South Mountain Elementary

Summary:

South Mountain Elementary is a public elementary school in Wausau, Wisconsin, serving 233 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school consistently outperforms the Wausau School District and the state of Wisconsin in academic proficiency, ranking 71st out of over 1,000 Wisconsin elementary schools in the 2022-2023 school year.

South Mountain Elementary's academic excellence is evident across subjects and grade levels, with significantly higher proficiency rates than the district and state averages. The school also stands out for its low chronic absenteeism rates and favorable student-teacher ratio, suggesting a supportive learning environment. While the student population is predominantly White (78.54%), the school's strong performance across different student subgroups indicates that it provides equitable educational opportunities for all its students, including a significant Asian student population (12.88%).

Compared to nearby schools, South Mountain Elementary consistently outperforms its peers in academic performance, with schools like Stettin Elementary and Rib Mountain Elementary also demonstrating strong results. However, South Mountain stands out as the top-performing school in the immediate vicinity, with a lower percentage of students from low-income families compared to some nearby schools, such as Grant Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.


Detail:

Public K-5

 5400 Bittersweet Rd
       Wausau, WI  54401-7588


(715) 261-0235

District: Wausau School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
71st of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,679 Help


Students who attend South Mountain Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    John Muir Middle
High:    West High

Student/teacher ratio:  11.0 Help
Number of students:  233

Racial breakdown:

White:
78.5%
Asian:
12.9%
Two or more races:
4.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details South Mountain Elementary ranks better than 93.3% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks first among 14 ranked elementary schools in the Wausau School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 87.49. (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 (78.5%), Asian (12.9%), two or more races (4.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 21.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Wausau School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at South Mountain Elementary is 11, which is the 3rd best among 14 elementary schools in the Wausau School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at South Mountain Elementary is $14,679. 7 elementary schools in the Wausau School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

South Mountain Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks South Mountain Elementary 71st of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See South Mountain Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Wausau School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Wausau School District 211th of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for South Mountain Elementary

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Rank History for all students at South Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 81.72 61st 632 90.3%
2008 76.30 157th 1021 84.6%
2009 76.72 154th 1030 85.0%
2010 73.47 210th 1045 79.9%
2011 77.48 135th 1046 87.1%
2012 79.87 76th 1045 92.7%
2013 64.44 353rd 1053 66.5%
2014 83.03 91st 1061 91.4%
2015 81.48 107th 1076 90.1%
2016 77.23 190th 1075 82.3%
2017 73.77 241st 1071 77.5%
2018 77.09 182nd 1025 82.2%
2019 79.33 160th 1037 84.6%
2021 79.68 156th 1050 85.1%
2022 81.17 149th 1067 86.0%
2023 87.49 71st 1067 93.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at South Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 69.34 174th 859 79.7%
2023 79.41 78th 871 91.0%
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Rank History for Female students at South Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.93 163rd 997 83.7%
2019 85.84 62nd 1002 93.8%
2021 75.89 187th 1004 81.4%
2022 82.58 111th 1017 89.1%
2023 85.86 75th 1010 92.6%
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Rank History for Male students at South Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.67 189th 997 81.0%
2019 68.58 276th 1002 72.5%
2021 80.12 129th 1003 87.1%
2022 76.48 188th 1017 81.5%
2023 83.83 101st 1011 90.0%
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Rank History for White students at South Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.80 73rd 686 89.4%
2019 70.55 168th 718 76.6%
2021 85.47 53rd 699 92.4%
2022 66.70 202nd 704 71.3%
2023 86.60 45th 715 93.7%
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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.

South Mountain Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for South Mountain Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1998 226 1 41 3 1 n/a n/a 0 272
1999 237 1 41 3 0 n/a n/a 0 282
2000 241 0 38 2 3 n/a n/a 0 284
2001 240 0 31 1 3 n/a n/a 0 275
2002 250 1 22 3 2 n/a n/a 0 278
2003 250 1 22 3 2 n/a n/a 0 278
2004 235 1 16 4 2 n/a n/a 0 258
2005 264 0 17 4 1 n/a n/a 0 286
2006 258 0 23 4 0 n/a n/a 0 285
2007 244 0 22 3 0 n/a n/a 0 269
2008 223 1 25 4 0 n/a n/a 0 253
2009 191 0 30 4 0 n/a n/a 0 225
2010 185 0 30 4 0 n/a n/a 0 219
2011 188 1 25 1 0 0 0 0 215
2012 197 1 25 2 2 0 0 0 227
2013 208 2 29 3 1 0 0 0 243
2014 220 2 24 3 0 0 0 0 249
2015 223 4 23 4 0 0 2 0 256
2016 226 5 25 2 0 0 2 0 260
2017 192 4 18 4 0 0 4 0 222
2018 201 4 33 2 0 0 4 0 244
2019 198 5 33 3 1 0 4 0 244
2020 197 4 28 3 1 0 5 0 238
2021 172 2 30 2 1 0 5 0 212
2022 189 0 33 2 1 0 7 0 232
2023 183 1 30 7 1 0 10 1 233

