LaFollette Elementary

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LaFollette Elementary is a public school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving 183 students in grades PK-8. The school is part of the Milwaukee School District, which is ranked 411 out of 424 districts in the state and has a 0-star rating from SchoolDigger.

LaFollette Elementary has several key characteristics that set it apart from nearby schools. The school has an extremely high percentage of African American students, ranging from 94.54% to 97.3% over the past three years, significantly higher than the surrounding schools. Academically, LaFollette consistently ranks among the lowest-performing schools in the state, with 0% of students proficient or better in most subject areas. The school also has alarmingly high chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 42.4% to 81.3%, and dropout rates as high as 2.9%, both of which are significantly higher than nearby schools like Fratney Elementary and Milwaukee College Preparatory School: Lola Rowe North Campus.

Despite the high spending per student at LaFollette Elementary ($20,323 in 2020-2021), the school's resources do not appear to be translating into improved academic outcomes. This raises questions about how the resources are being allocated and utilized. While the nearby schools also serve predominantly disadvantaged communities, some are performing significantly better than LaFollette, suggesting that there may be opportunities to learn from their practices and strategies. Addressing the challenges at LaFollette Elementary, including the high absenteeism and dropout rates, will require a comprehensive, data-driven approach that leverages the resources and best practices of higher-performing schools in the area.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 3239 N 9th St
       Milwaukee, WI  53206-3251


(414) 267-5200

District: Milwaukee School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1067th of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $20,323 Help


Students who attend LaFollette Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    King International Baccalaureate Middle
    Lincoln Middle
    Roosevelt Middle
High:    Audubon Technology and Communication High
    Bradley Technology High
    King International
    Milwaukee High School of the Arts
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Student/teacher ratio:  14.0 Help
Number of students:  183

Racial breakdown:

African American:
94.5%
Two or more races:
3.8%
Hispanic:
1.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  94.5% Help


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Compare Details LaFollette Elementary ranks worse than 100% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks last among 106 ranked elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 1.89. (See more...)
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Compare Details LaFollette Elementary ranks worse than 99.4% of middle schools in Wisconsin. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 3.27. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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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: African American (94.5%), two or more races (3.8%), Hispanic (1.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 94.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at LaFollette Elementary is 14, which is the 22nd best among 106 elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at LaFollette Elementary is $20,323, which is the 6th highest among 106 elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

LaFollette Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks LaFollette Elementary 1067th of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See LaFollette Elementary in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks LaFollette Elementary 636th of 640 Wisconsin public middle schools. (See LaFollette Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Milwaukee School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Milwaukee School District 411th of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for LaFollette Elementary

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Rank History for all elementary school students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 3.02 613th 633 3.2%
2005 4.26 601st 632 4.9%
2006 1.01 705th 712 1.0%
2007 1.64 678th 689 1.6%
2008 1.04 1007th 1021 1.4%
2009 4.53 993rd 1030 3.6%
2010 1.46 1027th 1045 1.7%
2011 0.28 1040th 1046 0.6%
2012 1.90 1017th 1045 2.7%
2013 1.58 1041st 1053 1.1%
2014 1.97 1041st 1061 1.9%
2015 1.48 1064th 1076 1.1%
2016 2.29 1059th 1075 1.5%
2017 2.08 1051st 1071 1.9%
2018 1.29 1022nd 1025 0.3%
2019 1.24 1037th 1037 0.0%
2021 2.83 1040th 1050 1.0%
2022 2.58 1052nd 1067 1.4%
2023 1.89 1067th 1067 0.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.13 717th 721 0.6%
2019 12.93 740th 742 0.3%
2021 19.43 657th 746 11.9%
2022 17.04 686th 748 8.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.50 981st 997 1.6%
2019 1.56 1002nd 1002 0.0%
2021 3.62 993rd 1004 1.1%
2022 3.16 1000th 1017 1.7%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.49 996th 997 0.1%
2019 1.87 1001st 1002 0.1%
2021 3.58 988th 1003 1.5%
2022 3.44 992nd 1017 2.5%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.03 164th 165 0.6%
2021 22.23 139th 141 1.4%
2022 22.57 121st 133 9.0%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for LaFollette Elementary

