West Lake Preparatory Academy

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West Lake Preparatory Academy is a public charter elementary and middle school located in Denver, North Carolina, serving 428 students from kindergarten through 8th grade and part of the Lincoln County Schools district.

West Lake Preparatory Academy consistently outperforms the state average in mathematics, reading, and science proficiency across all grade levels, placing it among the top-performing schools in North Carolina. The school's student population is more racially diverse than many nearby schools, with 67.29% White, 11.21% African American, 13.55% Hispanic, and 2.8% Asian students. However, the school has seen a significant increase in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, from 12.29% in 2021-2022 to 32.71% in 2022-2023.

Compared to nearby public schools like Iron Station Elementary, Woodland Heights Elementary, and Barnette Elementary, West Lake Preparatory Academy's academic performance is significantly stronger, particularly in 3rd-grade mathematics. The school also maintains a relatively low student-teacher ratio, which may contribute to its strong results. As the school continues to grow, it will be important to monitor its performance and address any emerging challenges, such as the increase in economically disadvantaged students and potential achievement gaps for specific subgroups.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-8

 1691 Forney Creek
       Denver, NC  28037


(704) 966-2202

District: West Lake Preparatory Academy

SchoolDigger Rank:
484th of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  14.7 Help
Number of students:  428

Racial breakdown:

White:
67.3%
Hispanic:
13.6%
African American:
11.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  32.7% Help


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Compare Details West Lake Preparatory Academy ranks better than 67.8% of elementary schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 65.93. (See more...)
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Compare Details West Lake Preparatory Academy ranks better than 61.1% of middle schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 58.13. (See more...)
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

West Lake Preparatory Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks West Lake Preparatory Academy 484th of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See West Lake Preparatory Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks West Lake Preparatory Academy 305th of 784 North Carolina public middle schools. (See West Lake Preparatory Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks West Lake Preparatory Academy 62nd of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for West Lake Preparatory Academy

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Rank History for all elementary school students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 69.98 399th 1489 73.2%
2022 57.36 626th 1514 58.7%
2023 65.93 484th 1502 67.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 59.16 473rd 1366 65.4%
2023 75.03 236th 1437 83.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 61.66 522nd 1458 64.2%
2023 60.97 536th 1459 63.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 72.43 357th 1444 75.3%
2022 52.90 677th 1464 53.8%
2023 66.21 445th 1461 69.5%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 47.20 613th 1172 47.7%
2022 41.52 734th 1194 38.5%
2023 52.70 576th 1183 51.3%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for West Lake Preparatory Academy

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Rank History for all middle school students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 71.90 188th 786 76.1%
2023 58.13 305th 784 61.1%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 69.43 159th 735 78.4%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 64.70 226th 731 69.1%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 70.87 186th 748 75.1%
2023 52.23 330th 747 55.8%
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Rank History for middle school White students at West Lake Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 43.88 375th 658 43.0%
2023 30.40 486th 656 25.9%
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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 West Lake Preparatory Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2020 93 3 3 13 0 0 5 0 117
2021 143 10 5 17 0 0 7 0 182
2022 326 37 8 43 4 0 5 0 423
2023 288 48 12 58 0 2 20 0 428

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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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 West Lake Preparatory Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2020 117 13.0 9.0 n/a
2021 182 18.8 9.6 n/a
2022 423 24.4 17.2 12.3
2023 428 28.9 14.7 32.7

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 West Lake Preparatory Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2020 117 13.0 9.0 n/a
2021 182 18.8 9.6 n/a
2022 423 24.4 17.2 12.3
2023 428 28.9 14.7 32.7

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 West Lake Preparatory Academy are 67% White, 14% Hispanic, 11% African American, 5% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 428 students attended West Lake Preparatory Academy.

West Lake Preparatory Academy ranks 484th of 1502 North Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 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 North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.

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