Oak Grove Elementary School

Summary:

Oak Grove Elementary School is a public elementary school in Bessemer, Alabama, serving 570 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Jefferson County school district, which is ranked 97 out of 134 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Oak Grove Elementary stands out from the surrounding schools in several key ways. The school has a significantly higher percentage of white students (93.33%) compared to the more diverse student populations of nearby schools like Brighton School, Pleasant Grove Elementary, and the Hueytown schools. Academically, Oak Grove consistently outperforms the Jefferson County and Alabama state averages in standardized test scores across multiple grade levels and subject areas. The school also has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (52.63%) and a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 17.6, suggesting a higher socioeconomic status and more resources compared to nearby schools.

Overall, Oak Grove Elementary School stands out as a relatively high-performing, racially homogeneous, and socioeconomically advantaged school within the Jefferson County school district. While the surrounding schools have more diverse student populations and generally lower academic performance, Oak Grove Elementary has maintained a consistent level of academic success, ranking in the top half of Alabama elementary schools for the past several years.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 9000 Tiger Cub Trail
       Bessemer, AL  35023-7191


(205) 379-2450

District: Jefferson County

SchoolDigger Rank:
286th of 680 Alabama Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,940 Help


Students who attend Oak Grove Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Oak Grove High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.6 Help
Number of students:  570

Racial breakdown:

White:
93.3%
African American:
2.5%
Two or more races:
2.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  52.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Oak Grove Elementary School ranks better than 57.9% of elementary schools in Alabama. It also ranks 7th among 26 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 57.24. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (93.3%), African American (2.5%), two or more races (2.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 52.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Oak Grove Elementary School is 17.6, which is the 10th best among 26 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Oak Grove Elementary School is $8,940. 22 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Oak Grove Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Oak Grove Elementary School 286th of 680 Alabama public elementary schools. (See Oak Grove Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Jefferson County:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County 97th of 134 Alabama school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Oak Grove Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Oak Grove Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 41.29 399th 623 36.0%
2005 51.04 357th 688 48.1%
2006 38.35 483rd 689 29.9%
2007 54.83 347th 698 50.3%
2008 42.40 457th 698 34.5%
2009 47.44 416th 696 40.2%
2010 53.51 373rd 704 47.0%
2011 54.76 387th 709 45.4%
2012 49.55 436th 696 37.4%
2013 57.91 345th 696 50.4%
2014 52.71 331st 695 52.4%
2015 58.50 251st 691 63.7%
2016 60.28 263rd 691 61.9%
2017 40.72 431st 688 37.4%
2018 64.90 237th 680 65.1%
2019 46.73 380th 681 44.2%
2021 53.83 301st 692 56.5%
2022 50.57 349th 687 49.2%
2023 57.24 286th 680 57.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Oak Grove Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 30.98 199th 280 28.9%
2018 39.21 197th 344 42.7%
2019 34.46 268th 392 31.6%
2021 32.03 292nd 398 26.6%
2022 38.16 205th 345 40.6%
2023 42.06 204th 373 45.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Oak Grove Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 39.72 373rd 567 34.2%
2018 61.68 228th 651 65.0%
2019 51.67 319th 649 50.8%
2021 59.78 250th 653 61.7%
2022 49.36 341st 651 47.6%
2023 51.26 312th 623 49.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Oak Grove Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 39.64 409th 639 36.0%
2018 61.57 247th 640 61.4%
2019 46.68 370th 646 42.7%
2021 46.00 352nd 656 46.3%
2022 43.15 378th 656 42.4%
2023 50.21 320th 645 50.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Oak Grove Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 41.10 398th 639 37.7%
2018 67.39 201st 650 69.1%
2019 46.02 367th 650 43.5%
2021 59.97 248th 669 62.9%
2022 56.82 284th 669 57.5%
2023 62.03 237th 649 63.5%
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Rank History for White students at Oak Grove Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.81 295th 508 41.9%
2019 28.85 417th 529 21.2%
2021 35.27 358th 539 33.6%
2022 34.64 368th 540 31.9%
2023 39.69 334th 528 36.7%
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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.

