Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School is a public high school located in Portland, Oregon, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1,556 students. The school is part of the Portland School District 1J, which is ranked 18 out of 139 districts in Oregon and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School has seen a decline in its statewide ranking over the years, dropping from 38th out of 308 Oregon high schools in 2011-2012 to 114th out of 258 in 2022-2023, its academic performance, as measured by the percentage of students proficient or better in OSAS tests, is generally lower than the district and state averages. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's 11th-grade proficiency rates were 41.2% in English Language Arts, 29.4% in Mathematics, and 31% in Science, compared to the Portland School District 1J averages of 49.8%, 27.3%, and 38.5%, respectively. Additionally, the school's performance on OSAS tests has declined over the years, with proficiency rates dropping from 20% in English Language Arts and 16.7% in Mathematics in 2021-2022 to 41.2% and 29.4%, respectively, in 2022-2023.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School has a relatively homogeneous student population, with 70.57% of students identifying as White in the 2022-2023 school year, which is in contrast to the more diverse student compositions at nearby schools like Franklin High School and Milwaukie High School. The school also has a relatively low percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, at 14.14% in the 2022-2023 school year, which is significantly lower than the percentage at some nearby schools, such as Milwaukie High School, which has a 92.81% free or reduced-price lunch rate. Despite these differences, Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School has a relatively high per-student spending of $28,356 in the 2021-2022 school year, which is higher than the spending at some nearby schools, such as Arts and Communication Magnet Academy ($15,674) and Riverdale High School ($24,007).


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1151 SW Vermont St
       Portland, OR  97219-2199


(503) 916-5280

District: Portland School District 1J

SchoolDigger Rank:
114th of 258 Oregon High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $28,356 Help


Feeder schools for Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School:

Elementary:    Capitol Hill Elementary School
    Hayhurst Elementary School
    Maplewood Elementary School
    Markham Elementary School
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Middle:    Gray Middle School
    Jackson Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  20.4 Help
Number of students:  1,556

Racial breakdown:

White:
70.6%
Two or more races:
11.3%
Hispanic:
8.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14.1% Help


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Compare Details Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School ranks better than 55.8% of high schools in Oregon. It also ranks 5th among 9 ranked high schools in the Portland School District 1J. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 48.72. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (70.6%), two or more races (11.3%), Hispanic (8.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 14.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School is 20.4. 8 high schools in the Portland School District 1J have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School employs 76.1 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School is $28,356. 7 high schools in the Portland School District 1J spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School 114th of 258 Oregon public high schools. (See Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School in the ranking list.)

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Portland School District 1J:

SchoolDigger ranks Portland School District 1J 18th of 139 Oregon school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

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Rank History for all students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 71.98 44th 225 80.4%
2005 75.85 37th 231 84.0%
2006 70.73 54th 235 77.0%
2007 82.94 31st 244 87.3%
2008 80.03 35th 249 85.9%
2009 78.60 41st 263 84.4%
2010 81.92 27th 285 90.5%
2011 73.73 73rd 299 75.6%
2012 80.40 38th 308 87.7%
2013 75.77 54th 303 82.2%
2014 71.29 80th 301 73.4%
2015 72.10 63rd 292 78.4%
2016 55.58 133rd 292 54.5%
2017 39.91 190th 283 32.9%
2018 25.26 227th 283 19.8%
2019 48.40 137th 266 48.5%
2022 20.54 208th 241 13.7%
2023 48.72 114th 258 55.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 46.80 35th 66 47.0%
2023 42.42 38th 69 44.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 70.00 17th 98 82.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.25 230th 254 9.4%
2019 23.35 199th 229 13.1%
2022 20.63 208th 241 13.7%
2023 22.30 185th 224 17.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.82 210th 251 16.3%
2019 58.57 85th 199 57.3%
2022 14.39 181st 194 6.7%
2023 50.81 84th 200 58.0%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 8.39 44th 46 4.3%
2022 6.27 55th 57 3.5%
2023 33.03 62nd 75 17.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.39 206th 250 17.6%
2019 44.61 121st 206 41.3%
2022 23.51 168th 200 16.0%
2023 45.19 111th 214 48.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 13.55 140th 144 2.8%
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Rank History for White students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.92 217th 266 18.4%
2019 44.83 146th 245 40.4%
2022 21.90 190th 228 16.7%
2023 45.47 124th 237 47.7%
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Data source: test scores: Oregon 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.

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Enrollment information for Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1507 142 80 25 23 n/a n/a 0 1777
1989 1432 149 77 27 29 n/a n/a 0 1714
1990 1378 136 72 32 18 n/a n/a 0 1636
1991 1321 140 89 41 9 n/a n/a 0 1600
1992 1282 131 104 35 16 n/a n/a 0 1568
1993 1260 114 100 39 14 n/a n/a 0 1527
1994 1256 116 89 37 20 n/a n/a 0 1518
1995 1187 80 64 46 13 n/a n/a 0 1390
1996 1187 80 64 46 13 n/a n/a 0 1390
1997 1253 82 64 37 14 n/a n/a 0 1450
1998 1283 80 74 52 14 n/a n/a 0 1503
1999 1314 71 77 42 10 n/a n/a 0 1514
2000 1357 75 85 46 13 n/a n/a 0 1576
2001 1401 62 79 54 18 n/a n/a 0 1614
2002 1366 77 88 74 25 n/a n/a 0 1630
2003 1366 77 88 74 25 n/a n/a 0 1630
2004 1334 82 91 54 19 n/a n/a 0 1580
2005 1269 81 97 63 19 n/a n/a 2 1531
2006 1346 79 102 85 16 n/a n/a 0 1628
2007 1277 74 90 85 10 n/a n/a 20 1556
2008 1217 92 96 88 15 n/a n/a 25 1533
2009 1149 76 103 89 12 n/a n/a 51 1480
2010 1089 74 88 109 17 n/a n/a 59 1436
2011 1111 84 51 107 22 8 52 0 1435
2012 1056 76 64 116 15 6 54 0 1387
2013 964 58 55 96 10 7 48 0 1238
2014 936 61 53 90 8 6 73 0 1227
2015 938 63 58 112 7 7 70 0 1255
2016 978 76 49 118 8 7 88 0 1324
2017 1052 80 47 112 6 9 103 0 1409
2018 1110 80 51 133 9 7 120 0 1510
2019 1148 72 43 135 6 4 126 0 1534
2020 1146 70 45 135 7 8 139 4 1554
2021 1139 64 34 125 5 8 155 10 1540
2022 1170 69 41 129 5 3 162 19 1598
2023 1098 69 39 134 4 3 176 33 1556

