Caston Elementary School

Summary:

Caston Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Rochester, Indiana, serving 391 students in grades K-5. The school is part of the Rochester Community School Corp, which is ranked 179 out of 364 districts in Indiana and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Caston Elementary School stands out in several ways. It has a significantly higher percentage of white students (90.79%) compared to the more diverse student populations at surrounding schools like Fairview Elementary School and Columbia Elementary School. The school has also experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 9.3% in 2020-2021 to 26.0% in 2022-2023, which is notably higher than the surrounding schools. However, Caston Elementary's test scores in ILEARN assessments for English Language Arts, Math, and Science are generally higher than the Rochester Community School Corp and the state of Indiana averages, particularly in 3rd and 4th grades.

Caston Elementary School also faces significant economic challenges, with 68.03% of its students receiving free or reduced-price lunch in 2022-2023, which is much higher than the surrounding schools. Despite these challenges, the school district has increased spending per student at Caston Elementary, from $8,176 in 2018-2019 to $10,028 in 2021-2022, suggesting a commitment to supporting student learning and addressing the needs of the school community.


Detail:

Public K-5

 9815 S State Rd 25
       Rochester, IN  46975


(574) 857-3025

District: Caston School Corporation

SchoolDigger Rank:
367th of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,028 Help


Students who attend Caston Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Caston Junior-Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.0 Help
Number of students:  391

Racial breakdown:

White:
90.8%
Two or more races:
4.6%
Hispanic:
4.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  68% Help


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Compare Details Caston Elementary School ranks better than 63.7% of elementary schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 63.74. (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 Racial makeup is: White (90.8%), two or more races (4.6%), Hispanic (4.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 68% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Caston Elementary School is 15. (See more...)
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Compare Caston Elementary School employs 26 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Caston Elementary School is $10,028.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

Caston School Corporation:

SchoolDigger ranks Caston School Corporation 179th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Caston Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 66.85 100th 326 69.3%
2005 63.71 341st 959 64.4%
2006 67.30 295th 961 69.3%
2007 72.58 232nd 985 76.4%
2008 72.16 234th 996 76.5%
2009 63.08 393rd 1003 60.8%
2010 58.40 495th 1009 50.9%
2011 58.32 497th 1025 51.5%
2012 51.01 593rd 1015 41.6%
2013 53.02 584th 1035 43.6%
2014 69.59 310th 1036 70.1%
2015 57.89 474th 1040 54.4%
2016 53.54 558th 1046 46.7%
2017 60.30 466th 1033 54.9%
2018 53.75 542nd 1027 47.2%
2019 53.41 525th 1031 49.1%
2021 42.22 626th 1016 38.4%
2022 43.84 610th 1020 40.2%
2023 63.74 368th 1016 63.8%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Caston Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 495 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 499
1989 477 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 480
1990 460 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 464
1991 414 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 415
1992 415 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 416
1993 400 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 401
1994 398 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 401
1995 408 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 408
1996 408 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 408
1997 414 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 2 416
1998 421 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 421
1999 405 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 405
2000 428 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 428
2001 423 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 424
2002 429 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 436
2003 429 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 436
2004 428 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 429
2005 436 0 1 6 0 n/a n/a 0 443
2006 446 0 1 5 0 n/a n/a 0 452
2007 425 1 1 6 0 n/a n/a 3 436
2008 409 0 1 5 0 n/a n/a 10 425
2009 417 0 2 6 0 n/a n/a 6 431
2010 398 1 2 10 0 n/a n/a 8 419
2011 387 1 2 19 1 0 5 0 415
2012 349 0 1 17 1 0 7 0 375
2013 314 1 1 19 1 0 7 0 343
2014 328 2 2 18 1 0 8 0 359
2015 307 2 0 19 0 0 8 0 336
2016 321 2 0 21 0 0 11 0 355
2017 319 1 0 25 0 0 6 0 351
2018 317 1 0 23 0 0 5 0 346
2019 281 0 0 22 0 0 4 0 307
2020 299 1 0 12 0 0 5 0 317
2021 293 0 0 11 0 0 10 0 314
2022 307 0 0 14 0 0 8 0 329
2023 355 1 1 16 0 0 18 0 391

