Willa Cather Elementary School

Summary:

Willa Cather Elementary School is a public elementary school in Omaha, Nebraska, serving 324 students in grades PK-5. As part of the Millard Public Schools district, which is ranked 27th out of 212 districts in Nebraska, Willa Cather consistently outperforms the district and state in academic proficiency across all grade levels and subjects.

Willa Cather's student population is more racially diverse than nearby schools, with a significant Asian student population (37%) and a lower percentage of White students (42%). This diversity is correlated with the school's strong academic performance, as Willa Cather has been ranked among the top 20% of elementary schools in Nebraska and maintains a 4- or 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's male and Asian student subgroups, in particular, have excelled, ranking in the top 20% and top 5% of Nebraska elementary schools, respectively.

While Willa Cather outperforms other schools in the Millard district, some nearby schools, such as Prairie Lane Elementary (part of the Westside Community Schools district), also demonstrate high academic achievement. This suggests that factors beyond just the school district, such as school-specific policies, resources, and teaching practices, play a significant role in student success. Willa Cather's consistent academic excellence, diverse student population, and strong performance across subgroups make it an exemplary public elementary school in the Omaha area.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 3030 S 139th Plaza
       Omaha, NE  68144-3395


(402) 715-1315

District: Millard Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
82nd of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,193 Help


Students who attend Willa Cather Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Millard North Middle School
High:    Millard North High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.5 Help
Number of students:  324

Racial breakdown:

White:
42.3%
Asian:
37.0%
Hispanic:
7.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Willa Cather Elementary School ranks better than 82.1% of elementary schools in Nebraska. It also ranks 12th among 25 ranked elementary schools in the Millard Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.79. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (42.3%), Asian (37%), Hispanic (7.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 25.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Willa Cather Elementary School is 13.5, which is the 9th best among 25 elementary schools in the Millard Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Willa Cather Elementary School is $12,193. 12 elementary schools in the Millard Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Willa Cather Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Willa Cather Elementary School 82nd of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See Willa Cather Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Millard Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Millard Public Schools 27th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Willa Cather Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Willa Cather Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 58.58 196th 418 53.1%
2007 35.67 327th 430 24.0%
2008 61.73 197th 478 58.8%
2009 54.58 262nd 471 44.4%
2010 80.68 26th 502 94.8%
2011 90.46 24th 473 94.9%
2012 90.39 15th 480 96.9%
2013 79.19 62nd 485 87.2%
2014 71.86 95th 483 80.3%
2015 76.82 86th 488 82.4%
2016 73.21 108th 480 77.5%
2017 78.69 81st 459 82.4%
2018 77.65 76th 450 83.1%
2019 84.96 45th 452 90.0%
2021 85.05 45th 442 89.8%
2022 83.13 57th 457 87.5%
2023 78.79 82nd 459 82.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Willa Cather Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 63.40 101st 312 67.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Willa Cather Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.42 70th 341 79.5%
2019 81.93 47th 349 86.5%
2021 78.22 51st 318 84.0%
2022 83.61 40th 337 88.1%
2023 81.05 56th 349 84.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Willa Cather Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.53 56th 347 83.9%
2019 85.82 37th 367 89.9%
2021 85.79 27th 328 91.8%
2022 76.48 61st 356 82.9%
2023 75.01 80th 366 78.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at Willa Cather Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.66 2nd 5 60.0%
2019 77.71 4th 9 55.6%
2021 84.34 2nd 5 60.0%
2022 84.08 3rd 9 66.7%
2023 86.71 2nd 7 71.4%
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Rank History for White students at Willa Cather Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.32 151st 391 61.4%
2019 73.02 80th 391 79.5%
2021 63.70 107th 368 70.9%
2022 61.35 125th 388 67.8%
2023 70.26 90th 385 76.6%
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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 Willa Cather Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 509 6 2 5 0 n/a n/a 0 522
1989 471 1 6 2 1 n/a n/a 0 481
1990 499 2 6 1 5 n/a n/a 0 513
1991 492 4 6 1 2 n/a n/a 0 505
1992 500 10 3 2 2 n/a n/a 0 517
1993 536 9 7 1 2 n/a n/a 0 555
1994 511 8 6 2 3 n/a n/a 0 530
1995 450 6 5 6 4 n/a n/a 0 471
1996 450 6 5 6 4 n/a n/a 0 471
1997 506 6 5 9 3 n/a n/a 0 529
1998 481 7 10 7 2 n/a n/a 0 507
1999 445 9 6 3 2 n/a n/a 2 467
2000 432 13 6 5 0 n/a n/a 0 456
2001 400 8 6 3 1 n/a n/a 0 418
2002 420 3 10 14 2 n/a n/a 0 449
2003 420 3 10 14 2 n/a n/a 0 449
2004 415 7 13 13 2 n/a n/a 0 450
2005 402 5 8 16 3 n/a n/a 0 434
2006 371 12 11 17 1 n/a n/a 0 412
2007 358 13 18 19 5 n/a n/a 0 413
2008 360 10 26 20 2 n/a n/a 0 418
2009 357 12 39 21 1 n/a n/a 0 430
2010 370 11 52 22 1 n/a n/a 0 456
2011 339 7 80 22 3 0 7 0 458
2012 300 7 107 18 1 0 16 0 449
2013 277 7 117 17 0 0 16 0 434
2014 266 5 136 18 0 0 10 0 435
2015 235 6 148 13 2 0 9 0 413
2016 233 6 165 11 1 0 9 0 425
2017 192 9 167 12 1 0 15 0 396
2018 183 16 172 14 3 3 16 0 407
2019 174 18 172 13 3 3 18 0 401
2020 184 15 149 16 3 4 15 0 386
2021 167 24 159 13 8 3 17 0 391
2022 143 20 145 18 6 3 17 0 352
2023 137 18 120 24 5 3 17 0 324

