Walt Disney Elementary School

Summary:

Walt Disney Elementary School is a public elementary school in Mishawaka, Indiana, serving 521 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, which is ranked 39th out of 364 school districts in Indiana.

Academically, Walt Disney Elementary School lags behind its peers. Its ILEARN test scores in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies are significantly lower than the district and state averages. For example, only 38.76% of Walt Disney students were proficient or better in ILEARN English Language Arts, compared to 60.67% for the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. The school also struggles with high rates of chronic absenteeism, with 21.1% of students chronically absent, compared to 16.7% at the nearby Prairie Vista Elementary School. Additionally, Walt Disney has a high percentage of students (56.43%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, suggesting it serves a lower-income population compared to surrounding schools.

When compared to nearby schools, Walt Disney Elementary's performance is notably lower. Prairie Vista Elementary, ranked 2nd out of 1,016 Indiana elementary schools, consistently outperforms Walt Disney in academic measures. Other nearby schools, such as Beiger Elementary and Elsie Rogers Elementary, also surpass Walt Disney's academic performance, though not to the same degree as Prairie Vista. To address these challenges, Walt Disney Elementary should consider implementing targeted academic interventions, attendance initiatives, and collaborating with community partners to support the needs of its students and families.


Detail:

Public K-5

 4015 N Filbert Rd
       Mishawaka, IN  46545


(574) 259-2486

District: Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
558th of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,386 Help


Students who attend Walt Disney Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Schmucker Middle School
High:    Penn High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.7 Help
Number of students:  521

Racial breakdown:

White:
41.1%
African American:
29.4%
Hispanic:
12.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  56.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Walt Disney Elementary School ranks worse than 55.2% of elementary schools in Indiana. It also ranks last among 11 ranked elementary schools in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 47.83. (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 Walt Disney Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (41.1%), African American (29.4%), Hispanic (12.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 56.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Walt Disney Elementary School is 16.7, which is the 2nd best among 11 elementary schools in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Walt Disney Elementary School is $9,386, which is the 3rd highest among 11 elementary schools in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp:

SchoolDigger ranks Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp 39th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Walt Disney Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 46.53 601st 959 37.3%
2006 43.01 635th 961 33.9%
2007 54.14 523rd 985 46.9%
2008 55.22 520th 996 47.8%
2009 60.09 450th 1003 55.1%
2010 58.36 496th 1009 50.8%
2011 47.13 662nd 1025 35.4%
2012 69.62 292nd 1015 71.2%
2013 55.93 547th 1035 47.1%
2014 61.70 451st 1036 56.5%
2015 58.50 463rd 1040 55.5%
2016 51.21 595th 1046 43.1%
2017 65.53 381st 1033 63.1%
2018 55.57 518th 1027 49.6%
2019 61.09 411th 1031 60.1%
2021 52.69 514th 1016 49.4%
2022 46.74 584th 1020 42.7%
2023 47.83 560th 1016 44.9%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Walt Disney Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 497 10 6 5 0 n/a n/a 0 518
1989 718 9 13 5 0 n/a n/a 0 745
1990 428 15 7 1 0 n/a n/a 0 451
1991 378 19 6 3 0 n/a n/a 0 406
1992 356 25 12 1 0 n/a n/a 0 394
1993 370 26 17 2 0 n/a n/a 0 415
1994 343 21 17 3 0 n/a n/a 0 384
1995 330 38 18 11 1 n/a n/a 0 398
1996 330 38 18 11 1 n/a n/a 0 398
1997 320 39 23 8 2 n/a n/a 3 395
1998 328 36 30 7 2 n/a n/a 0 403
1999 314 48 23 7 5 n/a n/a 0 397
2000 287 44 29 8 2 n/a n/a 0 370
2001 286 41 18 11 3 n/a n/a 0 359
2002 294 53 26 19 5 n/a n/a 0 397
2003 294 53 26 19 5 n/a n/a 0 397
2004 305 72 31 19 7 n/a n/a 0 434
2005 293 77 31 16 5 n/a n/a 0 422
2006 318 72 20 21 12 n/a n/a 0 443
2007 291 83 20 20 9 n/a n/a 41 464
2008 296 89 35 16 6 n/a n/a 48 490
2009 295 87 35 20 6 n/a n/a 56 499
2010 273 77 35 25 4 n/a n/a 60 474
2011 277 75 44 27 7 0 54 0 484
2012 274 79 48 21 4 3 42 0 471
2013 267 89 40 38 5 3 34 0 476
2014 252 91 39 41 2 3 36 0 464
2015 237 93 34 42 1 1 30 0 438
2016 247 114 37 51 1 1 31 0 482
2017 253 116 41 47 5 1 31 0 494
2018 252 133 37 64 1 0 36 0 523
2019 235 120 43 51 2 0 47 0 498
2020 226 132 40 54 2 0 58 0 512
2021 221 126 40 57 2 0 51 0 497
2022 203 141 29 76 3 0 53 0 505
2023 214 153 34 64 3 1 52 0 521

