Santa Rita Elementary

Summary:

Santa Rita Elementary is a public elementary school in Salinas, California, serving 570 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District, which is ranked 1330 out of 1560 districts in the state and has a rating of 1 out of 5 stars.

Santa Rita Elementary stands out for several key reasons. It has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (98.42%) compared to nearby schools like New Republic Elementary and Natividad Elementary. Academically, the school consistently ranks in the bottom 5% of California elementary schools, with a 0-star rating from SchoolDigger and lower-than-average performance on state assessments. Additionally, Santa Rita Elementary has experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 7.1% in 2017-2018 to 20.5% in 2022-2023, well above the district and state averages. The school also has a very high percentage of students (83.33%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage.

When compared to other nearby schools in the Salinas City Elementary and Alisal Union districts, Santa Rita Elementary consistently performs significantly worse on academic measures, with lower proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. This suggests that the school faces unique challenges that are not shared by its neighbors. The high percentage of Hispanic students, high rates of economic disadvantage, and increasing chronic absenteeism may be contributing factors to the school's poor academic performance, and a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach may be necessary to address these issues and improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2014 Santa Rita St.
       Salinas, CA  93906-1912


(831) 443-7221

District: Santa Rita Union Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
5750th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,449 Help


Students who attend Santa Rita Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Gavilan View Middle
High:    Everett Alvarez High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.5 Help
Number of students:  570

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.4%
White:
1.1%
African American:
0.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  83.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Santa Rita Elementary ranks worse than 97.9% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks last 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 9.15. (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 Santa Rita Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (98.4%), White (1.1%), Asian (0.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 83.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Santa Rita Elementary is 24.5, which is the highest among 4 elementary schools in the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Santa Rita Elementary is $5,449. 2 elementary schools in the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Santa Rita Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Rita Elementary 5750th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Santa Rita Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Santa Rita Union Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Rita Union Elementary 1332nd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Santa Rita Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 12.47 4520th 4809 6.0%
2005 14.63 4361st 4822 9.6%
2006 17.41 4172nd 4818 13.4%
2007 13.31 4756th 5113 7.0%
2008 11.72 4835th 5113 5.4%
2009 12.44 4884th 5193 6.0%
2010 24.33 4276th 5314 19.5%
2011 22.72 4486th 5377 16.6%
2012 12.48 5107th 5390 5.3%
2013 10.86 5255th 5530 5.0%
2015 11.14 5408th 5611 3.6%
2016 9.02 5495th 5614 2.1%
2017 10.56 5463rd 5692 4.0%
2018 12.94 5266th 5662 7.0%
2019 13.45 5357th 5789 7.5%
2022 14.02 5443rd 5883 7.5%
2023 9.15 5750th 5874 2.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.89 2066th 3246 36.4%
2019 27.76 2640th 3275 19.4%
2022 35.74 2142nd 3311 35.3%
2023 24.06 2948th 3250 9.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.20 4652nd 5084 8.5%
2019 16.46 4762nd 5173 7.9%
2022 19.75 4675th 5264 11.2%
2023 11.24 5244th 5374 2.4%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 14.47 66th 68 2.9%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 28.35 287th 356 19.4%
2023 24.51 296th 336 11.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.72 5009th 5413 7.5%
2019 13.64 5112th 5492 6.9%
2022 13.40 5329th 5635 5.4%
2023 9.18 5530th 5617 1.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.21 5076th 5431 6.5%
2019 14.50 5090th 5510 7.6%
2022 16.00 5122nd 5663 9.6%
2023 10.92 5481st 5650 3.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.30 4411th 4830 8.7%
2019 17.60 4527th 4963 8.8%
2022 18.43 4614th 5084 9.2%
2023 11.54 4973rd 5098 2.5%
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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.

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 Santa Rita Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 386 15 20 205 0 n/a n/a 0 626
1989 318 29 69 238 0 n/a n/a 0 654
1990 289 33 75 285 2 n/a n/a 0 684
1991 282 57 75 333 2 n/a n/a 0 749
1992 301 49 58 374 11 n/a n/a 0 793
1993 239 57 57 391 13 n/a n/a 0 757
1994 211 45 58 439 0 n/a n/a 0 753
1995 165 52 42 548 0 n/a n/a 0 807
1996 165 52 42 548 0 n/a n/a 0 807
1997 171 44 41 639 2 n/a n/a 0 897
1998 194 54 42 620 3 n/a n/a 0 913
1999 151 59 55 639 5 n/a n/a 0 909
2000 167 31 46 655 2 n/a n/a 32 933
2001 207 29 58 779 3 n/a n/a 44 1120
2002 68 12 41 490 0 n/a n/a 11 622
2003 68 12 41 490 0 n/a n/a 11 622
2004 92 11 30 493 0 n/a n/a 21 647
2005 82 13 20 429 0 n/a n/a 13 557
2006 42 6 47 417 3 n/a n/a 39 554
2007 42 21 22 422 1 n/a n/a 2 510
2008 40 15 23 491 2 n/a n/a 0 571
2009 39 15 15 455 4 2 0 0 530
2010 25 17 14 469 4 1 0 0 530
2011 50 8 11 421 4 1 0 0 495
2012 56 12 5 534 2 0 0 0 609
2013 43 6 2 570 2 0 1 0 624
2014 40 1 1 565 0 0 0 0 607
2015 32 0 2 624 0 0 0 0 658
2016 34 1 0 678 0 0 0 0 713
2017 19 1 0 630 0 1 5 0 656
2018 13 1 1 638 1 1 5 0 660
2019 11 4 2 653 0 1 1 0 672
2020 4 2 2 589 0 1 3 0 601
2021 4 2 1 531 0 3 1 0 542
2022 4 1 2 564 0 4 1 0 576
2023 6 1 1 561 0 0 1 0 570

