Whitwell Elementary

Summary:

Whitwell Elementary is a public elementary school in Whitwell, Tennessee, serving 492 students in grades PK-4. The school is part of the Marion County School District, which is ranked 104 out of 140 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Whitwell Elementary stands out for its consistently strong academic performance, outpacing the Marion County and Tennessee state averages in proficiency rates for Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, Whitwell Elementary had a 53.4% proficiency rate in Mathematics, compared to 29.6% for Marion County and 38.1% for the state. The school has maintained a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger for several years, ranking in the top third of over 1,000 Tennessee elementary schools. Whitwell Elementary's male students and low socioeconomic status students also consistently perform better than their counterparts statewide.

However, the school's student population is overwhelmingly white (92.07%), which is not reflective of the racial diversity seen in many surrounding schools. Additionally, Whitwell Elementary's special education students perform below average compared to the state. While the school outperforms nearby Jasper Elementary School, it lags behind some of the higher-performing schools in the Hamilton County district, such as Thrasher Elementary and Nolan Elementary. These findings suggest that Whitwell Elementary has room for improvement in promoting diversity and supporting its special education population, while also learning from the best practices of top-performing schools in the region.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-4

 150 Tiger Trail
       Whitwell, TN  37397


(423) 658-5313

District: Marion County

SchoolDigger Rank:
372nd of 1,020 Tennessee Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,119 Help


Students who attend Whitwell Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Jasper Middle School
    Whitwell Middle School
High:    Marion County High School
    South Pittsburg High School
    Whitwell High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.1 Help
Number of students:  492

Racial breakdown:

White:
92.1%
Hispanic:
4.5%
African American:
1.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  65.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Whitwell Elementary ranks better than 63.5% of elementary schools in Tennessee. It also ranks first among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Marion County School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 58.43. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (92.1%), Hispanic (4.5%), African American (1.4%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Whitwell Elementary is 16.1, which is the 2nd best among 4 elementary schools in the Marion County School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Whitwell Elementary is $10,119. 2 elementary schools in the Marion County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Whitwell Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Whitwell Elementary 372nd of 1020 Tennessee public elementary schools. (See Whitwell Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Marion County:

SchoolDigger ranks Marion County 104th of 140 Tennessee school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Whitwell Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Whitwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 46.17 467th 809 42.3%
2011 60.37 332nd 818 59.4%
2012 17.55 742nd 820 9.5%
2013 38.63 674th 846 20.3%
2014 51.24 421st 853 50.6%
2015 51.51 457th 855 46.5%
2018 29.04 720th 997 27.8%
2019 49.40 443rd 985 55.0%
2021 60.09 305th 983 69.0%
2022 57.66 367th 1000 63.3%
2023 58.43 372nd 1020 63.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Whitwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 24.70 447th 528 15.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Whitwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.36 775th 877 11.6%
2019 56.98 277th 821 66.3%
2021 64.69 180th 823 78.1%
2022 52.36 359th 858 58.2%
2023 63.75 238th 865 72.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Whitwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 52.93 391st 926 57.8%
2021 57.07 331st 945 65.0%
2022 57.32 358th 975 63.3%
2023 52.40 427th 989 56.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Whitwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 43.14 514th 916 43.9%
2021 60.30 285th 941 69.7%
2022 53.56 386th 980 60.6%
2023 61.39 316th 987 68.0%
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Rank History for White students at Whitwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.24 757th 841 10.0%
2019 40.32 474th 812 41.6%
2021 48.54 379th 844 55.1%
2022 46.00 416th 844 50.7%
2023 45.45 437th 852 48.7%
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Data source: test scores: Tennessee 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.

