Velma Linford Elementary

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Velma Linford Elementary is a public elementary school in Laramie, Wyoming, serving 258 students in grades PK-5 as part of the Albany County School District #1. This diverse school stands out for its strong academic performance, with students outperforming the state average in English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments.

Velma Linford Elementary has a higher percentage of Hispanic students (27.52%) compared to the state average, contributing to its diverse student population. The school's 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students have demonstrated impressive academic achievement, with 62.5% of 3rd graders, 61.4% of 5th graders, and 70% of 3rd graders scoring proficient or better in ELA and Math, respectively, surpassing the state averages of 48.3% and 53.5%. Additionally, the school's relatively low student-teacher ratio of 9.3 suggests a more personalized learning environment, and its higher-than-average spending per student of $19,938 may contribute to its success.

While Velma Linford Elementary outperforms the state in many areas, some nearby schools, such as Indian Paintbrush Elementary and Snowy Range Academy, have even stronger academic performance, with higher test scores and statewide rankings. However, Velma Linford Elementary has shown consistent improvement over the years, moving from the bottom quarter of Wyoming elementary schools in 2015-2016 to the top third in 2022-2023, indicating a positive trajectory for the school.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 120 South Johnson
       Laramie, WY  82070


(307) 721-4439

District: Albany County School District #1

SchoolDigger Rank:
44th of 146 Wyoming Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,938 Help


Students who attend Velma Linford Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Laramie Middle School
High:    Laramie High School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.3 Help
Number of students:  258

Racial breakdown:

White:
64.3%
Hispanic:
27.5%
Two or more races:
5.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  43.8% Help


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Compare Details Velma Linford Elementary ranks better than 69.9% of elementary schools in Wyoming. It also ranks 7th among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Albany County School District #1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 68.15. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (64.3%), Hispanic (27.5%), two or more races (5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 43.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Velma Linford Elementary is 9.3, which is the 5th best among 9 elementary schools in the Albany County School District #1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Velma Linford Elementary is $19,938, which is the 5th highest among 9 elementary schools in the Albany County School District #1.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Velma Linford Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Velma Linford Elementary 44th of 146 Wyoming public elementary schools. (See Velma Linford Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Albany County School District #1:

SchoolDigger ranks Albany County School District #1 15th of 42 Wyoming school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Velma Linford Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Velma Linford Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 42.37 77th 131 41.2%
2005 51.64 58th 136 57.4%
2006 23.74 130th 145 10.3%
2007 39.82 112th 149 24.8%
2008 36.28 121st 151 19.9%
2009 44.58 94th 150 37.3%
2010 50.87 83rd 150 44.7%
2011 50.83 85th 152 44.1%
2012 59.16 61st 143 57.3%
2013 65.26 45th 142 68.3%
2014 55.23 62nd 147 57.8%
2015 35.93 114th 154 26.0%
2016 23.61 127th 148 14.2%
2017 32.59 116th 151 23.2%
2018 39.45 108th 147 26.5%
2019 61.80 53rd 153 65.4%
2021 38.35 107th 153 30.1%
2022 56.09 70th 144 51.4%
2023 68.15 44th 146 69.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Velma Linford Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.76 53rd 64 17.2%
2019 64.07 20th 75 73.3%
2021 41.01 42nd 71 40.8%
2023 58.67 25th 77 67.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Velma Linford Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.64 48th 99 51.5%
2019 68.36 27th 132 79.5%
2021 29.53 97th 119 18.5%
2022 44.57 61st 110 44.5%
2023 78.64 11th 115 90.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Velma Linford Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.73 45th 125 64.0%
2019 73.58 27th 136 80.1%
2021 54.51 62nd 132 53.0%
2022 67.43 30th 126 76.2%
2023 70.24 31st 129 76.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Velma Linford Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 21.05 67th 72 6.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Velma Linford Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.60 112th 126 11.1%
2019 48.90 71st 138 48.6%
2021 27.80 108th 134 19.4%
2022 49.81 67th 127 47.2%
2023 62.17 48th 132 63.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Velma Linford Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.29 39th 70 44.3%
2019 40.47 47th 75 37.3%
2021 41.81 42nd 67 37.3%
2022 40.25 39th 60 35.0%
2023 74.31 9th 55 83.6%
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Rank History for White students at Velma Linford Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.21 64th 103 37.9%
2019 66.74 41st 120 65.8%
2021 44.26 68th 113 39.8%
2022 63.63 37th 103 64.1%
2023 67.83 32nd 101 68.3%
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Data source: test scores: Wyoming 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.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Open Quote When we lived in Gillette Wyoming my grandson was in 2 different schools while we were there for 6 months both of the schools were very good however, I prefer Linford school much better. You always know what the children are doing and when they are doing it. The teachers were all very friendly even those that were feeding them or cleaning the school or the bus drivers. Everyone is so nice in Laramie. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Velma Linford 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 539 539
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 525 525
1991 434 3 0 63 4 n/a n/a 0 504
1992 445 5 3 75 12 n/a n/a 0 540
1993 368 0 0 69 6 n/a n/a 0 443
1994 360 3 0 65 7 n/a n/a 0 435
1995 315 6 5 69 1 n/a n/a 0 396
1996 315 6 5 69 1 n/a n/a 0 396
1997 311 15 3 86 10 n/a n/a 0 425
1998 286 11 2 73 7 n/a n/a 0 379
1999 288 5 5 57 1 n/a n/a 0 356
2000 257 9 3 78 2 n/a n/a 0 349
2001 260 8 1 88 1 n/a n/a 0 358
2002 245 11 2 84 8 n/a n/a 0 350
2003 245 11 2 84 8 n/a n/a 0 350
2004 260 7 4 100 5 n/a n/a 0 376
2005 254 4 5 100 6 n/a n/a 0 369
2006 233 1 5 97 7 n/a n/a 0 343
2007 221 2 4 98 8 n/a n/a 0 333
2008 226 3 4 103 6 n/a n/a 0 342
2009 239 4 3 94 3 n/a n/a 0 343
2010 242 2 1 109 0 0 4 0 358
2011 245 7 2 115 3 0 9 0 381
2012 266 6 2 119 10 1 13 0 417
2013 263 5 2 127 10 0 10 0 417
2014 267 8 1 114 4 0 9 0 403
2015 282 4 1 98 9 0 12 0 406
2016 297 13 4 97 17 0 0 0 428
2017 249 4 4 86 10 0 13 0 366
2018 230 4 0 77 9 0 22 0 342
2019 195 7 0 71 7 1 21 0 302
2020 205 7 0 61 3 4 16 0 296
2021 188 6 0 58 7 1 16 0 276
2022 175 6 1 63 8 0 17 0 270
2023 166 4 0 71 4 0 13 0 258

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 Velma Linford Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 539 n/a n/a n/a
1990 525 35.0 15.0 n/a
1991 504 31.0 16.2 29.2
1992 540 24.0 22.5 31.5
1993 443 26.5 16.7 29.8
1994 435 27.0 16.1 36.8
1995 396 24.9 15.9 47
1996 396 24.9 15.9 47
1997 425 25.1 16.9 42.8
1998 379 25.5 14.9 46.4
1999 356 25.1 14.2 53.4
2000 349 27.9 12.5 49
2001 358 27.1 13.2 93
2002 350 27.5 12.7 50.3
2003 350 27.5 12.7 50.3
2004 376 30.0 12.5 44.7
2005 369 31.6 11.7 47.4
2006 343 32.9 10.4 51.3
2007 333 31.5 10.6 46.5
2008 342 33.9 10.1 44.2
2009 343 32.9 10.4 53.1
2010 358 32.4 10.8 53.6
2011 381 n/a n/a 48.6
2012 417 33.3 12.4 49.9
2013 417 n/a n/a 49.6
2014 403 36.0 11.1 46.2
2015 406 36.0 11.2 50.5
2016 428 36.0 11.8 41.8
2017 366 33.5 10.9 43.4
2018 342 31.5 10.8 35.7
2019 302 31.5 9.5 38.7
2020 296 31.1 9.5 35.5
2021 276 32.8 8.4 36.6
2022 270 31.3 8.6 33
2023 258 27.6 9.3 43.8