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 Walt Disney Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 518 23.0 22.5 10.4
1989 745 33.5 22.2 7.2
1990 451 22.0 20.5 9.5
1991 406 19.0 21.3 12.8
1992 394 20.0 19.7 15.5
1993 415 19.5 21.3 16.1
1994 384 20.0 19.2 16.9
1995 398 19.0 20.9 22.9
1996 398 19.0 20.9 22.9
1997 395 20.0 19.8 24
1998 403 24.1 16.7 24.1
1999 397 22.0 18.0 29
2000 370 20.5 18.0 29.5
2001 359 18.1 19.8 25.6
2002 397 20.2 19.7 37.5
2003 397 20.2 19.7 37.5
2004 434 19.6 22.1 37.1
2005 422 19.1 22.1 39.1
2006 443 20.0 22.2 38.1
2007 464 n/a n/a 43.5
2008 490 22.4 21.9 48.6
2009 499 25.7 19.4 52.8
2010 474 23.5 20.1 58.7
2011 484 21.7 22.2 55.4
2012 471 27.6 17.0 60.1
2013 476 24.0 19.8 62
2014 464 24.0 19.3 60.3
2015 438 24.0 18.2 56.6
2016 482 24.0 20.0 58.3
2017 494 24.0 20.5 55.3
2018 523 26.0 20.1 59.5
2019 498 24.0 20.7 60
2020 512 25.0 20.4 62.1
2021 497 26.6 18.6 48.7
2022 505 30.1 16.7 52.3
2023 521 31.1 16.7 56.4

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 Walt Disney Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 518 23.0 22.5 10.4
1989 745 33.5 22.2 7.2
1990 451 22.0 20.5 9.5
1991 406 19.0 21.3 12.8
1992 394 20.0 19.7 15.5
1993 415 19.5 21.3 16.1
1994 384 20.0 19.2 16.9
1995 398 19.0 20.9 22.9
1996 398 19.0 20.9 22.9
1997 395 20.0 19.8 24
1998 403 24.1 16.7 24.1
1999 397 22.0 18.0 29
2000 370 20.5 18.0 29.5
2001 359 18.1 19.8 25.6
2002 397 20.2 19.7 37.5
2003 397 20.2 19.7 37.5
2004 434 19.6 22.1 37.1
2005 422 19.1 22.1 39.1
2006 443 20.0 22.2 38.1
2007 464 n/a n/a 43.5
2008 490 22.4 21.9 48.6
2009 499 25.7 19.4 52.8
2010 474 23.5 20.1 58.7
2011 484 21.7 22.2 55.4
2012 471 27.6 17.0 60.1
2013 476 24.0 19.8 62
2014 464 24.0 19.3 60.3
2015 438 24.0 18.2 56.6
2016 482 24.0 20.0 58.3
2017 494 24.0 20.5 55.3
2018 523 26.0 20.1 59.5
2019 498 24.0 20.7 60
2020 512 25.0 20.4 62.1
2021 497 26.6 18.6 48.7
2022 505 30.1 16.7 52.3
2023 521 31.1 16.7 56.4

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 Walt Disney Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $708 (8.1%) $8,002 (91.9%) $8,710
2020 $744 (8.5%) $7,981 (91.5%) $8,725
2021 $1,058 (11.0%) $8,589 (89.0%) $9,647
2022 $1,012 (10.8%) $8,374 (89.2%) $9,386

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Walt Disney Elementary 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 411th of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 560th of 1016 Elementary schools
 15.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Walt Disney Elementary School)46.842
 4.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)66.156.6
 9.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)46.339.7
 6.6%
3rd Grade Math (Walt Disney Elementary School)55.756.8
 1.1%
   3rd Grade Math (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)74.570.8
 3.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Indiana)58.753.1
 5.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Walt Disney Elementary School)46.634.4
 12.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)70.661.9
 8.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)45.840.3
 5.5%
4th Grade Math (Walt Disney Elementary School)53.440
 13.4%
   4th Grade Math (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)77.669.1
 8.5%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Walt Disney Elementary School)50.723.3
 27.4%
   4th Grade Science (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)72.954.9
 18%
   4th Grade Science (Indiana)46.337
 9.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Walt Disney Elementary School)63.240.2
 23%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)73.564.4
 9.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.540.2
 7.3%
5th Grade Math (Walt Disney Elementary School)55.939.1
 16.8%
   5th Grade Math (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)70.967.5
 3.4%
   5th Grade Math (Indiana)47.841.1
 6.7%
5th Grade Social Studies (Walt Disney Elementary School)5031
 19%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)66.755
 11.8%
   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 Students498521
 4.6%
African American120153
 27.5%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian4334
 20.9%
Hispanic5164
 25.5%
Pacific Islander01
White235214
 8.9%
Two or More Races4752
 10.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients60%56.4%
 3.6%


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Walt Disney Elementary School ranks 558th of 1011 Indiana elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 521 students attended Walt Disney Elementary School.

Students who attend Walt Disney Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Schmucker Middle School
High : Penn High School

Students at Walt Disney Elementary School are 41% White, 29% African American, 12% Hispanic, 10% Two or more races, 7% Asian.


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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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