Whitwell Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Whitwell Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 547 547
2003 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 547 547
2004 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 552 552
2005 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 612 612
2006 603 2 3 6 2 n/a n/a 0 616
2007 574 2 2 6 1 n/a n/a 0 585
2008 555 2 0 7 2 n/a n/a 0 566
2009 546 5 1 5 2 n/a n/a 0 559
2010 548 2 0 7 1 n/a n/a 0 558
2011 578 3 0 9 1 0 0 0 591
2012 585 3 0 13 0 0 4 0 605
2013 581 1 0 16 0 0 4 0 602
2014 559 3 0 16 0 0 4 0 582
2015 519 4 1 16 0 0 4 0 544
2016 491 4 1 17 0 0 6 0 519
2017 477 6 1 22 0 0 7 0 513
2018 425 5 1 15 2 0 6 0 454
2019 461 5 0 17 0 0 7 0 490
2020 460 3 0 18 0 0 5 0 486
2021 448 2 0 17 1 1 7 0 476
2022 432 4 0 15 0 1 10 0 462
2023 453 7 1 22 0 2 7 0 492

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 Whitwell Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 547 n/a n/a n/a
2003 547 n/a n/a n/a
2004 552 n/a n/a n/a
2005 612 n/a n/a n/a
2006 616 37.0 16.6 n/a
2007 585 39.0 15.0 70.8
2008 566 39.0 14.5 74.2
2009 559 38.0 14.7 73.3
2010 558 35.0 15.9 76.3
2011 591 38.0 15.5 72.8
2012 605 39.0 15.5 76.4
2013 602 39.0 15.4 72.8
2014 582 38.0 15.3 79.4
2015 544 37.0 14.7 66.7
2016 519 36.0 14.4 65.3
2017 513 33.0 15.5 n/a
2018 454 33.0 13.7 n/a
2019 490 30.0 16.3 n/a
2020 486 32.0 15.1 n/a
2021 476 29.6 16.0 n/a
2022 462 29.4 15.6 n/a
2023 492 30.4 16.1 n/a

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 Whitwell Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 547 n/a n/a n/a
2003 547 n/a n/a n/a
2004 552 n/a n/a n/a
2005 612 n/a n/a n/a
2006 616 37.0 16.6 n/a
2007 585 39.0 15.0 70.8
2008 566 39.0 14.5 74.2
2009 559 38.0 14.7 73.3
2010 558 35.0 15.9 76.3
2011 591 38.0 15.5 72.8
2012 605 39.0 15.5 76.4
2013 602 39.0 15.4 72.8
2014 582 38.0 15.3 79.4
2015 544 37.0 14.7 66.7
2016 519 36.0 14.4 65.3
2017 513 33.0 15.5 n/a
2018 454 33.0 13.7 n/a
2019 490 30.0 16.3 n/a
2020 486 32.0 15.1 n/a
2021 476 29.6 16.0 n/a
2022 462 29.4 15.6 n/a
2023 492 30.4 16.1 n/a

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 Whitwell Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $629 (6.7%) $8,019 (86.0%) $9,327
2020 $838 (8.6%) $8,148 (83.7%) $9,734
2021 $983 (9.7%) $8,274 (81.8%) $10,119

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Whitwell Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 443rd of 985 Elementary schoolsRanks 372nd of 1020 Elementary schools
 8.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Whitwell Elementary)32.559.2
 26.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Marion County)2637.2
 11.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Tennessee)43.840.5
 3.3%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Whitwell Elementary)33.847.9
 14.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Marion County)2834.4
 6.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Tennessee)36.940.5
 3.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Whitwell Elementary)54.448.9
 5.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Marion County)32.135.4
 3.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Tennessee)4643.6
 2.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Whitwell Elementary)3041.3
 11.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Marion County)2332.6
 9.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Tennessee)34.343.5
 9.2%
All Grades Mathematics (Whitwell Elementary)44.353.4
 9.1%
   All Grades Mathematics (Marion County)2929.6
 0.6%
   All Grades Mathematics (Tennessee)40.838.1
 2.7%
All Grades English Language Arts (Whitwell Elementary)31.744.2
 12.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Marion County)26.330.3
 4%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Tennessee)33.736.6
 2.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students490492
 0.4%
African American57
 40%
American Indian00
Asian01
Hispanic1722
 29.4%
Pacific Islander02
White461453
 1.7%
Two or More Races77


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In the 2022-23 school year, 492 students attended Whitwell Elementary.

Students at Whitwell Elementary are 92% White, 4% Hispanic, 1% African American, 1% Two or more races.

Whitwell Elementary ranks 372nd of 1020 Tennessee elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 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 Tennessee Department of Education.

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