Willard Elementary

Summary:

Willard Elementary is a public elementary school in Spokane, Washington, serving 403 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Spokane School District, which is ranked 131 out of 249 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Willard Elementary has consistently ranked in the bottom quarter of Washington elementary schools for the past 7 years, with significantly lower academic performance compared to the district and state averages. In 2022-2023, only 31.5% of Willard students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, and just 31.66% were proficient or better in math, compared to 49.64% and 37.57% for the district, respectively. The school also serves a higher percentage of minority and low-income students, with 62.53% White, 9.43% Hispanic, 2.98% African American, and 80.4% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.

When compared to nearby schools like Finch Elementary, Spokane Public Montessori, and Madison Elementary, Willard Elementary consistently ranks lower in academic performance, despite having a higher per-student spending and lower student-teacher ratio. This suggests that the challenges faced by Willard Elementary may not be solely due to resource constraints, but rather a more complex combination of factors, including student demographics, school culture, and instructional practices.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 500 W Longfellow Ave
       Spokane, WA  99205-1140


(509) 354-4444

District: Spokane School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
972nd of 1,168 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,633 Help


Students who attend Willard Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Glover Middle School
High:    North Central High School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.2 Help
Number of students:  403

Racial breakdown:

White:
62.5%
Two or more races:
17.1%
Hispanic:
9.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  80.4% Help


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Compare Details Willard Elementary ranks worse than 83.2% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 26th 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 20.2. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (62.5%), two or more races (17.1%), Hispanic (9.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 80.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Willard Elementary is 11.2, which is the 8th best among 36 elementary schools in the Spokane School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Willard Elementary is $17,633. 21 elementary schools in the Spokane School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Willard Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Willard Elementary 972nd of 1168 Washington public elementary schools. (See Willard 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 Willard Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Willard Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 23.93 839th 1026 18.2%
2005 54.30 483rd 1031 53.2%
2006 42.08 647th 1051 38.4%
2007 32.29 778th 1069 27.2%
2008 59.28 446th 1067 58.2%
2009 50.64 549th 1072 48.8%
2010 48.44 587th 1088 46.0%
2011 58.30 458th 1092 58.1%
2012 49.45 590th 1097 46.2%
2013 46.47 650th 1106 41.2%
2015 46.00 589th 1067 44.8%
2016 37.98 688th 1053 34.7%
2017 31.99 749th 1056 29.1%
2018 26.06 812th 1054 23.0%
2019 28.93 846th 1130 25.1%
2021 34.14 701st 1107 36.7%
2022 19.52 974th 1169 16.7%
2023 20.20 973rd 1169 16.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Willard Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.17 185th 212 12.7%
2019 9.85 287th 303 5.3%
2021 17.76 111th 128 13.3%
2022 6.65 251st 252 0.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Willard Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.77 316th 637 50.4%
2019 23.95 469th 566 17.1%
2021 14.44 157th 158 0.6%
2022 34.85 314th 478 34.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Willard Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.58 585th 835 29.9%
2019 50.44 500th 979 48.9%
2021 50.65 365th 854 57.3%
2022 32.76 730th 1019 28.4%
2023 35.17 700th 1013 30.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Willard Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.18 804th 1004 19.9%
2019 30.89 791st 1068 25.9%
2021 47.25 493rd 1008 51.1%
2022 28.36 807th 1100 26.6%
2023 20.72 900th 1094 17.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Willard Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.06 725th 999 27.4%
2019 28.06 806th 1075 25.0%
2021 25.45 772nd 1025 24.7%
2022 17.11 970th 1113 12.8%
2023 25.40 847th 1099 22.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Willard Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 58.39 258th 697 63.0%
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Rank History for White students at Willard Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.45 720th 833 13.6%
2019 30.36 791st 1027 23.0%
2021 32.72 656th 943 30.4%
2022 12.77 965th 1031 6.4%
2023 15.46 915th 1011 9.5%
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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.

