Ardmore Avenue School

Summary:

Ardmore Avenue School is an elementary school in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, serving 555 students in grades K-6. The school is part of the William Penn School District, which is ranked 539 out of 606 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ardmore Avenue School faces significant challenges, with a student population that is predominantly African American (69.73%) and Hispanic (14.23%), and a very high percentage of students from low-income backgrounds (100% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch). The school's academic performance is consistently in the bottom 20% of Pennsylvania elementary schools, with only 19.2% of students proficient or better in PSSA Math, compared to the state average of 39.3%. The school's students with disabilities also struggle, with 0% scoring proficient or better on PSSA Math.

While Ardmore Avenue School spends more per student ($18,549 in 2021-2022) than the state average, the nearby schools in the William Penn School District, such as W.B. Evans Magnet School, East Lansdowne Elementary, and Aldan Elementary, also struggle academically, with similar low performance on PSSA tests and high percentages of students from low-income backgrounds. In contrast, the nearby schools in the Upper Darby School District, such as Garrettford Elementary and Bywood Elementary, have significantly higher academic performance.


Detail:

Public K-6

 161 Ardmore Ave
       Lansdowne, PA  19050-1546


(610) 623-7900

District: William Penn School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1240th of 1,534 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,549 Help


Students who attend Ardmore Avenue School usually attend:

Middle:    Penn Wood Middle School
High:    Penn Wood High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.8 Help
Number of students:  555

Racial breakdown:

African American:
69.7%
Hispanic:
14.2%
White:
6.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ardmore Avenue School ranks worse than 80.8% of elementary schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranks 3rd among 8 ranked elementary schools in the William Penn School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 19.16. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Ardmore Avenue School has the largest elementary school student body size in the William Penn School District. Racial makeup is: African American (69.7%), Hispanic (14.2%), White (6.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the William Penn School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ardmore Avenue School is 15.8. 6 elementary schools in the William Penn School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ardmore Avenue School is $18,549, which is the lowest among 8 elementary schools in the William Penn School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ardmore Avenue School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ardmore Avenue School 1240th of 1534 Pennsylvania public elementary schools. (See Ardmore Avenue School in the ranking list.)

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William Penn School District:

SchoolDigger ranks William Penn School District 539th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Ardmore Avenue School

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Rank History for all students at Ardmore Avenue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 8.00 1178th 1302 9.5%
2004 10.86 1158th 1308 11.5%
2005 30.47 1032nd 1299 20.6%
2006 31.64 1246th 1545 19.4%
2007 34.09 1214th 1555 21.9%
2008 33.35 1229th 1551 20.8%
2009 19.85 1354th 1549 12.6%
2010 25.40 1343rd 1579 14.9%
2011 28.20 1323rd 1597 17.2%
2012 20.02 1370th 1599 14.3%
2013 17.54 1296th 1519 14.7%
2014 4.81 1361st 1467 7.2%
2015 18.52 1202nd 1474 18.5%
2016 13.11 1331st 1554 14.4%
2017 13.58 1316th 1547 14.9%
2018 11.51 1334th 1530 12.8%
2019 13.44 1312th 1544 15.0%
2021 14.78 1194th 1433 16.7%
2022 19.04 1225th 1534 20.1%
2023 19.16 1240th 1534 19.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ardmore Avenue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 23.76 1120th 1414 20.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ardmore Avenue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 11.15 1021st 1043 2.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Ardmore Avenue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 65.54 105th 437 76.0%
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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.

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by a parent
Monday, January 14, 2019

Open Quote As a parent at this school, I would urge other parents to look past standardized test scores and at least take a tour of the building. The staff, from the main office to the classroom to any single person there wants to be there. We have some great advantages that some schools don't have, including support from the community. We have a maker space, running programs, intramural sports, a band, chorus and an after-school coding club.
I have two children there and haven't regretted a single minute. Take a tour, meet the staff. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Ardmore Avenue School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 350 145 5 4 3 n/a n/a 0 507
1989 306 178 9 1 1 n/a n/a 0 495
1990 296 202 6 2 0 n/a n/a 0 506
1991 270 214 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 492
1992 230 223 6 3 1 n/a n/a 0 463
1993 219 216 5 3 1 n/a n/a 0 444
1994 220 240 10 5 2 n/a n/a 0 477
1995 237 230 12 5 0 n/a n/a 0 484
1996 237 230 12 5 0 n/a n/a 0 484
1997 235 273 15 9 1 n/a n/a 0 533
1998 229 284 14 10 2 n/a n/a 0 539
1999 206 305 9 10 2 n/a n/a 0 532
2000 199 275 17 20 14 n/a n/a 0 525
2001 159 322 8 13 4 n/a n/a 0 506
2002 109 370 10 10 8 n/a n/a 0 507
2003 109 370 10 10 8 n/a n/a 0 507
2004 96 355 14 9 8 n/a n/a 0 482
2005 127 321 17 9 12 n/a n/a 0 486
2006 89 353 23 12 9 n/a n/a 0 486
2007 46 408 15 0 12 n/a n/a 0 481
2008 38 443 13 4 6 n/a n/a 0 504
2009 40 430 9 2 8 n/a n/a 0 489
2010 34 434 15 5 8 n/a n/a 1 497
2011 39 441 15 2 2 0 0 0 499
2012 37 379 13 8 2 0 0 0 439
2013 32 367 16 7 1 0 2 0 425
2014 28 448 20 18 4 0 2 0 520
2015 29 381 19 21 3 0 4 0 457
2016 31 410 19 25 7 0 9 0 501
2017 29 449 20 36 4 0 13 0 551
2018 39 447 24 42 5 0 12 0 569
2019 49 442 19 49 6 0 13 0 578
2020 44 408 16 55 7 0 19 0 549
2021 41 404 10 60 7 0 20 0 542
2022 45 374 11 60 4 0 23 0 517
2023 36 387 16 79 3 0 34 0 555

