Big Woods Elementary

Summary:

Big Woods Elementary is a public elementary school located in Saint Michael, Minnesota, serving grades 1-4 with a total enrollment of 660 students. The school is part of the St. Michael-Albertville Schools district, which is ranked 53 out of 448 districts in Minnesota and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Big Woods Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Minnesota, ranking 37th out of 845 schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's students consistently outperform the state and district averages in both math and reading proficiency on the MCA-III assessments, with 79.22% of students proficient or better in math and 73.03% proficient or better in reading. However, the school has a relatively homogeneous student population, with 85% of students identifying as White, which is higher than the district and state averages. Additionally, the school has a low percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, at 15.76%, suggesting a relatively affluent student population.

While Big Woods Elementary's consistently high academic performance is a testament to the school's effectiveness, the lack of racial diversity and the socioeconomic advantage of its student population raise questions about the school's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, as well as its ability to effectively serve students from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, the school's student-teacher ratio of 19.1 is slightly higher than the district average, and there may be opportunities to further reduce the ratio and provide more individualized attention to students, which could potentially lead to even stronger academic outcomes.


Detail:

Public 1-4

 13470 Frankfort Pkwy NE
       Saint Michael, MN  55376-8888


(763) 497-8025

District: St. Michael-Albertville Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
37th of 843 Minnesota Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,739 Help


Students who attend Big Woods Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    St. Michael-Albertville Middle East
High:    St. Michael-Albertville Senior High

Student/teacher ratio:  19.1 Help
Number of students:  660

Racial breakdown:

White:
85.0%
Two or more races:
6.1%
Hispanic:
3.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  15.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Big Woods Elementary ranks better than 95.6% of elementary schools in Minnesota. It also ranks first among 3 ranked elementary schools in the St. Michael-Albertville Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.35. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Big Woods Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the St. Michael-Albertville Schools District. Racial makeup is: White (85%), two or more races (6.1%), Hispanic (3.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 15.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the St. Michael-Albertville Schools District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Big Woods Elementary is 19.1, which is the highest among 4 elementary schools in the St. Michael-Albertville Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Big Woods Elementary is $9,739, which is the lowest among 4 elementary schools in the St. Michael-Albertville Schools District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Big Woods Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Big Woods Elementary 37th of 843 Minnesota public elementary schools. (See Big Woods Elementary in the ranking list.)

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St. Michael-Albertville Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks St. Michael-Albertville Schools 53rd of 448 Minnesota school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Big Woods Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Big Woods Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 73.89 144th 685 79.0%
2006 76.95 118th 756 84.4%
2007 74.00 151st 777 80.6%
2008 72.83 166th 781 78.7%
2010 78.49 88th 803 89.0%
2011 78.16 114th 814 86.0%
2012 67.90 266th 820 67.6%
2013 79.40 115th 824 86.0%
2014 86.36 39th 826 95.3%
2015 88.06 29th 840 96.5%
2016 87.16 41st 848 95.2%
2017 87.96 34th 853 96.0%
2018 91.11 17th 847 98.0%
2019 90.68 22nd 870 97.5%
2021 84.03 92nd 869 89.4%
2022 87.98 51st 858 94.1%
2023 90.35 37th 845 95.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Big Woods Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 67.46 138th 515 73.2%
2021 55.44 166th 417 60.2%
2022 82.96 49th 500 90.2%
2023 82.08 61st 524 88.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Big Woods Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.02 22nd 728 97.0%
2019 96.80 2nd 740 99.7%
2021 76.99 98th 683 85.7%
2022 79.95 76th 663 88.5%
2023 91.78 18th 774 97.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Big Woods Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.47 27th 774 96.5%
2019 87.67 28th 787 96.4%
2021 83.92 68th 783 91.3%
2022 87.06 47th 799 94.1%
2023 89.98 29th 787 96.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Big Woods Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.42 10th 779 98.7%
2019 91.01 15th 798 98.1%
2021 79.89 115th 784 85.3%
2022 84.75 70th 808 91.3%
2023 87.98 45th 799 94.4%
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Rank History for White students at Big Woods Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.50 16th 712 97.8%
2019 87.09 28th 722 96.1%
2021 73.86 142nd 710 80.0%
2022 81.61 79th 725 89.1%
2023 82.71 85th 712 88.1%
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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.

