Horizons Elementary

Summary:

Horizons Elementary is a public elementary school in Appleton, Wisconsin, serving 321 students from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade. The school faces some challenges, with higher chronic absenteeism and lower test scores compared to the district and state averages, but also shows some strengths in supporting specific student subgroups.

Horizons Elementary has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 9.4% in 2020-2021 to 32.5% in 2021-2022, which is notably higher than the state and district averages. The school's test scores in English Language Arts and Mathematics are also generally lower than the Appleton Area School District and the state of Wisconsin across all grade levels. For example, in 2022-2023, the percentage of 3rd-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts was 29.55% at Horizons Elementary, compared to 37.91% in the district and 37.88% in the state.

However, Horizons Elementary's performance for specific student subgroups, such as Hispanic students and English Language Learners, is relatively stronger compared to its overall school performance, suggesting that the school may be effectively supporting these populations. Additionally, the school's statewide ranking has improved over the years, moving from 814 out of 1025 Wisconsin elementary schools in 2017-2018 to 633 out of 1067 in 2022-2023, though it is still rated 2 out of 5 stars by SchoolDigger. Compared to nearby schools like Berry Elementary and Richmond Elementary, which have higher test scores and lower chronic absenteeism rates, Horizons Elementary faces some challenges, but also shows potential for growth and development.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 2101 Schaefer Cir
       Appleton, WI  54915-4705


(920) 852-5485

District: Appleton Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
633rd of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,556 Help


Students who attend Horizons Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Madison Middle
High:    East High

Student/teacher ratio:  11.5 Help
Number of students:  321

Racial breakdown:

White:
48.9%
Hispanic:
26.8%
Two or more races:
8.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  56.7% Help


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Compare Details Horizons Elementary ranks worse than 59.3% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks 9th 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 47.37. (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 Racial makeup is: White (48.9%), Hispanic (26.8%), two or more races (8.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 56.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Horizons Elementary is 11.5, which is the 5th 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 Horizons Elementary is $11,556, which is the 6th highest among 20 elementary schools in the Appleton Area School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Horizons Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Horizons Elementary 633rd of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See Horizons 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 Horizons Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Horizons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 53.46 372nd 632 41.1%
2006 46.46 482nd 712 32.3%
2007 59.10 360th 689 47.8%
2008 68.41 307th 1021 69.9%
2009 64.43 401st 1030 61.1%
2010 62.90 413th 1045 60.5%
2011 58.30 512th 1046 51.1%
2012 43.49 774th 1045 25.9%
2013 36.10 802nd 1053 23.8%
2014 38.40 794th 1061 25.2%
2015 39.85 770th 1076 28.4%
2016 31.98 810th 1075 24.7%
2017 32.41 805th 1071 24.8%
2018 28.57 814th 1025 20.6%
2019 38.25 728th 1037 29.8%
2021 43.96 659th 1050 37.2%
2022 49.85 596th 1067 44.1%
2023 47.37 633rd 1067 40.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Horizons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.12 163rd 287 43.2%
2019 54.23 98th 275 64.4%
2021 37.87 131st 222 41.0%
2022 64.14 56th 248 77.4%
2023 46.10 118th 249 52.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Horizons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.46 461st 721 36.1%
2019 27.04 581st 742 21.7%
2021 51.16 310th 746 58.4%
2022 22.83 633rd 748 15.4%
2023 26.80 599th 770 22.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Horizons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.14 708th 854 17.1%
2019 43.25 522nd 874 40.3%
2021 35.36 595th 847 29.8%
2022 51.68 413th 859 51.9%
2023 43.61 522nd 871 40.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Horizons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.46 745th 997 25.3%
2019 31.07 761st 1002 24.1%
2021 37.11 691st 1004 31.2%
2022 49.60 570th 1017 44.0%
2023 52.87 530th 1010 47.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Horizons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.73 803rd 997 19.5%
2019 47.60 583rd 1002 41.8%
2021 53.11 524th 1003 47.8%
2022 51.61 542nd 1017 46.7%
2023 42.12 652nd 1011 35.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Horizons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.76 138th 271 49.1%
2019 57.01 92nd 266 65.4%
2021 47.52 128th 274 53.3%
2022 49.29 132nd 296 55.4%
2023 53.02 117th 290 59.7%
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Rank History for White students at Horizons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.77 582nd 686 15.2%
2019 42.53 452nd 718 37.0%
2021 53.20 318th 699 54.5%
2022 52.25 350th 704 50.3%
2023 53.11 343rd 715 52.0%
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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 Horizons Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 516 4 27 9 6 n/a n/a 0 562
1989 539 3 29 11 15 n/a n/a 0 597
1990 587 6 20 7 12 n/a n/a 0 632
1991 607 3 17 8 8 n/a n/a 0 643
1992 495 1 13 10 7 n/a n/a 0 526
1993 478 2 15 10 4 n/a n/a 0 509
1994 484 6 16 4 0 n/a n/a 0 510
1995 479 13 20 8 0 n/a n/a 0 520
1996 479 13 20 8 0 n/a n/a 0 520
1997 434 14 24 6 2 n/a n/a 0 480
1998 384 10 22 9 2 n/a n/a 0 427
1999 396 7 90 19 1 n/a n/a 0 513
2000 370 7 66 27 1 n/a n/a 0 471
2001 361 9 66 38 2 n/a n/a 0 476
2002 329 12 65 66 4 n/a n/a 0 476
2003 329 12 65 66 4 n/a n/a 0 476
2004 326 14 58 70 3 n/a n/a 0 471
2005 321 10 49 66 3 n/a n/a 0 449
2006 302 13 41 72 4 n/a n/a 0 432
2007 284 16 41 83 4 n/a n/a 0 428
2008 255 12 44 105 9 n/a n/a 0 425
2009 252 13 51 106 4 n/a n/a 0 426
2010 232 14 47 104 2 n/a n/a 0 399
2011 225 26 49 100 7 0 0 0 407
2012 218 27 50 93 6 0 1 0 395
2013 203 27 50 95 5 0 1 0 381
2014 205 28 45 85 2 0 0 0 365
2015 202 28 44 91 3 0 0 0 368
2016 194 26 48 81 3 0 4 0 356
2017 188 23 49 94 4 0 17 0 375
2018 180 24 47 93 3 0 18 0 365
2019 165 22 38 92 3 0 22 0 342
2020 173 16 32 85 2 0 18 0 326
2021 169 20 27 83 0 0 20 0 319
2022 161 23 25 82 1 1 24 0 317
2023 157 25 24 86 1 0 28 0 321

