Cornelius Elementary

Summary:

Cornelius Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school serving grades K-5 in Cornelius, North Carolina, with 567 students. It consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, outperforming the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district and North Carolina state averages on standardized tests.

Cornelius Elementary stands out for its strong academic performance, with significantly higher proficiency rates in Mathematics, Reading, and Science compared to the district and state. The school also has a more racially diverse student population, with 68.25% White, 12.35% Hispanic, and 11.11% African American students. Additionally, Cornelius Elementary has a lower percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch (24.34%) and a lower student-teacher ratio (15.5) than many nearby schools, such as Rocky River Elementary, South Elementary, and Barnette Elementary.

While Cornelius Elementary is a high-performing school, there are still some areas for improvement, such as addressing achievement gaps between different racial/ethnic groups. The school's consistent top rankings and strong academic performance, however, suggest that it has effective teaching practices, curriculum, and resources that support student learning. Parents considering schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district may find Cornelius Elementary to be an excellent choice for their child's elementary education.


Detail:

Public K-5

 21126 Catawba Ave
       Cornelius, NC  28031-8503


(980) 343-3905

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
208th of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,730 Help


Students who attend Cornelius Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Bailey Middle
High:    William Amos Hough High

Student/teacher ratio:  15.5 Help
Number of students:  567

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.3%
Hispanic:
12.3%
African American:
11.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  24.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Cornelius Elementary ranks better than 86.2% of elementary schools in North Carolina. It also ranks 25th among 109 ranked elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 81.76. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (68.3%), Hispanic (12.3%), African American (11.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 24.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cornelius Elementary is 15.5, which is the 53rd best among 109 elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cornelius Elementary is $8,730. 98 elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cornelius Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Cornelius Elementary 208th of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See Cornelius Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 129th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cornelius Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 88.43 65th 1276 94.9%
2007 86.06 80th 1293 93.8%
2008 84.36 130th 1324 90.2%
2009 87.15 88th 1354 93.5%
2010 81.08 175th 1363 87.2%
2011 81.66 172nd 1381 87.5%
2012 83.19 141st 1388 89.8%
2013 91.32 90th 1403 93.6%
2014 90.80 96th 1390 93.1%
2015 83.32 180th 1440 87.5%
2016 82.12 191st 1425 86.6%
2017 83.95 166th 1429 88.4%
2018 81.80 199th 1434 86.1%
2019 79.73 235th 1473 84.0%
2021 79.41 252nd 1489 83.1%
2022 77.49 284th 1514 81.2%
2023 81.76 208th 1502 86.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.57 77th 421 81.7%
2019 56.72 152nd 497 69.4%
2021 52.72 123rd 385 68.1%
2023 41.42 285th 514 44.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.11 533rd 1332 60.0%
2019 35.13 971st 1361 28.7%
2021 49.78 591st 1329 55.5%
2022 43.98 768th 1366 43.8%
2023 49.34 731st 1437 49.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.51 180th 1405 87.2%
2019 79.89 211th 1424 85.2%
2021 78.48 249th 1440 82.7%
2022 75.37 298th 1458 79.6%
2023 78.42 236th 1459 83.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.29 488th 897 45.6%
2019 61.84 227th 878 74.1%
2021 63.36 144th 646 77.7%
2022 44.47 289th 634 54.4%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.96 8th 69 88.4%
2019 41.87 538th 612 12.1%
2021 68.84 124th 494 74.9%
2022 60.49 232nd 500 53.6%
2023 65.35 185th 582 68.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.79 233rd 1413 83.5%
2019 76.73 264th 1430 81.5%
2021 76.98 280th 1444 80.6%
2022 76.22 291st 1464 80.1%
2023 82.09 198th 1461 86.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 35.86 644th 949 32.1%
2021 54.16 298th 896 66.7%
2022 62.64 256th 927 72.4%
2023 78.01 127th 933 86.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.06 158th 851 81.4%
2019 50.97 406th 865 53.1%
2021 52.60 337th 843 60.0%
2022 56.10 329th 893 63.2%
2023 31.42 669th 915 26.9%
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Rank History for White students at Cornelius Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.02 207th 1178 82.4%
2019 81.63 160th 1183 86.5%
2021 74.03 261st 1172 77.7%
2022 79.19 200th 1194 83.2%
2023 82.34 152nd 1183 87.2%
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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 Cornelius Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 455 89 5 2 0 n/a n/a 0 551
1989 500 93 8 3 0 n/a n/a 0 604
1990 521 83 10 3 1 n/a n/a 0 618
1991 576 84 5 5 1 n/a n/a 0 671
1992 595 90 6 4 0 n/a n/a 0 695
1993 624 88 11 3 2 n/a n/a 0 728
1994 575 76 5 3 0 n/a n/a 0 659
1995 660 73 2 9 2 n/a n/a 0 746
1996 660 73 2 9 2 n/a n/a 0 746
1997 762 81 8 9 2 n/a n/a 0 862
1998 640 69 10 8 6 n/a n/a 0 733
1999 731 81 11 14 6 n/a n/a 0 843
2000 783 76 13 21 3 n/a n/a 0 896
2001 809 71 19 14 2 n/a n/a 0 915
2002 992 84 23 37 2 n/a n/a 0 1138
2003 992 84 23 37 2 n/a n/a 0 1138
2004 1034 91 27 49 5 n/a n/a 0 1206
2005 1057 125 39 74 4 n/a n/a 0 1299
2006 1128 156 39 89 3 n/a n/a 0 1415
2007 653 68 20 97 1 n/a n/a 35 874
2008 574 69 23 90 5 n/a n/a 39 800
2009 508 108 22 84 6 n/a n/a 0 728
2010 492 98 20 85 4 n/a n/a 0 699
2011 507 73 18 77 3 0 23 0 701
2012 454 69 20 75 1 0 15 0 634
2013 417 71 20 78 3 0 20 0 609
2014 394 63 22 85 2 0 18 0 584
2015 396 74 16 90 3 1 9 0 589
2016 430 69 23 96 3 0 13 0 634
2017 417 59 18 94 3 0 14 0 605
2018 427 57 18 94 2 0 16 0 614
2019 430 72 18 107 0 0 21 0 648
2020 427 73 24 105 1 0 22 0 652
2021 369 73 27 87 1 0 22 0 579
2022 350 77 24 84 0 0 19 0 554
2023 387 63 22 70 0 0 25 0 567

