Sandy Creek Elementary School

Summary:

Sandy Creek Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fairfield, Nebraska, serving 209 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the South Central Nebraska Unified 5 District, which is ranked 156 out of 212 districts in the state.

Sandy Creek Elementary has a higher percentage of white students (79.9%) compared to the state average (68.3%), and a lower percentage of Hispanic students (13.4%) compared to the state (21.6%). Academically, the school outperforms the district and state averages in 5th grade NSCAS/Mathematics (76% proficient) and NSCAS/Science (70% proficient). However, the school has a relatively high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (45.93%), which is higher than the state average. Despite this, Sandy Creek's low-income students perform exceptionally well, ranking 60th out of 312 Nebraska elementary schools.

Interestingly, Sandy Creek Elementary's statewide ranking has declined over the years, from 170th out of 442 Nebraska elementary schools in 2020-2021 to 277th out of 459 in 2022-2023, despite its strong academic performance. This may be due to a shift in the school's racial demographics, with a decrease in white students and an increase in Hispanic students. Compared to nearby schools like Sutton Elementary School, Sandy Creek has a higher percentage of low-income students but performs better academically. However, the school's declining spending per student, from $19,613 in 2020-2021 to $18,316 in 2022-2023, may present challenges in the future.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 30671 Hwy 14
       Fairfield, NE  68938-2757


(402) 726-2412

District: South Central Nebraska Unified 5

SchoolDigger Rank:
277th of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,316 Help


Students who attend Sandy Creek Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Sandy Creek Middle School
High:    Sandy Creek High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.0 Help
Number of students:  209

Racial breakdown:

White:
79.9%
Hispanic:
13.4%
Two or more races:
5.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  45.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sandy Creek Elementary School ranks worse than 60.3% of elementary schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 44.06. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Sandy Creek Elementary School has the largest elementary school student body size in the South Central Nebraska Unified 5 School District. Racial makeup is: White (79.9%), Hispanic (13.4%), two or more races (5.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 45.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the South Central Nebraska Unified 5 School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sandy Creek Elementary School is 12, which is the 2nd best among 1 elementary schools in the South Central Nebraska Unified 5 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sandy Creek Elementary School is $18,316, which is the 2nd highest among 1 elementary schools in the South Central Nebraska Unified 5 School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sandy Creek Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Sandy Creek Elementary School 277th of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See Sandy Creek Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary 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 Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Sandy Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 51.99 237th 418 43.3%
2007 56.38 223rd 430 48.1%
2008 70.07 68th 478 85.8%
2009 61.65 182nd 471 61.4%
2010 54.82 249th 502 50.4%
2011 28.17 384th 473 18.8%
2012 48.33 267th 480 44.4%
2013 54.27 240th 485 50.5%
2014 45.06 289th 483 40.2%
2015 47.70 264th 488 45.9%
2016 55.80 213th 480 55.6%
2017 55.06 212th 459 53.8%
2018 46.89 247th 450 45.1%
2019 56.08 188th 452 58.4%
2021 58.96 170th 442 61.5%
2022 37.30 307th 457 32.8%
2023 44.06 277th 459 39.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sandy Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.99 93rd 281 66.9%
2019 90.29 7th 298 97.7%
2021 73.23 45th 264 83.0%
2023 72.83 60th 312 80.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Sandy Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.74 204th 341 40.2%
2019 57.48 140th 349 59.9%
2022 40.52 190th 337 43.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Sandy Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.09 179th 347 48.4%
2019 58.70 145th 367 60.5%
2021 47.03 184th 328 43.9%
2022 32.46 245th 356 31.2%
2023 48.88 185th 366 49.5%
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Rank History for White students at Sandy Creek Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.09 291st 391 25.6%
2019 49.79 187th 391 52.2%
2021 50.73 165th 368 55.2%
2022 26.29 315th 388 18.8%
2023 35.71 258th 385 33.0%
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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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by a parent
Friday, February 5, 2016

