Best Public Schools in Berkeley, MO


The city of Berkeley, Missouri is home to two elementary schools, Berkeley Elementary School and Holman Elementary, both of which serve students from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. Unfortunately, the data paints a concerning picture of the academic performance and overall quality of these schools, which consistently rank in the bottom 10-15% of Missouri elementary schools.

Both Berkeley Elementary and Holman Elementary struggle with very low proficiency rates in core subjects like Mathematics, Science, and English Language Arts, with most grades scoring below 15% proficient or better. This is significantly below the averages for the Ferguson-Florissant R-II School District and the state of Missouri. Additionally, the schools have a high percentage of African American and Hispanic students, with very low white student populations, suggesting they may be facing unique challenges related to equity and cultural responsiveness.

Despite the differences in per-student spending between the two schools, with Berkeley Elementary spending $14,497 per student compared to Holman Elementary's $11,899, both schools have extremely high rates of free and reduced-price lunch recipients, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student populations. Addressing the underlying issues and implementing targeted interventions will be crucial to improving the academic performance and overall well-being of these schools and their communities.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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