Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Summary:

Shades Cahaba Elementary School is a public elementary school in Homewood, Alabama, serving 501 students in grades K-5. The school is part of the highly-ranked Homewood City School District, which is ranked 4th out of 134 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating.

Shades Cahaba Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Alabama, maintaining a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school has a diverse student population, with 71.06% White, 10.18% African American, 8.58% Hispanic, and 2% Asian students - higher diversity than nearby schools like Mountain Brook Elementary and Crestline Elementary. Shades Cahaba also outperforms state and district averages on standardized tests, with proficiency rates significantly higher in Math, Science, and English Language Arts.

Compared to other local schools, Shades Cahaba has a lower student-teacher ratio, ranging from 12.9 to 16.7 over the past three years. It also has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (23.75%) than schools like Hall Kent Elementary (33.47%) and Edgewood Elementary (12.39%). This high-performing, diverse school appears to provide an exceptional educational experience for its students in the Homewood area.


Detail:

Public K-5

 3001 Independence Drive
       Homewood, AL  35209


(205) 871-1113

District: Homewood City

SchoolDigger Rank:
30th of 680 Alabama Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,104 Help


Students who attend Shades Cahaba Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Homewood Middle School
High:    Homewood High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.7 Help
Number of students:  501

Racial breakdown:

White:
71.1%
African American:
10.2%
Hispanic:
8.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  23.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Shades Cahaba Elementary School ranks better than 95.6% of elementary schools in Alabama. It also ranks 2nd among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Homewood City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 94.01. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Shades Cahaba Elementary School has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Homewood City School District. Racial makeup is: White (71.1%), African American (10.2%), Hispanic (8.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 23.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Shades Cahaba Elementary School is 14.7, which is the lowest among 3 elementary schools in the Homewood City School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Shades Cahaba Elementary School is $12,104, which is the highest among 3 elementary schools in the Homewood City School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Shades Cahaba Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Shades Cahaba Elementary School 30th of 680 Alabama public elementary schools. (See Shades Cahaba Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Homewood City:

SchoolDigger ranks Homewood City 4th of 134 Alabama school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Shades Cahaba Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 89.65 34th 623 94.5%
2005 91.10 19th 688 97.2%
2006 91.62 13th 689 98.1%
2007 83.08 62nd 698 91.1%
2008 85.43 33rd 698 95.3%
2009 88.00 21st 696 97.0%
2010 81.59 56th 704 92.0%
2011 73.53 146th 709 79.4%
2012 75.08 131st 696 81.2%
2013 82.99 19th 696 97.3%
2014 95.71 19th 695 97.3%
2015 96.05 21st 691 97.0%
2016 96.42 20th 691 97.1%
2017 95.49 29th 688 95.8%
2018 93.78 35th 680 94.9%
2019 91.52 45th 681 93.4%
2021 89.82 58th 692 91.6%
2022 88.41 62nd 687 91.0%
2023 94.01 30th 680 95.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 72.65 16th 110 85.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 68.76 130th 567 77.1%
2018 58.80 262nd 651 59.8%
2019 60.15 242nd 649 62.7%
2021 56.43 277th 653 57.6%
2022 63.76 207th 651 68.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 96.43 13th 639 98.0%
2018 95.78 14th 640 97.8%
2019 92.09 32nd 646 95.0%
2021 87.26 65th 656 90.1%
2022 90.73 43rd 656 93.4%
2023 95.50 13th 645 98.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 92.30 35th 639 94.5%
2018 90.29 50th 650 92.3%
2019 88.76 53rd 650 91.8%
2021 89.48 58th 669 91.3%
2022 81.80 95th 669 85.8%
2023 89.08 52nd 649 92.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 72.06 60th 336 82.1%
2018 75.79 66th 423 84.4%
2019 64.01 116th 426 72.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 67.64 27th 130 79.2%
2018 55.45 50th 140 64.3%
2019 54.48 58th 152 61.8%
2022 61.28 54th 175 69.1%
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Rank History for White students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 96.23 6th 369 98.4%
2018 94.19 25th 508 95.1%
2019 88.23 50th 529 90.5%
2021 82.97 71st 539 86.8%
2022 81.06 79th 540 85.4%
2023 92.17 31st 528 94.1%
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Data source: test scores: Alabama State 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.

