Grey Cloud Elementary

Summary:

Grey Cloud Elementary is a public elementary school in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, serving 763 students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the South Washington County Schools district.

Grey Cloud Elementary consistently outperforms state and district averages on academic measures, with 56.14% of students proficient or better in Math, 53.13% in Reading, and 54.79% in Science - all significantly higher than the state averages. The school's strong performance extends to specific student subgroups, with its African American and Hispanic students ranking among the top in the state. In comparison, nearby schools like Pine Hill Elementary and Pullman Elementary have lower proficiency rates in these subjects.

Grey Cloud Elementary's diverse student population, with 7.6% African American, 7.73% Hispanic, and 7.86% Asian students, is another notable strength. The school's ability to effectively serve its diverse learners and provide equitable educational opportunities is reflected in its high rankings for African American and Hispanic student performance. However, the school's overall statewide ranking has fluctuated in recent years, highlighting the need for continuous improvement to maintain its strong academic standing.


Detail:

Public K-5

 9525 Indian Blvd S
       Cottage Grove, MN  55016-3603


(651) 425-4201

District: South Washington County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
348th of 843 Minnesota Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,798 Help


Students who attend Grey Cloud Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Cottage Grove Middle School
High:    East Ridge High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.8 Help
Number of students:  763

Racial breakdown:

White:
71.7%
Asian:
7.9%
Hispanic:
7.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18% Help


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Compare Details Grey Cloud Elementary ranks better than 58.7% of elementary schools in Minnesota. It also ranks 8th 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 61.79. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (71.7%), Asian (7.9%), Hispanic (7.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 18% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Grey Cloud Elementary is 15.8. 9 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 Grey Cloud Elementary is $12,798. 8 elementary schools in the South Washington County Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Grey Cloud Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Grey Cloud Elementary 348th of 843 Minnesota public elementary schools. (See Grey Cloud Elementary in the ranking list.)

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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 Grey Cloud Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 71.89 155th 674 77.0%
2004 46.80 434th 676 35.8%
2005 63.49 255th 685 62.8%
2006 63.01 298th 756 60.6%
2007 67.32 237th 777 69.5%
2008 64.88 282nd 781 63.9%
2010 70.35 229th 803 71.5%
2011 67.12 272nd 814 66.6%
2012 63.60 344th 820 58.0%
2013 65.95 304th 824 63.1%
2014 71.20 229th 826 72.3%
2015 78.39 135th 840 83.9%
2016 78.45 145th 848 82.9%
2017 76.12 180th 853 78.9%
2018 80.84 115th 847 86.4%
2019 84.59 78th 870 91.0%
2021 71.89 230th 869 73.5%
2022 74.02 210th 858 75.5%
2023 61.79 349th 845 58.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.37 19th 98 80.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 34.44 180th 256 29.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.78 178th 463 61.6%
2019 76.08 77th 515 85.0%
2021 69.11 89th 417 78.7%
2022 65.76 142nd 500 71.6%
2023 46.47 276th 524 47.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.25 24th 728 96.7%
2019 91.07 18th 740 97.6%
2021 62.52 230th 683 66.3%
2022 71.54 140th 663 78.9%
2023 63.56 264th 774 65.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.47 111th 774 85.7%
2019 82.74 81st 787 89.7%
2021 68.03 243rd 783 69.0%
2022 71.89 213th 799 73.3%
2023 57.56 361st 787 54.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.92 135th 779 82.7%
2019 82.60 88th 798 89.0%
2021 70.09 217th 784 72.3%
2022 72.21 204th 808 74.8%
2023 63.01 302nd 799 62.2%
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Rank History for Asian students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 88.67 16th 136 88.2%
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Rank History for African American students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 96.21 6th 282 97.9%
2023 80.10 28th 279 90.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 98.10 3rd 219 98.6%
2022 65.85 43rd 209 79.4%
2023 71.11 41st 214 80.8%
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Rank History for White students at Grey Cloud Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.73 182nd 712 74.4%
2019 74.81 133rd 722 81.6%
2021 58.06 276th 710 61.1%
2022 65.96 217th 725 70.1%
2023 46.88 387th 712 45.6%
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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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Reviews:
by a parent
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Open Quote We have 2 children who attend Grey Cloud. We have nothing but great things to say about the school and the entire staff. Very impressed! Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Open Quote We recently relocated to the area and could not be more pleased with Grey Cloud. The Principal and teachers provide a welcoming atmosphere for all students and are great educators. The class sizes are a good size- nothing compared to the overcrowding at the last school- which was loud and out of control. The kids also have opportunities at Grey Cloud that they did not have at their last school (Spanish and Art for example).
Our experience at Grey Cloud so far has been great and we look forward to the years ahead. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Grey Cloud Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1992 746 9 8 8 0 n/a n/a 0 771
1993 767 8 6 8 1 n/a n/a 0 790
1994 763 11 10 7 2 n/a n/a 0 793
1995 759 15 6 11 2 n/a n/a 0 793
1996 759 15 6 11 2 n/a n/a 0 793
1997 755 13 6 11 2 n/a n/a 0 787
1998 726 15 9 9 5 n/a n/a 0 764
1999 739 14 8 8 4 n/a n/a 0 773
2000 733 16 14 11 3 n/a n/a 0 777
2001 720 20 13 12 3 n/a n/a 0 768
2002 627 15 17 12 1 n/a n/a 0 672
2003 627 15 17 12 1 n/a n/a 0 672
2004 609 16 16 16 5 n/a n/a 0 662
2005 573 23 16 25 5 n/a n/a 0 642
2006 546 25 21 28 2 n/a n/a 0 622
2007 529 35 22 31 3 n/a n/a 0 620
2008 497 31 30 32 5 n/a n/a 0 595
2009 480 38 26 34 6 n/a n/a 0 584
2010 517 28 34 45 15 n/a n/a 0 639
2011 500 21 37 38 7 0 13 0 616
2012 510 23 35 40 6 0 20 0 634
2013 518 25 35 46 3 1 24 0 652
2014 516 23 37 42 2 1 36 0 657
2015 548 21 35 35 2 0 41 0 682
2016 544 29 33 38 2 0 39 0 685
2017 560 38 39 47 0 0 45 0 729
2018 609 40 47 49 2 0 44 0 791
2019 544 36 51 48 3 0 32 0 714
2020 535 38 41 42 3 0 31 0 690
2021 542 45 47 45 3 0 29 0 711
2022 547 49 41 54 3 0 35 0 729
2023 547 58 60 59 3 0 36 0 763

