Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School

Summary:

Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School is a public elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia, serving 287 students in grades PK-5, with a student population that is 95.47% African American and 100% eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

Despite spending more per student than nearby schools, Paul L. Dunbar Elementary consistently ranks among the lowest-performing elementary schools in Atlanta Public Schools, with significantly below-average proficiency rates on standardized tests. In contrast, the two charter schools in the area, KIPP Strive Primary Charter School and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter - Elementary, outperform the traditional public schools, including Paul L. Dunbar, on academic measures.

The data suggests that Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School faces unique challenges that require targeted interventions and support to improve student outcomes. While the surrounding schools, such as Finch Elementary and The John Hope-Charles Walter Hill Elementary Schools, also serve predominantly African American and high-poverty student populations, they generally outperform Paul L. Dunbar on academic measures, indicating the need for a comprehensive, long-term strategy to address the underlying issues and provide equitable educational opportunities for the community.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 500 Whitehall Ter SW
       Atlanta, GA  30312


(404) 802-7950

District: Atlanta Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
1201st of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,422 Help


Students who attend Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Martin L. King Junior Middle School
High:    Maynard Jackson High School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.1 Help
Number of students:  287

Racial breakdown:

African American:
95.5%
Two or more races:
1.7%
American Indian:
1.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School ranks worse than 96.6% of elementary schools in Georgia. It also ranks 50th among 53 ranked elementary schools in the Atlanta Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 9.21. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (95.5%), two or more races (1.7%), American Indian (1.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School is 11.1, which is the 19th best among 53 elementary schools in the Atlanta Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School is $17,422, which is the 23rd highest among 53 elementary schools in the Atlanta Public Schools District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Atlanta Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Atlanta Public Schools 151st of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 14.98 999th 1101 9.3%
2007 27.01 904th 1125 19.6%
2008 37.83 785th 1134 30.8%
2009 26.26 939th 1133 17.1%
2010 10.21 1101st 1183 6.9%
2011 2.27 1202nd 1212 0.8%
2012 1.36 1193rd 1201 0.7%
2013 2.18 1207th 1225 1.5%
2014 2.64 1207th 1231 1.9%
2015 10.60 1160th 1240 6.5%
2016 11.64 1136th 1233 7.9%
2017 14.39 1055th 1205 12.4%
2018 12.60 1080th 1209 10.7%
2019 12.64 1108th 1234 10.2%
2022 9.26 1190th 1244 4.3%
2023 9.21 1200th 1242 3.4%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 551 551
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 477 477
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 502 502
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 438 438
1994 0 459 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 459
1995 2 522 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 530
1996 2 522 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 530
1997 0 498 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 500
1998 0 505 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 506
1999 2 498 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 500
2000 3 512 0 3 2 n/a n/a 0 520
2001 8 504 3 1 0 n/a n/a 0 516
2002 2 387 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 390
2003 2 387 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 390
2004 0 361 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 361
2005 0 336 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1 337
2006 0 251 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 251
2007 0 236 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 238
2008 0 209 0 0 0 n/a n/a 2 211
2009 0 226 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 228
2010 0 241 0 0 0 0 0 0 241
2011 0 328 0 2 0 0 3 0 333
2012 0 378 0 3 0 0 4 0 385
2013 0 368 0 7 0 1 4 0 380
2014 0 401 0 14 0 1 3 0 419
2015 0 389 0 15 0 0 2 0 406
2016 0 377 0 13 0 0 1 0 391
2017 0 384 0 7 1 0 0 0 392
2018 1 367 0 10 1 0 2 0 381
2019 2 362 0 11 1 0 4 0 380
2020 1 333 0 10 1 0 2 0 347
2021 0 272 0 6 2 0 3 0 283
2022 0 289 0 9 5 0 3 0 306
2023 2 274 0 1 4 1 5 0 287

