Southwestern Elementary School

Summary:

Southwestern Elementary School is a public elementary school in Shelbyville, Indiana, serving 339 students in grades PK-6. The school is part of the Shelbyville Central Schools district, which is ranked 203 out of 364 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Southwestern Elementary School has several strengths, including higher test scores in English Language Arts, Math, and Science compared to the district and state averages. The school also has a lower chronic absenteeism rate and a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 13.8, suggesting efficient resource allocation and more individualized attention. However, the school's student population is overwhelmingly white (92.33%), which is not reflective of the racial diversity seen in some nearby schools, such as Taylorsville Elementary School and Coulston Elementary School.

While Southwestern Elementary School outperforms the district and state in several areas, it has seen a decline in its statewide ranking, dropping from 185 out of 1,031 Indiana elementary schools in 2018-2019 to 407 out of 1,016 in 2022-2023. Additionally, the school lags behind some higher-performing nearby schools, such as Waldron Elementary School and Webb Elementary School, in terms of test scores and statewide rankings. The school's relatively low free and reduced-price lunch rate (38.94%) compared to some nearby schools suggests a more affluent student population, which may contribute to the school's academic performance.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 3406 W 600 S
       Shelbyville, IN  46176


(317) 729-5320

District: Southwestern Con School Shelby County

SchoolDigger Rank:
406th of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,988 Help


Students who attend Southwestern Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Southwestern High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.8 Help
Number of students:  339

Racial breakdown:

White:
92.3%
Hispanic:
5.3%
Two or more races:
2.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  38.9% Help


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Compare Details Southwestern Elementary School ranks better than 59.8% of elementary schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 60.55. (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 Racial makeup is: White (92.3%), Hispanic (5.3%), two or more races (2.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 38.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Southwestern Elementary School is 13.8. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Southwestern Elementary School is $7,988.
Schooldigger Rankings:

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

Southwestern Con School Shelby County:

SchoolDigger ranks Southwestern Con School Shelby County 203rd of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Southwestern Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 54.92 174th 326 46.6%
2005 53.05 508th 959 47.0%
2006 50.56 551st 961 42.7%
2007 41.32 685th 985 30.5%
2008 33.88 772nd 996 22.5%
2009 56.72 506th 1003 49.6%
2010 63.89 394th 1009 61.0%
2011 54.32 566th 1025 44.8%
2012 58.58 478th 1015 52.9%
2013 49.46 628th 1035 39.3%
2014 72.95 239th 1036 76.9%
2015 84.59 97th 1040 90.7%
2016 83.25 111th 1046 89.4%
2017 75.78 216th 1033 79.1%
2018 65.09 386th 1027 62.4%
2019 78.12 185th 1031 82.1%
2021 65.77 342nd 1016 66.3%
2022 53.65 502nd 1020 50.8%
2023 60.55 407th 1016 59.9%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Southwestern Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 425 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1989 400 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 400
1990 404 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 405
1991 396 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 397
1992 394 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 394
1993 379 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 380
1994 397 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 397
1995 422 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 1 424
1996 422 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 1 424
1997 430 0 0 3 0 n/a n/a 1 434
1998 416 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 416
1999 407 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 408
2000 407 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 411
2001 411 2 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 415
2002 388 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 389
2003 388 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 389
2004 379 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 379
2005 387 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 388
2006 381 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 382
2007 415 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 7 424
2008 414 0 2 2 0 n/a n/a 7 425
2009 373 0 2 1 0 n/a n/a 8 384
2010 374 0 3 1 0 n/a n/a 7 385
2011 339 0 3 2 0 0 4 0 348
2012 345 0 2 3 0 0 4 0 354
2013 335 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 343
2014 288 0 0 7 0 0 2 0 297
2015 297 0 0 11 0 0 2 0 310
2016 263 0 0 9 0 0 2 0 274
2017 265 0 0 11 0 0 1 0 277
2018 286 1 1 11 0 0 1 0 300
2019 318 0 2 9 0 0 0 0 329
2020 282 0 3 10 0 0 2 0 297
2021 267 0 2 10 0 0 4 0 283
2022 306 0 1 14 0 0 6 0 327
2023 313 0 1 18 0 0 7 0 339

