Shawmont School

Summary:

Shawmont School is an elementary school serving grades PK-8 in the Philadelphia City School District, with 409 students from diverse backgrounds. While the school has consistently been ranked in the bottom third of Pennsylvania elementary schools, it has some interesting strengths and comparisons to consider.

Academically, Shawmont School's performance on PSSA tests is generally below state and district averages, with only 25.5% of students proficient or better in Math. However, the school's African American students perform relatively well, ranking 102 out of 437 Pennsylvania elementary schools for this subgroup. Shawmont also has very low dropout rates, ranging from 0.0% to 0.9%, which is significantly better than the district and state. The school has an extremely high percentage of students (over 99%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage.

When compared to nearby schools, Shawmont generally performs better than Cook-Wissahickon and Henry Charles W, but lags behind the higher-performing Dobson James School. However, Shawmont's African American students outperform the district average, suggesting the school may be doing a better job serving this subgroup. In comparison to the highly-ranked suburban schools in the Lower Merion School District, such as Cynwyd, Belmont Hills, Gladwyne, and Penn Valley, Shawmont's performance is significantly lower.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 535 Shawmont Ave
       Philadelphia, PA  19128-4032


(215) 400-3440

District: Philadelphia City School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1032nd of 1,534 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,654 Help


Students who attend Shawmont School usually attend:

High:    Roxborough High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.1 Help
Number of students:  409

Racial breakdown:

African American:
42.1%
White:
31.8%
Two or more races:
11.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Shawmont School ranks worse than 67.3% of elementary schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranks 25th among 147 ranked elementary schools in the Philadelphia City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 39.34. (See more...)
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Compare Details Shawmont School ranks worse than 61.7% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 39.75. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (42.1%), White (31.8%), two or more races (11.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Shawmont School is 13.1. 80 elementary schools in the Philadelphia City School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Shawmont School is $19,654. 91 elementary schools in the Philadelphia City School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Shawmont School:

SchoolDigger ranks Shawmont School 1032nd of 1534 Pennsylvania public elementary schools. (See Shawmont School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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SchoolDigger ranks Shawmont School 551st of 893 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See Shawmont School in the ranking list.)

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Philadelphia City School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Philadelphia City School District 494th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Shawmont School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Shawmont School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 27.83 1016th 1302 22.0%
2004 51.94 744th 1308 43.1%
2005 41.87 917th 1299 29.4%
2006 40.58 1127th 1545 27.1%
2007 29.86 1271st 1555 18.3%
2008 34.33 1216th 1551 21.6%
2009 48.12 1023rd 1549 34.0%
2010 33.50 1258th 1579 20.3%
2011 31.26 1296th 1597 18.8%
2012 33.79 1257th 1599 21.4%
2013 38.06 1131st 1519 25.5%
2014 32.27 1145th 1467 21.9%
2015 20.26 1180th 1474 19.9%
2016 18.11 1280th 1554 17.6%
2017 23.17 1221st 1547 21.1%
2018 27.77 1174th 1530 23.3%
2019 28.08 1173rd 1544 24.0%
2021 22.44 1130th 1433 21.1%
2022 42.25 999th 1534 34.9%
2023 39.34 1032nd 1534 32.7%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Shawmont School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 46.30 840th 1414 40.6%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Shawmont School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 65.80 102nd 437 76.7%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Shawmont School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 49.19 649th 1236 47.5%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Shawmont School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Shawmont School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 45.89 437th 643 32.0%
2004 31.30 524th 663 21.0%
2005 70.55 227th 687 67.0%
2006 58.13 371st 736 49.6%
2007 47.82 477th 749 36.3%
2008 46.55 495th 753 34.3%
2009 45.98 518th 770 32.7%
2010 45.47 543rd 805 32.5%
2011 44.46 567th 825 31.3%
2012 46.07 553rd 834 33.7%
2013 55.04 426th 758 43.8%
2014 35.15 535th 728 26.5%
2015 28.81 598th 835 28.4%
2016 34.19 593rd 870 31.8%
2017 39.24 559th 877 36.3%
2018 37.90 564th 861 34.5%
2019 30.35 628th 891 29.5%
2021 42.99 472nd 797 40.8%
2022 51.80 447th 883 49.4%
2023 39.75 551st 893 38.3%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Shawmont School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 50.84 433rd 874 50.5%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Shawmont School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 54.35 153rd 421 63.7%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Shawmont School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 31.00 498th 681 26.9%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept 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.