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 Ardmore Avenue School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 507 20.5 24.7 n/a
1989 495 23.4 21.1 n/a
1990 506 23.4 21.6 0
1991 492 22.1 22.2 n/a
1992 463 21.7 21.3 n/a
1993 444 18.5 24.0 n/a
1994 477 19.5 24.5 n/a
1995 484 25.5 19.0 n/a
1996 484 25.5 19.0 n/a
1997 533 26.1 20.4 n/a
1998 539 25.1 21.5 n/a
1999 532 24.5 21.7 n/a
2000 525 27.5 19.1 32.8
2001 506 30.0 16.9 35.2
2002 507 31.3 16.2 33.1
2003 507 31.3 16.2 33.1
2004 482 29.1 16.6 42.9
2005 486 27.3 17.8 34.6
2006 486 32.4 15.0 42.2
2007 481 30.5 15.8 47.6
2008 504 25.8 19.5 39.9
2009 489 26.0 18.8 52.4
2010 497 26.7 18.5 61.7
2011 499 25.7 19.3 65.9
2012 439 25.5 17.2 64
2013 425 24.5 17.3 71.3
2014 520 30.7 16.9 77.1
2015 457 31.0 14.7 70.2
2016 501 31.0 16.1 72.7
2017 551 30.7 17.9 62.8
2018 569 30.7 18.5 100
2019 578 31.2 18.5 99.7
2020 549 33.7 16.2 100
2021 542 32.7 16.5 99.4
2022 517 35.0 14.7 99.4
2023 555 35.0 15.8 100

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 Ardmore Avenue School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 507 20.5 24.7 n/a
1989 495 23.4 21.1 n/a
1990 506 23.4 21.6 0
1991 492 22.1 22.2 n/a
1992 463 21.7 21.3 n/a
1993 444 18.5 24.0 n/a
1994 477 19.5 24.5 n/a
1995 484 25.5 19.0 n/a
1996 484 25.5 19.0 n/a
1997 533 26.1 20.4 n/a
1998 539 25.1 21.5 n/a
1999 532 24.5 21.7 n/a
2000 525 27.5 19.1 32.8
2001 506 30.0 16.9 35.2
2002 507 31.3 16.2 33.1
2003 507 31.3 16.2 33.1
2004 482 29.1 16.6 42.9
2005 486 27.3 17.8 34.6
2006 486 32.4 15.0 42.2
2007 481 30.5 15.8 47.6
2008 504 25.8 19.5 39.9
2009 489 26.0 18.8 52.4
2010 497 26.7 18.5 61.7
2011 499 25.7 19.3 65.9
2012 439 25.5 17.2 64
2013 425 24.5 17.3 71.3
2014 520 30.7 16.9 77.1
2015 457 31.0 14.7 70.2
2016 501 31.0 16.1 72.7
2017 551 30.7 17.9 62.8
2018 569 30.7 18.5 100
2019 578 31.2 18.5 99.7
2020 549 33.7 16.2 100
2021 542 32.7 16.5 99.4
2022 517 35.0 14.7 99.4
2023 555 35.0 15.8 100

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Ardmore Avenue School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $750 (4.8%) $14,891 (95.2%) $15,641
2020 $771 (4.8%) $15,290 (95.2%) $16,062
2021 $1,444 (8.3%) $15,949 (91.7%) $17,393
2022 $1,642 (8.9%) $16,907 (91.1%) $18,549

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ardmore Avenue School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1312th of 1544 Elementary schoolsRanks 1240th of 1534 Elementary schools
 4.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Ardmore Avenue School)31.430.7
 0.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Pennsylvania)5651.7
 4.3%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ardmore Avenue School)4039.2
 0.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)61.954
 7.9%
4th Grade Math (Ardmore Avenue School)6.418.8
 12.4%
   4th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)46.246.5
 0.3%
4th Grade Science (Ardmore Avenue School)55.146.4
 8.7%
   4th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)77.874.1
 3.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ardmore Avenue School)42.331.9
 10.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)63.651.8
 11.8%
5th Grade Math (Ardmore Avenue School)1013.6
 3.6%
   5th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)4342.7
 0.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ardmore Avenue School)37.138.3
 1.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)58.553.6
 4.9%
6th Grade Math (Ardmore Avenue School)5.413.3
 7.9%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Ardmore Avenue School)46.638.8
 7.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
All Grades Math (Ardmore Avenue School)12.919.2
 6.3%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (Ardmore Avenue School)55.146.4
 8.7%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Ardmore Avenue School)41.637.1
 4.5%
   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 Students578555
 4%
African American442387
 12.4%
American Indian63
 50%
Asian1916
 15.8%
Hispanic4979
 61.2%
Pacific Islander00
White4936
 26.5%
Two or More Races1334
 161.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.7%100%
 0.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ardmore Avenue School

In the 2022-23 school year, 555 students attended Ardmore Avenue School.

Ardmore Avenue School ranks in the bottom 19.2% of Pennsylvania elementary schools.

Students at Ardmore Avenue School are 70% African American, 14% Hispanic, 6% White, 6% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

Students who attend Ardmore Avenue School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Penn Wood Middle School
High : Penn Wood High School


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