Ernesto Galarza Elementary

Summary:

Ernesto Galarza Elementary is a public elementary school in San Jose, California, serving 338 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school faces significant challenges, with consistently low academic performance, high chronic absenteeism, and a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

Compared to nearby schools like Schallenberger Elementary, Willow Glen Elementary, and Booksin Elementary, Ernesto Galarza Elementary has a much higher percentage of Hispanic students (79.29%) and a significantly higher rate of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (72.78%), indicating a high level of economic disadvantage. The school's academic performance is also consistently lower, with only 19.33% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy and 7.64% proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to the San Jose Unified School District and the state of California.

One bright spot within the Ernesto Galarza Elementary campus is Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary, which stands out as a high-performing school with significantly higher academic achievement and a much lower chronic absenteeism rate. This suggests that targeted interventions and support programs focused on addressing the challenges faced by Ernesto Galarza Elementary, such as high rates of economic disadvantage and chronic absenteeism, could potentially help improve the school's overall performance.


Detail:

Public K-5

 1610 Bird Ave.
       San Jose, CA  95125-1821


(408) 535-6671

District: San Jose Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5160th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,323 Help


Students who attend Ernesto Galarza Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Willow Glen Middle
High:    Willow Glen High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.5 Help
Number of students:  338

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
79.3%
Asian:
6.8%
Two or more races:
5.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  72.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ernesto Galarza Elementary ranks worse than 87.9% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 24th 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 16.89. (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 (79.3%), Asian (6.8%), two or more races (5.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 72.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ernesto Galarza Elementary is 22.5. 14 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 Ernesto Galarza Elementary is $13,323, which is the 6th highest among 27 elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ernesto Galarza Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Ernesto Galarza Elementary 5160th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Ernesto Galarza 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 Ernesto Galarza Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Ernesto Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 13.62 4442nd 4809 7.6%
2005 15.41 4298th 4822 10.9%
2006 17.04 4210th 4818 12.6%
2007 21.01 4214th 5113 17.6%
2008 24.79 3987th 5113 22.0%
2009 21.47 4325th 5193 16.7%
2010 31.18 3761st 5314 29.2%
2011 33.67 3702nd 5377 31.2%
2012 31.73 3822nd 5390 29.1%
2013 15.71 5005th 5530 9.5%
2015 23.51 4290th 5611 23.5%
2016 20.64 4563rd 5614 18.7%
2017 19.55 4734th 5692 16.8%
2018 14.55 5139th 5662 9.2%
2019 18.41 4956th 5789 14.4%
2021 18.75 1189th 1417 16.1%
2022 14.61 5391st 5883 8.4%
2023 16.89 5141st 5848 12.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ernesto Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.30 2379th 3246 26.7%
2019 39.63 1807th 3275 44.8%
2021 25.97 555th 602 7.8%
2022 24.63 2965th 3311 10.5%
2023 24.21 2927th 3240 9.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ernesto Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.72 4849th 5084 4.6%
2019 25.64 4185th 5173 19.1%
2021 20.86 974th 1110 12.3%
2022 11.10 5146th 5264 2.2%
2023 22.93 4443rd 5355 17.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Ernesto Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.73 5149th 5413 4.9%
2019 17.83 4809th 5492 12.4%
2021 22.98 970th 1267 23.4%
2022 17.34 4963rd 5635 11.9%
2023 15.25 5101st 5595 8.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ernesto Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.86 1930th 2128 9.3%
2019 24.26 2106th 2585 18.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Ernesto Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.32 4636th 5431 14.6%
2019 22.44 4432nd 5510 19.6%
2021 16.95 1108th 1272 12.9%
2022 14.09 5296th 5663 6.5%
2023 19.77 4723rd 5627 16.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ernesto Galarza Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.46 4440th 4830 8.1%
2019 20.15 4366th 4963 12.0%
2022 11.94 4955th 5084 2.5%
2023 19.03 4541st 5079 10.6%
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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 Ernesto Galarza Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 72 19 13 350 10 n/a n/a 1 465
2003 72 19 13 350 10 n/a n/a 1 465
2004 64 15 11 408 6 n/a n/a 0 504
2005 47 16 9 388 6 n/a n/a 1 467
2006 42 16 18 386 11 n/a n/a 7 480
2007 29 28 22 395 6 n/a n/a 5 485
2008 31 30 21 404 3 n/a n/a 0 489
2009 21 38 21 407 5 2 9 0 503
2010 26 35 20 411 3 0 18 0 513
2011 23 29 23 426 4 0 18 0 523
2012 27 29 26 411 3 4 12 0 512
2013 34 20 21 410 4 4 15 0 508
2014 30 24 19 423 3 6 15 0 520
2015 27 21 16 411 7 6 17 0 505
2016 23 21 16 399 1 6 14 0 480
2017 21 16 19 373 1 5 15 0 450
2018 24 19 22 343 1 6 11 0 426
2019 15 17 23 325 1 3 13 0 397
2020 13 16 17 293 2 2 11 0 354
2021 12 9 17 275 0 2 7 0 322
2022 11 12 15 263 0 1 14 0 316
2023 14 15 23 268 0 0 18 0 338

