Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Summary:

Duncan Elementary School of the Arts is a public elementary school serving 689 students in grades PK-4 in Duncan, South Carolina, which is part of the Spartanburg 05 school district. While the district is ranked 20 out of 77 in the state, Duncan Elementary consistently underperforms, ranking in the bottom half of South Carolina elementary schools over the past several years.

The school's test scores are 5-10 percentage points lower than the district and state averages in English Language Arts and Mathematics, and it has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger, placing it below average compared to other schools in the state. Performance varies significantly by student subgroup, with Hispanic students performing relatively well but African American, White, low-income, and disabled students struggling, with the disabled student group ranking last among all South Carolina elementary schools in 2020-2021. Despite spending more per student ($13,178) than the district and state averages, these resources do not seem to translate into improved academic outcomes.

In contrast to Duncan Elementary, many nearby schools in the Spartanburg 05 district, such as Reidville Elementary and Abner Creek Academy, consistently rank in the top quarter of South Carolina elementary schools. This stark difference in performance suggests that Duncan Elementary may need to address equity issues and review its instructional practices and resource allocation to improve outcomes for its students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-4

 100 South Danzler Road
       Duncan, SC  29334


(864) 949-2373

District: Spartanburg 05

SchoolDigger Rank:
354th of 644 South Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,178 Help


Students who attend Duncan Elementary School of the Arts usually attend:

Middle:    Beech Springs Intermediate
    D. R. Hill Middle
High:    James F. Byrnes High

Student/teacher ratio:  12.3 Help
Number of students:  689

Racial breakdown:

White:
40.1%
African American:
29.0%
Hispanic:
21.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Compare Details Duncan Elementary School of the Arts ranks worse than 55% of elementary schools in South Carolina. It also ranks 5th among 6 ranked elementary schools in the Spartanburg 05 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 44.05. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (40.1%), African American (29%), Hispanic (21.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Spartanburg 05 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts is 12.3, which is the 2nd best among 6 elementary schools in the Spartanburg 05 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts is $13,178, which is the 2nd highest among 6 elementary schools in the Spartanburg 05 School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Duncan Elementary School of the Arts:

SchoolDigger ranks Duncan Elementary School of the Arts 354th of 644 South Carolina public elementary schools. (See Duncan Elementary School of the Arts in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Spartanburg 05:

SchoolDigger ranks Spartanburg 05 20th of 77 South Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

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Rank History for all students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 30.70 415th 542 23.4%
2004 45.76 345th 550 37.3%
2005 47.93 325th 557 41.7%
2006 55.42 276th 559 50.6%
2007 46.31 344th 566 39.2%
2008 57.75 260th 577 54.9%
2009 49.79 314th 580 45.9%
2010 52.57 300th 589 49.1%
2011 51.52 327th 597 45.2%
2012 42.70 384th 594 35.4%
2013 56.94 284th 599 52.6%
2014 50.93 339th 630 46.2%
2015 37.46 410th 638 35.7%
2016 36.67 401st 619 35.2%
2017 30.95 451st 639 29.4%
2018 37.05 394th 624 36.9%
2019 39.29 399th 643 37.9%
2021 31.51 423rd 622 32.0%
2022 46.34 332nd 625 46.9%
2023 44.05 354th 644 45.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.14 393rd 588 33.2%
2019 37.91 392nd 600 34.7%
2021 37.36 382nd 580 34.1%
2022 55.64 261st 600 56.5%
2023 48.20 305th 608 49.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.92 390th 570 31.6%
2019 36.11 398th 588 32.3%
2021 29.08 395th 554 28.7%
2022 51.06 276th 573 51.8%
2023 42.47 336th 580 42.1%
See the entire list of Best South Carolina Elementary Schools for Female Students!

