Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

Summary:

Mc Cool Junction Elementary School is a public elementary school serving 120 students in grades PK-6 in the small town of Mc Cool Junction, Nebraska, which is part of the Mc Cool Junction Public Schools district. The school has a predominantly white student population, with academic performance that has fluctuated over the years, and a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch compared to nearby schools.

Academically, Mc Cool Junction Elementary School has seen its NSCAS test scores and ranking among Nebraska elementary schools vary, ranging from 69th in 2013-2014 to 257th in 2022-2023. While the school's 5th grade students outperformed the state average in Mathematics in 2022-2023, the school's overall proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics were generally lower than the state averages. The school's high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 32.5%, may be a factor in its academic challenges, as it suggests a higher level of economic disadvantage in the school's community.

In comparison to nearby schools, Mc Cool Junction Elementary School stands out for its significantly more homogeneous student population, with 95% of students identifying as white, which is much higher than the racial makeup of the surrounding schools. Additionally, the school's per-student spending of $19,718 in 2022-2023 is higher than some of the nearby schools, and its student-teacher ratio of 12.1 is relatively low, which could be a strength in providing more individualized attention for students. However, it will be important to understand how these resources are being utilized to support student learning and achievement at Mc Cool Junction Elementary School.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 209 South Gragan Ave
       Mc Cool Junction, NE  68401-0278


(402) 724-2231

District: Mc Cool Junction Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
257th of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,718 Help


Students who attend Mc Cool Junction Elementary School usually attend:

High:    McCool Junction Junior-Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.1 Help
Number of students:  120

Racial breakdown:

White:
95.0%
Hispanic:
3.3%
African American:
1.7%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  32.5% Help


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Compare Details Mc Cool Junction Elementary School ranks worse than 56% of elementary schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 47.07. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (95%), Hispanic (3.3%), African American (1.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 32.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mc Cool Junction Elementary School is 12.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Mc Cool Junction Elementary School is $19,718.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Mc Cool Junction Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Mc Cool Junction Elementary School 257th of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See Mc Cool Junction Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Mc Cool Junction Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Mc Cool Junction Public Schools 190th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 37.67 311th 418 25.6%
2007 73.33 84th 430 80.5%
2008 60.05 214th 478 55.2%
2009 62.52 175th 471 62.8%
2010 51.46 273rd 502 45.6%
2011 67.90 128th 473 72.9%
2012 60.33 181st 480 62.3%
2013 61.94 172nd 485 64.5%
2014 79.04 69th 483 85.7%
2015 68.93 128th 488 73.8%
2016 52.88 236th 480 50.8%
2017 45.49 269th 459 41.4%
2018 49.74 233rd 450 48.2%
2019 41.49 287th 452 36.5%
2021 58.63 173rd 442 60.9%
2022 55.23 202nd 457 55.8%
2023 47.07 257th 459 44.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.14 234th 341 31.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 27.42 286th 367 22.1%
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Rank History for White students at Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.97 259th 391 33.8%
2019 34.57 267th 391 31.7%
2021 43.25 210th 368 42.9%
2022 41.50 229th 388 41.0%
2023 26.32 304th 385 21.0%
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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.

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Data source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 99 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 99
1989 85 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 85
1990 88 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 88
1991 99 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 99
1992 97 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 97
1993 95 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 95
1994 90 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 90
1995 97 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 97
1996 97 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 97
1997 81 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 81
1998 73 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 73
1999 69 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 69
2000 64 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 64
2001 76 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 76
2002 74 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 74
2003 74 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 74
2004 71 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 73
2005 91 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 93
2006 106 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 109
2007 116 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 118
2008 115 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 118
2009 103 5 0 9 0 n/a n/a 0 117
2010 112 3 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 120
2011 122 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 131
2012 121 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 128
2013 133 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 139
2014 125 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 133
2015 140 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 148
2016 145 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 153
2017 142 3 0 8 0 0 0 0 153
2018 149 4 0 6 0 0 0 0 159
2019 126 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 132
2020 116 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 119
2021 122 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 125
2022 119 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 125
2023 114 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 120

