J.V. Washam Elementary

Summary:

J.V. Washam Elementary is a public elementary school in Cornelius, North Carolina, serving around 810 students in grades K-5 and part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district.

J.V. Washam Elementary consistently performs exceptionally well academically, ranking in the top 10-20% of North Carolina elementary schools and receiving a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's students significantly outperform the district and state averages in standardized test scores across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, the school's 3rd-5th grade students scored 15-30 percentage points higher than the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and North Carolina averages in mathematics, reading, and science. Additionally, the school maintains a relatively low student-teacher ratio compared to nearby schools, ranging from 15.2 to 15.8 students per teacher.

While J.V. Washam Elementary's student population is predominantly white, with a lower percentage of minority students compared to some nearby schools like Blythe Elementary and Torrence Creek Elementary, the school also has a relatively low percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, suggesting it serves a more affluent community. This may contribute to the school's strong academic performance, but it also raises questions about equity and access for underrepresented student groups. Overall, J.V. Washam Elementary is a high-performing school that provides a quality education to its students, though there may be room for improvement in supporting the academic needs of all student subgroups.


Detail:

Public K-5

 9611 Westmoreland Rd
       Cornelius, NC  28031-9260


(980) 343-1071

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
154th of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,082 Help


Students who attend J.V. Washam Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Bailey Middle
High:    William Amos Hough High

Student/teacher ratio:  15.4 Help
Number of students:  810

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.3%
Hispanic:
13.3%
African American:
8.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  15.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details J.V. Washam Elementary ranks better than 89.7% of elementary schools in North Carolina. It also ranks 19th 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 85.78. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (68.3%), Hispanic (13.3%), African American (8.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 15.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at J.V. Washam Elementary is 15.4, which is the 50th best among 109 elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at J.V. Washam Elementary is $8,082. 107 elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

J.V. Washam Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks J.V. Washam Elementary 154th of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See J.V. Washam 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 J.V. Washam Elementary

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Rank History for all students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 79.14 187th 1293 85.5%
2008 85.74 111th 1324 91.6%
2009 85.91 112th 1354 91.7%
2010 84.42 127th 1363 90.7%
2011 80.66 195th 1381 85.9%
2012 83.62 133rd 1388 90.4%
2013 78.99 241st 1403 82.8%
2014 89.48 107th 1390 92.3%
2015 85.97 146th 1440 89.9%
2016 90.68 79th 1425 94.5%
2017 87.64 115th 1429 92.0%
2018 90.34 89th 1434 93.8%
2019 86.14 153rd 1473 89.6%
2021 76.76 290th 1489 80.5%
2022 84.61 188th 1514 87.6%
2023 85.78 154th 1502 89.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 73.07 73rd 497 85.3%
2021 56.85 104th 385 73.0%
2023 76.48 64th 514 87.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.56 109th 1332 91.8%
2019 86.32 88th 1361 93.5%
2021 66.08 322nd 1329 75.8%
2022 43.42 777th 1366 43.1%
2023 67.57 365th 1437 74.6%
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Rank History for Female students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.74 95th 1405 93.2%
2019 84.76 140th 1424 90.2%
2021 72.73 318th 1440 77.9%
2022 81.97 200th 1458 86.3%
2023 86.16 137th 1459 90.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.70 93rd 897 89.6%
2019 72.95 131st 878 85.1%
2021 40.91 338th 646 47.7%
2022 46.83 272nd 634 57.1%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 61.17 282nd 612 53.9%
2021 61.08 227th 494 54.0%
2022 56.19 279th 500 44.2%
2023 59.67 287th 582 50.7%
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Rank History for Male students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.01 92nd 1413 93.5%
2019 85.07 160th 1430 88.8%
2021 78.52 259th 1444 82.1%
2022 84.42 176th 1464 88.0%
2023 82.56 189th 1461 87.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 62.38 53rd 107 50.5%
2023 27.01 91st 114 20.2%
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Rank History for African American students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.43 227th 927 75.5%
2019 74.56 153rd 949 83.9%
2021 68.85 161st 896 82.0%
2022 80.99 92nd 927 90.1%
2023 86.90 64th 933 93.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.05 20th 851 97.6%
2019 75.69 137th 865 84.2%
2021 58.34 282nd 843 66.5%
2022 69.62 182nd 893 79.6%
2023 70.98 179th 915 80.4%
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Rank History for White students at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.02 132nd 1178 88.8%
2019 79.31 192nd 1183 83.8%
2021 66.04 363rd 1172 69.0%
2022 73.68 274th 1194 77.1%
2023 77.15 219th 1183 81.5%
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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

