Mitchell Elementary School

Summary:

Mitchell Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Ames, Iowa, serving around 290 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. It is part of the Ames Community School District, which is ranked 134 out of 311 school districts in Iowa and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Mitchell Elementary School consistently outperforms the state and district averages on standardized tests, with significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. In the 2022-2023 school year, the school ranked 99 out of 565 Iowa elementary schools, earning a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. This strong academic performance is a testament to the school's effective educational program and its ability to support the diverse needs of its student population, which includes a higher percentage of African American and Hispanic students compared to nearby schools.

While Edwards Elementary School, Sawyer Elementary School, and Meeker Elementary School also serve the Ames community, Mitchell Elementary School stands out as a high-performing school, consistently outpacing its peers on academic measures. However, the nearby Fellows Elementary School also demonstrates strong academic performance, ranking among the top 15% of Iowa elementary schools.


Detail:

Public K-5

 3521 Jewel Dr
       Ames, IA  50010


(515) 239-3775

District: Ames Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
99th of 565 Iowa Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,211 Help


Students who attend Mitchell Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Ames Middle School
High:    Ames High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.0 Help
Number of students:  290

Racial breakdown:

White:
59.0%
African American:
18.3%
Hispanic:
11.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  46.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Mitchell Elementary School ranks better than 82.5% of elementary schools in Iowa. It also ranks 2nd among 5 ranked elementary schools in the Ames Community School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.51. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (59%), African American (18.3%), Hispanic (11.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 46.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Ames Community School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mitchell Elementary School is 12, which is the 2nd best among 5 elementary schools in the Ames Community School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Mitchell Elementary School is $12,211. 3 elementary schools in the Ames Community School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

Ames Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Ames Community School District 134th of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Mitchell Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 61.31 261st 626 58.3%
2013 47.87 406th 624 34.9%
2014 73.86 121st 603 79.9%
2015 71.87 156th 616 74.7%
2016 81.67 52nd 599 91.3%
2017 79.48 74th 574 87.1%
2018 76.20 105th 567 81.5%
2019 53.45 314th 603 47.9%
2021 70.75 150th 567 73.5%
2022 57.33 270th 574 53.0%
2023 78.51 99th 565 82.5%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Iowa Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Mitchell Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 269 10 22 7 1 n/a n/a 0 309
1989 284 11 27 4 0 n/a n/a 0 326
1990 303 13 17 10 2 n/a n/a 0 345
1991 296 19 19 8 0 n/a n/a 0 342
1992 309 10 10 11 0 n/a n/a 0 340
1993 288 10 15 4 0 n/a n/a 0 317
1994 265 15 10 6 0 n/a n/a 0 296
1995 273 13 13 9 0 n/a n/a 0 308
1996 273 13 13 9 0 n/a n/a 0 308
1997 278 10 11 2 0 n/a n/a 0 301
1998 274 13 9 2 1 n/a n/a 0 299
1999 286 10 12 7 1 n/a n/a 0 316
2000 320 7 12 2 0 n/a n/a -22 319
2001 273 9 13 7 0 n/a n/a 0 302
2002 241 15 10 5 0 n/a n/a 0 271
2003 241 15 10 5 0 n/a n/a 0 271
2004 219 15 7 9 0 n/a n/a 0 250
2005 201 16 4 8 1 n/a n/a 0 230
2006 219 17 10 9 0 n/a n/a 0 255
2007 207 21 9 9 1 n/a n/a 0 247
2008 214 46 8 6 0 n/a n/a 0 274
2009 220 43 11 13 0 n/a n/a 0 287
2010 203 54 15 21 1 0 23 0 317
2011 192 45 11 23 0 0 20 0 291
2012 193 28 15 25 1 0 24 0 286
2013 188 32 15 20 0 0 24 0 279
2014 200 26 18 32 0 0 26 0 302
2015 188 21 14 38 0 0 25 0 286
2016 166 22 20 35 0 0 26 0 269
2017 188 30 15 40 0 0 18 0 291
2018 203 25 10 40 0 0 21 0 299
2019 214 33 10 42 0 1 17 0 317
2020 203 40 10 47 0 2 19 0 321
2021 191 49 6 38 0 1 21 0 306
2022 189 44 6 40 0 2 25 0 306
2023 171 53 10 33 0 0 23 0 290

