Clay Elementary School

Summary:

Clay Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Clay, West Virginia, serving grades PK-5 with a total enrollment of 314 students. The school is part of the Clay County Schools district, which is ranked 38 out of 55 districts in West Virginia and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Clay Elementary School has a predominantly white student population, with 98.09% of students identifying as white in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's academic performance is mixed, with better performance in 3rd-grade math and ELA compared to the district and state, but declining performance in the upper grades, particularly in 5th-grade math and science. The school serves a relatively high percentage of economically disadvantaged students, with 68.8% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Despite higher spending per student at $13,896, the school's academic performance has declined over the past few years, suggesting that factors beyond just funding may be contributing to the school's challenges.

Compared to nearby schools in the Clay County Schools district, Clay Elementary School generally performs better on state assessments, particularly in the lower grades. However, some nearby schools, such as Big Otter Elementary, outperform Clay Elementary in certain subject areas and grade levels. The school's performance also varies significantly among different student subgroups, with female students and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds performing relatively well, but male students, Hispanic students, and students with disabilities performing significantly lower.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 219 Church Street
       Clay, WV  25043-0600


(304) 587-4276

District: Clay County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
215th of 368 West Virginia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,896 Help


Students who attend Clay Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Clay Middle School
High:    Clay County High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.0 Help
Number of students:  314

Racial breakdown:

White:
98.1%
Two or more races:
1.6%
Hispanic:
0.3%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  68.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Clay Elementary School ranks worse than 58.4% of elementary schools in West Virginia. It also ranks 2nd among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Clay County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 42.52. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Clay Elementary School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Clay County Schools District. Racial makeup is: White (98.1%), two or more races (1.6%), Hispanic (0.3%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Clay Elementary School is 13. 2 elementary schools in the Clay County Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Clay Elementary School is $13,896, which is the 2nd highest among 3 elementary schools in the Clay County Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Clay Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Clay Elementary School 215th of 368 West Virginia public elementary schools. (See Clay Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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White students:


Clay County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Clay County Schools 38th of 55 West Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Clay Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 40.73 282nd 420 32.9%
2010 41.01 259th 427 39.3%
2011 34.46 314th 426 26.3%
2012 47.35 218th 426 48.8%
2013 66.01 101st 428 76.4%
2014 54.88 160th 422 62.1%
2015 48.03 210th 408 48.5%
2016 61.18 131st 402 67.4%
2017 54.63 173rd 399 56.6%
2018 49.18 199th 392 49.2%
2019 47.55 194th 383 49.3%
2021 38.26 244th 380 35.8%
2022 16.80 348th 375 7.2%
2023 42.52 215th 368 41.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 51.03 142nd 377 62.3%
2018 13.20 256th 258 0.8%
2019 17.62 176th 185 4.9%
2023 30.83 147th 180 18.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 59.72 126th 382 67.0%
2018 57.80 132nd 368 64.1%
2021 51.51 142nd 335 57.6%
2022 22.14 317th 347 8.6%
2023 54.02 135th 333 59.5%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 72.55 2nd 16 87.5%
2021 56.55 2nd 10 80.0%
2022 53.55 3rd 6 50.0%
2023 82.03 3rd 21 85.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 62.90 110th 381 71.1%
2018 57.56 141st 366 61.5%
2019 64.39 95th 339 72.0%
2021 57.07 116th 322 64.0%
2022 22.11 292nd 325 10.2%
2023 53.96 129th 317 59.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 35.71 103rd 146 29.5%
2022 44.33 80th 154 48.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 44.65 217th 382 43.2%
2018 41.46 222nd 364 39.0%
2019 36.59 230th 338 32.0%
2021 20.94 302nd 333 9.3%
2022 16.30 308th 330 6.7%
2023 35.34 228th 322 29.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 20.09 148th 156 5.1%
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Rank History for White students at Clay Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 54.26 163rd 382 57.3%
2018 49.45 182nd 374 51.3%
2019 46.44 195th 373 47.7%
2021 36.91 244th 376 35.1%
2022 15.03 351st 373 5.9%
2023 40.18 229th 366 37.4%
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Data source: test scores: West Virginia Department of Education, 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.

