Lawrence - Nelson Middle School

Summary:

Lawrence - Nelson Middle School is a small public middle school in Nelson, Nebraska, serving grades 6-8 with just 53 students as of the 2022-2023 school year. The school is part of the South Central Nebraska Unified 5 District, which is ranked 156 out of 212 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Lawrence - Nelson Middle School has a significantly higher percentage of white students (94.34%) compared to surrounding schools, its academic performance is generally lower than district and state averages. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's 7th-grade ELA proficiency rate was 32%, compared to the district's 51% and the state's 54%. The school also has a relatively high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 47.17% to 52.17% over the past three years, higher than nearby schools like Sandy Creek Middle School (50%) and Bruning-Davenport Middle School (36.73%). Additionally, Lawrence - Nelson Middle School's per-student spending is higher than the state average, likely due to its small size.

The school's statewide ranking has declined over the past few years, from 98 out of 223 Nebraska middle schools in 2020-2021 to 185 out of 238 in 2022-2023, suggesting its academic performance may be declining relative to other middle schools. The school's performance for white students and low-socioeconomic status students has also declined, with the white student subgroup ranking 202 out of 217 Nebraska middle schools in 2022-2023. Compared to nearby schools like Sandy Creek Middle School, which consistently outperforms Lawrence - Nelson Middle School, the small size, high percentage of low-income students, and declining academic performance may present challenges in providing a well-rounded education for all students.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 850 S Nevada
       Nelson, NE  68961-0368


(402) 225-3371

District: South Central Nebraska Unified 5

SchoolDigger Rank:
185th of 238 Nebraska Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,608 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  15.3 Help
Number of students:  53

Racial breakdown:

White:
94.3%
Hispanic:
5.7%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  47.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Lawrence - Nelson Middle School ranks worse than 77.7% of middle schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 29.93. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (94.3%), Hispanic (5.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 47.2% 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 Middle School is 15.3. (See more...)
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Compare Lawrence - Nelson Middle School employs 3.4 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Lawrence - Nelson Middle School is $16,608.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Lawrence - Nelson Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence - Nelson Middle School 185th of 238 Nebraska public middle schools. (See Lawrence - Nelson Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


White students:


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 Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Lawrence - Nelson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 27.55 193rd 236 18.2%
2018 37.46 150th 225 33.3%
2019 30.37 185th 247 25.1%
2021 55.24 98th 223 56.1%
2022 40.39 159th 249 36.1%
2023 29.93 185th 238 22.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Lawrence - Nelson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 53.93 59th 123 52.0%
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Rank History for White students at Lawrence - Nelson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.30 156th 203 23.2%
2019 21.14 192nd 222 13.5%
2021 44.03 119th 204 41.7%
2022 33.67 168th 234 28.2%
2023 12.45 202nd 217 6.9%
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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 Lawrence - Nelson Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 46 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 47
2017 46 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 48
2018 40 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 44
2019 43 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 47
2020 41 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 45
2021 39 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 42
2022 43 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 46
2023 50 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 53

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 Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 47 4.0 11.7 55.3
2017 48 3.6 13.2 58.3
2018 44 3.6 12.1 54.5
2019 47 3.6 12.7 61.7
2020 45 3.7 12.0 53.3
2021 42 3.2 13.0 47.6
2022 46 4.4 10.2 52.2
2023 53 3.4 15.3 47.2

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 Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 47 4.0 11.7 55.3
2017 48 3.6 13.2 58.3
2018 44 3.6 12.1 54.5
2019 47 3.6 12.7 61.7
2020 45 3.7 12.0 53.3
2021 42 3.2 13.0 47.6
2022 46 4.4 10.2 52.2
2023 53 3.4 15.3 47.2

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 Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $02 (0.0%) $10,087 (81.2%) $12,425
2020 $18 (0.1%) $12,255 (83.4%) $14,695
2021 $1,146 (5.8%) $16,020 (80.9%) $19,806
2022 $472 (2.6%) $14,782 (82.6%) $17,905
2023 $134 (0.8%) $12,492 (75.2%) $16,608

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Lawrence - Nelson Middle 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 185th of 247 Middle schoolsRanks 185th of 238 Middle schools
 2.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence - Nelson Middle School)5053
 3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)7049
 21%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5545
 10%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence - Nelson Middle School)4332
 11%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)5451
 3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4954
 5%
7th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence - Nelson Middle School)5074
 24%
   7th Grade Mathematics (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)6781
 14%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)4866
 18%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence - Nelson Middle School)3350
 17%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)4760
 13%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5062
 12%
8th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence - Nelson Middle School)4450
 6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)6470
 6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)4761
 14%
8th Grade Science (Lawrence - Nelson Middle School)5067
 17%
   8th Grade Science (South Central Nebraska Unified 5)4970
 21%
   8th Grade Science (Nebraska)6264
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students4753
 12.8%
African American00
American Indian10
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic23
 50%
Pacific Islander00
White4350
 16.3%
Two or More Races10
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients61.7%47.2%
 14.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Lawrence - Nelson Middle School

Students at Lawrence - Nelson Middle School are 94% White, 6% Hispanic.

Lawrence - Nelson Middle School ranks in the bottom 22.3% of Nebraska middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 53 students attended Lawrence - Nelson Middle 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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