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 Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 551 28.0 19.6 n/a
1991 477 26.0 18.3 89.7
1992 502 29.0 17.3 94.8
1993 438 27.0 16.2 95
1994 459 29.7 15.5 93.7
1995 530 34.0 15.6 94.9
1996 530 34.0 15.6 94.9
1997 500 31.4 15.9 95
1998 506 31.9 15.9 89.5
1999 500 37.0 13.5 95
2000 520 33.5 15.5 93.3
2001 516 36.9 14.0 92.1
2002 390 33.5 11.6 99.2
2003 390 33.5 11.6 99.2
2004 361 25.0 14.4 89.2
2005 337 23.9 14.1 91.7
2006 251 19.8 12.7 84.5
2007 238 17.8 13.4 83.6
2008 211 17.0 12.4 99.5
2009 228 18.0 12.7 98.7
2010 241 16.0 15.0 98.8
2011 333 22.0 15.1 98.5
2012 385 25.0 15.4 94.5
2013 380 28.0 13.5 97.9
2014 419 29.0 14.4 99.3
2015 406 32.0 12.6 100
2016 391 31.0 12.6 99.2
2017 392 30.1 13.0 100
2018 381 29.2 13.0 100
2019 380 26.9 14.1 100
2020 347 25.9 13.3 78.7
2021 283 24.5 11.5 100
2022 306 25.0 12.2 n/a
2023 287 25.8 11.1 100

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 Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 551 28.0 19.6 n/a
1991 477 26.0 18.3 89.7
1992 502 29.0 17.3 94.8
1993 438 27.0 16.2 95
1994 459 29.7 15.5 93.7
1995 530 34.0 15.6 94.9
1996 530 34.0 15.6 94.9
1997 500 31.4 15.9 95
1998 506 31.9 15.9 89.5
1999 500 37.0 13.5 95
2000 520 33.5 15.5 93.3
2001 516 36.9 14.0 92.1
2002 390 33.5 11.6 99.2
2003 390 33.5 11.6 99.2
2004 361 25.0 14.4 89.2
2005 337 23.9 14.1 91.7
2006 251 19.8 12.7 84.5
2007 238 17.8 13.4 83.6
2008 211 17.0 12.4 99.5
2009 228 18.0 12.7 98.7
2010 241 16.0 15.0 98.8
2011 333 22.0 15.1 98.5
2012 385 25.0 15.4 94.5
2013 380 28.0 13.5 97.9
2014 419 29.0 14.4 99.3
2015 406 32.0 12.6 100
2016 391 31.0 12.6 99.2
2017 392 30.1 13.0 100
2018 381 29.2 13.0 100
2019 380 26.9 14.1 100
2020 347 25.9 13.3 78.7
2021 283 24.5 11.5 100
2022 306 25.0 12.2 n/a
2023 287 25.8 11.1 100

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 Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $1,661 (10.8%) $13,756 (89.2%) $15,418
2018 $1,416 (8.8%) $14,694 (91.2%) $16,111
2019 $1,439 (8.3%) $15,982 (91.7%) $17,422

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Paul L. Dunbar 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 1108th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 1200th of 1242 Elementary schools
 6.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School)12.36.3
 6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Atlanta Public Schools)36.934.5
 2.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School)149.4
 4.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Atlanta Public Schools)45.136.7
 8.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School)18.710.8
 7.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Atlanta Public Schools)35.733.7
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School)30.716.9
 13.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Atlanta Public Schools)42.335.9
 6.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School)19.717.4
 2.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Atlanta Public Schools)38.735.9
 2.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School)34.3
 1.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Atlanta Public Schools)33.729.5
 4.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School)18.28.7
 9.5%
   5th Grade Science (Atlanta Public Schools)37.729.7
 8%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students380287
 24.5%
African American362274
 24.3%
American Indian14
 300%
Asian00
Hispanic111
 90.9%
Pacific Islander01
White22
Two or More Races45
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients100%100%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School

Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School ranks in the bottom 3.4% of Georgia elementary schools.

Students at Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School are 95% African American, 2% Two or more races, 1% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 287 students attended Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School.

Students who attend Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Martin L. King Junior Middle School
High : Maynard Jackson 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 Georgia Department of Education.

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