Johnston Elementary

Summary:

Johnston Elementary is a public elementary school in Appleton, Wisconsin, serving students from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the Appleton Area School District. While the school has a relatively diverse student population, it has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Wisconsin elementary schools and faces challenges with academic performance and chronic absenteeism.

Compared to nearby schools like Westside Elementary and Berry Elementary, Johnston Elementary has a higher percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, as indicated by its 55.56% free and reduced lunch rate. This may contribute to the school's higher chronic absenteeism rate of 12.2%, which is significantly higher than the nearby schools. Additionally, Johnston Elementary's academic performance on the Forward Exam is below the district and state averages in both English Language Arts and Mathematics across all grade levels.

While Johnston Elementary's diverse student population is a strength, the school's performance data suggests that certain subgroups, such as White, Asian, Hispanic, and male students, are struggling academically compared to their peers at other schools in the Appleton Area School District and the Kimberly Area School District. By addressing these challenges and learning from the successes of higher-performing nearby schools, Johnston Elementary may be able to improve the educational outcomes for its diverse student population.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 2725 E Forest St
       Appleton, WI  54915-3399


(920) 832-6265

District: Appleton Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
844th of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,410 Help


Students who attend Johnston Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Madison Middle
High:    East High

Student/teacher ratio:  13.5 Help
Number of students:  405

Racial breakdown:

White:
51.1%
Asian:
19.8%
Hispanic:
12.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  55.6% Help


