Carlton Elementary

Summary:

Carlton Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school in San Jose, California, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade. With a diverse student population, the school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, outperforming both its district and the state of California in academic achievement.

Carlton Elementary's academic performance is truly exceptional. In the 2022-2023 school year, 82.94% of its students were proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 74.25% for the Union Elementary District and 46.66% for California. In Mathematics, 83.24% of Carlton Elementary students were proficient or better, compared to 73.96% for the district and 34.62% for the state. The school's performance in Science is also impressive, with 72.44% of students proficient or better, outpacing both the district and the state.

Carlton Elementary's strong academic performance extends beyond the overall student population, with the school excelling in the performance of various student subgroups, such as female students, male students, Asian students, and multi-racial students. For example, the school ranked 85th out of 1,183 California elementary schools for its Asian student population. While Carlton Elementary's performance is exceptional, there may be opportunities to further improve in areas such as reducing chronic absenteeism and increasing the representation of underserved student populations. When compared to nearby schools, Carlton Elementary stands out as a top-performing institution, outpacing schools like Oster Elementary and Noddin Elementary in the Union Elementary District, as well as schools in the Campbell Union and Los Gatos Union Elementary districts.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2421 Carlton Ave.
       San Jose, CA  95124-4949


(408) 356-1141

District: Union Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
154th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,481 Help


Students who attend Carlton Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Union Middle
High:    Leigh High