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 Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1777 75.8 23.4 7
1989 1714 81.5 21.0 10
1990 1636 76.9 21.2 6.6
1991 1600 75.5 21.1 8.3
1992 1568 74.7 20.9 6.8
1993 1527 76.8 19.9 7.5
1994 1518 72.9 20.8 10.1
1995 1390 65.0 21.4 0
1996 1390 65.0 21.4 0
1997 1450 59.6 24.3 7.5
1998 1503 63.5 23.7 10.8
1999 1514 63.9 23.7 12.9
2000 1576 67.5 23.3 7.5
2001 1614 73.8 21.9 6.4
2002 1630 66.9 24.4 9.7
2003 1630 66.9 24.4 9.7
2004 1580 67.7 23.3 12.1
2005 1531 68.9 22.2 14.8
2006 1628 63.0 25.8 14.7
2007 1556 77.7 20.0 15.6
2008 1533 69.4 22.1 16.8
2009 1480 70.2 21.1 17.4
2010 1436 65.4 21.9 19.2
2011 1435 62.9 22.7 20.7
2012 1387 58.6 23.6 23.6
2013 1238 56.2 22.0 20.8
2014 1227 53.7 22.8 20.7
2015 1255 62.0 20.2 22.1
2016 1324 69.0 19.1 19.9
2017 1409 76.8 18.3 23.4
2018 1510 74.9 20.1 19
2019 1534 80.9 18.9 16.3
2020 1554 77.0 20.1 15.8
2021 1540 77.5 19.8 n/a
2022 1598 80.3 19.8 n/a
2023 1556 76.1 20.4 14.1

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 Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1777 75.8 23.4 7
1989 1714 81.5 21.0 10
1990 1636 76.9 21.2 6.6
1991 1600 75.5 21.1 8.3
1992 1568 74.7 20.9 6.8
1993 1527 76.8 19.9 7.5
1994 1518 72.9 20.8 10.1
1995 1390 65.0 21.4 0
1996 1390 65.0 21.4 0
1997 1450 59.6 24.3 7.5
1998 1503 63.5 23.7 10.8
1999 1514 63.9 23.7 12.9
2000 1576 67.5 23.3 7.5
2001 1614 73.8 21.9 6.4
2002 1630 66.9 24.4 9.7
2003 1630 66.9 24.4 9.7
2004 1580 67.7 23.3 12.1
2005 1531 68.9 22.2 14.8
2006 1628 63.0 25.8 14.7
2007 1556 77.7 20.0 15.6
2008 1533 69.4 22.1 16.8
2009 1480 70.2 21.1 17.4
2010 1436 65.4 21.9 19.2
2011 1435 62.9 22.7 20.7
2012 1387 58.6 23.6 23.6
2013 1238 56.2 22.0 20.8
2014 1227 53.7 22.8 20.7
2015 1255 62.0 20.2 22.1
2016 1324 69.0 19.1 19.9
2017 1409 76.8 18.3 23.4
2018 1510 74.9 20.1 19
2019 1534 80.9 18.9 16.3
2020 1554 77.0 20.1 15.8
2021 1540 77.5 19.8 n/a
2022 1598 80.3 19.8 n/a
2023 1556 76.1 20.4 14.1

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 Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 n/a n/a $15,761
2020 n/a n/a $15,861
2021 n/a n/a $17,045
2022 $1,323 (4.7%) $27,034 (95.3%) $28,356

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

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.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 137th of 266 High schoolsRanks 114th of 258 High schools
 7.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School)63.541.2
 22.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Portland School District 1J)61.649.8
 11.8%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)66.546.2
 20.3%
11th Grade Mathematics (Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School)21.829.4
 7.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Portland School District 1J)30.627.3
 3.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Oregon)32.120.4
 11.7%
11th Grade Science (Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School)37.731
 6.7%
   11th Grade Science (Portland School District 1J)4538.5
 6.5%
   11th Grade Science (Oregon)39.532.7
 6.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students15341556
 1.4%
African American7269
 4.2%
American Indian64
 33.3%
Asian4339
 9.3%
Hispanic135134
 0.7%
Pacific Islander43
 25%
White11481098
 4.4%
Two or More Races126176
 39.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients16.3%14.1%
 2.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,556 students attended Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School ranks 114th of 258 Oregon high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School are 71% White, 11% Two or more races, 9% Hispanic, 4% African American, 3% Asian, 2% Not Specified.


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