Forest Hill Elementary School

Summary:

Forest Hill Elementary School is a public elementary school located in West Palm Beach, Florida, serving grades PK-5 with a student population of 876. The school is part of the Palm Beach School District, which is ranked 41 out of 68 districts in Florida and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Forest Hill Elementary has a significantly higher Hispanic student population (69.41%) compared to nearby schools, it faces several challenges. The school has the highest chronic absenteeism rate (35.8%) among nearby schools, which is significantly higher than the district and state averages. Additionally, Forest Hill's test scores are generally lower than the district and state averages across various subjects and grade levels, with its 3rd grade English Language Arts proficiency rate at 41% compared to 54% for the district and 55% for the state. The school also has a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (72.03%), which is higher than most of the nearby schools, such as Heritage Elementary School, Liberty Park Elementary School, and Cholee Lake Elementary School.

Despite having the highest spending per student ($14,481) among the nearby schools, Forest Hill's academic performance has generally been in the bottom half of Florida elementary schools, with a ranking of 1245 out of 2256 schools in the 2023-2024 school year. This suggests that simply increasing funding may not be the sole solution to improving the school's performance, and that addressing the root causes of the school's challenges, such as chronic absenteeism and equity concerns, should be a priority for the school and the Palm Beach School District.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 5555 Purdy Ln
       West Palm Beach, FL  33415


(561) 432-2300

District: Palm Beach

SchoolDigger Rank:
1245th of 2,256 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,481 Help


Students who attend Forest Hill Elementary School usually attend:

High:    John I. Leonard High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.8 Help
Number of students:  876

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
69.4%
African American:
16.6%
White:
8.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  72% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Forest Hill Elementary School ranks worse than 55.2% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 65th among 128 ranked elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2024 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.8. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (69.4%), African American (16.6%), White (8.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 72% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Forest Hill Elementary School is 12.8, which is the 11th best among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Forest Hill Elementary School employs 68.4 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Forest Hill Elementary School is $14,481, which is the 47th highest among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Forest Hill Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Palm Beach:

SchoolDigger ranks Palm Beach 41st of 68 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Forest Hill Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 28.77 1238th 1688 26.7%
2007 32.51 1265th 1786 29.2%
2008 35.23 1240th 1789 30.7%
2009 39.78 1205th 1847 34.8%
2010 44.09 1160th 1919 39.6%
2011 40.63 1256th 1985 36.7%
2012 32.06 1388th 1984 30.0%
2013 33.11 1401st 2029 31.0%
2014 28.91 1533rd 2064 25.7%
2016 33.60 1416th 2087 32.2%
2017 34.71 1377th 2112 34.8%
2018 49.18 1081st 2118 49.0%
2019 41.94 1271st 2182 41.8%
2021 42.67 1245th 2247 44.6%
2022 50.55 1059th 2219 52.3%
2023 29.93 1611th 2240 28.1%
2024 43.80 1245th 2256 44.8%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Forest Hill Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 597 22 7 67 3 n/a n/a 0 696
1989 639 21 8 81 3 n/a n/a 0 752
1990 640 31 7 108 1 n/a n/a 0 787
1991 669 32 8 109 7 n/a n/a 0 825
1992 698 43 11 118 7 n/a n/a 0 877
1993 804 50 6 129 10 n/a n/a 0 999
1994 794 79 13 142 11 n/a n/a 0 1039
1995 791 98 17 187 9 n/a n/a 0 1102
1996 791 98 17 187 9 n/a n/a 0 1102
1997 787 110 11 219 10 n/a n/a 0 1137
1998 748 118 11 267 19 n/a n/a 0 1163
1999 692 131 17 286 18 n/a n/a 0 1144
2000 650 133 14 307 15 n/a n/a 0 1119
2001 630 137 22 320 10 n/a n/a 0 1119
2002 442 145 19 465 6 n/a n/a 0 1077
2003 442 145 19 465 6 n/a n/a 0 1077
2004 380 176 19 530 5 n/a n/a 0 1110
2005 352 180 18 605 6 n/a n/a 0 1161
2006 301 180 18 659 5 n/a n/a 0 1163
2007 237 172 28 661 6 n/a n/a 79 1183
2008 214 187 22 671 2 n/a n/a 70 1166
2009 168 128 19 470 3 n/a n/a 39 827
2010 129 130 18 461 12 n/a n/a 18 768
2011 131 129 14 430 9 3 18 0 734
2012 132 158 17 441 10 0 24 0 782
2013 113 153 20 466 7 0 20 0 779
2014 100 144 23 474 4 0 15 0 760
2015 101 162 23 506 3 0 19 0 814
2016 115 152 25 485 2 1 17 0 797
2017 97 159 23 510 4 1 23 0 817
2018 82 156 26 541 3 2 15 0 825
2019 71 147 22 553 3 2 10 0 808
2020 59 155 26 565 4 2 11 0 822
2021 55 141 27 535 4 2 9 0 773
2022 51 136 25 557 6 1 12 0 788
2023 71 145 30 608 5 0 17 0 876

