Melaleuca Elementary School

Summary:

Melaleuca Elementary School is a public elementary school in West Palm Beach, Florida, serving 537 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school faces significant challenges, including a high percentage of Hispanic students, concerning rates of chronic absenteeism, and consistently low academic performance compared to the Palm Beach school district and the state of Florida.

Melaleuca Elementary has a much higher percentage of Hispanic students (64.62%) compared to nearby schools, and it has experienced a troubling increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 18.0% in 2018-2019 to 43.8% in 2022-2023. This is significantly higher than the rates at nearby schools, such as Wynnebrook Elementary and Hope-Centennial Elementary, which range from 6.0% to 38.7%. Academically, Melaleuca Elementary consistently underperforms the district and state, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Math around 30%, compared to 50-60% for the district and state.

Despite the higher spending per student at Melaleuca Elementary ($16,123 in 2022-2023), the school's academic outcomes are significantly lower than the nearby schools and the district/state averages. This raises questions about the efficient and effective use of resources at the school and the need for a closer examination of the school's educational programs and practices. Addressing the root causes of the school's challenges, such as the high chronic absenteeism rate and the needs of its diverse student population, will be crucial for improving Melaleuca Elementary's performance and ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education.


Detail:

Public K-5

 5759 Gun Club Rd
       West Palm Beach, FL  33415


(561) 598-7300

District: Palm Beach

SchoolDigger Rank:
2050th of 2,256 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,123 Help


Students who attend Melaleuca Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Okeeheelee Middle School
High:    John I. Leonard High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.0 Help
Number of students:  537

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
64.6%
African American:
24.4%
White:
8.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  71.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Melaleuca Elementary School ranks worse than 90.9% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 112th 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 14.47. (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 (64.6%), African American (24.4%), White (8.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 71.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Melaleuca Elementary School is 13, which is the 16th best among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Melaleuca Elementary School employs 41 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Melaleuca Elementary School is $16,123, which is the 24th highest among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Melaleuca 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 Melaleuca Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 35.01 1137th 1688 32.6%
2007 31.35 1285th 1786 28.1%
2008 27.14 1381st 1789 22.8%
2009 38.06 1238th 1847 33.0%
2010 27.88 1477th 1919 23.0%
2011 21.06 1677th 1985 15.5%
2012 16.50 1741st 1984 12.2%
2013 37.20 1297th 2029 36.1%
2014 36.96 1333rd 2064 35.4%
2016 36.79 1346th 2087 35.5%
2017 21.67 1740th 2112 17.6%
2018 29.98 1519th 2118 28.3%
2019 33.35 1497th 2182 31.4%
2021 18.88 1869th 2247 16.8%
2022 21.14 1818th 2219 18.1%
2023 14.25 2048th 2240 8.6%
2024 14.47 2050th 2256 9.1%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Melaleuca Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 648 69 20 105 0 n/a n/a 0 842
1989 718 91 10 99 1 n/a n/a 0 919
1990 761 105 10 116 5 n/a n/a 0 997
1991 707 121 2 146 3 n/a n/a 0 979
1992 716 131 5 131 2 n/a n/a 0 985
1993 611 116 4 143 1 n/a n/a 0 875
1994 693 172 3 126 2 n/a n/a 0 996
1995 568 227 13 194 6 n/a n/a 0 1008
1996 568 227 13 194 6 n/a n/a 0 1008
1997 515 214 9 183 3 n/a n/a 0 924
1998 507 227 7 214 3 n/a n/a 0 958
1999 503 238 10 230 3 n/a n/a 0 984
2000 498 253 16 246 9 n/a n/a 0 1022
2001 487 225 15 273 8 n/a n/a 0 1008
2002 297 210 9 345 8 n/a n/a 0 869
2003 297 210 9 345 8 n/a n/a 0 869
2004 260 212 8 348 8 n/a n/a 0 836
2005 219 183 4 357 5 n/a n/a 0 768
2006 211 171 7 355 1 n/a n/a 0 745
2007 232 191 9 478 4 n/a n/a 46 960
2008 162 202 7 394 4 n/a n/a 40 809
2009 154 206 7 413 3 n/a n/a 39 822
2010 126 211 6 469 1 n/a n/a 14 827
2011 100 200 4 494 0 0 14 0 812
2012 95 193 4 524 1 0 11 0 828
2013 76 182 4 508 1 0 14 0 785
2014 76 172 4 499 2 0 12 0 765
2015 72 172 7 539 1 1 9 0 801
2016 69 171 6 547 1 0 7 0 801
2017 65 167 5 568 3 0 11 0 819
2018 60 167 8 511 3 0 7 0 756
2019 69 163 6 480 2 0 6 0 726
2020 61 145 5 452 2 0 3 0 668
2021 61 136 5 406 2 0 3 0 613
2022 47 145 4 424 3 0 2 0 625
2023 48 131 4 347 3 0 4 0 537