Student/teacher ratio:  28.5 Help
Number of students:  672

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
43.2%
White:
33.9%
Hispanic:
10.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  4.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Carlton Elementary ranks better than 97.4% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks first among 6 ranked elementary schools in the Union Elementary School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.39. (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 Carlton Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Union Elementary School District. Racial makeup is: Asian (43.2%), White (33.9%), Hispanic (10.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 4.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Union Elementary School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Carlton Elementary is 28.5, which is the highest among 6 elementary schools in the Union Elementary School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Carlton Elementary is $6,481, which is the lowest among 6 elementary schools in the Union Elementary School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Carlton Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Carlton Elementary 154th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Carlton Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Union Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Union Elementary 68th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Carlton Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Carlton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 85.36 697th 4809 85.5%
2005 88.39 573rd 4822 88.1%
2006 79.87 972nd 4818 79.8%
2007 88.08 621st 5113 87.9%
2008 84.42 780th 5113 84.7%
2009 89.24 515th 5193 90.1%
2010 92.56 295th 5314 94.4%
2011 91.25 365th 5377 93.2%
2012 90.48 399th 5390 92.6%
2013 91.43 371st 5530 93.3%
2015 94.99 328th 5611 94.2%
2016 95.90 246th 5614 95.6%
2017 96.94 179th 5692 96.9%
2018 95.67 235th 5662 95.8%
2019 96.14 212th 5789 96.3%
2022 97.88 110th 5883 98.1%
2023 97.39 154th 5874 97.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Carlton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.55 157th 339 53.7%
2022 84.71 48th 610 92.1%
2023 81.83 89th 669 86.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Carlton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.70 240th 5413 95.6%
2019 95.28 209th 5492 96.2%
2022 96.85 155th 5635 97.2%
2023 96.26 184th 5617 96.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Carlton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 85.85 249th 2585 90.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Carlton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.22 233rd 5431 95.7%
2019 95.58 201st 5510 96.4%
2022 97.87 88th 5663 98.4%
2023 96.98 149th 5650 97.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Carlton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.49 50th 1071 95.3%
2019 81.07 115th 1149 90.0%
2022 81.53 111th 1154 90.4%
2023 82.96 85th 1190 92.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Carlton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.50 323rd 4830 93.3%
2019 84.46 535th 4963 89.2%
2022 97.33 97th 5084 98.1%
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Rank History for White students at Carlton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.42 470th 2737 82.8%
2019 80.69 445th 2834 84.3%
2022 83.92 307th 2726 88.7%
2023 77.41 528th 2662 80.2%
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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
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Open Quote Im a parent of a student there and also a resident who lives nearby. In general its a decent school and has a close nit parent community. Unfortunately the school jumped in too soon on the Common Core changes and the myopic focus on test scores, before the new curriculum and teacher training was really ready.
This has led to our children being somewhat experimented on with different methods and a lot of frustration by Parents who are bearing the brunt of the a massive homework overload. Teachers are in constant out of class training trying to figure how hoe to make the core work. There is also a myopic focus on getting "technology" in to the class room for the sake of looking like they are doing something with it. The lack of communication on this whole effort doesn't help.
The high number of full days off and reduced days the kids are not in school needs to be considered by working parents who need to pay for after school child care.
If they can get a focus back on just letting teachers teach kids full time, 5 days a week in the classroom and doing the job, then this will be a great little school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Carlton Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 303 5 20 28 0 n/a n/a 0 356
1989 258 6 21 31 25 n/a n/a 0 341
1990 274 8 14 28 5 n/a n/a 0 329
1991 281 7 18 57 1 n/a n/a 0 364
1992 309 6 21 31 3 n/a n/a 0 370
1993 301 5 9 32 0 n/a n/a 0 347
1994 279 12 22 36 4 n/a n/a 0 353
1995 335 7 25 20 1 n/a n/a 0 388
1996 335 7 25 20 1 n/a n/a 0 388
1997 329 10 28 27 1 n/a n/a 0 395
1998 317 11 22 29 1 n/a n/a 0 380
1999 336 9 34 19 2 n/a n/a 0 400
2000 341 8 25 26 4 n/a n/a 0 404
2001 314 5 25 28 2 n/a n/a 3 377
2002 276 6 33 31 2 n/a n/a 3 351
2003 276 6 33 31 2 n/a n/a 3 351
2004 255 4 32 36 1 n/a n/a 4 332
2005 308 9 33 45 1 n/a n/a 5 401
2006 313 11 43 50 0 n/a n/a 3 420
2007 336 11 44 50 1 n/a n/a 3 445
2008 338 8 54 56 1 n/a n/a 0 457
2009 352 4 60 59 2 2 17 0 496
2010 369 4 70 87 1 2 25 0 558
2011 331 3 80 96 2 3 25 0 540
2012 347 5 89 99 0 5 47 0 592
2013 340 6 110 108 2 5 67 0 638
2014 345 5 136 95 1 4 87 0 673
2015 334 5 144 82 1 3 136 0 705
2016 393 7 167 64 1 2 58 0 692
2017 381 6 183 72 1 1 59 0 703
2018 344 2 212 75 1 0 60 0 694
2019 323 2 243 78 1 0 63 0 710
2020 305 5 257 77 1 0 71 0 716
2021 260 4 258 76 1 0 58 0 657
2022 227 6 264 67 1 0 63 0 628
2023 228 8 290 73 1 0 72 0 672

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 Carlton Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 356 19.0 18.7 n/a
1989 341 18.0 18.9 n/a
1990 329 18.4 17.8 n/a
1991 364 18.4 19.7 n/a
1992 370 18.7 19.7 14.1
1993 347 17.5 19.8 14.4
1994 353 18.8 18.8 10.8
1995 388 19.8 19.6 14.2
1996 388 19.8 19.6 14.2
1997 395 20.8 19.0 15.9
1998 380 19.8 19.2 9.2
1999 400 22.0 18.2 5.8
2000 404 19.0 21.3 5.7
2001 377 21.0 18.0 3.5
2002 351 19.0 18.5 6.9
2003 351 19.0 18.5 6.9
2004 332 16.0 20.8 7.6
2005 401 19.0 21.1 6.6
2006 420 20.0 21.0 5
2007 445 20.0 22.3 4.3
2008 457 23.0 19.9 5.7
2009 496 24.0 19.8 6.3
2010 558 25.0 22.3 7
2011 540 n/a n/a 8.7
2012 592 23.1 25.6 n/a
2013 638 24.1 26.4 9.6
2014 673 26.0 25.8 8.5
2015 705 28.0 25.1 7
2016 692 28.0 24.7 5.5
2017 703 27.0 26.0 4.1
2018 694 26.5 26.1 6.3
2019 710 27.0 26.2 5.5
2020 716 n/a n/a 4.5
2021 657 25.0 26.2 5.2
2022 628 20.1 31.1 4.6
2023 672 23.5 28.5 4.6