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 Horizons Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 562 30.5 18.4 0
1989 597 30.0 19.9 0
1990 632 31.7 19.9 0
1991 643 30.8 20.8 6.1
1992 526 28.7 18.3 7.2
1993 509 27.1 18.8 9.4
1994 510 25.8 19.8 10.6
1995 520 26.9 19.3 11.3
1996 520 26.9 19.3 11.3
1997 480 26.9 17.8 11.7
1998 427 24.7 17.3 11.7
1999 513 27.8 18.5 17.9
2000 471 29.5 16.0 18.7
2001 476 33.2 14.3 18.3
2002 476 36.2 13.1 35.1
2003 476 36.2 13.1 35.1
2004 471 36.6 12.9 40.8
2005 449 35.7 12.6 n/a
2006 432 34.3 12.6 n/a
2007 428 33.7 12.7 37.9
2008 425 34.9 12.2 48.7
2009 426 32.2 13.2 54
2010 399 31.2 12.7 57.1
2011 407 30.5 13.3 58.2
2012 395 32.3 12.1 62.3
2013 381 32.0 11.8 54.9
2014 365 31.0 11.7 63.6
2015 368 n/a n/a 60.1
2016 356 32.0 11.1 100
2017 375 34.0 11.0 60.3
2018 365 36.1 10.1 55.9
2019 342 35.1 9.7 60.2
2020 326 35.2 9.2 60.4
2021 319 30.0 10.6 54.9
2022 317 33.5 9.4 56.5
2023 321 27.7 11.5 56.7

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 Horizons Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 562 30.5 18.4 0
1989 597 30.0 19.9 0
1990 632 31.7 19.9 0
1991 643 30.8 20.8 6.1
1992 526 28.7 18.3 7.2
1993 509 27.1 18.8 9.4
1994 510 25.8 19.8 10.6
1995 520 26.9 19.3 11.3
1996 520 26.9 19.3 11.3
1997 480 26.9 17.8 11.7
1998 427 24.7 17.3 11.7
1999 513 27.8 18.5 17.9
2000 471 29.5 16.0 18.7
2001 476 33.2 14.3 18.3
2002 476 36.2 13.1 35.1
2003 476 36.2 13.1 35.1
2004 471 36.6 12.9 40.8
2005 449 35.7 12.6 n/a
2006 432 34.3 12.6 n/a
2007 428 33.7 12.7 37.9
2008 425 34.9 12.2 48.7
2009 426 32.2 13.2 54
2010 399 31.2 12.7 57.1
2011 407 30.5 13.3 58.2
2012 395 32.3 12.1 62.3
2013 381 32.0 11.8 54.9
2014 365 31.0 11.7 63.6
2015 368 n/a n/a 60.1
2016 356 32.0 11.1 100
2017 375 34.0 11.0 60.3
2018 365 36.1 10.1 55.9
2019 342 35.1 9.7 60.2
2020 326 35.2 9.2 60.4
2021 319 30.0 10.6 54.9
2022 317 33.5 9.4 56.5
2023 321 27.7 11.5 56.7

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Horizons Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,046 (6.9%) $14,006 (93.0%) $15,053
2020 $422 (4.0%) $10,184 (96.0%) $10,606
2021 $911 (7.9%) $10,645 (92.1%) $11,556

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Horizons Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 728th of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 633rd of 1067 Elementary schools
 10.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Horizons Elementary)27.129.6
 2.5%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)39.643.2
 3.6%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)42.138.9
 3.2%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)40.425
 15.4%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)50.966.7
 15.8%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)50.952.8
 1.9%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)32.543.6
 11.1%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)4538.5
 6.5%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)19.440.9
 21.6%
   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 (Horizons Elementary)41.945.5
 3.5%
   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 Students342321
 6.1%
African American2225
 13.6%
American Indian31
 66.7%
Asian3824
 36.8%
Hispanic9286
 6.5%
Pacific Islander00
White165157
 4.8%
Two or More Races2228
 27.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients60.2%56.7%
 3.5%


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Horizons Elementary ranks 633rd of 1067 Wisconsin elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Horizons Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Madison Middle
High : East High

In the 2022-23 school year, 321 students attended Horizons Elementary.

Students at Horizons Elementary are 49% White, 27% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races, 8% African American, 7% Asian.


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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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