Albert A. Michelson Elementary

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Albert A. Michelson Elementary is a public K-5 school in Murphys, California, serving 213 students. The school consistently outperforms the state average in academic achievement, with strong proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics. However, the school has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, which is an area of concern.

Academically, Albert A. Michelson Elementary shines, with 57.84% of students proficient in ELA and 60.78% proficient in Math, compared to the state averages of 46.66% and 34.62%, respectively. The school's performance is particularly strong in 3rd and 4th grade ELA and 4th grade Math, where proficiency rates exceed 60%. Compared to nearby schools, such as Twain Harte and San Andreas Elementary, Albert A. Michelson generally outperforms them in academic achievement.

However, the school's high chronic absenteeism rate of 46.4% in 2022-2023 is a notable concern, significantly higher than the state average and most nearby schools. Additionally, the school's student population is predominantly White (68.54%), with a relatively low percentage of students from low-income backgrounds (34.27%). While the school's academic performance is strong, the high chronic absenteeism and demographic composition may be areas for further investigation and potential intervention by the Vallecito Union District.


Detail:

Public K-5

 196 Pennsylvania Gulch Rd.
       Murphys, CA  95247-9521


(209) 728-3441

District: Vallecito Union

SchoolDigger Rank:
1212th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,497 Help


Students who attend Albert A. Michelson Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Avery Middle
High:    Bret Harte Union High

Student/teacher ratio:  19.3 Help
Number of students:  213

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.5%
Hispanic:
20.2%
Two or more races:
6.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  34.3% Help


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Compare Details Albert A. Michelson Elementary ranks better than 79.3% of elementary schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.81. (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: White (68.5%), Hispanic (20.2%), two or more races (6.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 34.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Albert A. Michelson Elementary is 19.3. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Albert A. Michelson Elementary is $8,497.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Albert A. Michelson Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Albert A. Michelson Elementary 1212th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Albert A. Michelson Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Vallecito Union:

SchoolDigger ranks Vallecito Union 277th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Albert A. Michelson Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Albert A. Michelson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 70.31 1291st 4809 73.2%
2005 67.41 1442nd 4822 70.1%
2006 72.43 1240th 4818 74.3%
2007 59.30 1862nd 5113 63.6%
2008 66.50 1565th 5113 69.4%
2009 75.83 1171st 5193 77.5%
2010 69.46 1489th 5314 72.0%
2011 67.40 1617th 5377 69.9%
2012 68.72 1593rd 5390 70.4%
2013 75.66 1281st 5530 76.8%
2015 74.02 1353rd 5611 75.9%
2016 72.43 1421st 5614 74.7%
2017 75.86 1298th 5692 77.2%
2018 67.76 1692nd 5662 70.1%
2019 70.82 1564th 5789 73.0%
2021 62.91 474th 1417 66.5%
2022 68.27 1678th 5883 71.5%
2023 78.81 1205th 5848 79.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Albert A. Michelson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.28 1615th 5084 68.2%
2019 65.87 1416th 5173 72.6%
2021 41.68 614th 1110 44.7%
2022 82.33 657th 5264 87.5%
2023 70.96 1168th 5355 78.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Albert A. Michelson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.67 2050th 5413 62.1%
2019 66.06 1691st 5492 69.2%
2021 62.69 416th 1267 67.2%
2022 76.79 1255th 5635 77.7%
2023 69.15 1528th 5595 72.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Albert A. Michelson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.90 1486th 5431 72.6%
2019 73.02 1385th 5510 74.9%
2021 50.57 563rd 1272 55.7%
2022 56.10 2141st 5663 62.2%
2023 81.02 1038th 5627 81.6%
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Rank History for White students at Albert A. Michelson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.08 1789th 2737 34.6%
2019 45.74 1680th 2834 40.7%
2022 44.78 1614th 2726 40.8%
2023 66.20 918th 2659 65.5%
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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 Albert A. Michelson Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 507 2 8 22 3 n/a n/a 0 542
1989 514 2 9 23 3 n/a n/a 0 551
1990 483 3 8 36 5 n/a n/a 0 535
1991 519 2 9 38 3 n/a n/a 0 571
1992 528 2 10 39 16 n/a n/a 0 595
1993 519 2 11 39 12 n/a n/a 0 583
1994 553 3 12 33 15 n/a n/a 0 616
1995 320 1 5 20 6 n/a n/a 0 352
1996 320 1 5 20 6 n/a n/a 0 352
1997 311 1 7 22 4 n/a n/a 0 345
1998 304 0 5 26 5 n/a n/a 0 340
1999 305 0 3 15 7 n/a n/a 8 338
2000 288 0 2 25 8 n/a n/a 7 330
2001 287 1 2 31 9 n/a n/a 15 345
2002 275 4 7 34 7 n/a n/a 5 332
2003 275 4 7 34 7 n/a n/a 5 332
2004 254 4 5 34 7 n/a n/a 1 305
2005 279 2 4 33 8 n/a n/a 1 327
2006 287 4 5 30 3 n/a n/a 3 332
2007 277 1 2 37 4 n/a n/a 3 324
2008 266 2 2 32 7 n/a n/a 0 309
2009 231 1 3 26 6 0 3 0 270
2010 212 0 2 35 4 1 2 0 256
2011 191 0 1 34 4 1 2 0 233
2012 188 0 3 35 2 0 4 0 232
2013 173 1 3 37 4 0 6 0 224
2014 171 0 3 39 6 1 9 0 229
2015 168 0 3 43 5 0 8 0 227
2016 165 0 3 45 5 0 10 0 228
2017 153 0 4 47 4 0 15 0 223
2018 146 0 1 45 5 0 17 0 214
2019 155 1 2 40 5 0 21 0 224
2020 152 0 2 41 3 0 19 0 217
2021 124 0 2 38 3 2 12 0 181
2022 153 0 3 43 5 2 18 0 224
2023 146 0 3 43 6 2 13 0 213

