Thoreau Elementary

Public PK, KG-5

 3870 Nakoma Rd
       Madison, WI  53711-3096


(608) 204-6940

District: Madison Metropolitan School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
492nd of 1,055 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,078 Help

Students who attend Thoreau Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Cherokee Heights Middle
    James Wright Middle
High:    West High

Student/teacher ratio:  11.7
Number of students:  415

Racial breakdown:

White:
52.8%
Hispanic:
24.3%
African American:
13.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  46.5%

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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Thoreau Elementary ranks better than 53.4% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks 10th among 29 ranked elementary schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 55.1. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Thoreau Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (52.8%), Hispanic (24.3%), African American (13.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 46.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Thoreau Elementary is 11.7. 17 elementary schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Thoreau Elementary is $15,078. 21 elementary schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Thoreau Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Thoreau Elementary 492nd of 1055 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See Thoreau Elementary in the ranking list.)

Madison Metropolitan School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Madison Metropolitan School District 312th of 418 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Thoreau Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 24.40 522nd 633 17.5%
2005 30.81 493rd 632 22.0%
2006 39.74 531st 712 25.4%
2007 40.10 521st 689 24.4%
2008 52.87 606th 1021 40.6%
2009 37.65 797th 1030 22.6%
2010 26.13 887th 1045 15.1%
2011 27.65 890th 1046 14.9%
2012 29.49 881st 1045 15.7%
2013 44.37 706th 1053 33.0%
2014 54.77 537th 1061 49.4%
2015 59.57 491st 1076 54.4%
2016 62.13 405th 1075 62.3%
2017 46.34 639th 1071 40.3%
2018 71.62 272nd 1061 74.4%
2019 61.57 414th 1067 61.2%
2021 31.74 757th 1030 26.5%
2022 55.10 492nd 1055 53.4%

Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Thoreau Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 278 2 5 3 2 n/a n/a 0 290
1989 339 50 5 5 2 n/a n/a 0 401
1990 342 59 5 7 1 n/a n/a 0 414
1991 338 86 7 11 3 n/a n/a 0 445
1992 342 104 69 24 4 n/a n/a 0 543
1993 310 127 113 21 5 n/a n/a 0 576
1994 285 134 123 25 3 n/a n/a 0 570
1995 222 158 96 19 0 n/a n/a 0 495
1996 222 158 96 19 0 n/a n/a 0 495
1997 238 175 68 23 1 n/a n/a 0 505
1998 229 124 65 20 1 n/a n/a 0 439
1999 222 79 69 23 1 n/a n/a 0 394
2000 218 77 63 29 5 n/a n/a 0 392
2001 194 82 26 16 5 n/a n/a 0 323
2002 210 99 25 39 1 n/a n/a 0 374
2003 210 99 25 39 1 n/a n/a 0 374
2004 215 103 24 46 2 n/a n/a 0 390
2005 216 125 29 46 7 n/a n/a 0 423
2006 211 121 27 45 7 n/a n/a 0 411
2007 200 141 29 46 5 n/a n/a 0 421
2008 188 128 22 47 3 n/a n/a 0 388
2009 189 114 18 52 7 n/a n/a 0 380
2010 205 125 21 70 4 n/a n/a 0 425
2011 178 97 15 81 2 0 31 0 404
2012 209 154 11 136 3 0 39 0 552
2013 218 83 8 114 1 0 29 0 453
2014 216 68 12 95 1 0 32 0 424
2015 243 66 9 104 1 0 39 0 462
2016 237 55 13 107 0 0 42 0 454
2017 234 61 7 98 0 0 30 0 430
2018 232 62 13 92 0 0 35 0 434
2019 243 51 15 90 0 0 32 0 431
2020 254 50 15 98 0 0 29 0 446
2021 219 57 8 101 0 0 30 0 415

