La Joya Elementary

Summary:

La Joya Elementary is a public elementary school in Salinas, California, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District. The school faces significant challenges, consistently ranking in the bottom 20% of California elementary schools and underperforming the state and district averages on standardized tests.

With a student population that is 92.99% Hispanic, La Joya Elementary has a much higher percentage of Hispanic students compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 81.75% to 98.42% Hispanic. The school also has a lower percentage of White (5.35%) and Asian (0.74%) students. Academically, only 27.6% of La Joya students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, and only 19.71% were proficient or better in Mathematics, far below the state averages of 46.66% and 34.62%, respectively. Additionally, the school has experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 6.1% in 2018-2019 to 23.5% in 2022-2023, higher than the surrounding schools.

Socioeconomic factors also play a significant role, as 84.32% of La Joya students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage. This rate is higher than the surrounding schools, which range from 56.98% to 83.33% free or reduced-price lunch recipients. When compared to nearby schools like New Republic Elementary and John E. Steinbeck Elementary, which demonstrate higher academic achievement, the challenges facing La Joya Elementary become even more apparent, suggesting a need for targeted interventions and support to improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public K-5

 55 Rogge Rd.
       Salinas, CA  93906-1301


(831) 443-7216

District: Santa Rita Union Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
4796th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,778 Help


Students who attend La Joya Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    John Gutierrez Middle
High:    Everett Alvarez High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.5 Help
Number of students:  542

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
93.0%
White:
5.4%
Asian:
0.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  84.3% Help


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Compare Details La Joya Elementary ranks worse than 81.7% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 20.56. (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 (93%), White (5.4%), Asian (0.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 84.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at La Joya Elementary is 22.5. 2 elementary schools in the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at La Joya Elementary is $5,778, which is the 2nd highest among 4 elementary schools in the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

La Joya Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks La Joya Elementary 4796th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See La Joya Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Santa Rita Union Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Rita Union Elementary 1330th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for La Joya Elementary

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Rank History for all students at La Joya Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 25.96 3492nd 4809 27.4%
2005 39.01 2780th 4822 42.3%
2006 34.04 3052nd 4818 36.7%
2007 38.38 3017th 5113 41.0%
2008 29.59 3622nd 5113 29.2%
2009 31.41 3597th 5193 30.7%
2010 46.68 2759th 5314 48.1%
2011 34.97 3621st 5377 32.7%
2012 17.89 4788th 5390 11.2%
2013 20.05 4733rd 5530 14.4%
2015 28.40 3834th 5611 31.7%
2016 21.60 4462nd 5614 20.5%
2017 19.33 4757th 5692 16.4%
2018 25.13 4228th 5662 25.3%
2019 28.58 4055th 5789 30.0%
2022 21.03 4747th 5883 19.3%
2023 20.56 4779th 5848 18.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at La Joya Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.04 1501st 3246 53.8%
2019 24.29 2917th 3275 10.9%
2022 29.88 2619th 3311 20.9%
2023 38.96 1889th 3240 41.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at La Joya Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 17.92 2269th 2416 6.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at La Joya Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.61 3431st 5084 32.5%
2019 39.46 3163rd 5173 38.9%
2022 22.71 4443rd 5264 15.6%
2023 24.81 4310th 5355 19.5%
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Rank History for Female students at La Joya Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.51 3725th 5413 31.2%
2019 26.83 4089th 5492 25.5%
2022 20.38 4685th 5635 16.9%
2023 20.66 4619th 5595 17.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at La Joya Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.46 1053rd 2128 50.5%
2019 64.48 614th 2585 76.2%
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Rank History for Male students at La Joya Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.31 4352nd 5431 19.9%
2019 31.65 3652nd 5510 33.7%
2022 23.07 4423rd 5663 21.9%
2023 22.32 4498th 5627 20.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at La Joya Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.15 3262nd 4830 32.5%
2019 40.22 2950th 4963 40.6%
2022 26.30 4007th 5084 21.2%
2023 25.19 4082nd 5079 19.6%
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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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by a citizen
Monday, March 13, 2017

Open Quote I volunteer at this school and both my kids attended this school. This school is filled with caring and talented staff who work hard to serve this diverse community. Parents are encouraged and welcome to participate in their child's education & school events. The office staff is friendly and accommodating. Love this school! Close Quote



Enrollment information for La Joya Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 244 16 62 215 4 n/a n/a 0 541
1989 254 19 60 196 1 n/a n/a 0 530
1990 284 25 52 223 2 n/a n/a 0 586
1991 262 24 42 256 7 n/a n/a 0 591
1992 273 29 49 238 2 n/a n/a 0 591
1993 290 26 68 235 0 n/a n/a 0 619
1994 246 22 64 251 4 n/a n/a 0 587
1995 268 26 88 367 1 n/a n/a 0 750
1996 268 26 88 367 1 n/a n/a 0 750
1997 271 31 84 403 2 n/a n/a 0 791
1998 287 33 97 518 3 n/a n/a 0 938
1999 251 30 94 482 3 n/a n/a 77 937
2000 245 39 142 525 7 n/a n/a 43 1001
2001 179 28 104 495 3 n/a n/a 27 836
2002 140 27 62 499 15 n/a n/a 0 743
2003 140 27 62 499 15 n/a n/a 0 743
2004 123 19 56 486 8 n/a n/a 0 692
2005 91 10 27 334 6 n/a n/a 0 468
2006 89 9 21 329 3 n/a n/a 2 453
2007 66 9 20 334 6 n/a n/a 8 443
2008 62 3 23 337 2 n/a n/a 0 427
2009 60 4 20 349 1 1 4 0 439
2010 118 4 14 312 0 2 7 0 457
2011 113 3 12 355 1 2 6 0 492
2012 226 3 10 253 2 0 0 0 494
2013 60 4 4 437 1 0 0 0 506
2014 59 4 1 448 0 1 0 0 513
2015 62 4 2 429 0 1 0 0 498
2016 60 4 1 437 0 1 0 0 503
2017 56 4 2 453 2 2 6 0 525
2018 64 5 2 464 2 2 5 0 544
2019 59 4 4 487 1 3 6 0 564
2020 55 6 7 503 1 1 7 0 580
2021 44 2 5 492 0 1 6 0 550
2022 33 2 8 480 0 1 3 0 527
2023 29 3 4 504 0 1 1 0 542

