South Washington Alternative High School

Summary:

South Washington Alternative High School is a public high school serving grades 10-12 in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, with a relatively small student population of 85 students. The school faces significant challenges compared to other nearby high schools in the South Washington County Schools district.

Academically, South Washington Alternative High School has consistently ranked in the bottom 10-15% of Minnesota high schools, with a 0-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's 4-year graduation rate is only 41.6%, much lower than the state average and the graduation rates of nearby schools like East Ridge High School (94.6%) and Park High School (91.0%). Correspondingly, South Washington Alternative High School has had high dropout rates, reaching as high as 23.9% in the 2017-2018 school year.

The school's student population is more racially diverse compared to the other nearby high schools, with a higher percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. However, this diversity is not reflected in the higher academic performance of the school. South Washington Alternative High School's academic performance is significantly below the averages for the South Washington County Schools district and the state of Minnesota as a whole, across all subject areas and grade levels.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 8400 E Point Douglas Rd S
       Cottage Grove, MN  55016-3324


(651) 425-7001

District: South Washington County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
463rd of 478 Minnesota High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $24,479 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  12.9 Help
Number of students:  85

Racial breakdown:

White:
34.1%
African American:
27.1%
Hispanic:
22.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  67.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details South Washington Alternative High School ranks worse than 96.9% of high schools in Minnesota. It also ranks last among 4 ranked high schools in the South Washington County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 5.16. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of South Washington Alternative High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at South Washington Alternative High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (34.1%), African American (27.1%), Hispanic (22.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 67.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the South Washington County Schools District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at South Washington Alternative High School is 12.9, which is the lowest among 6 high schools in the South Washington County Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at South Washington Alternative High School is $24,479, which is the highest among 6 high schools in the South Washington County Schools District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

South Washington Alternative High School:

SchoolDigger ranks South Washington Alternative High School 463rd of 478 Minnesota public high schools. (See South Washington Alternative High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


Low Socio Economic Status students:


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 South Washington Alternative High School

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Rank History for all students at South Washington Alternative High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 11.93 379th 433 12.5%
2005 12.20 402nd 452 11.1%
2006 6.66 427th 450 5.1%
2007 9.41 415th 463 10.4%
2008 8.15 419th 460 8.9%
2010 21.03 403rd 540 25.4%
2011 8.88 468th 545 14.1%
2012 24.02 392nd 539 27.3%
2013 8.10 456th 534 14.6%
2014 6.21 439th 483 9.1%
2015 18.08 407th 504 19.2%
2016 6.19 435th 489 11.0%
2017 6.03 443rd 489 9.4%
2018 6.36 449th 494 9.1%
2019 7.97 437th 492 11.2%
2022 5.12 452nd 472 4.2%
2023 5.16 461st 476 3.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at South Washington Alternative High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.91 361st 374 3.5%
2019 5.61 358th 370 3.2%
2023 6.62 380th 393 3.3%
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Rank History for Male students at South Washington Alternative High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.58 380th 398 4.5%
2019 3.48 390th 411 5.1%
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Rank History for White students at South Washington Alternative High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.65 405th 414 2.2%
2019 2.31 403rd 412 2.2%
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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.

South Washington Alternative High School Test Scores
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Data source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Enrollment information for South Washington Alternative High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1994 129 2 2 4 3 n/a n/a 0 140
1995 111 2 1 3 4 n/a n/a 0 121
1996 111 2 1 3 4 n/a n/a 0 121
1997 93 2 1 4 1 n/a n/a 0 101
1998 104 3 2 3 2 n/a n/a 0 114
1999 105 6 2 4 4 n/a n/a 0 121
2000 121 8 3 5 4 n/a n/a 0 141
2001 106 10 0 3 3 n/a n/a 0 122
2002 88 5 2 5 3 n/a n/a 0 103
2003 88 5 2 5 3 n/a n/a 0 103
2004 102 5 3 6 3 n/a n/a 0 119
2005 78 12 4 10 2 n/a n/a 0 106
2006 76 14 7 9 1 n/a n/a 0 107
2007 80 12 12 11 6 n/a n/a 0 121
2008 72 17 7 13 7 n/a n/a 0 116
2009 63 14 8 7 3 n/a n/a 0 95
2010 54 9 5 6 7 n/a n/a 0 81
2011 53 7 5 5 2 0 5 0 77
2012 68 21 7 14 1 0 4 0 115
2013 75 12 2 10 0 0 4 0 103
2014 71 12 5 10 0 0 8 0 106
2015 61 11 2 16 2 0 7 0 99
2016 71 5 0 15 0 0 9 0 100
2017 64 7 0 17 1 0 8 0 97
2018 37 8 0 12 0 0 9 0 66
2019 49 8 3 14 0 0 7 0 81
2020 55 13 8 14 0 1 6 0 97
2021 49 14 9 19 0 1 9 0 101
2022 50 22 2 17 0 0 10 0 101
2023 29 23 2 19 0 0 12 0 85