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 Southwestern Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 426 21.4 19.9 8.7
1989 400 20.4 19.6 8.8
1990 405 20.2 20.0 7.7
1991 397 20.2 19.6 7.3
1992 394 19.8 19.8 7.1
1993 380 20.6 18.4 10
1994 397 19.7 20.2 15.9
1995 424 22.0 19.3 17.5
1996 424 22.0 19.3 17.5
1997 434 20.9 20.8 7.6
1998 416 21.2 19.6 12.3
1999 408 21.0 19.4 15.9
2000 411 21.8 18.9 12.7
2001 415 21.7 19.1 18.6
2002 389 21.8 17.8 21.3
2003 389 21.8 17.8 21.3
2004 379 22.5 16.8 21.1
2005 388 22.5 17.2 21.9
2006 382 17.0 22.5 18.6
2007 424 n/a n/a 24.2
2008 425 18.6 22.8 26.3
2009 384 19.7 19.5 26.1
2010 385 20.1 19.0 34.7
2011 348 22.3 15.5 35.1
2012 354 22.0 16.0 39.8
2013 343 14.0 24.5 43.1
2014 297 20.0 14.8 39.7
2015 310 19.0 16.3 46.8
2016 274 19.0 14.4 42.7
2017 277 19.4 14.2 38.3
2018 300 19.4 15.4 45
2019 329 21.5 15.2 41.3
2020 297 19.6 15.1 43.1
2021 283 19.0 14.8 39.9
2022 327 20.5 15.9 37.3
2023 339 24.5 13.8 38.9

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 Southwestern Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 426 21.4 19.9 8.7
1989 400 20.4 19.6 8.8
1990 405 20.2 20.0 7.7
1991 397 20.2 19.6 7.3
1992 394 19.8 19.8 7.1
1993 380 20.6 18.4 10
1994 397 19.7 20.2 15.9
1995 424 22.0 19.3 17.5
1996 424 22.0 19.3 17.5
1997 434 20.9 20.8 7.6
1998 416 21.2 19.6 12.3
1999 408 21.0 19.4 15.9
2000 411 21.8 18.9 12.7
2001 415 21.7 19.1 18.6
2002 389 21.8 17.8 21.3
2003 389 21.8 17.8 21.3
2004 379 22.5 16.8 21.1
2005 388 22.5 17.2 21.9
2006 382 17.0 22.5 18.6
2007 424 n/a n/a 24.2
2008 425 18.6 22.8 26.3
2009 384 19.7 19.5 26.1
2010 385 20.1 19.0 34.7
2011 348 22.3 15.5 35.1
2012 354 22.0 16.0 39.8
2013 343 14.0 24.5 43.1
2014 297 20.0 14.8 39.7
2015 310 19.0 16.3 46.8
2016 274 19.0 14.4 42.7
2017 277 19.4 14.2 38.3
2018 300 19.4 15.4 45
2019 329 21.5 15.2 41.3
2020 297 19.6 15.1 43.1
2021 283 19.0 14.8 39.9
2022 327 20.5 15.9 37.3
2023 339 24.5 13.8 38.9

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 Southwestern Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $370 (4.9%) $7,196 (95.1%) $7,566
2020 $580 (6.3%) $8,674 (93.7%) $9,253
2021 $429 (4.7%) $8,689 (95.3%) $9,118
2022 $691 (8.7%) $7,297 (91.3%) $7,988

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Southwestern Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 185th of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 407th of 1016 Elementary schools
 22.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Southwestern Elementary School)66.738.9
 27.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)66.738.9
 27.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)46.339.7
 6.6%
3rd Grade Math (Southwestern Elementary School)81.347.2
 34.1%
   3rd Grade Math (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)81.347.2
 34.1%
   3rd Grade Math (Indiana)58.753.1
 5.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Southwestern Elementary School)47.148.9
 1.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)47.148.9
 1.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)45.840.3
 5.5%
4th Grade Math (Southwestern Elementary School)52.942.6
 10.4%
   4th Grade Math (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)52.942.6
 10.4%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Southwestern Elementary School)58.831.9
 26.9%
   4th Grade Science (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)58.831.9
 26.9%
   4th Grade Science (Indiana)46.337
 9.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Southwestern Elementary School)70.853.7
 17.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)70.853.7
 17.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.540.2
 7.3%
5th Grade Math (Southwestern Elementary School)56.351.2
 5.1%
   5th Grade Math (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)56.351.2
 5.1%
   5th Grade Math (Indiana)47.841.1
 6.7%
5th Grade Social Studies (Southwestern Elementary School)72.951.2
 21.7%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)72.951.2
 21.7%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Indiana)4639.1
 6.9%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Southwestern Elementary School)56.137.1
 19%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)56.137.1
 19%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.840.8
 7%
6th Grade Math (Southwestern Elementary School)53.731.4
 22.3%
   6th Grade Math (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)53.731.4
 22.3%
   6th Grade Math (Indiana)46.438.3
 8.1%
6th Grade Science (Southwestern Elementary School)58.540
 18.5%
   6th Grade Science (Southwestern Con School Shelby County)58.540
 18.5%
   6th Grade Science (Indiana)48.638.2
 10.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students329339
 3%
African American00
American Indian00
Asian21
 50%
Hispanic918
 100%
Pacific Islander00
White318313
 1.6%
Two or More Races07
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.3%38.9%
 2.4%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 339 students attended Southwestern Elementary School.

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

High : Southwestern High School

Students at Southwestern Elementary School are 92% White, 5% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races.

Southwestern Elementary School ranks 406th of 1011 Indiana elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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