Bester Elementary

Public PK, KG-5

 385 Mill St
       Hagerstown, MD  21740


(301) 766-8001

District: Washingtion County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
782nd of 853 Maryland Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,282 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  13.9
Number of students:  570

Racial breakdown:

White:
36.8%
African American:
25.4%
Two or more races:
21.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  79.8%

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Compare Details Bester Elementary ranks worse than 91.7% of elementary schools in Maryland. It also ranks last among 24 ranked elementary schools in the Washingtion County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 11.03. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Bester Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (36.8%), African American (25.4%), two or more races (21.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 79.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bester Elementary is 13.9, which is the 3rd best among 24 elementary schools in the Washingtion County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Bester Elementary is $14,282, which is the 8th highest among 24 elementary schools in the Washingtion County Public Schools District.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Bester Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Bester Elementary 782nd of 853 Maryland public elementary schools. (See Bester Elementary in the ranking list.)

Washingtion County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Washingtion County Public Schools 13th of 25 Maryland school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Bester Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 84.59 58th 803 92.8%
2005 79.09 149th 805 81.5%
2006 72.57 221st 804 72.5%
2007 72.95 206th 818 74.8%
2008 38.25 593rd 838 29.2%
2009 35.47 619th 850 27.2%
2010 29.86 674th 855 21.2%
2011 10.96 795th 853 6.8%
2012 13.83 778th 857 9.2%
2013 5.22 826th 847 2.5%
2014 10.66 793rd 867 8.5%
2015 14.05 781st 859 9.1%
2016 12.89 765th 845 9.5%
2017 13.52 757th 847 10.6%
2018 13.56 755th 857 11.9%
2019 11.03 782nd 853 8.3%

Data source: test scores: Maryland State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Bester Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 533 42 7 1 0 n/a n/a 0 583
1990 546 24 6 3 0 n/a n/a 0 579
1991 554 23 9 1 0 n/a n/a 0 587
1992 567 24 11 2 0 n/a n/a 0 604
1993 576 36 2 8 1 n/a n/a 0 623
1994 583 41 2 13 0 n/a n/a 0 639
1995 495 36 3 13 0 n/a n/a 0 547
1996 495 36 3 13 0 n/a n/a 0 547
1997 515 33 4 11 1 n/a n/a 0 564
1998 484 55 7 13 2 n/a n/a 0 561
1999 483 71 8 13 4 n/a n/a 0 579
2000 427 78 3 12 3 n/a n/a 0 523
2001 416 63 7 15 3 n/a n/a 0 504
2002 407 104 2 15 5 n/a n/a 0 533
2003 407 104 2 15 5 n/a n/a 0 533
2004 386 115 2 18 6 n/a n/a 0 527
2005 392 139 2 24 3 n/a n/a 0 560
2006 397 129 3 26 5 n/a n/a 0 560
2007 396 167 3 42 3 n/a n/a 0 611
2008 404 173 4 31 3 n/a n/a 0 615
2009 329 174 1 26 3 n/a n/a 0 533
2010 310 173 1 17 4 n/a n/a 0 505
2011 301 118 0 39 1 0 84 0 543
2012 242 90 0 40 0 0 64 0 436
2013 249 104 0 44 0 1 76 0 474
2014 238 123 0 50 0 0 74 0 485
2015 246 147 0 54 0 0 99 0 546
2016 261 175 0 58 2 0 94 0 590
2017 277 162 0 64 2 0 99 0 604
2018 268 178 1 69 2 0 100 0 618
2019 248 163 2 77 3 0 121 0 614
2020 210 145 2 90 2 0 121 0 570

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 Bester Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 583 30.0 19.4 n/a
1990 579 30.0 19.3 34.9
1991 587 32.0 18.3 36.5
1992 604 31.6 19.1 48.3
1993 623 36.1 17.3 46.9
1994 639 34.5 18.5 53.7
1995 547 41.0 13.3 56.7
1996 547 41.0 13.3 56.7
1997 564 43.3 13.0 55.5
1998 561 38.3 14.6 48.3
1999 579 38.3 15.1 57.3
2000 523 40.9 12.8 58.5
2001 504 36.0 14.0 55.6
2002 533 38.0 14.0 66.4
2003 533 38.0 14.0 66.4
2004 527 34.5 15.3 72.3
2005 560 37.0 15.1 78
2006 560 38.0 14.7 77.5
2007 611 43.0 14.2 73.5
2008 615 43.5 14.1 81.3
2009 533 40.0 13.3 85.7
2010 505 43.0 11.7 88.9
2011 543 44.0 12.3 85.5
2012 436 38.0 11.4 77.8
2013 474 35.0 13.5 78.1
2014 485 36.0 13.4 91.5
2015 546 39.0 14.0 100
2016 590 38.0 15.5 99.5
2017 604 38.9 15.5 n/a
2018 618 39.0 15.8 100
2019 614 40.0 15.3 100
2020 570 41.0 13.9 79.8

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 Bester Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 583 30.0 19.4 n/a
1990 579 30.0 19.3 34.9
1991 587 32.0 18.3 36.5
1992 604 31.6 19.1 48.3
1993 623 36.1 17.3 46.9
1994 639 34.5 18.5 53.7
1995 547 41.0 13.3 56.7
1996 547 41.0 13.3 56.7
1997 564 43.3 13.0 55.5
1998 561 38.3 14.6 48.3
1999 579 38.3 15.1 57.3
2000 523 40.9 12.8 58.5
2001 504 36.0 14.0 55.6
2002 533 38.0 14.0 66.4
2003 533 38.0 14.0 66.4
2004 527 34.5 15.3 72.3
2005 560 37.0 15.1 78
2006 560 38.0 14.7 77.5
2007 611 43.0 14.2 73.5
2008 615 43.5 14.1 81.3
2009 533 40.0 13.3 85.7
2010 505 43.0 11.7 88.9
2011 543 44.0 12.3 85.5
2012 436 38.0 11.4 77.8
2013 474 35.0 13.5 78.1
2014 485 36.0 13.4 91.5
2015 546 39.0 14.0 100
2016 590 38.0 15.5 99.5
2017 604 38.9 15.5 n/a
2018 618 39.0 15.8 100
2019 614 40.0 15.3 100
2020 570 41.0 13.9 79.8

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 Bester Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,601 (18.7%) $11,342 (81.3%) $13,943
2020 $2,561 (17.9%) $11,747 (82.3%) $14,282

Data source: Maryland Department of Education




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

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