C L Smith Elementary

Summary:

C L Smith Elementary is a public elementary school in San Luis Obispo, California, serving students from kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District.

C L Smith Elementary stands out for its diverse student population, with 46.88% White, 38.71% Hispanic, and 7.1% two or more races, which is more diverse than nearby schools like Los Ranchos Elementary and Monarch Grove Elementary. However, the school has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 13.8% in 2018-2019 to 26.3% in 2022-2023, notably higher than the 15.3% to 24.8% range at nearby schools. Academically, C L Smith Elementary's performance is generally on par with the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, but lags behind some higher-performing nearby schools, particularly in mathematics.

Interestingly, C L Smith Elementary has a higher percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with 46.24% receiving free or reduced-price lunch, compared to 36.56% at Monarch Grove Elementary and 14.81% at Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter. This, along with the school's higher chronic absenteeism rates, may be contributing factors to its academic performance, which varies significantly across grade levels and trails some of the higher-performing schools in the region.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1375 Balboa St.
       San Luis Obispo, CA  93405-4935


(805) 596-4094

District: San Luis Coastal Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1529th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,777 Help


Students who attend C L Smith Elementary usually attend:

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

Student/teacher ratio:  21.1 Help
Number of students:  465

Racial breakdown:

White:
46.9%
Hispanic:
38.7%
Two or more races:
7.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  46.2% Help


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Compare Details C L Smith Elementary ranks better than 73.9% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 5th 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 71.1. (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 (46.9%), Hispanic (38.7%), two or more races (7.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 46.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at C L Smith Elementary is 21.1, which is the 3rd best among 9 elementary schools in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at C L Smith Elementary is $13,777, which is the 3rd highest among 9 elementary schools in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

C L Smith Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks C L Smith Elementary 1529th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See C L Smith 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 C L Smith Elementary

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Rank History for all students at C L Smith Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 68.82 1339th 4809 72.2%
2005 65.34 1531st 4822 68.2%
2006 54.41 1990th 4818 58.7%
2007 51.90 2213th 5113 56.7%
2008 51.79 2273rd 5113 55.5%
2009 47.77 2620th 5193 49.5%
2010 44.21 2905th 5314 45.3%
2011 44.81 2908th 5377 45.9%
2012 54.60 2355th 5390 56.3%
2013 41.54 3213th 5530 41.9%
2015 49.63 2467th 5611 56.0%
2016 54.48 2269th 5614 59.6%
2017 45.08 2795th 5692 50.9%
2018 47.49 2689th 5662 52.5%
2019 57.32 2197th 5789 62.0%
2021 55.15 575th 1417 59.4%
2022 73.64 1466th 5883 75.1%
2023 71.10 1523rd 5848 74.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at C L Smith Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.91 2534th 3246 21.9%
2019 58.19 889th 3275 72.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at C L Smith Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.73 3504th 5084 31.1%
2019 35.18 3493rd 5173 32.5%
2021 49.70 483rd 1110 56.5%
2022 74.92 961st 5264 81.7%
2023 54.65 2055th 5355 61.6%
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Rank History for Female students at C L Smith Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.44 2922nd 5413 46.0%
2019 56.93 2120th 5492 61.4%
2021 62.15 420th 1267 66.9%
2022 68.35 1590th 5635 71.8%
2023 66.32 1651st 5595 70.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at C L Smith Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 49.01 1006th 2585 61.1%
2021 52.49 101st 293 65.5%
2022 60.41 590th 2227 73.5%
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Rank History for Male students at C L Smith Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.14 2436th 5431 55.1%
2019 55.44 2173rd 5510 60.6%
2021 47.64 592nd 1272 53.5%
2022 75.77 1296th 5663 77.1%
2023 72.51 1383rd 5627 75.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at C L Smith Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.84 3499th 4830 27.6%
2019 49.34 2323rd 4963 53.2%
2022 61.11 1573rd 5084 69.1%
2023 57.01 1814th 5079 64.3%
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Rank History for White students at C L Smith Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.14 1606th 2737 41.3%
2019 50.97 1518th 2834 46.4%
2022 71.90 738th 2726 72.9%
2023 70.44 785th 2659 70.5%
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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.

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Enrollment information for C L Smith Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 377 16 23 36 0 n/a n/a 0 452
1989 385 22 23 41 0 n/a n/a 0 471
1990 387 16 27 42 0 n/a n/a 0 472
1991 351 19 29 40 1 n/a n/a 0 440
1992 325 20 32 50 0 n/a n/a 0 427
1993 312 26 24 67 0 n/a n/a 0 429
1994 314 22 31 58 0 n/a n/a 0 425
1995 295 19 13 60 1 n/a n/a 0 388
1996 295 19 13 60 1 n/a n/a 0 388
1997 305 15 16 58 1 n/a n/a 0 395
1998 297 14 18 63 1 n/a n/a 0 393
1999 301 12 16 65 1 n/a n/a 0 395
2000 289 11 18 74 1 n/a n/a 0 393
2001 298 13 17 73 1 n/a n/a 0 402
2002 248 19 16 73 0 n/a n/a 1 357
2003 248 19 16 73 0 n/a n/a 1 357
2004 226 17 19 82 0 n/a n/a 1 345
2005 201 17 21 85 2 n/a n/a 7 333
2006 179 16 12 95 2 n/a n/a 8 312
2007 175 15 13 93 2 n/a n/a 1 299
2008 175 11 18 97 3 n/a n/a 0 304
2009 193 14 20 108 1 0 1 0 337
2010 165 4 20 125 1 0 26 0 341
2011 205 7 26 131 1 1 30 0 401
2012 212 7 21 140 2 1 24 0 407
2013 225 14 26 152 3 1 28 0 449
2014 206 14 27 162 1 0 26 0 436
2015 175 11 20 190 1 0 21 0 418
2016 173 6 16 175 1 0 17 0 388
2017 160 5 19 178 1 0 23 0 386
2018 147 7 18 169 1 0 25 0 367
2019 164 7 17 176 0 0 29 0 393
2020 167 9 14 182 1 1 29 0 403
2021 160 9 16 161 1 1 23 0 371
2022 200 13 15 170 2 0 24 0 424
2023 218 12 20 180 2 0 33 0 465

