Sowams Elementary School

Summary:

Sowams Elementary School is a highly-ranked public elementary school in Barrington, Rhode Island, serving 257 students in grades K-3. The school consistently outperforms its peers, ranking 1st out of 167 elementary schools in the state and boasting exceptional academic achievement, with 72.7% of 3rd graders proficient or better in English Language Arts and 78.2% proficient or better in Mathematics, far exceeding the state averages.

Sowams Elementary School's success can be attributed to several key factors. It has a very low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (6.61%), significantly lower than nearby Primrose Hill School (10.13%) and schools in the East Providence and Warwick districts. The school also has a relatively high per-student spending of $17,023 and a low student-teacher ratio of 15.3, which may contribute to its academic success.

Compared to other Barrington schools, such as Nayatt School and Primrose Hill School, Sowams Elementary School stands out with its exceptional academic performance and consistent high ranking, making it an attractive option for families in the area.


Detail:

Public K-3

 364 Sowams Road
       Barrington, RI  02806


(401) 247-3180

District: Barrington

SchoolDigger Rank:
1st of 167 Rhode Island Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,023 Help


Students who attend Sowams Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Barrington Middle School
High:    Barrington High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.3 Help
Number of students:  257

Racial breakdown:

White:
77.8%
Asian:
9.7%
Two or more races:
5.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  6.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sowams Elementary School ranks better than 99.4% of elementary schools in Rhode Island. It also ranks first among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Barrington School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.71. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Sowams Elementary School has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Barrington School District. Racial makeup is: White (77.8%), Asian (9.7%), two or more races (5.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 6.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sowams Elementary School is 15.3, which is the 2nd best among 3 elementary schools in the Barrington School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sowams Elementary School is $17,023, which is the highest among 4 elementary schools in the Barrington School District!
Schooldigger Rankings:

Sowams Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Barrington:

SchoolDigger ranks Barrington 3rd of 59 Rhode Island school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sowams Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 95.26 3rd 169 98.2%
2010 91.26 7th 169 95.9%
2011 85.59 14th 165 91.5%
2012 91.62 2nd 165 98.8%
2013 78.74 36th 165 78.2%
2014 76.65 36th 159 77.4%
2015 85.26 23rd 169 86.4%
2016 80.14 26th 170 84.7%
2017 86.58 15th 168 91.1%
2018 88.39 16th 169 90.5%
2019 69.15 52nd 169 69.2%
2021 92.93 8th 166 95.2%
2022 93.66 7th 166 95.8%
2023 97.71 1st 167 99.4%
See the entire list of Rhode Island Elementary School Rankings!

Data source: test scores: Rhode Island Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Sowams Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1993 276 1 5 1 0 n/a n/a 0 283
1994 291 2 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 298
1995 319 1 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 324
1996 319 1 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 324
1997 300 1 8 1 2 n/a n/a 0 312
1998 295 0 11 1 1 n/a n/a 0 308
1999 294 0 11 1 0 n/a n/a 0 306
2000 314 2 9 1 0 n/a n/a 0 326
2001 288 4 6 1 0 n/a n/a 0 299
2002 246 3 9 2 1 n/a n/a 0 261
2003 246 3 9 2 1 n/a n/a 0 261
2004 233 4 12 2 0 n/a n/a 0 251
2005 215 6 10 2 0 n/a n/a 0 233
2006 223 2 12 2 0 n/a n/a 0 239
2007 222 2 14 1 0 n/a n/a 0 239
2008 243 1 17 0 0 n/a n/a 0 261
2009 246 0 14 6 0 n/a n/a 0 266
2010 253 0 17 2 1 n/a n/a 0 273
2011 254 1 10 5 0 0 9 0 279
2012 241 1 5 7 0 0 7 0 261
2013 222 1 8 7 0 0 13 0 251
2014 214 1 17 7 0 0 12 0 251
2015 227 0 13 8 0 0 12 0 260
2016 204 0 17 9 0 0 16 0 246
2017 216 0 12 11 0 0 7 0 246
2018 221 2 11 9 0 0 7 0 250
2019 220 2 11 7 0 0 10 0 250
2020 219 4 16 10 0 0 11 0 260
2021 209 6 17 5 0 0 14 0 251
2022 220 6 17 7 0 0 18 0 268
2023 200 5 25 12 0 0 15 0 257

