Helen Stafford Elementary School

Public PK, KG-5

 1615 South 92nd St
       Tacoma, WA  98444


(253) 571-4300

District: Tacoma School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1027th of 1,169 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,045 Help


Students who attend Helen Stafford Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Baker Middle School
High:    Mount Tahoma High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.1 Help
Number of students:  451

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
26.2%
Asian:
22.4%
White:
17.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  70.7% Help


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Compare Details Helen Stafford Elementary School ranks worse than 87.9% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 29th among 35 ranked elementary schools in the Tacoma School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.38. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Helen Stafford Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (26.2%), Asian (22.4%), White (17.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 70.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Helen Stafford Elementary School is 16.1. 19 elementary schools in the Tacoma School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Helen Stafford Elementary School is $19,045. 28 elementary schools in the Tacoma School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Helen Stafford Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Helen Stafford Elementary School 1027th of 1169 Washington public elementary schools. (See Helen Stafford Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


Multi-racial students:
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Tacoma School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Tacoma School District 150th of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Helen Stafford Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 20.51 912th 1072 14.9%
2010 35.45 758th 1088 30.3%
2011 33.70 797th 1092 27.0%
2012 43.39 670th 1097 38.9%
2013 57.83 479th 1106 56.7%
2015 48.70 553rd 1067 48.2%
2016 48.88 549th 1053 47.9%
2017 45.66 585th 1056 44.6%
2018 32.50 732nd 1054 30.6%
2019 38.37 716th 1130 36.6%
2021 10.48 1030th 1107 7.0%
2022 14.69 1033rd 1169 11.6%
2023 16.38 1027th 1169 12.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 39.35 205th 303 32.3%
2023 37.96 124th 194 36.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.07 59th 333 82.3%
2019 62.22 45th 248 81.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.84 437th 637 31.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.08 440th 835 47.3%
2019 57.61 405th 979 58.6%
2022 17.99 923rd 1019 9.4%
2023 22.49 872nd 1013 13.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.98 776th 1004 22.7%
2019 30.04 802nd 1068 24.9%
2021 8.24 982nd 1008 2.6%
2022 13.21 1007th 1100 8.5%
2023 13.56 996th 1094 9.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.47 600th 999 39.9%
2019 47.00 583rd 1075 45.8%
2021 12.01 952nd 1025 7.1%
2022 16.66 973rd 1113 12.6%
2023 22.92 880th 1099 19.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.76 151st 169 10.7%
2019 36.30 136th 201 32.3%
2021 10.86 120th 131 8.4%
2022 13.55 173rd 187 7.5%
2023 8.92 162nd 170 4.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.42 60th 107 43.9%
2019 68.70 24th 110 78.2%
2022 21.82 100th 108 7.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.07 186th 540 65.6%
2019 58.22 259th 697 62.8%
2022 21.81 603rd 694 13.1%
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Rank History for White students at Helen Stafford Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.62 519th 833 37.7%
2019 39.21 690th 1027 32.8%
2021 14.58 851st 943 9.8%
2022 11.07 983rd 1031 4.7%
2023 43.10 570th 1011 43.6%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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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 Helen Stafford Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2007 86 89 110 55 2 n/a n/a 0 342
2008 110 106 130 76 3 n/a n/a 0 425
2009 96 115 143 93 7 n/a n/a 0 454
2010 95 96 137 94 2 n/a n/a 0 424
2011 90 78 120 99 1 20 10 0 418
2012 95 67 139 113 1 12 25 0 452
2013 74 59 133 125 4 10 51 0 456
2014 88 60 134 142 1 18 54 0 497
2015 93 51 137 139 2 31 66 0 519
2016 96 68 121 138 5 21 69 0 518
2017 95 72 114 137 4 23 68 0 513
2018 95 69 108 142 9 29 65 0 517
2019 109 55 118 151 10 28 63 0 534
2020 95 68 102 139 12 43 77 0 536
2021 82 70 87 120 7 33 61 0 460
2022 78 67 84 106 3 23 63 0 424
2023 78 64 101 118 3 33 54 0 451

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

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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 Helen Stafford Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 342 16.3 21.0 n/a
2008 425 20.3 20.9 65.2
2009 454 20.3 22.4 72.9
2010 424 25.7 16.4 75.2
2011 418 24.9 16.7 62
2012 452 24.2 18.6 51.8
2013 456 25.2 18.0 77
2014 497 n/a n/a 75.9
2015 519 33.0 15.7 78.2
2016 518 30.0 17.2 78
2017 513 30.8 16.6 74.9
2018 517 30.7 16.8 73.5
2019 534 30.4 17.5 65.5
2020 536 30.0 17.8 69.4
2021 460 26.5 17.3 75
2022 424 26.9 15.7 n/a
2023 451 27.8 16.1 70.7

