Sycamore Magnet Academy

Summary:

Sycamore Magnet Academy is a public elementary school serving grades K-8 in the Tustin Unified School District, with a student population of 1,211 that is predominantly Hispanic (over 90%). Despite its magnet status, the school has consistently underperformed compared to other schools in the district and the state of California.

Sycamore Magnet Academy's academic performance is a significant concern, with proficiency rates ranging from just 6-33% in English Language Arts and 6-22% in Mathematics in the 2022-2023 school year, far below the district and state averages. The school also faces high chronic absenteeism rates, reaching 27.7% in 2021-2022, much higher than the state average. Additionally, over 80% of Sycamore Magnet Academy's students come from low-income families, and the school has a significant population of English Language Learners, both of which likely contribute to the school's academic challenges.

When compared to nearby schools in the Tustin Unified School District, such as Barbara Benson Elementary and Tustin Memorial Elementary, which have significantly higher proficiency rates, Sycamore Magnet Academy stands out as an underperforming outlier. The school's subgroups, including female students, Hispanic students, and English Language Learners, also consistently rank in the bottom quartile of California elementary schools, indicating significant achievement gaps.


Detail:

Public K-8

 1402 Sycamore Ave.
       Tustin, CA  92780-6233


(714) 730-7360

District: Tustin Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5208th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,694 Help


Students who attend Sycamore Magnet Academy usually attend:

High:    Tustin High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.8 Help
Number of students:  1,211

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
90.8%
White:
4.0%
Asian:
2.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  84.4% Help


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Compare Details Sycamore Magnet Academy ranks worse than 88.8% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 16th among 18 ranked elementary schools in the Tustin Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.28. (See more...)
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Compare Details Sycamore Magnet Academy ranks worse than 87.2% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.62. (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 (90.8%), White (4%), Asian (2.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 84.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sycamore Magnet Academy is 24.8, which is the 5th best among 18 elementary schools in the Tustin Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sycamore Magnet Academy is $10,694, which is the 5th highest among 18 elementary schools in the Tustin Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sycamore Magnet Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Sycamore Magnet Academy 5208th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Sycamore Magnet Academy in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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SchoolDigger ranks Sycamore Magnet Academy 2440th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Sycamore Magnet Academy in the ranking list.)

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Tustin Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Tustin Unified 429th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sycamore Magnet Academy

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 13.93 5458th 5883 7.2%
2023 16.28 5189th 5848 11.3%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 30.78 2544th 3311 23.2%
2023 24.78 2879th 3240 11.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 29.41 1679th 2416 30.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 16.08 4902nd 5264 6.9%
2023 18.21 4808th 5355 10.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Homeless students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 15.36 344th 356 3.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 12.31 5407th 5635 4.0%
2023 15.04 5116th 5595 8.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Disabled students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 28.21 1583rd 2227 28.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 17.69 4952nd 5663 12.6%
2023 18.90 4808th 5627 14.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 16.57 4720th 5084 7.2%
2023 18.15 4585th 5079 9.7%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Sycamore Magnet Academy

