Lawrence/Nelson High School

Summary:

Lawrence/Nelson High School is a small public high school in Nelson, Nebraska, serving 63 students in grades 9-12. The school has a predominantly White student population, with 93.65% of students identifying as White.

One of the standout features of Lawrence/Nelson High School is its very low student-teacher ratio of 7.4, significantly lower than the nearby Deshler High School (8.9) and Sandy Creek High School (7.6). The school also has the highest spending per student among the analyzed schools, at $30,341 per student, compared to $28,230 at Sandy Creek High School and $23,037 at Deshler High School. However, the school's ACT proficiency rates have been variable, with some areas of strength, such as English Language Arts and Mathematics, and some areas of underperformance, such as Science, compared to district and state averages.

Lawrence/Nelson High School has experienced significant fluctuations in its statewide South Central Nebraska Unified 5 ranking, dropping from 25th out of 217 Nebraska high schools in 2018-2019 to 138th out of 215 schools in the current school year. Despite this, the school has shown strong performance among specific student subgroups, ranking 20th out of 142 Nebraska high schools for female students and 30th out of 207 high schools for White students in 2018-2019. These mixed results suggest that the school may be facing challenges in maintaining consistent academic outcomes, despite its investment in resources and small class sizes.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 850 S Nevada
       Nelson, NE  68961-0368


(402) 225-3371

District: South Central Nebraska Unified 5

SchoolDigger Rank:
138th of 215 Nebraska High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $30,341 Help


Feeder schools for Lawrence/Nelson High School:

Elementary:    Lawrence/Nelson Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  7.4 Help
Number of students:  63

Racial breakdown:

White:
93.7%
Hispanic:
3.2%
American Indian:
3.2%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  46% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Lawrence/Nelson High School ranks worse than 64.2% of high schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 36.04. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (93.7%), American Indian (3.2%), Hispanic (3.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 46% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Lawrence/Nelson High School is 7.4. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Lawrence/Nelson High School is $30,341.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Lawrence/Nelson High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence/Nelson High School 138th of 215 Nebraska public high schools. (See Lawrence/Nelson 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 Lawrence/Nelson High School

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Rank History for all students at Lawrence/Nelson High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 68.53 65th 249 73.9%
2007 79.68 15th 247 93.9%
2008 78.86 2nd 252 99.2%
2009 79.91 4th 251 98.4%
2010 69.82 54th 249 78.3%
2011 42.25 165th 252 34.5%
2012 72.20 45th 245 81.6%
2013 44.67 159th 247 35.6%
2014 38.45 170th 247 31.2%
2015 43.46 158th 242 34.7%
2016 38.94 163rd 246 33.7%
2017 43.40 123rd 219 43.8%
2018 62.20 81st 219 63.0%
2019 84.52 25th 217 88.5%
2021 84.72 28th 209 86.6%
2022 4.35 198th 202 2.0%
2023 36.04 138th 215 35.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Lawrence/Nelson High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 79.99 20th 142 85.9%
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Rank History for White students at Lawrence/Nelson High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.05 89th 205 56.6%
2019 78.85 30th 207 85.5%
2021 85.79 21st 200 89.5%
2023 36.14 138th 206 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.

Lawrence/Nelson High School Test Scores
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Data source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Lawrence/Nelson High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2001 160 0 1 9 1 n/a n/a 0 171
2002 132 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 139
2003 132 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 139
2004 115 0 0 9 0 n/a n/a 0 124
2005 111 0 0 8 0 n/a n/a 0 119
2006 100 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 103
2007 85 2 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 91
2008 86 2 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 92
2009 78 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 81
2010 71 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 72
2011 82 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 84
2012 83 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 84
2013 96 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 99
2014 94 0 0 3 0 2 2 0 101
2015 103 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 108
2016 69 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 74
2017 69 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 73
2018 66 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 69
2019 62 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 65
2020 66 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 71
2021 63 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 67
2022 61 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 67
2023 59 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 63

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 Lawrence/Nelson High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 171 17.4 9.8 21.6
2002 139 13.1 10.6 27.3
2003 139 13.1 10.6 27.3
2004 124 12.2 10.2 27.4
2005 119 11.9 10.0 28.6
2006 103 11.4 9.0 24.3
2007 91 10.2 8.9 27.5
2008 92 10.6 8.7 33.7
2009 81 9.9 8.2 38.3
2010 72 9.4 7.5 51.4
2011 84 9.2 9.0 48.8
2012 84 9.2 9.0 50
2013 99 9.6 10.2 46.5
2014 101 10.1 9.9 45.5
2015 108 12.0 9.0 40.7
2016 74 8.0 9.2 45.9
2017 73 7.9 9.2 46.6
2018 69 8.6 7.9 44.9
2019 65 8.5 7.5 52.3
2020 71 8.5 8.2 56.3
2021 67 8.0 8.3 55.2
2022 67 7.7 8.6 56.7
2023 63 8.4 7.4 46

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 Lawrence/Nelson High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 171 17.4 9.8 21.6
2002 139 13.1 10.6 27.3
2003 139 13.1 10.6 27.3
2004 124 12.2 10.2 27.4
2005 119 11.9 10.0 28.6
2006 103 11.4 9.0 24.3
2007 91 10.2 8.9 27.5
2008 92 10.6 8.7 33.7
2009 81 9.9 8.2 38.3
2010 72 9.4 7.5 51.4
2011 84 9.2 9.0 48.8
2012 84 9.2 9.0 50
2013 99 9.6 10.2 46.5
2014 101 10.1 9.9 45.5
2015 108 12.0 9.0 40.7
2016 74 8.0 9.2 45.9
2017 73 7.9 9.2 46.6
2018 69 8.6 7.9 44.9
2019 65 8.5 7.5 52.3
2020 71 8.5 8.2 56.3
2021 67 8.0 8.3 55.2
2022 67 7.7 8.6 56.7
2023 63 8.4 7.4 46

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 Lawrence/Nelson High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $33 (0.1%) $23,798 (90.9%) $26,172
2020 $71 (0.3%) $23,732 (90.8%) $26,126
2021 $1,146 (4.0%) $24,980 (87.4%) $28,594
2022 $472 (1.7%) $25,759 (90.5%) $28,475
2023 $134 (0.4%) $26,398 (87.0%) $30,341

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Lawrence/Nelson 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 25th of 217 High schoolsRanks 138th of 215 High schools
 52.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence/Nelson High School)58.835.3
 23.5%
   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 (Lawrence/Nelson High School)47.129.4
 17.7%
   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 (Lawrence/Nelson High School)41.217.6
 23.5%
   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 Students6563
 3.1%
African American00
American Indian02
Asian00
Hispanic22
Pacific Islander00
White6259
 4.8%
Two or More Races10
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients52.3%46%
 6.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Lawrence/Nelson High School

Lawrence/Nelson High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Lawrence/Nelson Elementary School

Lawrence/Nelson High School ranks 138th of 215 Nebraska high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 63 students attended Lawrence/Nelson High School.

Students at Lawrence/Nelson High School are 94% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% American Indian.


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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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