James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

Summary:

James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary is a public elementary school in Sacramento, California, serving students from kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the San Juan Unified School District.

James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary consistently outperforms the district and state in academic achievement, with 50.45% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 41.75% for the district and 46.66% for the state. In mathematics, the school had 41.85% of students proficient or better, compared to 29.61% for the district and 34.62% for the state. The school also has a lower chronic absenteeism rate of 17.9% and a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (43.15%) compared to nearby schools. However, the school's performance has shown a slight decline in recent years, dropping from a 4-star to a 3-star rating.

While James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary outperforms most nearby schools in the San Juan Unified School District, the California Montessori Project-San Juan Campuses, a public charter school, also performs well academically and has a similar student racial makeup. The school's strong academic performance, particularly for female and low-socioeconomic status students, is noteworthy, but the school will need to identify strategies to maintain its excellence in the face of recent declines.


Detail:

Public K-6

 3350 Becerra Way
       Sacramento, CA  95821-3706


(916) 575-2312

District: San Juan Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1894th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,681 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  25.8 Help
Number of students:  387

Racial breakdown:

White:
55.8%
Hispanic:
19.1%
African American:
9.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  43.2% Help


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Compare Details James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary ranks better than 67.7% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 11th among 41 ranked elementary schools in the San Juan Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 63.03. (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: White (55.8%), Hispanic (19.1%), African American (9.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 43.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary is 25.8. 33 elementary schools in the San Juan Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary is $5,681. 40 elementary schools in the San Juan Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary 1894th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary in the ranking list.)

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San Juan Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks San Juan Unified 844th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

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Rank History for all students at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 94.53 257th 4809 94.7%
2005 92.56 353rd 4822 92.7%
2006 92.97 329th 4818 93.2%
2007 93.98 290th 5113 94.3%
2008 90.19 467th 5113 90.9%
2009 95.67 119th 5193 97.7%
2010 91.98 329th 5314 93.8%
2011 91.34 360th 5377 93.3%
2012 88.73 506th 5390 90.6%
2013 87.40 621st 5530 88.8%
2015 82.15 1026th 5611 81.7%
2016 85.10 894th 5614 84.1%
2017 78.46 1188th 5692 79.1%
2018 71.19 1513th 5662 73.3%
2019 78.03 1253rd 5789 78.4%
2022 68.21 1682nd 5883 71.4%
2023 63.03 1887th 5848 67.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.77 1140th 5084 77.6%
2019 83.30 574th 5173 88.9%
2022 71.48 1103rd 5264 79.0%
2023 60.87 1692nd 5355 68.4%
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Rank History for Female students at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.43 1316th 5413 75.7%
2019 78.75 1139th 5492 79.3%
2022 75.40 1304th 5635 76.9%
2023 63.63 1773rd 5595 68.3%
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Rank History for Male students at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.69 1682nd 5431 69.0%
2019 76.33 1242nd 5510 77.5%
2022 59.42 1988th 5663 64.9%
2023 58.95 1987th 5627 64.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.21 1948th 4830 59.7%
2022 42.39 2719th 5084 46.5%
2023 71.90 1076th 5079 78.8%
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Rank History for White students at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.84 1269th 2737 53.6%
2019 61.79 1143rd 2834 59.7%
2022 48.56 1505th 2726 44.8%
2023 41.33 1680th 2659 36.8%
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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 James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 341 5 8 18 3 n/a n/a 0 375
1989 371 6 15 15 3 n/a n/a 0 410
1990 353 10 18 27 4 n/a n/a 0 412
1991 362 9 19 34 4 n/a n/a 0 428
1992 372 5 27 34 3 n/a n/a 0 441
1993 379 5 29 31 1 n/a n/a 0 445
1994 346 6 33 37 4 n/a n/a 0 426
1995 366 12 30 37 2 n/a n/a 0 447
1996 366 12 30 37 2 n/a n/a 0 447
1997 359 15 33 32 2 n/a n/a 0 441
1998 354 13 36 35 3 n/a n/a 0 441
1999 337 11 47 35 0 n/a n/a 0 430
2000 331 11 46 33 2 n/a n/a 0 423
2001 334 12 45 38 3 n/a n/a 0 432
2002 330 17 41 34 19 n/a n/a 0 441
2003 330 17 41 34 19 n/a n/a 0 441
2004 338 15 34 34 18 n/a n/a 0 439
2005 346 11 34 30 19 n/a n/a 0 440
2006 333 11 30 34 18 n/a n/a 0 426
2007 333 11 32 35 18 n/a n/a 3 432
2008 341 14 33 33 16 n/a n/a 0 437
2009 344 12 26 29 10 5 0 0 426
2010 387 12 31 34 2 6 0 0 472
2011 366 14 34 39 0 7 4 0 464
2012 386 29 31 49 0 9 5 0 509
2013 401 25 29 50 0 8 12 0 525
2014 409 20 31 56 0 4 14 0 534
2015 385 21 23 65 0 3 11 0 508
2016 373 26 26 71 1 2 6 0 505
2017 354 22 18 76 1 2 19 0 492
2018 349 22 23 75 3 1 15 0 488
2019 325 17 25 70 2 2 31 0 472
2020 298 19 23 72 2 1 30 0 445
2021 243 14 28 72 2 1 25 0 385
2022 226 23 33 66 4 1 25 0 378
2023 216 37 26 74 2 4 28 0 387

