Arthur R. Ware Elementary

Summary:

Arthur R. Ware Elementary is a public elementary school in Staunton, Virginia, serving 378 students in grades K-5. The school is part of the Staunton City Public Schools district, which is ranked 42 out of 131 school districts in the state.

While Arthur R. Ware Elementary has a higher percentage of white students (63.23%) compared to nearby schools like Bessie Weller Elementary (47.97% white) and Thomas C. McSwain Elementary (75.9% white), its academic performance, as measured by SOL test scores, is generally lower than the district and state averages. For example, the school's 3rd grade math proficiency rate was 72.86% in 2022-2023, compared to the district's 71.63% and the state's 69.1%. Additionally, Arthur R. Ware Elementary has a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 81.12% to 99.47%, indicating significant socioeconomic challenges.

Interestingly, when compared to schools in the neighboring Augusta County Public Schools district, such as Guy K. Stump Elementary and Riverheads Elementary, Arthur R. Ware Elementary's academic performance is generally lower, despite serving student populations with higher percentages of white and economically advantaged students. The school's statewide ranking has also declined over the years, from a high of 3 stars to the current 2-star rating, raising concerns about the need to address the underlying factors contributing to these challenges and ensure equitable educational opportunities for all students.


Detail:

Public K-5

 330 Grubert Avenue
       Staunton, VA  24401


(540) 332-3938

District: Staunton City Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
621st of 1,114 Virginia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,531 Help


Students who attend Arthur R. Ware Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Shelburne Middle
High:    Staunton High

Student/teacher ratio:  11.8 Help
Number of students:  378

Racial breakdown:

White:
63.2%
Two or more races:
18.0%
Hispanic:
9.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99.5% Help


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Compare Details Arthur R. Ware Elementary ranks worse than 55.7% of elementary schools in Virginia. It also ranks last among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Staunton City Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 48.73. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (63.2%), two or more races (18%), Hispanic (9.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 99.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Arthur R. Ware Elementary is 11.8, which is the lowest among 4 elementary schools in the Staunton City Public Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Arthur R. Ware Elementary is $8,531, which is the 2nd highest among 3 elementary schools in the Staunton City Public Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Arthur R. Ware Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Arthur R. Ware Elementary 621st of 1114 Virginia public elementary schools. (See Arthur R. Ware Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Staunton City Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Staunton City Public Schools 42nd of 131 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Arthur R. Ware Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Arthur R. Ware Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 46.71 633rd 1062 40.4%
2006 38.35 786th 1071 26.6%
2007 33.83 858th 1083 20.8%
2008 43.18 729th 1081 32.6%
2009 67.62 306th 1082 71.7%
2010 47.89 685th 1113 38.5%
2011 49.33 642nd 1117 42.5%
2012 48.75 648th 1117 42.0%
2013 62.67 419th 1120 62.6%
2014 55.60 514th 1110 53.7%
2015 58.21 515th 1100 53.2%
2016 66.73 357th 1096 67.4%
2017 67.36 343rd 1099 68.8%
2018 68.37 337th 1097 69.3%
2019 51.36 612th 1105 44.6%
2021 54.89 528th 1103 52.1%
2022 47.28 643rd 1109 42.0%
2023 48.73 621st 1114 44.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Arthur R. Ware Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 29.88 195th 245 20.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Arthur R. Ware Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 49.01 605th 1100 45.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Arthur R. Ware Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 46.51 637th 1093 41.7%
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Rank History for White students at Arthur R. Ware Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 31.23 762nd 984 22.6%
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Data source: test scores: Virginia 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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Enrollment information for Arthur R. Ware 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 470 470
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 480 480
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 475 475
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 489 489
1993 386 61 3 3 3 n/a n/a 0 456
1994 368 68 3 3 3 n/a n/a 0 445
1995 371 68 6 3 2 n/a n/a 0 450
1996 371 68 6 3 2 n/a n/a 0 450
1997 362 69 5 3 0 n/a n/a 0 439
1998 379 74 3 5 0 n/a n/a 0 461
1999 361 74 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 440
2000 317 80 2 0 0 n/a n/a -4 395
2001 331 69 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 403
2002 325 65 0 1 4 n/a n/a 0 395
2003 325 65 0 1 4 n/a n/a 0 395
2004 311 71 1 1 1 n/a n/a 0 385
2005 292 65 1 2 1 n/a n/a 0 361
2006 279 73 2 2 1 n/a n/a 3 360
2007 260 67 2 2 1 n/a n/a 4 336
2008 277 78 3 5 1 n/a n/a 8 372
2009 250 85 2 5 1 n/a n/a 4 347
2010 254 93 1 5 1 n/a n/a 5 359
2011 312 56 1 19 0 0 37 0 425
2012 306 44 2 28 0 0 28 0 408
2013 314 44 1 24 1 0 39 0 423
2014 292 47 1 23 1 0 40 0 404
2015 298 53 1 21 0 0 48 0 421
2016 293 53 1 20 0 1 60 0 428
2017 298 49 1 24 1 1 55 0 429
2018 293 45 0 14 1 1 56 0 410
2019 302 47 2 17 1 1 62 0 432
2020 285 49 1 25 1 1 63 0 425
2021 261 40 2 22 1 1 63 0 390
2022 258 35 3 26 2 0 68 0 392
2023 239 31 3 36 1 0 68 0 378

