Meadowlark Elementary School

Summary:

Meadowlark Elementary School is a public elementary school in Kearney, Nebraska, serving 408 students in grades PK-5. As part of the Kearney Public Schools district, which is ranked 44 out of 212 districts in the state, Meadowlark consistently outperforms both the district and the state of Nebraska in academic achievement.

Meadowlark Elementary has been a standout performer, ranking among the top 5-6% of elementary schools in Nebraska over the past few years. In the 2022-2023 school year, 94% of 3rd graders, 83% of 4th graders, and 86% of 5th graders were proficient or better in English Language Arts, significantly outpacing the Kearney district and the state averages. The school also excels in supporting the academic success of various student subgroups, ranking highly for female students, male students, white students, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. This suggests that Meadowlark is providing an equitable education and addressing the needs of all learners.

While Meadowlark's student population is relatively homogeneous, with 87.5% of students identifying as white, the school's exceptional performance is noteworthy. Nearby Buffalo Hills Elementary and Kenwood Elementary also demonstrate strong academic results, indicating a high-quality education system in the Kearney area. Meadowlark's consistent top rankings, impressive test scores, and equitable support for diverse learners make it a model for other elementary schools in Nebraska.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 1010 E 53rd St
       Kearney, NE  68847-8599


(308) 698-8210

District: Kearney Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
5th of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,367 Help


Students who attend Meadowlark Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Sunrise Middle School
High:    Kearney High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.3 Help
Number of students:  408

Racial breakdown:

White:
87.5%
Hispanic:
6.6%
Two or more races:
2.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  15.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Meadowlark Elementary School ranks better than 98.9% of elementary schools in Nebraska. It also ranks first among 10 ranked elementary schools in the Kearney Public Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 94.19. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (87.5%), Hispanic (6.6%), two or more races (2.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 15.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Kearney Public Schools District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Meadowlark Elementary School is 17.3. 7 elementary schools in the Kearney Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Meadowlark Elementary School is $11,367. 7 elementary schools in the Kearney Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Meadowlark Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Meadowlark Elementary School 5th of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See Meadowlark Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Kearney Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Kearney Public Schools 44th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Meadowlark Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Meadowlark Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 67.20 124th 418 70.3%
2007 60.89 190th 430 55.8%
2008 75.75 22nd 478 95.4%
2009 64.40 160th 471 66.0%
2010 76.47 59th 502 88.2%
2011 95.32 9th 473 98.1%
2012 94.14 8th 480 98.3%
2013 91.00 16th 485 96.7%
2014 89.87 18th 483 96.3%
2015 96.57 6th 488 98.8%
2016 96.30 7th 480 98.5%
2017 89.10 17th 459 96.3%
2018 94.17 10th 450 97.8%
2019 91.07 20th 452 95.6%
2021 88.11 26th 442 94.1%
2022 95.21 6th 457 98.7%
2023 94.19 5th 459 98.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Meadowlark Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 96.87 2nd 312 99.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Meadowlark Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.16 7th 341 97.9%
2019 91.79 17th 349 95.1%
2021 84.63 30th 318 90.6%
2022 94.51 6th 337 98.2%
2023 94.11 3rd 349 99.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Meadowlark Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.43 11th 347 96.8%
2019 86.77 30th 367 91.8%
2021 85.73 28th 328 91.5%
2022 94.24 8th 356 97.8%
2023 93.78 7th 366 98.1%
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Rank History for White students at Meadowlark Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.98 10th 391 97.4%
2019 89.13 22nd 391 94.4%
2021 86.52 25th 368 93.2%
2022 93.64 6th 388 98.5%
2023 93.73 4th 385 99.0%
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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.

Meadowlark Elementary School Test Scores
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Data source: Nebraska Department of Education

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by a parent
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Open Quote The staff is amazing in working with students. I am so proud to have my kids work with the staff at Meadowlark. It is like a private school in itself. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Meadowlark Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 238 2 3 6 0 n/a n/a 0 249
1996 238 2 3 6 0 n/a n/a 0 249
1997 256 2 5 11 0 n/a n/a 0 274
1998 262 0 2 9 2 n/a n/a 0 275
1999 269 1 1 4 1 n/a n/a 5 281
2000 256 4 2 8 1 n/a n/a 0 271
2001 250 4 1 11 1 n/a n/a 0 267
2002 250 1 1 7 0 n/a n/a 0 259
2003 250 1 1 7 0 n/a n/a 0 259
2004 246 1 4 9 0 n/a n/a 0 260
2005 253 5 3 11 0 n/a n/a 0 272
2006 256 4 6 9 0 n/a n/a 0 275
2007 260 4 6 5 0 n/a n/a 0 275
2008 257 5 4 6 0 n/a n/a 0 272
2009 270 5 3 6 1 n/a n/a 0 285
2010 277 2 2 6 1 n/a n/a 0 288
2011 285 1 0 4 0 0 5 0 295
2012 333 2 1 10 0 0 4 0 350
2013 363 4 3 11 0 0 4 0 385
2014 391 6 4 7 0 0 2 0 410
2015 389 5 2 14 0 0 1 0 411
2016 376 5 3 13 1 0 1 0 399
2017 387 4 6 18 3 0 0 0 418
2018 388 6 8 25 3 0 3 0 433
2019 360 4 9 27 1 0 4 0 405
2020 338 4 8 28 1 0 5 0 384
2021 357 10 8 25 2 1 7 0 410
2022 350 5 11 21 1 0 5 0 393
2023 357 6 8 27 1 0 9 0 408