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 Caston Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 499 26.2 19.0 24
1989 480 26.0 18.4 13.8
1990 464 26.0 17.8 11
1991 415 26.0 15.9 14.7
1992 416 23.8 17.4 7.2
1993 401 23.5 17.1 13.7
1994 401 23.3 17.2 16
1995 408 23.3 17.5 17.2
1996 408 23.3 17.5 17.2
1997 416 22.6 18.4 20.3
1998 421 24.0 17.5 25.4
1999 405 24.6 16.5 38.5
2000 428 26.5 16.2 28.7
2001 424 25.1 16.9 29.5
2002 436 23.7 18.4 26.8
2003 436 23.7 18.4 26.8
2004 429 23.7 18.1 27.5
2005 443 23.5 18.9 30.5
2006 452 25.1 18.0 31.6
2007 436 n/a n/a 34.6
2008 425 25.6 16.6 37.3
2009 431 25.0 17.2 40.9
2010 419 27.6 15.1 47
2011 415 23.3 17.7 44.8
2012 375 25.0 15.0 46.1
2013 343 22.0 15.5 43.1
2014 359 20.0 17.9 44.8
2015 336 18.0 18.6 50.3
2016 355 14.0 25.3 45.6
2017 351 21.0 16.7 45.9
2018 346 13.0 26.6 42.8
2019 307 16.0 19.1 47.6
2020 317 16.0 19.8 52.4
2021 314 17.0 18.4 57
2022 329 21.0 15.6 51.4
2023 391 26.0 15.0 68

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 Caston Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 499 26.2 19.0 24
1989 480 26.0 18.4 13.8
1990 464 26.0 17.8 11
1991 415 26.0 15.9 14.7
1992 416 23.8 17.4 7.2
1993 401 23.5 17.1 13.7
1994 401 23.3 17.2 16
1995 408 23.3 17.5 17.2
1996 408 23.3 17.5 17.2
1997 416 22.6 18.4 20.3
1998 421 24.0 17.5 25.4
1999 405 24.6 16.5 38.5
2000 428 26.5 16.2 28.7
2001 424 25.1 16.9 29.5
2002 436 23.7 18.4 26.8
2003 436 23.7 18.4 26.8
2004 429 23.7 18.1 27.5
2005 443 23.5 18.9 30.5
2006 452 25.1 18.0 31.6
2007 436 n/a n/a 34.6
2008 425 25.6 16.6 37.3
2009 431 25.0 17.2 40.9
2010 419 27.6 15.1 47
2011 415 23.3 17.7 44.8
2012 375 25.0 15.0 46.1
2013 343 22.0 15.5 43.1
2014 359 20.0 17.9 44.8
2015 336 18.0 18.6 50.3
2016 355 14.0 25.3 45.6
2017 351 21.0 16.7 45.9
2018 346 13.0 26.6 42.8
2019 307 16.0 19.1 47.6
2020 317 16.0 19.8 52.4
2021 314 17.0 18.4 57
2022 329 21.0 15.6 51.4
2023 391 26.0 15.0 68

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 Caston Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $388 (4.7%) $7,788 (95.3%) $8,176
2020 $616 (7.2%) $7,976 (92.8%) $8,592
2021 $766 (8.0%) $8,787 (92.0%) $9,553
2022 $1,005 (10.0%) $9,023 (90.0%) $10,028

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Caston Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 525th of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 368th of 1016 Elementary schools
 14.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Caston Elementary School)44.847.5
 2.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Caston School Corporation)44.847.5
 2.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)46.339.7
 6.6%
3rd Grade Math (Caston Elementary School)58.663.9
 5.3%
   3rd Grade Math (Caston School Corporation)58.663.9
 5.3%
   3rd Grade Math (Indiana)58.753.1
 5.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Caston Elementary School)54.333.3
 21%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Caston School Corporation)54.333.3
 21%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)45.840.3
 5.5%
4th Grade Math (Caston Elementary School)56.555.1
 1.4%
   4th Grade Math (Caston School Corporation)56.555.1
 1.4%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Caston Elementary School)5047.8
 2.2%
   4th Grade Science (Caston School Corporation)5047.8
 2.2%
   4th Grade Science (Indiana)46.337
 9.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Caston Elementary School)52.541.1
 11.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Caston School Corporation)52.541.1
 11.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.540.2
 7.3%
5th Grade Math (Caston Elementary School)4039.3
 0.7%
   5th Grade Math (Caston School Corporation)4039.3
 0.7%
   5th Grade Math (Indiana)47.841.1
 6.7%
5th Grade Social Studies (Caston Elementary School)27.543.6
 16.1%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Caston School Corporation)27.543.6
 16.1%
   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 Students307391
 27.4%
African American01
American Indian00
Asian01
Hispanic2216
 27.3%
Pacific Islander00
White281355
 26.3%
Two or More Races418
 350%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients47.6%68%
 20.5%


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

High : Caston Junior-Senior High School

Caston Elementary School ranks 367th of 1011 Indiana elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 391 students attended Caston Elementary School.

Students at Caston Elementary School are 91% White, 5% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic.


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