South Elementary

Summary:

South Elementary is a public elementary school in Hingham, Massachusetts, serving 502 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the highly-ranked Hingham School District, which is ranked 14th out of 356 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

South Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Massachusetts, maintaining a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger and outperforming state and district averages on MCAS Next Generation assessments. In the 2022-2023 school year, 78.6% of South Elementary students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 74.4% in the Hingham district and 42.29% statewide. The school also ranks exceptionally well for specific student groups, such as male students (ranked 9th out of 896 MA elementary schools) and white students (ranked 21st out of 762 MA elementary schools).

While South Elementary has a significantly higher percentage of white students (90.44%) compared to the state average and nearby schools like Wm L Foster Elementary and East Elementary School, the school's exceptional performance across diverse student groups suggests it has implemented effective strategies to support the academic needs of all learners. The Hingham School District as a whole demonstrates strong academic performance, with several schools ranked in the top 100 elementary schools in Massachusetts.


Detail:

Public K-5

 831 Main Street
       Hingham, MA  02043


(781) 741-1540

District: Hingham

SchoolDigger Rank:
18th of 928 Massachusetts Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,440 Help


Students who attend South Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Hingham Middle School
High:    Hingham High

Student/teacher ratio:  13.2 Help
Number of students:  502

Racial breakdown:

White:
90.4%
Asian:
5.0%
Hispanic:
1.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  5.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details South Elementary ranks better than 98.1% of elementary schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks 2nd among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Hingham School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.5. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details South Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Hingham School District. Racial makeup is: White (90.4%), Asian (5%), Hispanic (1.8%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at South Elementary is 13.2, which is the highest among 4 elementary schools in the Hingham School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at South Elementary is $16,440, which is the lowest among 4 elementary schools in the Hingham School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

South Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks South Elementary 18th of 928 Massachusetts public elementary schools. (See South Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Hingham:

SchoolDigger ranks Hingham 14th of 356 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for South Elementary

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Rank History for all students at South Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 87.35 74th 884 91.6%
2004 82.39 147th 882 83.3%
2005 86.42 90th 887 89.9%
2006 84.69 119th 911 86.9%
2007 82.08 144th 911 84.2%
2008 85.52 91st 908 90.0%
2009 85.35 99th 909 89.1%
2010 86.90 86th 920 90.7%
2011 86.35 88th 924 90.5%
2012 88.69 63rd 930 93.2%
2013 88.93 54th 928 94.2%
2014 87.96 64th 926 93.1%
2015 90.40 33rd 914 96.4%
2016 91.15 38th 932 95.9%
2017 93.87 17th 938 98.2%
2018 93.57 16th 934 98.3%
2019 92.57 31st 942 96.7%
2021 94.54 20th 936 97.9%
2022 95.87 15th 932 98.4%
2023 95.50 18th 928 98.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at South Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.11 110th 886 87.6%
2019 67.12 215th 896 76.0%
2021 88.85 52nd 894 94.2%
2022 87.49 54th 905 94.0%
2023 85.42 54th 703 92.3%
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Rank History for Female students at South Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.94 12th 893 98.7%
2019 89.74 49th 902 94.6%
2021 93.88 21st 898 97.7%
2022 93.52 26th 901 97.1%
2023 92.97 30th 887 96.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at South Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.70 23rd 656 96.5%
2019 80.66 79th 665 88.1%
2021 88.14 44th 632 93.0%
2022 92.90 20th 672 97.0%
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Rank History for Male students at South Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.98 28th 898 96.9%
2019 92.58 22nd 907 97.6%
2021 92.85 30th 904 96.7%
2022 96.13 9th 908 99.0%
2023 95.83 9th 896 99.0%
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Rank History for Tested In Person students at South Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 94.49 19th 925 97.9%
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Rank History for White students at South Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.62 21st 772 97.3%
2019 90.06 29th 780 96.3%
2021 91.04 24th 765 96.9%
2022 93.16 13th 764 98.3%
2023 92.88 21st 762 97.2%
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Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary 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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Data source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Enrollment information for South Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 356 2 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 361
1989 296 1 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 302
1990 349 1 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 356
1991 343 1 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 349
1992 370 0 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 374
1993 405 1 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 409
1994 426 0 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 431
1995 439 1 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 445
1996 439 1 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 445
1997 411 0 7 2 0 n/a n/a 0 420
1998 405 2 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 413
1999 418 8 6 0 0 n/a n/a 0 432
2000 517 0 9 1 0 n/a n/a 0 527
2001 486 9 16 4 0 n/a n/a 0 515
2002 555 9 15 6 0 n/a n/a 0 585
2003 555 9 15 6 0 n/a n/a 0 585
2004 563 9 18 3 0 n/a n/a 0 593
2005 577 11 18 4 0 n/a n/a 0 610
2006 589 4 9 4 0 n/a n/a 18 624
2007 620 3 10 4 0 n/a n/a 13 650
2008 613 4 9 7 0 n/a n/a 12 645
2009 649 5 11 14 0 0 14 0 693
2010 489 5 11 11 0 0 8 0 524
2011 481 8 9 13 0 0 8 0 519
2012 479 8 8 15 0 0 6 0 516
2013 490 7 8 13 0 0 10 0 528
2014 508 9 7 10 0 0 12 0 546
2015 491 4 10 11 0 0 14 0 530
2016 488 5 11 8 0 0 18 0 530
2017 458 11 14 9 0 0 20 0 512
2018 464 10 20 8 0 0 25 0 527
2019 465 8 20 6 0 0 19 0 518
2020 460 9 17 8 0 0 19 0 513
2021 423 6 22 10 0 0 17 0 478
2022 431 19 29 11 0 0 10 0 500
2023 454 7 25 9 0 0 7 0 502