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Compare Details Johnston Elementary ranks worse than 79.1% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks 19th among 20 ranked elementary schools in the Appleton Area School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 27.35. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Johnston Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (51.1%), Asian (19.8%), Hispanic (12.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 55.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Johnston Elementary is 13.5, which is the 10th best among 20 elementary schools in the Appleton Area School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Johnston Elementary is $11,410, which is the 10th highest among 20 elementary schools in the Appleton Area School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Johnston Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Johnston Elementary 844th of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See Johnston Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Appleton Area School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Appleton Area School District 221st of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Johnston Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 54.75 366th 633 42.2%
2005 51.78 388th 632 38.6%
2006 55.05 417th 712 41.4%
2007 24.50 582nd 689 15.5%
2008 46.75 691st 1021 32.3%
2009 47.48 674th 1030 34.6%
2010 44.98 729th 1045 30.2%
2011 47.38 716th 1046 31.5%
2012 33.95 851st 1045 18.6%
2013 44.96 700th 1053 33.5%
2014 40.60 756th 1061 28.7%
2015 47.19 671st 1076 37.6%
2016 36.44 768th 1075 28.6%
2017 24.56 875th 1071 18.3%
2018 24.70 842nd 1025 17.9%
2019 19.22 886th 1037 14.6%
2021 24.59 842nd 1050 19.8%
2022 33.73 778th 1067 27.1%
2023 27.35 844th 1067 20.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.88 243rd 287 15.3%
2019 24.32 246th 275 10.5%
2021 43.56 100th 222 55.0%
2022 40.82 144th 248 41.9%
2023 42.97 129th 249 48.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.54 331st 721 54.1%
2019 46.17 360th 742 51.5%
2021 27.54 570th 746 23.6%
2022 27.81 581st 748 22.3%
2023 35.93 496th 770 35.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.97 792nd 854 7.3%
2019 12.89 831st 874 4.9%
2021 18.67 761st 847 10.2%
2022 30.43 655th 859 23.7%
2023 31.15 672nd 871 22.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.81 833rd 997 16.4%
2019 19.31 858th 1002 14.4%
2021 31.41 757th 1004 24.6%
2022 29.02 785th 1017 22.8%
2023 25.34 807th 1010 20.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.75 781st 997 21.7%
2019 22.82 832nd 1002 17.0%
2021 22.21 831st 1003 17.1%
2022 42.60 661st 1017 35.0%
2023 32.33 749th 1011 25.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.69 102nd 107 4.7%
2019 16.02 113th 122 7.4%
2021 26.61 72nd 106 32.1%
2022 29.54 72nd 110 34.5%
2023 27.27 84th 116 27.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.17 71st 165 57.0%
2019 31.02 110th 161 31.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 37.26 170th 274 38.0%
2022 40.36 163rd 296 44.9%
2023 26.29 226th 290 22.1%
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Rank History for White students at Johnston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.98 533rd 686 22.3%
2019 19.27 634th 718 11.7%
2021 26.73 578th 699 17.3%
2022 31.12 535th 704 24.0%
2023 16.03 651st 715 9.0%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department 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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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Johnston Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 588 1 10 5 11 n/a n/a 0 615
1989 628 1 9 1 3 n/a n/a 0 642
1990 636 4 8 2 3 n/a n/a 0 653
1991 628 2 4 2 3 n/a n/a 0 639
1992 599 2 15 5 2 n/a n/a 0 623
1993 619 0 14 3 1 n/a n/a 0 637
1994 586 1 32 2 2 n/a n/a 0 623
1995 539 4 23 2 1 n/a n/a 0 569
1996 539 4 23 2 1 n/a n/a 0 569
1997 523 5 29 4 1 n/a n/a 0 562
1998 529 3 34 5 0 n/a n/a 0 571
1999 509 2 28 7 2 n/a n/a 0 548
2000 461 1 60 7 2 n/a n/a 0 531
2001 434 2 63 13 1 n/a n/a 0 513
2002 381 9 80 29 2 n/a n/a 0 501
2003 381 9 80 29 2 n/a n/a 0 501
2004 381 8 72 29 1 n/a n/a 0 491
2005 361 17 69 27 4 n/a n/a 0 478
2006 430 25 79 32 2 n/a n/a 0 568
2007 364 15 75 34 2 n/a n/a 0 490
2008 370 15 82 35 3 n/a n/a 0 505
2009 388 13 80 34 1 n/a n/a 0 516
2010 377 9 73 36 1 n/a n/a 0 496
2011 356 16 72 43 3 0 0 0 490
2012 340 22 77 41 1 0 0 0 481
2013 341 18 90 38 2 0 0 0 489
2014 311 26 85 42 3 0 0 0 467
2015 329 43 99 40 5 0 0 0 516
2016 299 31 97 46 4 1 6 0 484
2017 295 37 91 50 5 0 19 0 497
2018 262 31 82 52 3 0 20 0 450
2019 262 34 87 57 4 1 27 0 472
2020 240 30 79 58 4 0 24 0 435
2021 202 31 67 52 5 0 26 0 383
2022 198 33 76 55 4 0 31 0 397
2023 207 34 80 49 5 0 30 0 405

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 Johnston Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 615 33.1 18.5 0
1989 642 32.6 19.6 0
1990 653 32.0 20.4 0
1991 639 31.0 20.6 4.4
1992 623 32.5 19.1 7.2
1993 637 29.3 21.7 9.4
1994 623 28.8 21.6 10.6
1995 569 28.6 19.9 11.4
1996 569 28.6 19.9 11.4
1997 562 27.5 20.4 11.6
1998 571 29.0 19.7 11.7
1999 548 29.1 18.8 17.9
2000 531 28.3 18.8 18.6
2001 513 32.2 15.9 18.3
2002 501 33.0 15.2 22.4
2003 501 33.0 15.2 22.4
2004 491 30.6 16.0 29.1
2005 478 29.8 16.0 n/a
2006 568 32.7 17.4 n/a
2007 490 30.8 15.9 32.4
2008 505 30.7 16.4 36
2009 516 30.7 16.8 40.9
2010 496 28.3 17.5 43.3
2011 490 30.7 15.9 42.4
2012 481 30.4 15.8 47.8
2013 489 32.2 15.1 39.9
2014 467 31.4 14.8 47.8
2015 516 n/a n/a 41.7
2016 484 34.0 14.2 49.2
2017 497 34.7 14.3 49.7
2018 450 33.7 13.3 50
2019 472 32.7 14.4 53.8
2020 435 32.3 13.4 58.6
2021 383 31.2 12.2 56.7
2022 397 30.9 12.8 52.9
2023 405 29.7 13.5 55.6

