William Penn School

Summary:

William Penn School is an elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah, serving 523 students in grades K-6. It is part of the Granite School District, which is ranked 74 out of 100 in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

William Penn School consistently outperforms the Granite District and the state of Utah in academic proficiency across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 72.1% of 3rd graders were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 35.2% for the Granite District and 46.2% for the state. The school has a strong statewide ranking, placing in the top 5% of Utah elementary schools in the 2022-2023 school year, with a ranking of 24 out of 561 schools and a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. While the school has a majority white student population, it has a more diverse student body compared to some nearby schools, such as Rosecrest School and Upland Terrace School. Additionally, William Penn School has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 21.45% to 22.87% over the past 3 years, which is lower than the nearby schools.

The consistent academic excellence, racial diversity, and low free and reduced-price lunch rates at William Penn School suggest that the school is providing an equitable and high-quality education for its students. When compared to the nearby schools and the overall Granite District, William Penn School stands out as a top-performing elementary school, with significantly higher academic proficiency rates across all grade levels and subject areas. This success may be attributed to factors such as the school's low student-teacher ratio, experienced teachers, and supportive community.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1670 Siggard Dr
       Salt Lake City, UT  84106


(385) 646-4960

District: Granite District

SchoolDigger Rank:
24th of 561 Utah Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,357 Help


Students who attend William Penn School usually attend:

Middle:    Evergreen Junior High
High:    Olympus High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.2 Help
Number of students:  523

Racial breakdown:

White:
79.0%
Hispanic:
10.5%
Two or more races:
5.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21.6% Help


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Compare Details William Penn School ranks better than 95.7% of elementary schools in Utah. It also ranks 6th among 56 ranked elementary schools in the Granite District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 91.86. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (79%), Hispanic (10.5%), two or more races (5.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 21.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at William Penn School is 22.2, which is the 26th best among 56 elementary schools in the Granite District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at William Penn School is $7,357. 56 elementary schools in the Granite District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

William Penn School:

SchoolDigger ranks William Penn School 24th of 561 Utah public elementary schools. (See William Penn School in the ranking list.)

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Granite District:

SchoolDigger ranks Granite District 74th of 100 Utah school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for William Penn School

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Rank History for all students at William Penn School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 73.54 112th 498 77.5%
2009 70.30 147th 509 71.1%
2010 57.45 247th 518 52.3%
2011 57.13 291st 563 48.3%
2012 59.79 271st 579 53.2%
2013 61.55 260th 576 54.9%
2014 68.12 142nd 509 72.1%
2015 58.42 222nd 537 58.7%
2016 50.66 280th 533 47.5%
2017 55.58 243rd 526 53.8%
2018 64.86 181st 528 65.7%
2019 54.85 266th 572 53.5%
2021 85.50 54th 559 90.3%
2022 83.61 69th 551 87.5%
2023 91.86 24th 561 95.7%
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Rank History for White students at William Penn School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 87.74 26th 435 94.0%
2023 91.01 15th 428 96.5%
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Data source: test scores: Utah State Board 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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Enrollment information for William Penn School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 604 1 11 9 1 n/a n/a 0 626
1989 566 4 10 11 4 n/a n/a 0 595
1990 608 3 11 12 4 n/a n/a 0 638
1991 604 3 9 10 4 n/a n/a 0 630
1992 597 3 10 14 8 n/a n/a 0 632
1993 594 2 8 8 9 n/a n/a 0 621
1994 555 7 4 17 5 n/a n/a 0 588
1995 576 8 8 23 3 n/a n/a 0 618
1996 576 8 8 23 3 n/a n/a 0 618
1997 554 7 11 22 2 n/a n/a 0 596
1998 484 8 19 36 1 n/a n/a 0 548
1999 476 9 12 25 0 n/a n/a 0 522
2000 460 12 16 18 1 n/a n/a 0 507
2001 454 8 24 32 1 n/a n/a 0 519
2002 382 13 18 24 2 n/a n/a 0 439
2003 382 13 18 24 2 n/a n/a 0 439
2004 419 7 14 38 0 n/a n/a 0 478
2005 441 8 11 22 0 n/a n/a 0 482
2006 474 8 10 22 2 n/a n/a 0 516
2007 529 6 9 33 3 n/a n/a 0 580
2008 533 7 23 38 3 n/a n/a 0 604
2009 530 11 26 50 5 n/a n/a 0 622
2010 398 13 31 39 6 n/a n/a 139 626
2011 496 14 74 48 7 6 0 0 645
2012 501 15 77 48 8 7 0 0 656
2013 508 14 73 45 8 4 0 0 652
2014 485 24 90 45 8 11 0 0 663
2015 488 27 65 47 10 10 0 0 647
2016 499 14 50 54 6 7 8 0 638
2017 495 11 33 75 5 8 7 0 634
2018 507 17 32 70 15 7 7 0 655
2019 506 15 30 69 6 7 15 0 648
2020 522 18 20 61 5 5 21 0 652
2021 463 20 9 49 4 6 13 0 564
2022 429 17 7 64 1 5 27 0 550
2023 413 15 8 55 2 2 28 0 523

