Mercer Elementary

Summary:

Mercer Elementary is a public elementary school located in Princeton, West Virginia, serving grades 3-5 with a total enrollment of 288 students. The school is part of the Mercer County Schools district, which is ranked 34 out of 55 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Mercer Elementary has a higher percentage of White students (82.99%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 71.71% to 96.42% White students. The school also has a higher percentage of students of two or more races (10.42%) compared to the other schools. Academically, Mercer Elementary's performance, as measured by the percentage of students proficient or better in state assessments, is generally lower than the surrounding schools and the Mercer County and West Virginia averages. For example, in 2022-2023, Mercer Elementary's 3rd grade math proficiency rate was 39.5%, compared to the Mercer County average of 46.4% and the state average of 51.6%. The school's statewide ranking has fluctuated over the years, ranging from 159 out of 422 West Virginia elementary schools in 2013-2014 (3 stars) to 337 out of 392 in 2017-2018 (1 star). In the most recent year (2022-2023), the school ranked 217 out of 368 elementary schools, with a 2-star rating.

Mercer Elementary's performance on state assessments varies significantly across different student subgroups. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's 3rd grade math proficiency rate was 48.9% for female students, 39.5% for male students, and 28.4% for English Language Learner students. The school's lower academic performance and ranking compared to the surrounding schools, such as Athens Elementary and Melrose Elementary, may be influenced by factors such as student demographics, socioeconomic status, and resource allocation within the Mercer County Schools district.


Detail:

Public 3-5

 1200 Mercer St
       Princeton, WV  24740-3032


(304) 425-3160

District: Mercer County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
217th of 368 West Virginia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,916 Help


Students who attend Mercer Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Princeton Middle School
High:    Princeton Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.2 Help
Number of students:  288

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.0%
Two or more races:
10.4%
African American:
5.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  58.5% Help


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Compare Details Mercer Elementary ranks worse than 59% of elementary schools in West Virginia. It also ranks 6th among 14 ranked elementary schools in the Mercer County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 42.31. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (83%), two or more races (10.4%), African American (5.2%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mercer Elementary is 12.2, which is the 6th best among 14 elementary schools in the Mercer County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Mercer Elementary is $11,916. 9 elementary schools in the Mercer County Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Mercer Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Mercer Elementary 217th of 368 West Virginia public elementary schools. (See Mercer Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Mercer County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Mercer County Schools 34th of 55 West Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Mercer Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 44.73 255th 420 39.3%
2010 43.28 248th 427 41.9%
2011 39.08 281st 426 34.0%
2012 37.08 293rd 426 31.2%
2013 34.17 319th 428 25.5%
2014 55.01 159th 422 62.3%
2015 47.19 218th 408 46.6%
2016 54.85 173rd 402 57.0%
2017 37.35 272nd 399 31.8%
2018 24.94 337th 392 14.0%
2019 35.12 270th 383 29.5%
2021 39.37 237th 380 37.6%
2022 43.32 213th 375 43.2%
2023 42.31 217th 368 41.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 38.51 154th 218 29.4%
2018 37.74 19th 27 29.6%
2019 64.51 4th 14 71.4%
2023 31.28 11th 15 26.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 52.47 38th 98 61.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 33.67 283rd 377 24.9%
2018 17.95 247th 258 4.3%
2019 17.66 175th 185 5.4%
2023 55.29 70th 180 61.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 42.17 229th 382 40.1%
2018 20.75 347th 368 5.7%
2021 43.01 195th 335 41.8%
2022 45.68 182nd 347 47.6%
2023 41.74 201st 333 39.6%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 55.26 9th 21 57.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 39.60 263rd 381 31.0%
2018 37.89 248th 366 32.2%
2019 49.62 168th 339 50.4%
2021 40.65 199th 322 38.2%
2022 49.08 154th 325 52.6%
2023 42.54 184th 317 42.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 52.60 55th 146 62.3%
2022 63.81 32nd 154 79.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 38.38 250th 382 34.6%
2018 21.35 331st 364 9.1%
2019 29.20 264th 338 21.9%
2021 39.01 213th 333 36.0%
2022 39.07 205th 330 37.9%
2023 42.06 185th 322 42.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 27.14 154th 187 17.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 37.73 102nd 156 34.6%
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Rank History for White students at Mercer Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 40.36 249th 382 34.8%
2018 26.44 318th 374 15.0%
2019 31.90 278th 373 25.5%
2021 40.74 222nd 376 41.0%
2022 46.73 194th 373 48.0%
2023 43.77 204th 366 44.3%
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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.

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Data source: West Virginia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Mercer Elementary

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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 497 497
1990 429 25 15 0 0 n/a n/a 0 469
1991 453 27 12 1 0 n/a n/a 0 493
1992 460 32 12 1 0 n/a n/a 0 505
1993 413 32 19 4 0 n/a n/a 0 468
1994 423 42 20 0 1 n/a n/a 0 486
1995 428 43 20 0 2 n/a n/a 0 493
1996 428 43 20 0 2 n/a n/a 0 493
1997 426 41 0 18 2 n/a n/a 0 487
1998 405 44 0 15 4 n/a n/a 0 468
1999 375 30 0 11 2 n/a n/a 0 418
2000 365 30 10 0 1 n/a n/a 0 406
2001 320 19 7 0 1 n/a n/a 0 347
2002 287 20 6 1 0 n/a n/a 0 314
2003 287 20 6 1 0 n/a n/a 0 314
2004 296 26 8 0 0 n/a n/a 0 330
2005 289 25 7 0 0 n/a n/a 0 321
2006 293 24 9 0 0 n/a n/a 0 326
2007 304 23 7 0 0 n/a n/a 0 334
2008 299 23 5 0 1 n/a n/a 0 328
2009 286 22 6 1 1 n/a n/a 0 316
2010 287 26 2 1 0 0 1 0 317
2011 311 27 1 2 1 0 2 0 344
2012 320 32 3 3 2 0 5 0 365
2013 298 25 6 2 2 0 7 0 340
2014 288 19 6 1 1 1 16 0 332
2015 304 13 5 5 0 1 19 0 347
2016 286 18 5 7 1 0 22 0 339
2017 284 19 1 3 1 0 17 0 325
2018 289 18 3 4 0 0 29 0 343
2019 292 16 5 3 0 0 34 0 350
2020 280 15 3 2 0 0 29 0 329
2021 279 15 3 2 1 0 30 0 330
2022 259 20 5 2 0 0 31 0 317
2023 239 15 3 1 0 0 30 0 288