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 Melaleuca Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 842 43.0 19.5 24.9
1989 919 51.0 18.0 23.6
1990 997 51.0 19.5 26.1
1991 979 56.0 17.4 29.9
1992 985 53.0 18.5 n/a
1993 875 44.0 19.9 29.1
1994 996 46.0 21.7 32
1995 1008 46.0 21.9 40.4
1996 1008 46.0 21.9 40.4
1997 924 46.0 20.1 33.5
1998 958 47.0 20.4 42.7
1999 984 47.0 20.9 36.9
2000 1022 55.0 18.6 58.3
2001 1008 52.0 19.4 61.1
2002 869 53.0 16.4 64.3
2003 869 53.0 16.4 64.3
2004 836 53.0 15.8 75.5
2005 768 51.0 15.1 66.1
2006 745 56.0 13.3 70.7
2007 960 71.0 13.5 77.5
2008 809 63.0 12.8 83.5
2009 822 72.2 13.3 89.4
2010 827 60.0 13.7 80.6
2011 812 59.0 13.7 86.3
2012 828 62.5 13.2 87.7
2013 785 61.0 12.8 88
2014 765 61.0 12.5 91.4
2015 801 63.0 12.7 90.1
2016 801 61.0 13.1 92.6
2017 819 63.0 13.0 91.3
2018 756 63.0 12.0 91.5
2019 726 51.0 14.2 86.1
2020 668 50.6 13.2 84.3
2021 613 41.0 14.9 88.4
2022 625 42.0 14.8 89.8
2023 537 41.0 13.0 71.5

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 Melaleuca Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 842 43.0 19.5 24.9
1989 919 51.0 18.0 23.6
1990 997 51.0 19.5 26.1
1991 979 56.0 17.4 29.9
1992 985 53.0 18.5 n/a
1993 875 44.0 19.9 29.1
1994 996 46.0 21.7 32
1995 1008 46.0 21.9 40.4
1996 1008 46.0 21.9 40.4
1997 924 46.0 20.1 33.5
1998 958 47.0 20.4 42.7
1999 984 47.0 20.9 36.9
2000 1022 55.0 18.6 58.3
2001 1008 52.0 19.4 61.1
2002 869 53.0 16.4 64.3
2003 869 53.0 16.4 64.3
2004 836 53.0 15.8 75.5
2005 768 51.0 15.1 66.1
2006 745 56.0 13.3 70.7
2007 960 71.0 13.5 77.5
2008 809 63.0 12.8 83.5
2009 822 72.2 13.3 89.4
2010 827 60.0 13.7 80.6
2011 812 59.0 13.7 86.3
2012 828 62.5 13.2 87.7
2013 785 61.0 12.8 88
2014 765 61.0 12.5 91.4
2015 801 63.0 12.7 90.1
2016 801 61.0 13.1 92.6
2017 819 63.0 13.0 91.3
2018 756 63.0 12.0 91.5
2019 726 51.0 14.2 86.1
2020 668 50.6 13.2 84.3
2021 613 41.0 14.9 88.4
2022 625 42.0 14.8 89.8
2023 537 41.0 13.0 71.5

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 Melaleuca Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $1,082 (11.3%) $8,464 (88.7%) $9,546
2019 $1,207 (12.2%) $8,704 (87.8%) $9,910
2020 $809 (6.8%) $11,029 (93.2%) $11,838
2021 $1,210 (9.7%) $11,254 (90.3%) $12,464
2022 $2,005 (15.7%) $10,726 (84.2%) $12,732
2023 $2,751 (17.1%) $13,372 (82.9%) $16,123

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Melaleuca Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1497th of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 2048th of 2240 Elementary schools
 22.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Melaleuca Elementary School)4628
 18%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5454
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Melaleuca Elementary School)6444
 20%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6558
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Melaleuca Elementary School)5043
 7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)6262
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Melaleuca Elementary School)4533
 12%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6759
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Melaleuca Elementary School)4243
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5957
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Melaleuca Elementary School)5533
 22%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6550
 15%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Melaleuca Elementary School)2930
 1%
   5th Grade Science (Palm Beach)5151
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Melaleuca Elementary School)10087
 13%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6050
 10%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5549
 6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students726537
 26%
African American163131
 19.6%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian64
 33.3%
Hispanic480347
 27.7%
Pacific Islander00
White6948
 30.4%
Two or More Races64
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients86.1%71.5%
 14.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Melaleuca Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 537 students attended Melaleuca Elementary School.

Melaleuca Elementary School ranks in the bottom 9.1% of Florida elementary schools.

Students at Melaleuca Elementary School are 65% Hispanic, 24% African American, 9% White.

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

Middle : Okeeheelee Middle School
High : John I. Leonard 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 Florida Department of Education.

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