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 William Penn School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 626 21.5 29.1 n/a
1989 595 19.5 30.5 n/a
1990 638 20.5 31.1 9.1
1991 630 22.5 28.0 10.6
1992 632 24.0 26.3 10.6
1993 621 24.0 25.9 9.2
1994 588 23.3 25.2 14.6
1995 618 26.0 23.8 14.4
1996 618 26.0 23.8 14.4
1997 596 26.6 22.4 11.7
1998 548 22.3 24.6 17.5
1999 522 23.0 22.7 20.1
2000 507 23.0 22.0 20.3
2001 519 22.3 23.3 17.1
2002 439 18.5 23.7 18.5
2003 439 18.5 23.7 18.5
2004 478 20.0 23.9 21.5
2005 482 22.0 21.9 21.4
2006 516 25.0 20.6 19
2007 580 25.4 22.8 2.2
2008 604 24.0 25.2 20.5
2009 622 13.4 22.2 10.9
2010 626 25.5 24.5 38.4
2011 645 23.0 28.0 23.9
2012 656 25.4 25.7 25.6
2013 652 25.0 26.0 38.8
2014 663 25.0 26.5 26.2
2015 647 n/a n/a 28.9
2016 638 n/a n/a 28.2
2017 634 25.0 25.3 30.4
2018 655 n/a n/a 29.2
2019 648 26.0 24.9 25.8
2020 652 26.3 24.7 27
2021 564 n/a n/a 22.9
2022 550 23.0 23.9 21.5
2023 523 23.5 22.2 21.6

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 William Penn School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 626 21.5 29.1 n/a
1989 595 19.5 30.5 n/a
1990 638 20.5 31.1 9.1
1991 630 22.5 28.0 10.6
1992 632 24.0 26.3 10.6
1993 621 24.0 25.9 9.2
1994 588 23.3 25.2 14.6
1995 618 26.0 23.8 14.4
1996 618 26.0 23.8 14.4
1997 596 26.6 22.4 11.7
1998 548 22.3 24.6 17.5
1999 522 23.0 22.7 20.1
2000 507 23.0 22.0 20.3
2001 519 22.3 23.3 17.1
2002 439 18.5 23.7 18.5
2003 439 18.5 23.7 18.5
2004 478 20.0 23.9 21.5
2005 482 22.0 21.9 21.4
2006 516 25.0 20.6 19
2007 580 25.4 22.8 2.2
2008 604 24.0 25.2 20.5
2009 622 13.4 22.2 10.9
2010 626 25.5 24.5 38.4
2011 645 23.0 28.0 23.9
2012 656 25.4 25.7 25.6
2013 652 25.0 26.0 38.8
2014 663 25.0 26.5 26.2
2015 647 n/a n/a 28.9
2016 638 n/a n/a 28.2
2017 634 25.0 25.3 30.4
2018 655 n/a n/a 29.2
2019 648 26.0 24.9 25.8
2020 652 26.3 24.7 27
2021 564 n/a n/a 22.9
2022 550 23.0 23.9 21.5
2023 523 23.5 22.2 21.6

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for William Penn School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $635 (8.6%) $6,721 (91.4%) $7,356

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

Impact of COVID-19 on William Penn School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 266th of 572 Elementary schoolsRanks 24th of 561 Elementary schools
 42.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (William Penn School)55.772.1
 16.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Granite District)33.635.2
 1.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Utah)46.846.2
 0.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (William Penn School)46.468.9
 22.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Granite District)40.338.7
 1.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Utah)50.249
 1.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (William Penn School)5066.6
 16.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Granite District)36.932.7
 4.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)47.344.2
 3.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (William Penn School)63.472.1
 8.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Granite District)41.839.6
 2.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Utah)49.350.1
 0.8%
4th Grade Science (William Penn School)43.978.2
 34.3%
   4th Grade Science (Granite District)3841.7
 3.7%
   4th Grade Science (Utah)51.149.6
 1.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (William Penn School)6370.9
 7.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Granite District)34.737.5
 2.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)47.949
 1.1%
5th Grade Mathematics (William Penn School)65.663.8
 1.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Granite District)38.434.3
 4.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Utah)4945.3
 3.7%
5th Grade Science (William Penn School)62.475.1
 12.7%
   5th Grade Science (Granite District)37.642.1
 4.5%
   5th Grade Science (Utah)51.951.2
 0.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students648523
 19.3%
African American1515
American Indian62
 66.7%
Asian308
 73.3%
Hispanic6955
 20.3%
Pacific Islander72
 71.4%
White506413
 18.4%
Two or More Races1528
 86.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients25.8%21.6%
 4.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about William Penn School

Yes! William Penn School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 24th of 561 Utah elementary schools.

Students who attend William Penn School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Evergreen Junior High
High : Olympus High

In the 2022-23 school year, 523 students attended William Penn School.

Students at William Penn School are 79% White, 11% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 3% African American, 2% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Utah State Board of Education.

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