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 James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 375 14.0 26.7 n/a
1989 410 15.5 26.4 n/a
1990 412 16.0 25.7 n/a
1991 428 17.0 25.1 n/a
1992 441 17.3 25.4 8.4
1993 445 15.0 29.7 8.5
1994 426 13.5 31.6 5.6
1995 447 14.0 31.9 10.3
1996 447 14.0 31.9 10.3
1997 441 16.5 26.7 10.4
1998 441 17.0 25.9 10
1999 430 18.5 23.2 11.9
2000 423 17.5 24.2 11.1
2001 432 19.0 22.7 9.3
2002 441 20.1 21.9 8.2
2003 441 20.1 21.9 8.2
2004 439 19.0 23.1 8.7
2005 440 20.0 22.0 8.6
2006 426 20.0 21.3 11.5
2007 432 20.8 20.8 13.8
2008 437 20.9 20.9 12.1
2009 426 19.9 20.4 10.3
2010 472 19.9 23.7 15.5
2011 464 n/a n/a 19.2
2012 509 17.9 28.4 n/a
2013 525 17.5 29.9 28.6
2014 534 17.0 31.4 30.7
2015 508 16.0 31.7 32.1
2016 505 17.0 29.7 35
2017 492 16.5 29.8 34.6
2018 488 16.5 29.5 42
2019 472 17.0 27.7 41.1
2020 445 n/a n/a 44.3
2021 385 17.0 22.6 41
2022 378 16.0 23.6 47.6
2023 387 15.0 25.8 43.2

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 James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 375 14.0 26.7 n/a
1989 410 15.5 26.4 n/a
1990 412 16.0 25.7 n/a
1991 428 17.0 25.1 n/a
1992 441 17.3 25.4 8.4
1993 445 15.0 29.7 8.5
1994 426 13.5 31.6 5.6
1995 447 14.0 31.9 10.3
1996 447 14.0 31.9 10.3
1997 441 16.5 26.7 10.4
1998 441 17.0 25.9 10
1999 430 18.5 23.2 11.9
2000 423 17.5 24.2 11.1
2001 432 19.0 22.7 9.3
2002 441 20.1 21.9 8.2
2003 441 20.1 21.9 8.2
2004 439 19.0 23.1 8.7
2005 440 20.0 22.0 8.6
2006 426 20.0 21.3 11.5
2007 432 20.8 20.8 13.8
2008 437 20.9 20.9 12.1
2009 426 19.9 20.4 10.3
2010 472 19.9 23.7 15.5
2011 464 n/a n/a 19.2
2012 509 17.9 28.4 n/a
2013 525 17.5 29.9 28.6
2014 534 17.0 31.4 30.7
2015 508 16.0 31.7 32.1
2016 505 17.0 29.7 35
2017 492 16.5 29.8 34.6
2018 488 16.5 29.5 42
2019 472 17.0 27.7 41.1
2020 445 n/a n/a 44.3
2021 385 17.0 22.6 41
2022 378 16.0 23.6 47.6
2023 387 15.0 25.8 43.2

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

James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201288.0%1.0%0.0%11.0%90.0%98.0%98.0%89.0%90.0%
201397.0%2.0%0.0%2.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%
201489.0%3.0%0.0%8.0%89.0%97.0%95.0%89.0%89.0%
201590.0%6.0%0.0%3.0%90.0%92.0%94.0%92.0%94.0%
201683.0%4.0%0.0%13.0%85.0%92.0%94.0%83.0%85.0%
201792.0%4.0%0.0%3.0%94.0%94.0%96.0%94.0%96.0%
201892.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%97.0%95.0%≥98.0%95.0%96.0%
201997.0%0.0%3.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202191.8%0.0%2.0%93.9%93.9%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,681

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

Impact of COVID-19 on James R. Cowan Fundamental 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 1253rd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1887th of 5848 Elementary schools
 10.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)71.249.1
 22.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Juan Unified)4435.3
 8.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)71.249.1
 22.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (San Juan Unified)44.835.1
 9.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)64.759.7
 5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Juan Unified)44.937.7
 7.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)60.547.4
 13.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (San Juan Unified)41.332.3
 9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)7556.6
 18.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Juan Unified)47.242.1
 5.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)54.439.6
 14.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (San Juan Unified)3326.3
 6.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)51.551.9
 0.4%
   5th Grade Science (San Juan Unified)31.131.6
 0.5%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)40.629.6
 11.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Juan Unified)42.537.8
 4.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary)33.326.7
 6.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (San Juan Unified)34.827.7
 7.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students472387
 18%
African American1737
 117.6%
American Indian22
Asian2526
 4%
Hispanic7074
 5.7%
Pacific Islander24
 100%
White325216
 33.5%
Two or More Races3128
 9.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.1%43.2%
 2.1%


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Students at James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary are 56% White, 19% Hispanic, 10% African American, 7% Two or more races, 7% Asian, 1% Pacific Islander.

In the 2022-23 school year, 387 students attended James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary.

James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary ranks 1894th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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