Swain County East Elementary

Summary:

Swain County East Elementary is a public elementary school in Bryson City, North Carolina, serving 339 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the Swain County Schools district, which is ranked 146 out of 243 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

One of the key distinguishing factors of Swain County East Elementary is its significantly higher percentage of Native American students (30.68%) compared to the state average and nearby schools. While the school's Native American students perform exceptionally well, ranking in the top 5-10% of North Carolina elementary schools for this subgroup, its White students and students with disabilities perform poorly, ranking in the bottom 20% of the state. However, the school is able to support its low-income students more effectively, with this subgroup performing better than the overall school ranking.

Compared to nearby schools, East Franklin Elementary, Iotla Valley Elementary, and Cullowhee Valley School in the Macon County and Jackson County districts generally outperform Swain County East Elementary in terms of test scores and rankings. The nearby Mountain Discovery charter school has a similar overall performance to Swain County East Elementary, but with stronger results in mathematics and reading.


Detail:

Public K-5

 4747 Ela Rd
       Bryson City, NC  28713


(828) 488-0939

District: Swain County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
996th of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,145 Help


Students who attend Swain County East Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Swain County Middle School
High:    Swain County High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.8 Help
Number of students:  339

Racial breakdown:

White:
47.8%
American Indian:
30.7%
Two or more races:
16.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  69.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Swain County East Elementary ranks worse than 66.3% of elementary schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 35.65. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Swain County East Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (47.8%), American Indian (30.7%), two or more races (16.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 69.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Swain County East Elementary is 12.8. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Swain County East Elementary is $12,145.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Swain County East Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Swain County East Elementary 996th of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See Swain County East Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Native American students:
White students:


Swain County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Swain County Schools 146th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Swain County East Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Swain County East Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 53.91 648th 1276 49.2%
2007 60.27 544th 1293 57.9%
2008 64.63 455th 1324 65.6%
2009 52.98 725th 1354 46.5%
2010 45.55 847th 1363 37.9%
2011 45.43 856th 1381 38.0%
2012 39.59 949th 1388 31.6%
2013 41.62 815th 1403 41.9%
2014 42.39 811th 1390 41.7%
2015 38.08 950th 1440 34.0%
2016 53.94 660th 1425 53.7%
2017 61.33 552nd 1429 61.4%
2018 45.68 830th 1434 42.1%
2019 56.32 652nd 1473 55.7%
2021 47.67 741st 1489 50.2%
2022 42.75 867th 1514 42.7%
2023 35.65 996th 1502 33.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Swain County East Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.32 449th 1332 66.3%
2019 60.10 488th 1361 64.1%
2021 59.92 421st 1329 68.3%
2022 55.81 551st 1366 59.7%
2023 56.01 575th 1437 60.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Swain County East Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.60 631st 1405 55.1%
2019 57.94 592nd 1424 58.4%
2021 53.75 628th 1440 56.4%
2022 46.51 770th 1458 47.2%
2023 35.26 965th 1459 33.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Swain County East Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.62 775th 897 13.6%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Swain County East Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 65.32 118th 612 80.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Swain County East Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.47 1033rd 1413 26.9%
2019 52.55 696th 1430 51.3%
2021 37.76 881st 1444 39.0%
2022 39.91 901st 1464 38.5%
2023 38.03 952nd 1461 34.8%
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Rank History for Native American students at Swain County East Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.63 7th 28 75.0%
2019 79.41 2nd 27 92.6%
2021 88.16 2nd 28 92.9%
2022 84.30 3rd 29 89.7%
2023 73.48 3rd 29 89.7%
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Rank History for White students at Swain County East Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.98 872nd 1178 26.0%
2019 36.25 830th 1183 29.8%
2021 28.12 902nd 1172 23.0%
2022 26.30 975th 1194 18.3%
2023 26.55 965th 1183 18.4%
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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 Swain County East Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1992 219 1 1 7 139 n/a n/a 0 367
1993 225 1 1 4 139 n/a n/a 0 370
1994 245 0 0 2 138 n/a n/a 13 398
1995 275 5 0 9 147 n/a n/a 0 436
1996 275 5 0 9 147 n/a n/a 0 436
1997 287 6 2 11 138 n/a n/a 0 444
1998 277 5 1 8 145 n/a n/a 0 436
1999 239 3 2 4 131 n/a n/a 0 379
2000 263 3 2 3 135 n/a n/a 0 406
2001 244 3 2 4 142 n/a n/a 0 395
2002 201 3 1 6 152 n/a n/a 0 363
2003 201 3 1 6 152 n/a n/a 0 363
2004 189 3 2 9 149 n/a n/a 0 352
2005 201 3 1 13 159 n/a n/a 0 377
2006 194 7 1 12 149 n/a n/a 0 363
2007 182 1 1 15 135 n/a n/a 3 337
2008 197 2 2 14 149 n/a n/a 0 364
2009 200 2 4 19 161 n/a n/a 0 386
2010 211 2 1 17 143 n/a n/a 0 374
2011 209 1 0 19 148 0 30 0 407
2012 209 1 1 26 161 0 28 0 426
2013 221 7 1 27 144 0 27 0 427
2014 216 4 1 24 174 1 24 0 444
2015 214 6 1 30 178 1 28 0 458
2016 204 1 1 29 172 0 26 0 433
2017 182 0 1 21 189 0 30 0 423
2018 189 2 1 20 175 0 30 0 417
2019 164 2 0 24 168 0 33 0 391
2020 167 1 0 26 152 0 33 0 379
2021 171 1 0 23 129 0 19 0 343
2022 171 1 2 25 112 0 36 0 347
2023 162 1 2 15 104 0 55 0 339