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Rank History for all middle school students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 21.64 1407th 1769 20.5%
2005 28.36 1271st 1777 28.5%
2006 20.82 1463rd 1804 18.9%
2007 24.70 1540th 1999 23.0%
2008 19.53 1688th 2005 15.8%
2009 18.15 1778th 2063 13.8%
2010 18.45 1887th 2179 13.4%
2011 32.14 1579th 2236 29.4%
2012 48.54 1131st 2259 49.9%
2013 55.27 1006th 2379 57.7%
2015 34.95 1473rd 2477 40.5%
2016 27.91 1729th 2497 30.8%
2017 28.58 1709th 2508 31.9%
2018 23.17 1881st 2480 24.2%
2019 19.80 2190th 2715 19.3%
2022 11.66 2581st 2740 5.8%
2023 16.62 2431st 2788 12.8%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.98 611th 1364 55.2%
2019 34.64 887th 1442 38.5%
2022 33.67 1040th 1540 32.5%
2023 37.00 886th 1523 41.8%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 22.24 1380th 1532 9.9%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.12 1517th 2230 32.0%
2019 27.32 1794th 2369 24.3%
2022 13.41 2319th 2458 5.7%
2023 20.78 2128th 2535 16.1%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for middle school Homeless students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 17.25 315th 336 6.3%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.81 1742nd 2262 23.0%
2019 19.84 1953rd 2380 17.9%
2022 10.89 2396th 2509 4.5%
2023 15.92 2257th 2535 11.0%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.35 973rd 1369 28.9%
2019 30.84 1008th 1491 32.4%
2022 27.09 1171st 1531 23.5%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.78 1758th 2273 22.7%
2019 19.35 2012th 2407 16.4%
2022 13.51 2351st 2527 7.0%
2023 18.38 2167th 2546 14.9%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Sycamore Magnet Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.33 1522nd 2072 26.5%
2019 22.91 1791st 2213 19.1%
2022 13.51 2222nd 2359 5.8%
2023 18.62 2066th 2379 13.2%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

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, July 8, 2021

Open Quote Wonderful, caring teachers and administration. Conscientious, kind parents. The Dual Immersion program is fabulous. This school is "newer" and the low scoring does not reflect its development. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Sycamore Magnet Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 418 39 127 109 0 n/a n/a 0 693
1989 408 54 124 147 0 n/a n/a 0 733
1990 420 72 131 200 1 n/a n/a 0 824
1991 363 77 125 221 1 n/a n/a 0 787
1992 386 91 139 333 2 n/a n/a 0 951
1993 350 78 145 363 3 n/a n/a 0 939
1994 327 83 135 434 5 n/a n/a 0 984
1995 194 63 126 411 1 n/a n/a 0 795
1996 194 63 126 411 1 n/a n/a 0 795
1997 160 68 116 436 0 n/a n/a 0 780
1998 161 61 129 444 0 n/a n/a 0 795
1999 143 56 115 427 0 n/a n/a 0 741
2000 129 38 107 566 2 n/a n/a 0 842
2001 112 35 87 571 2 n/a n/a 4 811
2002 98 24 73 700 5 n/a n/a 10 910
2003 98 24 73 700 5 n/a n/a 10 910
2004 75 23 55 742 3 n/a n/a 13 911
2005 61 34 52 727 3 n/a n/a 6 883
2006 51 33 44 701 2 n/a n/a 7 838
2007 40 33 34 638 0 n/a n/a 5 750
2008 21 26 37 602 2 n/a n/a 0 688
2009 25 23 32 659 5 7 0 0 751
2010 28 24 25 681 4 7 2 0 771
2011 18 20 21 663 2 6 1 0 731
2012 19 24 22 585 2 5 3 0 660
2013 12 14 20 583 1 6 4 0 640
2014 21 14 15 621 4 1 2 0 678
2015 15 10 23 705 4 2 4 0 763
2016 19 10 26 712 3 2 4 0 776
2017 23 7 27 679 1 2 3 0 742
2018 24 8 24 646 1 1 4 0 708
2019 18 10 22 555 1 1 4 0 611
2020 18 9 19 541 0 1 2 0 590
2021 42 19 36 1207 2 1 16 0 1323
2022 57 16 33 1214 2 3 16 1 1342
2023 49 13 29 1100 2 1 16 1 1211