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Rank History for all middle school students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 0.07 322nd 324 0.6%
2005 0.56 324th 332 2.4%
2006 0.59 375th 382 1.8%
2007 0.89 362nd 366 1.1%
2008 0.30 514th 519 1.0%
2009 0.09 520th 521 0.2%
2010 0.62 532nd 539 1.3%
2011 0.31 546th 549 0.5%
2012 0.10 555th 559 0.7%
2013 1.13 564th 569 0.9%
2014 1.79 570th 585 2.6%
2015 1.20 609th 612 0.5%
2016 6.85 560th 609 8.0%
2018 1.53 576th 579 0.5%
2019 2.50 580th 594 2.4%
2021 4.83 584th 613 4.7%
2022 2.83 615th 617 0.3%
2023 3.27 636th 640 0.6%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.35 409th 417 1.9%
2021 19.97 413th 437 5.5%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.44 551st 551 0.0%
2019 1.74 556th 557 0.2%
2021 10.06 518th 574 9.8%
2023 3.57 574th 579 0.9%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.10 546th 551 0.9%
2019 5.98 526th 557 5.6%
2021 3.35 569th 572 0.5%
2023 4.59 577th 591 2.4%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at LaFollette Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 17.08 124th 125 0.8%
2023 19.38 127th 130 2.3%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for LaFollette Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 1 642 1 1 1 n/a n/a 0 646
1990 1 670 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 672
1991 1 650 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 651
1992 0 612 0 0 2 n/a n/a 0 614
1993 0 639 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 639
1994 1 636 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 640
1995 2 626 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 629
1996 2 626 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 629
1997 3 630 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 637
1998 3 583 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 587
1999 1 527 1 0 1 n/a n/a 0 530
2000 3 501 0 4 1 n/a n/a 0 509
2001 5 466 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 476
2002 1 460 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 464
2003 1 460 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 464
2004 5 433 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 439
2005 7 395 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 403
2006 7 340 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 347
2007 7 320 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 328
2008 6 302 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 309
2009 7 273 0 2 2 n/a n/a 0 284
2010 4 212 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 217
2011 8 260 0 1 0 0 1 0 270
2012 1 253 0 1 0 0 0 0 255
2013 5 255 0 6 0 0 0 0 266
2014 5 260 0 3 0 0 1 0 269
2015 7 247 0 0 1 0 1 0 256
2016 1 220 0 1 0 0 1 0 223
2017 0 197 0 5 3 0 5 0 210
2018 3 241 3 4 3 0 11 0 265
2019 4 246 0 5 1 0 9 0 265
2020 0 230 0 5 0 0 5 0 240
2021 0 189 0 2 0 0 4 0 195
2022 0 180 0 3 0 0 2 0 185
2023 1 173 0 2 0 0 7 0 183

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 LaFollette Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 646 39.0 16.5 83.4
1990 672 39.0 17.2 82.4
1991 651 40.0 16.2 87.3
1992 614 40.0 15.3 52.9
1993 639 42.4 15.1 67.4
1994 640 34.1 18.8 65.9
1995 629 43.0 14.6 66
1996 629 43.0 14.6 66
1997 637 32.2 19.8 65.6
1998 587 35.2 16.7 64.4
1999 530 31.5 16.8 73.4
2000 509 31.5 16.2 71.1
2001 476 30.5 15.6 68.9
2002 464 32.0 14.5 95.5
2003 464 32.0 14.5 95.5
2004 439 29.0 15.1 98.6
2005 403 28.0 14.4 n/a
2006 347 25.0 13.9 n/a
2007 328 24.0 13.7 96
2008 309 21.5 14.4 99
2009 284 24.5 11.6 93.3
2010 217 14.5 14.9 91.2
2011 270 18.9 14.2 93
2012 255 15.4 16.4 96.1
2013 266 18.6 14.2 96.6
2014 269 19.1 14.0 93.7
2015 256 n/a n/a 91
2016 223 13.0 17.1 83.4
2017 210 17.9 11.7 97.1
2018 265 13.2 20.0 95.5
2019 265 17.5 15.1 96.6
2020 240 16.5 14.5 96.7
2021 195 13.1 14.8 99
2022 185 15.4 11.9 92.4
2023 183 12.9 14.0 94.5

