Southdown Elementary School

Summary:

Southdown Elementary School is a public elementary school serving 504 students in grades PK-6 in Houma, Louisiana, which is part of the Terrebonne Parish school district. The school's student population is predominantly African American (62.1%), with smaller percentages of White (14.09%), Hispanic (12.5%), and other racial groups.

Despite being part of a district ranked 21 out of 114 in the state, Southdown Elementary consistently underperforms compared to Terrebonne Parish and Louisiana state averages on LEAP tests, with proficiency rates in Mathematics (50%), English Language Arts (62%), and Social Studies (38%) significantly lower than district and state levels. The school's statewide ranking has declined from 353 out of 729 schools in 2020-2021 to 483 out of 730 schools in 2022-2023, placing it in the bottom third of Louisiana elementary schools. While African American and Hispanic students perform relatively well compared to their peers statewide, the school struggles with its White and low socioeconomic status student populations, ranking in the bottom half of Louisiana elementary schools for these subgroups.

Southdown Elementary's academic performance lags behind many nearby elementary schools in the Terrebonne Parish district, such as Broadmoor Elementary, Mulberry Elementary, and Coteau-Bayou Blue Elementary, which all have significantly higher proficiency rates and statewide rankings. The school's high poverty rate, with 76.19% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, likely contributes to its academic challenges, and the declining performance over the years suggests the need for targeted interventions and support to improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 1124 St. Charles Street
       Houma, LA  70360


(985) 303-4835

District: Terrebonne Parish

SchoolDigger Rank:
481st of 727 Louisiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,321 Help


Students who attend Southdown Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Houma Junior High School
High:    Terrebonne High School

Student/teacher ratio:  18.9 Help
Number of students:  504

Racial breakdown:

African American:
62.1%
White:
14.1%
Hispanic:
12.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  76.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Southdown Elementary School ranks worse than 66.2% of elementary schools in Louisiana. It also ranks 17th among 18 ranked elementary schools in the Terrebonne Parish School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 35.28. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Southdown Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (62.1%), White (14.1%), Hispanic (12.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 76.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Southdown Elementary School is 18.9. 9 elementary schools in the Terrebonne Parish School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Southdown Elementary School is $10,321. 13 elementary schools in the Terrebonne Parish School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Southdown Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Southdown Elementary School 481st of 727 Louisiana public elementary schools. (See Southdown Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Terrebonne Parish:

SchoolDigger ranks Terrebonne Parish 21st of 114 Louisiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Southdown Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 19.43 625th 725 13.8%
2008 27.76 568th 743 23.6%
2009 25.57 588th 738 20.3%
2010 34.34 529th 736 28.1%
2011 27.96 592nd 766 22.7%
2012 19.49 666th 764 12.8%
2013 36.18 544th 772 29.5%
2014 28.56 605th 777 22.1%
2015 29.81 601st 792 24.1%
2016 30.80 560th 742 24.5%
2017 44.63 450th 739 39.1%
2018 45.43 379th 728 47.9%
2019 27.70 572nd 731 21.8%
2021 53.93 353rd 729 51.6%
2022 47.96 398th 727 45.3%
2023 35.28 483rd 730 33.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 49.19 24th 45 46.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.84 366th 682 46.3%
2019 33.83 517th 697 25.8%
2021 58.44 306th 719 57.4%
2022 54.46 330th 724 54.4%
2023 39.75 449th 723 37.9%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 40.85 13th 23 43.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 32.67 519th 684 24.1%
2021 55.12 339th 705 51.9%
2022 59.05 293rd 701 58.2%
2023 42.34 425th 705 39.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 29.28 531st 696 23.7%
2021 50.71 355th 704 49.6%
2022 39.25 446th 712 37.4%
2023 34.68 474th 713 33.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.76 196th 547 64.2%
2019 37.02 391st 559 30.1%
2021 67.12 144th 564 74.5%
2022 58.10 199th 562 64.6%
2023 48.86 285th 570 50.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 68.10 57th 202 71.8%
2022 74.35 51st 220 76.8%
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Rank History for White students at Southdown Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.95 105th 516 79.7%
2019 18.64 479th 517 7.4%
2022 60.43 214th 517 58.6%
2023 37.64 373rd 518 28.0%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Southdown Elementary 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 656 656
1990 130 476 0 3 11 n/a n/a 0 620
1991 162 474 0 2 10 n/a n/a 0 648
1992 143 453 1 4 7 n/a n/a 0 608
1993 127 470 0 2 10 n/a n/a 0 609
1994 131 459 1 3 10 n/a n/a 0 604
1995 94 460 1 0 25 n/a n/a 0 580
1996 94 460 1 0 25 n/a n/a 0 580
1997 89 454 0 2 14 n/a n/a 0 559
1998 101 418 1 3 14 n/a n/a 0 537
1999 70 423 3 7 9 n/a n/a 0 512
2000 70 443 2 5 11 n/a n/a 0 531
2001 80 397 2 3 6 n/a n/a 0 488
2002 96 397 3 1 14 n/a n/a 0 511
2003 96 397 3 1 14 n/a n/a 0 511
2004 99 388 3 4 10 n/a n/a 0 504
2005 97 380 8 10 16 n/a n/a 0 511
2006 91 413 12 11 16 n/a n/a 0 543
2007 108 385 6 8 17 n/a n/a 0 524
2008 123 352 10 7 20 n/a n/a 0 512
2009 88 351 8 11 13 n/a n/a 0 471
2010 91 333 12 18 12 n/a n/a 0 466
2011 90 347 11 11 14 0 3 0 476
2012 95 328 13 19 9 0 10 0 474
2013 70 301 7 37 9 0 13 0 437
2014 58 305 6 37 9 0 21 0 436
2015 65 315 7 60 8 0 27 0 482
2016 53 300 3 45 6 0 22 0 429
2017 46 203 2 23 2 0 20 0 296
2018 52 244 1 26 4 0 33 0 360
2019 59 219 1 31 12 0 37 0 359
2020 70 320 2 45 16 0 59 0 512
2021 68 337 4 44 17 0 59 0 529
2022 63 304 5 48 16 1 41 0 478
2023 71 313 2 63 17 0 38 0 504

