Ward Elementary School

  • Ward Elementary School serves 452 students in grades Kindergarten-3.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 40-44% (which is higher than the California state average of 37%) for the 2015-2016 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 35-39% (which is lower than the California state average of 48%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Ward Elementary School placed in the top 50% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the California state level of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 76%.
  • Ward Elementary School operates within the Downey Unified School District.

School Overview

  • Ward Elementary School's student population of 452 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 18 teachers has grown by 5% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-3
Total Students452 students
Gender %Ward Elementary School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers18 teachers
Students by GradeWard Elementary School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • Ward Elementary School is ranked within the top 50% of all 9595 schools in California (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Ward Elementary School is 0.13, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)40-44%
37%
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)35-39%
48%
Student : Teacher Ratio25:124:1
Asian
3%
11%
Hispanic
93%
54%
Black
2%
6%
White
2%
24%
All Ethnic GroupsWard Elementary School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownCA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.130.41
Eligible for Free Lunch
66%
50%
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
12%
9%

    District Comparison

    • The school district of Ward Elementary School is Downey Unified School District, which is ranked within the top 50% of all 983 school districts in California (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
    • Downey Unified School District's student population of 22,581 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
    • The revenue/student of $8,483 in this district is less than the state average of $11,049. The district revenue/student has declined by 10% over four school years.
    • The district's spending/student of $8,923 is less than the state average of $11,340. The district spending/student has declined by 9% over four school years.
    School District NameDowney Unified School District
    Number of Schools
    Managed
    20
    4
    Number of Students Managed22,5811,585
    Downey Unified School District Students Managed (1988-2016)
    District Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
    36%
    37%
    District Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
    51%
    48%
    District Total Revenue$194 MM$18 MM
    District Spending$204 MM$18 MM
    District Revenue / Student$8,483$11,049
    District Spending / Student$8,923$11,340
    School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
    Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

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