Palmer Junior-Senior High

Summary:

Palmer Junior-Senior High is a public high school in Palmer, Nebraska, serving grades 7-12 with a total enrollment of 114 students. The school has shown significant academic improvement in recent years, ranking 59th out of 215 Nebraska high schools and earning a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Palmer Junior-Senior High's academic performance stands out, with proficiency rates in ACT/English Language Arts (43.75%), ACT/Mathematics (37.5%), and ACT/Science (37.5%) for 11th-grade students all higher than the state averages. The school also outperforms the state in 8th-grade NSCAS assessments for English Language Arts (76% vs. 62%) and Mathematics (72% vs. 61%). However, the student population is predominantly White, with a relatively low representation of minority students compared to nearby schools like Northwest High School. Additionally, Palmer Junior-Senior High has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 42.98% to 46.96% over the past three school years, which is higher than the nearby Northwest High School (24.75%) but lower than Fullerton High School (38.52%) and Central City High School (44.4%).

The school's per-student spending has increased from $17,293 in 2019-2020 to $21,566 in 2022-2023, which is higher than the nearby Northwest High School ($13,911) but lower than Fullerton High School ($22,500) and Central City High School ($24,487). Overall, Palmer Junior-Senior High has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving academic outcomes, but the school may benefit from exploring ways to increase racial diversity and address the needs of its economically disadvantaged student population.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 202 Commercial St
       Palmer, NE  68864-0248


(308) 894-3065

District: Palmer Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
59th of 215 Nebraska High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $21,566 Help


Feeder schools for Palmer Junior-Senior High:

Elementary:    Palmer Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.9 Help
Number of students:  114

Racial breakdown:

White:
89.5%
Hispanic:
9.6%
African American:
0.9%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  43% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Palmer Junior-Senior High 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 75.67. (See more...)
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Compare Details Palmer Junior-Senior High ranks better than 72.6% of high schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 69.86. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (89.5%), Hispanic (9.6%), African American (0.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 43% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palmer Junior-Senior High is 9.9. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palmer Junior-Senior High is $21,566.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Palmer Junior-Senior High was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Palmer Junior-Senior High 59th of 215 Nebraska public high schools. (See Palmer Junior-Senior High in the ranking list.)

Palmer Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Palmer Public Schools 115th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palmer Junior-Senior High

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Rank History for all middle school students at Palmer Junior-Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 43.74 155th 226 31.4%
2007 16.48 210th 227 7.5%
2008 49.63 163rd 245 33.5%
2009 29.73 221st 243 9.1%
2010 55.30 122nd 254 52.0%
2011 51.81 128th 246 48.0%
2013 38.17 177th 248 28.6%
2014 31.68 203rd 252 19.4%
2015 33.82 198th 256 22.7%
2016 23.68 221st 255 13.3%
2017 13.88 220th 236 6.8%
2018 27.41 186th 225 17.3%
2019 85.05 20th 247 91.9%
2021 82.57 19th 223 91.5%
2022 75.67 41st 249 83.5%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Palmer Junior-Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.49 181st 203 10.8%
2019 73.37 38th 222 82.9%
2022 62.12 70th 234 70.1%
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Data source: test scores: Nebraska Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Palmer Junior-Senior High

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Rank History for all high school students at Palmer Junior-Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 20.34 235th 249 5.6%
2007 46.38 166th 247 32.8%
2008 28.35 221st 252 12.3%
2009 76.29 38th 251 84.9%
2010 34.78 204th 249 18.1%
2011 44.03 161st 252 36.1%
2012 45.78 152nd 245 38.0%
2013 62.49 83rd 247 66.4%
2014 42.11 160th 247 35.2%
2016 47.62 141st 246 42.7%
2017 46.70 119th 219 45.7%
2018 19.25 187th 219 14.6%
2019 18.85 182nd 217 16.1%
2023 69.86 59th 215 72.6%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Palmer Junior-Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.80 122nd 144 15.3%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Palmer Junior-Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 13.89 126th 140 10.0%
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Rank History for high school White students at Palmer Junior-Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.42 188th 205 8.3%
2019 11.46 191st 207 7.7%
2023 55.02 88th 206 57.3%
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Data source: test scores: Nebraska Department of Education, 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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Enrollment information for Palmer Junior-Senior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 99 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 100
1989 92 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 92
1990 91 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 92
1991 96 0 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 102
1992 102 0 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 107
1993 101 0 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 106
1994 96 0 2 5 0 n/a n/a 0 103
1995 107 0 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 112
1996 107 0 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 112
1997 113 0 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 117
1998 124 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 126
1999 132 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 1 134
2000 149 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 150
2001 133 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 133
2002 124 0 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 129
2003 124 0 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 129
2004 124 0 3 4 0 n/a n/a 0 131
2005 127 2 1 5 0 n/a n/a 0 135
2006 115 0 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 120
2007 120 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 124
2008 124 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 128
2009 121 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 125
2010 134 0 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 138
2011 129 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 133
2012 113 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 119
2013 110 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 113
2014 111 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 114
2015 119 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 122
2016 124 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 128
2017 129 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 136
2018 135 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 144
2019 131 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 138
2020 119 1 0 9 0 0 0 0 129
2021 109 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 115
2022 104 1 0 10 0 0 0 0 115
2023 102 1 0 11 0 0 0 0 114

