Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Summary:

Stephen Foster Elementary Charter is a public charter school in Appleton, Wisconsin, serving around 250 students from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the Appleton Area School District, which is ranked 221 out of 424 school districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Stephen Foster Elementary Charter stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Asian (22.4%) and African American (8%) students compared to nearby schools like Richmond Elementary, Edison Elementary, and Appleton Bilingual School. While the school's overall academic performance on the Forward Exam is generally lower than the district and state averages, it has shown strengths in certain grade levels and subjects, such as 3rd-grade mathematics. However, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 8.4% in 2019-2020 to 17.7% in 2022-2023, which is notably higher than the nearby schools.

Another key factor is the school's high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 66.8% in the 2022-2023 school year, compared to the nearby schools, which range from 21.15% to 78.03%. This suggests that Stephen Foster Elementary Charter serves a population with significant socioeconomic challenges, which the school should consider addressing through targeted interventions, community partnerships, and access to resources.


Detail:

Public, Charter PK, KG-6

 305 W Foster St
       Appleton, WI  54915-1515


(920) 852-5470

District: Appleton Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
697th of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,309 Help


Students who attend Stephen Foster Elementary Charter usually attend:

Middle:    Madison Middle
High:    East High

Student/teacher ratio:  10.8 Help
Number of students:  250

Racial breakdown:

White:
53.6%
Asian:
22.4%
African American:
8.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  66.8% Help


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Compare Details Stephen Foster Elementary Charter ranks worse than 65.3% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks 12th 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 41.2. (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 (53.6%), Asian (22.4%), African American (8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 66.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter is 10.8, which is the 4th 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 Stephen Foster Elementary Charter is $11,309. 11 elementary schools in the Appleton Area School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Stephen Foster Elementary Charter:

SchoolDigger ranks Stephen Foster Elementary Charter 697th of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See Stephen Foster Elementary Charter in the ranking list.)

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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 Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

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Rank History for all students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 45.54 473rd 689 31.3%
2008 41.45 752nd 1021 26.3%
2009 26.72 881st 1030 14.5%
2010 44.10 740th 1045 29.2%
2011 44.10 758th 1046 27.5%
2012 47.24 724th 1045 30.7%
2013 40.07 750th 1053 28.8%
2014 41.37 749th 1061 29.4%
2015 31.73 845th 1076 21.5%
2016 23.55 879th 1075 18.2%
2017 26.95 860th 1071 19.7%
2018 31.45 799th 1025 22.0%
2019 26.81 827th 1037 20.3%
2021 25.87 832nd 1050 20.8%
2022 41.02 713th 1067 33.2%
2023 41.20 697th 1067 34.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.61 237th 287 17.4%
2019 27.24 230th 275 16.4%
2021 24.62 206th 222 7.2%
2022 40.13 146th 248 41.1%
2023 51.83 96th 249 61.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.90 71st 721 90.2%
2019 62.88 207th 742 72.1%
2021 39.84 444th 746 40.5%
2022 44.37 390th 748 47.9%
2023 70.01 159th 770 79.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.31 612th 854 28.3%
2019 27.55 712th 874 18.5%
2021 19.91 751st 847 11.3%
2022 46.91 477th 859 44.5%
2023 46.10 488th 871 44.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.54 817th 997 18.1%
2019 26.62 808th 1002 19.4%
2021 22.32 830th 1004 17.3%
2022 31.06 767th 1017 24.6%
2023 31.92 761st 1010 24.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.15 674th 997 32.4%
2019 30.97 771st 1002 23.1%
2021 32.35 745th 1003 25.7%
2022 50.72 551st 1017 45.8%
2023 53.42 526th 1011 48.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.99 78th 107 27.1%
2019 26.60 87th 122 28.7%
2021 25.54 77th 106 27.4%
2022 28.15 75th 110 31.8%
2023 26.24 87th 116 25.0%
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Rank History for White students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.53 546th 686 20.4%
2019 22.39 615th 718 14.3%
2021 28.60 562nd 699 19.6%
2022 31.57 527th 704 25.1%
2023 34.39 534th 715 25.3%
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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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by a parent
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Open Quote Do not trust these people with your children. Our daughter came home with bruises. We went straight to the superintendent and bypassed them and it finally stopped. A week later the butthurt guidance counselor knowing our daughter was a attention seeker brought our daughter into her office and asked misleading questions offering rewards. Now we are dealing with cps because of their ego. Send your children to private school. It's worth it to not have to deal with vindictive lowlife posing as educators. If you report any issues with the conduct of the students or staff expect retaliation. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2007 162 15 99 10 0 n/a n/a 0 286
2008 177 14 105 14 3 n/a n/a 0 313
2009 179 9 113 19 0 n/a n/a 0 320
2010 178 7 106 18 0 n/a n/a 0 309
2011 185 9 103 21 0 0 0 0 318
2012 195 10 91 22 0 0 0 0 318
2013 193 12 95 23 0 0 0 0 323
2014 187 14 84 23 0 0 0 0 308
2015 196 16 80 21 2 0 6 0 321
2016 189 17 78 17 1 0 4 0 306
2017 198 18 72 16 2 0 7 0 313
2018 190 19 87 18 2 0 7 0 323
2019 188 25 84 22 2 1 8 0 330
2020 177 19 81 28 2 1 22 0 330
2021 157 20 83 27 3 1 20 0 311
2022 140 14 65 29 0 1 20 0 269
2023 134 20 56 20 1 1 18 0 250

