Marathon Elementary

Summary:

Marathon Elementary is a public elementary school serving 334 students in grades PK-5 in Marathon, Wisconsin, which is part of the Wausau School District. This school consistently outperforms the state average in academic proficiency, with strong test scores and low chronic absenteeism rates, but also has notable disparities in the performance of different student subgroups.

Marathon Elementary has a significantly higher percentage of white students (88.02%) compared to nearby schools, which have more diverse student populations. The school's 5th-grade students outperform the state averages in both English Language Arts (54.17% proficient or better vs. 39.18%) and mathematics (60.42% proficient or better vs. 48.35%). However, the school's performance for male students and white students is not as strong, ranking 545 and 526 out of their respective peer groups, with 2-star and 1-star ratings, respectively.

Compared to the nearby schools in the Wausau School District, Marathon Elementary generally outperforms them in test scores and other key metrics, such as lower chronic absenteeism rates and higher spending per student. These factors may contribute to the school's consistent 3-star rating from SchoolDigger, suggesting it provides a stable and quality education to its students. However, the disparities in subgroup performance are an area that the school should continue to address to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 100 Spring Valley Dr
       Marathon, WI  54448


(715) 443-2538

District: Marathon City School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
441st of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,824 Help


Students who attend Marathon Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Marathon Venture Academy
High:    Marathon High

Student/teacher ratio:  11.7 Help
Number of students:  334

Racial breakdown:

White:
88.0%
Hispanic:
4.5%
Two or more races:
4.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Marathon Elementary ranks better than 58.7% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 60.94. (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 (88%), Hispanic (4.5%), two or more races (4.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 25.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Marathon Elementary is 11.7. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Marathon Elementary is $11,824.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Marathon Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Marathon Elementary 441st of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See Marathon Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Marathon City School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Marathon City School District 126th of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Marathon Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Marathon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 71.98 248th 1021 75.7%
2009 68.35 314th 1030 69.5%
2010 62.46 421st 1045 59.7%
2011 57.42 528th 1046 49.5%
2012 49.84 689th 1045 34.1%
2013 58.70 452nd 1053 57.1%
2014 68.87 280th 1061 73.6%
2015 56.80 536th 1076 50.2%
2016 51.99 559th 1075 48.0%
2017 43.91 670th 1071 37.4%
2018 68.98 300th 1025 70.7%
2019 71.83 263rd 1037 74.6%
2021 67.09 329th 1050 68.7%
2022 60.81 436th 1067 59.1%
2023 60.94 441st 1067 58.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Marathon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 72.27 127th 746 83.0%
2022 45.83 374th 748 50.0%
2023 28.05 583rd 770 24.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Marathon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.76 141st 854 83.5%
2019 63.24 248th 874 71.6%
2021 76.33 110th 847 87.0%
2022 53.62 379th 859 55.9%
2023 42.96 536th 871 38.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Marathon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.33 200th 997 79.9%
2019 75.96 193rd 1002 80.7%
2021 67.33 296th 1004 70.5%
2022 64.39 352nd 1017 65.4%
2023 70.82 268th 1010 73.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Marathon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.20 404th 997 59.5%
2019 63.97 344th 1002 65.7%
2021 64.06 350th 1003 65.1%
2022 57.47 447th 1017 56.0%
2023 52.12 545th 1011 46.1%
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Rank History for White students at Marathon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 50.45 359th 699 48.6%
2022 35.79 491st 704 30.3%
2023 35.39 526th 715 26.4%
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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 Marathon Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 382 n/a 5 1 n/a n/a n/a 0 388
1990 387 0 7 1 0 n/a n/a 0 395
1991 402 0 9 0 0 n/a n/a 0 411
1992 400 0 8 0 0 n/a n/a 0 408
1993 397 0 6 0 0 n/a n/a 0 403
1994 394 0 7 5 0 n/a n/a 0 406
1995 415 0 7 4 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1996 415 0 7 4 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1997 415 0 9 3 0 n/a n/a 0 427
1998 422 0 11 3 0 n/a n/a 0 436
1999 377 0 8 1 0 n/a n/a 0 386
2000 392 1 9 1 0 n/a n/a 0 403
2001 371 2 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 378
2002 397 1 4 6 0 n/a n/a 0 408
2003 397 1 4 6 0 n/a n/a 0 408
2004 369 0 4 11 0 n/a n/a 0 384
2005 380 5 9 5 0 n/a n/a 0 399
2006 379 1 6 5 0 n/a n/a 0 391
2007 384 1 4 10 0 n/a n/a 0 399
2008 390 1 5 10 2 n/a n/a 0 408
2009 399 1 5 5 0 n/a n/a 0 410
2010 396 0 5 5 0 n/a n/a 0 406
2011 392 0 3 14 0 0 1 0 410
2012 281 0 4 11 0 0 2 0 298
2013 286 0 3 16 0 0 1 0 306
2014 276 0 4 15 0 0 3 0 298
2015 275 0 9 20 0 0 3 0 307
2016 287 0 11 16 0 0 3 0 317
2017 308 1 15 16 0 0 2 0 342
2018 297 0 13 11 1 0 2 0 324
2019 318 0 11 12 0 0 1 0 342
2020 310 1 12 16 0 0 1 0 340
2021 291 1 17 16 2 0 4 0 331
2022 305 1 14 16 0 1 5 0 342
2023 294 0 10 15 1 0 14 0 334