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 Thoreau Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 290 16.3 17.7 15.5
1989 401 21.8 18.3 17.5
1990 414 24.7 16.7 19.3
1991 445 28.2 15.7 15.5
1992 543 39.3 13.8 15.8
1993 576 40.4 14.3 20.5
1994 570 40.3 14.1 20.4
1995 495 46.8 10.6 21.8
1996 495 46.8 10.6 21.8
1997 505 44.4 11.4 22.6
1998 439 41.1 10.7 21.9
1999 394 40.3 9.8 27.7
2000 392 38.3 10.2 28.3
2001 323 30.9 10.5 29.4
2002 374 34.8 10.7 38.5
2003 374 34.8 10.7 38.5
2004 390 35.0 11.1 42.8
2005 423 35.8 11.8 n/a
2006 411 35.9 11.4 n/a
2007 421 31.3 13.5 49.4
2008 388 31.4 12.4 50
2009 380 28.6 13.3 52.1
2010 425 33.7 12.6 52.2
2011 404 33.0 12.2 53.5
2012 552 37.8 14.6 54.3
2013 453 44.6 10.1 49.7
2014 424 39.3 10.7 46.2
2015 462 n/a n/a 46.3
2016 454 36.0 12.6 43.8
2017 430 36.0 11.9 45.3
2018 434 37.8 11.4 42.9
2019 431 36.6 11.7 43.6
2020 446 35.3 12.6 42.6
2021 415 35.3 11.7 46.5

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Thoreau Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 290 16.3 17.7 15.5
1989 401 21.8 18.3 17.5
1990 414 24.7 16.7 19.3
1991 445 28.2 15.7 15.5
1992 543 39.3 13.8 15.8
1993 576 40.4 14.3 20.5
1994 570 40.3 14.1 20.4
1995 495 46.8 10.6 21.8
1996 495 46.8 10.6 21.8
1997 505 44.4 11.4 22.6
1998 439 41.1 10.7 21.9
1999 394 40.3 9.8 27.7
2000 392 38.3 10.2 28.3
2001 323 30.9 10.5 29.4
2002 374 34.8 10.7 38.5
2003 374 34.8 10.7 38.5
2004 390 35.0 11.1 42.8
2005 423 35.8 11.8 n/a
2006 411 35.9 11.4 n/a
2007 421 31.3 13.5 49.4
2008 388 31.4 12.4 50
2009 380 28.6 13.3 52.1
2010 425 33.7 12.6 52.2
2011 404 33.0 12.2 53.5
2012 552 37.8 14.6 54.3
2013 453 44.6 10.1 49.7
2014 424 39.3 10.7 46.2
2015 462 n/a n/a 46.3
2016 454 36.0 12.6 43.8
2017 430 36.0 11.9 45.3
2018 434 37.8 11.4 42.9
2019 431 36.6 11.7 43.6
2020 446 35.3 12.6 42.6
2021 415 35.3 11.7 46.5

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 Thoreau Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $482 (3.3%) $14,287 (96.7%) $14,769
2020 $315 (2.2%) $14,147 (97.8%) $14,463
2021 $470 (3.1%) $14,609 (96.9%) $15,078

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Thoreau Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 414th of 1067 Elementary schoolsRanks 492nd of 1055 Elementary schools
 7.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Thoreau Elementary)40.851.8
 11%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Madison Metropolitan School District)34.437.5
 3.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)3934.8
 4.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Thoreau Elementary)40.853.6
 12.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Madison Metropolitan School District)44.841.3
 3.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)5047.3
 2.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Thoreau Elementary)54.346.3
 8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Madison Metropolitan School District)40.238.2
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.341.3
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Thoreau Elementary)46.937
 9.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Madison Metropolitan School District)44.335.7
 8.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)45.743.9
 1.8%
4th Grade Social Studies (Thoreau Elementary)61.763
 1.2%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Madison Metropolitan School District)48.351.7
 3.4%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)52.758.2
 5.5%
4th Grade Science (Thoreau Elementary)59.353.7
 5.6%
   4th Grade Science (Madison Metropolitan School District)46.444.4
 2%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.350.7
 2.6%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Thoreau Elementary)48.539.1
 9.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Madison Metropolitan School District)37.239.5
 2.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)40.439.9
 0.5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Thoreau Elementary)59.140.6
 18.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Madison Metropolitan School District)43.640
 3.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)47.344.8
 2.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students431415
 3.7%
African American5157
 11.8%
American Indian00
Asian158
 46.7%
Hispanic90101
 12.2%
Pacific Islander00
White243219
 9.9%
Two or More Races3230
 6.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients43.6%46.5%
 2.9%




Frequently Asked Questions about Thoreau Elementary

Students who attend Thoreau Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Cherokee Heights Middle
Middle : James Wright Middle
High : West High

In the 2020-21 school year, 415 students attended Thoreau Elementary.

Thoreau Elementary ranks 492nd of 1055 Wisconsin elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Thoreau Elementary are 53% White, 24% Hispanic, 14% African American, 7% Two or more races, 2% 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. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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