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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Willard Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 507 8 17 8 22 n/a n/a 0 562
1989 540 22 6 4 19 n/a n/a 0 591
1990 537 14 14 6 19 n/a n/a 0 590
1991 554 15 19 6 18 n/a n/a 0 612
1992 595 12 21 13 14 n/a n/a 0 655
1993 575 12 23 17 15 n/a n/a 0 642
1994 586 10 16 18 26 n/a n/a 0 656
1995 579 21 21 19 32 n/a n/a 0 672
1996 579 21 21 19 32 n/a n/a 0 672
1997 596 19 15 20 29 n/a n/a 0 679
1998 604 23 19 16 24 n/a n/a 0 686
1999 585 22 17 16 21 n/a n/a 0 661
2000 588 29 20 20 16 n/a n/a 0 673
2001 583 35 25 21 13 n/a n/a 0 677
2002 544 36 4 23 18 n/a n/a 0 625
2003 544 36 4 23 18 n/a n/a 0 625
2004 533 25 5 31 27 n/a n/a 0 621
2005 556 27 12 33 22 n/a n/a 0 650
2006 527 28 8 40 16 n/a n/a 14 633
2007 474 25 17 39 22 n/a n/a 28 605
2008 460 24 16 34 21 n/a n/a 25 580
2009 458 26 16 34 24 n/a n/a 34 592
2010 406 18 9 25 13 n/a n/a 54 525
2011 444 16 8 32 18 5 32 0 555
2012 370 13 12 48 11 7 58 0 519
2013 387 23 7 79 11 9 91 0 607
2014 372 23 6 66 14 8 96 0 585
2015 350 25 3 63 16 4 94 0 555
2016 359 31 2 53 16 3 82 0 546
2017 397 27 2 55 16 0 78 0 575
2018 358 34 1 53 11 2 74 0 533
2019 314 32 0 58 10 3 88 3 508
2020 341 21 2 60 13 7 80 0 524
2021 338 18 2 55 10 11 81 1 516
2022 323 19 6 45 12 13 80 1 499
2023 252 12 8 38 9 14 69 1 403

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 Willard Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 562 25.0 22.4 0
1989 591 26.0 22.7 n/a
1990 590 25.0 23.6 0
1991 612 25.5 24.0 n/a
1992 655 27.8 23.5 n/a
1993 642 29.0 22.1 n/a
1994 656 28.0 23.4 n/a
1995 672 27.0 24.9 n/a
1996 672 27.0 24.9 n/a
1997 679 28.5 23.8 n/a
1998 686 30.0 22.9 n/a
1999 661 31.5 21.0 n/a
2000 673 32.0 21.0 n/a
2001 677 31.0 21.8 n/a
2002 625 29.5 21.2 59.2
2003 625 29.5 21.2 59.2
2004 621 31.0 20.0 63
2005 650 30.9 21.0 64.3
2006 633 30.9 20.5 64.6
2007 605 32.0 18.9 65.2
2008 580 30.1 19.3 65
2009 592 30.1 19.7 67.6
2010 525 28.2 18.6 76.4
2011 555 27.5 20.1 60.7
2012 519 26.2 19.7 75.9
2013 607 33.1 18.3 75.6
2014 585 n/a n/a 80
2015 555 38.0 14.6 80.4
2016 546 36.0 15.1 79.3
2017 575 36.5 15.7 77.6
2018 533 36.7 14.4 79
2019 508 36.2 14.0 81.1
2020 524 36.4 14.3 79
2021 516 33.0 15.6 74
2022 499 37.8 13.1 75.8
2023 403 35.9 11.2 80.4

