Memorial Elementary School

Public K-5

 500 Market St
       Bloomsburg, PA  17815-2121


 (570) 784-7885

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District: Bloomsburg Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
735th of 1,530 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  11.6
Number of students:  423

Racial breakdown:

White:
82.5%
Hispanic:
5.2%
African American:
5.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  57.7%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Friday, November 30, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Memorial Elementary School ranked better than 52% of elementary schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranked last among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Bloomsburg Area School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 59.35. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Memorial Elementary School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Bloomsburg Area School District. Racial makeup is: White (82.5%), Hispanic (5.2%), African American (5%). (See more...)
Compare Details 57.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Bloomsburg Area School District. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Memorial Elementary School is 11.6, which is the highest among 3 elementary schools in the Bloomsburg Area School District! (See more...)
Compare Memorial Elementary School employs 36.3 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Memorial Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Memorial Elementary School 735th of 1530 Pennsylvania public elementary schools. (See Memorial Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Bloomsburg Area School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Bloomsburg Area School District 202nd of 603 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Memorial Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 24.03 1058th 1302 18.7%
2004 48.14 817th 1308 37.5%
2005 61.28 597th 1299 54.0%
2006 44.61 1062nd 1545 31.3%
2007 51.60 935th 1555 39.9%
2008 57.50 809th 1551 47.8%
2009 66.38 573rd 1549 63.0%
2010 69.64 509th 1579 67.8%
2011 62.56 713th 1597 55.4%
2012 70.80 526th 1599 67.1%
2013 65.10 647th 1519 57.4%
2014 58.14 777th 1467 47.0%
2015 56.09 791st 1474 46.3%
2016 65.10 638th 1554 58.9%
2017 61.96 695th 1547 55.1%
2018 59.35 735th 1530 52.0%

Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Open Quote I have two children in 4th grade at Bloomsburg Memorial. This school has improved tremendously in some areas since switching principals recently, but is still far behind other schools in the area in particular in math, science and social studies curriculum.

Other parents who have left the District report that, particularly in math because of the curriculum used which emphasizes memorizing math "facts" rather then actual problem solving skills, after a move to a new school their children are far behind. And in fourth grade, my children (who have consistently high "evaluations" on their report cards) have needed extensive help at home just to be able to perform tasks as simple as locating the continents on a globe, understanding the difference between a country and state, and distinguishing between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Sigh.

Much of the curriculum in both science and social studies revolves around memorizing phrases and short sentences in which complex ideas are so oversimplified they are on the verge of being incorrect (or in some cases are actually incorrect), then being able to regurgitate them on command with little to no understanding of the concepts behind them or how to apply them. We are planning to relocate from this area within the next year and I am working intensively with my children at home to improve their skills in these areas so they will not be so far behind after the move. Their reading and writing programs are pretty average. It almost goes without saying that you should expect lots of teaching to the test in all areas. Be prepared to supplement at home.

Word of advice: Even if you qualify, do NOT apply for meal assistance or any other low income programs with the school unless you are prepared to have it brought up publicly and repeatedly by office staff at every opportunity. This is a town with a very high unemployment and underemployment rate and many families have been struggling and/or leaving, so this is a potential concern. I have both experienced it and witnessed it being done to others at pick up time, including mothers being literally chased and verbally abused (the old principal was well known and despised for this) and even reduced to tears in front of both students and other parents. Low income families and single mothers, especially if your child is advanced or has minor behavioral or developmental issues that require communication and cooperation with school officials, you may wish to look elsewhere - the Bloomsburg elementary school not listed on this site, W. W. Evans, has a much better reputation for communication, academics and tolerance of single female parent and low-income families. Although this is one of the areas that has has improved (but not quite enough) under the new principal.