Rank History for Disabled students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 7.73 122nd 122 0.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.86 358th 571 37.3%
2019 39.55 373rd 590 36.8%
2021 30.04 398th 561 29.1%
2022 37.27 369th 579 36.3%
2023 41.29 338th 582 41.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.57 357th 412 13.3%
2019 25.27 359th 421 14.7%
2021 44.04 193rd 350 44.9%
2022 62.93 115th 393 70.7%
2023 34.69 270th 394 31.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 59.15 46th 116 60.3%
2021 37.25 53rd 86 38.4%
2022 58.25 48th 115 58.3%
2023 66.92 36th 115 68.7%
See the entire list of Best South Carolina Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

Rank History for White students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.86 326th 457 28.7%
2019 38.45 314th 472 33.5%
2021 19.42 373rd 439 15.0%
2022 32.90 318th 455 30.1%
2023 44.00 273rd 463 41.0%
See the entire list of Best South Carolina Elementary Schools for White Students!

Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department 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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Data source: South Carolina State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 608 137 6 0 0 n/a n/a 0 751
1989 640 142 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 784
1990 608 146 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 757
1991 547 136 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 685
1992 547 154 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 702
1993 565 138 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 707
1994 569 162 2 6 0 n/a n/a 0 739
1995 549 167 2 13 1 n/a n/a 0 732
1996 549 167 2 13 1 n/a n/a 0 732
1997 488 144 2 12 1 n/a n/a 0 647
1998 468 153 4 4 1 n/a n/a 0 630
1999 434 196 4 12 1 n/a n/a 0 647
2000 472 224 10 24 0 n/a n/a 0 730
2001 507 231 11 20 1 n/a n/a 0 770
2002 362 164 11 33 1 n/a n/a 1 572
2003 362 164 11 33 1 n/a n/a 1 572
2004 350 188 11 38 1 n/a n/a 4 592
2005 343 152 13 36 1 n/a n/a 5 550
2006 321 153 18 42 1 n/a n/a 5 540
2007 330 157 19 51 0 n/a n/a 0 557
2008 336 173 18 56 1 n/a n/a 0 584
2009 363 204 13 66 2 n/a n/a 3 651
2010 360 207 11 58 1 n/a n/a 4 641
2011 361 214 12 58 0 0 0 0 645
2012 361 203 8 72 0 0 14 0 658
2013 359 202 20 78 1 0 18 0 678
2014 346 216 20 99 1 2 24 0 708
2015 339 198 13 93 1 0 25 0 669
2016 317 193 9 97 1 0 30 0 647
2017 305 190 13 102 1 0 38 0 649
2018 286 160 10 100 0 0 47 0 603
2019 273 180 9 110 0 0 38 0 610
2020 280 183 8 133 0 0 36 0 640
2021 263 170 9 132 0 0 42 0 616
2022 274 172 5 132 0 1 55 0 639
2023 276 200 3 149 0 0 61 0 689

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 Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 751 38.8 19.3 n/a
1989 784 35.2 22.2 n/a
1990 757 39.0 19.4 n/a
1991 685 35.7 19.1 18.5
1992 702 38.8 18.0 27.2
1993 707 36.2 19.5 34.7
1994 739 40.0 18.5 39
1995 732 43.0 17.0 43.9
1996 732 43.0 17.0 43.9
1997 647 39.0 16.6 39.4
1998 630 48.0 13.1 52.2
1999 647 52.0 12.4 61.1
2000 730 50.0 14.6 55.5
2001 770 55.0 14.0 56.6
2002 572 42.0 13.6 59.9
2003 572 42.0 13.6 59.9
2004 592 45.0 13.2 59.2
2005 550 41.0 13.4 61.1
2006 540 46.0 11.7 59.8
2007 557 52.0 10.7 61.6
2008 584 45.0 13.0 53.1
2009 651 48.5 13.4 59.6
2010 641 48.5 13.2 69.9
2011 645 47.5 13.5 68.5
2012 658 47.5 13.8 75.1
2013 678 47.5 14.2 76.5
2014 708 50.0 14.1 72.6
2015 669 48.0 13.9 68.3
2016 647 50.0 12.9 73.6
2017 649 49.5 13.1 100
2018 603 49.1 12.2 100
2019 610 50.5 12.0 66.1
2020 640 52.3 12.2 63.8
2021 616 51.5 11.9 70.1
2022 639 54.0 11.8 100
2023 689 56.0 12.3 100

