Westwood Elementary School

Summary:

Westwood Elementary School is a public elementary school in Ankeny, Iowa, serving 642 students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Ankeny Community School District, which is ranked 33 out of 311 school districts in the state.

Westwood Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Iowa, with a statewide ranking of 117 out of 565 schools and a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's students outperform state and district averages in ISASP test scores, with 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students scoring 77.1%, 84%, and 77.9% proficient or better in English Language Arts, respectively, compared to state averages of 66.3%, 73.1%, and 68.3%. In Mathematics, Westwood's students scored 80.2%, 86.8%, and 76.2% proficient or better, compared to state averages of 75.3%, 72.9%, and 71.3%. Additionally, Westwood's 5th-grade students scored 76.7% proficient or better in Science, compared to the state average of 62.6%. This suggests the school has effective teaching practices and a strong focus on student learning.

While Westwood Elementary serves a relatively affluent student population, with only 16.36% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch compared to the state average of around 40%, the nearby East Elementary School and Southeast Elementary School have significantly higher percentages of 36.56% and 29.62%, respectively. This indicates the Ankeny Community School District serves a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds, and Westwood Elementary may be serving a more affluent population compared to some other elementary schools in the district. However, other high-performing schools in the district, such as Northeast Elementary and Crocker Elementary, also consistently rank among the top elementary schools in Iowa, suggesting the district as a whole provides a high-quality education to its students.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2920 NW 9th St
       Ankeny, IA  50023


(515) 965-9690

District: Ankeny Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
117th of 565 Iowa Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,911 Help


Students who attend Westwood Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Prairie Ridge Middle School
High:    Ankeny Centennial High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.9 Help
Number of students:  642

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.8%
Hispanic:
6.9%
Two or more races:
4.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  16.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Westwood Elementary School ranks better than 79.3% of elementary schools in Iowa. It also ranks 6th among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Ankeny Community School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 74.99. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (83.8%), Hispanic (6.9%), two or more races (4.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 16.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Westwood Elementary School is 16.9. 7 elementary schools in the Ankeny Community 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 Westwood Elementary School is $11,911. 4 elementary schools in the Ankeny Community School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

Ankeny Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Ankeny Community School District 33rd of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Westwood Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 89.03 7th 626 98.9%
2013 82.29 29th 624 95.4%
2014 78.10 76th 603 87.4%
2015 83.21 36th 616 94.2%
2016 85.41 27th 599 95.5%
2017 79.85 70th 574 87.8%
2018 84.51 38th 567 93.3%
2019 85.35 49th 603 91.9%
2021 81.66 72nd 567 87.3%
2022 79.13 89th 574 84.5%
2023 74.99 117th 565 79.3%
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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 Westwood Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1990 436 6 5 2 0 n/a n/a 0 449
1991 439 4 8 2 0 n/a n/a 0 453
1992 534 4 6 7 1 n/a n/a 0 552
1993 541 3 3 6 2 n/a n/a 0 555
1994 521 3 6 6 3 n/a n/a 0 539
1995 501 2 3 8 0 n/a n/a 0 514
1996 501 2 3 8 0 n/a n/a 0 514
1997 501 2 1 8 0 n/a n/a 0 512
1998 520 2 5 5 3 n/a n/a 0 535
1999 566 0 8 3 0 n/a n/a 0 577
2000 618 6 7 7 0 n/a n/a -43 595
2001 600 4 8 1 2 n/a n/a 0 615
2002 580 7 8 10 1 n/a n/a 0 606
2003 580 7 8 10 1 n/a n/a 0 606
2004 591 5 7 9 1 n/a n/a 0 613
2005 533 4 11 10 0 n/a n/a 0 558
2006 572 7 12 8 0 n/a n/a 0 599
2007 617 5 10 5 0 n/a n/a 0 637
2008 644 10 10 6 0 n/a n/a 0 670
2009 596 6 10 9 1 n/a n/a 0 622
2010 598 3 4 11 0 0 15 0 631
2011 607 4 11 8 0 0 24 0 654
2012 645 5 11 11 0 1 23 0 696
2013 602 14 8 15 0 0 24 0 663
2014 608 10 8 17 0 0 31 0 674
2015 518 11 6 20 0 0 21 0 576
2016 516 12 9 30 0 0 20 0 587
2017 556 16 8 26 0 0 24 0 630
2018 561 21 9 31 0 0 31 0 653
2019 564 19 13 32 0 0 32 0 660
2020 576 18 13 23 1 1 30 0 662
2021 542 18 5 22 1 1 29 0 618
2022 560 22 5 34 1 1 35 0 658
2023 538 19 7 44 2 1 31 0 642