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 Velma Linford Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 539 n/a n/a n/a
1990 525 35.0 15.0 n/a
1991 504 31.0 16.2 29.2
1992 540 24.0 22.5 31.5
1993 443 26.5 16.7 29.8
1994 435 27.0 16.1 36.8
1995 396 24.9 15.9 47
1996 396 24.9 15.9 47
1997 425 25.1 16.9 42.8
1998 379 25.5 14.9 46.4
1999 356 25.1 14.2 53.4
2000 349 27.9 12.5 49
2001 358 27.1 13.2 93
2002 350 27.5 12.7 50.3
2003 350 27.5 12.7 50.3
2004 376 30.0 12.5 44.7
2005 369 31.6 11.7 47.4
2006 343 32.9 10.4 51.3
2007 333 31.5 10.6 46.5
2008 342 33.9 10.1 44.2
2009 343 32.9 10.4 53.1
2010 358 32.4 10.8 53.6
2011 381 n/a n/a 48.6
2012 417 33.3 12.4 49.9
2013 417 n/a n/a 49.6
2014 403 36.0 11.1 46.2
2015 406 36.0 11.2 50.5
2016 428 36.0 11.8 41.8
2017 366 33.5 10.9 43.4
2018 342 31.5 10.8 35.7
2019 302 31.5 9.5 38.7
2020 296 31.1 9.5 35.5
2021 276 32.8 8.4 36.6
2022 270 31.3 8.6 33
2023 258 27.6 9.3 43.8

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 Velma Linford Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,210 (13.1%) $14,713 (86.9%) $16,923
2020 $2,118 (12.1%) $15,381 (87.9%) $17,499
2021 $2,352 (11.9%) $17,407 (88.1%) $19,760
2022 $3,063 (15.7%) $16,427 (84.3%) $19,490
2023 $3,351 (16.8%) $16,586 (83.2%) $19,938

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Velma Linford Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 53rd of 153 Elementary schoolsRanks 44th of 146 Elementary schools
 4.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Velma Linford Elementary)60.562.5
 2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Albany County School District #1)5962.9
 3.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)54.848.3
 6.5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Velma Linford Elementary)61.970
 8.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Albany County School District #1)60.865.5
 4.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)53.553.5
4th Grade English Language Arts (Velma Linford Elementary)57.448.9
 8.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Albany County School District #1)65.659.2
 6.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)49.145.5
 3.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Velma Linford Elementary)6355.6
 7.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Albany County School District #1)70.464.2
 6.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)5351.1
 1.9%
4th Grade Science (Velma Linford Elementary)46.353.3
 7%
   4th Grade Science (Albany County School District #1)67.865.6
 2.2%
   4th Grade Science (Wyoming)5250.2
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Velma Linford Elementary)59.361.4
 2.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Albany County School District #1)68.668.1
 0.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)55.654.9
 0.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Velma Linford Elementary)64.474.4
 10%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Albany County School District #1)61.772.2
 10.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)55.453.7
 1.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students302258
 14.6%
African American74
 42.9%
American Indian74
 42.9%
Asian00
Hispanic7171
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White195166
 14.9%
Two or More Races2113
 38.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients38.7%43.8%
 5.1%


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Velma Linford Elementary ranks 44th of 146 Wyoming elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Velma Linford Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Laramie Middle School
High : Laramie High School

Students at Velma Linford Elementary are 64% White, 28% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 2% African American, 2% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 258 students attended Velma Linford Elementary.


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