South Dover Elementary School

Summary:

South Dover Elementary School is a public elementary school serving 610 students in grades K-4 in the Capital School District in Dover, Delaware. The school faces significant academic and socioeconomic challenges, with consistently low performance on standardized tests and a high percentage of students from low-income backgrounds.

South Dover Elementary consistently ranks in the bottom quarter of Delaware elementary schools, with only 26.4% of 3rd graders and 18.75% of 4th graders proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to state averages of 38.44% and 39.93% respectively. In mathematics, the proficiency rates were 22.4% for 3rd grade and 21.88% for 4th grade, compared to state averages of 42.17% and 39.12%. The school's student-teacher ratio is also relatively high, ranging from 14.8 to 16.0 students per teacher over the past three years.

When compared to nearby schools, such as Booker T. Washington Elementary, which ranked 50th out of 103 Delaware elementary schools in 2022-2023, South Dover Elementary significantly underperforms. Additionally, the racial makeup of South Dover Elementary's student body is more heavily skewed towards African American and Hispanic students compared to nearby schools, suggesting potential racial achievement gaps. The school's per-student spending of $13,243 in 2018-2019 was also lower than the spending at some nearby schools, which may contribute to the academic challenges.


Detail:

Public K-4

 955 South State Street
       Dover, DE  19901-4177


(302) 672-1690

District: Capital School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
85th of 105 Delaware Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,243 Help


Students who attend South Dover Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Central Middle School
    William Henry Middle School
High:    Dover High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.0 Help
Number of students:  610

Racial breakdown:

African American:
56.9%
Hispanic:
16.6%
White:
14.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  61.5% Help


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Compare Details South Dover Elementary School ranks worse than 81% of elementary schools in Delaware. It also ranks 6th among 7 ranked elementary schools in the Capital School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.84. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details South Dover Elementary School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Capital School District. Student population at South Dover Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (56.9%), Hispanic (16.6%), White (14.6%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at South Dover Elementary School is 16. 5 elementary schools in the Capital School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at South Dover Elementary School is $13,243, which is the lowest among 7 elementary schools in the Capital School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

South Dover Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks South Dover Elementary School 85th of 105 Delaware public elementary schools. (See South Dover Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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White students:


Capital School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Capital School District 21st of 31 Delaware school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for South Dover Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at South Dover Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 26.74 73rd 91 19.8%
2012 49.50 52nd 90 42.2%
2013 35.03 67th 91 26.4%
2015 45.04 59th 108 45.4%
2016 27.74 68th 86 20.9%
2017 53.47 42nd 86 51.2%
2018 34.01 57th 85 32.9%
2019 29.45 76th 105 27.6%
2021 19.56 77th 95 18.9%
2022 15.45 89th 104 14.4%
2023 16.84 83rd 103 19.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at South Dover Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 28.65 71st 92 22.8%
2022 21.15 55th 62 11.3%
2023 20.16 57th 66 13.6%
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Rank History for Female students at South Dover Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 34.96 69th 99 30.3%
2022 5.76 89th 90 1.1%
2023 11.90 83rd 89 6.7%
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Rank History for Male students at South Dover Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 18.44 81st 99 18.2%
2022 22.45 72nd 90 20.0%
2023 8.69 87th 89 2.2%
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Rank History for African American students at South Dover Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 29.89 53rd 72 26.4%
2022 9.28 58th 60 3.3%
2023 15.00 57th 60 5.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at South Dover Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 57.87 15th 36 58.3%
2023 49.85 22nd 42 47.6%
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Rank History for White students at South Dover Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 39.34 58th 82 29.3%
2023 14.45 65th 70 7.1%
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Data source: test scores: Delaware 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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Enrollment information for South Dover Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 191 212 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 409
1989 231 206 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 443
1990 229 208 5 3 2 n/a n/a 0 447
1991 249 186 2 2 3 n/a n/a 0 442
1992 253 211 9 7 3 n/a n/a 0 483
1993 269 241 10 9 1 n/a n/a 0 530
1994 249 237 10 6 0 n/a n/a 0 502
1995 249 266 11 19 1 n/a n/a 0 546
1996 249 266 11 19 1 n/a n/a 0 546
1997 198 237 8 18 5 n/a n/a 0 466
1998 200 237 10 15 0 n/a n/a 0 462
1999 183 234 11 20 0 n/a n/a 0 448
2000 156 252 17 23 1 n/a n/a 0 449
2001 139 281 15 22 1 n/a n/a 0 458
2002 119 285 17 14 0 n/a n/a 0 435
2003 119 285 17 14 0 n/a n/a 0 435
2004 116 215 13 20 0 n/a n/a 0 364
2005 107 226 14 27 0 n/a n/a 0 374
2006 100 246 10 22 0 n/a n/a 0 378
2007 108 278 10 41 2 n/a n/a 0 439
2008 95 276 12 46 3 n/a n/a 0 432
2009 96 279 16 39 3 n/a n/a 0 433
2010 90 334 16 39 5 n/a n/a 0 484
2011 103 318 17 51 4 0 2 0 495
2012 103 327 18 35 3 1 0 0 487
2013 91 307 12 39 3 1 0 0 453
2014 98 333 13 49 4 1 5 0 503
2015 115 370 10 50 5 2 12 0 564
2016 122 360 9 56 5 2 17 0 571
2017 114 358 10 65 3 1 26 0 577
2018 115 320 13 96 2 1 45 0 592
2019 102 315 12 87 2 1 45 0 564
2020 95 315 9 94 0 0 55 0 568
2021 81 330 6 108 0 0 51 0 576
2022 90 307 4 114 0 1 58 0 574
2023 89 347 6 101 1 1 65 0 610