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 Santa Rita Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 626 27.5 22.7 n/a
1989 654 30.5 21.4 n/a
1990 684 28.8 23.7 n/a
1991 749 31.8 23.5 n/a
1992 793 32.3 24.5 53.7
1993 757 31.5 24.0 55.2
1994 753 30.0 25.1 57.8
1995 807 33.0 24.5 67.3
1996 807 33.0 24.5 67.3
1997 897 34.0 26.4 59.4
1998 913 39.0 23.4 62
1999 909 40.0 22.7 65.8
2000 933 41.8 22.3 62.4
2001 1120 53.2 21.1 57.3
2002 622 36.0 17.3 64.2
2003 622 36.0 17.3 64.2
2004 647 31.0 20.9 46.8
2005 557 27.0 20.6 61.9
2006 554 24.0 23.1 0
2007 510 24.0 21.3 76.8
2008 571 30.0 19.0 64.8
2009 530 27.0 17.0 92.5
2010 530 27.0 19.6 90.4
2011 495 n/a n/a 86.7
2012 609 20.0 30.4 n/a
2013 624 21.0 29.7 82.2
2014 607 20.0 30.3 77.3
2015 658 23.0 28.6 83.4
2016 713 28.0 25.4 86.5
2017 656 25.0 26.2 81.9
2018 660 25.0 26.4 81.2
2019 672 17.0 39.5 76.9
2020 601 n/a n/a 84.7
2021 542 22.5 24.0 85.2
2022 576 25.4 22.6 85.4
2023 570 23.2 24.5 83.3

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 Santa Rita Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 626 27.5 22.7 n/a
1989 654 30.5 21.4 n/a
1990 684 28.8 23.7 n/a
1991 749 31.8 23.5 n/a
1992 793 32.3 24.5 53.7
1993 757 31.5 24.0 55.2
1994 753 30.0 25.1 57.8
1995 807 33.0 24.5 67.3
1996 807 33.0 24.5 67.3
1997 897 34.0 26.4 59.4
1998 913 39.0 23.4 62
1999 909 40.0 22.7 65.8
2000 933 41.8 22.3 62.4
2001 1120 53.2 21.1 57.3
2002 622 36.0 17.3 64.2
2003 622 36.0 17.3 64.2
2004 647 31.0 20.9 46.8
2005 557 27.0 20.6 61.9
2006 554 24.0 23.1 0
2007 510 24.0 21.3 76.8
2008 571 30.0 19.0 64.8
2009 530 27.0 17.0 92.5
2010 530 27.0 19.6 90.4
2011 495 n/a n/a 86.7
2012 609 20.0 30.4 n/a
2013 624 21.0 29.7 82.2
2014 607 20.0 30.3 77.3
2015 658 23.0 28.6 83.4
2016 713 28.0 25.4 86.5
2017 656 25.0 26.2 81.9
2018 660 25.0 26.4 81.2
2019 672 17.0 39.5 76.9
2020 601 n/a n/a 84.7
2021 542 22.5 24.0 85.2
2022 576 25.4 22.6 85.4
2023 570 23.2 24.5 83.3

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

Santa Rita Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201279.0%0.0%0.0%21.0%91.0%91.0%93.0%90.0%92.0%
201387.0%0.0%0.0%13.0%92.0%93.0%96.0%93.0%94.0%
201484.0%0.0%0.0%17.0%88.0%93.0%97.0%92.0%96.0%
201585.0%1.0%0.0%15.0%89.0%91.0%96.0%89.0%96.0%
201698.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%100.0%
201898.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
201998.0%1.0%0.0%98.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%98.0%
202295.2%0.0%0.0%98.1%96.1%97.1%98.1%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Santa Rita Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,449

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Santa Rita 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 5357th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5750th of 5874 Elementary schools
 5.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Rita Elementary)31.111.8
 19.3%
   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 (Santa Rita Elementary)26.715.7
 10.9%
   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 (Santa Rita Elementary)15.211.4
 3.9%
   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 (Santa Rita Elementary)8.414.8
 6.4%
   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 (Santa Rita Elementary)30.915.7
 15.2%
   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 (Santa Rita Elementary)14.62.2
 12.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Santa Rita Union Elementary)20.113.3
 6.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Santa Rita Elementary)13.66.6
 7.1%
   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 Students672570
 15.2%
African American41
 75%
American Indian00
Asian21
 50%
Hispanic653561
 14.1%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White116
 45.5%
Two or More Races11
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients76.9%83.3%
 6.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Rita Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 570 students attended Santa Rita Elementary.

Santa Rita Elementary ranks in the bottom 2.1% of California elementary schools.

Students at Santa Rita Elementary are 98% Hispanic, 1% White.

Students who attend Santa Rita Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Gavilan View Middle
High : Everett Alvarez High


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