Congress Elementary

Summary:

Congress Elementary is a public elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serving students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. With a diverse student population, the school has seen fluctuations in its racial makeup, currently at 37.17% White, 27.23% African American, 27.75% Hispanic, 3.66% Asian, and 4.19% two or more races.

Congress Elementary stands out for its strong academic performance, outpacing the Grand Rapids Public Schools district and the state of Michigan in proficiency across multiple subjects and grade levels. In the 2022-2023 school year, 42.1% of 3rd graders, 60.6% of 4th graders, and 47.1% of 5th graders were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to just 21.4%, 25.4%, and 24.5% for the district, respectively. The school also excelled in math, with 41% of 3rd graders, 25% of 4th graders, and 42.9% of 5th graders proficient or better, outperforming the district's 17.9%, 15.2%, and 11.9% rates.

However, Congress Elementary faces challenges with increasing chronic absenteeism, rising from 17.6% in 2019-2020 to 35.4% in 2022-2023, higher than the district's 28.5% rate. The school also serves a high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with 67.02% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, compared to the district's 64.95%. While Congress Elementary outperforms many nearby schools, such as East Leonard Elementary, Southwest Elementary Academia Bilingue, and Martin Luther King Leadership Academy, the high-performing Wealthy School in the neighboring East Grand Rapids Public Schools district serves a predominantly White and higher-income student population.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 940 Baldwin St SE
       Grand Rapids, MI  49506-1429


(616) 819-2201

District: Grand Rapids Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
567th of 1,470 Michigan Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,416 Help


Students who attend Congress Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Alger Middle School
    Blandford School
    Center for Economicology
    John Ball Park Zoo School
High:    City MiddleHigh
    Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy
    Innovation Central High
    Ottawa Hills High School

Student/teacher ratio:  18.1 Help
Number of students:  191

Racial breakdown:

White:
37.2%
Hispanic:
27.7%
African American:
27.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  67% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Congress Elementary ranks better than 61.4% of elementary schools in Michigan. It also ranks 2nd among 21 ranked elementary schools in the Grand Rapids Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 58.73. (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 Student population at Congress Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (37.2%), Hispanic (27.7%), African American (27.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 67% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Congress Elementary is 18.1. 19 elementary schools in the Grand Rapids Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Congress Elementary is $16,416. 15 elementary schools in the Grand Rapids Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Congress Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Congress Elementary 567th of 1470 Michigan public elementary schools. (See Congress Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Grand Rapids Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Grand Rapids Public Schools 466th of 606 Michigan school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Congress Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Congress Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 2.56 1532nd 1545 0.8%
2007 5.64 1532nd 1565 2.1%
2008 18.00 1431st 1577 9.3%
2009 23.58 1388th 1589 12.6%
2010 7.08 1506th 1552 3.0%
2011 11.45 1463rd 1552 5.7%
2012 11.50 1458th 1566 6.9%
2013 22.58 1283rd 1563 17.9%
2014 31.35 1141st 1533 25.6%
2015 22.05 1262nd 1580 20.1%
2016 28.82 1128th 1548 27.1%
2017 22.11 1131st 1466 22.9%
2018 30.87 1068th 1448 26.2%
2019 27.05 1024th 1408 27.3%
2021 70.27 272nd 1153 76.4%
2022 61.53 458th 1344 65.9%
2023 58.73 567th 1470 61.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Congress Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.64 950th 1397 32.0%
2022 40.00 646th 1099 41.2%
2023 30.81 945th 1350 30.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Congress Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.82 1112th 1443 22.9%
2022 48.76 539th 1106 51.3%
2023 64.36 396th 1321 70.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Congress Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.24 937th 1446 35.2%
2023 53.36 582nd 1334 56.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Congress Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.09 253rd 475 46.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Congress Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.02 94th 222 57.7%
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Rank History for White students at Congress Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 89.13 81st 1198 93.2%
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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 Congress Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 11 116 2 78 1 n/a n/a 0 208
2005 9 100 2 66 3 n/a n/a 7 187
2006 13 82 0 69 4 n/a n/a 14 182
2007 22 98 0 85 2 n/a n/a 22 229
2008 22 65 n/a 67 3 n/a n/a 24 181
2009 23 102 1 83 3 n/a n/a 31 243
2010 19 104 2 17 3 n/a n/a 99 244
2011 21 100 1 84 3 0 18 0 227
2012 27 84 1 79 2 0 13 0 206
2013 19 56 0 84 0 0 14 0 173
2014 27 57 1 70 0 0 12 0 167
2015 27 52 0 67 0 2 9 0 157
2016 40 64 0 59 1 2 10 0 176
2017 51 59 0 53 1 2 15 0 181
2018 78 69 1 47 0 0 17 0 212
2019 96 71 1 45 0 0 20 0 233
2020 102 73 0 40 0 0 21 0 236
2021 75 61 0 38 0 0 20 0 194
2022 66 50 1 45 0 0 10 0 172
2023 71 52 7 53 0 0 8 0 191

