Towers Elementary

Summary:

Towers Elementary is a public elementary school in Torrance, California, serving 576 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school consistently delivers excellent academic results, ranking in the top 10% of California elementary schools and outperforming the Torrance Unified and state averages in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Towers Elementary's academic excellence is evident across various metrics. In the 2022-2023 school year, 74.26% of students were proficient or better in ELA, and 79.28% were proficient or better in Mathematics, significantly higher than the Torrance Unified and California state averages. The school has maintained a high statewide ranking, placing 404 out of 5,848 California elementary schools and earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. Towers Elementary also serves its diverse student population effectively, with high rankings for subgroups like female students, Asian students, and students with disabilities.

When compared to nearby schools, Towers Elementary stands out as a top performer. For example, Anza Elementary, another Torrance Unified school, has a similar student population but slightly lower academic performance. Nearby schools in the Redondo Beach Unified district, such as Jefferson Elementary and Birney Elementary, also perform well but have slightly lower rankings than Towers Elementary. This highlights Towers Elementary's status as a premier educational institution in the region.


Detail:

Public K-5

 5600 Towers St.
       Torrance, CA  90503-1161


(310) 533-4535

District: Torrance Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
406th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,272 Help


Students who attend Towers Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Bert M. Lynn Middle
High:    West High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.3 Help
Number of students:  576

Racial breakdown:

White:
32.3%
Asian:
32.3%
Hispanic:
20.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14.2% Help


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Compare Details Towers Elementary ranks better than 93.1% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 4th among 17 ranked elementary schools in the Torrance Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 94.3. (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 Towers Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Asian (32.3%), White (32.3%), Hispanic (20.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 14.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Towers Elementary is 24.3, which is the 8th best among 17 elementary schools in the Torrance Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Towers Elementary is $5,272. 8 elementary schools in the Torrance Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Towers Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Towers Elementary 406th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Towers Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Torrance Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Torrance Unified 181st of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Towers Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 87.95 593rd 4809 87.7%
2005 86.32 672nd 4822 86.1%
2006 82.12 871st 4818 81.9%
2007 90.47 491st 5113 90.4%
2008 90.03 479th 5113 90.6%
2009 86.96 642nd 5193 87.6%
2010 80.33 995th 5314 81.3%
2011 77.39 1137th 5377 78.9%
2012 84.67 747th 5390 86.1%
2013 85.40 733rd 5530 86.7%
2015 86.15 815th 5611 85.5%
2016 86.30 837th 5614 85.1%
2017 90.75 594th 5692 89.6%
2018 93.10 440th 5662 92.2%
2019 92.23 502nd 5789 91.3%
2022 93.58 477th 5883 91.9%
2023 94.30 406th 5874 93.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 73.57 157th 610 74.3%
2023 84.67 54th 669 91.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 97.00 67th 3275 98.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 94.28 110th 2420 95.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.37 625th 5084 87.7%
2022 90.39 338th 5264 93.6%
2023 90.17 381st 5374 92.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.68 637th 5413 88.2%
2019 90.98 502nd 5492 90.9%
2022 88.02 737th 5635 86.9%
2023 91.41 545th 5617 90.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.16 89th 2128 95.8%
2019 92.60 136th 2585 94.7%
2022 93.52 123rd 2227 94.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.20 307th 5431 94.3%
2019 91.13 509th 5510 90.8%
2022 95.21 288th 5663 94.9%
2023 94.33 352nd 5650 93.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.33 438th 1071 59.1%
2019 72.44 313th 1149 72.8%
2022 75.86 249th 1154 78.4%
2023 71.69 364th 1190 69.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.35 154th 4830 96.8%
2019 88.52 359th 4963 92.8%
2022 89.09 388th 5084 92.4%
2023 90.25 340th 5098 93.3%
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Rank History for White students at Towers Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.31 816th 2737 70.2%
2019 70.77 790th 2834 72.1%
2022 73.06 698th 2726 74.4%
2023 75.13 615th 2662 76.9%
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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 Towers Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 396 3 108 12 0 n/a n/a 0 519
1989 400 2 117 10 0 n/a n/a 0 529
1990 414 2 117 15 0 n/a n/a 0 548
1991 420 2 120 8 0 n/a n/a 0 550
1992 410 2 140 13 0 n/a n/a 0 565
1993 402 1 127 20 0 n/a n/a 0 550
1994 416 1 131 23 0 n/a n/a 0 571
1995 406 4 136 31 0 n/a n/a 0 577
1996 406 4 136 31 0 n/a n/a 0 577
1997 398 3 141 42 1 n/a n/a 0 585
1998 399 1 153 55 2 n/a n/a 0 610
1999 363 1 174 68 6 n/a n/a 0 612
2000 365 1 185 68 8 n/a n/a 0 627
2001 347 3 186 68 13 n/a n/a 0 617
2002 353 9 195 63 8 n/a n/a 0 628
2003 353 9 195 63 8 n/a n/a 0 628
2004 347 9 201 66 7 n/a n/a 2 632
2005 359 10 202 57 6 n/a n/a 5 639
2006 321 7 197 54 6 n/a n/a 13 598
2007 299 6 178 51 2 n/a n/a 49 585
2008 247 5 172 44 1 n/a n/a 0 469
2009 222 5 165 41 1 1 92 0 527
2010 239 8 160 62 0 0 83 0 552
2011 225 7 189 71 1 1 84 0 578
2012 213 8 198 76 0 0 89 0 584
2013 217 13 201 109 0 1 90 0 631
2014 214 7 215 119 0 0 89 0 644
2015 204 7 204 120 1 0 79 0 615
2016 187 13 225 117 0 0 72 0 614
2017 188 9 219 124 2 0 68 0 610
2018 189 10 224 108 0 2 67 0 600
2019 190 9 235 111 1 2 75 0 623
2020 194 9 212 122 0 2 86 0 625
2021 189 10 194 129 0 2 88 0 612
2022 178 7 196 133 1 2 80 0 597
2023 186 6 186 118 0 1 79 0 576

