Peru Junior/Senior High School

Summary:

Peru Junior/Senior High School is a public high school serving grades 7-12 with 883 students in Peru, Indiana, which is part of the Peru Community Schools district. While the school has a higher percentage of White students compared to nearby schools, it faces significant challenges, including declining graduation rates, high chronic absenteeism, and persistent academic underperformance.

Peru Junior/Senior High School's four-year graduation rate has dropped from 96.0% in 2018-2019 to 88.8% in 2022-2023, lower than the rates of nearby schools like Caston Junior-Senior High School (91.8%) and Logansport Community High School (91.5%). Additionally, the school has experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 3.9% in 2020-2021 to 24.0% in 2022-2023, significantly higher than the surrounding schools.

Academically, Peru Junior/Senior High School consistently underperforms compared to the state and district averages in standardized tests, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts (29.3%) and Math (27.34%) well below the Peru Community Schools district averages (35% and 36.75%, respectively). The school also faces socioeconomic challenges, with a high percentage of students (59.23%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, and its performance is particularly concerning for certain student subgroups, such as White students, multi-racial students, and students with special needs.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 401 N Broadway
       Peru, IN  46970


(765) 472-3301

District: Peru Community Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
283rd of 403 Indiana High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,938 Help


Feeder schools for Peru Junior/Senior High School:

Elementary:    Blair Pointe Upper Elementary
    Elmwood Primary Learning Center

Student/teacher ratio:  17.6 Help
Number of students:  883

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.0%
Two or more races:
7.1%
Hispanic:
4.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  59.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Peru Junior/Senior High School ranks worse than 58.7% of middle schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 41.08. (See more...)
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Compare Details Peru Junior/Senior High School ranks worse than 70.2% of high schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 32.97. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Peru Junior/Senior High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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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 (83%), two or more races (7.1%), Hispanic (4.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 59.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Peru Junior/Senior High School is 17.6. (See more...)
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Compare Peru Junior/Senior High School employs 50 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Peru Junior/Senior High School is $10,938.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Peru Junior/Senior High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Peru Junior/Senior High School 287th of 489 Indiana public middle schools. (See Peru Junior/Senior High School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Peru Junior/Senior High School 283rd of 403 Indiana public high schools. (See Peru Junior/Senior High School in the ranking list.)

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Peru Community Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Peru Community Schools 232nd of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Peru Junior/Senior High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 41.08 286th 489 41.5%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Peru Junior/Senior High School

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Rank History for all high school students at Peru Junior/Senior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 35.16 279th 349 20.1%
2006 42.02 256th 349 26.6%
2007 47.23 231st 354 34.7%
2008 65.31 124th 360 65.6%
2009 62.79 153rd 364 58.0%
2010 34.65 230th 362 36.5%
2011 60.13 99th 364 72.8%
2012 50.22 150th 373 59.8%
2013 39.58 198th 353 43.9%
2014 29.28 281st 379 25.9%
2015 33.86 295th 400 26.3%
2016 37.71 276th 394 29.9%
2017 30.36 287th 380 24.5%
2018 45.01 240th 385 37.7%
2019 36.41 264th 389 32.1%
2021 39.24 245th 388 36.9%
2022 44.05 246th 409 39.9%
2023 32.97 282nd 398 29.1%
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Rank History for high school Multi-racial students at Peru Junior/Senior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 16.54 78th 94 17.0%
2023 22.18 79th 104 24.0%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at Peru Junior/Senior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 20.38 261st 285 8.4%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Peru Junior/Senior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 32.04 273rd 379 28.0%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Peru Junior/Senior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 36.82 247th 388 36.3%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Peru Junior/Senior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 29.22 285th 383 25.6%
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Rank History for high school White students at Peru Junior/Senior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 31.59 277th 378 26.7%
2023 27.56 289th 375 22.9%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana 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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Enrollment information for Peru Junior/Senior High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 800 33 9 3 45 n/a n/a 0 890
1989 799 44 11 4 40 n/a n/a 0 898
1990 757 39 9 7 45 n/a n/a 0 857
1991 742 42 6 9 36 n/a n/a 0 835
1992 737 35 6 8 38 n/a n/a 0 824
1993 738 29 7 13 46 n/a n/a 0 833
1994 732 23 6 12 48 n/a n/a 0 821
1995 749 41 6 19 51 n/a n/a 1 867
1996 749 41 6 19 51 n/a n/a 1 867
1997 733 33 10 17 37 n/a n/a 0 830
1998 717 27 6 17 30 n/a n/a 0 797
1999 711 24 5 10 18 n/a n/a 0 768
2000 741 23 6 7 12 n/a n/a 0 789
2001 713 23 6 10 14 n/a n/a 0 766
2002 699 11 6 14 15 n/a n/a 0 745
2003 699 11 6 14 15 n/a n/a 0 745
2004 681 15 6 12 17 n/a n/a 0 731
2005 716 21 9 9 17 n/a n/a 0 772
2006 691 26 7 9 13 n/a n/a 0 746
2007 667 21 9 9 12 n/a n/a 17 735
2008 694 20 7 11 13 n/a n/a 20 765
2009 672 12 5 11 10 n/a n/a 17 727
2010 615 18 9 4 7 n/a n/a 23 676
2011 615 15 6 9 8 0 23 0 676
2012 599 12 5 12 9 0 26 0 663
2013 557 14 5 14 12 0 25 0 627
2014 562 10 9 15 8 0 21 0 625
2015 590 16 3 15 14 0 28 0 666
2016 592 20 8 16 13 0 28 0 677
2017 592 13 7 16 9 0 30 0 667
2018 580 14 5 18 9 0 33 0 659
2019 568 12 6 24 4 0 30 0 644
2020 552 12 3 24 5 1 32 0 629
2021 570 16 4 29 9 2 32 0 662
2022 556 18 4 40 8 1 30 0 657
2023 733 33 3 43 7 1 63 0 883

