High Plains Community Elementary School

Summary:

High Plains Community Elementary School is a public elementary school in Clarks, Nebraska, serving 121 students in grades PK-6 as part of the High Plains Community Schools district.

While High Plains Community Elementary School has a significantly higher percentage of white students (90.91%) compared to surrounding schools, its academic performance has been mixed. The school's 3rd and 6th-grade English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics proficiency rates are above the state average, but the 5th-grade ELA and Mathematics proficiency rates are below. Despite the school's high spending of $27,153 per student, the highest among nearby schools, and its low student-teacher ratio of 9.5 students per teacher, High Plains Community Elementary has experienced a significant decline in its statewide ranking, dropping from 52nd out of 502 Nebraska elementary schools in 2009-2010 to 226th out of 459 in 2022-2023.

Nearby schools, such as Twin River Elementary-Genoa, Osceola Elementary School, and Cross County Elementary School, have varying levels of academic performance and school rankings, suggesting that analyzing the practices and strategies of the higher-performing schools could provide insights for improving High Plains Community Elementary School.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 205 W Pearl St
       Clarks, NE  68628-0205


(308) 548-2216

District: High Plains Community Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
226th of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $27,153 Help


Students who attend High Plains Community Elementary School usually attend:

High:    High Plains Community Junior/Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.5 Help
Number of students:  121

Racial breakdown:

White:
90.9%
Hispanic:
9.1%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  31.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details High Plains Community Elementary School ranks better than 50.8% of elementary schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 51.88. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (90.9%), Hispanic (9.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 31.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at High Plains Community Elementary School is 9.5. (See more...)
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Compare High Plains Community Elementary School employs 12.6 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at High Plains Community Elementary School is $27,153.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

High Plains Community Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks High Plains Community Elementary School 226th of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See High Plains Community Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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High Plains Community Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks High Plains Community Schools 114th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for High Plains Community Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at High Plains Community Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 77.53 52nd 502 89.6%
2022 39.65 291st 457 36.3%
2023 51.88 226th 459 50.8%
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Rank History for White students at High Plains Community Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 30.32 292nd 388 24.7%
2023 43.97 223rd 385 42.1%
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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 High Plains Community Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2001 116 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 116
2002 42 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 42
2003 42 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 42
2004 49 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 50
2005 75 0 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 78
2006 65 0 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 70
2007 66 0 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 70
2008 67 0 1 4 0 n/a n/a 0 72
2009 60 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 62
2010 55 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 56
2011 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50
2012 48 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 52
2013 57 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 62
2014 54 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 62
2015 64 1 0 5 4 0 0 0 74
2016 53 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 64
2017 51 0 0 10 3 0 0 0 64
2018 62 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 76
2019 79 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 89
2020 139 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 156
2021 128 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 145
2022 109 0 0 13 0 0 0 0 122
2023 110 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 121

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 High Plains Community Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 116 11.6 10.0 49.1
2002 42 5.5 7.6 50
2003 42 5.5 7.6 50
2004 50 5.4 9.3 48
2005 78 7.8 10.0 37.2
2006 70 6.7 10.4 38.6
2007 70 7.0 10.0 41.4
2008 72 7.5 9.6 44.4
2009 62 7.5 8.3 35.5
2010 56 6.5 8.5 44.6
2011 50 6.4 7.8 44
2012 52 6.3 8.2 53.8
2013 62 6.3 9.8 45.2
2014 62 6.1 10.0 50
2015 74 7.0 10.5 52.7
2016 64 6.0 10.6 51.6
2017 64 6.2 10.1 48.4
2018 76 7.2 10.4 31.6
2019 89 7.2 12.2 41.6
2020 156 12.0 13.0 43.6
2021 145 12.0 12.0 46.9
2022 122 10.7 11.3 27.9
2023 121 12.6 9.5 31.4

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 High Plains Community Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 116 11.6 10.0 49.1
2002 42 5.5 7.6 50
2003 42 5.5 7.6 50
2004 50 5.4 9.3 48
2005 78 7.8 10.0 37.2
2006 70 6.7 10.4 38.6
2007 70 7.0 10.0 41.4
2008 72 7.5 9.6 44.4
2009 62 7.5 8.3 35.5
2010 56 6.5 8.5 44.6
2011 50 6.4 7.8 44
2012 52 6.3 8.2 53.8
2013 62 6.3 9.8 45.2
2014 62 6.1 10.0 50
2015 74 7.0 10.5 52.7
2016 64 6.0 10.6 51.6
2017 64 6.2 10.1 48.4
2018 76 7.2 10.4 31.6
2019 89 7.2 12.2 41.6
2020 156 12.0 13.0 43.6
2021 145 12.0 12.0 46.9
2022 122 10.7 11.3 27.9
2023 121 12.6 9.5 31.4

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 High Plains Community Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $430 (1.5%) $23,141 (79.9%) $28,948
2020 $764 (3.6%) $17,560 (83.8%) $20,967
2021 $1,563 (7.2%) $17,528 (80.2%) $21,847
2022 $1,469 (6.1%) $19,337 (80.7%) $23,956
2023 $1,237 (4.6%) $21,717 (80.0%) $27,153

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

Impact of COVID-19 on High Plains Community Elementary School

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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students89121
 36%
African American00
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic1011
 10%
Pacific Islander00
White79110
 39.2%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.6%31.4%
 10.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about High Plains Community Elementary School

Students at High Plains Community Elementary School are 91% White, 9% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 121 students attended High Plains Community Elementary School.

High Plains Community Elementary School ranks 226th of 459 Nebraska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend High Plains Community Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : High Plains Community Junior/Senior 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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