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 Cornelius Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 551 25.0 22.0 15.4
1989 604 29.0 20.8 18.7
1990 618 32.0 19.3 17.5
1991 671 32.0 20.9 16.1
1992 695 32.0 21.7 11.1
1993 728 33.0 22.1 13.9
1994 659 32.0 20.6 15.2
1995 746 37.0 20.2 12.6
1996 746 37.0 20.2 12.6
1997 862 42.0 20.5 11.6
1998 733 38.0 19.3 13.5
1999 843 38.0 22.2 12.9
2000 896 38.0 23.6 12.1
2001 915 38.0 24.1 10.9
2002 1138 38.0 29.9 12
2003 1138 38.0 29.9 12
2004 1206 38.0 31.7 13.3
2005 1299 38.0 34.2 16.4
2006 1415 38.0 37.2 15.2
2007 874 n/a n/a 14.7
2008 800 46.0 17.4 21.3
2009 728 41.7 17.5 22.5
2010 699 40.4 17.2 25.8
2011 701 38.5 18.1 28.1
2012 634 36.9 17.1 28.1
2013 609 34.2 17.7 32.3
2014 584 34.6 16.8 29.6
2015 589 32.0 18.4 30.6
2016 634 34.0 18.6 29.3
2017 605 35.2 17.1 28.8
2018 614 34.4 17.8 23.9
2019 648 35.5 18.2 25
2020 652 38.1 17.0 24.7
2021 579 41.3 14.0 21.8
2022 554 37.5 14.7 18.4
2023 567 36.5 15.5 24.3

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 Cornelius Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 551 25.0 22.0 15.4
1989 604 29.0 20.8 18.7
1990 618 32.0 19.3 17.5
1991 671 32.0 20.9 16.1
1992 695 32.0 21.7 11.1
1993 728 33.0 22.1 13.9
1994 659 32.0 20.6 15.2
1995 746 37.0 20.2 12.6
1996 746 37.0 20.2 12.6
1997 862 42.0 20.5 11.6
1998 733 38.0 19.3 13.5
1999 843 38.0 22.2 12.9
2000 896 38.0 23.6 12.1
2001 915 38.0 24.1 10.9
2002 1138 38.0 29.9 12
2003 1138 38.0 29.9 12
2004 1206 38.0 31.7 13.3
2005 1299 38.0 34.2 16.4
2006 1415 38.0 37.2 15.2
2007 874 n/a n/a 14.7
2008 800 46.0 17.4 21.3
2009 728 41.7 17.5 22.5
2010 699 40.4 17.2 25.8
2011 701 38.5 18.1 28.1
2012 634 36.9 17.1 28.1
2013 609 34.2 17.7 32.3
2014 584 34.6 16.8 29.6
2015 589 32.0 18.4 30.6
2016 634 34.0 18.6 29.3
2017 605 35.2 17.1 28.8
2018 614 34.4 17.8 23.9
2019 648 35.5 18.2 25
2020 652 38.1 17.0 24.7
2021 579 41.3 14.0 21.8
2022 554 37.5 14.7 18.4
2023 567 36.5 15.5 24.3

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 Cornelius Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $538 (6.2%) $8,193 (93.8%) $8,730

Data source: North Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Cornelius Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 235th of 1473 Elementary schoolsRanks 208th of 1502 Elementary schools
 2.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Cornelius Elementary)75.879.7
 3.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)69.661.3
 8.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)64.361.1
 3.2%
3rd Grade Reading (Cornelius Elementary)67.268.4
 1.2%
   3rd Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)57.346.4
 10.9%
   3rd Grade Reading (North Carolina)56.848
 8.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (Cornelius Elementary)67.969.6
 1.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)63.255.2
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
4th Grade Reading (Cornelius Elementary)64.267.3
 3.1%
   4th Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)52.551.5
 1%
   4th Grade Reading (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Cornelius Elementary)82.269.8
 12.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)65.457.9
 7.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.255.9
 4.3%
5th Grade Reading (Cornelius Elementary)7162.3
 8.7%
   5th Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)5045.8
 4.2%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.648
 6.6%
5th Grade Science (Cornelius Elementary)90.779.2
 11.5%
   5th Grade Science (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)72.862.2
 10.6%
   5th Grade Science (North Carolina)72.665.3
 7.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students648567
 12.5%
African American7263
 12.5%
American Indian00
Asian1822
 22.2%
Hispanic10770
 34.6%
Pacific Islander00
White430387
 10%
Two or More Races2125
 19%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients25%24.3%
 0.7%


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Students who attend Cornelius Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Bailey Middle
High : William Amos Hough High

In the 2022-23 school year, 567 students attended Cornelius Elementary.

Cornelius Elementary ranks 208th of 1502 North Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Cornelius Elementary are 68% White, 12% Hispanic, 11% African American, 4% Two or more races, 4% Asian.


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