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 Ernesto Galarza Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 465 28.6 16.3 48.3
2003 465 28.6 16.3 48.3
2004 504 28.8 17.5 80.2
2005 467 29.3 15.9 71.9
2006 480 27.6 17.4 80.3
2007 485 26.0 18.7 79.2
2008 489 26.5 18.5 67.1
2009 503 25.1 17.9 86.3
2010 513 26.0 19.7 84.4
2011 523 n/a n/a 81.8
2012 512 20.8 24.6 99.4
2013 508 22.1 22.9 79.9
2014 520 18.9 27.5 77.3
2015 505 19.0 26.5 76.6
2016 480 20.0 24.0 73.8
2017 450 19.0 23.6 78.7
2018 426 18.0 23.6 76.3
2019 397 17.5 22.6 68.5
2020 354 n/a n/a 76
2021 322 13.9 23.1 68
2022 316 14.8 21.3 76.6
2023 338 15.0 22.5 72.8

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 Ernesto Galarza Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 465 28.6 16.3 48.3
2003 465 28.6 16.3 48.3
2004 504 28.8 17.5 80.2
2005 467 29.3 15.9 71.9
2006 480 27.6 17.4 80.3
2007 485 26.0 18.7 79.2
2008 489 26.5 18.5 67.1
2009 503 25.1 17.9 86.3
2010 513 26.0 19.7 84.4
2011 523 n/a n/a 81.8
2012 512 20.8 24.6 99.4
2013 508 22.1 22.9 79.9
2014 520 18.9 27.5 77.3
2015 505 19.0 26.5 76.6
2016 480 20.0 24.0 73.8
2017 450 19.0 23.6 78.7
2018 426 18.0 23.6 76.3
2019 397 17.5 22.6 68.5
2020 354 n/a n/a 76
2021 322 13.9 23.1 68
2022 316 14.8 21.3 76.6
2023 338 15.0 22.5 72.8

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

Ernesto Galarza Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%98.0%100.0%100.0%98.0%97.0%
201396.0%1.0%1.0%2.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%96.0%97.0%
201495.0%1.0%0.0%4.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%95.0%97.0%
201595.0%2.0%0.0%3.0%96.0%98.0%98.0%95.0%95.0%
201697.0%1.0%0.0%2.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%98.0%98.0%
2017≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201997.0%1.0%0.0%97.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%97.0%
202095.7%0.0%1.4%97.1%
202189.7%1.7%0.0%94.8%96.6%91.4%93.1%94.8%
202293.3%0.0%5.0%93.3%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $13,323

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ernesto 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 4956th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5141st of 5848 Elementary schools
 2.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ernesto Galarza Elementary)27.68.3
 19.3%
   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 (Ernesto Galarza Elementary)23.712
 11.7%
   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 (Ernesto Galarza Elementary)23.514.3
 9.2%
   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 (Ernesto Galarza Elementary)11.82
 9.8%
   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 (Ernesto Galarza Elementary)35.134
 1.1%
   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 (Ernesto Galarza Elementary)19.58.9
 10.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)42.138.7
 3.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Ernesto Galarza Elementary)22.428.6
 6.2%
   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 Students397338
 14.9%
African American1715
 11.8%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian2323
Hispanic325268
 17.5%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White1514
 6.7%
Two or More Races1318
 38.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients68.5%72.8%
 4.3%


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Students at Ernesto Galarza Elementary are 79% Hispanic, 7% Asian, 5% Two or more races, 4% African American, 4% White.

Students who attend Ernesto Galarza Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Willow Glen Middle
High : Willow Glen High

In the 2022-23 school year, 338 students attended Ernesto Galarza Elementary.

Ernesto Galarza Elementary ranks in the bottom 12.1% of California elementary schools.


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