Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

Summary:

Colo-NESCO Middle/High School is a public school serving 232 students in grades 5-12 in the rural community of Colo, Iowa. This school has consistently performed well on standardized tests, with several grade levels exceeding the state average in core subjects like English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

One key strength of Colo-NESCO Middle/High School is its relatively low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 10.2 to 10.5 students per teacher over the past three years. This suggests a more personalized learning environment for students. However, the school has a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 36.48% to 40.42% over the past three years, which is higher than nearby schools like Roland-Story High School, Gilbert High School, and Ballard High School.

While Colo-NESCO Middle/High School performs well overall, there are a few areas where proficiency rates are lower than the state average, such as 6th-grade English Language Arts and 7th-grade Mathematics. Additionally, the school's racial makeup has seen a slight increase in Hispanic and multi-racial students over the past three years, from 5% and 2.08% in 2020-2021 to 6.03% and 2.59% in 2022-2023, respectively. Addressing the needs of these growing student populations could be an area of focus for the school. Overall, Colo-NESCO Middle/High School is a solid, consistent performer in academics, with a strong focus on personalized learning and support for its students.


Detail:

Public 5-12

 919 West St
       Colo, IA  50056


(641) 377-2282

District: Colo-NESCO Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
146th of 336 Iowa High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,098 Help


Feeder schools for Colo-NESCO Middle/High School:

Elementary:    Colo-Nesco Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.5 Help
Number of students:  232

Racial breakdown:

White:
90.9%
Hispanic:
6.0%
Two or more races:
2.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  37.5% Help


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Compare Details Colo-NESCO Middle/High School ranks worse than 59.5% of middle schools in Iowa. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 48.13. (See more...)
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Compare Details Colo-NESCO Middle/High School ranks better than 56.5% of high schools in Iowa. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 58.54. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (90.9%), Hispanic (6%), two or more races (2.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 37.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Colo-NESCO Middle/High School is 10.5. (See more...)
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Compare Colo-NESCO Middle/High School employs 22 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Colo-NESCO Middle/High School is $15,098.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Colo-NESCO Middle/High School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Colo-NESCO Middle/High School 200th of 336 Iowa public middle schools. (See Colo-NESCO Middle/High School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Colo-NESCO Middle/High School 146th of 336 Iowa public high schools. (See Colo-NESCO Middle/High School in the ranking list.)

Colo-NESCO Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Colo-NESCO Community School District 166th of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 44.77 220th 349 37.0%
2013 60.68 139th 350 60.3%
2014 55.50 164th 337 51.3%
2015 53.97 178th 349 49.0%
2016 70.46 81st 343 76.4%
2017 38.74 238th 327 27.2%
2018 36.11 236th 318 25.8%
2019 77.73 44th 342 87.1%
2021 73.08 64th 324 80.2%
2022 68.45 92nd 337 72.7%
2023 48.13 199th 334 40.4%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 36.92 270th 351 23.1%
2013 32.17 291st 351 17.1%
2014 62.43 138th 322 57.1%
2015 73.23 78th 324 75.9%
2016 49.70 184th 320 42.5%
2017 63.67 126th 325 61.2%
2018 42.16 230th 320 28.1%
2019 52.03 170th 327 48.0%
2021 47.99 189th 327 42.2%
2022 61.09 130th 332 60.8%
2023 58.54 146th 336 56.5%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Colo-NESCO Middle/High School Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 163 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 163
1989 152 0 1 1 2 n/a n/a 0 156
1990 158 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 159
1991 180 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 184
1992 205 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 206
1993 207 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 207
1994 227 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 229
1995 211 1 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 215
1996 211 1 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 215
1997 221 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 224
1998 217 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 220
1999 232 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 234
2000 224 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 225
2001 206 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 207
2002 182 2 1 0 1 n/a n/a 0 186
2003 182 2 1 0 1 n/a n/a 0 186
2004 183 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 185
2005 187 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 187
2006 185 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 185
2007 178 0 0 2 1 n/a n/a 0 181
2008 160 0 0 1 1 n/a n/a 0 162
2009 139 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 140
2010 137 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 143
2011 133 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 138
2012 196 3 0 3 0 1 2 0 205
2013 195 0 0 3 0 1 4 0 203
2014 203 1 0 5 0 2 3 0 214
2015 199 1 0 4 0 2 2 0 208
2016 200 1 1 6 0 1 0 0 209
2017 254 0 2 11 0 1 1 0 269
2018 257 0 2 14 0 1 0 0 274
2019 235 0 2 12 0 1 4 0 254
2020 242 0 1 15 0 0 5 0 263
2021 222 0 1 12 0 0 5 0 240
2022 226 2 1 12 0 0 3 0 244
2023 211 1 0 14 0 0 6 0 232

