Westwood Elementary

Summary:

Westwood Elementary is a public elementary school in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the St. Cloud Public School District. With a diverse student population, the school stands out for its strong academic performance, particularly in Math and Reading, where it consistently outperforms the district and state averages.

Westwood Elementary's academic success is especially notable among specific student subgroups, such as Asian and African American students, who rank highly compared to other Minnesota elementary schools. However, the school's overall ranking has fluctuated over the years, and its performance for White and multi-racial students is relatively lower. Additionally, Westwood Elementary has a high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 63.31% receiving free or reduced-price lunch, which is significantly higher than the state average.

Compared to nearby schools, Westwood Elementary outperforms Oak Hill Community Elementary and Madison Elementary in academic proficiency across all grades and subjects. However, the nearby Discovery Community Elementary school, which has a higher percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, consistently underperforms Westwood Elementary and the district as a whole.


Detail:

Public K-5

 5800 Ridgewood Rd
       Saint Cloud, MN  56303-0933


(320) 370-7630

District: St. Cloud Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
514th of 843 Minnesota Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,046 Help


Students who attend Westwood Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    North Junior High
High:    Apollo Senior High

Student/teacher ratio:  12.5 Help
Number of students:  387

Racial breakdown:

White:
45.2%
African American:
24.8%
Two or more races:
12.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  63.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Westwood Elementary ranks worse than 61% of elementary schools in Minnesota. It also ranks 3rd among 7 ranked elementary schools in the St. Cloud Public School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 46.43. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Westwood Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (45.2%), African American (24.8%), two or more races (12.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 63.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Westwood Elementary is $15,046, which is the 2nd highest among 7 elementary schools in the St. Cloud Public School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Westwood Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Westwood Elementary 514th of 843 Minnesota public elementary schools. (See Westwood Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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St. Cloud Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks St. Cloud Public School District 329th of 448 Minnesota school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Westwood Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 40.93 486th 676 28.1%
2005 52.84 399th 685 41.8%
2006 50.33 458th 756 39.4%
2007 45.76 536th 777 31.0%
2008 45.75 530th 781 32.1%
2010 34.52 654th 803 18.6%
2011 32.10 659th 814 19.0%
2012 44.76 577th 820 29.6%
2013 38.39 607th 824 26.3%
2014 32.54 633rd 826 23.4%
2015 47.03 545th 840 35.1%
2016 52.36 486th 848 42.7%
2017 60.39 392nd 853 54.0%
2018 53.25 463rd 847 45.3%
2019 54.59 474th 870 45.5%
2021 48.86 532nd 869 38.8%
2022 52.98 459th 858 46.5%
2023 46.43 515th 845 39.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.34 85th 98 13.3%
2019 35.87 70th 96 27.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 79.33 20th 256 92.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.39 265th 463 42.8%
2019 51.45 266th 515 48.3%
2021 45.30 237th 417 43.2%
2022 62.82 156th 500 68.8%
2023 50.54 242nd 524 53.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.36 302nd 728 58.5%
2019 60.44 286th 740 61.4%
2021 57.70 292nd 683 57.2%
2022 59.85 254th 663 61.7%
2023 51.86 389th 774 49.7%
See the entire list of Best Minnesota Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.06 428th 774 44.7%
2019 49.95 480th 787 39.0%
2021 40.14 536th 783 31.5%
2022 43.14 516th 799 35.4%
2023 37.12 545th 787 30.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.40 458th 779 41.2%
2019 55.33 427th 798 46.5%
2021 53.84 409th 784 47.8%
2022 59.12 347th 808 57.1%
2023 53.74 396th 799 50.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.33 37th 134 72.4%
2019 59.75 59th 136 56.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.53 117th 266 56.0%
2019 53.14 128th 283 54.8%
2022 61.35 90th 282 68.1%
2023 57.58 102nd 279 63.4%
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Rank History for White students at Westwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.77 477th 712 33.0%
2019 43.97 454th 722 37.1%
2021 29.97 573rd 710 19.3%
2022 49.70 389th 725 46.3%
2023 44.51 409th 712 42.6%
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Data source: test scores: Minnesota 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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Data source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Westwood Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 507 9 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 517
1989 572 5 3 1 1 n/a n/a 0 582
1990 604 5 6 0 2 n/a n/a 0 617
1991 470 3 5 2 2 n/a n/a 0 482
1992 466 1 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 472
1993 490 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 492
1994 497 4 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 502
1995 458 0 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 462
1996 458 0 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 462
1997 421 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 425
1998 384 6 29 7 2 n/a n/a 0 428
1999 333 6 40 9 6 n/a n/a 0 394
2000 314 3 23 4 15 n/a n/a 0 359
2001 309 5 20 5 11 n/a n/a 0 350
2002 334 9 19 7 7 n/a n/a 0 376
2003 334 9 19 7 7 n/a n/a 0 376
2004 496 36 43 16 10 n/a n/a 0 601
2005 495 34 45 25 10 n/a n/a 0 609
2006 490 49 58 24 7 n/a n/a 0 628
2007 502 74 55 32 6 n/a n/a 0 669
2008 457 53 61 27 11 n/a n/a 0 609
2009 469 53 54 25 12 n/a n/a 0 613
2010 492 63 55 28 19 n/a n/a 0 657
2011 480 56 55 20 9 0 44 0 664
2012 460 57 55 25 11 1 49 0 658
2013 440 51 51 23 9 0 49 0 623
2014 367 41 44 23 2 0 52 0 529
2015 372 63 44 23 1 0 38 0 541
2016 336 61 52 19 0 0 43 0 511
2017 293 44 52 22 0 0 46 0 457
2018 288 58 52 20 2 0 41 0 461
2019 276 69 52 27 2 0 36 0 462
2020 232 80 48 30 1 0 34 0 425
2021 207 71 46 30 2 0 31 0 387
2022 199 79 32 32 1 0 43 0 386
2023 175 96 25 41 1 0 49 0 387