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 Towers Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 519 17.0 30.5 n/a
1989 529 17.0 31.1 n/a
1990 548 17.0 32.2 n/a
1991 550 19.0 28.9 n/a
1992 565 19.3 29.2 2.5
1993 550 20.0 27.5 2.5
1994 571 20.0 28.5 3
1995 577 21.5 26.8 5.2
1996 577 21.5 26.8 5.2
1997 585 24.0 24.4 5.6
1998 610 27.0 22.6 7
1999 612 28.0 21.9 7.4
2000 627 29.0 21.6 4.8
2001 617 31.0 19.9 3.7
2002 628 30.5 20.6 4.5
2003 628 30.5 20.6 4.5
2004 632 29.5 21.4 3.7
2005 639 29.0 22.0 3.3
2006 598 28.0 21.4 5
2007 585 26.0 22.5 4.3
2008 469 26.6 17.6 5.5
2009 527 25.0 19.1 5.3
2010 552 22.0 25.0 9.1
2011 578 n/a n/a 10
2012 584 20.0 29.0 n/a
2013 631 23.1 27.2 13.5
2014 644 22.0 29.2 12.7
2015 615 23.0 26.7 11.7
2016 614 23.0 26.6 12.4
2017 610 23.0 26.5 11.3
2018 600 23.0 26.0 14.3
2019 623 23.0 27.0 12.5
2020 625 n/a n/a 11.4
2021 612 23.7 25.7 13.7
2022 597 23.6 25.2 10.7
2023 576 23.6 24.3 14.2

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 Towers Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 519 17.0 30.5 n/a
1989 529 17.0 31.1 n/a
1990 548 17.0 32.2 n/a
1991 550 19.0 28.9 n/a
1992 565 19.3 29.2 2.5
1993 550 20.0 27.5 2.5
1994 571 20.0 28.5 3
1995 577 21.5 26.8 5.2
1996 577 21.5 26.8 5.2
1997 585 24.0 24.4 5.6
1998 610 27.0 22.6 7
1999 612 28.0 21.9 7.4
2000 627 29.0 21.6 4.8
2001 617 31.0 19.9 3.7
2002 628 30.5 20.6 4.5
2003 628 30.5 20.6 4.5
2004 632 29.5 21.4 3.7
2005 639 29.0 22.0 3.3
2006 598 28.0 21.4 5
2007 585 26.0 22.5 4.3
2008 469 26.6 17.6 5.5
2009 527 25.0 19.1 5.3
2010 552 22.0 25.0 9.1
2011 578 n/a n/a 10
2012 584 20.0 29.0 n/a
2013 631 23.1 27.2 13.5
2014 644 22.0 29.2 12.7
2015 615 23.0 26.7 11.7
2016 614 23.0 26.6 12.4
2017 610 23.0 26.5 11.3
2018 600 23.0 26.0 14.3
2019 623 23.0 27.0 12.5
2020 625 n/a n/a 11.4
2021 612 23.7 25.7 13.7
2022 597 23.6 25.2 10.7
2023 576 23.6 24.3 14.2

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

Towers Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201298.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%
201495.0%0.0%1.0%4.0%96.0%96.0%98.0%95.0%96.0%
201598.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%98.0%98.0%
201687.0%0.0%1.0%12.0%95.0%99.0%99.0%98.0%90.0%
201798.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%
201894.0%0.0%1.0%3.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%96.0%
201998.0%1.0%2.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%
202097.5%1.6%0.8%98.4%98.4%98.4%98.4%98.4%
202298.0%0.0%2.0%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,272

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Towers 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 502nd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 406th of 5874 Elementary schools
 1.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Towers Elementary)7069.7
 0.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Torrance Unified)66.765.7
 1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Towers Elementary)81.177.8
 3.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Torrance Unified)73.971.9
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Towers Elementary)70.177.9
 7.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Torrance Unified)66.670.5
 3.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Towers Elementary)82.789.5
 6.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Torrance Unified)70.572.5
 2.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Towers Elementary)73.475
 1.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Torrance Unified)70.470.6
 0.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Towers Elementary)75.570
 5.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Torrance Unified)65.764.4
 1.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Towers Elementary)67.360
 7.3%
   5th Grade Science (Torrance Unified)52.453.4
 1.1%
   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 Students623576
 7.5%
African American96
 33.3%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian235186
 20.9%
Hispanic111118
 6.3%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White190186
 2.1%
Two or More Races7579
 5.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients12.5%14.2%
 1.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Towers Elementary

Yes. Towers Elementary ranks in the top 6.9% of California elementary schools.

Students at Towers Elementary are 32% White, 32% Asian, 20% Hispanic, 14% Two or more races, 1% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 576 students attended Towers Elementary.

Students who attend Towers Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Bert M. Lynn Middle
High : West High


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