Widewater Elementary

Public PK, KG-5

 101 Den Rich Rd
       Stafford, VA  22554


(540) 658-6380

District: Stafford County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
805th of 1,102 Virginia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,381 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  17.8
Number of students:  661

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
32.7%
White:
30.4%
African American:
25.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  53.4%

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We updated the 2020-21 rankings and test scores for this school on Thursday, August 26, 2021.


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Compare Details Widewater Elementary ranks worse than 73% of elementary schools in Virginia. It also ranks 16th among 17 ranked elementary schools in the Stafford County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 31.01. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Widewater Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (32.7%), White (30.4%), African American (25.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 53.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Widewater Elementary is 17.8, which is the 6th best among 17 elementary schools in the Stafford County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Widewater Elementary is $7,381. 12 elementary schools in the Stafford County Public Schools District spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Widewater Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Widewater Elementary 805th of 1102 Virginia public elementary schools. (See Widewater Elementary in the ranking list.)

Stafford County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Stafford County Public Schools 64th of 132 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Widewater Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 24.05 929th 1062 12.5%
2006 21.30 972nd 1071 9.2%
2007 34.15 849th 1083 21.6%
2008 36.48 803rd 1081 25.7%
2009 25.12 963rd 1082 11.0%
2010 42.18 791st 1113 28.9%
2011 26.99 976th 1117 12.6%
2012 44.62 708th 1117 36.6%
2013 33.55 840th 1120 25.0%
2014 37.88 773rd 1110 30.4%
2015 51.05 621st 1100 43.5%
2016 39.28 772nd 1096 29.6%
2017 30.39 880th 1099 19.9%
2018 18.41 978th 1097 10.8%
2019 27.23 910th 1105 17.6%
2021 31.01 805th 1102 27.0%

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

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by a parent
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Open Quote My Son is leaving this school after over 5 years to go to Parkside Elementary in Fredericksburg. After calling Widewater Elementary I was told by Mrs. White that it's against their school policy to transfer my child's Birth Certificate Copy to his new school. I said, ok. May I please pick it up from there. She replied by saying that is also against the school policy and told me to go to the DMV to get another copy which by the way has a 60 day wait time to get an appointment. When I asked to speak to the Principal I was told she is in a Staff Meeting. It's funny when there is always an issue with this school that there is a Staff Meeting. What a joke! Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, August 4, 2014

Open Quote My daughter is currently going into the second grade and we have had an amazing experience so far. The principal and vice principal are very attentive and very quick to respond to parent concerns. I feel I have a say so in my daughter's education and decision making. I was very concerned about sending my daughter to this school due to lower scores and some poor reviews, but on the advice of some of my friends who have children that attend this school and are early education specialists themselves, I am very glad I did!!! My daughter is excelling in school and absolutely loves it! The PTO is very active and I find that to be a very important aspect in the schools. When the parents are involved, the children succeed. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, May 30, 2014

Open Quote I have 3 children going to this school and i regret ever moving here to have them goto this school. First they have a smile program for children who need extra help after school. My son absolutely loves the smile program. So I asked him what does he do there and the answer was "I do my homework then play". I asked do the teachers help you or anything answer was "only sometimes". Asked again what do you do after you finish your homework answer was "they let us play". They don't check over there homework to make sure they understand, they don't ask questions or anything. My son may possibly not pass or possibly a some school. Another issue was one of the students threatened to KILL my son in the 4th grade. What did the teacher do NOTHING. Principal wasn't notified, the teacher knew of this but decided not to say something about it brushing it off. We thought it was a big deal and brought it up to the principal and after making a big DEAL about it the parent was notified. Also they have misplaced 2 of my child on the wrong bus and my child told them that wasn't the right bus but put them on there anyways. This didn't happen once or twice but THREE TIMES to both my kids. They are below the standards academically and if I can make the decision again I would of have stayed in dumfries and let my kid go to mary williams elementary school which was hands down better than widewater. Much better structure, teachers, curriculum, pretty much everything was better at mary williams. AVOID WIDEWATER only way you can actions done sometimes is to directly speak with the superintendents in which we have done in more than 1 occasion. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, October 21, 2011

