Finch Elementary

Summary:

Finch Elementary is a public elementary school in Spokane, Washington, serving 380 students in grades PK-5. The school stands out for its consistently strong academic performance, outpacing the Spokane School District and the state of Washington in standardized test scores across all grades and subjects.

Finch Elementary's academic excellence is particularly noteworthy in math, where 49.73% of students are proficient or better, compared to 37.57% for the Spokane School District and 41.04% for the state. The school also performs well in science, with 53.45% of students proficient or better, surpassing the district's 44.73% and the state's 48.75%. However, the school's student population is less racially diverse, with a higher percentage of White students (74.47%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 60.38% to 73.1% White students. Additionally, Finch Elementary serves a relatively more affluent student population, with a lower percentage of free and reduced-price lunch recipients (58.68%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 55.29% to 88.89%.

Despite Finch Elementary's strong academic performance, some nearby schools, such as Balboa Elementary and Westview Elementary, also demonstrate impressive results, suggesting opportunities for collaboration and sharing of best practices among the schools in the area to further improve educational outcomes for all students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 3717 N Milton St
       Spokane, WA  99205-2399


(509) 354-2600

District: Spokane School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
476th of 1,168 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,285 Help


Students who attend Finch Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Glover Middle School
High:    North Central High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.4 Help
Number of students:  380

Racial breakdown:

White:
74.5%
Hispanic:
11.1%
Two or more races:
10.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  58.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Finch Elementary ranks better than 59.2% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 13th among 36 ranked elementary schools in the Spokane School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 56.18. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (74.5%), Hispanic (11.1%), two or more races (10.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 58.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Finch Elementary is 12.4. 18 elementary schools in the Spokane School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Finch Elementary is $18,285, which is the 17th highest among 36 elementary schools in the Spokane School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Finch Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Finch Elementary 476th of 1168 Washington public elementary schools. (See Finch Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Spokane School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Spokane School District 131st of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Finch Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Finch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 60.22 380th 1026 63.0%
2005 79.89 162nd 1031 84.3%
2006 63.65 366th 1051 65.2%
2007 67.07 324th 1069 69.7%
2008 61.06 424th 1067 60.3%
2009 59.46 431st 1072 59.8%
2010 46.99 603rd 1088 44.6%
2011 50.47 562nd 1092 48.5%
2012 54.60 525th 1097 52.1%
2013 55.72 515th 1106 53.4%
2015 29.98 793rd 1067 25.7%
2016 48.45 553rd 1053 47.5%
2017 58.03 449th 1056 57.5%
2018 61.49 404th 1054 61.7%
2019 61.25 430th 1130 61.9%
2021 59.37 422nd 1107 61.9%
2022 59.96 426th 1169 63.6%
2023 56.18 476th 1169 59.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Finch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 63.09 109th 303 64.0%
2021 42.01 67th 128 47.7%
2022 50.35 133rd 252 47.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Finch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.91 487th 637 23.5%
2019 37.73 324th 566 42.8%
2021 40.61 101st 158 36.1%
2022 52.10 177th 478 63.0%
2023 40.89 181st 308 41.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Finch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.65 116th 835 86.1%
2019 71.90 177th 979 81.9%
2021 52.32 346th 854 59.5%
2022 56.04 385th 1019 62.2%
2023 70.02 235th 1013 76.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Finch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.71 381st 1004 62.1%
2019 64.12 386th 1068 63.9%
2021 54.27 421st 1008 58.2%
2022 60.27 404th 1100 63.3%
2023 46.50 563rd 1094 48.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Finch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.64 408th 999 59.2%
2019 58.64 434th 1075 59.6%
2021 63.25 345th 1025 66.3%
2022 60.03 404th 1113 63.7%
2023 62.79 373rd 1099 66.1%
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Rank History for White students at Finch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.64 456th 833 45.3%
2019 49.37 547th 1027 46.7%
2021 58.12 369th 943 60.9%
2022 55.90 436th 1031 57.7%
2023 50.58 486th 1011 51.9%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, 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 Finch Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 466 1 8 10 7 n/a n/a 0 492
1989 496 1 9 11 10 n/a n/a 0 527
1990 526 5 7 4 15 n/a n/a 0 557
1991 540 7 9 7 9 n/a n/a 0 572
1992 527 8 8 7 4 n/a n/a 0 554
1993 554 15 6 8 3 n/a n/a 0 586
1995 576 21 10 10 7 n/a n/a 0 624
1996 576 21 10 10 7 n/a n/a 0 624
1997 595 22 11 7 10 n/a n/a 0 645
1998 569 10 11 11 9 n/a n/a 0 610
1999 591 11 12 19 11 n/a n/a 0 644
2000 602 10 9 17 6 n/a n/a 0 644
2001 568 12 8 11 8 n/a n/a 0 607
2002 535 15 16 13 5 n/a n/a 0 584
2003 535 15 16 13 5 n/a n/a 0 584
2004 524 20 12 14 11 n/a n/a 0 581
2005 543 24 10 8 13 n/a n/a 4 602
2006 536 12 8 16 17 n/a n/a 14 603
2007 499 10 15 14 25 n/a n/a 25 588
2008 468 9 16 19 25 n/a n/a 42 579
2009 474 10 13 26 30 n/a n/a 45 598
2010 455 8 7 23 31 n/a n/a 44 568
2011 500 11 4 15 17 3 33 0 583
2012 448 11 3 28 11 2 45 0 548
2013 418 10 3 36 7 0 46 0 520
2014 413 8 2 38 6 0 58 0 525
2015 411 8 3 39 2 0 61 0 524
2016 441 9 1 40 2 0 55 0 548
2017 434 9 0 47 3 0 52 0 545
2018 415 7 1 52 4 0 56 0 535
2019 403 6 2 56 2 0 58 0 527
2020 388 6 4 54 3 0 52 0 507
2021 350 4 4 54 3 0 54 0 469
2022 338 9 1 51 7 0 59 0 465
2023 283 9 0 42 6 0 40 0 380

