Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

Summary:

Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary is a small public school serving grades 3-6 in the rural town of Hildreth, Nebraska, with a student population of just 58 students. While the school is part of the Wilcox-Hildreth Public Schools district, its academic performance has struggled in recent years, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics falling below the Nebraska state average across multiple grade levels.

In the 2022-2023 school year, Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary's statewide ranking dropped to 360th out of 459 Nebraska elementary schools, placing it in the bottom quarter of the state. The school's performance for specific student subgroups, such as White students and male students, has also been below average, with the White student population ranking 354th out of 385 Nebraska elementary schools. Despite the school's relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a higher proportion of economically disadvantaged students, its spending per student is significantly higher than the state average and the spending levels of nearby schools like Holdrege Elementary and Axtell Elementary.

The decline in Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary's academic performance, as measured by proficiency rates in state assessments, is a concerning trend, especially when compared to the stronger performance of nearby schools in other districts. The school's high spending per student does not appear to translate into improved outcomes, and its lack of diversity, with over 94% of students identifying as White, may limit the school's ability to provide a well-rounded educational experience for its students.


Detail:

Public 3-6

 613 Nelson Street
       Hildreth, NE  68947


(308) 938-2415

District: Wilcox-Hildreth Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
360th of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $28,707 Help


Students who attend Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary usually attend:

High:    Wilcox-Hildreth Junior/Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  7.6 Help
Number of students:  58

Racial breakdown:

White:
94.8%
Hispanic:
3.4%
African American:
1.7%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  37.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary ranks worse than 78.4% of elementary schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 28.26. (See more...)
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Compare Details Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 56.17. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (94.8%), Hispanic (3.4%), African American (1.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 37.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary is 7.6. (See more...)
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Compare Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary employs 7.6 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary is $28,707.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary 360th of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Rank History for Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 47.86 245th 457 46.4%
2023 28.26 360th 459 21.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 29.28 277th 367 24.5%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.84 346th 391 11.5%
2019 31.83 286th 391 26.9%
2022 37.77 254th 388 34.5%
2023 17.39 354th 385 8.1%
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Data source: test scores: Nebraska Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 45.42 150th 226 33.6%
2007 75.87 36th 227 84.1%
2008 76.70 5th 245 98.0%
2009 73.15 16th 243 93.4%
2010 63.34 78th 254 69.3%
2011 67.83 64th 246 74.0%
2012 52.84 126th 255 50.6%
2013 63.54 82nd 248 66.9%
2014 82.57 20th 252 92.1%
2015 29.77 208th 256 18.8%
2016 48.48 143rd 255 43.9%
2018 38.44 146th 225 35.1%
2019 56.17 105th 247 57.5%
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Data source: test scores: Nebraska Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 108 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 108
2003 108 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 108
2004 99 0 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 100
2005 95 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 95
2006 83 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 85
2007 73 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 74
2008 73 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 77
2009 70 3 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 76
2010 75 3 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 81
2011 62 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 68
2012 63 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 71
2013 51 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 57
2014 53 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 59
2015 49 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 55
2016 44 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 47
2017 52 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 54
2018 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 60
2019 66 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 67
2020 63 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 67
2021 56 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 60
2022 64 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 68
2023 55 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 58

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 Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 108 6.7 16.1 28.7
2003 108 6.7 16.1 28.7
2004 100 6.7 14.9 41
2005 95 6.2 15.3 32.6
2006 85 5.8 14.7 31.8
2007 74 5.9 12.5 40.5
2008 77 6.2 12.4 31.2
2009 76 6.5 11.7 34.2
2010 81 6.5 12.4 37
2011 68 6.6 10.2 30.9
2012 71 6.5 10.7 35.2
2013 57 6.5 8.7 35.1
2014 59 6.4 9.1 45.8
2015 55 6.0 9.1 43.6
2016 47 6.0 7.8 51.1
2017 54 6.2 8.7 44.4
2018 60 6.2 9.6 41.7
2019 67 5.9 11.3 38.8
2020 67 6.9 9.5 40.3
2021 60 6.9 8.5 38.3
2022 68 6.9 9.7 33.8
2023 58 7.6 7.6 37.9

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 Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 108 6.7 16.1 28.7
2003 108 6.7 16.1 28.7
2004 100 6.7 14.9 41
2005 95 6.2 15.3 32.6
2006 85 5.8 14.7 31.8
2007 74 5.9 12.5 40.5
2008 77 6.2 12.4 31.2
2009 76 6.5 11.7 34.2
2010 81 6.5 12.4 37
2011 68 6.6 10.2 30.9
2012 71 6.5 10.7 35.2
2013 57 6.5 8.7 35.1
2014 59 6.4 9.1 45.8
2015 55 6.0 9.1 43.6
2016 47 6.0 7.8 51.1
2017 54 6.2 8.7 44.4
2018 60 6.2 9.6 41.7
2019 67 5.9 11.3 38.8
2020 67 6.9 9.5 40.3
2021 60 6.9 8.5 38.3
2022 68 6.9 9.7 33.8
2023 58 7.6 7.6 37.9

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 Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $642 (3.3%) $15,283 (77.4%) $19,736
2020 $1,830 (8.1%) $16,760 (74.5%) $22,486
2021 $1,948 (7.6%) $19,282 (75.3%) $25,615
2022 $1,754 (7.0%) $18,586 (74.2%) $25,060
2023 $1,108 (3.9%) $22,171 (77.2%) $28,707

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

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.

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade Science (Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary)6840
 28%
   5th Grade Science (Wilcox-Hildreth Public Schools)6840
 28%
   5th Grade Science (Nebraska)6870
 2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary)6243
 19%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Wilcox-Hildreth Public Schools)6243
 19%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4944
 5%
6th Grade Mathematics (Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary)5044
 6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Wilcox-Hildreth Public Schools)5044
 6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5557
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students6758
 13.4%
African American01
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic12
 100%
Pacific Islander00
White6655
 16.7%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients38.8%37.9%
 0.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 58 students attended Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary.

Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary ranks in the bottom 21.6% of Nebraska elementary schools.

Students who attend Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : Wilcox-Hildreth Junior/Senior High School

Students at Wilcox-Hildreth Upper Elementary are 95% White, 3% Hispanic, 2% African American.


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