N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

Summary:

N.S.U. Elementary Lab School is a public elementary school in Natchitoches, Louisiana, serving 296 students in grades PK-5 and consistently ranking among the top schools in the state.

The school's academic performance is exceptional, with 94% of 3rd graders and 99% of 5th graders proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to just 64% for both the Natchitoches Parish and Louisiana state averages. In Social Studies, 85% of all grades at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School are proficient or better, significantly higher than the 50% for the parish and 49% for the state. The school's diverse student population, with 16.55% African American, 5.07% Hispanic, and 2.7% Asian students, is also noteworthy, especially when compared to the predominantly White student bodies at nearby schools like Natchitoches Magnet School.

N.S.U. Elementary Lab School's consistent high performance, with a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past 10 years, is impressive and indicates the school's ability to provide a quality education to all its students, regardless of their demographic characteristics. The school's affiliation with Northwestern State University, its focus on teacher training and development, and its ability to attract a diverse student body may contribute to its exceptional success, which sets it apart from other high-performing schools in the Natchitoches Parish district.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 #1 Caldwell NSU Campus-W Easto
       Natchitoches, LA  71497


(318) 238-6385

District: Natchitoches Parish

SchoolDigger Rank:
21st of 727 Louisiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,429 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  21.1 Help
Number of students:  296

Racial breakdown:

White:
70.6%
African American:
16.6%
Hispanic:
5.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  33.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details N.S.U. Elementary Lab School ranks better than 97.1% of elementary schools in Louisiana. It also ranks first among 6 ranked elementary schools in the Natchitoches Parish School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.54. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (70.6%), African American (16.6%), Hispanic (5.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 33.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Natchitoches Parish School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School is 21.1, which is the highest among 7 elementary schools in the Natchitoches Parish School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School is $11,429. 4 elementary schools in the Natchitoches Parish School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

N.S.U. Elementary Lab School:

SchoolDigger ranks N.S.U. Elementary Lab School 21st of 727 Louisiana public elementary schools. (See N.S.U. Elementary Lab School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Natchitoches Parish:

SchoolDigger ranks Natchitoches Parish 35th of 114 Louisiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

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Rank History for all students at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 88.87 45th 725 93.8%
2008 80.24 124th 743 83.3%
2009 91.97 22nd 738 97.0%
2010 91.31 28th 736 96.2%
2011 91.76 28th 766 96.3%
2012 89.45 37th 764 95.2%
2013 88.54 41st 772 94.7%
2014 91.05 26th 777 96.7%
2015 92.00 25th 792 96.8%
2016 90.28 31st 742 95.8%
2017 89.98 30th 739 95.9%
2018 89.29 26th 728 96.4%
2019 91.68 33rd 731 95.5%
2021 93.82 25th 729 96.6%
2022 88.31 62nd 727 91.5%
2023 95.54 21st 730 97.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.68 21st 682 96.9%
2019 92.28 25th 697 96.4%
2021 87.73 52nd 719 92.8%
2022 90.27 36th 724 95.0%
2023 97.33 15th 723 97.9%
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Rank History for Female students at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 93.26 21st 684 96.9%
2021 93.18 22nd 705 96.9%
2022 91.98 33rd 701 95.3%
2023 95.78 18th 705 97.4%
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Rank History for Male students at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 85.66 76th 696 89.1%
2021 83.61 99th 704 85.9%
2022 82.10 109th 712 84.7%
2023 89.82 49th 713 93.1%
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Rank History for African American students at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.56 26th 547 95.2%
2019 95.42 19th 559 96.6%
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Rank History for White students at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.18 53rd 516 89.7%
2019 84.84 37th 517 92.8%
2021 89.31 34th 522 93.5%
2022 79.97 77th 517 85.1%
2023 91.65 24th 518 95.4%
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Data source: test scores: Louisiana Dept 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.

N.S.U. Elementary Lab School Test Scores
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Data source: Louisiana Dept of Education

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Enrollment information for N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 320 320
1990 194 124 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 321
1991 208 110 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 320
1992 207 109 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 319
1993 207 107 3 1 2 n/a n/a 0 320
1994 205 105 5 4 1 n/a n/a 0 320
1995 207 96 9 4 4 n/a n/a 0 320
1996 207 96 9 4 4 n/a n/a 0 320
1997 207 93 12 3 5 n/a n/a 0 320
1998 207 98 6 6 3 n/a n/a 0 320
1999 205 97 4 8 6 n/a n/a 0 320
2000 205 103 3 6 5 n/a n/a 0 322
2001 209 94 3 6 7 n/a n/a 0 319
2002 208 95 4 6 7 n/a n/a 0 320
2003 208 95 4 6 7 n/a n/a 0 320
2004 201 99 7 7 6 n/a n/a 0 320
2005 219 78 7 9 7 n/a n/a 0 320
2006 222 81 6 7 5 n/a n/a 0 321
2007 218 67 6 7 8 n/a n/a 0 306
2008 213 68 13 10 10 n/a n/a 0 314
2009 209 61 8 9 9 n/a n/a 0 296
2010 222 53 6 5 9 n/a n/a 0 295
2011 226 48 7 6 6 1 3 0 297
2012 226 44 4 6 6 0 5 0 291
2013 228 45 3 7 5 0 7 0 295
2014 224 45 3 10 6 0 8 0 296
2015 221 38 4 15 7 0 9 0 294
2016 212 38 6 16 5 0 19 0 296
2017 208 43 5 15 8 0 15 0 294
2018 206 40 5 19 9 0 13 0 292
2019 209 37 1 20 7 0 17 0 291
2020 216 30 1 19 3 0 18 0 287
2021 211 37 2 18 3 0 17 0 288
2022 215 44 3 14 2 0 13 0 291
2023 209 49 8 15 3 0 12 0 296