Shawmont School Test Scores
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by a parent
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Open Quote Excellent school,great staff and enviroment for students. For a public school, its pretty darn good. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, December 25, 2014

Open Quote awesome school Close Quote



Enrollment information for Shawmont School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 403 352 34 5 0 n/a n/a 0 794
1989 427 326 26 8 0 n/a n/a 0 787
1990 429 308 22 7 0 n/a n/a 0 766
1991 413 293 25 5 0 n/a n/a 0 736
1992 405 299 26 4 2 n/a n/a 0 736
1993 438 300 23 4 3 n/a n/a 0 768
1994 447 307 25 12 3 n/a n/a 0 794
1995 425 335 27 8 3 n/a n/a 0 798
1996 425 335 27 8 3 n/a n/a 0 798
1997 419 326 22 8 4 n/a n/a 0 779
1998 421 302 23 9 4 n/a n/a 0 759
1999 412 285 27 19 6 n/a n/a 0 749
2000 399 277 31 16 3 n/a n/a 0 726
2001 356 290 30 17 4 n/a n/a 0 697
2002 318 340 23 12 4 n/a n/a 0 697
2003 318 340 23 12 4 n/a n/a 0 697
2004 284 316 21 12 3 n/a n/a 0 636
2005 315 317 19 5 1 n/a n/a 0 657
2006 304 288 17 6 2 n/a n/a 0 617
2007 302 258 21 9 2 n/a n/a 0 592
2008 317 209 14 10 2 n/a n/a 14 566
2009 307 206 11 10 2 n/a n/a 24 560
2010 324 222 10 18 2 n/a n/a 22 598
2011 339 215 12 20 0 0 23 0 609
2012 320 223 13 25 0 0 28 0 609
2013 329 225 12 29 0 0 36 0 631
2014 293 206 12 33 0 0 36 0 580
2015 255 205 12 22 0 0 43 0 537
2016 230 195 10 28 0 0 55 0 518
2017 223 203 10 31 0 0 54 0 521
2018 224 182 16 30 0 0 55 0 507
2019 203 188 20 33 0 0 57 0 501
2020 198 195 17 30 2 0 58 0 500
2021 168 193 17 29 2 0 58 0 467
2022 138 193 17 30 2 0 54 0 434
2023 130 172 16 43 2 0 46 0 409

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 Shawmont School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 794 45.0 17.6 n/a
1989 787 45.0 17.4 n/a
1990 766 46.0 16.6 0
1991 736 45.0 16.3 n/a
1992 736 42.0 17.5 n/a
1993 768 42.5 18.1 n/a
1994 794 42.5 18.7 n/a
1995 798 43.0 18.6 n/a
1996 798 43.0 18.6 n/a
1997 779 43.5 17.9 n/a
1998 759 41.5 18.3 n/a
1999 749 41.5 18.0 n/a
2000 726 37.5 19.4 17.8
2001 697 38.0 18.3 19.8
2002 697 38.0 18.3 21.8
2003 697 38.0 18.3 21.8
2004 636 41.2 15.4 28.5
2005 657 38.6 17.0 23.1
2006 617 34.7 17.8 37.8
2007 592 33.8 17.5 37
2008 566 32.7 17.3 38.9
2009 560 32.8 17.0 32.1
2010 598 33.8 17.6 35.4
2011 609 34.8 17.4 35.1
2012 609 36.3 16.7 35.1
2013 631 38.1 16.5 46.6
2014 580 30.1 19.2 45.3
2015 537 31.0 17.3 52.9
2016 518 29.0 17.8 100
2017 521 30.0 17.3 99.8
2018 507 30.4 16.6 100
2019 501 26.4 18.9 100
2020 500 32.8 15.2 100
2021 467 31.1 14.9 99.4
2022 434 31.3 13.8 99.3
2023 409 31.0 13.1 100