Review counts

All ratings (Avg rating: 4.5)
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Reviews:
by a parent
Friday, August 4, 2017

Open Quote Great families, students and staff who love the students. Our kids have loved being at Washam. We will be sad when they move onto Middle School. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Open Quote We had multiple children attend JV Washam from 2015 to 2017, prior to relocating again (military family). Overall we felt largely positive about the school, although our kids definitely had varied experiences. Our younger kids just naturally love school and so far have done well every school they've attended. I think that is largely a reflection on them rather than the school. Compliant, obedient, reasonably smart children are going to generally fare well in school, despite the occasional ogre teacher whose retirement is overdue. Our older child, however, has a very kind, gentle personality but also has a very difficult time feeling motivated and connected at school. This one lacks confidence and struggles to focus. He feels like his effort does not matter. He is never a disruptive child, but he is easily discouraged and will withdraw. He needs LOTS of encouragement and positive reinforcement. He needs to feel connected and safe. Frequent moves can impact some children in positive ways while others suffer and disconnect. Our child had a very difficult year made even worse by the dynamic created by the inflexibility of two of his teachers and the tendency schools often have of pushing extrinsic motivation over valuing and nurturing intrinsic motivation. Kid is struggling? Punish, embarrass, restrict...threaten the already weak connection and ramp up the pressure. Blame the parent. Offer to increase communication with parent but don't follow through and act as if it impedes your job. In summary, we worked with both classroom teachers and the school counselor in order to engage our child, but their approach was all about maintaining and increasing pressure on the child. In response, our child developed psychosomatic illnesses over the year, headaches, vomiting, all due to anxiety over school. We watched our child become miserable over school and sink further into feeling helpless to change it. We heard, "My teacher HATES me--she makes fun of me in front of the class. If I ask her for help she gets mad and tells me to go back to my seat." The guidance counselor has a cute wardrobe but offers absolutely NOTHING beyond that. She seems inexperienced and awkward at best, and I'll just leave it at that.
Oh, and, WTH is up with a school lunch schedule that begins at 9:45 a.m.? The school is over-capacity and starts lunches before 10 a.m. in order to accommodate the volume of students in the cafeteria.
There is a definite lack of diversity in the school as well. It is mostly white upper middle class families. Nothing wrong with that demographic, but I would love to see the schools achieve more balance. Interestingly, schools in the area with essentially the opposite demographics tout their diversity, but IMO, 80+ of any one race or ethnicity and economic level is not diversity either.
Highlights for us were a few individual teachers who were simply nice, engaging people. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Open Quote Excellent school, great staff, great PTO and parental involvement, clean and safe school. Couldn't recommend it more highly. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Open Quote My daughter has attended since it opened. Great teachers, wonderful staff, excellent safety and learning enviornment. Very active PTO, and great community involvement. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, March 27, 2011

Open Quote JV Washam has excellent teachers and administration, who care about the whole child, not simply a test-score child. Though the children still score well on exams, they learn about character, responsibility, and community in practice (not only theory). Similar to a private school environment, administration and teachers know children in all grades and show encouragement and dedication to all children. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Open Quote Great School and great community! Close Quote



