Willow Crest Elementary

Summary:

Willow Crest Elementary is a public elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska, serving 284 students in grades PK-6. The school is part of the Anchorage School District, which is ranked 11th out of 24 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Willow Crest Elementary stands out for its highly diverse student population, with a significant representation of minority groups. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by standardized test scores, is significantly lower than the district and state averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, the school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts (22.98%), Mathematics (18.52%), and Science (25%) were all well below the Anchorage School District and Alaska state averages. Willow Crest Elementary has consistently ranked in the bottom third of Alaska elementary schools, with a ranking of 148 out of 176 schools in the 2022-2023 school year, reflecting the school's 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

The challenges faced by Willow Crest Elementary are not shared by all schools in the Anchorage School District. The nearby Lake Hood Elementary, Campbell STEM Elementary, and Turnagain Elementary generally outperform Willow Crest Elementary in academic measures, with higher proficiency rates and better statewide rankings. The high poverty rate, diverse student population, and declining performance at Willow Crest Elementary suggest that the school may face unique challenges, such as limited resources, language barriers, and socioeconomic factors, that impact student learning and achievement.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 1004 W Tudor Rd
       Anchorage, AK  99503-7096


(907) 742-1000

District: Anchorage School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
148th of 176 Alaska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $20,581 Help


Students who attend Willow Crest Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Romig Middle School
High:    West High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.1 Help
Number of students:  284

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
23.2%
Two or more races:
21.1%
American Indian:
19.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Willow Crest Elementary ranks worse than 84.1% of elementary schools in Alaska. It also ranks 46th among 62 ranked elementary schools in the Anchorage School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.01. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Willow Crest Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (23.2%), two or more races (21.1%), American Indian (19.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Willow Crest Elementary is 14.1, which is the 9th best among 62 elementary schools in the Anchorage School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Willow Crest Elementary is $20,581, which is the 7th highest among 62 elementary schools in the Anchorage School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Willow Crest Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Willow Crest Elementary 148th of 176 Alaska public elementary schools. (See Willow Crest Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Anchorage School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Anchorage School District 11th of 24 Alaska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Willow Crest Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 51.47 131st 213 38.5%
2006 36.16 146th 218 33.0%
2007 41.64 135th 212 36.3%
2008 42.85 138th 219 37.0%
2009 36.87 153rd 226 32.3%
2010 32.35 158th 229 31.0%
2011 32.81 159th 223 28.7%
2012 41.48 149th 227 34.4%
2013 51.88 129th 223 42.2%
2014 52.59 124th 218 43.1%
2015 38.53 146th 246 40.7%
2017 25.72 150th 180 16.7%
2018 35.91 130th 186 30.1%
2019 18.99 159th 185 14.1%
2021 15.92 154th 173 11.0%
2022 11.42 160th 171 6.4%
2023 17.01 148th 176 15.9%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 34.65 55th 73 24.7%
2021 28.83 37th 45 17.8%
2023 34.73 52nd 74 29.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 33.07 28th 41 31.7%
2021 22.64 18th 22 18.2%
2022 30.48 16th 20 20.0%
2023 36.56 7th 14 50.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 29.60 109th 147 25.9%
2021 17.33 98th 110 10.9%
2022 15.88 91st 104 12.5%
2023 28.97 89th 119 25.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 24.23 135th 159 15.1%
2021 12.08 131st 141 7.1%
2022 12.29 135th 143 5.6%
2023 14.46 136th 152 10.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 16.70 141st 159 11.3%
2021 25.44 113th 142 20.4%
2022 8.60 142nd 148 4.1%
2023 20.78 124th 148 16.2%
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Rank History for Asian students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 33.44 31st 41 24.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 21.47 26th 30 13.3%
2022 9.44 26th 26 0.0%
2023 28.77 25th 28 10.7%
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Rank History for White students at Willow Crest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 15.00 138th 147 6.1%
2021 48.98 69th 127 45.7%
2023 20.40 121st 138 12.3%
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Data source: test scores: Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr, 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.