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 Finch Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 492 22.0 22.3 0
1989 527 23.0 22.9 n/a
1990 557 22.5 24.7 0
1991 572 23.5 24.3 n/a
1992 554 24.0 23.0 n/a
1993 586 25.0 23.4 n/a
1995 624 25.5 24.5 n/a
1996 624 25.5 24.5 n/a
1997 645 27.0 23.9 n/a
1998 610 26.5 23.0 n/a
1999 644 26.9 23.9 n/a
2000 644 28.0 23.0 n/a
2001 607 29.0 20.9 n/a
2002 584 29.2 20.0 37.2
2003 584 29.2 20.0 37.2
2004 581 28.0 20.8 42.5
2005 602 27.5 21.9 44.8
2006 603 27.9 21.6 49.2
2007 588 27.5 21.4 46.7
2008 579 27.0 21.4 48.6
2009 598 27.0 22.1 55
2010 568 26.6 21.3 57.4
2011 583 25.5 22.8 49.6
2012 548 24.0 22.7 53.1
2013 520 26.3 19.7 51.9
2014 525 n/a n/a 57.7
2015 524 32.0 16.3 53.1
2016 548 30.0 18.2 52.4
2017 545 32.3 16.8 54.9
2018 535 33.1 16.1 54.6
2019 527 32.2 16.3 54.3
2020 507 31.6 16.0 51.3
2021 469 29.7 15.7 45.6
2022 465 34.8 13.3 49.7
2023 380 30.6 12.4 58.7

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 Finch Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 492 22.0 22.3 0
1989 527 23.0 22.9 n/a
1990 557 22.5 24.7 0
1991 572 23.5 24.3 n/a
1992 554 24.0 23.0 n/a
1993 586 25.0 23.4 n/a
1995 624 25.5 24.5 n/a
1996 624 25.5 24.5 n/a
1997 645 27.0 23.9 n/a
1998 610 26.5 23.0 n/a
1999 644 26.9 23.9 n/a
2000 644 28.0 23.0 n/a
2001 607 29.0 20.9 n/a
2002 584 29.2 20.0 37.2
2003 584 29.2 20.0 37.2
2004 581 28.0 20.8 42.5
2005 602 27.5 21.9 44.8
2006 603 27.9 21.6 49.2
2007 588 27.5 21.4 46.7
2008 579 27.0 21.4 48.6
2009 598 27.0 22.1 55
2010 568 26.6 21.3 57.4
2011 583 25.5 22.8 49.6
2012 548 24.0 22.7 53.1
2013 520 26.3 19.7 51.9
2014 525 n/a n/a 57.7
2015 524 32.0 16.3 53.1
2016 548 30.0 18.2 52.4
2017 545 32.3 16.8 54.9
2018 535 33.1 16.1 54.6
2019 527 32.2 16.3 54.3
2020 507 31.6 16.0 51.3
2021 469 29.7 15.7 45.6
2022 465 34.8 13.3 49.7
2023 380 30.6 12.4 58.7