Experience with the teachers has been quite mixed, from communicative and cooperative with parents to intensely insulting, snide, hostile and combative - but that's the way it is anywhere. Some of my individual experiences with some of them have been frankly bizarre, others quite positive. But all in all, it's pretty average I guess. Three stars for the recent improvements...but words of caution nonetheless. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Memorial Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 426 8 6 2 0 n/a n/a 0 442
1989 448 8 3 8 1 n/a n/a 0 468
1990 469 7 2 7 1 n/a n/a 0 486
1991 482 8 6 6 2 n/a n/a 0 504
1992 463 14 6 9 2 n/a n/a 0 494
1993 446 14 9 10 1 n/a n/a 0 480
1994 478 20 12 10 1 n/a n/a 0 521
1995 470 20 8 16 1 n/a n/a 0 515
1996 470 20 8 16 1 n/a n/a 0 515
1997 452 25 8 16 0 n/a n/a 0 501
1998 430 22 12 10 0 n/a n/a 0 474
1999 435 24 3 9 0 n/a n/a 0 471
2000 421 29 3 6 0 n/a n/a 0 459
2001 454 31 15 10 0 n/a n/a 0 510
2002 413 26 13 12 0 n/a n/a 0 464
2003 413 26 13 12 0 n/a n/a 0 464
2004 419 37 8 14 0 n/a n/a 0 478
2005 407 36 10 14 0 n/a n/a 0 467
2006 406 28 9 11 0 n/a n/a 0 454
2007 397 27 4 11 0 n/a n/a 0 439
2008 387 23 2 8 0 n/a n/a 0 420
2009 397 21 4 6 0 n/a n/a 0 428
2010 400 21 6 8 0 n/a n/a 0 435
2011 440 25 8 12 0 0 10 0 495
2012 365 28 10 16 0 0 7 0 426
2013 378 27 12 20 0 0 6 0 443
2014 378 22 18 21 0 0 15 0 454
2015 353 21 15 26 0 0 17 0 432
2016 358 18 15 24 0 0 21 0 436
2017 349 21 11 22 1 1 18 0 423

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 Memorial Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 442 25.6 17.2 n/a
1989 468 26.7 17.5 n/a
1990 486 28.7 16.9 0.0
1991 504 28.6 17.6 n/a
1992 494 27.3 18.0 n/a
1993 480 27.0 17.8 n/a
1994 521 24.3 21.4 n/a
1995 515 30.0 17.2 n/a
1996 515 30.0 17.2 n/a
1997 501 30.0 16.7 n/a
1998 474 30.0 15.8 n/a
1999 471 32.0 14.7 n/a
2000 459 33.0 13.9 46.0
2001 510 33.0 15.5 43.9
2002 464 34.6 13.4 43.8
2003 464 34.6 13.4 43.8
2004 478 33.8 14.1 49.2
2005 467 32.3 14.5 43.5
2006 454 33.7 13.5 57.7
2007 439 32.3 13.6 53.1
2008 420 36.1 11.6 59.0
2009 428 33.9 12.6 52.8
2010 435 35.9 12.0 55.2
2011 495 35.9 13.7 61.6
2012 426 34.8 12.2 58.7
2013 443 35.0 12.6 63.9
2014 454 35.0 12.9 56.2
2015 432 36.0 12.0 58.8
2016 436 36.0 12.1 59.6
2017 423 36.3 11.6 57.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Memorial Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 442 25.6 17.2 n/a
1989 468 26.7 17.5 n/a
1990 486 28.7 16.9 0.0
1991 504 28.6 17.6 n/a
1992 494 27.3 18.0 n/a
1993 480 27.0 17.8 n/a
1994 521 24.3 21.4 n/a
1995 515 30.0 17.2 n/a
1996 515 30.0 17.2 n/a
1997 501 30.0 16.7 n/a
1998 474 30.0 15.8 n/a
1999 471 32.0 14.7 n/a
2000 459 33.0 13.9 46.0
2001 510 33.0 15.5 43.9
2002 464 34.6 13.4 43.8
2003 464 34.6 13.4 43.8
2004 478 33.8 14.1 49.2
2005 467 32.3 14.5 43.5
2006 454 33.7 13.5 57.7
2007 439 32.3 13.6 53.1
2008 420 36.1 11.6 59.0
2009 428 33.9 12.6 52.8
2010 435 35.9 12.0 55.2
2011 495 35.9 13.7 61.6
2012 426 34.8 12.2 58.7
2013 443 35.0 12.6 63.9
2014 454 35.0 12.9 56.2
2015 432 36.0 12.0 58.8
2016 436 36.0 12.1 59.6
2017 423 36.3 11.6 57.7

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.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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