James Russell Lowell

Public K-5

 175 Orchard Street
       Watertown, MA  02472


(617) 926-7770

District: Watertown

SchoolDigger Rank:
188th of 932 Massachusetts Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $24,276 Help

Students who attend James Russell Lowell usually attend:

Middle:    Watertown Middle
High:    Watertown High

Student/teacher ratio:  8.1
Number of students:  359

Racial breakdown:

White:
60.7%
Hispanic:
19.5%
Two or more races:
9.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  26.7%

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Compare Details James Russell Lowell ranks better than 79.8% of elementary schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks first among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Watertown School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.85. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (60.7%), Hispanic (19.5%), two or more races (9.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at James Russell Lowell is 8.1, which is the lowest among 3 elementary schools in the Watertown School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at James Russell Lowell is $24,276. 1 elementary schools in the Watertown School District spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

James Russell Lowell:

SchoolDigger ranks James Russell Lowell 188th of 932 Massachusetts public elementary schools. (See James Russell Lowell in the ranking list.)

Watertown:

SchoolDigger ranks Watertown 178th of 353 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for James Russell Lowell

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 73.38 247th 884 72.1%
2004 66.97 316th 882 64.2%
2005 56.62 411th 887 53.7%
2006 64.06 334th 911 63.3%
2007 69.05 292nd 911 67.9%
2008 66.14 322nd 908 64.5%
2009 73.75 242nd 909 73.4%
2010 72.71 262nd 920 71.5%
2011 53.98 475th 924 48.6%
2012 68.51 328th 930 64.7%
2013 62.46 381st 928 58.9%
2014 61.45 388th 926 58.1%
2015 76.96 200th 914 78.1%
2016 70.70 265th 932 71.6%
2017 56.26 420th 938 55.2%
2018 60.61 391st 934 58.1%
2019 70.52 280th 942 70.3%
2021 59.91 397th 936 57.6%
2022 78.85 188th 932 79.8%

Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Enrollment information for James Russell Lowell

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 262 5 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 272
1989 299 5 12 5 0 n/a n/a 0 321
1990 295 4 11 6 0 n/a n/a 0 316
1991 330 5 10 2 0 n/a n/a 0 347
1992 357 9 9 4 0 n/a n/a 0 379
1993 355 9 17 8 0 n/a n/a 0 389
1994 377 9 21 7 0 n/a n/a 0 414
1995 355 4 24 10 0 n/a n/a 0 393
1996 355 4 24 10 0 n/a n/a 0 393
1997 338 7 26 14 1 n/a n/a 0 386
1998 354 8 20 12 3 n/a n/a 0 397
1999 348 7 23 14 3 n/a n/a 0 395
2000 343 12 23 16 0 n/a n/a 0 394
2001 305 12 18 15 0 n/a n/a 0 350
2002 304 8 24 11 4 n/a n/a 0 351
2003 304 8 24 11 4 n/a n/a 0 351
2004 305 10 19 18 5 n/a n/a 0 357
2005 298 9 26 31 4 n/a n/a 0 368
2006 298 8 24 38 6 n/a n/a 10 384
2007 316 8 18 38 9 n/a n/a 13 402
2008 312 8 17 38 1 n/a n/a 14 390
2009 296 6 22 46 2 0 18 0 390
2010 280 4 21 50 2 2 24 0 383
2011 292 5 21 50 2 1 24 0 395
2012 270 9 30 52 1 1 28 0 391
2013 271 8 40 51 1 0 27 0 398
2014 281 8 43 53 2 0 28 0 415
2015 237 8 39 40 1 0 31 0 356
2016 283 9 40 47 1 0 27 0 407
2017 307 9 38 49 1 0 28 0 432
2018 280 10 37 58 1 0 31 0 417
2019 267 8 31 69 1 0 28 0 404
2020 285 14 25 72 1 0 34 0 431
2021 261 22 15 74 1 0 28 0 401
2022 218 19 17 70 0 0 35 0 359

