New Directions Learning Community

Summary:

New Directions Learning Community is a public charter elementary school serving grades PK-4 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, with a student population of 257 as of the 2022-2023 school year. This exceptional school consistently outperforms the Kaukauna Area School District and the state of Wisconsin in academic proficiency across various subjects and grade levels, with 82.05% of 4th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 53.44% for the district and 45.75% for the state.

New Directions Learning Community's academic excellence extends beyond overall performance, as the school demonstrates exceptional results across diverse student subgroups, including female students, male students, white students, special education students, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. For example, the school ranked 12th out of 871 Wisconsin elementary schools for low socioeconomic status students and 15th out of 1,011 schools for male students in the 2022-2023 school year. Additionally, the school has maintained relatively low chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 0% in 2018-2019 to 16.5% in 2021-2022, which is still lower than the state average.

While New Directions Learning Community's academic achievements are impressive, its student population is predominantly white, with 90.27% of students identifying as white in the 2022-2023 school year. This lack of racial diversity, compared to the nearby Kimberly Area School District and Little Chute Area School District schools, could be an area for the school to explore, as increased diversity can contribute to a more enriching educational experience for all students.


Detail:

Public, Charter PK, KG-4

 2601 Sullivan Ave
       Kaukauna, WI  54130


(920) 766-6116

District: Kaukauna Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
28th of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,720 Help


Students who attend New Directions Learning Community usually attend:

Middle:    River View School
High:    Kaukauna High

Student/teacher ratio:  16.2 Help
Number of students:  257

Racial breakdown:

White:
90.3%
Hispanic:
5.8%
Two or more races:
1.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  17.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details New Directions Learning Community ranks better than 97.4% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks first among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Kaukauna Area School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 91.71. (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 New Directions Learning Community has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Kaukauna Area School District. Racial makeup is: White (90.3%), Hispanic (5.8%), two or more races (1.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 17.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Kaukauna Area School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at New Directions Learning Community is 16.2, which is the highest among 5 elementary schools in the Kaukauna Area School District! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at New Directions Learning Community is $9,720, which is the lowest among 5 elementary schools in the Kaukauna Area School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

New Directions Learning Community:

SchoolDigger ranks New Directions Learning Community 28th of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See New Directions Learning Community in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Kaukauna Area School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Kaukauna Area School District 97th of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for New Directions Learning Community

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Rank History for all students at New Directions Learning Community

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2014 58.16 469th 1061 55.8%
2015 62.56 420th 1076 61.0%
2016 61.27 421st 1075 60.8%
2017 71.52 264th 1071 75.4%
2018 80.85 130th 1025 87.3%
2019 83.28 100th 1037 90.4%
2021 84.32 107th 1050 89.8%
2022 93.94 14th 1067 98.7%
2023 91.71 28th 1067 97.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at New Directions Learning Community

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.01 133rd 721 81.6%
2019 89.57 23rd 742 96.9%
2021 76.45 96th 746 87.1%
2022 94.82 16th 748 97.9%
2023 65.01 200th 770 74.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at New Directions Learning Community

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.44 37th 854 95.7%
2019 86.11 39th 874 95.5%
2023 93.96 12th 871 98.6%
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Rank History for Female students at New Directions Learning Community

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.73 100th 997 90.0%
2019 89.22 36th 1002 96.4%
2021 84.79 95th 1004 90.5%
2022 91.30 26th 1017 97.4%
2023 88.52 48th 1010 95.2%
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Rank History for Male students at New Directions Learning Community

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.22 163rd 997 83.7%
2019 69.58 264th 1002 73.7%
2021 80.69 117th 1003 88.3%
2022 95.00 11th 1017 98.9%
2023 92.69 15th 1011 98.5%
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Rank History for White students at New Directions Learning Community

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 91.69 20th 715 97.2%
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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
Friday, January 27, 2017

Open Quote NDLC has been an incredible, nurturing environment for our daughter with exceptional teachers and a focus on literacy and writing. The school works actively with Teacher's College of Columbia University (NYC), sending teachers every year to workshops there and bringing in specialists from NY to implement best practices in education. My only regret is that it stops at 4th grade. Close Quote



Enrollment information for New Directions Learning Community

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2012 86 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 92
2013 163 2 0 7 0 0 3 0 175
2014 186 2 0 8 0 0 7 0 203
2015 184 1 1 9 0 0 10 0 205
2016 217 0 2 12 0 0 9 0 240
2017 220 0 3 10 0 0 10 0 243
2018 214 1 3 9 2 0 10 0 239
2019 219 2 5 8 0 0 7 0 241
2020 209 2 4 12 0 0 5 0 232
2021 207 3 3 16 0 0 4 0 233
2022 211 3 4 16 0 0 6 0 240
2023 232 2 3 15 0 0 5 0 257

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 New Directions Learning Community

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 92 4.5 20.2 20.7
2013 175 8.1 21.5 21.7
2014 203 10.1 19.9 19.7
2015 205 n/a n/a 16.1
2016 240 13.0 18.4 11.7
2017 243 14.7 16.4 14.8
2018 239 14.3 16.6 14.6
2019 241 13.6 17.6 18.7
2020 232 14.1 16.4 14.2
2021 233 14.4 16.0 15.9
2022 240 16.3 14.6 15
2023 257 15.8 16.2 17.9

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 New Directions Learning Community

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 92 4.5 20.2 20.7
2013 175 8.1 21.5 21.7
2014 203 10.1 19.9 19.7
2015 205 n/a n/a 16.1
2016 240 13.0 18.4 11.7
2017 243 14.7 16.4 14.8
2018 239 14.3 16.6 14.6
2019 241 13.6 17.6 18.7
2020 232 14.1 16.4 14.2
2021 233 14.4 16.0 15.9
2022 240 16.3 14.6 15
2023 257 15.8 16.2 17.9

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 New Directions Learning Community

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $223 (2.7%) $7,951 (97.3%) $8,174
2020 $208 (2.2%) $9,087 (97.8%) $9,295
2021 $255 (2.6%) $9,465 (97.4%) $9,720

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

Impact of COVID-19 on New Directions Learning Community

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 100th of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 28th of 1067 Elementary schools
 7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Directions Learning Community)64.163.4
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kaukauna Area School District)51.352.9
 1.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)39.537.9
 1.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (New Directions Learning Community)82.170.7
 11.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Kaukauna Area School District)61.263.2
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)50.548.8
 1.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (New Directions Learning Community)58.182.1
 23.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Kaukauna Area School District)51.153.4
 2.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.945.8
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (New Directions Learning Community)72.173.7
 1.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Kaukauna Area School District)62.155.3
 6.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)46.246.5
 0.2%
4th Grade Social Studies (New Directions Learning Community)69.884.2
 14.4%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Kaukauna Area School District)59.769.1
 9.4%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)53.459.7
 6.4%
4th Grade Science (New Directions Learning Community)65.186.8
 21.7%
   4th Grade Science (Kaukauna Area School District)64.458.4
 6.1%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.952.1
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students241257
 6.6%
African American22
American Indian00
Asian53
 40%
Hispanic815
 87.5%
Pacific Islander00
White219232
 5.9%
Two or More Races75
 28.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients18.7%17.9%
 0.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about New Directions Learning Community

Students at New Directions Learning Community are 90% White, 6% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

Students who attend New Directions Learning Community usually go on to attend:

Middle : River View School
High : Kaukauna High

Yes! New Directions Learning Community is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 28th of 1067 Wisconsin elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 257 students attended New Directions Learning Community.


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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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