Joseph A. Whelan School

Summary:

Joseph A. Whelan School is an elementary school located in North Providence, Rhode Island, serving 247 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the North Providence School District, which is ranked 31 out of 59 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Joseph A. Whelan School stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic (26.72%) and African American (13.36%) students compared to nearby schools like Greystone School and Centredale School. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by RICAS test scores, is generally lower than the district and state averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 33.3% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, and only 23% were proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to the district's 36.7% and 23.8%, respectively. Additionally, Joseph A. Whelan School has a higher percentage of students (43.72%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a higher proportion of students from low-income families.

Despite the school's relatively high per-student spending of $14,942 in the 2020-2021 school year, its performance has declined over the years. The school's statewide ranking has dropped from 53 out of 159 Rhode Island elementary schools in the 2013-2014 school year to 101 out of 167 in the 2022-2023 school year, and its SchoolDigger rating has decreased from 3 stars to 2 stars. These trends suggest that the school could benefit from targeted interventions and strategies to address the academic needs of its diverse student population and improve overall student achievement.


Detail:

Public K-5

 1440 Mineral Spring Avenue
       North Providence, RI  02904


(401) 233-1180

District: North Providence

SchoolDigger Rank:
101st of 167 Rhode Island Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,942 Help


Students who attend Joseph A. Whelan School usually attend:

Middle:    Birchwood Middle School
High:    North Providence High

Student/teacher ratio:  12.2 Help
Number of students:  247

Racial breakdown:

White:
46.6%
Hispanic:
26.7%
African American:
13.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  43.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Joseph A. Whelan School ranks worse than 60.5% of elementary schools in Rhode Island. It also ranks 4th among 5 ranked elementary schools in the North Providence School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 35.49. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Joseph A. Whelan School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (46.6%), Hispanic (26.7%), African American (13.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 43.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the North Providence School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Joseph A. Whelan School is 12.2. 2 elementary schools in the North Providence School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Joseph A. Whelan School employs 20.1 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Joseph A. Whelan School is $14,942. 2 elementary schools in the North Providence School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Joseph A. Whelan School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

North Providence:

SchoolDigger ranks North Providence 31st of 59 Rhode Island school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Joseph A. Whelan School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 65.08 71st 169 58.0%
2010 50.40 98th 169 42.0%
2011 49.05 99th 165 40.0%
2012 77.39 43rd 165 73.9%
2013 66.10 70th 165 57.6%
2014 68.84 53rd 159 66.7%
2015 37.26 111th 169 34.3%
2016 44.24 102nd 170 40.0%
2017 44.42 103rd 168 38.7%
2018 42.89 97th 169 42.6%
2019 44.06 92nd 169 45.6%
2021 25.48 120th 166 27.7%
2022 25.61 118th 166 28.9%
2023 35.49 101st 167 39.5%
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Data source: test scores: Rhode Island Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Rhode Island Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Joseph A. Whelan School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 236 2 1 21 0 n/a n/a 0 260
1989 257 2 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 263
1990 259 1 2 5 n/a n/a n/a 0 267
1991 256 1 3 6 0 n/a n/a 0 266
1992 265 0 2 8 0 n/a n/a 0 275
1993 279 0 4 8 0 n/a n/a 0 291
1994 289 0 9 9 0 n/a n/a 0 307
1995 294 1 3 12 0 n/a n/a 0 310
1996 294 1 3 12 0 n/a n/a 0 310
1997 312 1 2 13 0 n/a n/a 0 328
1998 280 2 3 14 0 n/a n/a 0 299
1999 265 1 4 16 0 n/a n/a 0 286
2000 268 1 4 18 0 n/a n/a 0 291
2001 252 5 3 21 0 n/a n/a 0 281
2002 164 14 6 17 0 n/a n/a 0 201
2003 164 14 6 17 0 n/a n/a 0 201
2004 167 5 4 16 4 n/a n/a 0 196
2005 160 4 4 22 0 n/a n/a 0 190
2006 169 4 4 15 0 n/a n/a 0 192
2007 139 4 6 25 0 n/a n/a 0 174
2008 147 6 5 25 0 n/a n/a 0 183
2009 150 5 5 22 0 n/a n/a 0 182
2010 157 7 5 23 0 n/a n/a 0 192
2011 160 10 6 22 1 0 0 0 199
2012 156 17 7 26 1 0 2 0 209
2013 182 20 4 30 0 0 7 0 243
2014 184 23 5 38 0 0 4 0 254
2015 178 22 8 40 2 0 10 0 260
2016 168 24 9 48 0 0 12 0 261
2017 168 25 7 47 0 0 10 0 257
2018 164 27 13 53 0 0 7 0 264
2019 148 32 13 55 0 0 8 0 256
2020 158 39 10 61 0 0 10 0 278
2021 136 43 9 58 0 0 11 0 257
2022 128 28 8 62 0 0 23 0 249
2023 115 33 7 66 0 0 26 0 247

