Northern Heights Elementary School

Public PK, KG-5

 4000 Magrath Rd
       Bellingham, WA  98226-1729


(360) 647-6820

District: Bellingham School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
564th of 1,107 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,569 Help

Students who attend Northern Heights Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Shuksan Middle School
High:    Squalicum High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.1
Number of students:  359

Immunizations:

Fully immunized:
90.7%
Measles:
92.6%
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Racial breakdown:

White:
59.3%
Hispanic:
15.3%
Two or more races:
15.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  29.2%

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We updated the 2020-21 rankings and test scores for this school on Friday, February 11, 2022.

*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on standardized testing and the number of schools reporting results are lower.
NOTE: 2021 rankings for Washington schools were revised on May 28th after a revision of test scores was released by the Washington Office of Superindendent of Public Instruction.



Performance Trends
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Compare Details Northern Heights Elementary School ranks worse than 50.9% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 10th among 14 ranked elementary schools in the Bellingham School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.53. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Northern Heights Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (59.3%), Hispanic (15.3%), two or more races (15.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 29.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Northern Heights Elementary School is 15.1. 10 elementary schools in the Bellingham School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Northern Heights Elementary School is $10,569. 8 elementary schools in the Bellingham School District spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Northern Heights Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Northern Heights Elementary School 564th of 1107 Washington public elementary schools. (See Northern Heights Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Bellingham School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Bellingham School District 76th of 239 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Northern Heights Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 52.43 496th 1026 51.7%
2005 46.61 576th 1031 44.1%
2006 46.83 589th 1051 44.0%
2007 62.14 403rd 1069 62.3%
2008 65.56 356th 1067 66.6%
2009 40.47 690th 1072 35.6%
2010 41.89 673rd 1088 38.1%
2011 40.19 694th 1092 36.4%
2012 52.08 563rd 1097 48.7%
2013 54.93 529th 1106 52.2%
2015 60.93 392nd 1067 63.3%
2016 51.62 515th 1053 51.1%
2017 42.54 620th 1056 41.3%
2018 40.15 635th 1054 39.8%
2019 32.24 804th 1136 29.2%
2021 43.53 564th 1107 49.1%

Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Enrollment information for Northern Heights Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 311 8 36 26 11 n/a n/a 0 392
2003 311 8 36 26 11 n/a n/a 0 392
2004 305 5 39 24 7 n/a n/a 0 380
2005 328 8 42 29 6 n/a n/a 8 421
2006 321 12 44 41 8 n/a n/a 27 453
2007 320 9 45 46 7 n/a n/a 38 465
2008 281 5 54 46 5 n/a n/a 38 429
2009 293 16 52 42 7 n/a n/a 49 459
2010 283 22 64 63 11 n/a n/a 0 443
2011 286 23 38 76 6 3 0 0 432
2012 297 28 46 60 7 0 0 0 438
2013 282 8 36 75 4 0 40 0 445
2014 304 5 36 76 6 1 43 0 471
2015 287 9 38 58 5 1 41 0 439
2016 252 12 33 51 4 2 45 0 399
2017 227 15 32 53 4 3 42 0 376
2018 251 16 28 73 5 3 49 0 425
2019 243 10 22 68 4 4 55 0 406
2020 230 6 21 60 7 4 61 1 390
2021 213 4 19 55 10 2 55 1 359

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 Northern Heights Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 392 18.5 21.2 31.6
2003 392 18.5 21.2 31.6
2004 380 18.0 21.1 28.4
2005 421 18.5 22.8 26.9
2006 453 20.5 22.1 35.7
2007 465 21.5 21.6 36.3
2008 429 21.5 20.0 34.8
2009 459 21.5 21.3 42.2
2010 443 19.5 22.7 35.7
2011 432 19.9 21.7 26.9
2012 438 20.9 20.9 38.8
2013 445 21.8 20.3 38.2
2014 471 n/a n/a 36.7
2015 439 26.0 16.8 34.9
2016 399 23.0 17.3 31.1
2017 376 23.7 15.8 32.2
2018 425 24.1 17.5 36.9
2019 406 24.3 16.7 33.5
2020 390 24.6 15.8 32.6
2021 359 23.7 15.1 29.2

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Northern Heights Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 392 18.5 21.2 31.6
2003 392 18.5 21.2 31.6
2004 380 18.0 21.1 28.4
2005 421 18.5 22.8 26.9
2006 453 20.5 22.1 35.7
2007 465 21.5 21.6 36.3
2008 429 21.5 20.0 34.8
2009 459 21.5 21.3 42.2
2010 443 19.5 22.7 35.7
2011 432 19.9 21.7 26.9
2012 438 20.9 20.9 38.8
2013 445 21.8 20.3 38.2
2014 471 n/a n/a 36.7
2015 439 26.0 16.8 34.9
2016 399 23.0 17.3 31.1
2017 376 23.7 15.8 32.2
2018 425 24.1 17.5 36.9
2019 406 24.3 16.7 33.5
2020 390 24.6 15.8 32.6
2021 359 23.7 15.1 29.2

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Northern Heights Elementary School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201698.2%0.0%0.0%1.8%98.2%100.0%98.2%98.2%100.0%100.0%
201790.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%6.0%92.0%92.0%98.0%90.0%92.0%92.0%
201990.7%0.0%0.0%3.7%5.6%92.6%94.4%94.4%92.6%92.6%94.4%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

Northern Heights Elementary School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201994.1%0.0%0.0%5.1%96.1%96.9%96.4%95.9%96.4%96.7%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Northern Heights Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $623 (4.2%) $14,307 (95.8%) $14,930
2020 $295 (2.8%) $10,275 (97.2%) $10,569

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Northern Heights 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
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Ranks 804th of 1136 Elementary schoolsRanks 564th of 1107 Elementary schools
 19.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
4th Grade English Language Arts (Northern Heights Elementary School)5043.8
 6.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Bellingham School District)50.844.8
 6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.945.8
 11.1%
4th Grade Math (Northern Heights Elementary School)46.842.2
 4.6%
   4th Grade Math (Bellingham School District)44.240.2
 4%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)5438.5
 15.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Northern Heights Elementary School)5036.2
 13.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Bellingham School District)60.649.8
 10.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)60.446.3
 14.1%
5th Grade Math (Northern Heights Elementary School)31.229.8
 1.4%
   5th Grade Math (Bellingham School District)42.337.3
 5%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)48.335.5
 12.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Northern Heights Elementary School)47.640.5
 7.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Bellingham School District)6250.5
 11.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)59.647.7
 11.9%
All Grades Math (Northern Heights Elementary School)41.236.9
 4.3%
   All Grades Math (Bellingham School District)4631.2
 14.8%
   All Grades Math (Washington)48.930.4
 18.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students406359
 11.6%
African American104
 60%
American Indian410
 150%
Asian2219
 13.6%
Hispanic6855
 19.1%
Pacific Islander42
 50%
Two or More Races5555
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients33.5%29.2%
 4.2%




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that school and district boundary data are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.





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