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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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 Albert A. Michelson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 542 21.0 25.8 n/a
1989 551 23.0 23.9 n/a
1990 535 24.0 22.2 n/a
1991 571 19.5 29.2 n/a
1992 595 19.8 30.0 25.2
1993 583 21.0 27.8 26.6
1994 616 20.1 30.6 29.4
1995 352 14.6 24.1 38.4
1996 352 14.6 24.1 38.4
1997 345 13.7 25.2 33.6
1998 340 18.7 18.2 37.6
1999 338 17.0 19.9 33.9
2000 330 17.0 19.4 36.8
2001 345 18.0 19.2 35.2
2002 332 17.8 18.7 31.5
2003 332 17.8 18.7 31.5
2004 305 16.4 18.6 32.2
2005 327 16.0 20.4 34.4
2006 332 16.0 20.8 35
2007 324 16.0 20.3 38
2008 309 18.0 17.2 32
2009 270 15.0 16.9 0
2010 256 14.0 18.2 37.5
2011 233 n/a n/a 33
2012 232 11.0 21.0 n/a
2013 224 11.5 19.4 39.3
2014 229 11.0 20.8 37.1
2015 227 12.0 18.9 38.3
2016 228 12.0 19.0 40.4
2017 223 11.0 20.2 35
2018 214 12.0 17.8 49.1
2019 224 13.0 17.2 45.1
2020 217 n/a n/a 46.5
2021 181 10.7 16.8 41.4
2022 224 11.0 20.3 54.9
2023 213 11.0 19.3 34.3

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 Albert A. Michelson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 542 21.0 25.8 n/a
1989 551 23.0 23.9 n/a
1990 535 24.0 22.2 n/a
1991 571 19.5 29.2 n/a
1992 595 19.8 30.0 25.2
1993 583 21.0 27.8 26.6
1994 616 20.1 30.6 29.4
1995 352 14.6 24.1 38.4
1996 352 14.6 24.1 38.4
1997 345 13.7 25.2 33.6
1998 340 18.7 18.2 37.6
1999 338 17.0 19.9 33.9
2000 330 17.0 19.4 36.8
2001 345 18.0 19.2 35.2
2002 332 17.8 18.7 31.5
2003 332 17.8 18.7 31.5
2004 305 16.4 18.6 32.2
2005 327 16.0 20.4 34.4
2006 332 16.0 20.8 35
2007 324 16.0 20.3 38
2008 309 18.0 17.2 32
2009 270 15.0 16.9 0
2010 256 14.0 18.2 37.5
2011 233 n/a n/a 33
2012 232 11.0 21.0 n/a
2013 224 11.5 19.4 39.3
2014 229 11.0 20.8 37.1
2015 227 12.0 18.9 38.3
2016 228 12.0 19.0 40.4
2017 223 11.0 20.2 35
2018 214 12.0 17.8 49.1
2019 224 13.0 17.2 45.1
2020 217 n/a n/a 46.5
2021 181 10.7 16.8 41.4
2022 224 11.0 20.3 54.9
2023 213 11.0 19.3 34.3

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

Albert A. Michelson Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201286.0%7.0%0.0%7.0%86.0%93.0%91.0%86.0%86.0%
201384.0%9.0%0.0%7.0%84.0%91.0%89.0%84.0%84.0%
201473.0%10.0%0.0%18.0%82.0%86.0%86.0%78.0%75.0%
201587.0%8.0%0.0%6.0%89.0%91.0%91.0%87.0%89.0%
201679.0%18.0%0.0%0.0%79.0%79.0%79.0%79.0%79.0%
201790.0%6.0%2.0%2.0%92.0%94.0%92.0%90.0%92.0%
201888.0%0.0%7.0%5.0%88.0%88.0%93.0%88.0%88.0%
201992.0%3.0%5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%92.0%≥95.0%
202093.2%2.3%2.3%93.2%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Albert A. Michelson Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,497

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Albert A. Michelson 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 1564th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1205th of 5848 Elementary schools
 6.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Albert A. Michelson Elementary)6065.7
 5.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Vallecito Union)5460.3
 6.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Albert A. Michelson Elementary)4562.9
 17.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Vallecito Union)6064.7
 4.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Albert A. Michelson Elementary)47.653.1
 5.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Vallecito Union)54.663.9
 9.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Albert A. Michelson Elementary)5075
 25%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Vallecito Union)43.972.1
 28.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Albert A. Michelson Elementary)69.154.3
 14.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Vallecito Union)61.947.7
 14.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Albert A. Michelson Elementary)57.145.7
 11.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Vallecito Union)4638.5
 7.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Albert A. Michelson Elementary)57.148.6
 8.6%
   5th Grade Science (Vallecito Union)47.644.6
 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 Students224213
 4.9%
African American10
 100%
American Indian56
 20%
Asian23
 50%
Hispanic4043
 7.5%
Pacific Islander02
White155146
 5.8%
Two or More Races2113
 38.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients45.1%34.3%
 10.8%


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Students who attend Albert A. Michelson Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Avery Middle
High : Bret Harte Union High

Students at Albert A. Michelson Elementary are 69% White, 20% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races, 3% American Indian, 1% Asian.

Albert A. Michelson Elementary ranks 1212th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 213 students attended Albert A. Michelson Elementary.


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