Swanson Traditional School

Summary:

Swanson Traditional School is an elementary school in South Bend, Indiana, serving 454 students in grades PK-5. As part of the South Bend Community School Corporation, Swanson Traditional School stands out for its strong academic performance, consistently outpacing the district and state in proficiency rates for English Language Arts and Math.

In the 2022-2023 school year, 52% of Swanson Traditional School students were proficient or better in ILEARN/English Language Arts, compared to just 20.01% for the district. In ILEARN/Math, the school had an impressive 67.34% proficiency rate, significantly higher than the district's 15.27%. This academic success has earned Swanson Traditional School a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger and a steady climb in its statewide ranking, moving from the bottom 10% of Indiana elementary schools in 2015-2016 to the top 17% in 2022-2023.

Swanson Traditional School also boasts a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with 19.16% African American and 9.69% Hispanic students. While the school still grapples with higher-than-average chronic absenteeism, it outperforms neighboring Marquette Montessori Academy, Muessel Elementary School, and McKinley Elementary School in both academic proficiency and attendance. This success can be attributed to factors like increased per-student funding, low student-teacher ratios, and a focus on academic achievement, even with a significant population of economically disadvantaged students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 17677 Parker Dr
       South Bend, IN  46635


(574) 393-2700

District: South Bend Community School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
176th of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,974 Help


Students who attend Swanson Traditional School usually attend:

Middle:    LaSalle Academy
High:    Rise Up Academy at Eggleston

Student/teacher ratio:  15.8 Help
Number of students:  454

Racial breakdown:

White:
56.2%
African American:
19.2%
Two or more races:
13.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  49.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Swanson Traditional School ranks better than 82.6% of elementary schools in Indiana. It also ranks first 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 80.95. (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 Swanson Traditional School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (56.2%), African American (19.2%), two or more races (13%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 49.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the South Bend Community School Corp District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Swanson Traditional School is 15.8. 12 elementary schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Swanson Traditional School employs 28.6 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Swanson Traditional School is $13,974. 12 elementary schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Swanson Traditional 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 Swanson Traditional School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 50.61 536th 959 44.1%
2006 52.04 532nd 961 44.6%
2007 47.92 605th 985 38.6%
2008 40.01 717th 996 28.0%
2009 20.98 851st 1003 15.2%
2010 24.87 840th 1009 16.7%
2011 22.38 872nd 1025 14.9%
2012 19.47 893rd 1015 12.0%
2013 36.01 790th 1035 23.7%
2014 32.59 820th 1036 20.8%
2015 24.81 863rd 1040 17.0%
2016 13.76 944th 1046 9.8%
2017 9.90 949th 1033 8.1%
2018 9.70 942nd 1027 8.3%
2019 70.59 290th 1031 71.9%
2021 67.20 329th 1016 67.6%
2022 83.77 136th 1020 86.7%
2023 80.95 175th 1016 82.8%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Monday, April 17, 2023

Open Quote We love Swanson Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, April 17, 2023

Open Quote Top school in the area. I am so happy with Swanson School's academic rigor, safety protocols, and leadership. It offers a beautiful family atmosphere, a positive climate, and a culture of success for every hard-working student.
Excellent teachers and outstanding leadership Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Open Quote Love Swanson! Teachers and staff are excellent and so great with the children! Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, May 16, 2022

Open Quote The school is structured & disciplined - it shows from leadership at all levels (which includes the students). Very pleased both my children have been educated here, and sad that one has to leave since entering middle school. Close Quote


by a citizen
Friday, April 8, 2022

Open Quote Swanson Traditional School is filled with a positive family feeling energy. You are welcomed as soon as you walk through the door. Swanson staff knows students' names and has a collective agreement to work together because each child's success is a collaborative effort. This staff loves their school, see its potential, and believes in it. Parents of Swanson know that their child will thrive at STS. Swanson has a 2021 National Blue Ribbon Award that proves this school rocks! #BestSchoolEver Close Quote



Enrollment information for Swanson Traditional School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 307 125 8 8 0 n/a n/a 0 448
1989 303 126 9 7 2 n/a n/a 0 447
1990 318 143 9 10 1 n/a n/a 0 481
1991 324 140 13 4 3 n/a n/a 0 484
1992 323 149 11 5 3 n/a n/a 0 491
1993 321 133 17 3 1 n/a n/a 0 475
1994 308 96 22 4 2 n/a n/a 0 432
1995 319 103 14 6 0 n/a n/a 0 442
1996 319 103 14 6 0 n/a n/a 0 442
1997 323 138 10 10 2 n/a n/a 1 484
1998 330 139 14 8 2 n/a n/a 0 493
1999 326 141 13 23 1 n/a n/a 0 504
2000 305 142 12 9 2 n/a n/a 0 470
2001 277 110 9 15 2 n/a n/a 0 413
2002 246 101 5 12 2 n/a n/a 0 366
2003 246 101 5 12 2 n/a n/a 0 366
2004 280 77 10 6 1 n/a n/a 0 374
2005 312 68 9 14 2 n/a n/a 0 405
2006 295 94 12 14 1 n/a n/a 0 416
2007 279 88 10 26 2 n/a n/a 32 437
2008 283 111 13 26 2 n/a n/a 38 473
2009 247 116 10 25 2 n/a n/a 41 441
2010 228 121 16 23 1 n/a n/a 41 430
2011 191 132 15 19 1 0 43 0 401
2012 190 132 20 23 1 0 49 0 415
2013 165 105 17 12 5 0 34 0 338
2014 146 88 11 19 1 0 30 0 295
2015 152 76 6 32 3 1 27 0 297
2016 115 72 7 29 3 1 42 0 269
2017 131 64 5 36 3 0 35 0 274
2018 100 59 2 32 2 0 25 0 220
2019 242 113 8 29 1 1 37 0 431
2020 223 94 8 26 0 0 41 0 392
2021 211 86 4 26 0 0 34 0 361
2022 223 72 4 35 0 0 50 0 384
2023 255 87 9 44 0 0 59 0 454