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 Forest Hill Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 696 37.0 18.8 27.4
1989 752 44.0 17.0 26.9
1990 787 44.0 17.8 28.8
1991 825 47.0 17.5 31.8
1992 877 48.0 18.2 n/a
1993 999 45.0 22.2 36.2
1994 1039 55.0 18.9 37.2
1995 1102 58.0 19.0 36.5
1996 1102 58.0 19.0 36.5
1997 1137 57.0 19.9 39.8
1998 1163 59.0 19.7 47.5
1999 1144 60.0 19.1 63.9
2000 1119 65.0 17.2 65.8
2001 1119 64.0 17.5 69.9
2002 1077 67.0 16.1 68.9
2003 1077 67.0 16.1 68.9
2004 1110 74.0 15.0 73.9
2005 1161 75.0 15.5 65.6
2006 1163 79.0 14.7 64.7
2007 1183 75.0 15.8 72.1
2008 1166 88.5 13.2 71.5
2009 827 76.2 12.6 79.1
2010 768 58.0 13.2 80.3
2011 734 57.5 12.7 80.8
2012 782 60.0 13.0 83
2013 779 62.0 12.5 85
2014 760 66.0 11.5 87.9
2015 814 68.0 11.9 89.3
2016 797 66.0 12.0 91.5
2017 817 65.0 12.5 90
2018 825 68.0 12.1 89.8
2019 808 58.5 13.8 86.8
2020 822 57.5 14.2 85.9
2021 773 66.5 11.6 92.1
2022 788 59.6 13.2 91.2
2023 876 68.4 12.8 72

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 Forest Hill Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 696 37.0 18.8 27.4
1989 752 44.0 17.0 26.9
1990 787 44.0 17.8 28.8
1991 825 47.0 17.5 31.8
1992 877 48.0 18.2 n/a
1993 999 45.0 22.2 36.2
1994 1039 55.0 18.9 37.2
1995 1102 58.0 19.0 36.5
1996 1102 58.0 19.0 36.5
1997 1137 57.0 19.9 39.8
1998 1163 59.0 19.7 47.5
1999 1144 60.0 19.1 63.9
2000 1119 65.0 17.2 65.8
2001 1119 64.0 17.5 69.9
2002 1077 67.0 16.1 68.9
2003 1077 67.0 16.1 68.9
2004 1110 74.0 15.0 73.9
2005 1161 75.0 15.5 65.6
2006 1163 79.0 14.7 64.7
2007 1183 75.0 15.8 72.1
2008 1166 88.5 13.2 71.5
2009 827 76.2 12.6 79.1
2010 768 58.0 13.2 80.3
2011 734 57.5 12.7 80.8
2012 782 60.0 13.0 83
2013 779 62.0 12.5 85
2014 760 66.0 11.5 87.9
2015 814 68.0 11.9 89.3
2016 797 66.0 12.0 91.5
2017 817 65.0 12.5 90
2018 825 68.0 12.1 89.8
2019 808 58.5 13.8 86.8
2020 822 57.5 14.2 85.9
2021 773 66.5 11.6 92.1
2022 788 59.6 13.2 91.2
2023 876 68.4 12.8 72

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 Forest Hill Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $1,439 (13.3%) $9,380 (86.7%) $10,819
2019 $1,295 (12.0%) $9,483 (88.0%) $10,779
2020 $1,336 (10.9%) $10,978 (89.2%) $12,313
2021 $1,961 (14.6%) $11,458 (85.4%) $13,419
2022 $3,073 (22.1%) $10,804 (77.9%) $13,876
2023 $2,656 (18.3%) $11,825 (81.7%) $14,481

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Forest Hill Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1271st of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 1611th of 2240 Elementary schools
 13.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Forest Hill Elementary School)5041
 9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5454
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Forest Hill Elementary School)5460
 6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6558
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Forest Hill Elementary School)4851
 3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)6262
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Forest Hill Elementary School)5348
 5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6759
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Forest Hill Elementary School)5058
 8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5957
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Forest Hill Elementary School)6842
 26%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6550
 15%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Forest Hill Elementary School)4862
 14%
   5th Grade Science (Palm Beach)5151
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students808876
 8.4%
African American147145
 1.4%
American Indian35
 66.7%
Asian2230
 36.4%
Hispanic553608
 9.9%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White7171
Two or More Races1017
 70%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients86.8%72%
 14.7%


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Forest Hill Elementary School ranks 1245th of 2256 Florida elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 876 students attended Forest Hill Elementary School.

Students who attend Forest Hill Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : John I. Leonard High School

Students at Forest Hill Elementary School are 69% Hispanic, 17% African American, 8% White, 3% Asian, 2% Two or more races.


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