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 South Mountain Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 272 15.0 18.1 27.9
1999 282 14.8 19.1 34.4
2000 284 18.1 15.7 32
2001 275 15.6 17.6 32.4
2002 278 16.4 17.0 12.2
2003 278 16.4 17.0 12.2
2004 258 15.0 17.2 9.7
2005 286 16.8 17.0 n/a
2006 285 16.8 17.0 n/a
2007 269 16.1 16.7 13.4
2008 253 14.9 17.0 15
2009 225 15.1 14.9 17.8
2010 219 15.0 14.5 17.4
2011 215 15.2 14.1 17.7
2012 227 13.6 16.5 23.3
2013 243 14.2 17.0 27.2
2014 249 16.6 14.9 17.3
2015 256 n/a n/a 19.1
2016 260 20.0 13.0 18.5
2017 222 17.7 12.5 14
2018 244 19.7 12.3 13.5
2019 244 19.1 12.7 19.7
2020 238 19.6 12.1 17.2
2021 212 20.1 10.5 23.1
2022 232 20.6 11.2 20.3
2023 233 21.0 11.0 21.9

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 South Mountain Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 272 15.0 18.1 27.9
1999 282 14.8 19.1 34.4
2000 284 18.1 15.7 32
2001 275 15.6 17.6 32.4
2002 278 16.4 17.0 12.2
2003 278 16.4 17.0 12.2
2004 258 15.0 17.2 9.7
2005 286 16.8 17.0 n/a
2006 285 16.8 17.0 n/a
2007 269 16.1 16.7 13.4
2008 253 14.9 17.0 15
2009 225 15.1 14.9 17.8
2010 219 15.0 14.5 17.4
2011 215 15.2 14.1 17.7
2012 227 13.6 16.5 23.3
2013 243 14.2 17.0 27.2
2014 249 16.6 14.9 17.3
2015 256 n/a n/a 19.1
2016 260 20.0 13.0 18.5
2017 222 17.7 12.5 14
2018 244 19.7 12.3 13.5
2019 244 19.1 12.7 19.7
2020 238 19.6 12.1 17.2
2021 212 20.1 10.5 23.1
2022 232 20.6 11.2 20.3
2023 233 21.0 11.0 21.9

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for South Mountain Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $691 (5.2%) $12,540 (94.8%) $13,231
2020 $536 (4.0%) $12,819 (96.0%) $13,355
2021 $723 (4.9%) $13,956 (95.1%) $14,679

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

Impact of COVID-19 on South Mountain Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 160th of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 71st of 1067 Elementary schools
 8.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Mountain Elementary)58.168.2
 10%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wausau School District)37.440.2
 2.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)39.537.9
 1.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (South Mountain Elementary)69.872.7
 3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wausau School District)47.353.6
 6.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)50.548.8
 1.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (South Mountain Elementary)6070.4
 10.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wausau School District)43.646.4
 2.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.945.8
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (South Mountain Elementary)42.970.4
 27.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wausau School District)36.548.7
 12.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)46.246.5
 0.2%
4th Grade Social Studies (South Mountain Elementary)68.674.1
 5.5%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wausau School District)55.959
 3.1%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)53.459.7
 6.4%
4th Grade Science (South Mountain Elementary)71.466.7
 4.8%
   4th Grade Science (Wausau School District)53.653.7
 0.1%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.952.1
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (South Mountain Elementary)64.363.4
 0.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wausau School District)39.243.5
 4.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)40.939.2
 1.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (South Mountain Elementary)71.470.7
 0.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wausau School District)46.149.5
 3.4%
   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 Students244233
 4.5%
African American51
 80%
American Indian11
Asian3330
 9.1%
Hispanic37
 133.3%
Pacific Islander00
White198183
 7.6%
Two or More Races410
 150%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19.7%21.9%
 2.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about South Mountain Elementary

Students who attend South Mountain Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : John Muir Middle
High : West High

In the 2022-23 school year, 233 students attended South Mountain Elementary.

Yes. South Mountain Elementary ranks in the top 6.7% of Wisconsin elementary schools.

Students at South Mountain Elementary are 79% White, 13% Asian, 4% Two or more races, 3% Hispanic.


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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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