Mount Zion Elementary School

Summary:

Mount Zion Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Jonesboro, Georgia, serving grades 3-5 with a student population of 503. The school is part of the Clayton County School District, which is ranked 170 out of 201 school districts in Georgia and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Mount Zion Elementary has consistently underperformed academically compared to state and county averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, the percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts ranged from 10.1% to 23.8% across grades 3-5, significantly lower than the state averages of 36.1% to 41.6%. The math proficiency rates were also low, ranging from 10.7% to 23.1%, compared to the state averages of 37.4% to 45.7%. The school has a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 90.46% to 92.91% over the past few years, and relatively low per-student spending, ranging from $8,271 to $8,834.

When comparing Mount Zion Elementary to nearby schools in the same district, such as Kay R Pace Elementary School of the Arts, it becomes clear that the academic performance is consistently lower across all subject areas and grade levels, with proficiency rates that are 15-40 percentage points higher at the nearby school. The racial makeup of Mount Zion Elementary is similar to many of the other nearby schools, suggesting that the school's performance is not correlated with its racial composition. The relatively low per-student spending at Mount Zion Elementary, combined with its high percentage of economically disadvantaged students, indicates that the school may be lacking in resources and funding compared to higher-performing schools in the area.


Detail:

Public 3-5

 2984 Mount Zion Rd
       Jonesboro, GA  30236


(770) 968-2935

District: Clayton County

SchoolDigger Rank:
1106th of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,834 Help


Students who attend Mount Zion Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Rex Mill Middle School
High:    Mount Zion High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.7 Help
Number of students:  503

Racial breakdown:

African American:
69.6%
Hispanic:
23.9%
Two or more races:
3.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  90.5% Help


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Compare Details Mount Zion Elementary School ranks worse than 89% of elementary schools in Georgia. It also ranks 25th among 36 ranked elementary schools in the Clayton County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 13.73. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (69.6%), Hispanic (23.9%), two or more races (3.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 90.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mount Zion Elementary School is 14.7. 23 elementary schools in the Clayton County 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 Mount Zion Elementary School is $8,834, which is the 10th highest among 36 elementary schools in the Clayton County School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Mount Zion Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Clayton County:

SchoolDigger ranks Clayton County 170th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Mount Zion Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 33.74 817th 1101 25.8%
2007 33.20 856th 1125 23.9%
2008 42.21 735th 1134 35.2%
2009 29.85 894th 1133 21.1%
2010 48.54 724th 1183 38.8%
2011 34.20 916th 1212 24.4%
2012 33.30 925th 1201 23.0%
2013 36.42 908th 1225 25.9%
2014 31.24 960th 1231 22.0%
2015 28.50 891st 1240 28.1%
2016 29.57 866th 1233 29.8%
2017 25.48 904th 1205 25.0%
2018 18.68 1000th 1209 17.3%
2019 18.05 1026th 1234 16.9%
2021 17.20 1010th 1214 16.8%
2022 8.24 1206th 1244 3.1%
2023 13.73 1105th 1242 11.0%
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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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Reviews:
by a parent
Friday, August 2, 2019

Open Quote This school is TERRIBLE. The teachers, counselor, and And Principal will smile in your face. But they DO NOT care about the education of your child and they most certainly didn't care about mine. After reviewing this year test scores I am not surprised they ranked so poorly. My child was struggling from the beginning of the school year and I bought this to his teachers attention nothing changed. My son was placed in a container IEP program with the same teacher he was with all day. This is something new I'm told they did. I explained it wasn't what worked best for my child. Her teaching technique was not working with my childs learning ability, and if it wasn't working while she taught the regular curriculum it.wouldn't benefit my child to remain I'm the same class all day for the additional help IEP is supposed to offer. As we know all children learn differently. I brought it to the principal attention after reaching out to the school board nothing changed. She pretended to listen and to have my child "scheduled" for additional "testing" ( btw that was just to buy time to cover up that they didnt give a crap. That meeting was in Oct. they followed up after spring break and stated we should wait until next year). I later found out they offered Free additional help after school that was not offered to my child and I'm sure a lot of other students. I instead had to pay a tutor out of pocket to keep my child on track. Do not accept what is given to you. Your child is Not a failure...the School system is the failure. Mt. Zion is a poor school, and Clayton Co is an even worst school district. My child will NOT return back to this school.

Let me also Add this...we had several meetings the last suggesting remediation for my child. Remediation. There was no tutoring offered, no suggestions to change his teacher, No offers for suggested tutors outside of school hours. Nothing. My son has had 2 tutors this year and they state he is Thriving and was in disbelief that remediation was even offered. Again my child doesn't learn like the next one. Here I am telling his teacher how he learns and its ignored. I know my child and I know he is very intelligent so to hear that remediation was the suggestion they came up with to help my child. I knew to get him out of this school. You are your child's biggest cheerleader don't let them tear them down. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Mount Zion 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 1070 1070
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1013 1013
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 893 893
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 945 945
1994 687 231 9 15 8 n/a n/a 0 950
1995 652 318 13 19 2 n/a n/a 0 1004
1996 652 318 13 19 2 n/a n/a 0 1004
1997 601 378 11 32 3 n/a n/a 0 1025
1998 581 438 16 37 1 n/a n/a 0 1073
1999 505 576 25 42 0 n/a n/a 0 1148
2000 320 509 25 38 0 n/a n/a 0 892
2001 255 600 28 43 0 n/a n/a 0 926
2002 165 839 47 56 1 n/a n/a 0 1108
2003 165 839 47 56 1 n/a n/a 0 1108
2004 186 629 27 118 1 n/a n/a 0 961
2005 121 593 26 108 1 n/a n/a 56 905
2006 117 657 22 122 5 n/a n/a 52 975
2007 109 589 18 154 0 n/a n/a 57 927
2008 86 587 15 159 0 n/a n/a 66 913
2009 27 375 20 96 0 n/a n/a 41 559
2010 30 385 20 113 1 0 15 0 564
2011 25 410 19 112 1 0 22 0 589
2012 18 388 15 131 0 0 17 0 569
2013 22 381 24 123 0 0 22 0 572
2014 18 380 22 141 0 0 22 0 583
2015 23 410 23 142 0 0 19 0 617
2016 28 421 25 156 1 0 15 0 646
2017 23 481 15 178 1 0 20 0 718
2018 16 470 14 155 1 0 20 0 676
2019 13 437 14 138 2 0 20 0 624
2020 14 382 11 126 1 0 16 0 550
2021 13 344 10 120 1 1 19 0 508
2022 13 349 10 132 1 2 27 0 534
2023 8 350 8 120 1 0 16 0 503

