Palencia Elementary School

Summary:

Palencia Elementary School is a public elementary school in Saint Augustine, Florida, serving 781 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the highly-ranked St. Johns District, which is rated 4th out of 67 districts in the state.

Palencia Elementary consistently outperforms the district and state averages in academic assessments, with significantly higher percentages of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. The school has been ranked among the top 7% of elementary schools in Florida, earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. However, the student population is relatively homogeneous, with a majority (78.1%) of students identifying as White and a low percentage (14.85%) of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, suggesting potential barriers to access or enrollment for families from diverse or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

When compared to nearby schools like Wards Creek Elementary and Crookshank Elementary, Palencia Elementary stands out as a high-performing institution, with consistently higher academic achievement and lower rates of chronic absenteeism. This highlights the school's ability to provide a quality education to its students, though the demographic and socioeconomic disparities within the school community warrant further examination.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 355 Palencia Village Dr
       Saint Augustine, FL  32095


(904) 547-4010

District: St. Johns

SchoolDigger Rank:
154th of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,331 Help


Students who attend Palencia Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Pacetti Bay Middle School
High:    Allen D Nease Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.4 Help
Number of students:  781

Racial breakdown:

White:
78.1%
Hispanic:
9.6%
Two or more races:
5.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Palencia Elementary School ranks better than 93.1% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 8th among 26 ranked elementary schools in the St. Johns School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.71. (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 (78.1%), Hispanic (9.6%), two or more races (5.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 14.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palencia Elementary School is 15.4. 15 elementary schools in the St. Johns School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Palencia Elementary School employs 50.6 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palencia Elementary School is $9,331, which is the 14th highest among 26 elementary schools in the St. Johns School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Palencia Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

St. Johns:

SchoolDigger ranks St. Johns 4th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palencia Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 74.54 499th 2087 76.1%
2017 85.29 257th 2112 87.8%
2018 82.94 340th 2118 83.9%
2019 91.46 114th 2182 94.8%
2021 92.41 112th 2247 95.0%
2022 91.45 134th 2219 94.0%
2023 90.71 154th 2240 93.1%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Palencia Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2013 448 15 13 42 0 1 13 0 532
2014 497 18 19 46 0 1 14 0 595
2015 558 14 24 67 1 2 13 0 679
2016 567 17 28 74 1 4 19 0 710
2017 657 11 39 77 1 3 15 0 803
2018 679 22 40 78 3 4 14 0 840
2019 685 25 43 68 1 4 17 0 843
2020 721 28 37 62 1 3 23 0 875
2021 628 31 32 67 0 2 30 0 790
2022 668 26 33 73 3 1 45 0 849
2023 610 26 22 75 1 2 45 0 781

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 Palencia Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 532 36.0 14.7 25.8
2014 595 40.0 14.8 24
2015 679 46.0 14.7 24.9
2016 710 48.0 14.7 22
2017 803 57.0 14.0 20.2
2018 840 53.0 15.8 14.6
2019 843 55.6 15.1 11.5
2020 875 57.8 15.1 12.1
2021 790 52.8 14.9 13.3
2022 849 52.8 16.0 11.8
2023 781 50.6 15.4 14.9

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 Palencia Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 532 36.0 14.7 25.8
2014 595 40.0 14.8 24
2015 679 46.0 14.7 24.9
2016 710 48.0 14.7 22
2017 803 57.0 14.0 20.2
2018 840 53.0 15.8 14.6
2019 843 55.6 15.1 11.5
2020 875 57.8 15.1 12.1
2021 790 52.8 14.9 13.3
2022 849 52.8 16.0 11.8
2023 781 50.6 15.4 14.9

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Palencia Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $194 (2.7%) $7,029 (97.3%) $7,223
2019 $152 (2.1%) $7,103 (97.9%) $7,254
2020 $136 (1.8%) $7,353 (98.2%) $7,489
2021 $268 (3.3%) $7,776 (96.7%) $8,043
2022 $316 (3.9%) $7,790 (96.1%) $8,106
2023 $473 (5.1%) $8,858 (94.9%) $9,331

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Palencia Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 114th of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 154th of 2240 Elementary schools
 1.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palencia Elementary School)7983
 4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7876
 2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Palencia Elementary School)8387
 4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8280
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Palencia Elementary School)8982
 7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7776
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Palencia Elementary School)8784
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8281
 1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Palencia Elementary School)7978
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7675
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Palencia Elementary School)8371
 12%
   5th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8076
 4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Palencia Elementary School)7670
 6%
   5th Grade Science (St. Johns)7370
 3%
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students843781
 7.4%
African American2526
 4%
American Indian11
Asian4322
 48.8%
Hispanic6875
 10.3%
Pacific Islander42
 50%
White685610
 10.9%
Two or More Races1745
 164.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients11.5%14.9%
 3.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Palencia Elementary School

Students who attend Palencia Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Pacetti Bay Middle School
High : Allen D Nease Senior High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 781 students attended Palencia Elementary School.

Yes. Palencia Elementary School ranks in the top 6.9% of Florida elementary schools.

Students at Palencia Elementary School are 78% White, 10% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races, 3% African American, 3% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Florida Department of Education.

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