Clay High School

Summary:

Clay High School is a public high school located in South Bend, Indiana, serving grades 9-12 with a student population of 628. The school is part of the South Bend Community School Corporation, which is ranked 307 out of 364 districts in Indiana and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Clay High School faces several challenges, including low academic performance, high chronic absenteeism, and racial disparities in student outcomes. The school consistently ranks in the bottom third of Indiana high schools, with only 7.63% of students proficient or better in ILEARN/Biology, compared to the state average of 29%. Clay High School also has a high chronic absenteeism rate of 56.4%, significantly higher than the state and district averages. Additionally, the school has a more diverse student population, with a higher percentage of African American (42.04%) and Hispanic (14.81%) students, but these subgroups perform significantly worse than their white and Asian peers on academic measures.

When compared to other high schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation, Clay High School consistently underperforms. For example, Adams High School has significantly higher graduation rates, lower chronic absenteeism, and better academic performance on standardized tests. Despite having the highest per-student spending among the nearby schools, Clay High School's academic outcomes remain the lowest, raising questions about the effective allocation and utilization of resources to support student learning and achievement.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 19131 Darden Rd
       South Bend, IN  46637


(574) 393-4900

District: South Bend Community School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
317th of 403 Indiana High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,717 Help


Feeder schools for Clay High School:

Elementary:    Clay International Academy
    Coquillard Elementary School
    Darden Elementary School
    Marquette Montessori Academy
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Student/teacher ratio:  9.4 Help
Number of students:  628

Racial breakdown:

African American:
42.0%
White:
33.0%
Hispanic:
14.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  64.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Clay High School ranks worse than 78.7% of high schools in Indiana. It also ranks 2nd among 5 ranked high schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.28. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Clay 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 Student population at Clay High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (42%), White (33%), Hispanic (14.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 64.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Clay High School is 9.4, which is the lowest among 5 high schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Clay High School is $17,717, which is the 2nd highest among 5 high schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Clay High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Clay High School 317th of 403 Indiana public high schools. (See Clay High School in the ranking list.)

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South Bend Community School Corp:

SchoolDigger ranks South Bend Community School Corp 307th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Clay High School

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Rank History for all students at Clay High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 20.47 310th 349 11.2%
2006 19.58 315th 349 9.7%
2007 22.43 317th 354 10.5%
2008 18.11 323rd 360 10.3%
2009 27.55 313th 364 14.0%
2010 21.17 316th 362 12.7%
2011 17.54 322nd 364 11.5%
2012 26.14 316th 373 15.3%
2013 20.22 309th 353 12.5%
2014 19.47 325th 379 14.2%
2015 26.54 319th 400 20.3%
2016 19.14 345th 394 12.4%
2017 23.14 314th 380 17.4%
2018 29.94 299th 385 22.3%
2019 18.62 333rd 389 14.4%
2021 22.80 313th 388 19.3%
2022 16.85 343rd 409 16.1%
2023 23.28 316th 398 20.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Clay High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 65.71 69th 285 75.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Clay High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 29.82 288th 379 24.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Clay High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 28.43 294th 388 24.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Clay High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 16.44 337th 383 12.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Clay High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 38.53 70th 125 44.0%
2023 38.76 61st 125 51.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Clay High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 13.44 152nd 164 7.3%
2023 21.88 136th 166 18.1%
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Rank History for White students at Clay High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 27.39 297th 378 21.4%
2023 35.78 238th 375 36.5%
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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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Data source: Indiana Department of Education

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by a student
Thursday, May 4, 2023

Open Quote Clay is a very accepting school and has made me feel safe as a member of the LGBT+ could you add something like that so more people know? Also the feeder statistic is wrong, we have no feeder schools into Clay High. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Clay High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 945 303 22 17 1 n/a n/a 0 1288
1989 810 265 30 19 1 n/a n/a 0 1125
1990 817 306 33 17 3 n/a n/a 0 1176
1991 806 306 32 14 5 n/a n/a 0 1163
1992 783 295 29 25 3 n/a n/a 0 1135
1993 815 321 31 28 12 n/a n/a 0 1207
1994 761 314 33 28 6 n/a n/a 0 1142
1995 782 374 37 29 13 n/a n/a 0 1235
1996 782 374 37 29 13 n/a n/a 0 1235
1997 825 348 35 33 13 n/a n/a 0 1254
1998 855 339 37 35 13 n/a n/a 0 1279
1999 800 320 41 33 9 n/a n/a 0 1203
2000 769 346 54 38 11 n/a n/a 0 1218
2001 776 371 51 35 10 n/a n/a 0 1243
2002 980 472 35 50 12 n/a n/a 0 1549
2003 980 472 35 50 12 n/a n/a 0 1549
2004 1018 515 33 60 5 n/a n/a 0 1631
2005 994 497 19 57 7 n/a n/a 0 1574
2006 933 490 22 58 7 n/a n/a 0 1510
2007 861 512 18 59 6 n/a n/a 46 1502
2008 842 485 17 59 9 n/a n/a 41 1453
2009 792 468 15 59 13 n/a n/a 56 1403
2010 780 469 21 66 17 n/a n/a 66 1419
2011 751 466 20 69 15 0 83 0 1404
2012 717 466 17 75 12 1 94 0 1382
2013 708 443 13 81 9 1 97 0 1352
2014 645 422 11 93 9 1 94 0 1275
2015 612 427 16 103 9 1 102 0 1270
2016 594 431 12 112 8 2 112 0 1271
2017 515 380 13 115 7 5 108 0 1143
2018 491 314 12 103 8 3 109 0 1040
2019 431 335 14 98 7 1 102 0 988
2020 389 326 8 108 8 2 83 0 924
2021 326 339 8 101 7 0 76 0 857
2022 282 304 9 104 8 0 71 0 778
2023 207 264 8 93 3 0 53 0 628