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Data source: Alabama State Department of Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 2.3)
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by a citizen
Monday, January 28, 2019

Open Quote People in the office are very rude.they judge others who do not have as
Much as others. They think they are so much better than others. It's not
Right for them to judge others. If you don't have money then your a nobody. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Open Quote I have a first grader at Oak Grove Elementary and have been very pleased with his academic accomplishments since starting Kindergarten last year. The school offers advanced placement beginning in grade 3 and is well beyond what I expected from a "small town" school which actually adds to the appeal. All the teachers, principal and staff know all of the children, they are warm and welcoming to both children and parents. Also, a variety of extra-curricular programs are offered as well as an after-school program. My son absolutely loves it!! It's been a wonderful experience so far!! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Oak Grove Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2001 557 21 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 581
2002 610 19 0 2 3 n/a n/a 0 634
2003 610 19 0 2 3 n/a n/a 0 634
2004 582 13 0 2 1 n/a n/a 0 598
2005 610 13 1 2 1 n/a n/a 0 627
2006 619 13 1 0 1 n/a n/a 0 634
2007 608 13 1 2 2 n/a n/a 0 626
2008 614 17 1 0 2 n/a n/a 0 634
2009 601 24 1 1 2 n/a n/a 0 629
2010 585 25 0 1 2 n/a n/a 0 613
2011 578 24 0 1 0 0 0 0 603
2012 559 21 0 0 0 0 1 0 581
2013 566 23 0 2 1 0 3 0 595
2014 549 13 0 1 3 0 11 0 577
2015 517 10 0 2 2 0 14 0 545
2016 536 12 0 5 2 0 13 0 568
2017 497 19 0 6 2 0 12 0 536
2018 492 17 0 6 2 0 6 0 523
2019 497 13 0 7 1 0 10 0 528
2020 546 6 1 4 1 0 16 0 574
2021 494 3 1 7 0 0 16 0 521
2022 514 8 0 5 0 0 15 0 542
2023 532 14 0 10 0 0 14 0 570

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 Oak Grove Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 581 32.0 18.2 40.4
2002 634 42.0 15.1 41.6
2003 634 42.0 15.1 41.6
2004 598 44.0 13.6 37.6
2005 627 43.0 14.6 40.5
2006 634 43.0 14.7 35.3
2007 626 43.4 14.4 35.8
2008 634 42.0 15.1 36.9
2009 629 39.8 15.6 36.4
2010 613 39.0 15.7 40.3
2011 603 45.2 13.3 39.5
2012 581 35.2 16.5 44.1
2013 595 40.2 14.8 44.5
2014 577 35.0 16.4 45.1
2015 545 32.0 17.0 47.3
2016 568 32.0 17.7 41.4
2017 536 33.5 16.0 51.1
2018 523 31.5 16.6 46.1
2019 528 30.0 17.6 43
2020 574 32.0 17.9 42.5
2021 521 32.0 16.2 39.7
2022 542 29.0 18.6 35.8
2023 570 32.3 17.6 52.6

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 Oak Grove Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 581 32.0 18.2 40.4
2002 634 42.0 15.1 41.6
2003 634 42.0 15.1 41.6
2004 598 44.0 13.6 37.6
2005 627 43.0 14.6 40.5
2006 634 43.0 14.7 35.3
2007 626 43.4 14.4 35.8
2008 634 42.0 15.1 36.9
2009 629 39.8 15.6 36.4
2010 613 39.0 15.7 40.3
2011 603 45.2 13.3 39.5
2012 581 35.2 16.5 44.1
2013 595 40.2 14.8 44.5
2014 577 35.0 16.4 45.1
2015 545 32.0 17.0 47.3
2016 568 32.0 17.7 41.4
2017 536 33.5 16.0 51.1
2018 523 31.5 16.6 46.1
2019 528 30.0 17.6 43
2020 574 32.0 17.9 42.5
2021 521 32.0 16.2 39.7
2022 542 29.0 18.6 35.8
2023 570 32.3 17.6 52.6

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 Oak Grove Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $816 (9.1%) $8,102 (90.6%) $8,940

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Oak Grove 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 380th of 681 Elementary schoolsRanks 286th of 680 Elementary schools
 13.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Oak Grove Elementary School)55.650
 5.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Jefferson County)46.432.7
 13.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Alabama)57.543.6
 13.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Oak Grove Elementary School)5139.8
 11.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Jefferson County)36.723.6
 13.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Alabama)47.334.9
 12.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Oak Grove Elementary School)47.556.4
 8.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Jefferson County)34.321.2
 13.1%
   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 Students528570
 8%
African American1314
 7.7%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic710
 42.9%
Pacific Islander00
White497532
 7%
Two or More Races1014
 40%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients43%52.6%
 9.6%


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Oak Grove Elementary School ranks 286th of 680 Alabama elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 570 students attended Oak Grove Elementary School.

Students at Oak Grove Elementary School are 93% White, 2% African American, 2% Two or more races, 2% Hispanic.

Students who attend Oak Grove Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : Oak Grove High 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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