Riverdale Elementary School

Summary:

Riverdale Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Saint Joe, Indiana, serving grades K-6 with a student population of 293. The school is part of the DeKalb County Eastern Com School District, which is ranked 156 out of 364 districts in Indiana and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Riverdale Elementary consistently outperforms the district and state averages in ILEARN test scores across all grades and subjects, with 47.85% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, 61.96% in Math, and an impressive 66.23% in Science. The school has also consistently ranked in the top half of Indiana elementary schools, with a ranking of 201 out of 1,016 schools in 2022-2023, earning a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. However, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 3.9% in 2021-2022 to 13.7% in 2022-2023, which is an area of concern that the school may need to address.

Riverdale Elementary outperforms the nearby schools, such as Butler Elementary, in academic metrics, while the nearby schools with higher diversity, such as Willard Shambaugh Elementary and Arlington Elementary, tend to have lower academic performance. The school's success can be attributed to factors such as higher per-student spending and a low student-teacher ratio, but the recent spike in chronic absenteeism is an area that the school should closely monitor and address to maintain its academic excellence.


Detail:

Public K-6

 6127 Sr 1
       Saint Joe, IN  46785


(260) 337-5464

District: DeKalb County Eastern Com School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
202nd of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,297 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  17.7 Help
Number of students:  293

Racial breakdown:

White:
94.5%
Hispanic:
2.7%
African American:
1.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  36.9% Help


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Compare Details Riverdale Elementary School ranks better than 80% of elementary schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 77.85. (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 (94.5%), Hispanic (2.7%), African American (1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 36.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Riverdale Elementary School is 17.7. (See more...)
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Compare Riverdale Elementary School employs 16.5 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Riverdale Elementary School is $10,297.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

DeKalb County Eastern Com School District:

SchoolDigger ranks DeKalb County Eastern Com School District 156th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Riverdale Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 83.62 27th 326 91.7%
2005 66.55 302nd 959 68.5%
2006 73.34 213th 961 77.8%
2007 77.83 160th 985 83.8%
2008 64.69 351st 996 64.8%
2009 73.36 241st 1003 76.0%
2010 75.16 212th 1009 79.0%
2011 74.53 218th 1025 78.7%
2012 73.91 237th 1015 76.7%
2013 74.30 226th 1035 78.2%
2014 62.90 433rd 1036 58.2%
2015 54.40 528th 1040 49.2%
2016 66.79 365th 1046 65.1%
2017 67.80 336th 1033 67.5%
2018 58.51 466th 1027 54.6%
2019 59.50 433rd 1031 58.0%
2021 70.18 297th 1016 70.8%
2022 74.20 246th 1020 75.9%
2023 77.85 201st 1016 80.2%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Riverdale Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 314 0 0 4 1 n/a n/a 0 319
1989 320 0 0 6 1 n/a n/a 0 327
1990 331 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 332
1991 336 3 0 3 1 n/a n/a 0 343
1992 319 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 320
1993 309 1 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 316
1994 309 0 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 314
1995 300 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 2 302
1996 300 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 2 302
1997 305 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 1 308
1998 289 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 293
1999 285 0 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 288
2000 296 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 296
2001 279 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 280
2002 300 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 300
2003 300 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 300
2004 298 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 298
2005 302 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 302
2006 306 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 307
2007 297 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 6 307
2008 303 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a 4 309
2009 289 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 6 295
2010 267 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 9 276
2011 273 1 2 4 0 0 3 0 283
2012 280 1 2 3 0 0 2 0 288
2013 281 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 292
2014 292 7 3 2 2 0 0 0 306
2015 297 12 1 2 2 0 1 0 315
2016 309 9 2 2 1 0 1 0 324
2017 286 8 2 5 1 0 2 0 304
2018 289 2 0 3 1 0 4 0 299
2019 289 2 0 4 0 0 4 0 299
2020 299 1 0 5 0 0 4 0 309
2021 285 2 1 4 0 0 5 0 297
2022 256 4 1 7 0 0 4 0 272
2023 277 3 2 8 0 0 3 0 293

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 Riverdale Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 319 17.4 18.3 8.5
1989 327 17.9 18.2 9.5
1990 332 17.1 19.4 6.9
1991 343 16.6 20.6 8.5
1992 320 15.6 20.5 6.3
1993 316 15.5 20.4 9.5
1994 314 15.0 20.9 10.2
1995 302 14.6 20.7 9.3
1996 302 14.6 20.7 9.3
1997 308 15.6 19.7 14
1998 293 15.6 18.8 14.7
1999 288 15.0 19.2 19.4
2000 296 15.3 19.3 16.2
2001 280 15.7 17.8 11.4
2002 300 16.4 18.3 19.3
2003 300 16.4 18.3 19.3
2004 298 18.1 16.5 20.8
2005 302 15.9 19.0 26.2
2006 307 15.0 20.5 25.4
2007 307 n/a n/a 33.9
2008 309 15.0 20.6 40.7
2009 295 16.0 18.4 36
2010 276 16.0 17.2 45.7
2011 283 19.4 14.5 37.8
2012 288 16.0 18.0 38.5
2013 292 15.0 19.4 37
2014 306 15.0 20.4 43.1
2015 315 17.0 18.5 39.7
2016 324 17.0 19.0 41
2017 304 17.0 17.8 39.8
2018 299 17.0 17.5 37.8
2019 299 17.0 17.5 41.5
2020 309 17.0 18.1 39.5
2021 297 17.0 17.4 39.7
2022 272 16.5 16.4 27.2
2023 293 16.5 17.7 36.9