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 South Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 361 n/a n/a n/a
1989 302 n/a n/a n/a
1990 356 n/a n/a n/a
1991 349 n/a n/a n/a
1992 374 n/a n/a n/a
1993 409 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 431 n/a n/a n/a
1995 445 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 445 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 420 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 413 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 432 n/a 0.0 2.3
2000 527 n/a 0.0 3.4
2001 515 n/a 0.0 0
2002 585 n/a n/a 3.4
2003 585 n/a n/a 3.4
2004 593 41.6 14.3 2.5
2005 610 40.3 15.1 2.5
2006 624 44.2 14.1 1.8
2007 650 44.0 14.8 1.7
2008 645 43.4 14.9 2.1
2009 693 41.8 16.6 2.5
2010 524 33.0 15.8 2.9
2011 519 32.3 16.0 4
2012 516 30.2 17.0 3.9
2013 528 30.6 17.2 2.5
2014 546 32.7 16.6 1.8
2015 530 34.0 15.5 5.5
2016 530 36.0 14.7 n/a
2017 512 36.0 14.2 n/a
2018 527 35.6 14.7 n/a
2019 518 35.7 14.5 n/a
2020 513 36.4 14.0 n/a
2021 478 32.7 14.5 n/a
2022 500 37.9 13.1 n/a
2023 502 37.8 13.2 n/a

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 South Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 361 n/a n/a n/a
1989 302 n/a n/a n/a
1990 356 n/a n/a n/a
1991 349 n/a n/a n/a
1992 374 n/a n/a n/a
1993 409 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 431 n/a n/a n/a
1995 445 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 445 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 420 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 413 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 432 n/a 0.0 2.3
2000 527 n/a 0.0 3.4
2001 515 n/a 0.0 0
2002 585 n/a n/a 3.4
2003 585 n/a n/a 3.4
2004 593 41.6 14.3 2.5
2005 610 40.3 15.1 2.5
2006 624 44.2 14.1 1.8
2007 650 44.0 14.8 1.7
2008 645 43.4 14.9 2.1
2009 693 41.8 16.6 2.5
2010 524 33.0 15.8 2.9
2011 519 32.3 16.0 4
2012 516 30.2 17.0 3.9
2013 528 30.6 17.2 2.5
2014 546 32.7 16.6 1.8
2015 530 34.0 15.5 5.5
2016 530 36.0 14.7 n/a
2017 512 36.0 14.2 n/a
2018 527 35.6 14.7 n/a
2019 518 35.7 14.5 n/a
2020 513 36.4 14.0 n/a
2021 478 32.7 14.5 n/a
2022 500 37.9 13.1 n/a
2023 502 37.8 13.2 n/a

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 South Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $344 (2.5%) $13,589 (97.5%) $13,933
2020 $188 (1.4%) $13,633 (98.6%) $13,820
2021 $533 (3.2%) $15,906 (96.8%) $16,440

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

Impact of COVID-19 on South Elementary

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 31st of 942 Elementary schoolsRanks 18th of 928 Elementary schools
 1.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Elementary)8170
 11%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hingham)7975.2
 3.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5643.9
 12.1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (South Elementary)7566.3
 8.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hingham)7168.7
 2.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4941
 8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (South Elementary)8084.1
 4.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hingham)7869
 9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5239.7
 12.3%
4th Grade Mathematics (South Elementary)6886.4
 18.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hingham)7477.7
 3.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4945
 4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (South Elementary)8680.9
 5.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hingham)8077.8
 2.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5243.8
 8.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (South Elementary)8677.5
 8.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hingham)7878.8
 0.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.9
 8.2%
5th Grade Science (South Elementary)8784.3
 2.7%
   5th Grade Science (Hingham)8279.9
 2.1%
   5th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4841.6
 6.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (South Elementary)8278.6
 3.4%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Hingham)8374.4
 8.6%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5242.3
 9.7%
All Grades Mathematics (South Elementary)7777
 0%
   All Grades Mathematics (Hingham)7471.1
 2.9%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.6
 8.4%
All Grades Science (South Elementary)8784.3
 2.7%
   All Grades Science (Hingham)7970.9
 8.1%
   All Grades Science (Massachusetts)4741.2
 5.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students518502
 3.1%
African American87
 12.5%
American Indian00
Asian2025
 25%
Hispanic69
 50%
Pacific Islander00
White465454
 2.4%
Two or More Races197
 63.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about South Elementary

Students who attend South Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Hingham Middle School
High : Hingham High

Yes! South Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 18th of 928 Massachusetts elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 502 students attended South Elementary.

Students at South Elementary are 90% White, 5% Asian, 2% Hispanic, 1% African American, 1% Two or more races.


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