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 Westwood Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1990 449 27.5 16.3 1.1
1991 453 28.5 15.8 1.5
1992 552 20.0 27.6 3.8
1993 555 23.5 23.6 2.3
1994 539 23.5 22.9 2.2
1995 514 22.0 23.4 4.3
1996 514 22.0 23.4 4.3
1997 512 23.0 22.3 4.5
1998 535 23.0 23.3 4.1
1999 577 25.0 23.1 5.9
2000 595 26.0 22.9 6.3
2001 615 26.0 23.7 7.3
2002 606 31.3 19.4 5.1
2003 606 31.3 19.4 5.1
2004 613 31.3 19.6 4.6
2005 558 31.3 17.8 5.7
2006 599 32.3 18.5 7.7
2007 637 34.3 18.6 7.8
2008 670 35.3 19.0 7.6
2009 622 33.3 18.7 3.7
2010 631 35.5 17.7 4.8
2011 654 35.8 18.2 5
2012 696 37.3 18.6 5.6
2013 663 37.4 17.6 9.7
2014 674 37.3 18.0 10.4
2015 576 34.0 16.9 11.6
2016 587 34.0 17.2 9.4
2017 630 35.0 18.0 9.8
2018 653 34.6 18.8 11.3
2019 660 35.9 18.3 15.3
2020 662 36.8 17.9 12.8
2021 618 35.8 17.2 11.8
2022 658 36.8 17.8 16.4
2023 642 37.9 16.9 16.4

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 Westwood Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1990 449 27.5 16.3 1.1
1991 453 28.5 15.8 1.5
1992 552 20.0 27.6 3.8
1993 555 23.5 23.6 2.3
1994 539 23.5 22.9 2.2
1995 514 22.0 23.4 4.3
1996 514 22.0 23.4 4.3
1997 512 23.0 22.3 4.5
1998 535 23.0 23.3 4.1
1999 577 25.0 23.1 5.9
2000 595 26.0 22.9 6.3
2001 615 26.0 23.7 7.3
2002 606 31.3 19.4 5.1
2003 606 31.3 19.4 5.1
2004 613 31.3 19.6 4.6
2005 558 31.3 17.8 5.7
2006 599 32.3 18.5 7.7
2007 637 34.3 18.6 7.8
2008 670 35.3 19.0 7.6
2009 622 33.3 18.7 3.7
2010 631 35.5 17.7 4.8
2011 654 35.8 18.2 5
2012 696 37.3 18.6 5.6
2013 663 37.4 17.6 9.7
2014 674 37.3 18.0 10.4
2015 576 34.0 16.9 11.6
2016 587 34.0 17.2 9.4
2017 630 35.0 18.0 9.8
2018 653 34.6 18.8 11.3
2019 660 35.9 18.3 15.3
2020 662 36.8 17.9 12.8
2021 618 35.8 17.2 11.8
2022 658 36.8 17.8 16.4
2023 642 37.9 16.9 16.4

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 Westwood Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $384 (3.2%) $11,527 (96.8%) $11,911

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Westwood Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 49th of 603 Elementary schoolsRanks 117th of 565 Elementary schools
 12.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Westwood Elementary School)79.377.1
 2.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)77.378
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)65.366.3
 1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Westwood Elementary School)78.380.2
 1.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)86.383.8
 2.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Iowa)71.775.3
 3.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Westwood Elementary School)89.784
 5.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)8586.2
 1.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)70.573.1
 2.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Westwood Elementary School)92.586.8
 5.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)88.884
 4.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)72.572.9
 0.4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Westwood Elementary School)82.577.9
 4.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Ankeny Community School District)84.980.7
 4.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.368.3
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Westwood Elementary School)94.176.2
 17.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Ankeny Community School District)87.782.8
 4.9%
   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 Students660642
 2.7%
African American1919
American Indian02
Asian137
 46.2%
Hispanic3244
 37.5%
Pacific Islander01
White564538
 4.6%
Two or More Races3231
 3.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.3%16.4%
 1.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Westwood Elementary School

Students at Westwood Elementary School are 84% White, 7% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 3% African American, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 642 students attended Westwood Elementary School.

Westwood Elementary School ranks 117th of 565 Iowa elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

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

Middle : Prairie Ridge Middle School
High : Ankeny Centennial 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 Iowa Department of Education.

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