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 Mount Zion Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1070 55.0 19.4 3.2
1991 1013 52.0 19.4 9.3
1992 893 53.0 16.8 12.9
1993 945 55.0 17.2 15.9
1994 950 50.8 18.7 18.3
1995 1004 51.0 19.7 20.5
1996 1004 51.0 19.7 20.5
1997 1025 51.0 20.1 33.9
1998 1073 56.0 19.2 36.4
1999 1148 60.4 19.0 41.9
2000 892 44.0 20.3 44.2
2001 926 50.5 18.3 51
2002 1108 61.0 18.2 61.3
2003 1108 61.0 18.2 61.3
2004 961 54.5 17.6 68.3
2005 905 64.0 14.1 78
2006 975 61.9 15.8 80
2007 927 62.0 15.0 84.7
2008 913 63.2 14.4 82.9
2009 559 40.7 13.7 85.7
2010 564 34.5 16.3 84.8
2011 589 34.5 17.0 87.3
2012 569 35.0 16.2 91
2013 572 31.1 18.3 88.8
2014 583 31.6 18.4 99.5
2015 617 32.0 19.2 95.5
2016 646 34.0 19.0 99.5
2017 718 37.0 19.4 99.4
2018 676 38.5 17.5 99.4
2019 624 37.0 16.8 92.9
2020 550 40.0 13.7 92.9
2021 508 36.0 14.1 92.9
2022 534 34.0 15.7 n/a
2023 503 34.0 14.7 90.5

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 Mount Zion Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1070 55.0 19.4 3.2
1991 1013 52.0 19.4 9.3
1992 893 53.0 16.8 12.9
1993 945 55.0 17.2 15.9
1994 950 50.8 18.7 18.3
1995 1004 51.0 19.7 20.5
1996 1004 51.0 19.7 20.5
1997 1025 51.0 20.1 33.9
1998 1073 56.0 19.2 36.4
1999 1148 60.4 19.0 41.9
2000 892 44.0 20.3 44.2
2001 926 50.5 18.3 51
2002 1108 61.0 18.2 61.3
2003 1108 61.0 18.2 61.3
2004 961 54.5 17.6 68.3
2005 905 64.0 14.1 78
2006 975 61.9 15.8 80
2007 927 62.0 15.0 84.7
2008 913 63.2 14.4 82.9
2009 559 40.7 13.7 85.7
2010 564 34.5 16.3 84.8
2011 589 34.5 17.0 87.3
2012 569 35.0 16.2 91
2013 572 31.1 18.3 88.8
2014 583 31.6 18.4 99.5
2015 617 32.0 19.2 95.5
2016 646 34.0 19.0 99.5
2017 718 37.0 19.4 99.4
2018 676 38.5 17.5 99.4
2019 624 37.0 16.8 92.9
2020 550 40.0 13.7 92.9
2021 508 36.0 14.1 92.9
2022 534 34.0 15.7 n/a
2023 503 34.0 14.7 90.5

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 Mount Zion Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $571 (6.9%) $7,699 (93.1%) $8,270
2018 $514 (5.9%) $8,228 (94.1%) $8,742
2019 $666 (7.5%) $8,168 (92.5%) $8,834

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mount Zion Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1026th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 1105th of 1242 Elementary schools
 5.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Mount Zion Elementary School)2123.8
 2.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Clayton County)26.918.1
 8.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Mount Zion Elementary School)29.623.1
 6.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Clayton County)35.923.7
 12.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Mount Zion Elementary School)20.310.1
 10.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Clayton County)26.518.2
 8.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Mount Zion Elementary School)22.914.6
 8.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Clayton County)29.223.4
 5.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Mount Zion Elementary School)23.418.8
 4.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Clayton County)30.422.9
 7.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Mount Zion Elementary School)17.910.7
 7.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Clayton County)23.215.6
 7.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Mount Zion Elementary School)26.112.4
 13.7%
   5th Grade Science (Clayton County)26.517.1
 9.4%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students624503
 19.4%
African American437350
 19.9%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian148
 42.9%
Hispanic138120
 13%
Pacific Islander00
White138
 38.5%
Two or More Races2016
 20%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients92.9%90.5%
 2.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Zion Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 503 students attended Mount Zion Elementary School.

Mount Zion Elementary School ranks in the bottom 11.0% of Georgia elementary schools.

Students at Mount Zion Elementary School are 70% African American, 24% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races, 2% White, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Mount Zion Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Rex Mill Middle School
High : Mount Zion 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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