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 Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 99 9.0 11.0 13.1
1989 85 9.0 9.4 10.6
1990 88 9.0 9.7 9.1
1991 99 9.4 10.5 14.1
1992 97 8.9 10.8 10.3
1993 95 9.5 10.0 7.4
1994 90 9.9 9.1 11.1
1995 97 8.9 10.9 10.3
1996 97 8.9 10.9 10.3
1997 81 8.9 9.1 16
1998 73 8.6 8.5 16.4
1999 69 8.3 8.3 29
2000 64 8.4 7.6 29.7
2001 76 8.4 9.0 28.9
2002 74 7.4 10.0 35.1
2003 74 7.4 10.0 35.1
2004 73 7.4 9.9 37
2005 93 8.0 11.6 41.9
2006 109 9.1 12.0 42.2
2007 118 8.5 13.9 46.6
2008 118 9.0 13.1 45.8
2009 117 8.5 13.8 42.7
2010 120 8.5 14.1 48.3
2011 131 10.0 13.1 46.6
2012 128 10.5 12.1 44.5
2013 139 10.5 13.2 44.6
2014 133 9.7 13.7 45.1
2015 148 10.0 14.8 43.2
2016 153 10.0 15.3 43.1
2017 153 10.1 15.1 45.8
2018 159 10.2 15.5 40.9
2019 132 10.4 12.6 45.5
2020 119 11.0 10.8 33.6
2021 125 10.8 11.5 32
2022 125 10.8 11.5 32
2023 120 9.8 12.1 32.5

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 Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 99 9.0 11.0 13.1
1989 85 9.0 9.4 10.6
1990 88 9.0 9.7 9.1
1991 99 9.4 10.5 14.1
1992 97 8.9 10.8 10.3
1993 95 9.5 10.0 7.4
1994 90 9.9 9.1 11.1
1995 97 8.9 10.9 10.3
1996 97 8.9 10.9 10.3
1997 81 8.9 9.1 16
1998 73 8.6 8.5 16.4
1999 69 8.3 8.3 29
2000 64 8.4 7.6 29.7
2001 76 8.4 9.0 28.9
2002 74 7.4 10.0 35.1
2003 74 7.4 10.0 35.1
2004 73 7.4 9.9 37
2005 93 8.0 11.6 41.9
2006 109 9.1 12.0 42.2
2007 118 8.5 13.9 46.6
2008 118 9.0 13.1 45.8
2009 117 8.5 13.8 42.7
2010 120 8.5 14.1 48.3
2011 131 10.0 13.1 46.6
2012 128 10.5 12.1 44.5
2013 139 10.5 13.2 44.6
2014 133 9.7 13.7 45.1
2015 148 10.0 14.8 43.2
2016 153 10.0 15.3 43.1
2017 153 10.1 15.1 45.8
2018 159 10.2 15.5 40.9
2019 132 10.4 12.6 45.5
2020 119 11.0 10.8 33.6
2021 125 10.8 11.5 32
2022 125 10.8 11.5 32
2023 120 9.8 12.1 32.5

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 Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $774 (5.1%) $12,629 (83.9%) $15,056
2020 $944 (5.5%) $14,378 (83.8%) $17,151
2021 $783 (4.4%) $15,314 (85.6%) $17,898
2022 $756 (4.1%) $15,510 (85.1%) $18,219
2023 $906 (4.6%) $16,508 (83.7%) $19,718

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 287th of 452 Elementary schoolsRanks 257th of 459 Elementary schools
 7.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Mc Cool Junction Elementary School)4756
 9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Mc Cool Junction Public Schools)4756
 9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5663
 7%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Mc Cool Junction Elementary School)3250
 18%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Mc Cool Junction Public Schools)3250
 18%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5558
 3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Mc Cool Junction Elementary School)7863
 15%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Mc Cool Junction Public Schools)7863
 15%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5852
 6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Mc Cool Junction Elementary School)7258
 14%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Mc Cool Junction Public Schools)7258
 14%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5146
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Mc Cool Junction Elementary School)4467
 23%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Mc Cool Junction Public Schools)4467
 23%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5465
 11%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Mc Cool Junction Elementary School)4260
 18%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Mc Cool Junction Public Schools)4260
 18%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4955
 6%
6th Grade Mathematics (Mc Cool Junction Elementary School)3941
 2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Mc Cool Junction Public Schools)3941
 2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5545
 10%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students132120
 9.1%
African American42
 50%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic24
 100%
Pacific Islander00
White126114
 9.5%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients45.5%32.5%
 13%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Mc Cool Junction Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 120 students attended Mc Cool Junction Elementary School.

Students who attend Mc Cool Junction Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : McCool Junction Junior-Senior High School

Mc Cool Junction Elementary School ranks 257th of 459 Nebraska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Mc Cool Junction Elementary School are 95% White, 3% Hispanic, 2% African American.


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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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