Los Ranchos Elementary

Summary:

Los Ranchos Elementary is a public K-6 school in San Luis Obispo, California, serving around 450 students as part of the San Luis Coastal Unified school district. This high-performing school consistently exceeds district and state averages in academic assessments, with strong proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

Los Ranchos Elementary stands out for its academic excellence, with proficiency rates ranging from 57.69% to 78.57% in ELA and 69.23% to 82.14% in Math across grade levels, significantly higher than the district and state. The school also excels in CAST Science assessments, with 69.81% of students scoring proficient or better, compared to 50.75% for the district and 30.18% for the state. This consistent academic performance has earned Los Ranchos a statewide ranking between 195 and 769 over the past several years.

However, the school's demographics differ from some nearby schools. Los Ranchos has a predominantly white student population (68%), in contrast to the more diverse racial makeup of Grover Beach Elementary (67.10% Hispanic) and Pacheco Elementary (59.75% Hispanic). Additionally, Los Ranchos has a lower percentage of economically disadvantaged students (19.56%) compared to schools like Hawthorne Elementary (48.6%) and Grover Beach Elementary (78.66%). The school's chronic absenteeism rate has also fluctuated in recent years, warranting further investigation.


Detail:

Public K-6

 5785 Los Ranchos Rd.
       San Luis Obispo, CA  93401-8247


(805) 596-4075

District: San Luis Coastal Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
528th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,784 Help


Students who attend Los Ranchos Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Laguna Middle
    Teach Elementary
High:    San Luis Obispo High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.6 Help
Number of students:  450

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.0%
Hispanic:
14.4%
Two or more races:
12.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  19.6% Help


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Compare Details Los Ranchos Elementary ranks better than 91% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks first among 9 ranked elementary schools in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.61. (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 Los Ranchos Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (68%), Hispanic (14.4%), two or more races (12.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 19.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Los Ranchos Elementary is 23.6. 7 elementary schools in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Los Ranchos Elementary is $11,784. 7 elementary schools in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Los Ranchos Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Los Ranchos Elementary 528th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Los Ranchos Elementary in the ranking list.)

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San Luis Coastal Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks San Luis Coastal Unified 255th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Los Ranchos Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Los Ranchos Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 92.36 374th 4809 92.2%
2005 89.50 508th 4822 89.5%
2006 92.67 352nd 4818 92.7%
2007 93.98 289th 5113 94.3%
2008 88.02 593rd 5113 88.4%
2009 86.57 671st 5193 87.1%
2010 93.67 214th 5314 96.0%
2011 88.87 502nd 5377 90.7%
2012 89.55 448th 5390 91.7%
2013 87.18 636th 5530 88.5%
2015 87.77 738th 5611 86.8%
2016 90.61 578th 5614 89.7%
2017 92.36 500th 5692 91.2%
2018 94.44 333rd 5662 94.1%
2019 95.03 287th 5789 95.0%
2021 85.92 195th 1417 86.2%
2022 88.59 769th 5883 86.9%
2023 92.61 524th 5848 91.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Los Ranchos Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 96.24 96th 5173 98.1%
2022 52.67 2112th 5264 59.9%
2023 86.94 494th 5355 90.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Los Ranchos Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.94 290th 5413 94.6%
2019 93.94 290th 5492 94.7%
2021 85.01 186th 1267 85.3%
2022 88.93 696th 5635 87.6%
2023 91.05 553rd 5595 90.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Los Ranchos Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.12 382nd 5431 93.0%
2019 94.19 299th 5510 94.6%
2021 83.97 204th 1272 84.0%
2022 86.47 805th 5663 85.8%
2023 92.06 494th 5627 91.2%
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Rank History for White students at Los Ranchos Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.13 328th 2737 88.0%
2019 84.25 296th 2834 89.6%
2022 69.61 823rd 2726 69.8%
2023 79.23 453rd 2659 83.0%
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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.

Los Ranchos Elementary Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Los Ranchos Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 255 5 2 29 0 n/a n/a 0 291
1989 339 8 1 17 0 n/a n/a 0 365
1990 397 14 2 22 0 n/a n/a 0 435
1991 481 9 5 28 0 n/a n/a 0 523
1992 541 5 5 30 0 n/a n/a 0 581
1993 550 7 10 28 1 n/a n/a 0 596
1994 566 9 6 32 2 n/a n/a 0 615
1995 563 8 12 28 3 n/a n/a 0 614
1996 563 8 12 28 3 n/a n/a 0 614
1997 578 11 17 38 7 n/a n/a 0 651
1998 592 15 14 33 5 n/a n/a 0 659
1999 526 12 13 32 4 n/a n/a 2 589
2000 465 9 15 30 3 n/a n/a 2 524
2001 434 8 12 29 3 n/a n/a 3 489
2002 374 7 11 34 3 n/a n/a 5 434
2003 374 7 11 34 3 n/a n/a 5 434
2004 360 4 11 29 3 n/a n/a 9 416
2005 329 2 9 25 1 n/a n/a 11 377
2006 339 1 12 22 0 n/a n/a 9 383
2007 328 2 13 22 1 n/a n/a 0 366
2008 322 1 14 24 n/a n/a n/a 0 361
2009 323 5 17 28 1 0 4 0 378
2010 303 7 12 50 2 0 21 0 395
2011 317 6 16 55 2 1 20 0 417
2012 347 2 16 56 3 2 26 0 452
2013 344 2 16 52 4 2 29 0 449
2014 365 2 21 57 4 3 34 0 486
2015 345 5 22 59 5 5 23 0 464
2016 360 3 26 59 6 5 24 0 483
2017 341 2 25 56 4 4 31 0 463
2018 349 2 18 58 4 3 23 0 457
2019 325 3 17 56 3 2 26 0 432
2020 310 1 21 59 1 3 29 0 424
2021 267 1 16 57 1 1 29 0 372
2022 273 0 17 55 1 1 46 0 393
2023 306 0 22 65 1 0 55 1 450

