Muessel Elementary School

Summary:

Muessel Elementary School is a public elementary school in South Bend, Indiana, serving 241 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the South Bend Community School Corp, which is ranked 307 out of 364 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Muessel Elementary consistently ranks among the lowest-performing elementary schools in Indiana, with proficiency rates in ILEARN English Language Arts, Math, and Science significantly below state and district averages. Only 3.7% of Muessel students are proficient or better in ELA, 6.48% in Math, and 2.44% in Science. The school also has an extremely high chronic absenteeism rate of 66%, much higher than the district average. Muessel serves a predominantly economically disadvantaged student population, with 87.55% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.

In comparison, McKinley Elementary School, another school in the South Bend district, has significantly higher proficiency rates in ELA (12.78%), Math (13.26%), and Science (5.41%), as well as a lower chronic absenteeism rate (36.9%). The persistent low performance and high challenges at Muessel Elementary suggest the need for a comprehensive, data-driven approach to address the root causes and provide equitable educational opportunities for its students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 1021 Blaine St
       South Bend, IN  46616


(574) 393-3400

District: South Bend Community School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
1010th of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,902 Help


Students who attend Muessel Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    LaSalle Academy
High:    Clay High School
    Rise Up Academy at Eggleston

Student/teacher ratio:  10.8 Help
Number of students:  241

Racial breakdown:

African American:
63.9%
White:
13.3%
Hispanic:
13.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  87.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Muessel Elementary School ranks worse than 99.9% of elementary schools in Indiana. It also ranks last among 16 ranked elementary 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 3.86. (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 Muessel Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (63.9%), Hispanic (13.3%), White (13.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 87.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Muessel Elementary School is 10.8, which is the 2nd best among 16 elementary schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Muessel Elementary School is $17,902, which is the highest among 17 elementary schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District!
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

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 Muessel Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 0.91 955th 959 0.4%
2006 1.86 952nd 961 0.9%
2007 9.45 928th 985 5.8%
2008 8.76 944th 996 5.2%
2009 2.59 991st 1003 1.2%
2010 0.85 1009th 1009 0.0%
2011 1.23 1019th 1025 0.6%
2012 0.85 1010th 1015 0.5%
2013 12.27 962nd 1035 7.1%
2014 4.22 1006th 1036 2.9%
2015 1.46 1030th 1040 1.0%
2016 2.94 1024th 1046 2.1%
2017 1.53 1020th 1033 1.3%
2018 0.84 1024th 1027 0.3%
2019 1.66 1029th 1031 0.2%
2021 3.25 1015th 1016 0.1%
2022 3.64 1018th 1020 0.2%
2023 3.86 1015th 1016 0.1%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Muessel Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 335 257 12 21 3 n/a n/a 0 628
1989 329 243 5 23 11 n/a n/a 0 611
1990 351 293 5 20 5 n/a n/a 0 674
1991 317 297 10 22 11 n/a n/a 0 657
1992 300 309 10 22 10 n/a n/a 0 651
1993 291 292 16 16 5 n/a n/a 0 620
1994 256 311 12 15 4 n/a n/a 0 598
1995 208 279 13 12 6 n/a n/a 0 518
1996 208 279 13 12 6 n/a n/a 0 518
1997 202 268 14 23 6 n/a n/a 5 518
1998 159 292 11 24 6 n/a n/a 0 492
1999 156 272 4 39 6 n/a n/a 0 477
2000 165 274 3 25 4 n/a n/a 0 471
2001 157 298 4 38 2 n/a n/a 0 499
2002 130 271 8 41 6 n/a n/a 0 456
2003 130 271 8 41 6 n/a n/a 0 456
2004 87 372 3 95 2 n/a n/a 0 559
2005 99 368 7 96 3 n/a n/a 0 573
2006 96 314 1 110 0 n/a n/a 0 521
2007 66 298 0 116 1 n/a n/a 36 517
2008 83 283 1 120 2 n/a n/a 33 522
2009 79 271 0 95 0 n/a n/a 29 474
2010 64 262 2 97 0 n/a n/a 23 448
2011 67 222 2 112 0 0 32 0 435
2012 64 208 2 83 0 0 42 0 399
2013 65 176 2 101 1 0 26 0 371
2014 79 170 4 82 0 0 23 0 358
2015 84 194 0 95 4 0 33 0 410
2016 73 231 0 104 0 0 39 0 447
2017 72 217 0 112 0 0 41 0 442
2018 61 208 1 81 0 0 27 0 378
2019 75 191 1 77 0 0 25 0 369
2020 51 234 0 65 3 0 33 0 386
2021 30 209 0 44 1 0 29 0 313
2022 34 183 1 32 1 0 28 0 279
2023 32 154 0 32 1 0 22 0 241

