Are North County Rich Kids Really More Athletic?

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Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. Over 1.3 million California students statewide took the fitness test, which measures their health in six categories:

  • aerobic capacity
  • body composition
  • abdominal strength
  • trunk strength
  • upper body strength
  • flexibility

KPBS reports  Among county fifth-graders tested during the 2015-16 school year, 28.6 percent fulfilled all six fitness criteria, along with 37.8 percent of seventh- graders and 44.5 percent of ninth-graders, according to the California Department of Education. During testing the previous year, 28.1 percent of fifth-graders met all six fitness criteria, as did 37.8 percent of seventh-graders and 45.2 percent of ninth-graders.

Are North County Rich Kids Really More Athletic?

If you look at the charts below, it appears that ‘wealthier’ communities had children that scored more favorably than ‘less wealthy’ communities.

Students In “Healthy Fitness Zone,” 2015-16

5th Grade 7th Grade 9th Grade
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 80.7% San Dieguito Union High 65.1% Poway Unified 65.8%
Cardiff Elementary 60 Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 64.8 Carlsbad Unified 64.9
Solana Beach Elementary 59.8 Carlsbad Unified 58.6 Lakeside Union Elementary 64.6
Del Mar Union 56 Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 57.4 San Dieguito Union High 62.9
Coronado Unified 53.2 Alpine Union Elementary 56.7 Valley Center-Pauma 54.9
Encinitas Union Elementary 48.2 Poway Unified 52.7 Warner Unified 53.3
Poway Unified 48 San Pasqual Union Elementary 50 Coronado Unified 52.1
Bonsall 45.9 Coronado Unified 49.8 San Marcos Unified 47.8
Vallecitos 42.9 Valley Center-Pauma 49.5 Ramona City Unified 47.8
Carlsbad Unified 38.2 Lakeside Union Elementary 45.7 San Diego Unified 46.2
Valley Center-Pauma 33.3 San Marcos Unified 45.3 Fallbrook Union High 44.5
San Pasqual Union Elementary 33.3 Lemon Grove 41.4 San Diego County 44.5
San Marcos Unified 33 Ramona City Unified 41.2 Sweetwater Union High 40.8
Alpine Union Elementary 32.9 Bonsall 38.7 Oceanside Unified 38.8
Lemon Grove 32.5 San Diego County 37.8 Escondido Union High 37.9
Lakeside Union Elementary 32.1 Vallecitos 37.5 Grossmont Union 35
Dehesa Elementary 31.8 Sweetwater Union High 37.2 California 36.7
La Mesa-Spring Valley 31 Fallbrook Union Elementary 36.7 Vista Unified 34.9
Julian Union Elementary 31 San Ysidro Elementary 35.8 Mountain Empire 33
San Diego County 28.6 Oceanside Unified 35.6 Bonsall 31.6
Escondido Union 27.7 Escondido Union 33.6 Chula Vista Elementary 31.3
Chula Vista Elementary 27.2 Dehesa Elementary 33.3 Borrego Springs Unified 30.2
California 25.9 Santee 33.2
San Diego Unified 24.2 California 32.1
Vista Unified 24.1 Cajon Valley Union 32
Mountain Empire 24 Vista Unified 31.9
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 23.1 La Mesa-Spring Valley 31.2
Ramona City Unified 22.9 San Diego Unified 30.9
Cajon Valley Union 22.4 Borrego Springs Unified 25.9
Santee 21.8 Julian Union Elementary 25
Fallbrook Union Elementary 17.1 South Bay Union 25
Oceanside Unified 17.1 Warner Unified 21.4
San Ysidro Elementary 14.7 Chula Vista Elementary 17.2
South Bay Union 12.6 Mountain Empire 15.9
National Elementary 9.5