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 Helen Stafford Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 342 16.3 21.0 n/a
2008 425 20.3 20.9 65.2
2009 454 20.3 22.4 72.9
2010 424 25.7 16.4 75.2
2011 418 24.9 16.7 62
2012 452 24.2 18.6 51.8
2013 456 25.2 18.0 77
2014 497 n/a n/a 75.9
2015 519 33.0 15.7 78.2
2016 518 30.0 17.2 78
2017 513 30.8 16.6 74.9
2018 517 30.7 16.8 73.5
2019 534 30.4 17.5 65.5
2020 536 30.0 17.8 69.4
2021 460 26.5 17.3 75
2022 424 26.9 15.7 n/a
2023 451 27.8 16.1 70.7

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

Helen Stafford Elementary School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201697.6%0.0%0.0%0.0%98.8%97.6%100.0%97.6%97.6%100.0%
201788.8%0.0%0.0%1.3%2.5%93.8%93.8%93.8%91.3%93.8%98.8%
201882.1%0.0%1.5%0.0%1.5%91.0%88.1%95.5%88.1%83.6%98.5%
201992.5%0.0%0.0%0.0%1.5%94.0%94.0%95.5%92.5%92.5%98.5%
202096.1%2.6%0.0%0.0%0.0%96.1%96.1%96.1%97.4%96.1%97.4%97.4%97.4%96.1%
202192.5%3.0%0.0%3.0%1.5%94.0%94.0%97.0%95.5%94.0%95.5%95.5%95.5%94.0%
202291.4%2.5%0.0%3.7%1.2%95.1%93.8%96.3%92.6%93.8%93.8%93.8%93.8%93.8%
202391.6%0.0%0.0%2.8%0.0%95.8%94.4%94.4%95.8%94.4%95.8%95.8%95.8%94.4%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

Helen Stafford Elementary School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201995.4%0.2%0.4%1.5%97.9%97.9%97.9%97.7%97.7%98.5%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Helen Stafford Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,138 (6.8%) $15,614 (93.2%) $16,751
2020 $1,408 (11.3%) $11,048 (88.7%) $12,455
2021 $2,043 (12.5%) $14,315 (87.5%) $16,358
2022 $2,042 (10.7%) $17,003 (89.3%) $19,044

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Helen Stafford 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 716th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 1027th of 1169 Elementary schools
 24.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Helen Stafford Elementary School)31.112.1
 19%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Tacoma School District)51.643.7
 7.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.348.9
 7.4%
3rd Grade Math (Helen Stafford Elementary School)60.46.1
 54.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Tacoma School District)52.543.4
 9.1%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Helen Stafford Elementary School)51.836.2
 15.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Tacoma School District)55.546.3
 9.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.750.1
 7.6%
4th Grade Math (Helen Stafford Elementary School)57.844.9
 12.9%
   4th Grade Math (Tacoma School District)48.241
 7.2%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)54.949.4
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Helen Stafford Elementary School)50.629.9
 20.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Tacoma School District)60.350.2
 10.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)61.353.8
 7.6%
5th Grade Math (Helen Stafford Elementary School)48.227.3
 21%
   5th Grade Math (Tacoma School District)4332.6
 10.3%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Helen Stafford Elementary School)42.422.7
 19.6%
   5th Grade Science (Tacoma School District)48.444.3
 4.1%
   5th Grade Science (Washington)54.152.3
 1.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Helen Stafford Elementary School)44.226.2
 18%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Tacoma School District)53.447.2
 6.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Helen Stafford Elementary School)55.626.4
 29.2%
   All Grades Math (Tacoma School District)39.430.5
 8.9%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Helen Stafford Elementary School)42.422.7
 19.6%
   All Grades Science (Tacoma School District)45.640
 5.6%
   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 Students534451
 15.5%
African American5564
 16.4%
American Indian103
 70%
Asian118101
 14.4%
Hispanic151118
 21.9%
Pacific Islander2833
 17.9%
White10978
 28.4%
Two or More Races6354
 14.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients65.5%70.7%
 5.2%


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Students who attend Helen Stafford Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Baker Middle School
High : Mount Tahoma High School

Helen Stafford Elementary School ranks in the bottom 12.1% of Washington elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 451 students attended Helen Stafford Elementary School.

Students at Helen Stafford Elementary School are 26% Hispanic, 22% Asian, 17% White, 14% African American, 12% Two or more races, 7% Pacific Islander.


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