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 Joseph A. Whelan School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 260 n/a n/a 2.3
1989 263 n/a n/a 3.8
1990 267 n/a n/a 2.2
1991 266 20.3 13.1 2.3
1992 275 18.0 15.2 4.4
1993 291 18.8 15.5 4.1
1994 307 20.0 15.3 8.5
1995 310 22.1 14.0 10.6
1996 310 22.1 14.0 10.6
1997 328 21.4 15.3 11.9
1998 299 17.0 17.6 8.4
1999 286 16.9 16.9 16.1
2000 291 24.7 11.8 19.6
2001 281 15.0 18.7 21.7
2002 201 n/a n/a 22.9
2003 201 n/a n/a 22.9
2004 196 11.0 17.8 27
2005 190 11.0 17.3 30
2006 192 23.0 8.3 28.6
2007 174 11.0 15.8 25.3
2008 183 18.0 10.2 19.1
2009 182 18.0 7.7 39.6
2010 192 19.0 10.1 28.1
2011 199 20.0 9.9 25.6
2012 209 22.0 9.5 33
2013 243 20.1 12.0 36.2
2014 254 20.1 12.6 45.7
2015 260 16.0 16.2 44.6
2016 261 16.0 16.3 34.5
2017 257 15.4 16.6 37
2018 264 17.4 15.1 48.1
2019 256 16.7 15.3 28.1
2020 278 15.9 17.4 51.1
2021 257 13.9 18.4 52.9
2022 249 17.1 14.5 41.4
2023 247 20.1 12.2 43.7

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 Joseph A. Whelan School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 260 n/a n/a 2.3
1989 263 n/a n/a 3.8
1990 267 n/a n/a 2.2
1991 266 20.3 13.1 2.3
1992 275 18.0 15.2 4.4
1993 291 18.8 15.5 4.1
1994 307 20.0 15.3 8.5
1995 310 22.1 14.0 10.6
1996 310 22.1 14.0 10.6
1997 328 21.4 15.3 11.9
1998 299 17.0 17.6 8.4
1999 286 16.9 16.9 16.1
2000 291 24.7 11.8 19.6
2001 281 15.0 18.7 21.7
2002 201 n/a n/a 22.9
2003 201 n/a n/a 22.9
2004 196 11.0 17.8 27
2005 190 11.0 17.3 30
2006 192 23.0 8.3 28.6
2007 174 11.0 15.8 25.3
2008 183 18.0 10.2 19.1
2009 182 18.0 7.7 39.6
2010 192 19.0 10.1 28.1
2011 199 20.0 9.9 25.6
2012 209 22.0 9.5 33
2013 243 20.1 12.0 36.2
2014 254 20.1 12.6 45.7
2015 260 16.0 16.2 44.6
2016 261 16.0 16.3 34.5
2017 257 15.4 16.6 37
2018 264 17.4 15.1 48.1
2019 256 16.7 15.3 28.1
2020 278 15.9 17.4 51.1
2021 257 13.9 18.4 52.9
2022 249 17.1 14.5 41.4
2023 247 20.1 12.2 43.7

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Joseph A. Whelan School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $254 (2.0%) $12,327 (98.0%) $12,580
2019 $280 (2.3%) $11,831 (97.7%) $12,111
2020 $652 (5.3%) $11,678 (94.7%) $12,329
2021 $1,002 (6.7%) $13,940 (93.3%) $14,942

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Joseph A. Whelan 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 92nd of 169 Elementary schoolsRanks 101st of 167 Elementary schools
 6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Joseph A. Whelan School)51.325.6
 25.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (North Providence)45.333.6
 11.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)47.936.8
 11.1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Joseph A. Whelan School)5022.7
 27.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (North Providence)34.426.2
 8.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)36.134.5
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Joseph A. Whelan School)36.635.9
 0.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (North Providence)33.326.7
 6.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)37.233.3
 3.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Joseph A. Whelan School)34.127.5
 6.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (North Providence)24.821.9
 2.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)32.636
 3.4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Joseph A. Whelan School)34.839
 4.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (North Providence)36.337.9
 1.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)39.135.1
 4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Joseph A. Whelan School)15.619
 3.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Providence)25.120.9
 4.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)30.130
 0.1%
All Grades English Language Arts (Joseph A. Whelan School)40.533.3
 7.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (North Providence)42.136.7
 5.4%
All Grades Mathematics (Joseph A. Whelan School)32.523
 9.5%
   All Grades Mathematics (North Providence)27.523.8
 3.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students256247
 3.5%
African American3233
 3.1%
American Indian00
Asian137
 46.2%
Hispanic5566
 20%
Pacific Islander00
White148115
 22.3%
Two or More Races826
 225%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients28.1%43.7%
 15.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Joseph A. Whelan School

Students at Joseph A. Whelan School are 47% White, 27% Hispanic, 13% African American, 11% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

Joseph A. Whelan School ranks 101st of 167 Rhode Island elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 247 students attended Joseph A. Whelan School.

Students who attend Joseph A. Whelan School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Birchwood Middle School
High : North Providence High


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