Open Quote This school has a very poor special education program and policy. I have a special needs son that qualified for services immediately in other districts, however, Widewater has fought me tooth and nail over every single issue they could possibly fight over. Other parents have also told me that the curriculum is totally inadequate. Kindergartners still learning letters, colors and shapes (rather than any sort of reading skills), and much of the school caters to minorities with English as a second language, and this puts other children at a disadvantage. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Widewater Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 715 715
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 638 638
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 660 660
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 678 678
1993 607 34 8 14 2 n/a n/a 0 665
1994 622 58 11 12 1 n/a n/a 0 704
1995 631 71 15 13 0 n/a n/a 0 730
1996 631 71 15 13 0 n/a n/a 0 730
1997 629 94 12 12 3 n/a n/a 0 750
1998 596 95 14 16 2 n/a n/a 0 723
1999 625 108 13 16 1 n/a n/a 0 763
2000 612 115 15 15 1 n/a n/a -4 754
2001 608 148 14 23 1 n/a n/a 0 794
2002 631 142 21 40 3 n/a n/a 6 843
2003 631 142 21 40 3 n/a n/a 6 843
2004 562 136 16 52 2 n/a n/a 15 783
2005 548 145 16 64 2 n/a n/a 17 792
2006 493 129 18 80 2 n/a n/a 16 738
2007 420 128 24 89 4 n/a n/a 27 692
2008 417 131 19 89 2 n/a n/a 38 696
2009 317 180 17 116 0 n/a n/a 30 660
2010 315 185 20 109 1 n/a n/a 32 662
2011 289 167 25 153 7 1 42 0 684
2012 293 195 20 168 6 1 61 0 744
2013 321 201 22 179 6 0 76 0 805
2014 357 214 29 174 9 2 77 0 862
2015 358 215 31 208 5 2 77 0 896
2016 303 182 29 208 2 4 54 0 782
2017 285 194 34 225 3 4 55 0 800
2018 271 192 38 208 2 3 65 0 779
2019 254 204 34 225 3 2 71 0 793
2020 201 167 25 216 1 2 49 0 661

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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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 Widewater Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 715 36.4 19.6 n/a
1990 638 34.9 18.2 n/a
1991 660 36.4 18.1 n/a
1992 678 37.1 18.2 n/a
1993 665 35.6 18.7 n/a
1994 704 36.4 n/a 13.1
1995 730 n/a 0.0 12.9
1996 730 n/a 0.0 12.9
1997 750 n/a 0.0 15.9
1998 723 n/a 0.0 15.5
1999 763 42.0 18.2 17.4
2000 754 n/a 0.0 16
2001 794 50.0 15.9 19.4
2002 843 54.5 15.5 14.1
2003 843 54.5 15.5 14.1
2004 783 52.5 14.9 15.9
2005 792 51.5 15.4 16.4
2006 738 50.0 14.8 19.9
2007 692 46.3 14.9 23
2008 696 37.0 18.8 22.8
2009 660 36.2 18.2 32.7
2010 662 38.1 17.3 36
2011 684 37.7 18.1 34.9
2012 744 38.0 19.5 39.4
2013 805 41.1 19.5 38.9
2014 862 41.0 21.0 39.8
2015 896 42.0 21.3 41.2
2016 782 37.0 21.1 44.6
2017 800 38.0 21.0 44.1
2018 779 39.0 19.9 47.8
2019 793 40.3 19.6 47.3
2020 661 37.0 17.8 53.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Widewater Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 715 36.4 19.6 n/a
1990 638 34.9 18.2 n/a
1991 660 36.4 18.1 n/a
1992 678 37.1 18.2 n/a
1993 665 35.6 18.7 n/a
1994 704 36.4 n/a 13.1
1995 730 n/a 0.0 12.9
1996 730 n/a 0.0 12.9
1997 750 n/a 0.0 15.9
1998 723 n/a 0.0 15.5
1999 763 42.0 18.2 17.4
2000 754 n/a 0.0 16
2001 794 50.0 15.9 19.4
2002 843 54.5 15.5 14.1
2003 843 54.5 15.5 14.1
2004 783 52.5 14.9 15.9
2005 792 51.5 15.4 16.4
2006 738 50.0 14.8 19.9
2007 692 46.3 14.9 23
2008 696 37.0 18.8 22.8
2009 660 36.2 18.2 32.7
2010 662 38.1 17.3 36
2011 684 37.7 18.1 34.9
2012 744 38.0 19.5 39.4
2013 805 41.1 19.5 38.9
2014 862 41.0 21.0 39.8
2015 896 42.0 21.3 41.2
2016 782 37.0 21.1 44.6
2017 800 38.0 21.0 44.1
2018 779 39.0 19.9 47.8
2019 793 40.3 19.6 47.3
2020 661 37.0 17.8 53.4

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 Widewater Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $492 (6.7%) $6,890 (93.3%) $7,381

Data source: Virginia Department of Education




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