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 La Joya Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 541 22.9 23.6 n/a
1989 530 23.5 22.5 n/a
1990 586 23.0 25.4 n/a
1991 591 24.4 24.2 n/a
1992 591 24.8 23.8 35.7
1993 619 26.5 23.4 35.4
1994 587 26.5 22.2 37.1
1995 750 29.5 25.4 45.5
1996 750 29.5 25.4 45.5
1997 791 32.0 24.7 48.5
1998 938 40.0 23.5 46.5
1999 937 43.1 21.7 53.3
2000 1001 42.1 23.8 52.9
2001 836 41.8 20.0 44
2002 743 37.5 19.8 45.8
2003 743 37.5 19.8 45.8
2004 692 31.6 21.9 42.9
2005 468 21.0 22.3 56.8
2006 453 20.0 22.7 0
2007 443 18.0 24.6 68.3
2008 427 21.0 20.3 66.5
2009 439 18.0 20.9 83.8
2010 457 20.0 22.8 81.4
2011 492 n/a n/a 76.4
2012 494 15.0 32.9 n/a
2013 506 16.0 31.6 58.1
2014 513 17.0 30.1 62.6
2015 498 18.0 27.6 62.9
2016 503 21.0 23.9 65.6
2017 525 20.0 26.2 59.6
2018 544 20.0 27.2 76.7
2019 564 19.0 29.6 70.7
2020 580 n/a n/a 70.2
2021 550 25.5 21.5 71.5
2022 527 24.4 21.5 73.1
2023 542 24.0 22.5 84.3

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 La Joya Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 541 22.9 23.6 n/a
1989 530 23.5 22.5 n/a
1990 586 23.0 25.4 n/a
1991 591 24.4 24.2 n/a
1992 591 24.8 23.8 35.7
1993 619 26.5 23.4 35.4
1994 587 26.5 22.2 37.1
1995 750 29.5 25.4 45.5
1996 750 29.5 25.4 45.5
1997 791 32.0 24.7 48.5
1998 938 40.0 23.5 46.5
1999 937 43.1 21.7 53.3
2000 1001 42.1 23.8 52.9
2001 836 41.8 20.0 44
2002 743 37.5 19.8 45.8
2003 743 37.5 19.8 45.8
2004 692 31.6 21.9 42.9
2005 468 21.0 22.3 56.8
2006 453 20.0 22.7 0
2007 443 18.0 24.6 68.3
2008 427 21.0 20.3 66.5
2009 439 18.0 20.9 83.8
2010 457 20.0 22.8 81.4
2011 492 n/a n/a 76.4
2012 494 15.0 32.9 n/a
2013 506 16.0 31.6 58.1
2014 513 17.0 30.1 62.6
2015 498 18.0 27.6 62.9
2016 503 21.0 23.9 65.6
2017 525 20.0 26.2 59.6
2018 544 20.0 27.2 76.7
2019 564 19.0 29.6 70.7
2020 580 n/a n/a 70.2
2021 550 25.5 21.5 71.5
2022 527 24.4 21.5 73.1
2023 542 24.0 22.5 84.3

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

La Joya Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201295.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%96.0%100.0%
2013100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201497.0%1.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%97.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201598.0%1.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%98.0%
201696.0%1.0%0.0%3.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%97.0%98.0%
2017≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2018≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
201996.0%1.0%3.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for La Joya Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,778

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

Impact of COVID-19 on La Joya Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4055th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 4779th of 5848 Elementary schools
 11.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (La Joya Elementary)43.225.3
 17.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Rita Union Elementary)36.123.7
 12.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (La Joya Elementary)31.729.5
 2.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Santa Rita Union Elementary)3528.1
 6.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (La Joya Elementary)4730.9
 16.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Rita Union Elementary)34.424.5
 9.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (La Joya Elementary)2819.2
 8.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Santa Rita Union Elementary)26.918.9
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (La Joya Elementary)33.726.4
 7.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Rita Union Elementary)39.528.8
 10.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (La Joya Elementary)15.913.1
 2.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Santa Rita Union Elementary)20.113.3
 6.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (La Joya Elementary)20.211.3
 8.9%
   5th Grade Science (Santa Rita Union Elementary)21.912.5
 9.3%
   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 Students564542
 3.9%
African American43
 25%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian44
Hispanic487504
 3.5%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White5929
 50.8%
Two or More Races61
 83.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients70.7%84.3%
 13.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about La Joya Elementary

La Joya Elementary ranks in the bottom 18.3% of California elementary schools.

Students at La Joya Elementary are 93% Hispanic, 5% White.

Students who attend La Joya Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : John Gutierrez Middle
High : Everett Alvarez High

In the 2022-23 school year, 542 students attended La Joya Elementary.


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