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 Clay High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1288 78.6 16.3 14.4
1989 1125 71.2 15.8 15
1990 1176 75.4 15.5 13
1991 1163 74.8 15.5 15.9
1992 1135 n/a n/a 18.9
1993 1207 70.1 17.2 22.9
1994 1142 70.3 16.2 19.3
1995 1235 65.8 18.8 24.4
1996 1235 65.8 18.8 24.4
1997 1254 70.3 17.8 21.7
1998 1279 71.5 17.9 23.1
1999 1203 72.8 16.5 27.3
2000 1218 70.2 17.4 28.1
2001 1243 81.0 15.3 28.9
2002 1549 80.5 19.2 35.6
2003 1549 80.5 19.2 35.6
2004 1631 84.4 19.3 36.1
2005 1574 79.9 19.7 40
2006 1510 82.2 18.4 41.7
2007 1502 n/a n/a 45.5
2008 1453 82.7 17.6 49.4
2009 1403 79.2 17.7 56.3
2010 1419 79.7 17.8 61.1
2011 1404 69.3 20.2 58.8
2012 1382 89.9 15.3 59.3
2013 1352 69.5 19.4 61.3
2014 1275 72.3 17.6 61.5
2015 1270 n/a n/a 67.6
2016 1271 55.0 23.1 66.7
2017 1143 87.5 13.0 68.6
2018 1040 87.9 11.8 66.6
2019 988 77.3 12.7 63.6
2020 924 80.6 11.4 59.2
2021 857 78.5 10.9 62.8
2022 778 79.3 9.8 54.4
2023 628 66.3 9.4 64.8

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 Clay High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1288 78.6 16.3 14.4
1989 1125 71.2 15.8 15
1990 1176 75.4 15.5 13
1991 1163 74.8 15.5 15.9
1992 1135 n/a n/a 18.9
1993 1207 70.1 17.2 22.9
1994 1142 70.3 16.2 19.3
1995 1235 65.8 18.8 24.4
1996 1235 65.8 18.8 24.4
1997 1254 70.3 17.8 21.7
1998 1279 71.5 17.9 23.1
1999 1203 72.8 16.5 27.3
2000 1218 70.2 17.4 28.1
2001 1243 81.0 15.3 28.9
2002 1549 80.5 19.2 35.6
2003 1549 80.5 19.2 35.6
2004 1631 84.4 19.3 36.1
2005 1574 79.9 19.7 40
2006 1510 82.2 18.4 41.7
2007 1502 n/a n/a 45.5
2008 1453 82.7 17.6 49.4
2009 1403 79.2 17.7 56.3
2010 1419 79.7 17.8 61.1
2011 1404 69.3 20.2 58.8
2012 1382 89.9 15.3 59.3
2013 1352 69.5 19.4 61.3
2014 1275 72.3 17.6 61.5
2015 1270 n/a n/a 67.6
2016 1271 55.0 23.1 66.7
2017 1143 87.5 13.0 68.6
2018 1040 87.9 11.8 66.6
2019 988 77.3 12.7 63.6
2020 924 80.6 11.4 59.2
2021 857 78.5 10.9 62.8
2022 778 79.3 9.8 54.4
2023 628 66.3 9.4 64.8

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 Clay High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $483 (4.4%) $10,559 (95.6%) $11,042
2020 $540 (4.6%) $11,141 (95.4%) $11,680
2021 $1,068 (7.9%) $12,430 (92.1%) $13,498
2022 $2,816 (15.9%) $14,901 (84.1%) $17,717

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Clay 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 333rd of 389 High schoolsRanks 316th of 398 High schools
 6.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Biology (Clay High School)16.97.6
 9.3%
   End of Course Biology (South Bend Community School Corp)20.211.2
 9%
   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 Students988628
 36.4%
African American335264
 21.2%
American Indian73
 57.1%
Asian148
 42.9%
Hispanic9893
 5.1%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White431207
 52%
Two or More Races10253
 48%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients63.6%64.8%
 1.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Clay High School

Students at Clay High School are 42% African American, 33% White, 15% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

Clay High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Clay International Academy
Elementary : Coquillard Elementary School
Elementary : Darden Elementary School
Elementary : Marquette Montessori Academy
Elementary : Muessel Elementary School

Clay High School ranks in the bottom 21.3% of Indiana high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 628 students attended Clay High School.


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