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

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201685.7%1.1%1.1%0.0%91.2%90.1%89.0%85.7%92.3%90.1%
201793.1%1.4%0.0%0.0%6.9%95.8%95.8%95.8%93.1%95.8%95.8%
201893.9%1.5%0.0%1.5%3.1%95.4%93.9%96.9%93.9%93.9%93.9%
201998.5%0.0%0.0%0.0%1.5%100.0%98.5%98.5%98.5%100.0%98.5%
202092.3%3.9%0.0%2.6%1.3%94.9%96.2%94.9%94.9%96.2%96.2%96.2%96.2%96.2%
202195.6%2.9%0.0%0.0%1.5%95.6%95.6%95.6%95.6%95.6%97.1%97.1%97.1%95.6%
202293.9%1.5%0.0%0.0%1.5%93.9%93.9%95.4%93.9%93.9%93.9%93.9%93.9%93.9%
202397.8%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%97.8%97.8%97.8%97.8%97.8%97.8%97.8%97.8%97.8%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

6th Grade Immunization Rates

Finch Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201892.2%1.6%0.0%0.0%6.3%98.4%98.4%98.4%92.2%96.9%98.4%
201989.7%1.3%3.9%0.0%5.1%93.6%93.6%94.9%92.3%93.6%93.6%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201993.4%1.3%1.1%4.6%96.2%96.0%96.2%94.1%96.2%96.0%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Finch Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $731 (5.0%) $13,777 (95.0%) $14,509
2020 $798 (7.0%) $10,533 (93.0%) $11,331
2021 $612 (3.7%) $16,008 (96.3%) $16,619
2022 $2,035 (11.1%) $16,250 (88.9%) $18,285

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

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 430th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 476th of 1169 Elementary schools
 2.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Finch Elementary)71.256.1
 15.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Spokane School District)51.544.2
 7.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.348.9
 7.4%
3rd Grade Math (Finch Elementary)74.369.7
 4.6%
   3rd Grade Math (Spokane School District)54.747.7
 7%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Finch Elementary)51.955
 3.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Spokane School District)52.549.1
 3.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.750.1
 7.6%
4th Grade Math (Finch Elementary)58.543.3
 15.2%
   4th Grade Math (Spokane School District)50.846.4
 4.5%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)54.949.4
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Finch Elementary)60.952.5
 8.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Spokane School District)56.950.4
 6.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)61.353.8
 7.6%
5th Grade Math (Finch Elementary)48.933.9
 15%
   5th Grade Math (Spokane School District)45.737.5
 8.2%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Finch Elementary)53.353.5
 0.2%
   5th Grade Science (Spokane School District)51.350.1
 1.2%
   5th Grade Science (Washington)54.152.3
 1.8%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Finch Elementary)6462.1
 1.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Spokane School District)59.147.3
 11.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.846
 11.8%
6th Grade Math (Finch Elementary)54.745.8
 8.9%
   6th Grade Math (Spokane School District)47.834.4
 13.4%
   6th Grade Math (Washington)47.735.9
 11.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Finch Elementary)61.754.6
 7.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Spokane School District)57.449.6
 7.8%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Finch Elementary)58.549.7
 8.8%
   All Grades Math (Spokane School District)46.637.6
 9%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Finch Elementary)53.353.5
 0.2%
   All Grades Science (Spokane School District)51.944.7
 7.1%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students527380
 27.9%
African American69
 50%
American Indian26
 200%
Asian20
 100%
Hispanic5642
 25%
Pacific Islander00
White403283
 29.8%
Two or More Races5840
 31%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients54.3%58.7%
 4.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Finch Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 380 students attended Finch Elementary.

Students at Finch Elementary are 74% White, 11% Hispanic, 11% Two or more races, 2% African American, 2% American Indian.

Students who attend Finch Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Glover Middle School
High : North Central High School

Finch Elementary ranks 476th of 1168 Washington elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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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.

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