Clay Elementary School Test Scores
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Data source: West Virginia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Clay Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 544 544
1990 511 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 515
1991 495 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 499
1992 593 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 595
1993 487 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 487
1994 509 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 509
1995 527 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 527
1996 527 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 527
1997 580 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 580
1998 576 0 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 577
1999 568 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 568
2000 563 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 563
2001 526 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 528
2002 526 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 526
2003 526 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 526
2004 499 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 499
2005 539 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 540
2006 477 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 477
2007 495 0 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 496
2008 492 0 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 493
2009 508 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 508
2010 516 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 518
2011 521 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 522
2012 557 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 558
2013 556 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 557
2014 551 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 552
2015 539 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 540
2016 522 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 527
2017 480 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 486
2018 454 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 457
2019 408 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 410
2020 389 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 391
2021 342 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 343
2022 307 0 0 2 0 0 5 0 314
2023 308 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 314

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 Clay Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 544 36.4 14.9 n/a
1990 515 39.9 12.9 72
1991 499 35.6 14.0 73.3
1992 595 41.4 14.3 73.3
1993 487 37.7 12.9 76.4
1994 509 35.3 14.4 74.9
1995 527 38.2 13.8 74.8
1996 527 38.2 13.8 74.8
1997 580 39.3 14.8 73.3
1998 577 40.3 14.3 74.7
1999 568 40.6 14.0 81.7
2000 563 41.6 13.5 82.2
2001 528 42.2 12.5 83.5
2002 526 41.8 12.6 77.8
2003 526 41.8 12.6 77.8
2004 499 39.7 12.6 81.6
2005 540 39.0 13.8 72.2
2006 477 38.2 12.5 78.4
2007 496 35.1 14.1 77.6
2008 493 34.9 14.1 70.6
2009 508 34.9 14.6 75.6
2010 518 34.9 14.8 72.6
2011 522 34.5 15.0 73.6
2012 558 36.9 15.1 76.9
2013 557 36.9 15.0 58.5
2014 552 34.9 15.8 n/a
2015 540 36.0 15.0 67
2016 527 36.0 14.6 54.5
2017 486 39.9 12.1 70
2018 457 34.9 13.0 76.8
2019 410 35.9 11.4 74.1
2020 391 31.8 12.2 77.7
2021 343 28.0 12.2 68.8
2022 314 27.0 11.6 n/a
2023 314 24.0 13.0 n/a

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 Clay Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 544 36.4 14.9 n/a
1990 515 39.9 12.9 72
1991 499 35.6 14.0 73.3
1992 595 41.4 14.3 73.3
1993 487 37.7 12.9 76.4
1994 509 35.3 14.4 74.9
1995 527 38.2 13.8 74.8
1996 527 38.2 13.8 74.8
1997 580 39.3 14.8 73.3
1998 577 40.3 14.3 74.7
1999 568 40.6 14.0 81.7
2000 563 41.6 13.5 82.2
2001 528 42.2 12.5 83.5
2002 526 41.8 12.6 77.8
2003 526 41.8 12.6 77.8
2004 499 39.7 12.6 81.6
2005 540 39.0 13.8 72.2
2006 477 38.2 12.5 78.4
2007 496 35.1 14.1 77.6
2008 493 34.9 14.1 70.6
2009 508 34.9 14.6 75.6
2010 518 34.9 14.8 72.6
2011 522 34.5 15.0 73.6
2012 558 36.9 15.1 76.9
2013 557 36.9 15.0 58.5
2014 552 34.9 15.8 n/a
2015 540 36.0 15.0 67
2016 527 36.0 14.6 54.5
2017 486 39.9 12.1 70
2018 457 34.9 13.0 76.8
2019 410 35.9 11.4 74.1
2020 391 31.8 12.2 77.7
2021 343 28.0 12.2 68.8
2022 314 27.0 11.6 n/a
2023 314 24.0 13.0 n/a

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 Clay Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,945 (21.2%) $10,951 (78.8%) $13,896

Data source: West Virginia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Clay Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 194th of 383 Elementary schoolsRanks 215th of 368 Elementary schools
 7.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Clay Elementary School)33.359.4
 26.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Clay County Schools)47.250.7
 3.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)50.951.6
 0.7%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Clay Elementary School)53.350
 3.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Clay County Schools)5040
 10%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)4439.9
 4.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Clay Elementary School)31.837.5
 5.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Clay County Schools)45.543
 2.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)47.345.7
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Clay Elementary School)40.933.3
 7.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Clay County Schools)50.436.6
 13.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)48.844.2
 4.5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Clay Elementary School)43.119.4
 23.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Clay County Schools)37.631
 6.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)4038.1
 1.9%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Clay Elementary School)5036.1
 13.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Clay County Schools)51.942.5
 9.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)47.244.3
 2.9%
5th Grade Science (Clay Elementary School)53.533.3
 20.2%
   5th Grade Science (Clay County Schools)42.129.9
 12.2%
   5th Grade Science (West Virginia)35.430.8
 4.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students410314
 23.4%
African American00
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic01
Pacific Islander00
White408308
 24.5%
Two or More Races25
 150%


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Clay Elementary School ranks 215th of 368 West Virginia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 314 students attended Clay Elementary School.

Students at Clay Elementary School are 98% White, 2% Two or more races.

Students who attend Clay Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Clay Middle School
High : Clay County High School


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the West Virginia Department of Education.

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