Whitley Elementary School

Summary:

Whitley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Prichard, Alabama, serving 267 students in grades PK-5. With a student population that is 99.63% African American, the school has consistently ranked in the bottom 20% of Alabama elementary schools over the past decade, earning a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Whitley Elementary School significantly underperforms compared to state and county averages in academic assessments. In the 2022-2023 school year, the school's proficiency rates in mathematics, science, and English language arts were well below the Mobile County and state averages across all grade levels. For example, in 3rd grade mathematics, Whitley had a proficiency rate of just 3.13%, compared to the state average of 43.61% and the county average of 34.61%. The school also has a very high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 90.64% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.

When compared to nearby schools, such as Leinkauf Elementary, ChastangFournier Middle, and Florence Howard Elementary, Whitley Elementary stands out as the lowest-performing school in the area, despite serving a similar student population. This suggests that Whitley Elementary may be facing systemic challenges that have not been adequately addressed, and the high concentration of students from low-income families is likely a significant factor contributing to the school's poor academic performance.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 528 Capt Leon C Roberts
       Prichard, AL  36610


(251) 221-1737

District: Mobile County

SchoolDigger Rank:
570th of 679 Alabama Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,428 Help


Students who attend Whitley Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Mobile County Training Middle School
High:    CF Vigor High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.6 Help
Number of students:  267

Racial breakdown:

African American:
99.6%
White:
0.4%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  90.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Whitley Elementary School ranks worse than 83.9% of elementary schools in Alabama. It also ranks 43rd among 50 ranked elementary schools in the Mobile County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 15.81. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (99.6%), White (0.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 90.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Whitley Elementary School is 16.6, which is the 8th best among 50 elementary schools in the Mobile County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Whitley Elementary School is $11,428, which is the 7th highest among 50 elementary schools in the Mobile County School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Whitley Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Whitley Elementary School 570th of 679 Alabama public elementary schools. (See Whitley Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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African American students:


Mobile County:

SchoolDigger ranks Mobile County 93rd of 134 Alabama school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Whitley Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Whitley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 37.30 426th 623 31.6%
2005 40.19 475th 688 31.0%
2006 45.05 416th 689 39.6%
2007 49.28 392nd 698 43.8%
2008 49.37 396th 698 43.3%
2009 48.33 408th 696 41.4%
2010 27.24 592nd 704 15.9%
2011 32.40 564th 709 20.5%
2012 34.51 547th 696 21.4%
2013 32.16 576th 696 17.2%
2014 15.95 617th 695 11.2%
2015 13.87 624th 691 9.7%
2016 10.50 635th 691 8.1%
2017 13.86 610th 688 11.3%
2018 14.42 597th 680 12.2%
2019 12.80 615th 681 9.7%
2021 12.98 615th 692 11.1%
2022 20.44 544th 687 20.8%
2023 15.81 570th 680 16.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Whitley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 22.46 461st 567 18.7%
2018 23.04 536th 651 17.7%
2019 19.19 568th 649 12.5%
2021 15.40 589th 653 9.8%
2022 25.07 506th 651 22.3%
2023 17.54 541st 623 13.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Whitley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 17.97 550th 639 13.9%
2018 24.16 511th 640 20.2%
2019 10.83 607th 646 6.0%
2021 10.76 631st 656 3.8%
2022 21.86 518th 656 21.0%
2023 20.56 518th 645 19.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Whitley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 14.35 569th 639 11.0%
2018 10.91 603rd 650 7.2%
2019 17.09 562nd 650 13.5%
2021 17.44 548th 669 18.1%
2022 18.84 543rd 669 18.8%
2023 12.76 576th 649 11.2%
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Rank History for African American students at Whitley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 25.78 277th 336 17.6%
2018 34.23 295th 423 30.3%
2019 26.80 351st 426 17.6%
2021 27.81 319th 426 25.1%
2022 40.88 231st 426 45.8%
2023 33.29 288th 427 32.6%
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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.

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

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Enrollment information for Whitley 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 303 303
1989 0 521 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 521
1990 0 477 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 477
1991 0 428 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 428
1992 9 409 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 418
1993 1 397 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 398
1994 2 374 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 376
1995 3 365 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 368
1996 3 365 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 368
1997 1 369 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 370
1998 1 369 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 370
1999 0 382 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 382
2000 0 391 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 392
2001 0 382 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 382
2002 0 383 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 383
2003 0 383 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 383
2004 0 358 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 359
2005 1 356 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 358
2006 0 354 1 0 0 n/a n/a 1 356
2007 1 323 1 1 0 n/a n/a 1 327
2008 4 320 3 1 0 n/a n/a 0 328
2009 0 307 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 307
2010 0 316 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 316
2011 1 332 0 0 0 0 0 0 333
2012 1 317 0 0 0 0 0 0 318
2014 2 376 0 0 0 0 4 0 382
2015 2 409 0 0 0 1 4 0 416
2016 3 366 0 0 1 1 4 0 375
2017 5 347 0 1 0 1 1 0 355
2018 3 323 0 1 0 1 2 0 330
2019 2 314 0 1 0 1 4 0 322
2020 3 305 0 2 0 0 4 0 314
2021 2 285 0 1 1 0 4 0 293
2022 1 272 0 0 0 0 2 1 276
2023 1 266 0 0 0 0 0 0 267