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 Shawmont School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 794 45.0 17.6 n/a
1989 787 45.0 17.4 n/a
1990 766 46.0 16.6 0
1991 736 45.0 16.3 n/a
1992 736 42.0 17.5 n/a
1993 768 42.5 18.1 n/a
1994 794 42.5 18.7 n/a
1995 798 43.0 18.6 n/a
1996 798 43.0 18.6 n/a
1997 779 43.5 17.9 n/a
1998 759 41.5 18.3 n/a
1999 749 41.5 18.0 n/a
2000 726 37.5 19.4 17.8
2001 697 38.0 18.3 19.8
2002 697 38.0 18.3 21.8
2003 697 38.0 18.3 21.8
2004 636 41.2 15.4 28.5
2005 657 38.6 17.0 23.1
2006 617 34.7 17.8 37.8
2007 592 33.8 17.5 37
2008 566 32.7 17.3 38.9
2009 560 32.8 17.0 32.1
2010 598 33.8 17.6 35.4
2011 609 34.8 17.4 35.1
2012 609 36.3 16.7 35.1
2013 631 38.1 16.5 46.6
2014 580 30.1 19.2 45.3
2015 537 31.0 17.3 52.9
2016 518 29.0 17.8 100
2017 521 30.0 17.3 99.8
2018 507 30.4 16.6 100
2019 501 26.4 18.9 100
2020 500 32.8 15.2 100
2021 467 31.1 14.9 99.4
2022 434 31.3 13.8 99.3
2023 409 31.0 13.1 100

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 Shawmont School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,345 (10.3%) $11,691 (89.7%) $13,036
2020 $1,454 (9.7%) $13,509 (90.3%) $14,962
2021 $3,852 (23.3%) $12,653 (76.7%) $16,505
2022 $8,658 (44.1%) $10,997 (56.0%) $19,654

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Shawmont 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 1173rd of 1544 Elementary schoolsRanks 1032nd of 1534 Elementary schools
 8.7%
Ranks 628th of 891 Middle schoolsRanks 551st of 893 Middle schools
 8.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Shawmont School)40.635.9
 4.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Pennsylvania)5651.7
 4.3%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Shawmont School)46.942.1
 4.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)61.954
 7.9%
4th Grade Math (Shawmont School)32.145.5
 13.4%
   4th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)46.246.5
 0.3%
4th Grade Science (Shawmont School)66.763.6
 3.1%
   4th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)77.874.1
 3.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Shawmont School)54.750
 4.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)63.651.8
 11.8%
5th Grade Math (Shawmont School)16.724.3
 7.6%
   5th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)4342.7
 0.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Shawmont School)5057.6
 7.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)58.553.6
 4.9%
6th Grade Math (Shawmont School)27.817.5
 10.3%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Shawmont School)44.456.4
 12%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
7th Grade Math (Shawmont School)3415.4
 18.6%
   7th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)38.233.2
 5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Shawmont School)5050
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.554.5
 6%
8th Grade Math (Shawmont School)9.314.6
 5.3%
   8th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)32.226
 6.2%
8th Grade Science (Shawmont School)33.340
 6.7%
   8th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)58.257
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Shawmont School)37.852.4
 14.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)57.952.8
 5.1%
All Grades Math (Shawmont School)26.225.5
 0.7%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (Shawmont School)51.750.7
 1%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Shawmont School)47.551.4
 3.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.953.8
 7.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students501409
 18.4%
African American188172
 8.5%
American Indian02
Asian2016
 20%
Hispanic3343
 30.3%
Pacific Islander00
White203130
 36%
Two or More Races5746
 19.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients100%100%


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Shawmont School ranks 1032nd of 1534 Pennsylvania elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Shawmont School usually go on to attend:

High : Roxborough High School

Students at Shawmont School are 42% African American, 32% White, 11% Two or more races, 11% Hispanic, 4% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 409 students attended Shawmont School.


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