Willow Crest Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

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Enrollment information for Willow Crest Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 302 34 65 10 67 n/a n/a 0 478
1990 303 40 65 4 75 n/a n/a 0 487
1991 309 30 83 9 89 n/a n/a 0 520
1992 326 24 92 9 91 n/a n/a 0 542
1993 287 19 91 12 95 n/a n/a 0 504
1994 341 27 86 21 76 n/a n/a 0 551
1995 302 19 76 35 95 n/a n/a 0 527
1996 302 19 76 35 95 n/a n/a 0 527
1997 268 30 71 48 89 n/a n/a 0 506
1998 260 26 66 50 104 n/a n/a 0 506
1999 248 33 100 57 103 n/a n/a 0 541
2000 250 32 122 50 89 n/a n/a 0 543
2001 196 25 118 47 112 n/a n/a 0 498
2002 185 22 106 37 110 n/a n/a 0 460
2003 185 22 106 37 110 n/a n/a 0 460
2004 170 33 105 34 103 n/a n/a 0 445
2005 170 28 75 42 110 n/a n/a 0 425
2006 144 18 67 36 109 n/a n/a 0 374
2007 135 32 64 42 131 n/a n/a 0 404
2008 99 17 63 62 76 n/a n/a 69 386
2009 100 18 52 62 63 19 67 0 381
2010 95 12 52 63 70 32 71 0 395
2011 97 24 60 76 74 42 70 0 443
2012 88 18 61 64 72 35 68 0 406
2013 80 22 60 65 76 35 77 0 415
2014 66 13 62 72 56 22 83 0 374
2015 80 17 67 89 64 35 75 0 427
2016 79 17 55 91 70 44 73 0 429
2017 72 21 61 91 77 35 57 0 414
2018 63 10 50 86 60 41 77 0 387
2019 66 10 52 78 58 49 64 0 377
2020 67 10 45 73 66 38 82 0 381
2021 59 13 23 69 69 40 80 0 353
2022 45 17 21 72 75 36 76 0 342
2023 41 14 20 66 56 27 60 0 284

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 Willow Crest Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 478 23.4 20.4 32
1990 487 23.5 20.7 26.5
1991 520 24.5 21.2 26.9
1992 542 24.5 22.1 31.7
1993 504 24.5 20.6 34.1
1994 551 24.5 22.5 31.2
1995 527 26.0 20.3 32.6
1996 527 26.0 20.3 32.6
1997 506 26.0 19.5 34.4
1998 506 27.5 18.4 40.7
1999 541 25.5 21.2 49.7
2000 543 27.8 19.5 55.1
2001 498 28.5 17.5 45.8
2002 460 27.1 17.0 53.5
2003 460 27.1 17.0 53.5
2004 445 30.5 14.6 58.7
2005 425 26.9 15.8 59.5
2006 374 27.9 13.4 69.8
2007 404 25.7 15.7 65.8
2008 386 25.6 15.1 79.8
2009 381 27.9 13.7 69.8
2010 395 26.7 14.7 82.5
2011 443 28.1 15.7 73.6
2012 406 28.8 14.0 78.6
2013 415 24.5 16.8 83.4
2014 374 26.2 14.2 84
2015 427 25.0 17.0 89.9
2016 429 27.0 15.8 83.4
2017 414 28.5 14.5 98.8
2018 387 27.3 14.1 96.1
2019 377 24.0 15.6 n/a
2020 381 22.5 16.9 73
2021 353 22.9 15.3 n/a
2022 342 26.9 12.6 n/a
2023 284 20.0 14.1 100

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 Willow Crest Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 478 23.4 20.4 32
1990 487 23.5 20.7 26.5
1991 520 24.5 21.2 26.9
1992 542 24.5 22.1 31.7
1993 504 24.5 20.6 34.1
1994 551 24.5 22.5 31.2
1995 527 26.0 20.3 32.6
1996 527 26.0 20.3 32.6
1997 506 26.0 19.5 34.4
1998 506 27.5 18.4 40.7
1999 541 25.5 21.2 49.7
2000 543 27.8 19.5 55.1
2001 498 28.5 17.5 45.8
2002 460 27.1 17.0 53.5
2003 460 27.1 17.0 53.5
2004 445 30.5 14.6 58.7
2005 425 26.9 15.8 59.5
2006 374 27.9 13.4 69.8
2007 404 25.7 15.7 65.8
2008 386 25.6 15.1 79.8
2009 381 27.9 13.7 69.8
2010 395 26.7 14.7 82.5
2011 443 28.1 15.7 73.6
2012 406 28.8 14.0 78.6
2013 415 24.5 16.8 83.4
2014 374 26.2 14.2 84
2015 427 25.0 17.0 89.9
2016 429 27.0 15.8 83.4
2017 414 28.5 14.5 98.8
2018 387 27.3 14.1 96.1
2019 377 24.0 15.6 n/a
2020 381 22.5 16.9 73
2021 353 22.9 15.3 n/a
2022 342 26.9 12.6 n/a
2023 284 20.0 14.1 100

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Willow Crest Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,800 (13.6%) $17,781 (86.4%) $20,581

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Willow Crest Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 159th of 185 Elementary schoolsRanks 148th of 176 Elementary schools
 1.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
All Grades Science (Willow Crest Elementary)21.625
 3.4%
   All Grades Science (Anchorage School District)46.639.4
 7.2%
   All Grades Science (Alaska)44.736.9
 7.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students377284
 24.7%
African American1014
 40%
American Indian5856
 3.4%
Asian5220
 61.5%
Hispanic7866
 15.4%
Pacific Islander4927
 44.9%
White6641
 37.9%
Two or More Races6460
 6.3%


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Students who attend Willow Crest Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Romig Middle School
High : West High School

Students at Willow Crest Elementary are 23% Hispanic, 21% Two or more races, 20% American Indian, 14% White, 10% Pacific Islander, 7% Asian, 5% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 284 students attended Willow Crest Elementary.

Willow Crest Elementary ranks in the bottom 15.9% of Alaska elementary schools.


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

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