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 Mercer Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 497 31.0 16.0 n/a
1990 469 31.0 15.1 28.4
1991 493 26.0 18.9 27.6
1992 505 28.0 18.0 34.7
1993 468 27.0 17.3 33.3
1994 486 27.0 18.0 39.1
1995 493 27.0 18.3 32.9
1996 493 27.0 18.3 32.9
1997 487 27.0 18.0 35.7
1998 468 27.0 17.3 37.4
1999 418 25.0 16.7 44
2000 406 24.0 16.9 42.4
2001 347 22.0 15.8 51.6
2002 314 21.0 15.0 48.7
2003 314 21.0 15.0 48.7
2004 330 22.0 15.0 47.3
2005 321 21.0 15.3 51.7
2006 326 22.0 14.8 45.7
2007 334 23.0 14.5 52.1
2008 328 23.0 14.3 52.7
2009 316 23.0 13.7 48.4
2010 317 22.0 14.4 52.1
2011 344 23.6 14.5 58.1
2012 365 24.0 15.2 68.2
2013 340 28.0 12.1 62.9
2014 332 24.0 13.8 n/a
2015 347 24.0 14.4 42.9
2016 339 28.0 12.1 46.9
2017 325 24.0 13.5 43.4
2018 343 23.0 14.9 68.2
2019 350 23.0 15.2 56.3
2020 329 23.0 14.3 59.9
2021 330 24.0 13.7 58.5
2022 317 22.0 14.4 n/a
2023 288 23.5 12.2 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 Mercer Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 497 31.0 16.0 n/a
1990 469 31.0 15.1 28.4
1991 493 26.0 18.9 27.6
1992 505 28.0 18.0 34.7
1993 468 27.0 17.3 33.3
1994 486 27.0 18.0 39.1
1995 493 27.0 18.3 32.9
1996 493 27.0 18.3 32.9
1997 487 27.0 18.0 35.7
1998 468 27.0 17.3 37.4
1999 418 25.0 16.7 44
2000 406 24.0 16.9 42.4
2001 347 22.0 15.8 51.6
2002 314 21.0 15.0 48.7
2003 314 21.0 15.0 48.7
2004 330 22.0 15.0 47.3
2005 321 21.0 15.3 51.7
2006 326 22.0 14.8 45.7
2007 334 23.0 14.5 52.1
2008 328 23.0 14.3 52.7
2009 316 23.0 13.7 48.4
2010 317 22.0 14.4 52.1
2011 344 23.6 14.5 58.1
2012 365 24.0 15.2 68.2
2013 340 28.0 12.1 62.9
2014 332 24.0 13.8 n/a
2015 347 24.0 14.4 42.9
2016 339 28.0 12.1 46.9
2017 325 24.0 13.5 43.4
2018 343 23.0 14.9 68.2
2019 350 23.0 15.2 56.3
2020 329 23.0 14.3 59.9
2021 330 24.0 13.7 58.5
2022 317 22.0 14.4 n/a
2023 288 23.5 12.2 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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Mercer Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,892 (15.9%) $10,024 (84.1%) $11,916

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mercer Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 270th of 383 Elementary schoolsRanks 217th of 368 Elementary schools
 11.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Mercer Elementary)50.539.5
 11%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Mercer County Schools)4846.4
 1.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)50.951.6
 0.7%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Mercer Elementary)45.528.4
 17.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Mercer County Schools)40.435.6
 4.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)4439.9
 4.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Mercer Elementary)46.256.2
 10%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Mercer County Schools)44.443.3
 1.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)47.345.7
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Mercer Elementary)42.958.4
 15.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Mercer County Schools)47.943.8
 4.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)48.844.2
 4.5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Mercer Elementary)34.827.6
 7.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Mercer County Schools)36.434.5
 1.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)4038.1
 1.9%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Mercer Elementary)32.135.2
 3.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Mercer County Schools)45.441.3
 4.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)47.244.3
 2.9%
5th Grade Science (Mercer Elementary)20.527.6
 7.1%
   5th Grade Science (Mercer County Schools)30.727.9
 2.8%
   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 Students350288
 17.7%
African American1615
 6.3%
American Indian00
Asian53
 40%
Hispanic31
 66.7%
Pacific Islander00
White292239
 18.2%
Two or More Races3430
 11.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Mercer Elementary

Students who attend Mercer Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Princeton Middle School
High : Princeton Senior High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 288 students attended Mercer Elementary.

Mercer Elementary ranks 217th of 368 West Virginia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Mercer Elementary are 83% White, 10% Two or more races, 5% African American, 1% 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 West Virginia Department of Education.

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