Townsend Elementary

Summary:

Townsend Elementary is a public elementary school located in Maxton, North Carolina, serving grades PK-5 with a student population of 274. The school is part of the Public Schools of Robeson County district, which is ranked 218 out of 243 districts in North Carolina and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Townsend Elementary faces significant challenges in supporting the academic achievement of its predominantly minority and economically disadvantaged student population. The school has a significantly higher percentage of African American (61.31%) and Native American (25.18%) students compared to the surrounding schools, which tend to have more diverse racial compositions. Townsend's academic performance, as measured by proficiency rates on state assessments, is generally lower than the state and district averages across various grade levels and subject areas. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's 3rd-grade math proficiency rate was 73.1%, compared to the state average of 61.1% and the district average of 53%. Additionally, Townsend Elementary's statewide ranking among North Carolina elementary schools has been consistently low, ranging from 1286 out of 1502 schools in 2022-2023 to 1509 out of 1514 schools in 2021-2022, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While the nearby schools, such as Peterson Elementary, Pembroke Elementary, Union Elementary, and Prospect Elementary, also serve predominantly minority and economically disadvantaged student populations, they generally outperform Townsend Elementary on academic measures. For example, Union Elementary's 3rd-grade math proficiency rate was 69.2%, compared to Townsend's 73.1%. Additionally, Townsend Elementary's spending per student ($12,374 in 2018-2019) is higher than the nearby schools, which range from $9,609 to $11,200 per student, suggesting that additional funding alone may not be the primary driver of the school's academic challenges.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 105 Carolina Street
       Maxton, NC  28364-2206


(910) 844-5086

District: Public Schools of Robeson County

SchoolDigger Rank:
1286th of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,374 Help


Students who attend Townsend Elementary usually attend:

High:    PSRC Early College at RCC

Student/teacher ratio:  16.6 Help
Number of students:  274

Racial breakdown:

African American:
61.3%
American Indian:
25.2%
Hispanic:
5.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  98.9% Help


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Compare Details Townsend Elementary ranks worse than 85.6% of elementary schools in North Carolina. It also ranks 9th among 17 ranked elementary schools in the Public Schools of Robeson County District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.95. (See more...)
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Compare Details Townsend Elementary is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 2.97. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Townsend Elementary has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Public Schools of Robeson County District. Racial makeup is: African American (61.3%), American Indian (25.2%), Hispanic (5.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 98.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Townsend Elementary is 16.6. 11 elementary schools in the Public Schools of Robeson County District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Townsend Elementary is $12,374, which is the 2nd highest among 17 elementary schools in the Public Schools of Robeson County District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Townsend Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Townsend Elementary 1286th of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See Townsend Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Public Schools of Robeson County:

SchoolDigger ranks Public Schools of Robeson County 218th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Townsend Elementary

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 15.37 1305th 1489 12.4%
2022 3.07 1509th 1514 0.3%
2023 17.95 1286th 1502 14.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.23 1331st 1332 0.1%
2019 3.88 1354th 1361 0.5%
2021 22.60 1088th 1329 18.1%
2022 6.32 1363rd 1366 0.2%
2023 23.11 1209th 1437 15.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 0.79 1405th 1405 0.0%
2019 1.22 1423rd 1424 0.1%
2021 19.52 1206th 1440 16.3%
2022 8.59 1408th 1458 3.4%
2023 32.46 1023rd 1459 29.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.92 1408th 1413 0.4%
2019 2.37 1421st 1430 0.6%
2021 12.14 1323rd 1444 8.4%
2022 3.01 1459th 1464 0.3%
2023 7.75 1409th 1461 3.6%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 5.77 925th 927 0.2%
2019 4.57 943rd 949 0.6%
2021 25.10 724th 896 19.2%
2022 15.33 874th 927 5.7%
2023 36.52 615th 933 34.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Native American students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.49 27th 28 3.6%
2019 18.10 24th 27 11.1%
2021 32.37 24th 28 14.3%
2022 8.04 29th 29 0.0%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Townsend Elementary

