Charles Helmers Elementary

Summary:

Charles Helmers Elementary is a public elementary school in Valencia, California, serving students from kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the Saugus Union School District. The school consistently outperforms the district and state in academic assessments, with particularly strong results in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

Charles Helmers Elementary has a diverse student population, with a higher percentage of White (47.79%) and Asian (12.39%) students compared to nearby schools. The school's academic performance is noteworthy, with proficiency rates in the 2022-2023 school year reaching 75.42% in ELA and 69.29% in Math, significantly higher than the district's 63.75% and 59.25%, and the state's 46.66% and 34.62%, respectively. The school's success extends to specific grade levels, such as 3rd grade ELA (76.67% proficient) and 4th grade Math (84.31% proficient), as well as in CAST Science assessments, where the school's proficiency rate of 70.42% outpaces the district's 53.85% and the state's 30.18%.

Charles Helmers Elementary's diverse student population includes a significant representation of Hispanic and low-income students, and the school has demonstrated its ability to provide an equitable and inclusive learning environment. The school's performance for these subgroups is particularly impressive, with Hispanic students ranking 136th out of 5,079 California elementary schools and low-socioeconomic status students ranking 108th out of 5,355 in 2022-2023. While the school excels in many areas, there may be opportunities for improvement in the performance of certain subgroups, such as Asian students, and in addressing the school's relatively low chronic absenteeism rate. Overall, Charles Helmers Elementary stands out as a high-performing school within the Saugus Union School District, providing a strong educational foundation for its diverse student population.


Detail:

Public K-6

 27300 N. Grandview Dr.
       Valencia, CA  91354-1800


(661) 294-5345

District: Saugus Union

SchoolDigger Rank:
437th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,932 Help


Students who attend Charles Helmers Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Rio Norte Junior High
High:    Academy of the Canyons
    Valencia High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.7 Help
Number of students:  452

Racial breakdown:

White:
47.8%
Hispanic:
28.8%
Asian:
12.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25% Help


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Compare Details Charles Helmers Elementary ranks better than 92.6% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 15 ranked elementary schools in the Saugus Union School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.93. (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 Charles Helmers Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (47.8%), Hispanic (28.8%), Asian (12.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 25% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Charles Helmers Elementary is 23.7, which is the 2nd best among 15 elementary schools in the Saugus Union School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Charles Helmers Elementary is $9,932. 7 elementary schools in the Saugus Union School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Charles Helmers Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Charles Helmers Elementary 437th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Charles Helmers Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Saugus Union:

SchoolDigger ranks Saugus Union 248th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Charles Helmers Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 95.91 185th 4809 96.2%
2005 93.60 292nd 4822 93.9%
2006 93.73 286th 4818 94.1%
2007 93.74 304th 5113 94.1%
2008 87.89 601st 5113 88.2%
2009 84.57 773rd 5193 85.1%
2010 89.15 493rd 5314 90.7%
2011 89.04 488th 5377 90.9%
2012 85.83 684th 5390 87.3%
2013 89.44 502nd 5530 90.9%
2015 85.69 843rd 5611 85.0%
2016 85.94 853rd 5614 84.8%
2017 81.99 1046th 5692 81.6%
2018 85.69 859th 5662 84.8%
2019 82.45 1046th 5789 81.9%
2022 90.17 682nd 5883 88.4%
2023 93.93 433rd 5848 92.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 61.58 613th 2416 74.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 71.53 1107th 5173 78.6%
2022 94.11 211th 5264 96.0%
2023 97.15 108th 5355 98.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.22 815th 5413 84.9%
2019 79.83 1082nd 5492 80.3%
2022 90.26 622nd 5635 89.0%
2023 94.44 331st 5595 94.1%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.01 383rd 2128 82.0%
2019 59.92 729th 2585 71.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.17 927th 5431 82.9%
2019 82.60 929th 5510 83.1%
2022 87.59 749th 5663 86.8%
2023 90.10 610th 5627 89.2%
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Rank History for Asian students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 57.32 607th 1149 47.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.46 584th 4830 87.9%
2019 67.39 1276th 4963 74.3%
2022 95.93 159th 5084 96.9%
2023 95.82 136th 5079 97.3%
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Rank History for White students at Charles Helmers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.97 899th 2737 67.2%
2019 62.44 1116th 2834 60.6%
2022 74.09 658th 2726 75.9%
2023 84.13 275th 2659 89.7%
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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 parent
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Open Quote The curriculum and teaching are outdated and very traditional. Not much room for kids to be creative and innovate. I don’t believe the students are reaching their full potential academically. Other than that, it seems to be a friendly environment for the kids. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Charles Helmers Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 323 7 23 44 0 n/a n/a 0 397
1989 380 12 35 58 4 n/a n/a 0 489
1990 259 0 24 26 0 n/a n/a 0 309
1991 382 4 42 35 0 n/a n/a 0 463
1992 451 4 63 62 1 n/a n/a 0 581
1993 508 4 76 69 0 n/a n/a 0 657
1994 585 9 88 105 8 n/a n/a 0 795
1995 416 9 60 55 1 n/a n/a 0 541
1996 416 9 60 55 1 n/a n/a 0 541
1997 553 15 73 68 2 n/a n/a 0 711
1998 699 13 74 76 1 n/a n/a 0 863
1999 791 20 98 87 0 n/a n/a 0 996
2000 865 17 98 88 0 n/a n/a 0 1068
2001 889 17 110 90 0 n/a n/a 0 1106
2002 893 13 106 76 0 n/a n/a 2 1090
2003 893 13 106 76 0 n/a n/a 2 1090
2004 819 22 129 119 3 n/a n/a 0 1092
2005 780 23 135 115 3 n/a n/a 0 1056
2006 698 22 124 124 4 n/a n/a 1 973
2007 657 22 101 118 3 n/a n/a 39 940
2008 605 25 135 131 3 n/a n/a 0 899
2009 580 22 156 133 5 6 13 0 915
2010 545 21 174 124 6 7 3 0 880
2011 549 21 187 120 4 6 3 0 890
2012 554 26 186 110 4 4 5 0 889
2013 498 23 169 90 3 4 5 0 792
2014 477 25 152 94 1 3 10 0 762
2015 476 21 137 95 1 2 6 0 738
2016 475 27 118 107 0 0 4 0 731
2017 470 26 109 109 1 1 15 0 731
2018 447 21 104 130 1 4 16 0 723
2019 417 20 87 133 1 1 14 0 673
2020 385 22 77 146 1 1 24 0 656
2021 203 10 34 92 0 1 21 0 361
2022 222 9 54 121 1 1 28 0 436
2023 216 8 56 130 1 0 41 0 452

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 Charles Helmers Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 397 13.0 30.5 n/a
1989 489 16.0 30.5 n/a
1990 309 13.0 23.7 n/a
1991 463 15.0 30.8 n/a
1992 581 15.2 38.2 1.2
1993 657 23.0 28.6 2
1994 795 27.0 29.4 1.4
1995 541 19.0 28.5 0
1996 541 19.0 28.5 0
1997 711 28.0 25.4 0.6
1998 863 38.0 22.7 0.7
1999 996 47.0 21.2 1.1
2000 1068 50.3 21.2 1.3
2001 1106 51.0 21.7 1.4
2002 1090 51.1 21.3 1.3
2003 1090 51.1 21.3 1.3
2004 1092 50.0 21.8 1.6
2005 1056 47.5 22.2 1.7
2006 973 44.0 22.1 2.1
2007 940 45.0 20.9 2.1
2008 899 45.0 20.0 3.3
2009 915 42.0 20.3 4.3
2010 880 39.0 22.5 4.9
2011 890 n/a n/a 5.7
2012 889 38.0 23.3 n/a
2013 792 31.0 25.5 6.9
2014 762 27.0 28.2 7.2
2015 738 27.0 27.3 8.5
2016 731 29.0 25.2 9.7
2017 731 29.0 25.2 9.6
2018 723 28.0 25.8 14.7
2019 673 27.0 24.9 13.7
2020 656 n/a n/a 13.7
2021 361 15.0 24.0 18.6
2022 436 18.0 24.2 22.2
2023 452 19.0 23.7 25