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 Willa Cather Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 522 22.7 22.9 2.5
1989 481 23.2 20.7 2.3
1990 513 23.6 21.7 2.1
1991 505 25.5 19.8 2.4
1992 517 25.5 20.2 2.5
1993 555 26.7 20.8 2.7
1994 530 26.6 19.9 3
1995 471 24.5 19.2 3.8
1996 471 24.5 19.2 3.8
1997 529 24.9 21.2 3.4
1998 507 26.7 19.0 4.9
1999 467 25.7 18.2 6.5
2000 456 25.5 17.9 9
2001 418 26.3 15.9 8.1
2002 449 25.9 17.3 7.1
2003 449 25.9 17.3 7.1
2004 450 25.6 17.6 8.9
2005 434 24.4 17.8 12.2
2006 412 22.9 18.0 9.7
2007 413 24.0 17.2 13.3
2008 418 22.5 18.6 15.6
2009 430 26.5 16.2 16.3
2010 456 27.9 16.3 16.7
2011 458 29.5 15.5 15.5
2012 449 27.0 16.6 16.5
2013 434 26.0 16.6 15.2
2014 435 24.5 17.7 13.3
2015 413 24.0 17.2 10.7
2016 425 24.0 17.7 12
2017 396 23.8 16.6 10.9
2018 407 23.3 17.4 12.3
2019 401 24.3 16.4 12.2
2020 386 24.3 15.8 13
2021 391 24.3 16.0 15.1
2022 352 23.8 14.7 19
2023 324 23.8 13.5 25.3

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 Willa Cather Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 522 22.7 22.9 2.5
1989 481 23.2 20.7 2.3
1990 513 23.6 21.7 2.1
1991 505 25.5 19.8 2.4
1992 517 25.5 20.2 2.5
1993 555 26.7 20.8 2.7
1994 530 26.6 19.9 3
1995 471 24.5 19.2 3.8
1996 471 24.5 19.2 3.8
1997 529 24.9 21.2 3.4
1998 507 26.7 19.0 4.9
1999 467 25.7 18.2 6.5
2000 456 25.5 17.9 9
2001 418 26.3 15.9 8.1
2002 449 25.9 17.3 7.1
2003 449 25.9 17.3 7.1
2004 450 25.6 17.6 8.9
2005 434 24.4 17.8 12.2
2006 412 22.9 18.0 9.7
2007 413 24.0 17.2 13.3
2008 418 22.5 18.6 15.6
2009 430 26.5 16.2 16.3
2010 456 27.9 16.3 16.7
2011 458 29.5 15.5 15.5
2012 449 27.0 16.6 16.5
2013 434 26.0 16.6 15.2
2014 435 24.5 17.7 13.3
2015 413 24.0 17.2 10.7
2016 425 24.0 17.7 12
2017 396 23.8 16.6 10.9
2018 407 23.3 17.4 12.3
2019 401 24.3 16.4 12.2
2020 386 24.3 15.8 13
2021 391 24.3 16.0 15.1
2022 352 23.8 14.7 19
2023 324 23.8 13.5 25.3

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 Willa Cather Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $112 (1.2%) $8,684 (92.1%) $9,432
2020 $187 (2.0%) $8,657 (90.8%) $9,531
2021 $215 (2.1%) $9,306 (91.2%) $10,199
2022 $326 (3.0%) $9,602 (89.7%) $10,704
2023 $321 (2.6%) $10,934 (89.7%) $12,193

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Willa Cather Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 45th of 452 Elementary schoolsRanks 82nd of 459 Elementary schools
 7.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Willa Cather Elementary School)8190
 9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Millard Public Schools)7379
 6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5663
 7%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Willa Cather Elementary School)7778
 1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Millard Public Schools)6975
 6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5558
 3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Willa Cather Elementary School)7472
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Millard Public Schools)7171
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5855
 3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Willa Cather Elementary School)6971
 2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Millard Public Schools)6774
 7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5158
 7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Willa Cather Elementary School)7175
 4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Millard Public Schools)6474
 10%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4856
 8%
5th Grade Mathematics (Willa Cather Elementary School)7267
 5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Millard Public Schools)6879
 11%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5465
 11%
5th Grade Science (Willa Cather Elementary School)8186
 5%
   5th Grade Science (Millard Public Schools)8186
 5%
   5th Grade Science (Nebraska)6876
 8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students401324
 19.2%
African American1818
American Indian35
 66.7%
Asian172120
 30.2%
Hispanic1324
 84.6%
Pacific Islander33
White174137
 21.3%
Two or More Races1817
 5.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients12.2%25.3%
 13.1%


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Willa Cather Elementary School ranks 82nd of 459 Nebraska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Willa Cather Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Millard North Middle School
High : Millard North High School

Students at Willa Cather Elementary School are 42% White, 37% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 6% African American, 5% Two or more races, 2% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 324 students attended Willa Cather 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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