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Rank History for all middle school students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 16.04 535th 598 10.5%
2007 20.01 532nd 606 12.2%
2008 17.73 529th 620 14.7%
2009 14.94 564th 630 10.5%
2010 6.70 602nd 640 5.9%
2011 14.77 590th 648 9.0%
2012 27.75 536th 662 19.0%
2013 8.67 628th 673 6.7%
2014 3.55 618th 627 1.4%
2015 6.21 655th 705 7.1%
2016 6.35 653rd 692 5.6%
2017 3.42 670th 694 3.5%
2018 1.20 679th 691 1.7%
2019 2.85 716th 737 2.8%
2021 5.81 724th 741 2.3%
2022 2.97 772nd 786 1.8%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.88 601st 604 0.5%
2019 5.72 616th 639 3.6%
2021 13.53 593rd 633 6.3%
2022 5.97 677th 689 1.7%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.14 653rd 656 0.5%
2019 3.73 670th 684 2.0%
2021 2.05 706th 706 0.0%
2022 3.23 725th 733 1.1%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 0.78 663rd 665 0.3%
2019 3.12 681st 697 2.3%
2021 13.11 641st 711 9.8%
2022 3.74 738th 748 1.3%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 5.06 489th 494 1.0%
2019 9.26 499th 519 3.9%
2021 20.76 477th 533 10.5%
2022 9.83 536th 550 2.5%
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Rank History for middle school Native American students at Townsend Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.24 23rd 23 0.0%
2019 24.05 22nd 24 8.3%
2021 18.05 22nd 23 4.3%
2022 12.26 19th 20 5.0%
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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 Townsend Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 43 207 0 0 161 n/a n/a 0 411
1989 38 208 0 0 172 n/a n/a 0 418
1990 37 230 0 0 152 n/a n/a -1 418
1991 28 233 0 0 143 n/a n/a -1 403
1992 26 228 0 0 124 n/a n/a 4 382
1993 25 245 0 0 124 n/a n/a 0 394
1994 24 231 0 0 127 n/a n/a 0 382
1995 22 222 0 0 121 n/a n/a 0 365
1996 22 222 0 0 121 n/a n/a 0 365
1997 25 189 0 2 107 n/a n/a 0 323
1998 21 203 0 1 105 n/a n/a 0 330
1999 20 184 0 5 87 n/a n/a 0 296
2000 12 207 0 3 102 n/a n/a 0 324
2001 19 213 3 1 97 n/a n/a 0 333
2002 9 253 2 1 96 n/a n/a 0 361
2003 9 253 2 1 96 n/a n/a 0 361
2004 7 218 0 0 74 n/a n/a 0 299
2005 7 217 0 0 55 n/a n/a 0 279
2006 11 202 0 1 68 n/a n/a 0 282
2007 7 168 0 4 60 n/a n/a 0 239
2008 7 165 0 4 79 n/a n/a 3 258
2009 7 155 0 4 83 n/a n/a 0 249
2010 8 146 0 6 78 n/a n/a 0 238
2011 5 136 2 7 87 0 9 0 246
2012 7 143 2 6 79 0 7 0 244
2013 13 137 3 3 75 0 5 0 236
2014 13 127 4 6 86 0 2 0 238
2015 13 113 4 8 88 0 4 0 230
2016 6 121 4 7 73 0 4 0 215
2017 7 103 4 6 71 2 5 0 198
2018 7 94 3 8 76 1 10 0 199
2019 8 109 3 10 72 1 6 0 209
2020 23 276 3 18 139 1 18 0 478
2021 17 277 2 20 126 2 18 0 462
2022 13 271 1 16 106 7 20 0 434
2023 8 168 1 14 69 4 10 0 274

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

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Townsend Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 411 29.0 14.1 57.7
1989 418 29.0 14.4 100
1990 418 26.0 16.0 73.4
1991 403 26.0 15.5 76.2
1992 382 28.0 13.6 61.8
1993 394 27.0 14.6 68.3
1994 382 27.0 14.1 69.6
1995 365 28.0 13.0 74
1996 365 28.0 13.0 74
1997 323 25.0 12.9 81.7
1998 330 25.0 13.2 69.1
1999 296 25.0 11.8 94.9
2000 324 25.0 13.0 80.9
2001 333 25.0 13.3 87.4
2002 361 25.0 14.4 0
2003 361 25.0 14.4 0
2004 299 25.0 12.0 91.6
2005 279 22.0 12.7 92.5
2006 282 22.0 12.8 70.2
2007 239 20.2 11.8 98.7
2008 258 18.2 14.2 n/a
2009 249 18.2 13.7 n/a
2010 238 17.2 13.8 85.7
2011 246 19.7 12.4 92.7
2012 244 18.2 13.4 91.4
2013 236 15.6 15.0 94.5
2014 238 16.4 14.5 91.2
2015 230 16.0 14.3 98.7
2016 215 14.0 15.3 98.6
2017 198 13.2 15.0 96
2018 199 15.2 13.0 98.5
2019 209 17.0 12.2 98.6
2020 478 27.8 17.1 99.4
2021 462 27.0 17.1 99.4
2022 434 26.2 16.5 99.3
2023 274 16.4 16.6 98.9

