Pierce Elementary School

Summary:

Pierce Elementary School is a high-performing public elementary school located in Birmingham, Michigan, serving grades PK-5 with a total enrollment of 478 students. The school is part of the Birmingham Public Schools district, which is ranked 11th out of 606 districts in Michigan and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Pierce Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Michigan, with a statewide ranking of 22nd out of 1,470 schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's students perform significantly better than the state and district averages on M-STEP assessments across all grade levels and subject areas. While the student population is predominantly White (81.38%), Pierce Elementary has a more diverse student body compared to some nearby schools, such as Beverly Elementary School. Additionally, Pierce Elementary has a relatively low chronic absenteeism rate and a higher per-student spending compared to the state and district averages.

When compared to other nearby schools in the Birmingham Public Schools district, Pierce Elementary generally outperforms its peers in academic performance, with higher proficiency rates on M-STEP assessments. However, some schools, such as Quarton Elementary, also demonstrate strong academic results. The school's higher per-student spending and lower student-teacher ratio may contribute to its academic success, as research has shown a correlation between resources and educational outcomes.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 1829 Pierce St
       Birmingham, MI  48009-2097


(248) 203-4337

District: Birmingham Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
22nd of 1,470 Michigan Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,135 Help


Students who attend Pierce Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Derby Middle School
High:    Ernest W Seaholm High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.5 Help
Number of students:  478

Racial breakdown:

White:
81.4%
Two or more races:
8.2%
Asian:
5.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  5.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Pierce Elementary School ranks better than 98.5% of elementary schools in Michigan. It also ranks first among 8 ranked elementary schools in the Birmingham Public Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.01. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (81.4%), two or more races (8.2%), Asian (5.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 5.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pierce Elementary School is 15.5, which is the highest among 8 elementary schools in the Birmingham Public Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Pierce Elementary School is $19,135, which is the lowest among 8 elementary schools in the Birmingham Public Schools District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Pierce Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Pierce Elementary School 22nd of 1470 Michigan public elementary schools. (See Pierce Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Birmingham Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Birmingham Public Schools 11th of 606 Michigan school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Pierce Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Pierce Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 84.93 71st 1545 95.4%
2007 85.20 75th 1565 95.2%
2008 83.72 101st 1577 93.6%
2009 82.78 131st 1589 91.8%
2010 78.03 213th 1552 86.3%
2011 83.97 63rd 1552 95.9%
2012 87.62 126th 1566 92.0%
2013 85.35 159th 1563 89.8%
2014 81.60 214th 1533 86.0%
2015 87.49 136th 1580 91.4%
2016 81.77 222nd 1548 85.7%
2017 84.89 141st 1466 90.4%
2018 91.30 87th 1448 94.0%
2019 92.12 68th 1408 95.2%
2021 92.33 55th 1153 95.2%
2022 95.82 31st 1344 97.7%
2023 97.01 22nd 1470 98.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Pierce Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.78 18th 270 93.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Pierce Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.28 123rd 1443 91.5%
2019 80.99 148th 1171 87.4%
2021 79.90 122nd 902 86.5%
2022 95.45 17th 1106 98.5%
2023 97.51 8th 1321 99.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Pierce Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.23 65th 1446 95.5%
2019 95.23 23rd 1196 98.1%
2021 89.99 48th 915 94.8%
2022 91.51 60th 1139 94.7%
2023 93.45 51st 1334 96.2%
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Rank History for White students at Pierce Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.61 128th 1253 89.8%
2019 87.58 92nd 1128 91.8%
2021 89.25 56th 1005 94.4%
2022 93.69 37th 1102 96.6%
2023 95.50 24th 1198 98.0%
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Data source: test scores: Michigan Department 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 Pierce Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 207 2 9 1 0 n/a n/a 0 219
1989 296 1 5 2 0 n/a n/a 0 304
1990 325 0 8 1 0 n/a n/a 0 334
1991 328 0 6 1 1 n/a n/a 10 346
1992 329 2 12 3 1 n/a n/a 0 347
1993 345 3 6 2 2 n/a n/a 0 358
1994 360 6 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 371
1995 557 3 23 10 1 n/a n/a 0 594
1996 557 3 23 10 1 n/a n/a 0 594
1997 589 5 22 14 0 n/a n/a 0 630
1998 576 4 15 8 1 n/a n/a 0 604
1999 564 4 22 13 0 n/a n/a 0 603
2000 571 10 18 7 1 n/a n/a 0 607
2001 566 8 16 10 0 n/a n/a 0 600
2002 590 7 5 1 1 n/a n/a 0 604
2003 590 7 5 1 1 n/a n/a 0 604
2004 565 4 4 1 1 n/a n/a 0 575
2005 558 16 15 7 1 n/a n/a 0 597
2006 570 10 14 6 1 n/a n/a 7 608
2007 575 11 14 5 1 n/a n/a 7 613
2008 543 16 11 6 2 n/a n/a 8 586
2009 524 22 12 6 0 n/a n/a 13 577
2010 548 26 14 3 3 n/a n/a 10 604
2011 540 29 16 5 1 1 10 0 602
2012 537 29 19 8 1 1 5 0 600
2013 531 27 34 7 2 0 8 0 609
2014 521 23 28 12 1 0 12 0 597
2015 502 24 24 14 2 0 12 0 578
2016 502 18 28 15 1 0 14 0 578
2017 485 15 30 27 1 0 24 0 582
2018 436 10 30 27 0 1 27 0 531
2019 438 11 23 0 0 0 45 0 517
2020 441 10 23 0 0 0 49 0 523
2021 378 7 17 7 0 0 50 0 459
2022 378 6 19 10 0 0 45 0 458
2023 389 7 25 18 0 0 39 0 478

