Pine Hill Elementary

Summary:

Pine Hill Elementary is a public elementary school in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the South Washington County Schools district. The school has a diverse student population, with a racial makeup that has become increasingly less White and more African American, Hispanic, and Asian over the past few years.

Academically, Pine Hill Elementary's performance on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA-III) is generally lower than the district and state averages in Math, Reading, and Science. While the school ranks highly for its African American students, it performs much lower for White students, English Language Learners, and students with Special Education needs. The school's increasing percentage of economically disadvantaged students, as indicated by the rise in free and reduced-price lunch rates, may be contributing to these academic challenges.

Comparing Pine Hill Elementary to nearby schools in the district reveals stark differences in performance. For example, Cottage Grove Elementary, just 2.47 miles away, consistently outperforms Pine Hill, the district, and the state, while Pullman Elementary, 1.48 miles away, has significantly lower academic performance. These differences suggest that factors beyond just district-level policies and resources may be at play, and Pine Hill Elementary may need to examine its instructional practices and support systems to ensure equitable outcomes for all student subgroups.


Detail:

Public K-5

 9015 Hadley Ave S
       Cottage Grove, MN  55016-3801


(651) 425-3901

District: South Washington County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
546th of 843 Minnesota Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,370 Help


Students who attend Pine Hill Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Oltman Middle School
High:    Park High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.1 Help
Number of students:  530

Racial breakdown:

White:
57.5%
Asian:
13.4%
African American:
11.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  32.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Pine Hill Elementary ranks worse than 64.8% of elementary schools in Minnesota. It also ranks 15th among 16 ranked elementary schools in the South Washington County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.32. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (57.5%), Asian (13.4%), African American (11.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 32.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pine Hill Elementary is 16.1. 10 elementary schools in the South Washington County Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Pine Hill Elementary is $13,370, which is the 8th highest among 16 elementary schools in the South Washington County Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Pine Hill Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Pine Hill Elementary 546th of 843 Minnesota public elementary schools. (See Pine Hill Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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South Washington County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks South Washington County Schools 147th of 448 Minnesota school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Pine Hill Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 59.68 305th 674 54.7%
2004 47.87 421st 676 37.7%
2005 49.75 426th 685 37.8%
2006 54.54 413th 756 45.4%
2007 53.59 437th 777 43.8%
2008 47.15 516th 781 33.9%
2010 49.59 528th 803 34.2%
2011 52.55 483rd 814 40.7%
2012 54.81 472nd 820 42.4%
2013 62.86 337th 824 59.1%
2014 47.90 527th 826 36.2%
2015 56.78 438th 840 47.9%
2016 46.00 549th 848 35.3%
2017 45.61 547th 853 35.9%
2018 55.64 440th 847 48.1%
2019 47.84 531st 870 39.0%
2021 43.08 576th 869 33.7%
2022 43.76 555th 858 35.3%
2023 43.32 547th 845 35.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 61.69 63rd 256 75.4%
2023 33.98 197th 276 28.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 43.22 321st 515 37.7%
2021 23.67 357th 417 14.4%
2022 45.62 281st 500 43.8%
2023 62.27 159th 524 69.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.74 469th 728 35.6%
2019 57.42 315th 740 57.4%
2021 47.00 391st 683 42.8%
2022 46.78 362nd 663 45.4%
2023 45.92 439th 774 43.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.90 419th 774 45.9%
2019 48.54 492nd 787 37.5%
2021 40.74 532nd 783 32.1%
2022 50.33 443rd 799 44.6%
2023 42.11 516th 787 34.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.28 421st 779 46.0%
2019 45.16 515th 798 35.5%
2021 42.00 529th 784 32.5%
2022 35.89 589th 808 27.1%
2023 41.87 527th 799 34.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 27.77 88th 131 32.8%
2023 25.35 91st 128 28.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.84 22nd 266 91.7%
2023 81.08 25th 279 91.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.12 63rd 220 71.4%
2022 38.71 131st 209 37.3%
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Rank History for White students at Pine Hill Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.66 395th 712 44.5%
2019 29.42 592nd 722 18.0%
2021 30.70 566th 710 20.3%
2022 28.23 593rd 725 18.2%
2023 29.60 565th 712 20.6%
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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 Pine Hill Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 717 0 17 15 1 n/a n/a 0 750
1989 720 1 17 9 0 n/a n/a 0 747
1990 700 3 13 13 0 n/a n/a 0 729
1991 813 12 11 6 0 n/a n/a -90 752
1992 535 1 7 2 1 n/a n/a 0 546
1993 520 1 6 2 2 n/a n/a 0 531
1994 519 1 6 3 3 n/a n/a 0 532
1995 549 2 8 9 1 n/a n/a 0 569
1996 549 2 8 9 1 n/a n/a 0 569
1997 540 6 10 8 3 n/a n/a 0 567
1998 553 7 10 10 1 n/a n/a 0 581
1999 588 8 7 7 1 n/a n/a 0 611
2000 574 10 7 15 1 n/a n/a 0 607
2001 582 14 6 19 3 n/a n/a 0 624
2002 473 22 13 21 0 n/a n/a 0 529
2003 473 22 13 21 0 n/a n/a 0 529
2004 442 22 17 23 0 n/a n/a 0 504
2005 418 25 14 22 0 n/a n/a 0 479
2006 392 23 25 36 0 n/a n/a 0 476
2007 376 30 27 43 0 n/a n/a 0 476
2008 372 48 24 42 1 n/a n/a 0 487
2009 359 52 33 39 1 n/a n/a 0 484
2010 268 45 24 31 1 n/a n/a 0 369
2011 264 31 24 34 1 1 12 0 367
2012 266 28 22 31 0 1 17 0 365
2013 270 20 16 30 1 1 17 0 355
2014 261 21 17 35 0 0 16 0 350
2015 278 22 18 45 2 0 18 0 383
2016 287 33 19 45 2 0 19 0 405
2017 278 31 28 51 2 0 23 0 413
2018 276 38 32 49 0 0 25 0 420
2019 305 33 30 55 2 0 18 0 443
2020 306 29 38 55 2 0 21 0 451
2021 311 37 49 57 3 0 20 0 477
2022 301 42 53 55 1 0 29 0 481
2023 305 62 71 56 1 1 34 0 530