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 Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 751 38.8 19.3 n/a
1989 784 35.2 22.2 n/a
1990 757 39.0 19.4 n/a
1991 685 35.7 19.1 18.5
1992 702 38.8 18.0 27.2
1993 707 36.2 19.5 34.7
1994 739 40.0 18.5 39
1995 732 43.0 17.0 43.9
1996 732 43.0 17.0 43.9
1997 647 39.0 16.6 39.4
1998 630 48.0 13.1 52.2
1999 647 52.0 12.4 61.1
2000 730 50.0 14.6 55.5
2001 770 55.0 14.0 56.6
2002 572 42.0 13.6 59.9
2003 572 42.0 13.6 59.9
2004 592 45.0 13.2 59.2
2005 550 41.0 13.4 61.1
2006 540 46.0 11.7 59.8
2007 557 52.0 10.7 61.6
2008 584 45.0 13.0 53.1
2009 651 48.5 13.4 59.6
2010 641 48.5 13.2 69.9
2011 645 47.5 13.5 68.5
2012 658 47.5 13.8 75.1
2013 678 47.5 14.2 76.5
2014 708 50.0 14.1 72.6
2015 669 48.0 13.9 68.3
2016 647 50.0 12.9 73.6
2017 649 49.5 13.1 100
2018 603 49.1 12.2 100
2019 610 50.5 12.0 66.1
2020 640 52.3 12.2 63.8
2021 616 51.5 11.9 70.1
2022 639 54.0 11.8 100
2023 689 56.0 12.3 100

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 Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $891 (8.4%) $635 (6.0%) $1,526 (14.4%) $7,922 (74.9%) $1,124 (10.6%) $9,046 (85.6%) $10,572
2020 $936 (8.4%) $744 (6.7%) $1,679 (15.1%) $8,359 (74.9%) $1,117 (10.0%) $9,476 (84.9%) $11,155
2021 $925 (7.9%) $1,055 (9.0%) $1,980 (17.0%) $8,640 (74.1%) $1,040 (8.9%) $9,680 (83.0%) $11,660
2022 $1,428 (11.9%) $923 (7.7%) $2,351 (19.6%) $8,633 (71.8%) $1,037 (8.6%) $9,670 (80.4%) $12,021
2023 $1,374 (10.4%) $819 (6.2%) $2,194 (16.6%) $9,836 (74.6%) $1,148 (8.7%) $10,984 (83.4%) $13,178

Data source: South Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

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 399th of 643 Elementary schoolsRanks 354th of 644 Elementary schools
 7.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Duncan Elementary School of the Arts)44.843.2
 1.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Spartanburg 05)55.352.2
 3.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)49.753.5
 3.8%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Duncan Elementary School of the Arts)50.844.7
 6.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Spartanburg 05)68.753.5
 15.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)57.753.6
 4.1%
4th Grade Science (Duncan Elementary School of the Arts)37.141.7
 4.6%
   4th Grade Science (Spartanburg 05)51.248.5
 2.7%
   4th Grade Science (South Carolina)5246.6
 5.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Duncan Elementary School of the Arts)47.652.4
 4.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Spartanburg 05)57.959.9
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)51.357.2
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Duncan Elementary School of the Arts)41.949.6
 7.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Spartanburg 05)53.353.3
   4th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)50.547
 3.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students610689
 13%
African American180200
 11.1%
American Indian00
Asian93
 66.7%
Hispanic110149
 35.5%
Pacific Islander00
White273276
 1.1%
Two or More Races3861
 60.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients66.1%100%
 33.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Duncan Elementary School of the Arts

Students who attend Duncan Elementary School of the Arts usually go on to attend:

Middle : Beech Springs Intermediate
Middle : D. R. Hill Middle
High : James F. Byrnes High

In the 2022-23 school year, 689 students attended Duncan Elementary School of the Arts.

Students at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts are 40% White, 29% African American, 22% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races.

Duncan Elementary School of the Arts ranks 354th of 644 South Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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

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