Enrollment information for J.V. Washam Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2007 561 46 18 23 1 n/a n/a 42 691
2008 635 52 19 42 3 n/a n/a 44 795
2009 672 108 27 59 0 n/a n/a 0 866
2010 724 115 29 65 1 n/a n/a 0 934
2011 780 70 31 71 1 0 53 0 1006
2012 821 77 38 80 0 0 35 0 1051
2013 853 87 41 85 0 0 33 0 1099
2014 833 99 39 82 0 0 25 0 1078
2015 774 84 35 76 1 1 21 0 992
2016 756 86 32 80 4 2 25 0 985
2017 768 86 34 104 2 3 36 0 1033
2018 792 93 39 121 1 3 29 0 1078
2019 795 105 51 134 1 3 30 0 1119
2020 778 97 43 112 2 2 36 0 1070
2021 649 86 42 100 1 2 37 0 917
2022 591 83 46 101 0 0 40 0 861
2023 553 71 42 108 1 0 35 0 810

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 J.V. Washam Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 691 n/a n/a 14.6
2008 795 48.9 16.3 12.9
2009 866 51.5 16.8 14.2
2010 934 52.0 17.9 20.4
2011 1006 54.2 18.5 20.8
2012 1051 59.4 17.6 19.9
2013 1099 57.7 19.0 19.9
2014 1078 56.0 19.2 18.5
2015 992 50.0 19.8 17.2
2016 985 51.0 19.3 20
2017 1033 51.5 20.0 18.4
2018 1078 53.0 20.3 16.7
2019 1119 58.8 19.0 17.5
2020 1070 60.8 17.5 13.9
2021 917 60.2 15.2 13.8
2022 861 54.3 15.8 11.7
2023 810 52.5 15.4 15.6

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 J.V. Washam Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 691 n/a n/a 14.6
2008 795 48.9 16.3 12.9
2009 866 51.5 16.8 14.2
2010 934 52.0 17.9 20.4
2011 1006 54.2 18.5 20.8
2012 1051 59.4 17.6 19.9
2013 1099 57.7 19.0 19.9
2014 1078 56.0 19.2 18.5
2015 992 50.0 19.8 17.2
2016 985 51.0 19.3 20
2017 1033 51.5 20.0 18.4
2018 1078 53.0 20.3 16.7
2019 1119 58.8 19.0 17.5
2020 1070 60.8 17.5 13.9
2021 917 60.2 15.2 13.8
2022 861 54.3 15.8 11.7
2023 810 52.5 15.4 15.6

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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Per Pupil Expenditures for J.V. Washam Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $405 (5.0%) $7,677 (95.0%) $8,082

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

Impact of COVID-19 on J.V. Washam Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 153rd of 1473 Elementary schoolsRanks 154th of 1502 Elementary schools
 0.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (J.V. Washam Elementary)81.585.9
 4.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)69.661.3
 8.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)64.361.1
 3.2%
3rd Grade Reading (J.V. Washam Elementary)66.764.4
 2.3%
   3rd Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)57.346.4
 10.9%
   3rd Grade Reading (North Carolina)56.848
 8.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (J.V. Washam Elementary)88.782.8
 5.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)63.255.2
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
4th Grade Reading (J.V. Washam Elementary)70.170.2
 0.1%
   4th Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)52.551.5
 1%
   4th Grade Reading (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (J.V. Washam Elementary)85.285.9
 0.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)65.457.9
 7.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.255.9
 4.3%
5th Grade Reading (J.V. Washam Elementary)69.563.4
 6.1%
   5th Grade Reading (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)5045.8
 4.2%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.648
 6.6%
5th Grade Science (J.V. Washam Elementary)92.473
 19.4%
   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 Students1119810
 27.6%
African American10571
 32.4%
American Indian11
Asian5142
 17.6%
Hispanic134108
 19.4%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White795553
 30.4%
Two or More Races3035
 16.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients17.5%15.6%
 2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about J.V. Washam Elementary

Students who attend J.V. Washam Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Bailey Middle
High : William Amos Hough High

In the 2022-23 school year, 810 students attended J.V. Washam Elementary.

J.V. Washam Elementary ranks 154th of 1502 North Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at J.V. Washam Elementary are 68% White, 13% Hispanic, 9% African American, 5% Asian, 4% Two or more races.


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