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 Swain County East Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 367 22.0 16.6 18.5
1993 370 19.0 19.5 55.1
1994 398 28.0 14.2 59
1995 436 32.0 13.6 58
1996 436 32.0 13.6 58
1997 444 31.0 14.3 57.2
1998 436 35.0 12.5 52.8
1999 379 36.0 10.5 72
2000 406 36.0 11.3 66
2001 395 36.0 11.0 73.9
2002 363 35.0 10.4 65.8
2003 363 35.0 10.4 65.8
2004 352 35.0 10.1 66.5
2005 377 36.0 10.5 72.4
2006 363 36.0 10.1 63.9
2007 337 n/a n/a 67.4
2008 364 31.0 11.7 67
2009 386 30.0 12.9 n/a
2010 374 28.3 13.1 67.9
2011 407 26.6 15.2 64.6
2012 426 24.6 17.2 70
2013 427 25.6 16.6 68.4
2014 444 24.3 18.2 67.6
2015 458 26.0 17.6 62.9
2016 433 27.0 16.0 64.7
2017 423 25.7 16.4 68.1
2018 417 27.3 15.2 64.7
2019 391 26.3 14.8 63.2
2020 379 26.2 14.4 66.2
2021 343 28.1 12.1 51.6
2022 347 26.1 13.2 37.2
2023 339 26.2 12.8 69.9

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 Swain County East Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 367 22.0 16.6 18.5
1993 370 19.0 19.5 55.1
1994 398 28.0 14.2 59
1995 436 32.0 13.6 58
1996 436 32.0 13.6 58
1997 444 31.0 14.3 57.2
1998 436 35.0 12.5 52.8
1999 379 36.0 10.5 72
2000 406 36.0 11.3 66
2001 395 36.0 11.0 73.9
2002 363 35.0 10.4 65.8
2003 363 35.0 10.4 65.8
2004 352 35.0 10.1 66.5
2005 377 36.0 10.5 72.4
2006 363 36.0 10.1 63.9
2007 337 n/a n/a 67.4
2008 364 31.0 11.7 67
2009 386 30.0 12.9 n/a
2010 374 28.3 13.1 67.9
2011 407 26.6 15.2 64.6
2012 426 24.6 17.2 70
2013 427 25.6 16.6 68.4
2014 444 24.3 18.2 67.6
2015 458 26.0 17.6 62.9
2016 433 27.0 16.0 64.7
2017 423 25.7 16.4 68.1
2018 417 27.3 15.2 64.7
2019 391 26.3 14.8 63.2
2020 379 26.2 14.4 66.2
2021 343 28.1 12.1 51.6
2022 347 26.1 13.2 37.2
2023 339 26.2 12.8 69.9

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Swain County East Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,906 (15.7%) $10,238 (84.3%) $12,144

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Swain County East Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 652nd of 1473 Elementary schoolsRanks 996th of 1502 Elementary schools
 22%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Swain County East Elementary)80.449.2
 31.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Swain County Schools)73.756.8
 16.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)64.361.1
 3.2%
3rd Grade Reading (Swain County East Elementary)64.747.5
 17.2%
   3rd Grade Reading (Swain County Schools)63.252
 11.2%
   3rd Grade Reading (North Carolina)56.848
 8.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (Swain County East Elementary)55.639.2
 16.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Swain County Schools)56.441.5
 14.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
4th Grade Reading (Swain County East Elementary)45.849
 3.2%
   4th Grade Reading (Swain County Schools)46.645.5
 1.1%
   4th Grade Reading (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Swain County East Elementary)65.744.3
 21.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Swain County Schools)65.650
 15.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.255.9
 4.3%
5th Grade Reading (Swain County East Elementary)55.239.3
 15.9%
   5th Grade Reading (Swain County Schools)53.533.6
 19.9%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.648
 6.6%
5th Grade Science (Swain County East Elementary)74.659
 15.6%
   5th Grade Science (Swain County Schools)70.768.2
 2.5%
   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 Students391339
 13.3%
African American21
 50%
American Indian168104
 38.1%
Asian02
Hispanic2415
 37.5%
Pacific Islander00
White164162
 1.2%
Two or More Races3355
 66.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients63.2%69.9%
 6.7%


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Swain County East Elementary ranks 996th of 1502 North Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Swain County East Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Swain County Middle School
High : Swain County High School

Students at Swain County East Elementary are 48% White, 31% American Indian, 16% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 339 students attended Swain County East Elementary.


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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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