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 Marathon Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 388 21.0 18.4 7.7
1990 395 19.5 20.2 5.6
1991 411 20.5 20.0 5.1
1992 408 20.5 19.9 7.4
1993 403 24.1 16.7 4.5
1994 406 23.9 17.0 5.2
1995 426 24.4 17.5 5.4
1996 426 24.4 17.5 5.4
1997 427 24.7 17.3 6.1
1998 436 25.2 17.3 3
1999 386 24.5 15.8 7.5
2000 403 23.6 17.1 5
2001 378 24.1 15.7 7.4
2002 408 24.6 16.6 13.2
2003 408 24.6 16.6 13.2
2004 384 25.1 15.3 15.9
2005 399 26.4 15.1 n/a
2006 391 26.8 14.6 n/a
2007 399 24.0 16.6 17
2008 408 25.9 15.8 11.3
2009 410 26.2 15.6 15.1
2010 406 26.4 15.3 15.8
2011 410 26.1 15.6 19.8
2012 298 19.7 15.0 25.5
2013 306 19.8 15.3 26.8
2014 298 19.1 15.5 20.5
2015 307 n/a n/a 23.8
2016 317 21.0 15.0 20.5
2017 342 22.8 15.0 19.9
2018 324 24.2 13.3 20.7
2019 342 26.7 12.7 24
2020 340 25.5 13.2 22.9
2021 331 25.9 12.7 26.3
2022 342 28.5 11.9 27.2
2023 334 28.5 11.7 25.7

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 Marathon Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 388 21.0 18.4 7.7
1990 395 19.5 20.2 5.6
1991 411 20.5 20.0 5.1
1992 408 20.5 19.9 7.4
1993 403 24.1 16.7 4.5
1994 406 23.9 17.0 5.2
1995 426 24.4 17.5 5.4
1996 426 24.4 17.5 5.4
1997 427 24.7 17.3 6.1
1998 436 25.2 17.3 3
1999 386 24.5 15.8 7.5
2000 403 23.6 17.1 5
2001 378 24.1 15.7 7.4
2002 408 24.6 16.6 13.2
2003 408 24.6 16.6 13.2
2004 384 25.1 15.3 15.9
2005 399 26.4 15.1 n/a
2006 391 26.8 14.6 n/a
2007 399 24.0 16.6 17
2008 408 25.9 15.8 11.3
2009 410 26.2 15.6 15.1
2010 406 26.4 15.3 15.8
2011 410 26.1 15.6 19.8
2012 298 19.7 15.0 25.5
2013 306 19.8 15.3 26.8
2014 298 19.1 15.5 20.5
2015 307 n/a n/a 23.8
2016 317 21.0 15.0 20.5
2017 342 22.8 15.0 19.9
2018 324 24.2 13.3 20.7
2019 342 26.7 12.7 24
2020 340 25.5 13.2 22.9
2021 331 25.9 12.7 26.3
2022 342 28.5 11.9 27.2
2023 334 28.5 11.7 25.7

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 Marathon Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $413 (3.7%) $10,742 (96.3%) $11,154
2020 $326 (2.9%) $10,987 (97.1%) $11,313
2021 $408 (3.5%) $11,416 (96.5%) $11,824

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Marathon Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 263rd of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 441st of 1067 Elementary schools
 16%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Marathon Elementary)59.148.2
 10.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Marathon City School District)59.148.2
 10.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)39.537.9
 1.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Marathon Elementary)54.650
 4.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Marathon City School District)54.650
 4.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)50.548.8
 1.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Marathon Elementary)58.244
 14.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Marathon City School District)58.244
 14.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.945.8
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Marathon Elementary)65.540
 25.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Marathon City School District)65.540
 25.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)46.246.5
 0.2%
4th Grade Social Studies (Marathon Elementary)69.166
 3.1%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Marathon City School District)69.166
 3.1%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)53.459.7
 6.4%
4th Grade Science (Marathon Elementary)72.750
 22.7%
   4th Grade Science (Marathon City School District)72.750
 22.7%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.952.1
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Marathon Elementary)4254.2
 12.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Marathon City School District)4254.2
 12.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)40.939.2
 1.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Marathon Elementary)4860.4
 12.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Marathon City School District)4860.4
 12.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)47.848.4
 0.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students342334
 2.3%
African American00
American Indian01
Asian1110
 9.1%
Hispanic1215
 25%
Pacific Islander00
White318294
 7.5%
Two or More Races114
 1300%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients24%25.7%
 1.8%


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Marathon Elementary ranks 441st of 1067 Wisconsin elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Marathon Elementary are 88% White, 4% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

Students who attend Marathon Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Marathon Venture Academy
High : Marathon High

In the 2022-23 school year, 334 students attended Marathon Elementary.


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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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