Friendship Elementary School

Summary:

Friendship Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Buford, Georgia, serving grades PK-5 with a total enrollment of 684 students. The school is part of the Hall County School District, which is ranked 129 out of 201 districts in Georgia and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Friendship Elementary has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with a higher percentage of Hispanic (35.53%) and Asian (3.95%) students. However, the school's test scores are generally lower than the state and county averages, particularly in English Language Arts and Science. For example, in 2022-2023, only 26% of 5th-grade students were proficient or better in ELA, compared to the state average of 41.6%. Friendship Elementary also has a relatively high percentage of students (55.99% in 2022-2023) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a higher proportion of economically disadvantaged students. Despite this, the school has a higher per-student spending ($9,644 in 2018-2019) compared to nearby Flowery Branch Elementary ($8,496) and Spout Springs Elementary ($8,589).

Friendship Elementary's statewide ranking has dropped from 428 out of 1,231 Georgia elementary schools in 2013-2014 to 788 out of 1,242 in 2022-2023, indicating a decline in performance over the years. Nearby schools like Puckett's Mill Elementary (in the Gwinnett County district) significantly outperform Friendship Elementary in terms of test scores and statewide rankings, despite being in the same general geographic area. The higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students and the school's lower spending per student compared to some nearby schools may be contributing factors to Friendship Elementary's relatively lower academic performance, suggesting opportunities for improvement through targeted interventions and strategies.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 4450 Friendship Rd
       Buford, GA  30519


(770) 932-1223

District: Hall County

SchoolDigger Rank:
789th of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,644 Help


Students who attend Friendship Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    C. W. Davis Middle School
High:    Flowery Branch High

Student/teacher ratio:  14.8 Help
Number of students:  684

Racial breakdown:

White:
47.5%
Hispanic:
35.5%
African American:
7.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  56% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Friendship Elementary School ranks worse than 63.5% of elementary schools in Georgia. It also ranks 11th among 20 ranked elementary schools in the Hall County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 33.39. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (47.5%), Hispanic (35.5%), African American (7.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 56% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Friendship Elementary School is 14.8. 11 elementary schools in the Hall 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 Friendship Elementary School is $9,644. 11 elementary schools in the Hall County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

Hall County:

SchoolDigger ranks Hall County 129th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Friendship Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 75.82 247th 1101 77.6%
2007 69.80 353rd 1125 68.6%
2008 77.62 203rd 1134 82.1%
2009 73.20 279th 1133 75.4%
2010 66.75 433rd 1183 63.4%
2011 77.38 255th 1212 79.0%
2012 71.73 353rd 1201 70.6%
2013 66.07 461st 1225 62.4%
2014 68.40 428th 1231 65.2%
2015 57.55 475th 1240 61.7%
2016 49.81 570th 1233 53.8%
2017 50.05 552nd 1205 54.2%
2018 46.58 608th 1209 49.7%
2019 49.37 590th 1234 52.2%
2021 44.18 630th 1214 48.1%
2022 45.67 614th 1244 50.6%
2023 33.39 788th 1242 36.6%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Friendship Elementary School Test Scores
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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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by a parent
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Open Quote Fantastic Elementary School!
We greatly appreciate having our children in this school and Dr. Brack (and all of their teachers) are amazing. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Friendship Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 436 7 0 15 0 n/a n/a 0 458
1996 436 7 0 15 0 n/a n/a 0 458
1997 481 9 0 18 0 n/a n/a 0 508
1998 493 17 0 16 0 n/a n/a 0 526
1999 579 16 0 21 2 n/a n/a 0 618
2000 642 21 3 25 4 n/a n/a 0 695
2001 553 14 6 37 3 n/a n/a 0 613
2002 544 27 8 55 3 n/a n/a 0 637
2003 544 27 8 55 3 n/a n/a 0 637
2004 575 29 8 60 1 n/a n/a 0 673
2005 565 22 7 64 1 n/a n/a 30 689
2006 618 41 10 72 0 n/a n/a 28 769
2007 653 44 20 76 1 n/a n/a 37 831
2008 706 31 19 90 12 n/a n/a 27 885
2009 525 15 13 75 4 n/a n/a 34 666
2010 529 19 16 106 1 0 20 0 691
2011 510 20 13 125 2 0 24 0 694
2012 488 24 14 122 0 0 13 0 661
2013 467 21 16 133 1 0 18 0 656
2014 443 23 13 131 0 0 21 0 631
2015 471 25 8 117 0 0 12 0 633
2016 493 40 5 112 0 0 14 0 664
2017 466 45 6 132 0 0 22 0 671
2018 438 42 3 145 1 2 27 0 658
2019 419 45 8 141 1 0 26 0 640
2020 369 41 10 185 0 0 39 0 644
2021 338 53 13 195 0 0 37 0 636
2022 341 49 17 207 0 0 41 0 655
2023 325 51 27 243 0 0 38 0 684