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 Mitchell Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 309 16.6 18.6 17.8
1989 326 15.6 20.8 19.6
1990 345 18.6 18.5 19.1
1991 342 18.3 18.6 20.5
1992 340 18.0 18.8 18.5
1993 317 16.0 19.8 18.3
1994 296 16.0 18.5 16.9
1995 308 17.5 17.6 14.3
1996 308 17.5 17.6 14.3
1997 301 18.0 16.7 13.6
1998 299 18.0 16.6 12
1999 316 18.0 17.6 15.8
2000 319 21.0 15.2 11.7
2001 302 17.0 17.8 11.6
2002 271 23.7 11.4 14.4
2003 271 23.7 11.4 14.4
2004 250 23.2 10.8 20
2005 230 20.1 11.4 23
2006 255 23.1 11.0 28.2
2007 247 24.6 10.0 29.1
2008 274 18.0 15.2 27.7
2009 287 23.0 12.5 41.5
2010 317 23.9 13.2 39.1
2011 291 23.7 12.2 40.5
2012 286 24.3 11.7 46.2
2013 279 24.0 11.6 50.2
2014 302 20.5 14.6 43.7
2015 286 21.0 13.6 43
2016 269 19.0 14.1 49.4
2017 291 21.0 13.8 50.5
2018 299 17.8 16.7 43.8
2019 317 20.2 15.6 47.6
2020 321 25.0 12.7 42.1
2021 306 23.8 12.8 45.4
2022 306 24.0 12.7 41.5
2023 290 24.0 12.0 46.2

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 Mitchell Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 309 16.6 18.6 17.8
1989 326 15.6 20.8 19.6
1990 345 18.6 18.5 19.1
1991 342 18.3 18.6 20.5
1992 340 18.0 18.8 18.5
1993 317 16.0 19.8 18.3
1994 296 16.0 18.5 16.9
1995 308 17.5 17.6 14.3
1996 308 17.5 17.6 14.3
1997 301 18.0 16.7 13.6
1998 299 18.0 16.6 12
1999 316 18.0 17.6 15.8
2000 319 21.0 15.2 11.7
2001 302 17.0 17.8 11.6
2002 271 23.7 11.4 14.4
2003 271 23.7 11.4 14.4
2004 250 23.2 10.8 20
2005 230 20.1 11.4 23
2006 255 23.1 11.0 28.2
2007 247 24.6 10.0 29.1
2008 274 18.0 15.2 27.7
2009 287 23.0 12.5 41.5
2010 317 23.9 13.2 39.1
2011 291 23.7 12.2 40.5
2012 286 24.3 11.7 46.2
2013 279 24.0 11.6 50.2
2014 302 20.5 14.6 43.7
2015 286 21.0 13.6 43
2016 269 19.0 14.1 49.4
2017 291 21.0 13.8 50.5
2018 299 17.8 16.7 43.8
2019 317 20.2 15.6 47.6
2020 321 25.0 12.7 42.1
2021 306 23.8 12.8 45.4
2022 306 24.0 12.7 41.5
2023 290 24.0 12.0 46.2

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 Mitchell Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $780 (6.4%) $11,433 (93.6%) $12,211

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mitchell Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 314th of 603 Elementary schoolsRanks 99th of 565 Elementary schools
 34.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Mitchell Elementary School)64.674.5
 9.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ames Community School District)67.871.4
 3.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)65.366.3
 1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Mitchell Elementary School)85.777.1
 8.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Ames Community School District)74.576
 1.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Iowa)71.775.3
 3.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Mitchell Elementary School)6385.4
 22.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Ames Community School District)72.381.5
 9.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)70.573.1
 2.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Mitchell Elementary School)61.185.4
 24.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Ames Community School District)70.677.2
 6.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)72.572.9
 0.4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Mitchell Elementary School)72.987.9
 15%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Ames Community School District)72.773
 0.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.368.3
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Mitchell Elementary School)79.290.9
 11.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Ames Community School District)73.469.7
 3.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)69.471.3
 1.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students317290
 8.5%
African American3353
 60.6%
American Indian00
Asian1010
Hispanic4233
 21.4%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White214171
 20.1%
Two or More Races1723
 35.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients47.6%46.2%
 1.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Mitchell Elementary School

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

Middle : Ames Middle School
High : Ames High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 290 students attended Mitchell Elementary School.

Mitchell Elementary School ranks 99th of 565 Iowa elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Mitchell Elementary School are 59% White, 18% African American, 11% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 3% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Iowa Department of Education.

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