Open Quote The elementary school teaching program is great. My kids now have two teachers to utilize as resources instead of just one. It is great to hear how my kids are doing and to have it verified by both teachers. Also the kids seem to be more engaged in classes this year than any other year. There are also programs available for those kids that want to participate. Examples would include, sports, band, and chess clubs to name a few. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Sandy Creek Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2001 224 4 1 7 0 n/a n/a 0 236
2002 214 4 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 225
2003 214 4 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 225
2004 249 1 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 254
2005 243 0 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 249
2006 236 0 0 8 0 n/a n/a 0 244
2007 234 3 0 5 1 n/a n/a 0 243
2008 232 5 0 8 1 n/a n/a 0 246
2009 215 2 2 5 0 n/a n/a 0 224
2010 229 2 2 4 5 n/a n/a 0 242
2011 183 2 0 4 4 1 0 0 194
2012 179 3 0 8 3 0 0 0 193
2013 183 6 0 13 1 1 0 0 204
2014 183 5 0 13 1 2 0 0 204
2015 171 5 0 13 1 1 1 0 192
2016 161 3 0 12 0 0 1 0 177
2017 158 4 0 10 0 0 1 0 173
2018 152 1 0 10 0 0 3 0 166
2019 154 1 0 9 1 0 5 0 170
2020 160 0 0 10 1 0 6 0 177
2021 166 0 0 11 1 0 10 0 188
2022 167 1 0 11 1 1 11 0 192
2023 167 1 1 28 0 1 11 0 209

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 Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 236 20.0 11.8 37.3
2002 225 19.7 11.4 36.4
2003 225 19.7 11.4 36.4
2004 254 19.7 12.9 42.5
2005 249 19.7 12.6 42.2
2006 244 19.4 12.6 39.3
2007 243 19.5 12.5 39.1
2008 246 19.5 12.6 39.8
2009 224 18.5 12.1 41.1
2010 242 18.5 13.0 47.1
2011 194 19.5 9.9 50.5
2012 193 19.5 9.8 56
2013 204 19.5 10.4 53.9
2014 204 16.8 12.1 53.9
2015 192 16.0 12.0 54.7
2016 177 14.0 12.6 55.4
2017 173 14.8 11.6 60.1
2018 166 16.8 9.8 57.2
2019 170 17.1 9.9 51.8
2020 177 17.7 9.9 48.6
2021 188 19.1 9.8 49.5
2022 192 17.6 10.8 46.9
2023 209 17.3 12.0 45.9

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 Sandy Creek Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 236 20.0 11.8 37.3
2002 225 19.7 11.4 36.4
2003 225 19.7 11.4 36.4
2004 254 19.7 12.9 42.5
2005 249 19.7 12.6 42.2
2006 244 19.4 12.6 39.3
2007 243 19.5 12.5 39.1
2008 246 19.5 12.6 39.8
2009 224 18.5 12.1 41.1
2010 242 18.5 13.0 47.1
2011 194 19.5 9.9 50.5
2012 193 19.5 9.8 56
2013 204 19.5 10.4 53.9
2014 204 16.8 12.1 53.9
2015 192 16.0 12.0 54.7
2016 177 14.0 12.6 55.4
2017 173 14.8 11.6 60.1
2018 166 16.8 9.8 57.2
2019 170 17.1 9.9 51.8
2020 177 17.7 9.9 48.6
2021 188 19.1 9.8 49.5
2022 192 17.6 10.8 46.9
2023 209 17.3 12.0 45.9

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 Sandy Creek Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $612 (3.4%) $15,258 (84.3%) $18,102
2020 $547 (3.0%) $14,902 (82.0%) $18,166
2021 $1,480 (7.5%) $15,362 (78.3%) $19,613
2022 $1,034 (5.5%) $15,064 (79.9%) $18,856
2023 $580 (3.2%) $14,045 (76.7%) $18,316

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sandy Creek Elementary 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 188th of 452 Elementary schoolsRanks 277th of 459 Elementary schools
 18.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sandy Creek Elementary School)5356
 3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)5251
 1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5663
 7%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Sandy Creek Elementary School)5359
 6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)5253
 1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5558
 3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Sandy Creek Elementary School)5046
 4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)5251
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5855
 3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Sandy Creek Elementary School)6050
 10%
   4th Grade Mathematics (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)5056
 6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5158
 7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Sandy Creek Elementary School)4257
 15%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)4548
 3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4856
 8%
5th Grade Mathematics (Sandy Creek Elementary School)7476
 2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)7278
 6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5465
 11%
5th Grade Science (Sandy Creek Elementary School)8770
 17%
   5th Grade Science (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)8676
 10%
   5th Grade Science (Nebraska)6876
 8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students170209
 22.9%
African American11
American Indian10
 100%
Asian01
Hispanic928
 211.1%
Pacific Islander01
White154167
 8.4%
Two or More Races511
 120%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients51.8%45.9%
 5.8%


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Students who attend Sandy Creek Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Sandy Creek Middle School
High : Sandy Creek High School

Sandy Creek Elementary School ranks 277th of 459 Nebraska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Sandy Creek Elementary School are 80% White, 13% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 209 students attended Sandy Creek Elementary 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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