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 Friendship Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 458 22.0 20.8 24.2
1996 458 22.0 20.8 24.2
1997 508 26.0 19.5 26.6
1998 526 31.3 16.8 24.9
1999 618 33.1 18.7 23.8
2000 695 35.6 19.5 26
2001 613 37.1 16.5 22.3
2002 637 39.6 16.1 23.7
2003 637 39.6 16.1 23.7
2004 673 42.9 15.7 28.8
2005 689 44.5 15.5 32
2006 769 44.5 17.3 28.5
2007 831 49.0 17.0 26.8
2008 885 55.5 15.9 26.3
2009 666 46.5 14.3 33.4
2010 691 40.5 17.0 37.3
2011 694 38.5 18.0 40.8
2012 661 37.5 17.6 43.4
2013 656 36.5 17.9 47
2014 631 35.5 17.7 48.5
2015 633 36.0 17.5 46.4
2016 664 37.0 17.9 51.4
2017 671 38.5 17.4 53.4
2018 658 38.0 17.3 52.6
2019 640 39.0 16.4 52.3
2020 644 38.5 16.7 54.7
2021 636 42.5 14.9 50.3
2022 655 44.4 14.7 n/a
2023 684 46.2 14.8 56

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 Friendship Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 458 22.0 20.8 24.2
1996 458 22.0 20.8 24.2
1997 508 26.0 19.5 26.6
1998 526 31.3 16.8 24.9
1999 618 33.1 18.7 23.8
2000 695 35.6 19.5 26
2001 613 37.1 16.5 22.3
2002 637 39.6 16.1 23.7
2003 637 39.6 16.1 23.7
2004 673 42.9 15.7 28.8
2005 689 44.5 15.5 32
2006 769 44.5 17.3 28.5
2007 831 49.0 17.0 26.8
2008 885 55.5 15.9 26.3
2009 666 46.5 14.3 33.4
2010 691 40.5 17.0 37.3
2011 694 38.5 18.0 40.8
2012 661 37.5 17.6 43.4
2013 656 36.5 17.9 47
2014 631 35.5 17.7 48.5
2015 633 36.0 17.5 46.4
2016 664 37.0 17.9 51.4
2017 671 38.5 17.4 53.4
2018 658 38.0 17.3 52.6
2019 640 39.0 16.4 52.3
2020 644 38.5 16.7 54.7
2021 636 42.5 14.9 50.3
2022 655 44.4 14.7 n/a
2023 684 46.2 14.8 56

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 Friendship Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $424 (5.2%) $7,743 (94.8%) $8,167
2018 $384 (4.4%) $8,312 (95.6%) $8,696
2019 $636 (6.6%) $9,008 (93.4%) $9,644

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Friendship 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 590th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 788th of 1242 Elementary schools
 15.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Friendship Elementary School)47.127.1
 20%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hall County)37.626.2
 11.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Friendship Elementary School)5033.9
 16.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hall County)46.938.2
 8.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Friendship Elementary School)42.928.2
 14.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hall County)39.624.7
 14.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Friendship Elementary School)39.837.3
 2.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hall County)44.834.3
 10.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Friendship Elementary School)45.126
 19.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hall County)41.331.3
 10%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Friendship Elementary School)32.631
 1.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hall County)34.932
 2.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Friendship Elementary School)37.621.2
 16.4%
   5th Grade Science (Hall County)36.926
 10.9%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students640684
 6.9%
African American4551
 13.3%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian827
 237.5%
Hispanic141243
 72.3%
Pacific Islander00
White419325
 22.4%
Two or More Races2638
 46.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients52.3%56%
 3.7%


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

Middle : C. W. Davis Middle School
High : Flowery Branch High

In the 2022-23 school year, 684 students attended Friendship Elementary School.

Students at Friendship Elementary School are 48% White, 36% Hispanic, 7% African American, 6% Two or more races, 4% Asian.

Friendship Elementary School ranks 789th of 1243 Georgia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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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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