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 James Russell Lowell

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 272 n/a n/a n/a
1989 321 n/a n/a n/a
1990 316 n/a n/a n/a
1991 347 n/a n/a n/a
1992 379 n/a n/a n/a
1993 389 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 414 n/a n/a n/a
1995 393 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 393 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 386 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 397 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 395 n/a 0.0 20.8
2000 394 n/a 0.0 22.3
2001 350 n/a 0.0 19.7
2002 351 n/a n/a 16.2
2003 351 n/a n/a 16.2
2004 357 33.7 10.6 16.5
2005 368 34.3 10.7 16.3
2006 384 34.0 11.3 20.1
2007 402 36.0 11.2 20.3
2008 390 36.7 10.6 21.5
2009 390 35.3 11.0 24.1
2010 383 37.3 10.2 22.2
2011 395 34.8 11.3 28.4
2012 391 32.6 11.9 26.6
2013 398 35.6 11.1 26.1
2014 415 33.6 12.3 28.2
2015 356 33.0 10.7 26.7
2016 407 36.0 11.3 n/a
2017 432 36.8 11.7 n/a
2018 417 38.4 10.8 n/a
2019 404 40.9 9.8 n/a
2020 431 45.0 9.5 n/a
2021 401 43.8 9.1 n/a
2022 359 43.9 8.1 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio James Russell Lowell

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 272 n/a n/a n/a
1989 321 n/a n/a n/a
1990 316 n/a n/a n/a
1991 347 n/a n/a n/a
1992 379 n/a n/a n/a
1993 389 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 414 n/a n/a n/a
1995 393 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 393 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 386 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 397 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 395 n/a 0.0 20.8
2000 394 n/a 0.0 22.3
2001 350 n/a 0.0 19.7
2002 351 n/a n/a 16.2
2003 351 n/a n/a 16.2
2004 357 33.7 10.6 16.5
2005 368 34.3 10.7 16.3
2006 384 34.0 11.3 20.1
2007 402 36.0 11.2 20.3
2008 390 36.7 10.6 21.5
2009 390 35.3 11.0 24.1
2010 383 37.3 10.2 22.2
2011 395 34.8 11.3 28.4
2012 391 32.6 11.9 26.6
2013 398 35.6 11.1 26.1
2014 415 33.6 12.3 28.2
2015 356 33.0 10.7 26.7
2016 407 36.0 11.3 n/a
2017 432 36.8 11.7 n/a
2018 417 38.4 10.8 n/a
2019 404 40.9 9.8 n/a
2020 431 45.0 9.5 n/a
2021 401 43.8 9.1 n/a
2022 359 43.9 8.1 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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for James Russell Lowell

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $425 (2.0%) $20,865 (98.0%) $21,290
2020 $381 (1.8%) $21,265 (98.2%) $21,645
2021 $879 (3.6%) $23,397 (96.4%) $24,276

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

Impact of COVID-19 on James Russell Lowell

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 280th of 942 Elementary schoolsRanks 188th of 932 Elementary schools
 9.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (James Russell Lowell)7642.1
 33.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Watertown)5745.5
 11.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5644
 12%
3rd Grade Mathematics (James Russell Lowell)6249.1
 12.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Watertown)5339.7
 13.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4941.1
 7.9%
4th Grade English Language Arts (James Russell Lowell)6362.3
 0.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Watertown)5341.4
 11.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5238.4
 13.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (James Russell Lowell)7771.7
 5.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Watertown)5851
 7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4942.4
 6.6%
5th Grade English Language Arts (James Russell Lowell)5566.7
 11.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Watertown)5447.3
 6.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5240.6
 11.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (James Russell Lowell)5561.4
 6.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Watertown)4841.8
 6.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4936.2
 12.8%
5th Grade Science (James Russell Lowell)5063.2
 13.2%
   5th Grade Science (Watertown)4945
 4%
   5th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4842.8
 5.2%
All Grades English Language Arts (James Russell Lowell)6556.9
 8.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Watertown)5044.9
 5.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5241.3
 10.8%
All Grades Mathematics (James Russell Lowell)6560.5
 4.5%
   All Grades Mathematics (Watertown)4945.9
 3.1%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4939.1
 9.9%
All Grades Science (James Russell Lowell)5063.2
 13.2%
   All Grades Science (Watertown)4943.1
 5.9%
   All Grades Science (Massachusetts)4742.3
 4.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students404401
 0.7%
African American822
 175%
American Indian11
Asian3115
 51.6%
Hispanic6974
 7.2%
Pacific Islander00
White267261
 2.2%
Two or More Races2828




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James Russell Lowell ranks 188th of 932 Massachusetts elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend James Russell Lowell usually go on to attend:

Middle : Watertown Middle
High : Watertown High

In the 2021-22 school year, 359 students attended James Russell Lowell.

Students at James Russell Lowell are 61% White, 19% Hispanic, 10% Two or more races, 5% African American, 5% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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