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 N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 320 18.0 17.7 52.2
1990 321 17.0 18.8 16.5
1991 320 18.0 17.7 13.8
1992 319 17.0 18.7 11.6
1993 320 19.0 16.8 53.1
1994 320 19.0 16.8 50.3
1995 320 20.0 16.0 14.4
1996 320 20.0 16.0 14.4
1997 320 20.0 16.0 12.2
1998 320 20.0 16.0 14.1
1999 320 21.0 15.2 22.2
2000 322 20.0 16.1 23.6
2001 319 19.0 16.8 21.3
2002 320 18.0 17.8 22.5
2003 320 18.0 17.8 22.5
2004 320 18.0 17.8 23.1
2005 320 16.0 20.0 24.1
2006 321 17.0 18.9 23.4
2007 306 12.0 25.5 16.3
2008 314 14.0 22.4 19.4
2009 296 17.0 17.4 18.9
2010 295 16.7 17.6 21.4
2011 297 15.9 18.6 20.2
2012 291 15.9 18.2 19.9
2013 295 16.0 18.4 15.9
2014 296 16.0 18.5 20.9
2015 294 17.0 17.2 18.7
2016 296 20.0 14.8 23.3
2017 294 16.2 18.0 20.1
2018 292 15.0 19.4 18.2
2019 291 14.0 20.7 16.2
2020 287 13.9 20.6 15
2021 288 14.0 20.5 22.6
2022 291 13.5 21.5 26.1
2023 296 14.0 21.1 33.8

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 N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 320 18.0 17.7 52.2
1990 321 17.0 18.8 16.5
1991 320 18.0 17.7 13.8
1992 319 17.0 18.7 11.6
1993 320 19.0 16.8 53.1
1994 320 19.0 16.8 50.3
1995 320 20.0 16.0 14.4
1996 320 20.0 16.0 14.4
1997 320 20.0 16.0 12.2
1998 320 20.0 16.0 14.1
1999 320 21.0 15.2 22.2
2000 322 20.0 16.1 23.6
2001 319 19.0 16.8 21.3
2002 320 18.0 17.8 22.5
2003 320 18.0 17.8 22.5
2004 320 18.0 17.8 23.1
2005 320 16.0 20.0 24.1
2006 321 17.0 18.9 23.4
2007 306 12.0 25.5 16.3
2008 314 14.0 22.4 19.4
2009 296 17.0 17.4 18.9
2010 295 16.7 17.6 21.4
2011 297 15.9 18.6 20.2
2012 291 15.9 18.2 19.9
2013 295 16.0 18.4 15.9
2014 296 16.0 18.5 20.9
2015 294 17.0 17.2 18.7
2016 296 20.0 14.8 23.3
2017 294 16.2 18.0 20.1
2018 292 15.0 19.4 18.2
2019 291 14.0 20.7 16.2
2020 287 13.9 20.6 15
2021 288 14.0 20.5 22.6
2022 291 13.5 21.5 26.1
2023 296 14.0 21.1 33.8

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 N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2017 $10,605
2018 $11,160
2019 $11,318
2020 $11,429

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

Impact of COVID-19 on N.S.U. Elementary Lab 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 33rd of 731 Elementary schoolsRanks 21st of 730 Elementary schools
 1.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Social Studies (N.S.U. Elementary Lab School)7985
 6%
   3rd Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Parish)3847
 9%
   3rd Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)4744
 3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (N.S.U. Elementary Lab School)8788
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Natchitoches Parish)5061
 11%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7269
 3%
4th Grade Social Studies (N.S.U. Elementary Lab School)8178
 3%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Parish)3648
 12%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5151
5th Grade Social Studies (N.S.U. Elementary Lab School)9476
 18%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Parish)4854
 6%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5448
 6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students291296
 1.7%
African American3749
 32.4%
American Indian73
 57.1%
Asian18
 700%
Hispanic2015
 25%
Pacific Islander00
White209209
Two or More Races1712
 29.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients16.2%33.8%
 17.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about N.S.U. Elementary Lab School

Students at N.S.U. Elementary Lab School are 71% White, 17% African American, 5% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 3% Asian, 1% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 296 students attended N.S.U. Elementary Lab School.

Yes! N.S.U. Elementary Lab School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 21st of 727 Louisiana elementary schools.


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