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 Riverdale Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 319 17.4 18.3 8.5
1989 327 17.9 18.2 9.5
1990 332 17.1 19.4 6.9
1991 343 16.6 20.6 8.5
1992 320 15.6 20.5 6.3
1993 316 15.5 20.4 9.5
1994 314 15.0 20.9 10.2
1995 302 14.6 20.7 9.3
1996 302 14.6 20.7 9.3
1997 308 15.6 19.7 14
1998 293 15.6 18.8 14.7
1999 288 15.0 19.2 19.4
2000 296 15.3 19.3 16.2
2001 280 15.7 17.8 11.4
2002 300 16.4 18.3 19.3
2003 300 16.4 18.3 19.3
2004 298 18.1 16.5 20.8
2005 302 15.9 19.0 26.2
2006 307 15.0 20.5 25.4
2007 307 n/a n/a 33.9
2008 309 15.0 20.6 40.7
2009 295 16.0 18.4 36
2010 276 16.0 17.2 45.7
2011 283 19.4 14.5 37.8
2012 288 16.0 18.0 38.5
2013 292 15.0 19.4 37
2014 306 15.0 20.4 43.1
2015 315 17.0 18.5 39.7
2016 324 17.0 19.0 41
2017 304 17.0 17.8 39.8
2018 299 17.0 17.5 37.8
2019 299 17.0 17.5 41.5
2020 309 17.0 18.1 39.5
2021 297 17.0 17.4 39.7
2022 272 16.5 16.4 27.2
2023 293 16.5 17.7 36.9

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Riverdale Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $158 (1.8%) $8,814 (98.2%) $8,972
2020 $76 (0.8%) $8,946 (99.1%) $9,023
2021 $615 (5.9%) $9,728 (94.1%) $10,342
2022 $481 (4.7%) $9,816 (95.3%) $10,297

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Riverdale Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 433rd of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 201st of 1016 Elementary schools
 22.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Riverdale Elementary School)28.234.8
 6.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)26.729.1
 2.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)46.339.7
 6.6%
3rd Grade Math (Riverdale Elementary School)46.254.4
 8.1%
   3rd Grade Math (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)44.451.7
 7.3%
   3rd Grade Math (Indiana)58.753.1
 5.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Riverdale Elementary School)6151.4
 9.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)42.431.5
 10.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)45.840.3
 5.5%
4th Grade Math (Riverdale Elementary School)70.778.4
 7.7%
   4th Grade Math (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)45.547.8
 2.3%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Riverdale Elementary School)63.470.3
 6.9%
   4th Grade Science (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)41.446.7
 5.3%
   4th Grade Science (Indiana)46.337
 9.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Riverdale Elementary School)51.142.5
 8.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)41.236
 5.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.540.2
 7.3%
5th Grade Math (Riverdale Elementary School)44.747.5
 2.8%
   5th Grade Math (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)27.828
 0.2%
   5th Grade Math (Indiana)47.841.1
 6.7%
5th Grade Social Studies (Riverdale Elementary School)44.750
 5.3%
   5th Grade Social Studies (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)40.243.9
 3.7%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Indiana)4639.1
 6.9%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Riverdale Elementary School)5065
 15%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)43.840.2
 3.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.840.8
 7%
6th Grade Math (Riverdale Elementary School)5070
 20%
   6th Grade Math (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)47.341.5
 5.8%
   6th Grade Math (Indiana)46.438.3
 8.1%
6th Grade Science (Riverdale Elementary School)5062.5
 12.5%
   6th Grade Science (DeKalb County Eastern Com School District)48.241.5
 6.7%
   6th Grade Science (Indiana)48.638.2
 10.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students299293
 2%
African American23
 50%
American Indian00
Asian02
Hispanic48
 100%
Pacific Islander00
White289277
 4.2%
Two or More Races43
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.5%36.9%
 4.6%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 293 students attended Riverdale Elementary School.

Riverdale Elementary School ranks 202nd of 1011 Indiana elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Riverdale Elementary School are 95% White, 3% Hispanic, 1% African American, 1% Two or more races.


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