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 Swanson Traditional School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 448 25.4 17.6 20.3
1989 447 23.7 18.8 28.6
1990 481 27.6 17.4 26.4
1991 484 28.1 17.2 28.1
1992 491 n/a n/a 29.1
1993 475 27.0 17.6 27.8
1994 432 25.0 17.3 10.2
1995 442 24.9 17.8 33
1996 442 24.9 17.8 33
1997 484 26.1 18.5 30.8
1998 493 26.5 18.6 29.8
1999 504 26.5 19.0 31.7
2000 470 27.4 17.2 30.4
2001 413 27.4 15.1 32.9
2002 366 24.4 15.0 35.2
2003 366 24.4 15.0 35.2
2004 374 23.1 16.2 32.9
2005 405 26.1 15.5 36.3
2006 416 26.5 15.7 40.9
2007 437 n/a n/a 44.9
2008 473 23.4 20.2 53.3
2009 441 24.1 18.3 63.3
2010 430 24.9 17.2 72.5
2011 401 25.8 15.5 69.8
2012 415 27.0 15.3 70.6
2013 338 18.0 18.7 68.3
2014 295 17.0 17.3 78.3
2015 297 5.0 59.4 74.4
2016 269 13.0 20.6 72.5
2017 274 15.0 18.2 58.4
2018 220 13.0 16.9 77.3
2019 431 22.0 19.5 49.4
2020 392 22.0 17.8 44.6
2021 361 21.0 17.1 39.1
2022 384 28.2 13.6 31
2023 454 28.6 15.8 49.6

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 Swanson Traditional School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 448 25.4 17.6 20.3
1989 447 23.7 18.8 28.6
1990 481 27.6 17.4 26.4
1991 484 28.1 17.2 28.1
1992 491 n/a n/a 29.1
1993 475 27.0 17.6 27.8
1994 432 25.0 17.3 10.2
1995 442 24.9 17.8 33
1996 442 24.9 17.8 33
1997 484 26.1 18.5 30.8
1998 493 26.5 18.6 29.8
1999 504 26.5 19.0 31.7
2000 470 27.4 17.2 30.4
2001 413 27.4 15.1 32.9
2002 366 24.4 15.0 35.2
2003 366 24.4 15.0 35.2
2004 374 23.1 16.2 32.9
2005 405 26.1 15.5 36.3
2006 416 26.5 15.7 40.9
2007 437 n/a n/a 44.9
2008 473 23.4 20.2 53.3
2009 441 24.1 18.3 63.3
2010 430 24.9 17.2 72.5
2011 401 25.8 15.5 69.8
2012 415 27.0 15.3 70.6
2013 338 18.0 18.7 68.3
2014 295 17.0 17.3 78.3
2015 297 5.0 59.4 74.4
2016 269 13.0 20.6 72.5
2017 274 15.0 18.2 58.4
2018 220 13.0 16.9 77.3
2019 431 22.0 19.5 49.4
2020 392 22.0 17.8 44.6
2021 361 21.0 17.1 39.1
2022 384 28.2 13.6 31
2023 454 28.6 15.8 49.6

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Swanson Traditional School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $658 (7.8%) $7,780 (92.2%) $8,438
2020 $774 (8.3%) $8,593 (91.7%) $9,367
2021 $1,283 (11.5%) $9,840 (88.5%) $11,123
2022 $3,279 (23.5%) $10,694 (76.5%) $13,974

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Swanson Traditional 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 290th of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 175th of 1016 Elementary schools
 10.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Swanson Traditional School)72.958.1
 14.8%
   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 (Swanson Traditional School)8074.2
 5.8%
   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 (Swanson Traditional School)53.643.8
 9.8%
   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 (Swanson Traditional School)63.868.1
 4.3%
   4th Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)25.318.7
 6.6%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Swanson Traditional School)40.645.8
 5.2%
   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 (Swanson Traditional School)44.155.4
 11.3%
   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 (Swanson Traditional School)64.760
 4.7%
   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 (Swanson Traditional School)5053.9
 3.8%
   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 Students431454
 5.3%
African American11387
 23%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian89
 12.5%
Hispanic2944
 51.7%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White242255
 5.4%
Two or More Races3759
 59.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients49.4%49.6%
 0.1%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 454 students attended Swanson Traditional School.

Students who attend Swanson Traditional School usually go on to attend:

Middle : LaSalle Academy
High : Rise Up Academy at Eggleston

Students at Swanson Traditional School are 56% White, 19% African American, 13% Two or more races, 10% Hispanic, 2% Asian.

Swanson Traditional School ranks 176th of 1011 Indiana elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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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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