Windy Hills Elementary School

Summary:

Windy Hills Elementary School is a public elementary school in Kearney, Nebraska, serving 259 students in grades PK-5. The school consistently outperforms the Kearney Public Schools district and the state of Nebraska in academic assessments, ranking 17th out of 459 Nebraska elementary schools and earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Windy Hills Elementary has significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science compared to the district and state averages. For example, in 5th grade, the school had a 90% proficiency rate in ELA, 95% in Mathematics, and 95% in Science, far exceeding the district and state levels. This consistent academic excellence suggests the school has effective teaching practices, curriculum, and support systems in place to help students succeed.

However, the school's student population is predominantly white (89.96%) and has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (19.69%), indicating a more affluent community. This raises questions about the school's ability to serve and support a more diverse student population, especially when compared to nearby schools like Central Elementary and Emerson Elementary, which have more diverse student populations and higher rates of economic disadvantage. These disparities highlight the need for further investigation and consideration of equity-focused initiatives within the Kearney Public Schools district.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 4211 20th Ave
       Kearney, NE  68845-8255


(308) 698-8220

District: Kearney Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
17th of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,269 Help


Students who attend Windy Hills Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Horizon Middle School
High:    Kearney High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.4 Help
Number of students:  259

Racial breakdown:

White:
90.0%
Hispanic:
6.9%
Two or more races:
2.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  19.7% Help


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Compare Details Windy Hills Elementary School ranks better than 96.3% of elementary schools in Nebraska. It also ranks 2nd 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 91.01. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (90%), Hispanic (6.9%), two or more races (2.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 19.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Windy Hills Elementary School is 17.4. 8 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 Windy Hills Elementary School is $11,269. 9 elementary schools in the Kearney Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Windy Hills Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Windy Hills Elementary School 17th of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See Windy Hills Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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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 Windy Hills Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Windy Hills Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 80.99 30th 418 92.8%
2007 69.42 117th 430 72.8%
2008 74.69 29th 478 93.9%
2009 73.70 22nd 471 95.3%
2010 78.02 47th 502 90.6%
2011 79.31 70th 473 85.2%
2012 81.23 54th 480 88.8%
2013 81.64 51st 485 89.5%
2014 83.64 46th 483 90.5%
2015 72.23 103rd 488 78.9%
2016 79.12 69th 480 85.6%
2017 84.31 35th 459 92.4%
2018 79.47 69th 450 84.7%
2019 81.05 64th 452 85.8%
2021 85.68 40th 442 91.0%
2022 87.06 31st 457 93.2%
2023 91.01 17th 459 96.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Windy Hills Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.65 106th 341 68.9%
2019 78.18 62nd 349 82.2%
2021 78.91 46th 318 85.5%
2022 92.55 10th 337 97.0%
2023 91.52 9th 349 97.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Windy Hills Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.63 33rd 347 90.5%
2019 79.52 61st 367 83.4%
2021 82.80 37th 328 88.7%
2022 76.64 59th 356 83.4%
2023 87.88 21st 366 94.3%
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Rank History for White students at Windy Hills Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.48 48th 391 87.7%
2019 78.19 58th 391 85.2%
2021 79.90 47th 368 87.2%
2022 84.33 29th 388 92.5%
2023 92.12 10th 385 97.4%
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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 Windy Hills Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 168 1 4 3 0 n/a n/a 0 176
1989 167 1 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 174
1990 177 0 2 7 0 n/a n/a 0 186
1991 190 1 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 195
1992 200 2 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 207
1993 196 1 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 203
1994 189 3 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 197
1995 238 0 10 4 1 n/a n/a 0 253
1996 238 0 10 4 1 n/a n/a 0 253
1997 215 0 10 6 0 n/a n/a 0 231
1998 239 1 11 6 0 n/a n/a 0 257
1999 233 1 13 8 0 n/a n/a 2 257
2000 228 2 12 9 0 n/a n/a 0 251
2001 242 1 15 5 0 n/a n/a 0 263
2002 227 2 8 8 0 n/a n/a 0 245
2003 227 2 8 8 0 n/a n/a 0 245
2004 227 2 5 6 1 n/a n/a 0 241
2005 242 2 6 5 0 n/a n/a 0 255
2006 251 3 6 7 0 n/a n/a 0 267
2007 237 5 10 6 0 n/a n/a 0 258
2008 252 2 9 7 0 n/a n/a 0 270
2009 252 1 11 10 1 n/a n/a 0 275
2010 262 3 12 12 1 n/a n/a 0 290
2011 267 2 9 11 1 0 0 0 290
2012 257 3 10 8 1 0 0 0 279
2013 236 3 7 9 1 0 0 0 256
2014 234 6 7 5 2 0 2 0 256
2015 244 4 8 11 1 0 2 0 270
2016 232 2 5 18 1 0 2 0 260
2017 229 3 7 18 1 0 0 0 258
2018 226 4 4 13 1 0 2 0 250
2019 233 2 6 17 1 1 4 0 264
2020 233 3 2 20 0 0 3 0 261
2021 223 0 1 22 0 0 5 0 251
2022 234 1 1 14 0 0 6 0 256
2023 233 0 2 18 0 0 6 0 259