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 Arthur R. Ware Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 470 27.8 16.9 n/a
1990 480 30.4 15.7 n/a
1991 475 30.7 15.4 n/a
1992 489 31.3 15.6 n/a
1993 456 31.3 14.6 n/a
1994 445 28.6 n/a 21.3
1995 450 n/a 0.0 25.3
1996 450 n/a 0.0 25.3
1997 439 n/a 0.0 26
1998 461 n/a 0.0 30.8
1999 440 35.1 12.5 38.2
2000 395 n/a 0.0 36.3
2001 403 34.9 11.5 35
2002 395 39.3 10.1 32.9
2003 395 39.3 10.1 32.9
2004 385 38.5 10.0 35.6
2005 361 33.0 10.9 37.1
2006 360 32.0 11.3 42.9
2007 336 19.0 17.7 47.6
2008 372 13.7 27.2 45.1
2009 347 13.7 25.3 50.1
2010 359 13.3 26.9 53.7
2011 425 18.0 23.6 50.6
2012 408 33.0 12.3 50
2013 423 30.2 13.9 57
2014 404 28.6 14.0 54
2015 421 31.0 13.5 52.5
2016 428 30.0 14.2 52.3
2017 429 30.7 13.9 53.1
2018 410 30.0 13.6 51.2
2019 432 30.0 14.4 49.8
2020 425 26.7 15.8 74.8
2021 390 27.0 14.4 n/a
2022 392 27.0 14.5 81.1
2023 378 32.0 11.8 99.5

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 Arthur R. Ware Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 470 27.8 16.9 n/a
1990 480 30.4 15.7 n/a
1991 475 30.7 15.4 n/a
1992 489 31.3 15.6 n/a
1993 456 31.3 14.6 n/a
1994 445 28.6 n/a 21.3
1995 450 n/a 0.0 25.3
1996 450 n/a 0.0 25.3
1997 439 n/a 0.0 26
1998 461 n/a 0.0 30.8
1999 440 35.1 12.5 38.2
2000 395 n/a 0.0 36.3
2001 403 34.9 11.5 35
2002 395 39.3 10.1 32.9
2003 395 39.3 10.1 32.9
2004 385 38.5 10.0 35.6
2005 361 33.0 10.9 37.1
2006 360 32.0 11.3 42.9
2007 336 19.0 17.7 47.6
2008 372 13.7 27.2 45.1
2009 347 13.7 25.3 50.1
2010 359 13.3 26.9 53.7
2011 425 18.0 23.6 50.6
2012 408 33.0 12.3 50
2013 423 30.2 13.9 57
2014 404 28.6 14.0 54
2015 421 31.0 13.5 52.5
2016 428 30.0 14.2 52.3
2017 429 30.7 13.9 53.1
2018 410 30.0 13.6 51.2
2019 432 30.0 14.4 49.8
2020 425 26.7 15.8 74.8
2021 390 27.0 14.4 n/a
2022 392 27.0 14.5 81.1
2023 378 32.0 11.8 99.5

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 Arthur R. Ware Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $394 (5.5%) $6,833 (94.5%) $7,227
2020 $367 (4.9%) $7,183 (95.1%) $7,550
2021 $1,173 (13.7%) $7,358 (86.3%) $8,531

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Arthur R. Ware Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 612th of 1105 Elementary schoolsRanks 621st of 1114 Elementary schools
 0.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Arthur R. Ware Elementary)8972.9
 16.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Staunton City Public Schools)8371.6
 11.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8269.1
 12.9%
3rd Grade English Reading (Arthur R. Ware Elementary)7762
 15%
   3rd Grade English Reading (Staunton City Public Schools)7569.4
 5.6%
   3rd Grade English Reading (Virginia)7166.1
 4.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Arthur R. Ware Elementary)8972.7
 16.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Staunton City Public Schools)8981.6
 7.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8369.7
 13.3%
4th Grade English Reading (Arthur R. Ware Elementary)6876.9
 8.9%
   4th Grade English Reading (Staunton City Public Schools)7181.4
 10.4%
   4th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7572.7
 2.3%
5th Grade Mathematics (Arthur R. Ware Elementary)8366.2
 16.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Staunton City Public Schools)8572.8
 12.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8167
 14%
5th Grade Science (Arthur R. Ware Elementary)6961.5
 7.5%
   5th Grade Science (Staunton City Public Schools)7770.6
 6.4%
   5th Grade Science (Virginia)7966
 13%
5th Grade English Reading (Arthur R. Ware Elementary)7762.5
 14.5%
   5th Grade English Reading (Staunton City Public Schools)7873.6
 4.4%
   5th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7871.4
 6.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students432378
 12.5%
African American4731
 34%
American Indian11
Asian23
 50%
Hispanic1736
 111.8%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White302239
 20.9%
Two or More Races6268
 9.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients49.8%99.5%
 49.7%


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Arthur R. Ware Elementary ranks 621st of 1114 Virginia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Arthur R. Ware Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Shelburne Middle
High : Staunton High

Students at Arthur R. Ware Elementary are 63% White, 18% Two or more races, 10% Hispanic, 8% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 378 students attended Arthur R. Ware Elementary.


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