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 LaFollette Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 646 39.0 16.5 83.4
1990 672 39.0 17.2 82.4
1991 651 40.0 16.2 87.3
1992 614 40.0 15.3 52.9
1993 639 42.4 15.1 67.4
1994 640 34.1 18.8 65.9
1995 629 43.0 14.6 66
1996 629 43.0 14.6 66
1997 637 32.2 19.8 65.6
1998 587 35.2 16.7 64.4
1999 530 31.5 16.8 73.4
2000 509 31.5 16.2 71.1
2001 476 30.5 15.6 68.9
2002 464 32.0 14.5 95.5
2003 464 32.0 14.5 95.5
2004 439 29.0 15.1 98.6
2005 403 28.0 14.4 n/a
2006 347 25.0 13.9 n/a
2007 328 24.0 13.7 96
2008 309 21.5 14.4 99
2009 284 24.5 11.6 93.3
2010 217 14.5 14.9 91.2
2011 270 18.9 14.2 93
2012 255 15.4 16.4 96.1
2013 266 18.6 14.2 96.6
2014 269 19.1 14.0 93.7
2015 256 n/a n/a 91
2016 223 13.0 17.1 83.4
2017 210 17.9 11.7 97.1
2018 265 13.2 20.0 95.5
2019 265 17.5 15.1 96.6
2020 240 16.5 14.5 96.7
2021 195 13.1 14.8 99
2022 185 15.4 11.9 92.4
2023 183 12.9 14.0 94.5

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for LaFollette Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,802 (17.6%) $13,137 (82.4%) $15,939
2020 $3,107 (18.7%) $13,548 (81.3%) $16,655
2021 $4,533 (22.3%) $15,790 (77.7%) $20,323

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

Impact of COVID-19 on LaFollette Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1037th of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 1067th of 1067 Elementary schools
Ranks 580th of 594 Middle schoolsRanks 636th of 640 Middle schools
 1.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (LaFollette Elementary)00
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)16.413.2
 3.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)39.537.9
 1.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (LaFollette Elementary)00
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)21.216.9
 4.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)50.548.8
 1.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (LaFollette Elementary)00
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)18.517.5
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.945.8
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (LaFollette Elementary)00
   4th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)16.412.7
 3.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)46.246.5
 0.2%
4th Grade Social Studies (LaFollette Elementary)4.20
 4.2%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Milwaukee School District)24.128.3
 4.2%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)53.459.7
 6.4%
4th Grade Science (LaFollette Elementary)00
   4th Grade Science (Milwaukee School District)21.819.3
 2.5%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.952.1
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (LaFollette Elementary)00
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)16.514.1
 2.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)40.939.2
 1.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (LaFollette Elementary)00
   5th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)18.214.9
 3.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)47.848.4
 0.5%
6th Grade English Language Arts (LaFollette Elementary)00
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)19.515.9
 3.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)41.740.6
 1.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (LaFollette Elementary)00
   6th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)14.79.9
 4.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)43.542.6
 0.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (LaFollette Elementary)7.14.8
 2.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)24.220.7
 3.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)45.541.1
 4.4%
7th Grade Mathematics (LaFollette Elementary)00
   7th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)14.39.4
 4.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)39.735.7
 4%
8th Grade English Language Arts (LaFollette Elementary)6.30
 6.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)1916.7
 2.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)37.337.8
 0.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (LaFollette Elementary)6.30
 6.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)13.16.9
 6.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)36.531.8
 4.7%
8th Grade Social Studies (LaFollette Elementary)6.30
 6.3%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Milwaukee School District)25.132.1
 7%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)52.159.2
 7.1%
8th Grade Science (LaFollette Elementary)6.30
 6.3%
   8th Grade Science (Milwaukee School District)24.822.2
 2.7%
   8th Grade Science (Wisconsin)54.649.4
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students265183
 30.9%
African American246173
 29.7%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic52
 60%
Pacific Islander00
White41
 75%
Two or More Races97
 22.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients96.6%94.5%
 2.1%


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Students at LaFollette Elementary are 95% African American, 4% Two or more races, 1% Hispanic.

LaFollette Elementary ranks in the bottom 0.0% of Wisconsin elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 183 students attended LaFollette Elementary.


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