So Valley Elementary School

Summary:

So Valley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Oxford, Nebraska, serving 230 students in grades PK-6 and part of the Southern Valley Schools district, which is ranked 60 out of 212 districts in the state.

So Valley Elementary consistently outperforms the state average in Nebraska's standardized tests, with proficiency rates ranging from 61% to 89% in English Language Arts and 50% to 100% in Mathematics, compared to state averages of 55% to 63% and 57% to 65%, respectively. The school's academic performance has steadily improved, rising from 196 out of 452 Nebraska elementary schools in 2018-2019 to 66 out of 459 in 2022-2023. Despite having a high percentage of students from low-income backgrounds (52.61%), the school's low-income students outperform their peers statewide, ranking 27 out of 312 Nebraska elementary schools for this subgroup.

While the student population at So Valley Elementary is predominantly White (89.57%), the school has seen a gradual increase in racial diversity, with the percentage of Hispanic students rising from 6.52% in 2022-2023 to 8.5% in 2021-2022. The school's strong academic performance may be attributed to its higher-than-average spending per student ($20,357 in 2022-2023) and relatively low student-teacher ratio of 12 students per teacher, providing more individualized attention for students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 43737 Hwy 89
       Oxford, NE  68967-2711


(308) 868-2222

District: Southern Valley Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
66th of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $20,357 Help


Students who attend So Valley Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Southern Valley Junior/Senior High

Student/teacher ratio:  12.0 Help
Number of students:  230

Racial breakdown:

White:
89.6%
Hispanic:
6.5%
Two or more races:
1.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  52.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details So Valley Elementary School ranks better than 85.6% of elementary schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 80.83. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (89.6%), Hispanic (6.5%), two or more races (1.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 52.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at So Valley Elementary School is 12. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at So Valley Elementary School is $20,357.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

So Valley Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks So Valley Elementary School 66th of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See So Valley Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Southern Valley Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Southern Valley Schools 60th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for So Valley Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at So Valley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 53.35 264th 502 47.4%
2011 49.86 251st 473 46.9%
2012 55.77 220th 480 54.2%
2013 37.83 338th 485 30.3%
2014 50.99 249th 483 48.4%
2015 69.52 121st 488 75.2%
2016 42.72 301st 480 37.3%
2017 61.27 174th 459 62.1%
2018 41.08 290th 450 35.6%
2019 55.11 196th 452 56.6%
2021 69.66 108th 442 75.6%
2022 75.52 84th 457 81.6%
2023 80.83 66th 459 85.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at So Valley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.32 97th 281 65.5%
2019 73.94 55th 298 81.5%
2021 55.34 116th 264 56.1%
2022 83.03 21st 259 91.9%
2023 82.88 27th 312 91.3%
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Rank History for Female students at So Valley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.82 182nd 341 46.6%
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Rank History for Male students at So Valley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.77 197th 347 43.2%
2019 47.52 193rd 367 47.4%
2021 53.81 151st 328 54.0%
2022 68.41 97th 356 72.8%
2023 71.72 93rd 366 74.6%
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Rank History for White students at So Valley Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.01 298th 391 23.8%
2019 36.71 259th 391 33.8%
2021 61.96 116th 368 68.5%
2022 61.65 122nd 388 68.6%
2023 68.84 99th 385 74.3%
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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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Data source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Enrollment information for So Valley Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2009 236 2 2 8 11 n/a n/a 0 259
2010 222 1 2 6 7 n/a n/a 0 238
2011 211 2 1 11 6 0 0 0 231
2012 213 2 1 17 5 0 0 0 238
2013 210 2 1 13 3 0 2 0 231
2014 214 1 0 9 1 0 2 0 227
2015 214 0 0 15 1 0 2 0 232
2016 209 1 0 18 1 0 0 0 229
2017 180 1 0 17 1 0 0 0 199
2018 179 0 0 19 1 0 0 0 199
2019 167 2 0 20 3 0 0 0 192
2020 167 1 0 16 2 0 0 0 186
2021 180 2 3 17 5 0 0 0 207
2022 175 2 1 17 3 0 2 0 200
2023 206 2 0 15 3 0 4 0 230

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 So Valley Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 259 21.8 11.9 47.9
2010 238 22.8 10.4 49.2
2011 231 21.9 10.5 52.8
2012 238 20.0 11.8 51.7
2013 231 20.0 11.5 46.8
2014 227 18.8 12.0 51.5
2015 232 22.0 10.5 53.9
2016 229 22.0 10.4 48.5
2017 199 22.5 8.8 50.3
2018 199 21.1 9.4 53.8
2019 192 19.9 9.6 52.6
2020 186 19.9 9.3 52.2
2021 207 20.9 9.8 59.4
2022 200 19.9 10.0 49.5
2023 230 19.1 12.0 52.6

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 So Valley Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 259 21.8 11.9 47.9
2010 238 22.8 10.4 49.2
2011 231 21.9 10.5 52.8
2012 238 20.0 11.8 51.7
2013 231 20.0 11.5 46.8
2014 227 18.8 12.0 51.5
2015 232 22.0 10.5 53.9
2016 229 22.0 10.4 48.5
2017 199 22.5 8.8 50.3
2018 199 21.1 9.4 53.8
2019 192 19.9 9.6 52.6
2020 186 19.9 9.3 52.2
2021 207 20.9 9.8 59.4
2022 200 19.9 10.0 49.5
2023 230 19.1 12.0 52.6

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for So Valley Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $674 (3.5%) $16,229 (85.5%) $18,991
2020 $929 (4.6%) $17,258 (85.5%) $20,188
2021 $1,220 (5.9%) $17,392 (84.6%) $20,560
2022 $1,752 (7.9%) $17,732 (80.3%) $22,072
2023 $1,544 (7.6%) $16,545 (81.3%) $20,357

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

Impact of COVID-19 on So Valley Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 196th of 452 Elementary schoolsRanks 66th of 459 Elementary schools
 29%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (So Valley Elementary School)6189
 28%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Southern Valley Schools)6189
 28%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5663
 7%
3rd Grade Mathematics (So Valley Elementary School)6150
 11%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Southern Valley Schools)6150
 11%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5558
 3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (So Valley Elementary School)6561
 4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Southern Valley Schools)6561
 4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5855
 3%
4th Grade Mathematics (So Valley Elementary School)6194
 33%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Southern Valley Schools)6194
 33%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5158
 7%
5th Grade Mathematics (So Valley Elementary School)46100
 54%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Southern Valley Schools)46100
 54%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5465
 11%
5th Grade Science (So Valley Elementary School)5876
 18%
   5th Grade Science (Southern Valley Schools)5876
 18%
   5th Grade Science (Nebraska)6870
 2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (So Valley Elementary School)5677
 21%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Southern Valley Schools)5677
 21%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4955
 6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students192230
 19.8%
African American22
American Indian33
Asian00
Hispanic2015
 25%
Pacific Islander00
White167206
 23.4%
Two or More Races04
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients52.6%52.6%
 0%


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Frequently Asked Questions about So Valley Elementary School

So Valley Elementary School ranks 66th of 459 Nebraska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at So Valley Elementary School are 90% White, 7% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, 1% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 230 students attended So Valley Elementary School.

Students who attend So Valley Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : Southern Valley Junior/Senior High


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Nebraska Department of Education.

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