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 Sowams Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1993 283 19.0 14.9 1.8
1994 298 19.0 15.7 1.7
1995 324 23.5 13.8 4.6
1996 324 23.5 13.8 4.6
1997 312 21.0 14.9 1.9
1998 308 22.0 14.0 4.2
1999 306 20.5 14.9 6.5
2000 326 21.7 15.0 2.1
2001 299 18.3 16.3 3.3
2002 261 n/a n/a 0.8
2003 261 n/a n/a 0.8
2004 251 16.0 15.7 2.4
2005 233 19.5 11.9 1.3
2006 239 25.0 9.6 2.1
2007 239 14.0 17.1 3.3
2008 261 20.0 13.1 5
2009 266 19.0 11.1 n/a
2010 273 20.8 13.1 2.9
2011 279 20.8 13.4 3.6
2012 261 21.0 12.4 5.7
2013 251 18.0 13.9 6
2014 251 17.0 14.7 5.2
2015 260 18.0 14.4 3.1
2016 246 16.0 15.3 3.7
2017 246 15.0 16.4 2.4
2018 250 15.0 16.6 3.2
2019 250 15.7 15.8 3.6
2020 260 15.7 16.5 2.3
2021 251 17.5 14.3 1.2
2022 268 17.5 15.3 2.6
2023 257 16.7 15.3 6.6

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 Sowams Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1993 283 19.0 14.9 1.8
1994 298 19.0 15.7 1.7
1995 324 23.5 13.8 4.6
1996 324 23.5 13.8 4.6
1997 312 21.0 14.9 1.9
1998 308 22.0 14.0 4.2
1999 306 20.5 14.9 6.5
2000 326 21.7 15.0 2.1
2001 299 18.3 16.3 3.3
2002 261 n/a n/a 0.8
2003 261 n/a n/a 0.8
2004 251 16.0 15.7 2.4
2005 233 19.5 11.9 1.3
2006 239 25.0 9.6 2.1
2007 239 14.0 17.1 3.3
2008 261 20.0 13.1 5
2009 266 19.0 11.1 n/a
2010 273 20.8 13.1 2.9
2011 279 20.8 13.4 3.6
2012 261 21.0 12.4 5.7
2013 251 18.0 13.9 6
2014 251 17.0 14.7 5.2
2015 260 18.0 14.4 3.1
2016 246 16.0 15.3 3.7
2017 246 15.0 16.4 2.4
2018 250 15.0 16.6 3.2
2019 250 15.7 15.8 3.6
2020 260 15.7 16.5 2.3
2021 251 17.5 14.3 1.2
2022 268 17.5 15.3 2.6
2023 257 16.7 15.3 6.6

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 Sowams Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $49 (0.3%) $15,719 (99.7%) $15,767
2019 $48 (0.3%) $15,397 (99.7%) $15,445
2020 $99 (0.7%) $14,661 (99.3%) $14,760
2021 $283 (1.7%) $16,740 (98.3%) $17,023

Data source: Rhode Island Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Sowams Elementary 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 52nd of 169 Elementary schoolsRanks 1st of 167 Elementary schools
 30.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sowams Elementary School)62.772.7
 10%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Barrington)72.864.9
 7.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)47.936.8
 11.1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Sowams Elementary School)45.878.2
 32.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Barrington)6562.9
 2.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)36.134.5
 1.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students250257
 2.8%
African American25
 150%
American Indian00
Asian1125
 127.3%
Hispanic712
 71.4%
Pacific Islander00
White220200
 9.1%
Two or More Races1015
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3.6%6.6%
 3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sowams Elementary School

Students at Sowams Elementary School are 78% White, 10% Asian, 6% Two or more races, 5% Hispanic, 2% African American.

Yes! Sowams Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 1st of 167 Rhode Island elementary schools.

Students who attend Sowams Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Barrington Middle School
High : Barrington High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 257 students attended Sowams 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 Rhode Island Department of Education.

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