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 Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 163 9.8 16.6 26.4
1989 156 8.8 17.7 6.4
1990 159 8.8 18.0 0
1991 184 8.8 20.9 10.9
1992 206 19.0 10.8 12.6
1993 207 20.3 10.2 9.2
1994 229 19.1 12.0 14
1995 215 19.5 11.0 12.6
1996 215 19.5 11.0 12.6
1997 224 20.7 10.8 14.7
1998 220 22.7 9.7 13.6
1999 234 19.4 12.1 20.1
2000 225 20.7 10.9 18.2
2001 207 20.0 10.4 10.6
2002 186 17.0 10.9 12.4
2003 186 17.0 10.9 12.4
2004 185 16.2 11.4 17.3
2005 187 16.2 11.5 13.4
2006 185 15.2 12.2 18.4
2007 181 15.2 11.9 16
2008 162 14.8 10.9 23.5
2009 140 15.4 9.1 20
2010 143 15.4 9.2 18.9
2011 138 16.0 8.6 21.7
2012 205 16.5 12.4 29.8
2013 203 13.4 15.0 33
2014 214 16.2 13.1 35.5
2015 208 15.0 13.8 34.1
2016 209 17.0 12.2 36.4
2017 269 15.1 17.7 42.8
2018 274 23.0 11.9 41.6
2019 254 24.4 10.4 35.4
2020 263 23.9 11.0 38.8
2021 240 22.8 10.4 40.4
2022 244 23.8 10.2 36.5
2023 232 22.0 10.5 37.5

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 Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 163 9.8 16.6 26.4
1989 156 8.8 17.7 6.4
1990 159 8.8 18.0 0
1991 184 8.8 20.9 10.9
1992 206 19.0 10.8 12.6
1993 207 20.3 10.2 9.2
1994 229 19.1 12.0 14
1995 215 19.5 11.0 12.6
1996 215 19.5 11.0 12.6
1997 224 20.7 10.8 14.7
1998 220 22.7 9.7 13.6
1999 234 19.4 12.1 20.1
2000 225 20.7 10.9 18.2
2001 207 20.0 10.4 10.6
2002 186 17.0 10.9 12.4
2003 186 17.0 10.9 12.4
2004 185 16.2 11.4 17.3
2005 187 16.2 11.5 13.4
2006 185 15.2 12.2 18.4
2007 181 15.2 11.9 16
2008 162 14.8 10.9 23.5
2009 140 15.4 9.1 20
2010 143 15.4 9.2 18.9
2011 138 16.0 8.6 21.7
2012 205 16.5 12.4 29.8
2013 203 13.4 15.0 33
2014 214 16.2 13.1 35.5
2015 208 15.0 13.8 34.1
2016 209 17.0 12.2 36.4
2017 269 15.1 17.7 42.8
2018 274 23.0 11.9 41.6
2019 254 24.4 10.4 35.4
2020 263 23.9 11.0 38.8
2021 240 22.8 10.4 40.4
2022 244 23.8 10.2 36.5
2023 232 22.0 10.5 37.5

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $523 (3.5%) $14,575 (96.5%) $15,098

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 44th of 342 Middle schoolsRanks 199th of 334 Middle schools
 46.7%
Ranks 170th of 327 High schoolsRanks 146th of 336 High schools
 8.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)74.172
 2.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Community School District)74.172
 2.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.368.3
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)92.984
 8.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Community School District)92.984
 8.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)69.471.3
 1.9%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)90.662.5
 28.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Community School District)90.662.5
 28.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.572.7
 5.2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)90.671.9
 18.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Community School District)90.671.9
 18.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)69.469.9
 0.5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)82.177.3
 4.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Community School District)82.177.3
 4.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)69.974.2
 4.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)78.654.5
 24.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Community School District)78.654.5
 24.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)70.168.9
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)77.896.3
 18.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Community School District)77.896.3
 18.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)69.576
 6.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)70.481.5
 11.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Community School District)70.481.5
 11.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)71.872
 0.2%
10th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)89.376.7
 12.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Community School District)89.376.7
 12.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)74.372.9
 1.4%
10th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)60.766.7
 6%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Community School District)60.766.7
 6%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)67.167
 0.1%
11th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)64.579.3
 14.8%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Colo-NESCO Community School District)64.579.3
 14.8%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)71.468.7
 2.7%
11th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Middle/High School)7169
 2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Colo-NESCO Community School District)7169
 2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)66.967.3
 0.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students254232
 8.7%
African American01
American Indian00
Asian20
 100%
Hispanic1214
 16.7%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White235211
 10.2%
Two or More Races46
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients35.4%37.5%
 2.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Colo-NESCO Middle/High School

Colo-NESCO Middle/High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Colo-Nesco Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 232 students attended Colo-NESCO Middle/High School.

Students at Colo-NESCO Middle/High School are 91% White, 6% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

Colo-NESCO Middle/High School ranks 146th of 336 Iowa high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 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 Iowa Department of Education.

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