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 Sycamore Magnet Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 693 26.9 25.7 n/a
1989 733 30.6 23.9 n/a
1990 824 32.0 25.7 n/a
1991 787 32.8 23.9 n/a
1992 951 33.3 28.5 38.2
1993 939 37.5 25.0 43.1
1994 984 40.2 24.5 49.6
1995 795 32.4 24.5 52.1
1996 795 32.4 24.5 52.1
1997 780 31.8 24.5 72.3
1998 795 31.5 25.2 72.8
1999 741 31.0 23.9 59.8
2000 842 33.8 24.9 64.8
2001 811 33.4 24.3 66.9
2002 910 37.9 24.0 72.2
2003 910 37.9 24.0 72.2
2004 911 37.3 24.4 74.3
2005 883 36.2 24.4 75
2006 838 36.5 23.0 45.8
2007 750 33.7 22.3 82.4
2008 688 34.6 19.9 83.1
2009 751 33.4 20.0 86.2
2010 771 32.3 23.8 87.7
2011 731 n/a n/a 91
2012 660 26.5 24.8 n/a
2013 640 24.8 25.7 92.3
2014 678 25.3 26.7 91.2
2015 763 29.0 26.3 91.2
2016 776 33.0 23.5 95.1
2017 742 30.3 24.4 68.5
2018 708 27.1 26.1 73.3
2019 611 25.3 24.1 74.1
2020 590 n/a n/a 75.1
2021 1323 51.4 25.7 84.9
2022 1342 51.2 26.2 63.4
2023 1211 48.6 24.8 84.4

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 Sycamore Magnet Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 693 26.9 25.7 n/a
1989 733 30.6 23.9 n/a
1990 824 32.0 25.7 n/a
1991 787 32.8 23.9 n/a
1992 951 33.3 28.5 38.2
1993 939 37.5 25.0 43.1
1994 984 40.2 24.5 49.6
1995 795 32.4 24.5 52.1
1996 795 32.4 24.5 52.1
1997 780 31.8 24.5 72.3
1998 795 31.5 25.2 72.8
1999 741 31.0 23.9 59.8
2000 842 33.8 24.9 64.8
2001 811 33.4 24.3 66.9
2002 910 37.9 24.0 72.2
2003 910 37.9 24.0 72.2
2004 911 37.3 24.4 74.3
2005 883 36.2 24.4 75
2006 838 36.5 23.0 45.8
2007 750 33.7 22.3 82.4
2008 688 34.6 19.9 83.1
2009 751 33.4 20.0 86.2
2010 771 32.3 23.8 87.7
2011 731 n/a n/a 91
2012 660 26.5 24.8 n/a
2013 640 24.8 25.7 92.3
2014 678 25.3 26.7 91.2
2015 763 29.0 26.3 91.2
2016 776 33.0 23.5 95.1
2017 742 30.3 24.4 68.5
2018 708 27.1 26.1 73.3
2019 611 25.3 24.1 74.1
2020 590 n/a n/a 75.1
2021 1323 51.4 25.7 84.9
2022 1342 51.2 26.2 63.4
2023 1211 48.6 24.8 84.4

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Sycamore Magnet Academy

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $10,694

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sycamore Magnet Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2190th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 2431st of 2788 Middle schools
 6.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Sycamore Magnet Academy)21.720.6
 1.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Tustin Unified)60.458.1
 2.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Sycamore Magnet Academy)15.97.8
 8.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Tustin Unified)52.150
 2.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Sycamore Magnet Academy)34.120.4
 13.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Tustin Unified)6561.6
 3.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Sycamore Magnet Academy)17.69.7
 7.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Tustin Unified)53.150.6
 2.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Sycamore Magnet Academy)32.133.1
 1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Tustin Unified)62.260.7
 1.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Sycamore Magnet Academy)21.510.6
 10.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Tustin Unified)53.946.5
 7.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Sycamore Magnet Academy)13.79.3
 4.4%
   8th Grade Science (Tustin Unified)45.342.3
 3%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students6111211
 98.2%
African American1013
 30%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian2229
 31.8%
Hispanic5551100
 98.2%
Pacific Islander11
White1849
 172.2%
Two or More Races416
 300%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients74.1%84.4%
 10.3%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 1,211 students attended Sycamore Magnet Academy.

Students who attend Sycamore Magnet Academy usually go on to attend:

High : Tustin High

Sycamore Magnet Academy ranks in the bottom 11.2% of California elementary schools.

Students at Sycamore Magnet Academy are 91% Hispanic, 4% White, 2% Asian, 1% Two or more races, 1% African American.


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