Success Academy Primary School

Summary:

Success Academy Primary School is an elementary public charter school located in South Bend, Indiana, serving 604 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school has a diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 32.95% White, 39.9% African American, 11.92% Hispanic, and 14.9% two or more races.

Despite being a public charter school, Success Academy Primary School has consistently ranked among the lowest-performing elementary schools in Indiana, with only 11.52% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 24.54% in Math on the 2022-2023 ILEARN assessments. The school also struggles with high chronic absenteeism rates, reaching as high as 42.9% in the 2020-2021 school year, significantly higher than the state average and surrounding schools in the South Bend Community School Corp. Additionally, 78.48% of the school's students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high-poverty population.

When comparing Success Academy Primary School to other elementary schools in the South Bend area, it becomes clear that the school is an outlier in terms of academic performance and other key metrics. For example, Kennedy Academy, located just 0.66 miles away, has significantly higher proficiency rates in ILEARN assessments, with 48.1% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 43.25% in Math. Despite being a public charter school, Success Academy Primary School has not shown any significant improvement in its academic performance or other key metrics over the past several years, suggesting that the school may be facing significant challenges in providing a high-quality education to its students.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-5

 3408 Ardmore Trail
       South Bend, IN  46628


(574) 299-9800

District: Success Academy Primary School

SchoolDigger Rank:
889th of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,412 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  14.0 Help
Number of students:  604

Racial breakdown:

African American:
39.9%
White:
32.9%
Two or more races:
14.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  78.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Success Academy Primary School ranks worse than 87.9% of elementary schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.1. (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 Student population at Success Academy Primary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (39.9%), White (32.9%), two or more races (14.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 78.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Success Academy Primary School is 14. (See more...)
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Compare Success Academy Primary School employs 43 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Success Academy Primary School is $10,412.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Success Academy Primary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Success Academy Primary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Success Academy Primary School 320th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Success Academy Primary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 7.58 958th 1027 6.7%
2019 6.65 976th 1031 5.3%
2021 6.40 972nd 1016 4.3%
2022 9.66 925th 1020 9.3%
2023 12.10 894th 1016 12.0%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Success Academy Primary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 167 185 4 50 0 0 37 0 443
2017 178 206 3 53 0 0 35 0 475
2018 233 281 2 78 0 0 50 0 644
2019 223 264 2 77 0 0 43 0 609
2020 204 279 1 77 1 0 62 0 624
2021 188 275 0 75 1 0 72 0 611
2022 198 269 0 59 2 0 81 0 609
2023 199 241 0 72 2 0 90 0 604

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 Success Academy Primary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 443 26.0 17.0 72.7
2017 475 25.3 18.7 80
2018 644 38.2 16.8 72.5
2019 609 33.0 18.4 73.7
2020 624 36.5 17.0 71.6
2021 611 34.0 17.9 74
2022 609 43.0 14.1 75.7
2023 604 43.0 14.0 78.5

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 Success Academy Primary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 443 26.0 17.0 72.7
2017 475 25.3 18.7 80
2018 644 38.2 16.8 72.5
2019 609 33.0 18.4 73.7
2020 624 36.5 17.0 71.6
2021 611 34.0 17.9 74
2022 609 43.0 14.1 75.7
2023 604 43.0 14.0 78.5

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 Success Academy Primary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,025 (14.1%) $6,250 (85.9%) $7,275
2020 $837 (11.2%) $6,626 (88.8%) $7,462
2021 $2,456 (25.2%) $7,282 (74.8%) $9,738
2022 $2,599 (25.0%) $7,813 (75.0%) $10,412

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Success Academy Primary 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 976th of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 894th of 1016 Elementary schools
 6.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Success Academy Primary School)10.312.1
 1.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Success Academy Primary School)10.312.1
 1.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)46.339.7
 6.6%
3rd Grade Math (Success Academy Primary School)23.437.4
 14%
   3rd Grade Math (Success Academy Primary School)23.437.4
 14%
   3rd Grade Math (Indiana)58.753.1
 5.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Success Academy Primary School)9.69.2
 0.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Success Academy Primary School)9.69.2
 0.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)45.840.3
 5.5%
4th Grade Math (Success Academy Primary School)16.925.3
 8.4%
   4th Grade Math (Success Academy Primary School)16.925.3
 8.4%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Success Academy Primary School)13.311.5
 1.8%
   4th Grade Science (Success Academy Primary School)13.311.5
 1.8%
   4th Grade Science (Indiana)46.337
 9.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Success Academy Primary School)23.513.2
 10.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Success Academy Primary School)23.513.2
 10.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.540.2
 7.3%
5th Grade Math (Success Academy Primary School)19.111
 8.1%
   5th Grade Math (Success Academy Primary School)19.111
 8.1%
   5th Grade Math (Indiana)47.841.1
 6.7%
5th Grade Social Studies (Success Academy Primary School)15.95.5
 10.4%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Success Academy Primary School)15.95.5
 10.4%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Indiana)4639.1
 6.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students609604
 0.8%
African American264241
 8.7%
American Indian02
Asian20
 100%
Hispanic7772
 6.5%
Pacific Islander00
White223199
 10.8%
Two or More Races4390
 109.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients73.7%78.5%
 4.7%


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Success Academy Primary School ranks in the bottom 12.1% of Indiana elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 604 students attended Success Academy Primary School.

Students at Success Academy Primary School are 40% African American, 33% White, 15% Two or more races, 12% Hispanic.


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

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