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 Palmer Junior-Senior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 100 10.2 9.8 17
1989 92 10.1 9.1 18.5
1990 92 10.4 8.8 25
1991 102 10.7 9.5 25.5
1992 107 11.3 9.4 18.7
1993 106 12.0 8.8 20.8
1994 103 11.8 8.7 19.4
1995 112 11.9 9.4 0
1996 112 11.9 9.4 0
1997 117 11.9 9.8 19.7
1998 126 11.6 10.9 18.3
1999 134 11.6 11.6 33.8
2000 150 12.0 12.5 32
2001 133 12.0 11.1 33.1
2002 129 12.1 10.7 31.8
2003 129 12.1 10.7 31.8
2004 131 11.9 11.0 35.1
2005 135 11.8 11.4 39.3
2006 120 10.7 11.2 23.3
2007 124 8.9 13.9 27.4
2008 128 9.0 14.2 32.8
2009 125 9.8 12.8 31.2
2010 138 10.4 13.1 31.9
2011 133 10.8 12.2 27.8
2012 119 9.7 12.2 37.8
2013 113 7.8 14.4 38.1
2014 114 10.1 11.2 24.6
2015 122 11.0 11.0 26.2
2016 128 11.0 11.6 36.7
2017 136 11.6 11.7 40.4
2018 144 11.9 12.0 41.7
2019 138 11.2 12.3 41.3
2020 129 11.3 11.3 45
2021 115 11.4 10.0 45.2
2022 115 11.2 10.2 47
2023 114 11.5 9.9 43

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 Palmer Junior-Senior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 100 10.2 9.8 17
1989 92 10.1 9.1 18.5
1990 92 10.4 8.8 25
1991 102 10.7 9.5 25.5
1992 107 11.3 9.4 18.7
1993 106 12.0 8.8 20.8
1994 103 11.8 8.7 19.4
1995 112 11.9 9.4 0
1996 112 11.9 9.4 0
1997 117 11.9 9.8 19.7
1998 126 11.6 10.9 18.3
1999 134 11.6 11.6 33.8
2000 150 12.0 12.5 32
2001 133 12.0 11.1 33.1
2002 129 12.1 10.7 31.8
2003 129 12.1 10.7 31.8
2004 131 11.9 11.0 35.1
2005 135 11.8 11.4 39.3
2006 120 10.7 11.2 23.3
2007 124 8.9 13.9 27.4
2008 128 9.0 14.2 32.8
2009 125 9.8 12.8 31.2
2010 138 10.4 13.1 31.9
2011 133 10.8 12.2 27.8
2012 119 9.7 12.2 37.8
2013 113 7.8 14.4 38.1
2014 114 10.1 11.2 24.6
2015 122 11.0 11.0 26.2
2016 128 11.0 11.6 36.7
2017 136 11.6 11.7 40.4
2018 144 11.9 12.0 41.7
2019 138 11.2 12.3 41.3
2020 129 11.3 11.3 45
2021 115 11.4 10.0 45.2
2022 115 11.2 10.2 47
2023 114 11.5 9.9 43

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 Palmer Junior-Senior High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $417 (2.5%) $14,717 (88.8%) $16,582
2020 $313 (1.8%) $15,401 (89.1%) $17,293
2021 $232 (1.2%) $16,351 (88.1%) $18,561
2022 $403 (2.0%) $17,385 (86.8%) $20,035
2023 $566 (2.6%) $18,055 (83.7%) $21,566

Data source: Nebraska Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Palmer Junior-Senior High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 20th of 247 Middle schoolsRanks 41st of 249 Middle schools
 8.4%
Ranks 182nd of 217 High schoolsRanks 59th of 215 High schools
 56.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Junior-Senior High)6470
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Public Schools)6470
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4942
 7%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Junior-Senior High)6176
 15%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Public Schools)6176
 15%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5062
 12%
8th Grade Mathematics (Palmer Junior-Senior High)7272
   8th Grade Mathematics (Palmer Public Schools)7272
   8th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)4761
 14%
11th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Junior-Senior High)30.443.8
 13.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Public Schools)30.443.8
 13.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)37.433.4
 4.1%
11th Grade Mathematics (Palmer Junior-Senior High)26.137.5
 11.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Palmer Public Schools)26.137.5
 11.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)30.926.2
 4.6%
11th Grade Science (Palmer Junior-Senior High)13.137.5
 24.5%
   11th Grade Science (Palmer Public Schools)13.137.5
 24.5%
   11th Grade Science (Nebraska)26.425.3
 1.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students138114
 17.4%
African American01
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic711
 57.1%
Pacific Islander00
White131102
 22.1%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.3%43%
 1.7%


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Palmer Junior-Senior High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Palmer Elementary School

Students at Palmer Junior-Senior High are 89% White, 10% Hispanic.

Palmer Junior-Senior High ranks 59th of 215 Nebraska high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 114 students attended Palmer Junior-Senior High.


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