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 South Washington Alternative High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1994 140 12.9 10.9 48.6
1995 121 12.0 10.1 37.2
1996 121 12.0 10.1 37.2
1997 101 7.6 13.3 19.8
1998 114 n/a 0.0 14
1999 121 15.3 7.9 22.3
2000 141 12.6 11.2 29.8
2001 122 11.7 10.4 25.4
2002 103 13.0 7.9 27.2
2003 103 13.0 7.9 27.2
2004 119 12.9 9.2 24.4
2005 106 12.0 8.8 28.3
2006 107 11.9 9.0 22.4
2007 121 12.3 9.8 32.2
2008 116 13.0 8.9 39.7
2009 95 12.4 7.7 37.9
2010 81 10.6 7.6 33.3
2011 77 11.2 6.8 45.5
2012 115 11.6 9.9 51.3
2013 103 15.4 6.6 41.7
2014 106 9.4 11.2 48.1
2015 99 14.0 7.0 53.5
2016 100 14.0 7.1 44
2017 97 13.8 7.0 44.3
2018 66 13.6 4.8 51.5
2019 81 11.6 6.9 49.4
2020 97 7.4 13.1 35.1
2021 101 7.2 13.8 31.7
2022 101 6.2 16.0 34.7
2023 85 6.5 12.9 67.1

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 South Washington Alternative High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1994 140 12.9 10.9 48.6
1995 121 12.0 10.1 37.2
1996 121 12.0 10.1 37.2
1997 101 7.6 13.3 19.8
1998 114 n/a 0.0 14
1999 121 15.3 7.9 22.3
2000 141 12.6 11.2 29.8
2001 122 11.7 10.4 25.4
2002 103 13.0 7.9 27.2
2003 103 13.0 7.9 27.2
2004 119 12.9 9.2 24.4
2005 106 12.0 8.8 28.3
2006 107 11.9 9.0 22.4
2007 121 12.3 9.8 32.2
2008 116 13.0 8.9 39.7
2009 95 12.4 7.7 37.9
2010 81 10.6 7.6 33.3
2011 77 11.2 6.8 45.5
2012 115 11.6 9.9 51.3
2013 103 15.4 6.6 41.7
2014 106 9.4 11.2 48.1
2015 99 14.0 7.0 53.5
2016 100 14.0 7.1 44
2017 97 13.8 7.0 44.3
2018 66 13.6 4.8 51.5
2019 81 11.6 6.9 49.4
2020 97 7.4 13.1 35.1
2021 101 7.2 13.8 31.7
2022 101 6.2 16.0 34.7
2023 85 6.5 12.9 67.1

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 South Washington Alternative High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $24,479

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

Impact of COVID-19 on South Washington Alternative High School

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 437th of 492 High schoolsRanks 461st of 476 High schools
 8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade Math (South Washington Alternative High School)3.30
 3.3%
   11th Grade Math (South Washington County Schools)59.943.6
 16.3%
   11th Grade Math (Minnesota)4536
 9%
End of Course Science (South Washington Alternative High School)4.60
 4.6%
   End of Course Science (South Washington County Schools)64.549.3
 15.2%
   End of Course Science (Minnesota)54.441.8
 12.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students8185
 4.9%
African American823
 187.5%
American Indian00
Asian32
 33.3%
Hispanic1419
 35.7%
Pacific Islander00
White4929
 40.8%
Two or More Races712
 71.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients49.4%67.1%
 17.7%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 85 students attended South Washington Alternative High School.

Students at South Washington Alternative High School are 34% White, 27% African American, 22% Hispanic, 14% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

South Washington Alternative High School ranks in the bottom 3.1% of Minnesota high schools.


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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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