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 Pierce Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 219 n/a n/a n/a
1989 304 n/a n/a 1.3
1990 334 33.0 10.1 2.1
1991 346 n/a n/a n/a
1992 347 n/a n/a 2
1993 358 n/a 0.0 2.2
1994 371 20.0 18.5 2.4
1995 594 33.3 17.8 1
1996 594 33.3 17.8 1
1997 630 31.0 20.3 0.6
1998 604 30.0 20.1 1.3
1999 603 33.0 18.3 1.2
2000 607 33.7 18.0 1.6
2001 600 32.5 18.5 1
2002 604 n/a n/a 2
2003 604 n/a n/a 2
2004 575 31.6 18.2 3.1
2005 597 32.0 18.7 1.5
2006 608 34.5 17.6 2.2
2007 613 38.4 16.0 2.3
2008 586 39.3 14.9 1
2009 577 35.0 16.5 0.7
2010 604 37.7 16.0 2.9
2011 602 35.3 17.0 4.2
2012 600 36.7 16.3 4.7
2013 609 40.9 14.8 4.3
2014 597 43.2 13.8 5.2
2015 578 43.0 13.4 6.4
2016 578 39.0 14.8 3.6
2017 582 40.1 14.5 2.2
2018 531 38.8 13.6 3.2
2019 517 37.3 13.8 4.1
2020 523 36.2 14.4 3.6
2021 459 38.7 11.8 4.6
2022 458 31.9 14.3 5
2023 478 30.6 15.5 5.6

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 Pierce Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 219 n/a n/a n/a
1989 304 n/a n/a 1.3
1990 334 33.0 10.1 2.1
1991 346 n/a n/a n/a
1992 347 n/a n/a 2
1993 358 n/a 0.0 2.2
1994 371 20.0 18.5 2.4
1995 594 33.3 17.8 1
1996 594 33.3 17.8 1
1997 630 31.0 20.3 0.6
1998 604 30.0 20.1 1.3
1999 603 33.0 18.3 1.2
2000 607 33.7 18.0 1.6
2001 600 32.5 18.5 1
2002 604 n/a n/a 2
2003 604 n/a n/a 2
2004 575 31.6 18.2 3.1
2005 597 32.0 18.7 1.5
2006 608 34.5 17.6 2.2
2007 613 38.4 16.0 2.3
2008 586 39.3 14.9 1
2009 577 35.0 16.5 0.7
2010 604 37.7 16.0 2.9
2011 602 35.3 17.0 4.2
2012 600 36.7 16.3 4.7
2013 609 40.9 14.8 4.3
2014 597 43.2 13.8 5.2
2015 578 43.0 13.4 6.4
2016 578 39.0 14.8 3.6
2017 582 40.1 14.5 2.2
2018 531 38.8 13.6 3.2
2019 517 37.3 13.8 4.1
2020 523 36.2 14.4 3.6
2021 459 38.7 11.8 4.6
2022 458 31.9 14.3 5
2023 478 30.6 15.5 5.6

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 Pierce Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $370 (2.4%) $15,350 (97.6%) $15,720
2020 $434 (2.8%) $15,117 (97.2%) $15,550
2021 $978 (5.3%) $17,620 (94.7%) $18,598
2022 $630 (3.5%) $17,544 (96.5%) $18,174
2023 $902 (4.7%) $18,232 (95.3%) $19,135

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Pierce Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 68th of 1408 Elementary schoolsRanks 22nd of 1470 Elementary schools
 3.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pierce Elementary School)81.576.2
 5.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Birmingham Public Schools)70.372.8
 2.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)45.140.9
 4.2%
3rd Grade Math (Pierce Elementary School)82.478.1
 4.3%
   3rd Grade Math (Birmingham Public Schools)71.574.3
 2.8%
   3rd Grade Math (Michigan)46.742.9
 3.8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Pierce Elementary School)69.868.9
 0.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Birmingham Public Schools)72.274.5
 2.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)45.844.3
 1.5%
4th Grade Math (Pierce Elementary School)61.878.1
 16.3%
   4th Grade Math (Birmingham Public Schools)63.370
 6.7%
   4th Grade Math (Michigan)41.838.6
 3.2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Pierce Elementary School)74.683.3
 8.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Birmingham Public Schools)71.176.6
 5.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)46.243.9
 2.3%
5th Grade Math (Pierce Elementary School)69.978.8
 8.9%
   5th Grade Math (Birmingham Public Schools)57.366.8
 9.5%
   5th Grade Math (Michigan)34.831.5
 3.3%
5th Grade Social Studies (Pierce Elementary School)39.754.5
 14.8%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Birmingham Public Schools)31.246.6
 15.4%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Michigan)17.418.6
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students517478
 7.5%
African American117
 36.4%
American Indian00
Asian2325
 8.7%
Hispanic018
Pacific Islander00
White438389
 11.2%
Two or More Races4539
 13.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients4.1%5.6%
 1.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Pierce Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 478 students attended Pierce Elementary School.

Yes! Pierce Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 22nd of 1470 Michigan elementary schools.

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

Middle : Derby Middle School
High : Ernest W Seaholm High School

Students at Pierce Elementary School are 81% White, 8% Two or more races, 5% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 1% African American.


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