Dowling Elementary

Public, Magnet K-5

 3900 W River Pkwy
       Minneapolis, MN  55406-8888


 (612) 668-4410

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District: Minneapolis Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
381st of 847 Minnesota Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  13.6
Number of students:  500

Racial breakdown:
White:
48.6%
African American:
33.8%
Two or more races:
9.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  48.0%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Thursday, August 30, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Dowling Elementary ranked better than 55% of elementary schools in Minnesota. It also ranked 8th among 38 ranked elementary schools in the Minneapolis Public School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 60.11. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (48.6%), African American (33.8%), two or more races (9%). (See more...)
Compare Details 48% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Dowling Elementary is 13.6, which is the 23rd best among 38 elementary schools in the Minneapolis Public School District. (See more...)
Compare Dowling Elementary employs 36.6 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Dowling Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Dowling Elementary 381st of 847 Minnesota public elementary schools. (See Dowling Elementary in the ranking list.)

Minneapolis Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Minneapolis Public School District 345th of 440 Minnesota school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Dowling Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 40.74 489th 674 27.4%
2004 37.16 512th 676 24.3%
2005 37.40 522nd 685 23.8%
2006 51.62 445th 756 41.1%
2007 47.17 515th 777 33.7%
2008 52.10 457th 781 41.5%
2009 47.85 277th 434 36.2%
2010 57.72 419th 803 47.8%
2011 65.29 304th 814 62.7%
2012 65.90 304th 820 62.9%
2013 65.02 316th 824 61.7%
2014 65.52 314th 826 62.0%
2015 58.04 420th 840 50.0%
2016 62.09 366th 848 56.8%
2017 57.25 425th 853 50.2%
2018 60.11 381st 847 55.0%

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

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Data source: Minnesota Department of Education

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by a parent
Friday, March 9, 2018

Open Quote My twins are in Kindergarten, and the environment is amazing. They have learned so much in short time. One of my kids is in level J of reading (He reads chapter books), and the other one is in level E. They love math thanks to the system that their teacher uses. They are very organized at school and now at home. I could not be happier.

Thanks,

Marlyse Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, March 27, 2017

Open Quote My son is just about to wrap up 5th grade at Dowling, and so far there has been nothing but problems. As the other commenter wrote, the atmosphere at Dowling is anything but progressive and inclusive. The staff seem mostly concerned with creating an atmosphere of absolute obedience, which I suppose is fine if your trying to turn out soldiers, but not so great when trying to produce intelligent, curious young minds. Bullying is also a problem at Dowling, and as many times as my son has brought to the attention of the staff, it still has not been dealt with. Avoid this school at all cost. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, December 15, 2014

Open Quote Avoid. Not what it seems. Very old school teaching-non progressive. NOT ENVIRONMENTAL!!!!!!!!!! It was at one point, but that aspect has flown. Active parents are headed to Upper Mississippi Academy (public school/ charter) which is really trying to match environmental values for families. Depressing tours-you really don't get a feel for details. lacking in any understanding of the what the coursework is. Unclear. Our leader actually told the group that she just saves up the recycling and throws it at home! Teachers routinely yell at students and don't do much in the way of creating real community-no Responsive Classroom. Morgue-like atmoshere. Scary if you want something more from public education. Principal mis-threaded for the job as is vice principal. They should be in business. Not able to speak intelligently about academics. It sure had the feel of boot camp education. factory farming. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Dowling Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1994 207 112 19 17 54 n/a n/a 0 409
1995 211 106 28 21 49 n/a n/a 0 415
1996 211 106 28 21 49 n/a n/a 0 415
1997 218 108 24 22 46 n/a n/a 0 418
1998 199 97 25 21 51 n/a n/a 0 393
1999 202 102 28 23 50 n/a n/a 0 405
2000 199 88 27 20 42 n/a n/a 0 376
2001 199 123 18 18 37 n/a n/a 0 395
2002 221 114 13 13 29 n/a n/a 0 390
2003 221 114 13 13 29 n/a n/a 0 390
2004 234 121 18 16 29 n/a n/a 0 418
2005 230 141 15 21 27 n/a n/a 0 434
2006 247 152 17 31 21 n/a n/a 0 468
2007 242 153 22 30 24 n/a n/a 0 471
2008 264 158 24 26 28 n/a n/a 0 500
2009 283 125 28 27 25 n/a n/a 0 488
2010 296 118 24 28 19 n/a n/a 0 485
2011 299 108 28 32 15 0 4 0 486
2012 323 91 22 28 13 0 13 0 490
2013 312 115 20 22 13 0 21 0 503
2014 300 126 20 29 15 0 25 0 515
2015 279 154 17 27 14 0 31 0 522
2016 262 155 10 27 7 0 42 0 503
2017 243 169 7 27 9 n/a 45 0 500

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 Dowling Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1994 409 39.4 10.4 34.0
1995 415 0.0 0.0 34.5
1996 415 0.0 0.0 34.5
1997 418 31.8 13.1 35.9
1998 393 n/a 0.0 32.8
1999 405 34.2 11.8 34.1
2000 376 31.3 12.0 37.8
2001 395 32.8 12.0 41.5
2002 390 29.8 13.1 38.5
2003 390 29.8 13.1 38.5
2004 418 30.4 13.8 39.7
2005 434 29.8 14.6 42.9
2006 468 23.7 19.7 42.3
2007 471 24.8 19.0 39.3
2008 500 22.0 22.7 40.4
2009 488 32.4 15.1 34.2
2010 485 29.6 16.3 34.8
2011 486 30.8 15.7 35.6
2012 490 31.0 15.7 33.3
2013 503 32.4 15.5 38.8
2014 515 32.8 15.6 42.1
2015 522 34.0 15.3 49.8
2016 503 35.0 14.3 48.5
2017 500 36.6 13.6 48.0

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 Dowling Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1994 409 39.4 10.4 34.0
1995 415 0.0 0.0 34.5
1996 415 0.0 0.0 34.5
1997 418 31.8 13.1 35.9
1998 393 n/a 0.0 32.8
1999 405 34.2 11.8 34.1
2000 376 31.3 12.0 37.8
2001 395 32.8 12.0 41.5
2002 390 29.8 13.1 38.5
2003 390 29.8 13.1 38.5
2004 418 30.4 13.8 39.7
2005 434 29.8 14.6 42.9
2006 468 23.7 19.7 42.3
2007 471 24.8 19.0 39.3
2008 500 22.0 22.7 40.4
2009 488 32.4 15.1 34.2
2010 485 29.6 16.3 34.8
2011 486 30.8 15.7 35.6
2012 490 31.0 15.7 33.3
2013 503 32.4 15.5 38.8
2014 515 32.8 15.6 42.1
2015 522 34.0 15.3 49.8
2016 503 35.0 14.3 48.5
2017 500 36.6 13.6 48.0

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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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Minnesota Department of Education.

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