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 Carlton Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 356 19.0 18.7 n/a
1989 341 18.0 18.9 n/a
1990 329 18.4 17.8 n/a
1991 364 18.4 19.7 n/a
1992 370 18.7 19.7 14.1
1993 347 17.5 19.8 14.4
1994 353 18.8 18.8 10.8
1995 388 19.8 19.6 14.2
1996 388 19.8 19.6 14.2
1997 395 20.8 19.0 15.9
1998 380 19.8 19.2 9.2
1999 400 22.0 18.2 5.8
2000 404 19.0 21.3 5.7
2001 377 21.0 18.0 3.5
2002 351 19.0 18.5 6.9
2003 351 19.0 18.5 6.9
2004 332 16.0 20.8 7.6
2005 401 19.0 21.1 6.6
2006 420 20.0 21.0 5
2007 445 20.0 22.3 4.3
2008 457 23.0 19.9 5.7
2009 496 24.0 19.8 6.3
2010 558 25.0 22.3 7
2011 540 n/a n/a 8.7
2012 592 23.1 25.6 n/a
2013 638 24.1 26.4 9.6
2014 673 26.0 25.8 8.5
2015 705 28.0 25.1 7
2016 692 28.0 24.7 5.5
2017 703 27.0 26.0 4.1
2018 694 26.5 26.1 6.3
2019 710 27.0 26.2 5.5
2020 716 n/a n/a 4.5
2021 657 25.0 26.2 5.2
2022 628 20.1 31.1 4.6
2023 672 23.5 28.5 4.6

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

Carlton Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201288.0%11.0%1.0%0.0%88.0%88.0%88.0%88.0%88.0%
201393.0%1.0%0.0%6.0%95.0%98.0%99.0%94.0%96.0%
201487.0%2.0%0.0%11.0%96.0%97.0%97.0%95.0%95.0%
201587.0%2.0%0.0%11.0%93.0%96.0%98.0%91.0%90.0%
201690.0%4.0%0.0%6.0%94.0%95.0%93.0%92.0%92.0%
201796.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201890.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%94.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%92.0%96.0%
201991.0%0.0%1.0%96.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%93.0%95.0%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,481

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Carlton Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 212th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 154th of 5874 Elementary schools
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Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Carlton Elementary)76.179
 2.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Union Elementary)75.576.5
 1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Carlton Elementary)8880.2
 7.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Union Elementary)81.878
 3.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Carlton Elementary)79.579.5
 0%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Union Elementary)7571.8
 3.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Carlton Elementary)81.886.4
 4.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Union Elementary)73.374.7
 1.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Carlton Elementary)86.189.4
 3.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Union Elementary)8178.7
 2.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Carlton Elementary)81.582.7
 1.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Union Elementary)7575.9
 0.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Carlton Elementary)73.272.4
 0.7%
   5th Grade Science (Union Elementary)6366.3
 3.3%
   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 Students710672
 5.4%
African American28
 300%
American Indian11
Asian243290
 19.3%
Hispanic7873
 6.4%
Pacific Islander00
White323228
 29.4%
Two or More Races6372
 14.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients5.5%4.6%
 0.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Carlton Elementary

Students at Carlton Elementary are 43% Asian, 34% White, 11% Hispanic, 11% Two or more races, 1% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 672 students attended Carlton Elementary.

Yes! Carlton Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 154th of 5874 California elementary schools.

Students who attend Carlton Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Union Middle
High : Leigh High


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