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 Muessel Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 628 37.6 16.7 43.9
1989 611 36.4 16.7 43.2
1990 674 37.9 17.7 38.7
1991 657 35.9 18.3 47.6
1992 651 n/a n/a 57.1
1993 620 35.5 17.5 69.7
1994 598 34.3 17.4 50.2
1995 518 30.1 17.2 69.9
1996 518 30.1 17.2 69.9
1997 518 31.9 16.2 74.9
1998 492 31.0 15.9 73.8
1999 477 32.0 14.9 80.7
2000 471 29.4 16.0 69.4
2001 499 33.8 14.8 66.3
2002 456 30.5 15.0 63.6
2003 456 30.5 15.0 63.6
2004 559 35.5 15.7 90.2
2005 573 34.6 16.6 86.4
2006 521 32.3 16.1 85.2
2007 517 n/a n/a 92.9
2008 522 28.6 18.3 86.9
2009 474 32.6 14.5 94.8
2010 448 33.9 13.1 95.3
2011 435 34.6 12.5 86.2
2012 399 28.5 14.0 88.2
2013 371 19.5 19.0 94.9
2014 358 18.5 19.3 91.1
2015 410 3.0 136.6 97.1
2016 447 19.0 23.5 81.9
2017 442 19.0 23.2 81
2018 378 17.0 22.2 88.6
2019 369 20.5 18.0 83.5
2020 386 23.0 16.7 84.2
2021 313 20.0 15.6 91.4
2022 279 28.6 9.7 83.5
2023 241 22.1 10.8 87.6

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 Muessel Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 628 37.6 16.7 43.9
1989 611 36.4 16.7 43.2
1990 674 37.9 17.7 38.7
1991 657 35.9 18.3 47.6
1992 651 n/a n/a 57.1
1993 620 35.5 17.5 69.7
1994 598 34.3 17.4 50.2
1995 518 30.1 17.2 69.9
1996 518 30.1 17.2 69.9
1997 518 31.9 16.2 74.9
1998 492 31.0 15.9 73.8
1999 477 32.0 14.9 80.7
2000 471 29.4 16.0 69.4
2001 499 33.8 14.8 66.3
2002 456 30.5 15.0 63.6
2003 456 30.5 15.0 63.6
2004 559 35.5 15.7 90.2
2005 573 34.6 16.6 86.4
2006 521 32.3 16.1 85.2
2007 517 n/a n/a 92.9
2008 522 28.6 18.3 86.9
2009 474 32.6 14.5 94.8
2010 448 33.9 13.1 95.3
2011 435 34.6 12.5 86.2
2012 399 28.5 14.0 88.2
2013 371 19.5 19.0 94.9
2014 358 18.5 19.3 91.1
2015 410 3.0 136.6 97.1
2016 447 19.0 23.5 81.9
2017 442 19.0 23.2 81
2018 378 17.0 22.2 88.6
2019 369 20.5 18.0 83.5
2020 386 23.0 16.7 84.2
2021 313 20.0 15.6 91.4
2022 279 28.6 9.7 83.5
2023 241 22.1 10.8 87.6

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 Muessel Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,486 (14.4%) $8,820 (85.6%) $10,307
2020 $1,504 (14.5%) $8,886 (85.5%) $10,391
2021 $2,116 (15.8%) $11,288 (84.2%) $13,404
2022 $5,845 (32.6%) $12,057 (67.4%) $17,902

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Muessel Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1029th of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 1015th of 1016 Elementary schools
 0.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Muessel Elementary School)108.3
 1.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)2518.4
 6.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)46.339.7
 6.6%
3rd Grade Math (Muessel Elementary School)1516.7
 1.7%
   3rd Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)32.923.5
 9.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Indiana)58.753.1
 5.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Muessel Elementary School)4.12.4
 1.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)21.617.6
 4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)45.840.3
 5.5%
4th Grade Math (Muessel Elementary School)4.12.4
 1.7%
   4th Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)25.318.7
 6.6%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Muessel Elementary School)02.4
 2.4%
   4th Grade Science (South Bend Community School Corp)20.516.5
 4%
   4th Grade Science (Indiana)46.337
 9.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Muessel Elementary School)2.60
 2.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)2018.9
 1.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.540.2
 7.3%
5th Grade Math (Muessel Elementary School)5.30
 5.3%
   5th Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)19.514.6
 5%
   5th Grade Math (Indiana)47.841.1
 6.7%
5th Grade Social Studies (Muessel Elementary School)5.30
 5.3%
   5th Grade Social Studies (South Bend Community School Corp)19.316.3
 3%
   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 Students369241
 34.7%
African American191154
 19.4%
American Indian01
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic7732
 58.4%
Pacific Islander00
White7532
 57.3%
Two or More Races2522
 12%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients83.5%87.6%
 4.1%


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Muessel Elementary School ranks in the bottom 0.1% of Indiana elementary schools.

Students at Muessel Elementary School are 64% African American, 13% White, 13% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races.

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

Middle : LaSalle Academy
High : Clay High School
High : Rise Up Academy at Eggleston

In the 2022-23 school year, 241 students attended Muessel Elementary School.


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