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 Grey Cloud Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 771 14.0 55.0 2.5
1993 790 18.5 42.7 2.7
1994 793 17.4 45.6 2.3
1995 793 33.5 23.7 2
1996 793 33.5 23.7 2
1997 787 34.3 22.9 0.6
1998 764 n/a 0.0 1.4
1999 773 41.5 18.6 2.2
2000 777 47.4 16.4 3.5
2001 768 44.9 17.1 4.3
2002 672 44.0 15.3 4.6
2003 672 44.0 15.3 4.6
2004 662 35.5 18.6 7.1
2005 642 37.0 17.4 8.9
2006 622 38.7 16.1 10.6
2007 620 41.2 15.0 12.7
2008 595 40.8 14.6 12.9
2009 584 41.7 14.0 13.9
2010 639 41.4 15.4 14.9
2011 616 41.8 14.7 15.6
2012 634 43.5 14.5 19.1
2013 652 46.2 14.1 17.5
2014 657 46.7 14.0 15.7
2015 682 49.0 13.9 13.6
2016 685 44.0 15.5 14.3
2017 729 47.8 15.2 16
2018 791 48.5 16.2 15.4
2019 714 46.5 15.3 11.6
2020 690 44.7 15.4 11.6
2021 711 47.7 14.8 8.2
2022 729 43.7 16.6 8.5
2023 763 48.0 15.8 18

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 Grey Cloud Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 771 14.0 55.0 2.5
1993 790 18.5 42.7 2.7
1994 793 17.4 45.6 2.3
1995 793 33.5 23.7 2
1996 793 33.5 23.7 2
1997 787 34.3 22.9 0.6
1998 764 n/a 0.0 1.4
1999 773 41.5 18.6 2.2
2000 777 47.4 16.4 3.5
2001 768 44.9 17.1 4.3
2002 672 44.0 15.3 4.6
2003 672 44.0 15.3 4.6
2004 662 35.5 18.6 7.1
2005 642 37.0 17.4 8.9
2006 622 38.7 16.1 10.6
2007 620 41.2 15.0 12.7
2008 595 40.8 14.6 12.9
2009 584 41.7 14.0 13.9
2010 639 41.4 15.4 14.9
2011 616 41.8 14.7 15.6
2012 634 43.5 14.5 19.1
2013 652 46.2 14.1 17.5
2014 657 46.7 14.0 15.7
2015 682 49.0 13.9 13.6
2016 685 44.0 15.5 14.3
2017 729 47.8 15.2 16
2018 791 48.5 16.2 15.4
2019 714 46.5 15.3 11.6
2020 690 44.7 15.4 11.6
2021 711 47.7 14.8 8.2
2022 729 43.7 16.6 8.5
2023 763 48.0 15.8 18

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 Grey Cloud Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $12,798

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Grey Cloud 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 78th of 870 Elementary schoolsRanks 349th of 845 Elementary schools
 32.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Grey Cloud Elementary)77.352.8
 24.6%
   3rd Grade Math (South Washington County Schools)73.764.8
 9%
   3rd Grade Math (Minnesota)65.659.1
 6.5%
3rd Grade Reading (Grey Cloud Elementary)65.640.2
 25.4%
   3rd Grade Reading (South Washington County Schools)62.750.6
 12.1%
   3rd Grade Reading (Minnesota)54.647.4
 7.2%
4th Grade Math (Grey Cloud Elementary)75.964
 11.9%
   4th Grade Math (South Washington County Schools)74.166.2
 7.9%
   4th Grade Math (Minnesota)63.957.1
 6.8%
4th Grade Reading (Grey Cloud Elementary)76.848
 28.8%
   4th Grade Reading (South Washington County Schools)66.551.2
 15.4%
   4th Grade Reading (Minnesota)55.448.4
 7.1%
5th Grade Math (Grey Cloud Elementary)78.752.4
 26.3%
   5th Grade Math (South Washington County Schools)59.754.6
 5.2%
   5th Grade Math (Minnesota)5244.4
 7.6%
5th Grade Reading (Grey Cloud Elementary)8268.7
 13.3%
   5th Grade Reading (South Washington County Schools)74.466.3
 8.2%
   5th Grade Reading (Minnesota)65.858.7
 7%
5th Grade Science (Grey Cloud Elementary)77.954.8
 23.1%
   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 Students714763
 6.9%
African American3658
 61.1%
American Indian33
Asian5160
 17.6%
Hispanic4859
 22.9%
Pacific Islander00
White544547
 0.6%
Two or More Races3236
 12.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients11.6%18%
 6.3%


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Grey Cloud Elementary ranks 348th of 843 Minnesota elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Grey Cloud Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Cottage Grove Middle School
High : East Ridge High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 763 students attended Grey Cloud Elementary.

Students at Grey Cloud Elementary are 72% White, 8% Asian, 8% Hispanic, 8% African American, 5% Two or more races.


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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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