Shades Cahaba Elementary School Test Scores
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Data source: Alabama State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Shades Cahaba Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 364 364
1989 349 68 4 3 1 n/a n/a 0 425
1990 411 85 6 2 1 n/a n/a 0 505
1991 432 89 12 1 0 n/a n/a 0 534
1992 446 85 16 4 2 n/a n/a 0 553
1993 453 106 14 1 0 n/a n/a 0 574
1994 455 88 20 2 0 n/a n/a 0 565
1995 412 82 18 7 2 n/a n/a 0 521
1996 412 82 18 7 2 n/a n/a 0 521
1997 402 88 25 10 0 n/a n/a 0 525
1998 362 84 23 8 0 n/a n/a 0 477
1999 337 79 21 7 0 n/a n/a 0 444
2000 319 60 19 7 0 n/a n/a 1 406
2001 323 62 19 7 0 n/a n/a 0 411
2002 335 102 22 14 1 n/a n/a 1 475
2003 335 102 22 14 1 n/a n/a 1 475
2004 330 113 17 16 0 n/a n/a 3 479
2005 326 115 17 28 1 n/a n/a 0 487
2006 331 134 16 40 0 n/a n/a 1 522
2007 362 125 14 50 0 n/a n/a 2 553
2008 382 124 10 57 0 n/a n/a 0 573
2009 386 132 13 65 0 n/a n/a 0 596
2010 396 136 15 62 1 n/a n/a 2 612
2011 393 121 9 54 0 0 11 0 588
2012 371 90 8 60 0 0 11 0 540
2013 371 74 7 48 0 0 12 0 512
2014 378 77 11 57 0 0 13 0 536
2015 404 67 11 61 0 0 14 0 557
2016 384 65 12 67 0 0 16 0 544
2017 404 65 18 74 0 0 19 0 580
2018 393 67 11 77 0 0 29 0 577
2019 373 60 9 58 0 0 41 0 541
2020 346 58 12 50 0 0 40 0 506
2021 331 56 10 48 1 0 33 0 479
2022 353 57 10 46 0 0 37 0 503
2023 356 51 10 43 0 0 41 0 501

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 Shades Cahaba Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 364 22.0 16.5 0
1989 425 25.0 17.0 n/a
1990 505 29.5 17.1 0
1991 534 31.0 17.2 n/a
1992 553 32.0 17.2 n/a
1993 574 34.0 16.9 n/a
1994 565 35.8 15.8 n/a
1995 521 36.0 14.5 n/a
1996 521 36.0 14.5 n/a
1997 525 38.0 13.8 14.3
1998 477 40.3 11.8 12.8
1999 444 41.0 10.8 17.3
2000 406 38.0 10.7 17
2001 411 37.0 11.1 18.7
2002 475 38.0 12.5 25.1
2003 475 38.0 12.5 25.1
2004 479 39.5 12.1 23.9
2005 487 39.0 12.5 26.5
2006 522 41.0 12.7 29
2007 553 43.0 12.9 26.7
2008 573 45.3 12.6 28.8
2009 596 43.9 13.5 29
2010 612 47.6 12.8 30.3
2011 588 47.6 12.3 27.9
2012 540 50.6 10.6 26.5
2013 512 51.6 9.9 21.9
2014 536 46.6 11.4 23.7
2015 557 38.0 14.6 19.6
2016 544 36.0 15.1 21.9
2017 580 38.0 15.2 21.7
2018 577 39.3 14.6 22.5
2019 541 39.3 13.7 21.3
2020 506 38.0 13.3 17.4
2021 479 37.0 12.9 14.4
2022 503 30.0 16.7 13.5
2023 501 34.0 14.7 23.8

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 Shades Cahaba Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 364 22.0 16.5 0
1989 425 25.0 17.0 n/a
1990 505 29.5 17.1 0
1991 534 31.0 17.2 n/a
1992 553 32.0 17.2 n/a
1993 574 34.0 16.9 n/a
1994 565 35.8 15.8 n/a
1995 521 36.0 14.5 n/a
1996 521 36.0 14.5 n/a
1997 525 38.0 13.8 14.3
1998 477 40.3 11.8 12.8
1999 444 41.0 10.8 17.3
2000 406 38.0 10.7 17
2001 411 37.0 11.1 18.7
2002 475 38.0 12.5 25.1
2003 475 38.0 12.5 25.1
2004 479 39.5 12.1 23.9
2005 487 39.0 12.5 26.5
2006 522 41.0 12.7 29
2007 553 43.0 12.9 26.7
2008 573 45.3 12.6 28.8
2009 596 43.9 13.5 29
2010 612 47.6 12.8 30.3
2011 588 47.6 12.3 27.9
2012 540 50.6 10.6 26.5
2013 512 51.6 9.9 21.9
2014 536 46.6 11.4 23.7
2015 557 38.0 14.6 19.6
2016 544 36.0 15.1 21.9
2017 580 38.0 15.2 21.7
2018 577 39.3 14.6 22.5
2019 541 39.3 13.7 21.3
2020 506 38.0 13.3 17.4
2021 479 37.0 12.9 14.4
2022 503 30.0 16.7 13.5
2023 501 34.0 14.7 23.8

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 Shades Cahaba Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $980 (8.1%) $11,103 (91.7%) $12,104

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Shades Cahaba Elementary School

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 45th of 681 Elementary schoolsRanks 30th of 680 Elementary schools
 2.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Shades Cahaba Elementary School)76.465.9
 10.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Homewood City)80.370.7
 9.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Alabama)57.543.6
 13.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Shades Cahaba Elementary School)76.169.6
 6.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Homewood City)7463.8
 10.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Alabama)47.334.9
 12.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Shades Cahaba Elementary School)79.468.3
 11.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Homewood City)74.568.2
 6.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Alabama)44.933.9
 10.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students541501
 7.4%
African American6051
 15%
American Indian00
Asian910
 11.1%
Hispanic5843
 25.9%
Pacific Islander00
White373356
 4.6%
Two or More Races4141
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients21.3%23.8%
 2.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Students at Shades Cahaba Elementary School are 71% White, 10% African American, 9% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Yes! Shades Cahaba Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 30th of 680 Alabama elementary schools.

Students who attend Shades Cahaba Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Homewood Middle School
High : Homewood High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 501 students attended Shades Cahaba Elementary School.


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

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