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 Meadowlark Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 249 12.9 19.3 5.2
1996 249 12.9 19.3 5.2
1997 274 12.9 21.2 5.8
1998 275 12.9 21.3 5.1
1999 281 12.9 21.8 11.6
2000 271 13.6 19.9 10
2001 267 12.6 21.2 5.6
2002 259 14.1 18.4 3.9
2003 259 14.1 18.4 3.9
2004 260 13.5 19.3 3.1
2005 272 13.5 20.1 5.5
2006 275 14.0 19.6 8
2007 275 15.1 18.2 7.3
2008 272 15.2 17.9 4.8
2009 285 15.2 18.8 9.1
2010 288 15.1 19.0 10.4
2011 295 16.0 18.3 12.5
2012 350 20.8 16.7 17.1
2013 385 21.9 17.5 16.6
2014 410 23.5 17.4 13.7
2015 411 23.0 17.8 13.9
2016 399 24.0 16.6 11
2017 418 23.5 17.7 13.4
2018 433 23.4 18.5 17.8
2019 405 23.3 17.3 15.3
2020 384 23.4 16.3 17.2
2021 410 24.0 17.0 22
2022 393 23.4 16.7 13
2023 408 23.4 17.3 15.7

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 Meadowlark Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 249 12.9 19.3 5.2
1996 249 12.9 19.3 5.2
1997 274 12.9 21.2 5.8
1998 275 12.9 21.3 5.1
1999 281 12.9 21.8 11.6
2000 271 13.6 19.9 10
2001 267 12.6 21.2 5.6
2002 259 14.1 18.4 3.9
2003 259 14.1 18.4 3.9
2004 260 13.5 19.3 3.1
2005 272 13.5 20.1 5.5
2006 275 14.0 19.6 8
2007 275 15.1 18.2 7.3
2008 272 15.2 17.9 4.8
2009 285 15.2 18.8 9.1
2010 288 15.1 19.0 10.4
2011 295 16.0 18.3 12.5
2012 350 20.8 16.7 17.1
2013 385 21.9 17.5 16.6
2014 410 23.5 17.4 13.7
2015 411 23.0 17.8 13.9
2016 399 24.0 16.6 11
2017 418 23.5 17.7 13.4
2018 433 23.4 18.5 17.8
2019 405 23.3 17.3 15.3
2020 384 23.4 16.3 17.2
2021 410 24.0 17.0 22
2022 393 23.4 16.7 13
2023 408 23.4 17.3 15.7

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 Meadowlark Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $150 (1.6%) $8,344 (88.9%) $9,383
2020 $207 (2.1%) $8,603 (88.3%) $9,741
2021 $630 (6.3%) $8,409 (84.4%) $9,966
2022 $522 (4.7%) $9,268 (84.3%) $10,993
2023 $141 (1.2%) $9,940 (87.4%) $11,367

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Meadowlark Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 20th of 452 Elementary schoolsRanks 5th of 459 Elementary schools
 3.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Meadowlark Elementary School)8094
 14%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kearney Public Schools)6474
 10%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5663
 7%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Meadowlark Elementary School)7888
 10%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Kearney Public Schools)6275
 13%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5558
 3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Meadowlark Elementary School)8283
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Kearney Public Schools)6567
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5855
 3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Meadowlark Elementary School)8491
 7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Kearney Public Schools)6271
 9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5158
 7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Meadowlark Elementary School)7386
 13%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Kearney Public Schools)5671
 15%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4856
 8%
5th Grade Mathematics (Meadowlark Elementary School)7993
 14%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Kearney Public Schools)6279
 17%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5465
 11%
5th Grade Science (Meadowlark Elementary School)8797
 10%
   5th Grade Science (Kearney Public Schools)7686
 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 Students405408
 0.7%
African American46
 50%
American Indian11
Asian98
 11.1%
Hispanic2727
Pacific Islander00
White360357
 0.8%
Two or More Races49
 125%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.3%15.7%
 0.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Meadowlark Elementary School

Students at Meadowlark Elementary School are 88% White, 7% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 1% African American.

Yes! Meadowlark Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 5th of 459 Nebraska elementary schools.

Students who attend Meadowlark Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Sunrise Middle School
High : Kearney High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 408 students attended Meadowlark 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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