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 Johnston Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 615 33.1 18.5 0
1989 642 32.6 19.6 0
1990 653 32.0 20.4 0
1991 639 31.0 20.6 4.4
1992 623 32.5 19.1 7.2
1993 637 29.3 21.7 9.4
1994 623 28.8 21.6 10.6
1995 569 28.6 19.9 11.4
1996 569 28.6 19.9 11.4
1997 562 27.5 20.4 11.6
1998 571 29.0 19.7 11.7
1999 548 29.1 18.8 17.9
2000 531 28.3 18.8 18.6
2001 513 32.2 15.9 18.3
2002 501 33.0 15.2 22.4
2003 501 33.0 15.2 22.4
2004 491 30.6 16.0 29.1
2005 478 29.8 16.0 n/a
2006 568 32.7 17.4 n/a
2007 490 30.8 15.9 32.4
2008 505 30.7 16.4 36
2009 516 30.7 16.8 40.9
2010 496 28.3 17.5 43.3
2011 490 30.7 15.9 42.4
2012 481 30.4 15.8 47.8
2013 489 32.2 15.1 39.9
2014 467 31.4 14.8 47.8
2015 516 n/a n/a 41.7
2016 484 34.0 14.2 49.2
2017 497 34.7 14.3 49.7
2018 450 33.7 13.3 50
2019 472 32.7 14.4 53.8
2020 435 32.3 13.4 58.6
2021 383 31.2 12.2 56.7
2022 397 30.9 12.8 52.9
2023 405 29.7 13.5 55.6

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Johnston Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $846 (7.4%) $10,509 (92.5%) $11,356
2020 $422 (4.1%) $9,929 (95.9%) $10,351
2021 $911 (8.0%) $10,499 (92.0%) $11,410

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Johnston Elementary

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 886th of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 844th of 1067 Elementary schools
 6.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Johnston Elementary)15.428.3
 12.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Appleton Area School District)30.137.9
 7.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)39.537.9
 1.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Johnston Elementary)28.937
 8.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Appleton Area School District)44.147.8
 3.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)50.548.8
 1.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Johnston Elementary)24.328.8
 4.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Appleton Area School District)39.545.1
 5.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.945.8
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Johnston Elementary)3017
 13.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Appleton Area School District)39.144.2
 5.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)46.246.5
 0.2%
4th Grade Social Studies (Johnston Elementary)38.637.3
 1.3%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Appleton Area School District)50.759.9
 9.2%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)53.459.7
 6.4%
4th Grade Science (Johnston Elementary)31.430.5
 0.9%
   4th Grade Science (Appleton Area School District)51.651.6
 0%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.952.1
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Johnston Elementary)22.621.2
 1.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Appleton Area School District)36.938.9
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)40.939.2
 1.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Johnston Elementary)2942.3
 13.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Appleton Area School District)42.550.5
 7.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)47.848.4
 0.5%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Johnston Elementary)24.639.6
 15%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Appleton Area School District)43.247.1
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)41.740.6
 1.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Johnston Elementary)34.431.3
 3.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Appleton Area School District)49.850.3
 0.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)43.542.6
 0.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students472405
 14.2%
African American3434
American Indian45
 25%
Asian8780
 8%
Hispanic5749
 14%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White262207
 21%
Two or More Races2730
 11.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients53.8%55.6%
 1.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Johnston Elementary

Students who attend Johnston Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Madison Middle
High : East High

In the 2022-23 school year, 405 students attended Johnston Elementary.

Students at Johnston Elementary are 51% White, 20% Asian, 12% Hispanic, 8% African American, 7% Two or more races, 1% American Indian.

Johnston Elementary ranks in the bottom 20.9% of Wisconsin elementary schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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