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 Southdown Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 656 77.0 8.5 120.4
1990 620 40.0 15.5 86.8
1991 648 44.0 14.7 94.9
1992 608 42.0 14.4 94.9
1993 609 43.0 14.2 94.4
1994 604 40.0 15.1 94.9
1995 580 36.2 16.0 83.6
1996 580 36.2 16.0 83.6
1997 559 46.0 12.2 79.1
1998 537 50.0 10.7 85.5
1999 512 47.0 10.9 91.8
2000 531 52.8 10.1 94.9
2001 488 53.0 9.2 94.5
2002 511 48.8 10.5 93.9
2003 511 48.8 10.5 93.9
2004 504 48.1 10.5 92.9
2005 511 43.4 11.8 91
2006 543 45.2 12.0 95
2007 524 46.0 11.4 90.1
2008 512 46.9 10.9 88.9
2009 471 48.3 9.8 88.7
2010 466 46.4 10.0 90.3
2011 476 38.9 12.2 89.3
2012 474 39.9 11.8 91.1
2013 437 29.5 14.8 91.1
2014 436 26.0 16.7 91.7
2015 482 28.0 17.2 92.5
2016 429 47.0 9.1 93.7
2017 296 31.8 9.2 72
2018 360 21.0 17.1 70.8
2019 359 23.0 15.6 81.6
2020 512 26.0 19.6 77
2021 529 28.0 18.8 66.4
2022 478 28.0 17.0 61.3
2023 504 26.6 18.9 76.2

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 Southdown Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 656 77.0 8.5 120.4
1990 620 40.0 15.5 86.8
1991 648 44.0 14.7 94.9
1992 608 42.0 14.4 94.9
1993 609 43.0 14.2 94.4
1994 604 40.0 15.1 94.9
1995 580 36.2 16.0 83.6
1996 580 36.2 16.0 83.6
1997 559 46.0 12.2 79.1
1998 537 50.0 10.7 85.5
1999 512 47.0 10.9 91.8
2000 531 52.8 10.1 94.9
2001 488 53.0 9.2 94.5
2002 511 48.8 10.5 93.9
2003 511 48.8 10.5 93.9
2004 504 48.1 10.5 92.9
2005 511 43.4 11.8 91
2006 543 45.2 12.0 95
2007 524 46.0 11.4 90.1
2008 512 46.9 10.9 88.9
2009 471 48.3 9.8 88.7
2010 466 46.4 10.0 90.3
2011 476 38.9 12.2 89.3
2012 474 39.9 11.8 91.1
2013 437 29.5 14.8 91.1
2014 436 26.0 16.7 91.7
2015 482 28.0 17.2 92.5
2016 429 47.0 9.1 93.7
2017 296 31.8 9.2 72
2018 360 21.0 17.1 70.8
2019 359 23.0 15.6 81.6
2020 512 26.0 19.6 77
2021 529 28.0 18.8 66.4
2022 478 28.0 17.0 61.3
2023 504 26.6 18.9 76.2

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 Southdown Elementary School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2017 $14,031
2018 $11,580
2019 $12,338
2020 $10,321

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Southdown Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 572nd of 731 Elementary schoolsRanks 483rd of 730 Elementary schools
 12.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Southdown Elementary School)6551
 14%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Terrebonne Parish)7567
 8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)6964
 5%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Southdown Elementary School)6358
 5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Terrebonne Parish)7667
 9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7062
 8%
3rd Grade Social Studies (Southdown Elementary School)3738
 1%
   3rd Grade Social Studies (Terrebonne Parish)5347
 6%
   3rd Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)4744
 3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Southdown Elementary School)5351
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Terrebonne Parish)7778
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7268
 4%
4th Grade Social Studies (Southdown Elementary School)2340
 17%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Terrebonne Parish)6063
 3%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5153
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Southdown Elementary School)5949
 10%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Terrebonne Parish)6367
 4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)6361
 2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Southdown Elementary School)5171
 20%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Terrebonne Parish)7679
 3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7170
 1%
5th Grade Social Studies (Southdown Elementary School)3649
 13%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Terrebonne Parish)5759
 2%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5448
 6%
6th Grade Mathematics (Southdown Elementary School)4248
 6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Terrebonne Parish)7268
 4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)6157
 4%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Southdown Elementary School)5568
 13%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Terrebonne Parish)7681
 5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)6768
 1%
6th Grade Social Studies (Southdown Elementary School)4628
 18%
   6th Grade Social Studies (Terrebonne Parish)5952
 7%
   6th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5142
 9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students359504
 40.4%
African American219313
 42.9%
American Indian1217
 41.7%
Asian12
 100%
Hispanic3163
 103.2%
Pacific Islander00
White5971
 20.3%
Two or More Races3738
 2.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients81.6%76.2%
 5.4%


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Students at Southdown Elementary School are 62% African American, 14% White, 13% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 3% American Indian.

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

Middle : Houma Junior High School
High : Terrebonne High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 504 students attended Southdown Elementary School.

Southdown Elementary School ranks 481st of 727 Louisiana elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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