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 Los Ranchos Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 291 13.0 22.3 n/a
1989 365 15.0 24.3 n/a
1990 435 17.0 25.5 n/a
1991 523 20.0 26.1 n/a
1992 581 20.3 28.6 8.6
1993 596 25.0 23.8 8.4
1994 615 25.0 24.6 10.4
1995 614 26.0 23.6 7.8
1996 614 26.0 23.6 7.8
1997 651 28.8 22.6 10.4
1998 659 32.5 20.3 10.8
1999 589 31.5 18.7 9.5
2000 524 29.0 18.1 8
2001 489 25.0 19.6 6.8
2002 434 21.0 20.7 9.3
2003 434 21.0 20.7 9.3
2004 416 17.9 23.2 11.1
2005 377 17.0 22.2 10.1
2006 383 17.0 22.5 8.6
2007 366 19.0 19.3 7.9
2008 361 16.7 21.6 2.5
2009 378 19.1 18.8 8.7
2010 395 19.1 20.6 10.4
2011 417 n/a n/a 12.7
2012 452 20.9 21.6 12.2
2013 449 19.4 23.0 12.9
2014 486 18.0 27.0 11.7
2015 464 19.0 24.4 13.1
2016 483 19.0 25.4 16.1
2017 463 19.3 23.9 15.6
2018 457 19.0 24.0 18.8
2019 432 17.0 25.4 19.2
2020 424 n/a n/a 21
2021 372 17.4 21.2 19.1
2022 393 17.0 23.1 21.9
2023 450 19.0 23.6 19.6

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 Los Ranchos Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 291 13.0 22.3 n/a
1989 365 15.0 24.3 n/a
1990 435 17.0 25.5 n/a
1991 523 20.0 26.1 n/a
1992 581 20.3 28.6 8.6
1993 596 25.0 23.8 8.4
1994 615 25.0 24.6 10.4
1995 614 26.0 23.6 7.8
1996 614 26.0 23.6 7.8
1997 651 28.8 22.6 10.4
1998 659 32.5 20.3 10.8
1999 589 31.5 18.7 9.5
2000 524 29.0 18.1 8
2001 489 25.0 19.6 6.8
2002 434 21.0 20.7 9.3
2003 434 21.0 20.7 9.3
2004 416 17.9 23.2 11.1
2005 377 17.0 22.2 10.1
2006 383 17.0 22.5 8.6
2007 366 19.0 19.3 7.9
2008 361 16.7 21.6 2.5
2009 378 19.1 18.8 8.7
2010 395 19.1 20.6 10.4
2011 417 n/a n/a 12.7
2012 452 20.9 21.6 12.2
2013 449 19.4 23.0 12.9
2014 486 18.0 27.0 11.7
2015 464 19.0 24.4 13.1
2016 483 19.0 25.4 16.1
2017 463 19.3 23.9 15.6
2018 457 19.0 24.0 18.8
2019 432 17.0 25.4 19.2
2020 424 n/a n/a 21
2021 372 17.4 21.2 19.1
2022 393 17.0 23.1 21.9
2023 450 19.0 23.6 19.6

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

Los Ranchos Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201290.0%8.0%0.0%2.0%90.0%92.0%92.0%90.0%90.0%
201377.0%5.0%0.0%18.0%77.0%95.0%95.0%77.0%77.0%
201465.0%14.0%0.0%22.0%65.0%86.0%86.0%66.0%66.0%
201571.0%6.0%0.0%23.0%78.0%87.0%87.0%71.0%77.0%
201699.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201796.0%0.0%1.0%0.0%96.0%96.0%≥98.0%97.0%97.0%
201895.0%0.0%3.0%1.0%96.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%95.0%
201992.0%2.0%3.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%92.0%
202097.3%1.4%1.4%97.3%
202288.0%0.0%0.0%94.0%94.0%94.0%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,784

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Los Ranchos 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 287th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 524th of 5848 Elementary schools
 4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Ranchos Elementary)73.478.6
 5.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Luis Coastal Unified)63.261.9
 1.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Los Ranchos Elementary)79.782.1
 2.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (San Luis Coastal Unified)70.164.9
 5.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Ranchos Elementary)82.757.7
 25%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Luis Coastal Unified)68.162.7
 5.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Los Ranchos Elementary)90.469.2
 21.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (San Luis Coastal Unified)72.365.1
 7.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Ranchos Elementary)77.867.9
 9.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Luis Coastal Unified)66.160.1
 5.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Los Ranchos Elementary)77.871.7
 6.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (San Luis Coastal Unified)58.350.1
 8.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Los Ranchos Elementary)58.769.8
 11.1%
   5th Grade Science (San Luis Coastal Unified)47.943.7
 4.3%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Ranchos Elementary)88.775
 13.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Luis Coastal Unified)71.563.7
 7.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Los Ranchos Elementary)78.972.1
 6.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (San Luis Coastal Unified)62.454.7
 7.7%
   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 Students432450
 4.2%
African American30
 100%
American Indian31
 66.7%
Asian1722
 29.4%
Hispanic5665
 16.1%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White325306
 5.8%
Two or More Races2655
 111.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19.2%19.6%
 0.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Los Ranchos Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 450 students attended Los Ranchos Elementary.

Yes. Los Ranchos Elementary ranks in the top 9.0% of California elementary schools.

Students at Los Ranchos Elementary are 68% White, 14% Hispanic, 12% Two or more races, 5% Asian.

Students who attend Los Ranchos Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Laguna Middle
Middle : Teach Elementary
High : San Luis Obispo High


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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