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 Congress Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 208 13.7 15.2 96.6
2005 187 15.6 12.0 100
2006 182 11.4 16.0 106.5
2007 229 15.2 15.1 103.4
2008 181 16.1 11.2 113.4
2009 243 14.5 16.8 113.2
2010 244 15.0 16.2 164.1
2011 227 17.6 12.8 96
2012 206 15.1 13.6 97.6
2013 173 14.4 12.0 96.5
2014 167 11.1 15.0 94
2015 157 11.0 14.2 92.4
2016 176 10.0 17.6 90.3
2017 181 10.4 17.4 77.3
2018 212 14.1 15.0 71.7
2019 233 13.7 17.0 63.9
2020 236 14.5 16.2 56.8
2021 194 14.4 13.4 64.9
2022 172 10.6 16.2 61
2023 191 10.5 18.1 67

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 Congress Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 208 13.7 15.2 96.6
2005 187 15.6 12.0 100
2006 182 11.4 16.0 106.5
2007 229 15.2 15.1 103.4
2008 181 16.1 11.2 113.4
2009 243 14.5 16.8 113.2
2010 244 15.0 16.2 164.1
2011 227 17.6 12.8 96
2012 206 15.1 13.6 97.6
2013 173 14.4 12.0 96.5
2014 167 11.1 15.0 94
2015 157 11.0 14.2 92.4
2016 176 10.0 17.6 90.3
2017 181 10.4 17.4 77.3
2018 212 14.1 15.0 71.7
2019 233 13.7 17.0 63.9
2020 236 14.5 16.2 56.8
2021 194 14.4 13.4 64.9
2022 172 10.6 16.2 61
2023 191 10.5 18.1 67

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 Congress Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,684 (14.3%) $10,067 (85.7%) $11,752
2020 $1,667 (14.0%) $10,238 (86.0%) $11,905
2021 $2,318 (16.4%) $11,840 (83.6%) $14,159
2022 $3,773 (24.2%) $11,797 (75.8%) $15,570
2023 $3,566 (21.7%) $12,850 (78.3%) $16,416

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Congress Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1024th of 1408 Elementary schoolsRanks 567th of 1470 Elementary schools
 34.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Congress Elementary)48.442.1
 6.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Grand Rapids Public Schools)28.221.4
 6.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)45.140.9
 4.2%
3rd Grade Math (Congress Elementary)34.441
 6.6%
   3rd Grade Math (Grand Rapids Public Schools)26.817.9
 8.9%
   3rd Grade Math (Michigan)46.742.9
 3.8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Congress Elementary)30.860.6
 29.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Grand Rapids Public Schools)24.425.4
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)45.844.3
 1.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Congress Elementary)34.547.1
 12.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Grand Rapids Public Schools)26.724.5
 2.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)46.243.9
 2.3%
5th Grade Math (Congress Elementary)12.542.9
 30.4%
   5th Grade Math (Grand Rapids Public Schools)13.511.9
 1.6%
   5th Grade Math (Michigan)34.831.5
 3.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students233191
 18%
African American7152
 26.8%
American Indian00
Asian17
 600%
Hispanic4553
 17.8%
Pacific Islander00
White9671
 26%
Two or More Races208
 60%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients63.9%67%
 3.1%


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Students at Congress Elementary are 37% White, 28% Hispanic, 27% African American, 4% Two or more races, 4% Asian.

Congress Elementary ranks 567th of 1470 Michigan elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 191 students attended Congress Elementary.


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