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 Peru Junior/Senior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 890 49.3 18.0 15.4
1989 898 48.3 18.5 17
1990 857 47.1 18.1 12.6
1991 835 47.7 17.5 10.5
1992 824 44.7 18.4 17.4
1993 833 45.2 18.4 13.9
1994 821 46.6 17.6 16.4
1995 867 46.9 18.5 15.2
1996 867 46.9 18.5 15.2
1997 830 47.6 17.4 12.7
1998 797 47.7 16.7 12.9
1999 768 49.0 15.7 17.1
2000 789 49.2 16.0 19.3
2001 766 49.7 15.4 21.5
2002 745 47.8 15.6 29.3
2003 745 47.8 15.6 29.3
2004 731 47.4 15.4 34.3
2005 772 46.7 16.5 36.4
2006 746 46.3 16.1 36.1
2007 735 n/a n/a 36.1
2008 765 48.2 15.9 36.5
2009 727 42.3 17.2 43.7
2010 676 43.1 15.6 49
2011 676 40.5 16.6 49
2012 663 44.0 15.0 52.9
2013 627 43.0 14.5 49.4
2014 625 46.0 13.5 53.3
2015 666 42.0 15.8 50.3
2016 677 43.0 15.7 54.9
2017 667 45.2 14.7 49.9
2018 659 40.8 16.1 54.3
2019 644 40.1 16.0 50.3
2020 629 39.1 16.0 51.4
2021 662 40.7 16.2 44.1
2022 657 38.3 17.1 49.6
2023 883 50.0 17.6 59.2

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 Peru Junior/Senior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 890 49.3 18.0 15.4
1989 898 48.3 18.5 17
1990 857 47.1 18.1 12.6
1991 835 47.7 17.5 10.5
1992 824 44.7 18.4 17.4
1993 833 45.2 18.4 13.9
1994 821 46.6 17.6 16.4
1995 867 46.9 18.5 15.2
1996 867 46.9 18.5 15.2
1997 830 47.6 17.4 12.7
1998 797 47.7 16.7 12.9
1999 768 49.0 15.7 17.1
2000 789 49.2 16.0 19.3
2001 766 49.7 15.4 21.5
2002 745 47.8 15.6 29.3
2003 745 47.8 15.6 29.3
2004 731 47.4 15.4 34.3
2005 772 46.7 16.5 36.4
2006 746 46.3 16.1 36.1
2007 735 n/a n/a 36.1
2008 765 48.2 15.9 36.5
2009 727 42.3 17.2 43.7
2010 676 43.1 15.6 49
2011 676 40.5 16.6 49
2012 663 44.0 15.0 52.9
2013 627 43.0 14.5 49.4
2014 625 46.0 13.5 53.3
2015 666 42.0 15.8 50.3
2016 677 43.0 15.7 54.9
2017 667 45.2 14.7 49.9
2018 659 40.8 16.1 54.3
2019 644 40.1 16.0 50.3
2020 629 39.1 16.0 51.4
2021 662 40.7 16.2 44.1
2022 657 38.3 17.1 49.6
2023 883 50.0 17.6 59.2

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 Peru Junior/Senior High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $94 (1.2%) $7,871 (98.8%) $7,966
2020 $35 (0.4%) $8,912 (99.6%) $8,947
2021 $244 (2.6%) $9,187 (97.4%) $9,431
2022 $962 (8.8%) $9,975 (91.2%) $10,938

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Peru Junior/Senior High 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 264th of 389 High schoolsRanks 282nd of 398 High schools
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Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Biology (Peru Junior/Senior High School)2627.1
 1.1%
   End of Course Biology (Peru Community Schools)2627.1
 1.1%
   End of Course Biology (Indiana)38.629
 9.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students644883
 37.1%
African American1233
 175%
American Indian47
 75%
Asian63
 50%
Hispanic2443
 79.2%
Pacific Islander01
White568733
 29%
Two or More Races3063
 110%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients50.3%59.2%
 8.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Peru Junior/Senior High School

Students at Peru Junior/Senior High School are 83% White, 7% Two or more races, 5% Hispanic, 4% African American.

Peru Junior/Senior High School ranks 283rd of 403 Indiana high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Peru Junior/Senior High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Blair Pointe Upper Elementary
Elementary : Elmwood Primary Learning Center

In the 2022-23 school year, 883 students attended Peru Junior/Senior High School.


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