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 Westwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 517 15.0 34.4 12
1989 582 16.0 36.3 11.7
1990 617 19.3 31.9 10.7
1991 482 26.1 18.4 10.6
1992 472 19.0 24.8 7.6
1993 492 19.3 25.5 9.8
1994 502 21.1 23.8 9.8
1995 462 0.0 0.0 6.9
1996 462 0.0 0.0 6.9
1997 425 23.0 18.5 6.4
1998 428 n/a 0.0 10.3
1999 394 24.9 15.8 10.9
2000 359 23.5 15.3 20.3
2001 350 25.0 14.0 21.7
2002 376 22.5 16.7 27.1
2003 376 22.5 16.7 27.1
2004 601 36.0 16.7 36.9
2005 609 40.0 15.2 38.1
2006 628 41.7 15.1 40.1
2007 669 43.4 15.4 45
2008 609 40.2 15.1 44.2
2009 613 37.4 16.4 46
2010 657 40.3 16.2 50.7
2011 664 42.0 15.7 52.7
2012 658 41.7 15.7 50.5
2013 623 38.8 16.0 47.4
2014 529 35.5 14.8 50.5
2015 541 36.0 15.0 53.6
2016 511 36.0 14.1 53.6
2017 457 34.6 13.2 49.9
2018 461 29.8 15.4 51.4
2019 462 33.5 13.7 51.9
2020 425 30.9 13.7 48.7
2021 387 29.7 12.9 43.9
2022 386 30.7 12.5 47.7
2023 387 n/a n/a 63.3

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 Westwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 517 15.0 34.4 12
1989 582 16.0 36.3 11.7
1990 617 19.3 31.9 10.7
1991 482 26.1 18.4 10.6
1992 472 19.0 24.8 7.6
1993 492 19.3 25.5 9.8
1994 502 21.1 23.8 9.8
1995 462 0.0 0.0 6.9
1996 462 0.0 0.0 6.9
1997 425 23.0 18.5 6.4
1998 428 n/a 0.0 10.3
1999 394 24.9 15.8 10.9
2000 359 23.5 15.3 20.3
2001 350 25.0 14.0 21.7
2002 376 22.5 16.7 27.1
2003 376 22.5 16.7 27.1
2004 601 36.0 16.7 36.9
2005 609 40.0 15.2 38.1
2006 628 41.7 15.1 40.1
2007 669 43.4 15.4 45
2008 609 40.2 15.1 44.2
2009 613 37.4 16.4 46
2010 657 40.3 16.2 50.7
2011 664 42.0 15.7 52.7
2012 658 41.7 15.7 50.5
2013 623 38.8 16.0 47.4
2014 529 35.5 14.8 50.5
2015 541 36.0 15.0 53.6
2016 511 36.0 14.1 53.6
2017 457 34.6 13.2 49.9
2018 461 29.8 15.4 51.4
2019 462 33.5 13.7 51.9
2020 425 30.9 13.7 48.7
2021 387 29.7 12.9 43.9
2022 386 30.7 12.5 47.7
2023 387 n/a n/a 63.3

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 Westwood Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $15,046

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Westwood Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 474th of 870 Elementary schoolsRanks 515th of 845 Elementary schools
 6.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Westwood Elementary)6056.9
 3.1%
   3rd Grade Math (St. Cloud Public School District)5039.1
 10.9%
   3rd Grade Math (Minnesota)65.659.1
 6.5%
3rd Grade Reading (Westwood Elementary)46.741.7
 5%
   3rd Grade Reading (St. Cloud Public School District)38.132.2
 5.9%
   3rd Grade Reading (Minnesota)54.647.4
 7.2%
4th Grade Math (Westwood Elementary)6054.3
 5.7%
   4th Grade Math (St. Cloud Public School District)43.636.5
 7.1%
   4th Grade Math (Minnesota)63.957.1
 6.8%
4th Grade Reading (Westwood Elementary)52.741.4
 11.3%
   4th Grade Reading (St. Cloud Public School District)37.432
 5.4%
   4th Grade Reading (Minnesota)55.448.4
 7.1%
5th Grade Math (Westwood Elementary)59.536.4
 23.1%
   5th Grade Math (St. Cloud Public School District)36.829.5
 7.3%
   5th Grade Math (Minnesota)5244.4
 7.6%
5th Grade Reading (Westwood Elementary)70.353.6
 16.7%
   5th Grade Reading (St. Cloud Public School District)51.645.7
 5.9%
   5th Grade Reading (Minnesota)65.858.7
 7%
5th Grade Science (Westwood Elementary)59.541.8
 17.6%
   5th Grade Science (St. Cloud Public School District)43.835
 8.8%
   5th Grade Science (Minnesota)54.948.4
 6.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students462387
 16.2%
African American6996
 39.1%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian5225
 51.9%
Hispanic2741
 51.9%
Pacific Islander00
White276175
 36.6%
Two or More Races3649
 36.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients51.9%63.3%
 11.4%


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Westwood Elementary ranks 514th of 843 Minnesota elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Westwood Elementary are 45% White, 25% African American, 13% Two or more races, 11% Hispanic, 6% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 387 students attended Westwood Elementary.

Students who attend Westwood Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : North Junior High
High : Apollo Senior High


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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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