Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Summary:

Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy is a public charter elementary and middle school serving 1,100 students in grades K-8 in the diverse Steele Creek area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The school has a student population that is 57% African American, 21% Hispanic, and 47% from low-income backgrounds.

One of the school's key strengths is its consistent academic performance, particularly in the lower grades. In 2022-2023, Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy's 3rd-grade mathematics proficiency rate was 83.1%, significantly outpacing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district average of 61.3% and the North Carolina state average of 61.1%. The school also performs well for traditionally underserved student populations, ranking in the top 25% of North Carolina elementary schools for African American and Hispanic students.

However, the school's academic performance declines in the upper grades, with 8th-grade mathematics proficiency dropping to 11.9% in 2022-2023, well below the district and state averages. Additionally, Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy has a higher student-teacher ratio of 17.9 compared to nearby schools, which range from 12 to 16.9 students per teacher. This higher ratio may present challenges in providing personalized attention and support, particularly for older students who are struggling academically.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-8

 5203 Shopton Rd
       Charlotte, NC  28278


(980) 505-8344

District: Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

SchoolDigger Rank:
731st of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  17.9 Help
Number of students:  817

Racial breakdown:

African American:
57.0%
Hispanic:
20.8%
Two or more races:
8.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  47.6% Help


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Compare Details Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy ranks better than 51.3% of elementary schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 52.09. (See more...)
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Compare Details Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy ranks worse than 67.9% of middle schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 32.12. (See more...)
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy 731st of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy 532nd of 784 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy in the ranking list.)

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Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy 149th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 34.88 941st 1489 36.8%
2022 34.94 1009th 1514 33.4%
2023 52.09 731st 1502 51.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 33.48 897th 1329 32.5%
2022 21.78 1191st 1366 12.8%
2023 50.59 705th 1437 50.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 32.09 963rd 1440 33.1%
2022 27.40 1116th 1458 23.5%
2023 44.78 817th 1459 44.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 38.46 870th 1444 39.8%
2022 43.60 830th 1464 43.3%
2023 57.46 609th 1461 58.3%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 51.29 336th 896 62.5%
2022 50.04 406th 927 56.2%
2023 72.87 176th 933 81.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 66.61 193rd 843 77.1%
2022 53.76 352nd 893 60.6%
2023 67.28 215th 915 76.5%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

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Rank History for all middle school students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 53.44 323rd 741 56.4%
2022 44.95 424th 786 46.1%
2023 32.12 532nd 784 32.1%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 46.77 301st 633 52.4%
2022 37.94 433rd 689 37.2%
2023 32.47 519th 735 29.4%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 58.34 264th 706 62.6%
2022 41.75 425th 733 42.0%
2023 23.40 591st 731 19.2%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 47.38 357th 711 49.8%
2022 47.04 389th 748 48.0%
2023 39.73 448th 747 40.0%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 67.39 94th 533 82.4%
2022 55.51 186th 550 66.2%
2023 48.08 250th 559 55.3%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 80.22 56th 522 89.3%
2022 54.03 220th 541 59.3%
2023 46.96 279th 553 49.5%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 79.07 124th 658 81.2%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, 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: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2020 62 226 28 86 1 2 37 0 442
2021 77 347 54 119 6 4 46 0 653
2022 76 412 55 171 3 0 52 0 769
2023 62 466 50 170 2 0 67 0 817

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 Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2020 442 30.5 14.4 n/a
2021 653 35.4 18.4 27.6
2022 769 46.2 16.6 30.3
2023 817 45.5 17.9 47.6

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 Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2020 442 30.5 14.4 n/a
2021 653 35.4 18.4 27.6
2022 769 46.2 16.6 30.3
2023 817 45.5 17.9 47.6

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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Students at Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy are 57% African American, 21% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 8% White, 6% Asian.

Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy ranks 731st of 1502 North Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 817 students attended Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.

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