South Fork Elementary School

Summary:

South Fork Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Rigby, Idaho, serving grades PK-5 with a total enrollment of 737 students. The school is part of the Jefferson County Joint District, which is ranked 19 out of 56 districts in Idaho and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

South Fork Elementary stands out for its consistent performance, lower chronic absenteeism, and higher socioeconomic status of its student population compared to the surrounding schools. The school has a significantly higher percentage of white students (89.42%) compared to the nearby schools, which range from 73.57% to 92.18% white students. Academically, South Fork Elementary outperforms the district and state averages in math and ELA proficiency, though it lags behind the top-performing Jefferson Elementary in both subjects.

Additionally, South Fork Elementary has a lower chronic absenteeism rate (15.3%) compared to the nearby schools, which range from 17.9% to 21.7%. The school also has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (28.22%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 29.48% to 46.13%, suggesting a higher socioeconomic status of the student population. While South Fork Elementary maintains a stable 3-star rating, it faces the challenge of matching the academic achievements of the top-performing school in the area, Jefferson Elementary.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 327 N 4100 E
       Rigby, ID  83442-5536


(208) 745-7085

District: Jefferson County Joint District

SchoolDigger Rank:
113th of 252 Idaho Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,832 Help


Students who attend South Fork Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Rigby Middle School
High:    Rigby High School

Student/teacher ratio:  23.2 Help
Number of students:  737

Racial breakdown:

White:
89.4%
Hispanic:
5.7%
Two or more races:
3.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  28.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details South Fork Elementary School ranks better than 55.2% of elementary schools in Idaho. It also ranks 2nd among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County Joint District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 53.81. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details South Fork Elementary School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Jefferson County Joint District. Racial makeup is: White (89.4%), Hispanic (5.7%), two or more races (3.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 28.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Jefferson County Joint District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at South Fork Elementary School is 23.2, which is the highest among 5 elementary schools in the Jefferson County Joint District! (See more...)
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Compare South Fork Elementary School employs 31.6 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at South Fork Elementary School is $5,832. 3 elementary schools in the Jefferson County Joint District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

Jefferson County Joint District:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County Joint District 19th of 56 Idaho school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for South Fork Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at South Fork Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 58.39 160th 356 55.1%
2011 61.48 143rd 359 60.2%
2012 53.97 174th 354 50.8%
2013 57.63 166th 357 53.5%
2015 55.46 99th 226 56.2%
2016 60.05 100th 240 58.3%
2017 65.46 96th 292 67.1%
2018 49.64 127th 254 50.0%
2019 46.39 88th 171 48.5%
2021 22.51 133rd 166 19.9%
2022 38.07 120th 188 36.2%
2023 53.81 113th 252 55.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at South Fork Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.29 11th 44 75.0%
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Rank History for Female students at South Fork Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.92 79th 121 34.7%
2019 52.49 11th 23 52.2%
2021 18.83 17th 19 10.5%
2022 36.16 18th 23 21.7%
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Rank History for Male students at South Fork Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.11 63rd 121 47.9%
2019 53.71 10th 23 56.5%
2021 18.53 16th 19 15.8%
2022 24.54 20th 23 13.0%
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Data source: test scores: Idaho Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Idaho Department of Education

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Open Quote We love our school! Our kids are loved and safe and the teachers care about each individual child. High expectations for academic achievement and for behavior make South Fork a great school! Close Quote



Enrollment information for South Fork Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2010 651 3 3 26 4 n/a n/a 0 687
2011 659 4 3 38 2 1 14 0 721
2012 679 4 1 33 4 0 17 0 738
2013 680 1 1 32 1 0 14 0 729
2014 593 0 1 34 1 0 7 0 636
2015 626 0 2 31 1 0 8 0 668
2016 662 5 2 16 2 2 10 0 699
2017 659 3 6 27 3 0 10 0 708
2018 684 3 8 33 2 1 13 0 744
2019 689 3 6 41 2 1 17 0 759
2020 668 2 5 40 2 3 22 0 742
2021 609 0 5 30 2 1 18 0 665
2022 626 0 6 43 0 1 27 0 703
2023 659 1 6 42 0 1 28 0 737

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 South Fork Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 687 32.0 21.4 36.8
2011 721 31.0 23.2 36.8
2012 738 31.0 23.8 n/a
2013 729 30.5 23.8 42.8
2014 636 25.4 25.0 36.2
2015 668 30.0 22.2 41.2
2016 699 30.0 23.3 33.8
2017 708 30.4 23.2 35.7
2018 744 30.2 24.5 39.8
2019 759 30.8 24.6 32
2020 742 30.9 23.9 32.3
2021 665 28.0 23.6 21.8
2022 703 29.9 23.5 8.3
2023 737 31.6 23.2 28.2

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 South Fork Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 687 32.0 21.4 36.8
2011 721 31.0 23.2 36.8
2012 738 31.0 23.8 n/a
2013 729 30.5 23.8 42.8
2014 636 25.4 25.0 36.2
2015 668 30.0 22.2 41.2
2016 699 30.0 23.3 33.8
2017 708 30.4 23.2 35.7
2018 744 30.2 24.5 39.8
2019 759 30.8 24.6 32
2020 742 30.9 23.9 32.3
2021 665 28.0 23.6 21.8
2022 703 29.9 23.5 8.3
2023 737 31.6 23.2 28.2

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 South Fork Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $658 (11.3%) $5,175 (88.7%) $5,832

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

Impact of COVID-19 on South Fork Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 88th of 171 Elementary schoolsRanks 113th of 252 Elementary schools
 6.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (South Fork Elementary School)63.249.1
 14.1%
   3rd Grade Math (Jefferson County Joint District)52.848.9
 3.9%
   3rd Grade Math (Idaho)5349.4
 3.6%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Fork Elementary School)51.746.6
 5.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County Joint District)43.342.3
 1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Idaho)50.545.2
 5.3%
4th Grade Math (South Fork Elementary School)53.653.1
 0.5%
   4th Grade Math (Jefferson County Joint District)52.547.3
 5.2%
   4th Grade Math (Idaho)49.947.2
 2.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (South Fork Elementary School)5248.5
 3.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County Joint District)48.542.8
 5.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Idaho)5248.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Math (South Fork Elementary School)40.447.5
 7.1%
   5th Grade Math (Jefferson County Joint District)39.343
 3.7%
   5th Grade Math (Idaho)44.941.5
 3.4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (South Fork Elementary School)61.748.9
 12.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County Joint District)52.549.2
 3.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Idaho)56.951.7
 5.2%
All Grades Math (South Fork Elementary School)51.749.9
 1.8%
   All Grades Math (Jefferson County Joint District)49.847.8
 2%
   All Grades Math (Idaho)44.441.5
 2.9%
All Grades Science (South Fork Elementary School)70.546.8
 23.7%
   All Grades Science (Jefferson County Joint District)60.741.3
 19.4%
   All Grades Science (Idaho)58.941.6
 17.3%
All Grades English Language Arts (South Fork Elementary School)55.548.1
 7.4%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Jefferson County Joint District)52.454.1
 1.7%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Idaho)5552.2
 2.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students759737
 2.9%
African American31
 66.7%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian66
Hispanic4142
 2.4%
Pacific Islander11
White689659
 4.4%
Two or More Races1728
 64.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients32%28.2%
 3.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about South Fork Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 737 students attended South Fork Elementary School.

Students at South Fork Elementary School are 89% White, 6% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races.

South Fork Elementary School ranks 113th of 252 Idaho elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend South Fork Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Rigby Middle School
High : Rigby 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 Idaho Department of Education.

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