Waitsfield Elementary School

Summary:

Waitsfield Elementary School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-6 in Waitsfield, Vermont, with 168 students. It is part of the Harwood Unified Union School District, which is ranked 2nd out of 51 districts in Vermont and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Waitsfield Elementary School consistently outperforms the state average on standardized tests across all grade levels and subjects. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 66.67% of 3rd graders and 70.59% of 4th graders were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state averages of 48.91% and 56.41%, respectively. In mathematics, 64% of 3rd graders and 64.71% of 4th graders were proficient or better, compared to the state averages of 37.19% and 34.9%. The school has been ranked among the top 10 elementary schools in Vermont for the past several years, reaching the #1 spot in the 2022-2023 school year. Waitsfield Elementary School has also demonstrated strong performance across different student subgroups, ranking 3rd out of 61 Vermont elementary schools for female students and 5th out of 62 for male students in the 2021-2022 school year.

While Waitsfield Elementary School has a relatively homogeneous student population, with 94.05% of students identifying as white in the 2022-2023 school year, the school has seen an increase in the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, from 11.56% in 2020-2021 to 29.76% in 2022-2023. This is still lower than the nearby Warren Elementary School and Moretown Elementary School, which range from 12.93% to 35.57% free and reduced lunch recipients. The school's spending per student ($13,958 in 2018-2019) is higher than the state average, and it has maintained a relatively low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 13.3 to 13.9 over the past three school years.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 3951 Main Street
       Waitsfield, VT  05673-9730


(802) 496-3643

District: Harwood Unified Union School District #60

SchoolDigger Rank:
1st of 113 Vermont Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,958 Help


Students who attend Waitsfield Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Crossett Brook Middle School
High:    Harwood Union Middle/High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.9 Help
Number of students:  168

Racial breakdown:

White:
94.0%
Hispanic:
4.2%
African American:
1.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  29.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Waitsfield Elementary School ranks better than 99.1% of elementary schools in Vermont. It also ranks first among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Harwood Unified Union School District #60! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.12. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (94%), Hispanic (4.2%), African American (1.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 29.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Harwood Unified Union School District #60. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Waitsfield Elementary School is 13.9. 3 elementary schools in the Harwood Unified Union School District #60 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Waitsfield Elementary School is $13,958. 3 elementary schools in the Harwood Unified Union School District #60 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Waitsfield Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Waitsfield Elementary School 1st of 113 Vermont public elementary schools. (See Waitsfield Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Harwood Unified Union School District #60:

SchoolDigger ranks Harwood Unified Union School District #60 2nd of 51 Vermont school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Waitsfield Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Waitsfield Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.47 24th 142 83.1%
2019 78.57 14th 138 89.9%
2021 89.35 7th 148 95.3%
2022 91.60 5th 133 96.2%
2023 92.12 1st 113 99.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Waitsfield Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 91.62 3rd 61 95.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Waitsfield Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 91.32 5th 62 91.9%
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Rank History for White students at Waitsfield Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.62 19th 117 83.8%
2019 77.90 17th 146 88.4%
2021 88.84 8th 147 94.6%
2022 94.59 2nd 145 98.6%
2023 93.95 2nd 133 98.5%
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Data source: test scores: Vermont Agency 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: Vermont Agency of Education

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Enrollment information for Waitsfield Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2018 129 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 135
2019 145 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 146
2020 134 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 137
2021 141 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 147
2022 152 1 1 2 0 0 3 0 159
2023 158 2 0 7 0 0 1 0 168

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 Waitsfield Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2018 135 10.8 12.4 25.2
2019 146 12.1 12.0 20.5
2020 137 11.5 11.8 19
2021 147 10.9 13.3 11.6
2022 159 11.5 13.8 23.3
2023 168 12.0 13.9 29.8

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 Waitsfield Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2018 135 10.8 12.4 25.2
2019 146 12.1 12.0 20.5
2020 137 11.5 11.8 19
2021 147 10.9 13.3 11.6
2022 159 11.5 13.8 23.3
2023 168 12.0 13.9 29.8

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 Waitsfield Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $337 (2.4%) $13,621 (97.6%) $13,958

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Waitsfield Elementary School

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 14th of 138 Elementary schoolsRanks 1st of 113 Elementary schools
 9.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
4th Grade English Language Arts (Waitsfield Elementary School)56.566.7
 10.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Vermont)50.644
 6.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Waitsfield Elementary School)65.280
 14.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Vermont)46.538.3
 8.2%
5th Grade Science (Waitsfield Elementary School)38.858.3
 19.5%
   5th Grade Science (Vermont)37.235.1
 2.2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Waitsfield Elementary School)77.780
 2.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Vermont)52.743.8
 8.9%
6th Grade Mathematics (Waitsfield Elementary School)66.680
 13.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Vermont)38.530.2
 8.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students146168
 15.1%
African American02
American Indian00
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic07
Pacific Islander00
White145158
 9%
Two or More Races01
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients20.5%29.8%
 9.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Waitsfield Elementary School

Students at Waitsfield Elementary School are 94% White, 4% Hispanic, 1% African American.

Students who attend Waitsfield Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Crossett Brook Middle School
High : Harwood Union Middle/High School

Yes! Waitsfield Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 1st of 113 Vermont elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 168 students attended Waitsfield Elementary School.


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

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