Big Woods Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: Minnesota Department of Education

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by a parent
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Enrollment information for Big Woods Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 547 7 15 8 1 n/a n/a 0 578
2006 637 13 20 5 1 n/a n/a 0 676
2007 724 13 24 8 2 n/a n/a 0 771
2008 597 13 19 4 1 n/a n/a 0 634
2009 652 9 16 9 0 n/a n/a 0 686
2010 523 18 15 10 0 n/a n/a 0 566
2011 563 13 12 13 0 0 11 0 612
2012 564 10 12 17 0 0 13 0 616
2013 563 12 14 17 1 0 19 0 626
2014 582 9 13 21 2 0 21 0 648
2015 568 12 14 26 1 1 26 0 648
2016 565 16 16 23 1 1 30 0 652
2017 562 15 15 19 1 1 25 0 638
2018 559 14 11 18 0 0 22 0 624
2019 563 26 10 18 0 0 21 0 638
2020 574 22 13 14 0 2 25 0 650
2021 576 21 14 14 0 2 26 0 653
2022 561 16 11 25 2 3 31 0 649
2023 561 19 10 25 3 2 40 0 660

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 Big Woods Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 578 30.0 19.3 7.3
2006 676 37.6 18.0 7.7
2007 771 42.0 18.4 8.6
2008 634 31.5 20.1 7.6
2009 686 40.5 16.9 9.9
2010 566 33.6 16.8 12.2
2011 612 36.1 16.9 10.9
2012 616 37.2 16.5 10.1
2013 626 38.4 16.2 11.5
2014 648 36.2 17.8 8.8
2015 648 34.0 19.0 9.9
2016 652 34.0 19.1 8.3
2017 638 35.6 17.8 7.1
2018 624 35.1 17.7 8.3
2019 638 37.0 17.2 10.8
2020 650 36.7 17.7 10.5
2021 653 39.7 16.4 9.5
2022 649 32.9 19.7 9.4
2023 660 34.4 19.1 15.8

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 Big Woods Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 578 30.0 19.3 7.3
2006 676 37.6 18.0 7.7
2007 771 42.0 18.4 8.6
2008 634 31.5 20.1 7.6
2009 686 40.5 16.9 9.9
2010 566 33.6 16.8 12.2
2011 612 36.1 16.9 10.9
2012 616 37.2 16.5 10.1
2013 626 38.4 16.2 11.5
2014 648 36.2 17.8 8.8
2015 648 34.0 19.0 9.9
2016 652 34.0 19.1 8.3
2017 638 35.6 17.8 7.1
2018 624 35.1 17.7 8.3
2019 638 37.0 17.2 10.8
2020 650 36.7 17.7 10.5
2021 653 39.7 16.4 9.5
2022 649 32.9 19.7 9.4
2023 660 34.4 19.1 15.8

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Big Woods Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $9,739

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Big Woods Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 22nd of 870 Elementary schoolsRanks 37th of 845 Elementary schools
 1.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Big Woods Elementary)83.477.2
 6.3%
   3rd Grade Math (St. Michael-Albertville Schools)83.975.2
 8.6%
   3rd Grade Math (Minnesota)65.659.1
 6.5%
3rd Grade Reading (Big Woods Elementary)78.270.6
 7.6%
   3rd Grade Reading (St. Michael-Albertville Schools)76.264.1
 12.1%
   3rd Grade Reading (Minnesota)54.647.4
 7.2%
4th Grade Math (Big Woods Elementary)87.781.4
 6.3%
   4th Grade Math (St. Michael-Albertville Schools)8376.5
 6.5%
   4th Grade Math (Minnesota)63.957.1
 6.8%
4th Grade Reading (Big Woods Elementary)80.975.6
 5.2%
   4th Grade Reading (St. Michael-Albertville Schools)75.868.2
 7.6%
   4th Grade Reading (Minnesota)55.448.4
 7.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students638660
 3.4%
African American2619
 26.9%
American Indian03
Asian1010
Hispanic1825
 38.9%
Pacific Islander02
White563561
 0.4%
Two or More Races2140
 90.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients10.8%15.8%
 4.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Woods Elementary

Students at Big Woods Elementary are 85% White, 6% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic, 3% African American, 2% Asian.

Yes! Big Woods Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 37th of 843 Minnesota elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 660 students attended Big Woods Elementary.


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