 160 5 n/a n/a 0 347
2001 151 21 56 152 6 n/a n/a 0 386
2002 172 36 67 135 2 n/a n/a 0 412
2003 172 36 67 135 2 n/a n/a 0 412
2004 169 40 75 126 2 n/a n/a 0 412
2005 97 31 47 99 1 n/a n/a 0 275
2006 68 27 41 93 7 n/a n/a 7 243
2007 71 31 37 106 3 n/a n/a 10 258
2008 64 29 34 100 1 n/a n/a 0 228
2009 68 26 36 109 2 2 11 0 254
2010 82 23 54 102 0 2 12 0 275
2011 109 19 58 101 0 1 31 0 319
2012 114 17 63 94 0 1 29 0 318
2013 114 16 60 88 0 3 31 0 312
2014 117 12 53 91 0 2 33 0 308
2015 118 16 55 92 1 2 42 0 326
2016 101 17 57 102 1 3 44 0 325
2017 91 21 57 113 1 2 40 0 325
2018 94 23 53 109 1 2 31 0 313
2019 96 23 55 116 0 0 36 0 326
2020 94 27 55 114 0 0 37 0 327
2021 91 31 58 111 1 0 41 0 333
2022 81 25 57 95 2 0 39 0 299
2023 85 21 50 96 2 0 46 0 300

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 Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 173 4.0 43.3 41
1999 178 10.0 17.8 94.9
2000 347 21.0 16.5 36
2001 386 22.5 17.2 27.7
2002 412 26.5 15.5 28.4
2003 412 26.5 15.5 28.4
2004 412 22.5 18.3 39.8
2005 275 13.0 21.2 39.6
2006 243 14.0 17.4 46.6
2007 258 14.6 17.7 44.4
2008 228 14.6 15.6 72.4
2009 254 14.0 16.9 39.8
2010 275 11.0 25.0 29.5
2011 319 n/a n/a 25.7
2012 318 12.0 26.5 n/a
2013 312 11.9 26.2 24.7
2014 308 11.9 25.8 23.4
2015 326 12.0 27.1 23
2016 325 12.0 27.0 27.1
2017 325 11.0 29.4 24.9
2018 313 10.6 29.4 26.8
2019 326 11.5 28.2 23.9
2020 327 n/a n/a 21.1
2021 333 12.7 26.1 17.1
2022 299 10.9 27.4 17.1
2023 300 10.8 27.6 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 Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 173 4.0 43.3 41
1999 178 10.0 17.8 94.9
2000 347 21.0 16.5 36
2001 386 22.5 17.2 27.7
2002 412 26.5 15.5 28.4
2003 412 26.5 15.5 28.4
2004 412 22.5 18.3 39.8
2005 275 13.0 21.2 39.6
2006 243 14.0 17.4 46.6
2007 258 14.6 17.7 44.4
2008 228 14.6 15.6 72.4
2009 254 14.0 16.9 39.8
2010 275 11.0 25.0 29.5
2011 319 n/a n/a 25.7
2012 318 12.0 26.5 n/a
2013 312 11.9 26.2 24.7
2014 308 11.9 25.8 23.4
2015 326 12.0 27.1 23
2016 325 12.0 27.0 27.1
2017 325 11.0 29.4 24.9
2018 313 10.6 29.4 26.8
2019 326 11.5 28.2 23.9
2020 327 n/a n/a 21.1
2021 333 12.7 26.1 17.1
2022 299 10.9 27.4 17.1
2023 300 10.8 27.6 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

Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201288.0%9.0%0.0%3.0%90.0%88.0%91.0%91.0%90.0%
201392.0%6.0%0.0%2.0%94.0%92.0%94.0%94.0%94.0%
201495.0%2.0%0.0%2.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%95.0%95.0%
201590.0%8.0%0.0%2.0%92.0%92.0%92.0%90.0%90.0%
201698.0%2.0%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201797.0%2.0%2.0%0.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201897.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%
201997.0%0.0%0.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%
202194.8%3.5%0.0%96.6%96.6%96.6%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $10,554

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Hammer Montessori at Galarza 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 1199th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 629th of 5848 Elementary schools
 10%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary)55.455.8
 0.4%
   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 (Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary)58.976.9
 18%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)49.348.7
 0.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary)71.482
 10.6%
   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 (Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary)69.472
 2.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)47.145.7
 1.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary)77.386.7
 9.4%
   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 (Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary)52.357.8
 5.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)42.138.7
 3.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary)5064.4
 14.4%
   5th Grade Science (San Jose Unified)39.339.1
 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 Students326300
 8%
African American2321
 8.7%
American Indian02
Asian5550
 9.1%
Hispanic11696
 17.2%
Pacific Islander00
White9685
 11.5%
Two or More Races3646
 27.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients23.9%18.7%
 5.3%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 300 students attended Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary.

Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary ranks 636th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary are 32% Hispanic, 28% White, 17% Asian, 15% Two or more races, 7% African American.


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