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 Pine Hill Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 750 31.0 24.1 3.7
1989 747 29.4 25.4 4.3
1990 729 28.6 25.4 4.4
1991 752 30.4 24.7 5.7
1992 546 25.2 21.6 11.4
1993 531 28.0 19.0 8.9
1994 532 29.3 18.2 11.3
1995 569 28.3 20.1 9.8
1996 569 28.3 20.1 9.8
1997 567 26.3 21.6 7.4
1998 581 n/a 0.0 9
1999 611 32.8 18.6 8
2000 607 37.2 16.3 12.9
2001 624 37.9 16.5 13
2002 529 34.3 15.4 31.9
2003 529 34.3 15.4 31.9
2004 504 30.5 16.5 17.1
2005 479 28.0 17.1 19
2006 476 28.0 17.0 19.1
2007 476 31.2 15.3 23.3
2008 487 33.6 14.5 19.9
2009 484 31.9 15.2 21.7
2010 369 26.8 13.7 21.7
2011 367 27.1 13.5 24.5
2012 365 28.5 12.7 29
2013 355 27.9 12.6 29.3
2014 350 25.5 13.6 22.9
2015 383 30.0 12.7 29
2016 405 31.0 13.0 30.1
2017 413 31.4 13.1 33.2
2018 420 33.2 12.6 33.6
2019 443 33.0 13.4 27.5
2020 451 33.9 13.2 27.3
2021 477 34.9 13.6 21
2022 481 32.7 14.6 21.6
2023 530 32.7 16.1 32.6

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 Pine Hill Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 750 31.0 24.1 3.7
1989 747 29.4 25.4 4.3
1990 729 28.6 25.4 4.4
1991 752 30.4 24.7 5.7
1992 546 25.2 21.6 11.4
1993 531 28.0 19.0 8.9
1994 532 29.3 18.2 11.3
1995 569 28.3 20.1 9.8
1996 569 28.3 20.1 9.8
1997 567 26.3 21.6 7.4
1998 581 n/a 0.0 9
1999 611 32.8 18.6 8
2000 607 37.2 16.3 12.9
2001 624 37.9 16.5 13
2002 529 34.3 15.4 31.9
2003 529 34.3 15.4 31.9
2004 504 30.5 16.5 17.1
2005 479 28.0 17.1 19
2006 476 28.0 17.0 19.1
2007 476 31.2 15.3 23.3
2008 487 33.6 14.5 19.9
2009 484 31.9 15.2 21.7
2010 369 26.8 13.7 21.7
2011 367 27.1 13.5 24.5
2012 365 28.5 12.7 29
2013 355 27.9 12.6 29.3
2014 350 25.5 13.6 22.9
2015 383 30.0 12.7 29
2016 405 31.0 13.0 30.1
2017 413 31.4 13.1 33.2
2018 420 33.2 12.6 33.6
2019 443 33.0 13.4 27.5
2020 451 33.9 13.2 27.3
2021 477 34.9 13.6 21
2022 481 32.7 14.6 21.6
2023 530 32.7 16.1 32.6

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 Pine Hill Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $13,370

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Pine Hill 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 531st of 870 Elementary schoolsRanks 547th of 845 Elementary schools
 3.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Pine Hill Elementary)59.754.2
 5.5%
   3rd Grade Math (South Washington County Schools)73.764.8
 9%
   3rd Grade Math (Minnesota)65.659.1
 6.5%
3rd Grade Reading (Pine Hill Elementary)46.833.7
 13%
   3rd Grade Reading (South Washington County Schools)62.750.6
 12.1%
   3rd Grade Reading (Minnesota)54.647.4
 7.2%
4th Grade Math (Pine Hill Elementary)66.155.2
 11%
   4th Grade Math (South Washington County Schools)74.166.2
 7.9%
   4th Grade Math (Minnesota)63.957.1
 6.8%
4th Grade Reading (Pine Hill Elementary)46.836.8
 10%
   4th Grade Reading (South Washington County Schools)66.551.2
 15.4%
   4th Grade Reading (Minnesota)55.448.4
 7.1%
5th Grade Math (Pine Hill Elementary)51.337.5
 13.8%
   5th Grade Math (South Washington County Schools)59.754.6
 5.2%
   5th Grade Math (Minnesota)5244.4
 7.6%
5th Grade Reading (Pine Hill Elementary)65.459.4
 6%
   5th Grade Reading (South Washington County Schools)74.466.3
 8.2%
   5th Grade Reading (Minnesota)65.858.7
 7%
5th Grade Science (Pine Hill Elementary)48.737.5
 11.2%
   5th Grade Science (South Washington County Schools)63.953.3
 10.6%
   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 Students443530
 19.6%
African American3362
 87.9%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian3071
 136.7%
Hispanic5556
 1.8%
Pacific Islander01
White305305
Two or More Races1834
 88.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients27.5%32.6%
 5.1%


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Students at Pine Hill Elementary are 58% White, 13% Asian, 12% African American, 11% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 530 students attended Pine Hill Elementary.

Students who attend Pine Hill Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Oltman Middle School
High : Park High School

Pine Hill Elementary ranks 546th of 843 Minnesota elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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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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