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 South Dover Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 409 25.7 15.9 37.9
1989 443 23.7 18.6 35.2
1990 447 23.7 18.8 35.3
1991 442 27.0 16.3 37.3
1992 483 25.0 19.3 34.8
1993 530 29.0 18.3 36
1994 502 31.5 15.9 39.2
1995 546 34.0 16.1 40.5
1996 546 34.0 16.1 40.5
1997 466 31.0 15.0 48.5
1998 462 32.0 14.4 47.6
1999 448 33.0 13.6 51.8
2000 449 34.0 13.2 50.1
2001 458 27.1 16.9 54.8
2002 435 28.0 15.5 61.1
2003 435 28.0 15.5 61.1
2004 364 26.0 14.0 57.7
2005 374 26.0 14.4 62.3
2006 378 25.9 14.6 61.1
2007 439 31.1 14.1 60.8
2008 432 30.0 14.4 61.8
2009 433 28.1 15.4 42.3
2010 484 32.1 15.0 71.5
2011 495 31.0 15.9 72.3
2012 487 33.0 14.7 52.4
2013 453 38.0 11.9 76.6
2014 503 41.0 12.2 63.6
2015 564 38.0 14.8 61.2
2016 571 37.0 15.4 61.5
2017 577 41.0 14.0 n/a
2018 592 42.0 14.0 n/a
2019 564 42.0 13.4 n/a
2020 568 39.0 14.5 n/a
2021 576 38.6 14.9 n/a
2022 574 38.6 14.8 n/a
2023 610 38.0 16.0 n/a

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 South Dover Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 409 25.7 15.9 37.9
1989 443 23.7 18.6 35.2
1990 447 23.7 18.8 35.3
1991 442 27.0 16.3 37.3
1992 483 25.0 19.3 34.8
1993 530 29.0 18.3 36
1994 502 31.5 15.9 39.2
1995 546 34.0 16.1 40.5
1996 546 34.0 16.1 40.5
1997 466 31.0 15.0 48.5
1998 462 32.0 14.4 47.6
1999 448 33.0 13.6 51.8
2000 449 34.0 13.2 50.1
2001 458 27.1 16.9 54.8
2002 435 28.0 15.5 61.1
2003 435 28.0 15.5 61.1
2004 364 26.0 14.0 57.7
2005 374 26.0 14.4 62.3
2006 378 25.9 14.6 61.1
2007 439 31.1 14.1 60.8
2008 432 30.0 14.4 61.8
2009 433 28.1 15.4 42.3
2010 484 32.1 15.0 71.5
2011 495 31.0 15.9 72.3
2012 487 33.0 14.7 52.4
2013 453 38.0 11.9 76.6
2014 503 41.0 12.2 63.6
2015 564 38.0 14.8 61.2
2016 571 37.0 15.4 61.5
2017 577 41.0 14.0 n/a
2018 592 42.0 14.0 n/a
2019 564 42.0 13.4 n/a
2020 568 39.0 14.5 n/a
2021 576 38.6 14.9 n/a
2022 574 38.6 14.8 n/a
2023 610 38.0 16.0 n/a

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 South Dover Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,432 (10.8%) $12,252 (92.5%) $13,243

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

Impact of COVID-19 on South Dover 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 76th of 105 Elementary schoolsRanks 83rd of 103 Elementary schools
 8.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Dover Elementary School)41.126.4
 14.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Capital School District)50.133.6
 16.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)50.538.4
 12.1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (South Dover Elementary School)38.122.4
 15.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Capital School District)49.927.7
 22.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Delaware)5342.2
 10.8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (South Dover Elementary School)45.118.8
 26.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Capital School District)48.825.9
 22.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)53.539.9
 13.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (South Dover Elementary School)37.721.9
 15.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Capital School District)42.723
 19.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)50.839.1
 11.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students564610
 8.2%
African American315347
 10.2%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian126
 50%
Hispanic87101
 16.1%
Pacific Islander11
White10289
 12.7%
Two or More Races4565
 44.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about South Dover Elementary School

South Dover Elementary School ranks in the bottom 19.0% of Delaware elementary schools.

Students at South Dover Elementary School are 57% African American, 17% Hispanic, 15% White, 11% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 610 students attended South Dover Elementary School.

Students who attend South Dover Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Central Middle School
Middle : William Henry Middle School
High : Dover 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 Delaware Department of Education.

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