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 C L Smith Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 452 20.0 22.6 n/a
1989 471 21.0 22.4 n/a
1990 472 22.0 21.4 n/a
1991 440 20.0 22.0 n/a
1992 427 20.3 21.0 18.3
1993 429 17.0 25.2 29.4
1994 425 18.5 23.0 33.6
1995 388 17.8 21.8 35.3
1996 388 17.8 21.8 35.3
1997 395 20.8 19.0 31.4
1998 393 20.8 18.9 32.6
1999 395 20.7 19.1 35.4
2000 393 22.3 17.6 37.4
2001 402 23.8 16.9 28.9
2002 357 19.0 18.8 32.6
2003 357 19.0 18.8 32.6
2004 345 19.5 17.7 36
2005 333 20.0 16.7 36.8
2006 312 17.5 17.8 43.8
2007 299 18.6 16.1 41.6
2008 304 17.9 17.0 38.5
2009 337 21.1 15.2 40.9
2010 341 21.1 16.1 45.2
2011 401 n/a n/a 44.4
2012 407 24.7 16.4 45.5
2013 449 24.0 18.7 48.1
2014 436 20.0 21.8 47.9
2015 418 18.0 23.2 52.6
2016 388 17.0 22.8 54.4
2017 386 16.5 23.3 48.7
2018 367 18.0 20.3 57.8
2019 393 17.0 23.1 48.9
2020 403 n/a n/a 47.1
2021 371 20.6 17.9 48
2022 424 20.0 21.2 59.2
2023 465 22.0 21.1 46.2

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 C L Smith Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 452 20.0 22.6 n/a
1989 471 21.0 22.4 n/a
1990 472 22.0 21.4 n/a
1991 440 20.0 22.0 n/a
1992 427 20.3 21.0 18.3
1993 429 17.0 25.2 29.4
1994 425 18.5 23.0 33.6
1995 388 17.8 21.8 35.3
1996 388 17.8 21.8 35.3
1997 395 20.8 19.0 31.4
1998 393 20.8 18.9 32.6
1999 395 20.7 19.1 35.4
2000 393 22.3 17.6 37.4
2001 402 23.8 16.9 28.9
2002 357 19.0 18.8 32.6
2003 357 19.0 18.8 32.6
2004 345 19.5 17.7 36
2005 333 20.0 16.7 36.8
2006 312 17.5 17.8 43.8
2007 299 18.6 16.1 41.6
2008 304 17.9 17.0 38.5
2009 337 21.1 15.2 40.9
2010 341 21.1 16.1 45.2
2011 401 n/a n/a 44.4
2012 407 24.7 16.4 45.5
2013 449 24.0 18.7 48.1
2014 436 20.0 21.8 47.9
2015 418 18.0 23.2 52.6
2016 388 17.0 22.8 54.4
2017 386 16.5 23.3 48.7
2018 367 18.0 20.3 57.8
2019 393 17.0 23.1 48.9
2020 403 n/a n/a 47.1
2021 371 20.6 17.9 48
2022 424 20.0 21.2 59.2
2023 465 22.0 21.1 46.2

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

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201291.0%0.0%0.0%9.0%94.0%100.0%100.0%98.0%94.0%
201371.0%8.0%0.0%21.0%72.0%86.0%74.0%71.0%74.0%
201478.0%10.0%0.0%12.0%80.0%90.0%90.0%78.0%81.0%
201579.0%0.0%4.0%17.0%82.0%96.0%96.0%79.0%79.0%
201681.0%1.0%0.0%18.0%85.0%98.0%99.0%81.0%82.0%
201797.0%0.0%1.0%1.0%97.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%97.0%
201892.0%0.0%0.0%8.0%92.0%97.0%92.0%93.0%92.0%
201993.0%1.0%4.0%94.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%93.0%96.0%
202096.6%0.0%1.2%96.6%96.6%96.6%96.6%
202191.4%0.0%5.7%92.9%95.7%95.7%92.9%95.7%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for C L Smith Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $13,777

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

Impact of COVID-19 on C L Smith Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2197th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1523rd of 5848 Elementary schools
 11.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (C L Smith Elementary)58.755.2
 3.5%
   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 (C L Smith Elementary)66.758.2
 8.5%
   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 (C L Smith Elementary)47.750.8
 3.1%
   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 (C L Smith Elementary)61.447.6
 13.7%
   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 (C L Smith Elementary)49.161.4
 12.3%
   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 (C L Smith Elementary)27.647.4
 19.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (San Luis Coastal Unified)58.350.1
 8.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (C L Smith Elementary)15.533.3
 17.8%
   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 (C L Smith Elementary)7555.2
 19.8%
   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 (C L Smith Elementary)43.249.2
 6%
   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 Students393465
 18.3%
African American712
 71.4%
American Indian02
Asian1720
 17.6%
Hispanic176180
 2.3%
Pacific Islander00
White164218
 32.9%
Two or More Races2933
 13.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients48.9%46.2%
 2.6%


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Students who attend C L Smith Elementary usually go on to attend:

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

C L Smith Elementary ranks 1529th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 465 students attended C L Smith Elementary.

Students at C L Smith Elementary are 47% White, 39% Hispanic, 7% Two or more races, 4% Asian, 3% African American.


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