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 Whitley Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 303 16.0 18.9 0
1989 521 23.0 22.6 n/a
1990 477 27.0 17.6 0
1991 428 25.0 17.1 n/a
1992 418 25.0 16.7 n/a
1993 398 26.0 15.3 n/a
1994 376 25.0 15.0 n/a
1995 368 23.9 15.4 n/a
1996 368 23.9 15.4 n/a
1997 370 25.2 14.7 94.9
1998 370 24.6 15.0 94.3
1999 382 24.0 15.9 90.8
2000 392 25.0 15.7 92.3
2001 382 26.0 14.7 99.2
2002 383 25.0 15.3 99.2
2003 383 25.0 15.3 99.2
2004 359 31.2 11.5 99.2
2005 358 28.8 12.4 99.2
2006 356 24.0 14.8 98.9
2007 327 23.0 14.2 99.1
2008 328 22.6 14.5 90.5
2009 307 21.0 14.5 88.3
2010 316 21.1 14.9 87.3
2011 333 19.1 17.4 88.3
2012 318 18.4 17.2 85.5
2014 382 23.2 16.4 89
2015 416 22.0 18.9 83.2
2016 375 23.0 16.3 82.4
2017 355 17.0 20.8 91.5
2018 330 16.0 20.6 87.6
2019 322 17.2 18.6 89.8
2020 314 17.2 18.2 85.4
2021 293 16.7 17.4 86.7
2022 276 16.0 17.2 90.6
2023 267 16.0 16.6 90.6

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 Whitley Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 303 16.0 18.9 0
1989 521 23.0 22.6 n/a
1990 477 27.0 17.6 0
1991 428 25.0 17.1 n/a
1992 418 25.0 16.7 n/a
1993 398 26.0 15.3 n/a
1994 376 25.0 15.0 n/a
1995 368 23.9 15.4 n/a
1996 368 23.9 15.4 n/a
1997 370 25.2 14.7 94.9
1998 370 24.6 15.0 94.3
1999 382 24.0 15.9 90.8
2000 392 25.0 15.7 92.3
2001 382 26.0 14.7 99.2
2002 383 25.0 15.3 99.2
2003 383 25.0 15.3 99.2
2004 359 31.2 11.5 99.2
2005 358 28.8 12.4 99.2
2006 356 24.0 14.8 98.9
2007 327 23.0 14.2 99.1
2008 328 22.6 14.5 90.5
2009 307 21.0 14.5 88.3
2010 316 21.1 14.9 87.3
2011 333 19.1 17.4 88.3
2012 318 18.4 17.2 85.5
2014 382 23.2 16.4 89
2015 416 22.0 18.9 83.2
2016 375 23.0 16.3 82.4
2017 355 17.0 20.8 91.5
2018 330 16.0 20.6 87.6
2019 322 17.2 18.6 89.8
2020 314 17.2 18.2 85.4
2021 293 16.7 17.4 86.7
2022 276 16.0 17.2 90.6
2023 267 16.0 16.6 90.6

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Whitley Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,381 (20.8%) $9,037 (79.1%) $11,428

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Whitley 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 615th of 681 Elementary schoolsRanks 570th of 680 Elementary schools
 6.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Whitley Elementary School)20.83.1
 17.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Mobile County)53.734.6
 19%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Alabama)57.543.6
 13.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Whitley Elementary School)37.824.1
 13.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Mobile County)45.527
 18.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Alabama)47.334.9
 12.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Whitley Elementary School)23.512.5
 11%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Mobile County)46.932.6
 14.3%
   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 Students322267
 17.1%
African American314266
 15.3%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic10
 100%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White21
 50%
Two or More Races40
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients89.8%90.6%
 0.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Whitley Elementary School

Students who attend Whitley Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Mobile County Training Middle School
High : CF Vigor High School

Whitley Elementary School ranks in the bottom 16.1% of Alabama elementary schools.

Students at Whitley Elementary School are 100% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 267 students attended Whitley 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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