Sandy Creek High School

Summary:

Sandy Creek High School is a small public high school serving grades 9-12 in Fairfield, Nebraska, with a student population of just 110. The school is part of the South Central Nebraska Unified 5 school district, which is ranked 156 out of 212 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Sandy Creek High School has a predominantly white student population (88.18%), it has struggled academically compared to the state and nearby schools. In the 2022-2023 school year, the school's proficiency rates in ACT English Language Arts (29.63%), ACT Mathematics (14.81%), and ACT Science (18.52%) were all below the state and district averages. Additionally, the school has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (45.45%), indicating a higher proportion of students from low-income families. Interestingly, despite the higher spending per student ($28,230) at Sandy Creek High School compared to the state average, the school's academic performance remains below par.

When compared to nearby schools, such as Lawrence/Nelson High School, Sandy Creek High School falls short in several key metrics. Lawrence/Nelson High School outperforms Sandy Creek High School in areas like ACT proficiency rates and statewide ranking, suggesting that the academic challenges at Sandy Creek High School may require further investigation and intervention to improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 30671 Hwy 14
       Fairfield, NE  68938-2757


(402) 726-2151

District: South Central Nebraska Unified 5

SchoolDigger Rank:
172nd of 215 Nebraska High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $28,230 Help


Feeder schools for Sandy Creek High School:

Elementary:    Sandy Creek Elementary School
Middle:    Sandy Creek Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  7.6 Help
Number of students:  110

Racial breakdown:

White:
88.2%
Hispanic:
6.4%
African American:
2.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  45.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sandy Creek High School ranks worse than 80% of high schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 21.12. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (88.2%), Hispanic (6.4%), African American (2.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 45.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sandy Creek High School is 7.6. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sandy Creek High School is $28,230.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sandy Creek High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Sandy Creek High School 172nd of 215 Nebraska public high schools. (See Sandy Creek High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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South Central Nebraska Unified 5:

SchoolDigger ranks South Central Nebraska Unified 5 156th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sandy Creek High School

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Rank History for all students at Sandy Creek High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 50.47 145th 249 41.8%
2007 72.61 39th 247 84.2%
2008 57.21 119th 252 52.8%
2009 79.91 4th 251 98.4%
2010 59.19 104th 249 58.2%
2011 24.40 212th 252 15.9%
2012 25.74 211th 245 13.9%
2013 20.52 218th 247 11.7%
2014 37.07 173rd 247 30.0%
2015 26.61 202nd 242 16.5%
2016 58.28 112th 246 54.5%
2017 34.88 143rd 219 34.7%
2018 59.82 89th 219 59.4%
2019 52.04 104th 217 52.1%
2021 32.45 139th 209 33.5%
2022 24.99 151st 202 25.2%
2023 21.12 172nd 215 20.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Sandy Creek High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.50 28th 144 80.6%
2021 17.44 117th 138 15.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Sandy Creek High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.30 77th 138 44.2%
2019 81.48 24th 140 82.9%
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Rank History for White students at Sandy Creek High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.70 81st 205 60.5%
2019 43.08 118th 207 43.0%
2021 37.40 130th 200 35.0%
2022 26.66 151st 196 23.0%
2023 16.74 177th 206 14.1%
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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 Sandy Creek High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2001 210 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 210
2002 212 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 214
2003 212 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 214
2004 205 1 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 208
2005 184 1 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 189
2006 179 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 182
2007 190 2 0 1 1 n/a n/a 0 194
2008 191 2 0 4 2 n/a n/a 0 199
2009 184 2 0 6 2 n/a n/a 0 194
2010 189 1 1 8 0 n/a n/a 0 199
2011 236 1 1 5 0 1 0 0 244
2012 233 1 0 11 0 2 0 0 247
2013 221 2 0 9 0 2 0 0 234
2014 134 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 139
2015 140 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 145
2016 133 0 0 7 0 0 1 0 141
2017 128 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 137
2018 125 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 132
2019 113 2 0 6 1 2 1 0 125
2020 110 4 0 9 2 2 2 0 129
2021 102 4 0 9 0 0 1 0 116
2022 92 4 0 8 0 0 0 0 104
2023 97 3 0 7 0 0 3 0 110

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 Sandy Creek High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 210 18.1 11.6 31.4
2002 214 17.3 12.4 28.5
2003 214 17.3 12.4 28.5
2004 208 17.0 12.2 36.5
2005 189 17.5 10.8 34.9
2006 182 18.0 10.1 37.4
2007 194 18.0 10.8 38.7
2008 199 17.5 11.4 38.2
2009 194 17.4 11.1 42.8
2010 199 17.0 11.6 45.2
2011 244 18.0 13.4 41.8
2012 247 17.8 13.8 42.1
2013 234 17.7 13.1 41
2014 139 15.1 9.1 33.8
2015 145 17.0 8.5 34.5
2016 141 17.0 8.2 39.7
2017 137 14.6 9.3 40.1
2018 132 14.6 9.0 43.2
2019 125 16.3 7.6 40.8
2020 129 16.0 8.0 48.1
2021 116 15.3 7.5 39.7
2022 104 14.9 6.9 39.4
2023 110 14.4 7.6 45.5

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 Sandy Creek High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 210 18.1 11.6 31.4
2002 214 17.3 12.4 28.5
2003 214 17.3 12.4 28.5
2004 208 17.0 12.2 36.5
2005 189 17.5 10.8 34.9
2006 182 18.0 10.1 37.4
2007 194 18.0 10.8 38.7
2008 199 17.5 11.4 38.2
2009 194 17.4 11.1 42.8
2010 199 17.0 11.6 45.2
2011 244 18.0 13.4 41.8
2012 247 17.8 13.8 42.1
2013 234 17.7 13.1 41
2014 139 15.1 9.1 33.8
2015 145 17.0 8.5 34.5
2016 141 17.0 8.2 39.7
2017 137 14.6 9.3 40.1
2018 132 14.6 9.0 43.2
2019 125 16.3 7.6 40.8
2020 129 16.0 8.0 48.1
2021 116 15.3 7.5 39.7
2022 104 14.9 6.9 39.4
2023 110 14.4 7.6 45.5

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 Sandy Creek High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $152 (0.6%) $21,305 (89.8%) $23,721
2020 $79 (0.3%) $21,616 (88.1%) $24,548
2021 $1,146 (4.1%) $23,732 (85.2%) $27,840
2022 $472 (1.7%) $24,827 (87.4%) $28,420
2023 $134 (0.5%) $24,009 (85.0%) $28,230

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sandy Creek High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 104th of 217 High schoolsRanks 172nd of 215 High schools
 32.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (Sandy Creek High School)42.929.6
 13.2%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)48.931.8
 17.1%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)37.433.4
 4.1%
11th Grade Mathematics (Sandy Creek High School)32.114.8
 17.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)37.820.5
 17.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)30.926.2
 4.6%
11th Grade Science (Sandy Creek High School)32.118.5
 13.6%
   11th Grade Science (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)35.618.2
 17.4%
   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 Students125110
 12%
African American23
 50%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic67
 16.7%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White11397
 14.2%
Two or More Races13
 200%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients40.8%45.5%
 4.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sandy Creek High School

Sandy Creek High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Sandy Creek Elementary School
Middle : Sandy Creek Middle School

Sandy Creek High School ranks in the bottom 20.0% of Nebraska high schools.

Students at Sandy Creek High School are 88% White, 6% Hispanic, 3% African American, 3% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 110 students attended Sandy Creek High School.


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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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