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 Windy Hills Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 176 7.9 22.2 0
1989 174 7.7 22.5 13.8
1990 186 8.1 22.9 12.4
1991 195 8.3 23.4 11.3
1992 207 7.8 26.5 11.6
1993 203 7.8 26.0 14.8
1994 197 8.6 22.9 14.2
1995 253 14.7 17.2 9.9
1996 253 14.7 17.2 9.9
1997 231 13.3 17.4 10.8
1998 257 13.3 19.3 12.8
1999 257 13.3 19.3 12.9
2000 251 13.2 19.0 8.4
2001 263 12.9 20.4 4.9
2002 245 13.1 18.7 3.7
2003 245 13.1 18.7 3.7
2004 241 13.4 18.0 5.8
2005 255 13.4 19.0 6.3
2006 267 13.4 19.9 8.6
2007 258 13.6 19.0 10.1
2008 270 14.7 18.4 10
2009 275 12.9 21.3 14.2
2010 290 14.8 19.5 13.8
2011 290 14.8 19.5 9.7
2012 279 14.5 19.1 9.7
2013 256 14.3 17.8 10.9
2014 256 14.3 17.8 14.5
2015 270 15.0 18.0 16.7
2016 260 15.0 17.3 21.5
2017 258 14.7 17.4 19
2018 250 14.8 16.8 24.8
2019 264 14.8 17.8 27.3
2020 261 14.8 17.5 27.2
2021 251 15.8 15.8 22.7
2022 256 14.8 17.2 17.6
2023 259 14.8 17.4 19.7

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 Windy Hills Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 176 7.9 22.2 0
1989 174 7.7 22.5 13.8
1990 186 8.1 22.9 12.4
1991 195 8.3 23.4 11.3
1992 207 7.8 26.5 11.6
1993 203 7.8 26.0 14.8
1994 197 8.6 22.9 14.2
1995 253 14.7 17.2 9.9
1996 253 14.7 17.2 9.9
1997 231 13.3 17.4 10.8
1998 257 13.3 19.3 12.8
1999 257 13.3 19.3 12.9
2000 251 13.2 19.0 8.4
2001 263 12.9 20.4 4.9
2002 245 13.1 18.7 3.7
2003 245 13.1 18.7 3.7
2004 241 13.4 18.0 5.8
2005 255 13.4 19.0 6.3
2006 267 13.4 19.9 8.6
2007 258 13.6 19.0 10.1
2008 270 14.7 18.4 10
2009 275 12.9 21.3 14.2
2010 290 14.8 19.5 13.8
2011 290 14.8 19.5 9.7
2012 279 14.5 19.1 9.7
2013 256 14.3 17.8 10.9
2014 256 14.3 17.8 14.5
2015 270 15.0 18.0 16.7
2016 260 15.0 17.3 21.5
2017 258 14.7 17.4 19
2018 250 14.8 16.8 24.8
2019 264 14.8 17.8 27.3
2020 261 14.8 17.5 27.2
2021 251 15.8 15.8 22.7
2022 256 14.8 17.2 17.6
2023 259 14.8 17.4 19.7

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 Windy Hills Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $117 (1.3%) $8,096 (88.3%) $9,169
2020 $129 (1.4%) $8,083 (88.3%) $9,159
2021 $413 (4.1%) $8,615 (85.7%) $10,050
2022 $522 (4.9%) $8,972 (84.1%) $10,670
2023 $141 (1.3%) $9,840 (87.3%) $11,269

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Windy Hills Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 64th of 452 Elementary schoolsRanks 17th of 459 Elementary schools
 10.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Windy Hills Elementary School)7683
 7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kearney Public Schools)6474
 10%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5663
 7%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Windy Hills Elementary School)7385
 12%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Kearney Public Schools)6275
 13%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5558
 3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Windy Hills Elementary School)7176
 5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Kearney Public Schools)6567
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5855
 3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Windy Hills Elementary School)5782
 25%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Kearney Public Schools)6271
 9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5158
 7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Windy Hills Elementary School)8090
 10%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Kearney Public Schools)5671
 15%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4856
 8%
5th Grade Mathematics (Windy Hills Elementary School)6695
 29%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Kearney Public Schools)6279
 17%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5465
 11%
5th Grade Science (Windy Hills Elementary School)8895
 7%
   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 Students264259
 1.9%
African American20
 100%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian62
 66.7%
Hispanic1718
 5.9%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White233233
Two or More Races46
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients27.3%19.7%
 7.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Windy Hills Elementary School

Students at Windy Hills Elementary School are 90% White, 7% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 259 students attended Windy Hills Elementary School.

Yes! Windy Hills Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 17th of 459 Nebraska elementary schools.

Students who attend Windy Hills Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Horizon Middle School
High : Kearney 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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