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 Charles Helmers Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 397 13.0 30.5 n/a
1989 489 16.0 30.5 n/a
1990 309 13.0 23.7 n/a
1991 463 15.0 30.8 n/a
1992 581 15.2 38.2 1.2
1993 657 23.0 28.6 2
1994 795 27.0 29.4 1.4
1995 541 19.0 28.5 0
1996 541 19.0 28.5 0
1997 711 28.0 25.4 0.6
1998 863 38.0 22.7 0.7
1999 996 47.0 21.2 1.1
2000 1068 50.3 21.2 1.3
2001 1106 51.0 21.7 1.4
2002 1090 51.1 21.3 1.3
2003 1090 51.1 21.3 1.3
2004 1092 50.0 21.8 1.6
2005 1056 47.5 22.2 1.7
2006 973 44.0 22.1 2.1
2007 940 45.0 20.9 2.1
2008 899 45.0 20.0 3.3
2009 915 42.0 20.3 4.3
2010 880 39.0 22.5 4.9
2011 890 n/a n/a 5.7
2012 889 38.0 23.3 n/a
2013 792 31.0 25.5 6.9
2014 762 27.0 28.2 7.2
2015 738 27.0 27.3 8.5
2016 731 29.0 25.2 9.7
2017 731 29.0 25.2 9.6
2018 723 28.0 25.8 14.7
2019 673 27.0 24.9 13.7
2020 656 n/a n/a 13.7
2021 361 15.0 24.0 18.6
2022 436 18.0 24.2 22.2
2023 452 19.0 23.7 25

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

Charles Helmers Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201283.0%8.0%0.0%9.0%88.0%88.0%92.0%88.0%88.0%
201371.0%8.0%1.0%19.0%76.0%88.0%88.0%78.0%80.0%
201481.0%2.0%0.0%18.0%81.0%93.0%94.0%82.0%83.0%
201596.0%2.0%0.0%1.0%96.0%98.0%98.0%96.0%98.0%
201691.0%1.0%1.0%7.0%93.0%97.0%96.0%93.0%95.0%
201895.0%0.0%2.0%3.0%98.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201998.0%2.0%1.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
202093.7%3.2%2.1%94.7%94.7%94.7%94.7%
202195.4%0.0%0.0%96.6%96.6%95.4%
202296.1%0.0%0.0%96.1%96.1%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Charles Helmers Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,932

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Charles Helmers Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1046th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 433rd of 5848 Elementary schools
 10.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Charles Helmers Elementary)6776.7
 9.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Saugus Union)65.264
 1.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Charles Helmers Elementary)56.771.7
 14.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Saugus Union)62.266.4
 4.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Charles Helmers Elementary)69.570.6
 1.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Saugus Union)67.164.6
 2.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Charles Helmers Elementary)67.184.3
 17.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Saugus Union)59.565.3
 5.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Charles Helmers Elementary)70.379.2
 8.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Saugus Union)66.563
 3.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Charles Helmers Elementary)5161.1
 10.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Saugus Union)45.250.5
 5.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Charles Helmers Elementary)5070.4
 20.4%
   5th Grade Science (Saugus Union)45.753.9
 8.1%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Charles Helmers Elementary)76.873.7
 3.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Saugus Union)66.663.5
 3.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Charles Helmers Elementary)64.663.8
 0.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Saugus Union)57.155.7
 1.4%
   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 Students673452
 32.8%
African American208
 60%
American Indian11
Asian8756
 35.6%
Hispanic133130
 2.3%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White417216
 48.2%
Two or More Races1441
 192.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients13.7%25%
 11.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Charles Helmers Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 452 students attended Charles Helmers Elementary.

Students who attend Charles Helmers Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Rio Norte Junior High
High : Academy of the Canyons
High : Valencia High

Students at Charles Helmers Elementary are 48% White, 29% Hispanic, 12% Asian, 9% Two or more races, 2% African American.

Yes. Charles Helmers Elementary ranks in the top 7.4% of California elementary schools.


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