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 Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 286 22.9 12.5 48.6
2008 313 22.4 14.0 58.5
2009 320 22.5 14.2 58.1
2010 309 23.7 13.0 56.6
2011 318 24.5 12.9 49.4
2012 318 22.2 14.3 53.5
2013 323 23.4 13.8 46.4
2014 308 22.7 13.5 52.3
2015 321 n/a n/a 49.5
2016 306 26.0 11.7 53.3
2017 313 25.5 12.2 50.5
2018 323 26.8 12.0 50.2
2019 330 26.3 12.5 49.4
2020 330 26.6 12.3 52.7
2021 311 26.1 11.8 58.5
2022 269 24.4 11.0 52.8
2023 250 23.1 10.8 66.8

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 Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 286 22.9 12.5 48.6
2008 313 22.4 14.0 58.5
2009 320 22.5 14.2 58.1
2010 309 23.7 13.0 56.6
2011 318 24.5 12.9 49.4
2012 318 22.2 14.3 53.5
2013 323 23.4 13.8 46.4
2014 308 22.7 13.5 52.3
2015 321 n/a n/a 49.5
2016 306 26.0 11.7 53.3
2017 313 25.5 12.2 50.5
2018 323 26.8 12.0 50.2
2019 330 26.3 12.5 49.4
2020 330 26.6 12.3 52.7
2021 311 26.1 11.8 58.5
2022 269 24.4 11.0 52.8
2023 250 23.1 10.8 66.8

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $693 (6.7%) $9,597 (93.3%) $10,291
2020 $422 (4.0%) $10,132 (96.0%) $10,554
2021 $911 (8.1%) $10,398 (91.9%) $11,309

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 827th of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 697th of 1067 Elementary schools
 14.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)33.343.2
 9.9%
   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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)25.554.1
 28.6%
   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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)3430.8
 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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)3035.9
 5.9%
   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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)4046.2
 6.2%
   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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)5243.6
 8.4%
   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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)2736.8
 9.8%
   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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)29.726.3
 3.4%
   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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)25.542.9
 17.3%
   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 (Stephen Foster Elementary Charter)29.831.4
 1.6%
   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 Students330250
 24.2%
African American2520
 20%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian8456
 33.3%
Hispanic2220
 9.1%
Pacific Islander11
White188134
 28.7%
Two or More Races818
 125%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients49.4%66.8%
 17.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Stephen Foster Elementary Charter

In the 2022-23 school year, 250 students attended Stephen Foster Elementary Charter.

Students who attend Stephen Foster Elementary Charter usually go on to attend:

Middle : Madison Middle
High : East High

Stephen Foster Elementary Charter ranks 697th of 1067 Wisconsin elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Stephen Foster Elementary Charter are 54% White, 22% Asian, 8% African American, 8% Hispanic, 7% Two or more races.


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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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