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 Willard Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 562 25.0 22.4 0
1989 591 26.0 22.7 n/a
1990 590 25.0 23.6 0
1991 612 25.5 24.0 n/a
1992 655 27.8 23.5 n/a
1993 642 29.0 22.1 n/a
1994 656 28.0 23.4 n/a
1995 672 27.0 24.9 n/a
1996 672 27.0 24.9 n/a
1997 679 28.5 23.8 n/a
1998 686 30.0 22.9 n/a
1999 661 31.5 21.0 n/a
2000 673 32.0 21.0 n/a
2001 677 31.0 21.8 n/a
2002 625 29.5 21.2 59.2
2003 625 29.5 21.2 59.2
2004 621 31.0 20.0 63
2005 650 30.9 21.0 64.3
2006 633 30.9 20.5 64.6
2007 605 32.0 18.9 65.2
2008 580 30.1 19.3 65
2009 592 30.1 19.7 67.6
2010 525 28.2 18.6 76.4
2011 555 27.5 20.1 60.7
2012 519 26.2 19.7 75.9
2013 607 33.1 18.3 75.6
2014 585 n/a n/a 80
2015 555 38.0 14.6 80.4
2016 546 36.0 15.1 79.3
2017 575 36.5 15.7 77.6
2018 533 36.7 14.4 79
2019 508 36.2 14.0 81.1
2020 524 36.4 14.3 79
2021 516 33.0 15.6 74
2022 499 37.8 13.1 75.8
2023 403 35.9 11.2 80.4

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201683.1%0.0%2.4%3.6%89.2%86.7%89.2%86.7%89.2%86.7%
201790.0%1.1%4.4%2.2%2.2%94.4%91.1%94.4%93.3%94.4%91.1%
201893.6%0.0%0.0%1.3%3.9%94.9%94.9%93.6%94.9%94.9%94.9%
201993.5%0.0%1.3%0.0%3.9%93.5%92.2%92.2%93.5%96.1%92.2%
202095.2%1.2%0.0%0.0%3.6%97.6%98.8%97.6%97.6%98.8%100.0%100.0%100.0%98.8%
202193.3%1.3%0.0%0.0%1.3%94.7%93.3%96.0%96.0%93.3%96.0%96.0%96.0%93.3%
202290.7%4.0%2.7%1.3%4.0%90.7%92.0%94.7%92.0%92.0%94.7%94.7%94.7%92.0%
202387.1%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%87.1%87.1%91.9%87.1%87.1%88.7%88.7%88.7%87.1%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

6th Grade Immunization Rates

Willard Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201894.9%0.0%2.6%0.0%2.6%98.7%96.2%97.4%98.7%98.7%96.2%
201989.2%1.5%4.6%0.0%1.5%95.4%92.3%93.9%96.9%96.9%92.3%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

Willard Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201993.8%0.6%1.6%3.3%96.3%96.1%95.7%95.9%96.3%96.1%

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

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,071 (6.9%) $14,390 (93.1%) $15,461
2020 $1,090 (9.8%) $10,077 (90.2%) $11,166
2021 $1,072 (6.6%) $15,057 (93.4%) $16,128
2022 $2,593 (14.7%) $15,040 (85.3%) $17,633

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Willard Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 846th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 973rd of 1169 Elementary schools
 8.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Willard Elementary)41.330.2
 11.2%
   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 (Willard Elementary)48.739.7
 9%
   3rd Grade Math (Spokane School District)54.747.7
 7%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Willard Elementary)43.337.8
 5.4%
   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 (Willard Elementary)39.434.3
 5.1%
   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 (Willard Elementary)47.125.4
 21.7%
   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 (Willard Elementary)4020.6
 19.4%
   5th Grade Math (Spokane School District)45.737.5
 8.2%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Willard Elementary)42.336.4
 5.9%
   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 (Willard Elementary)51.630.5
 21.1%
   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 (Willard Elementary)42.925.9
 17%
   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 (Willard Elementary)45.731.5
 14.2%
   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 (Willard Elementary)42.931.7
 11.2%
   All Grades Math (Spokane School District)46.637.6
 9%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Willard Elementary)42.336.4
 5.9%
   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 Students508403
 20.7%
African American3212
 62.5%
American Indian109
 10%
Asian08
Hispanic5838
 34.5%
Pacific Islander314
 366.7%
White314252
 19.7%
Two or More Races8869
 21.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients81.1%80.4%
 0.7%


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Students who attend Willard Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Glover Middle School
High : North Central High School

Willard Elementary ranks in the bottom 16.8% of Washington elementary schools.

Students at Willard Elementary are 63% White, 17% Two or more races, 9% Hispanic, 3% Pacific Islander, 3% African American, 2% American Indian, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 403 students attended Willard Elementary.


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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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