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 Townsend Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 411 29.0 14.1 57.7
1989 418 29.0 14.4 100
1990 418 26.0 16.0 73.4
1991 403 26.0 15.5 76.2
1992 382 28.0 13.6 61.8
1993 394 27.0 14.6 68.3
1994 382 27.0 14.1 69.6
1995 365 28.0 13.0 74
1996 365 28.0 13.0 74
1997 323 25.0 12.9 81.7
1998 330 25.0 13.2 69.1
1999 296 25.0 11.8 94.9
2000 324 25.0 13.0 80.9
2001 333 25.0 13.3 87.4
2002 361 25.0 14.4 0
2003 361 25.0 14.4 0
2004 299 25.0 12.0 91.6
2005 279 22.0 12.7 92.5
2006 282 22.0 12.8 70.2
2007 239 20.2 11.8 98.7
2008 258 18.2 14.2 n/a
2009 249 18.2 13.7 n/a
2010 238 17.2 13.8 85.7
2011 246 19.7 12.4 92.7
2012 244 18.2 13.4 91.4
2013 236 15.6 15.0 94.5
2014 238 16.4 14.5 91.2
2015 230 16.0 14.3 98.7
2016 215 14.0 15.3 98.6
2017 198 13.2 15.0 96
2018 199 15.2 13.0 98.5
2019 209 17.0 12.2 98.6
2020 478 27.8 17.1 99.4
2021 462 27.0 17.1 99.4
2022 434 26.2 16.5 99.3
2023 274 16.4 16.6 98.9

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 Townsend Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,964 (15.9%) $10,410 (84.1%) $12,374

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Townsend Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 716th of 737 Middle schoolsRanks 772nd of 786 Middle schools
 1.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade Mathematics (Townsend Elementary)20.316.7
 3.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Public Schools of Robeson County)37.730.2
 7.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.255.9
 4.3%
5th Grade Reading (Townsend Elementary)11.911.1
 0.8%
   5th Grade Reading (Public Schools of Robeson County)32.326.1
 6.2%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.648
 6.6%
5th Grade Science (Townsend Elementary)20.313.9
 6.4%
   5th Grade Science (Public Schools of Robeson County)60.544.7
 15.8%
   5th Grade Science (North Carolina)72.665.3
 7.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Townsend Elementary)258.8
 16.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Public Schools of Robeson County)36.728.3
 8.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.850.4
 8.4%
6th Grade Reading (Townsend Elementary)19.214
 5.2%
   6th Grade Reading (Public Schools of Robeson County)36.626.2
 10.4%
   6th Grade Reading (North Carolina)6047.5
 12.5%
7th Grade Mathematics (Townsend Elementary)20.813.6
 7.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Public Schools of Robeson County)33.923.3
 10.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.448.7
 9.7%
7th Grade Reading (Townsend Elementary)15.113.6
 1.5%
   7th Grade Reading (Public Schools of Robeson County)34.326.5
 7.8%
   7th Grade Reading (North Carolina)58.848.9
 9.9%
8th Grade Reading (Townsend Elementary)15.219.2
 4%
   8th Grade Reading (Public Schools of Robeson County)31.628.2
 3.4%
   8th Grade Reading (North Carolina)55.650.7
 4.9%
8th Grade Science (Townsend Elementary)3719.2
 17.8%
   8th Grade Science (Public Schools of Robeson County)6758.1
 8.9%
   8th Grade Science (North Carolina)78.673.4
 5.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students209274
 31.1%
African American109168
 54.1%
American Indian7269
 4.2%
Asian31
 66.7%
Hispanic1014
 40%
Pacific Islander14
 300%
White88
Two or More Races610
 66.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients98.6%98.9%
 0.3%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 274 students attended Townsend Elementary.

Students who attend Townsend Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : PSRC Early College at RCC

Townsend Elementary ranks in the bottom 14.4% of North Carolina elementary schools.

Students at Townsend Elementary are 61% African American, 25% American Indian, 5% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 3% White, 1% Pacific Islander.


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