Sunflower Elementary

Summary:

Sunflower Elementary is a public elementary school in Gillette, Wyoming, serving students from kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the Campbell County School District #1. This school stands out for its consistently strong academic performance, with students outpacing the district and state in proficiency rates for both English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Sunflower Elementary's academic excellence is particularly noteworthy given its relatively high percentage of low socioeconomic status (SES) students. In 2022-2023, the school ranked 9th out of 115 Wyoming elementary schools for its performance with low SES students, earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. Additionally, the school has maintained a lower student-teacher ratio of 12.1 compared to nearby schools, which range from 11.1 to 15.8 students per teacher. This investment in resources may contribute to Sunflower Elementary's strong academic outcomes.

While Sunflower Elementary has a predominantly white student population, the school has seen an increase in racial diversity over the past few years, with the percentage of Hispanic students rising from 10.13% in 2020-2021 to 6.8% in 2022-2023. This diversity, coupled with the school's high rankings for both female and male students, suggests a focus on equity and inclusivity. Sunflower Elementary's performance stands out compared to nearby schools in the Campbell County School District #1, making it a potential model for effective practices that could be replicated elsewhere in the district.


Detail:

Public K-6

 2500 South Dogwood Avenue
       Gillette, WY  82718


(307) 686-0631

District: Campbell County School District #1

SchoolDigger Rank:
43rd of 146 Wyoming Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,068 Help


Students who attend Sunflower Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Sage Valley Junior High School
High:    Campbell County High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.1 Help
Number of students:  294

Racial breakdown:

White:
88.8%
Hispanic:
6.8%
Two or more races:
2.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  42.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sunflower Elementary ranks better than 70.5% of elementary schools in Wyoming. It also ranks 2nd among 15 ranked elementary schools in the Campbell County School District #1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 68.53. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (88.8%), Hispanic (6.8%), two or more races (2.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 42.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sunflower Elementary is 12.1. 12 elementary schools in the Campbell County School District #1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sunflower Elementary is $18,068. 9 elementary schools in the Campbell County School District #1 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sunflower Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Sunflower Elementary 43rd of 146 Wyoming public elementary schools. (See Sunflower Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Campbell County School District #1:

SchoolDigger ranks Campbell County School District #1 28th of 42 Wyoming school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sunflower Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Sunflower Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 41.30 80th 131 38.9%
2005 73.02 27th 136 80.1%
2006 47.43 81st 145 44.1%
2007 42.55 103rd 149 30.9%
2008 63.14 48th 151 68.2%
2009 58.26 60th 150 60.0%
2010 52.01 78th 150 48.0%
2011 52.66 77th 152 49.3%
2012 50.02 81st 143 43.4%
2013 50.09 83rd 142 41.5%
2014 51.29 75th 147 49.0%
2015 51.90 77th 154 50.0%
2016 53.53 70th 148 52.7%
2017 54.79 74th 151 51.0%
2018 55.96 67th 147 54.4%
2019 43.44 98th 153 35.9%
2021 59.53 55th 153 64.1%
2022 59.72 53rd 144 63.2%
2023 68.53 43rd 146 70.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sunflower Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.28 29th 99 70.7%
2019 49.31 63rd 132 52.3%
2021 73.92 15th 119 87.4%
2022 74.74 17th 110 84.5%
2023 80.05 9th 115 92.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Sunflower Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.86 77th 125 38.4%
2019 39.36 91st 136 33.1%
2021 58.78 54th 132 59.1%
2022 53.45 69th 126 45.2%
2023 60.45 45th 129 65.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Sunflower Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.30 28th 126 77.8%
2019 49.83 69th 138 50.0%
2021 61.01 49th 134 63.4%
2022 64.53 41st 127 67.7%
2023 77.18 21st 132 84.1%
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Rank History for White students at Sunflower Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 42.79 73rd 120 39.2%
2021 54.86 57th 113 49.6%
2022 55.98 48th 103 53.4%
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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.

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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Enrollment information for Sunflower 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 579 579
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 547 547
1991 508 0 0 15 5 n/a n/a 0 528
1992 545 0 1 25 4 n/a n/a 0 575
1993 529 1 1 15 3 n/a n/a 0 549
1994 475 0 2 16 8 n/a n/a 0 501
1995 434 2 0 10 8 n/a n/a 0 454
1996 434 2 0 10 8 n/a n/a 0 454
1997 405 3 0 14 8 n/a n/a 0 430
1998 407 4 0 15 7 n/a n/a 0 433
1999 404 6 2 22 9 n/a n/a 0 443
2000 381 4 0 19 10 n/a n/a 0 414
2001 378 2 0 19 5 n/a n/a 0 404
2002 399 5 1 16 9 n/a n/a 0 430
2003 399 5 1 16 9 n/a n/a 0 430
2004 410 5 1 15 2 n/a n/a 0 433
2005 359 3 1 20 2 n/a n/a 0 385
2006 390 3 2 28 5 n/a n/a 0 428
2007 388 2 2 26 11 n/a n/a 0 429
2008 399 5 3 28 3 n/a n/a 0 438
2009 417 7 4 36 7 n/a n/a 0 471
2010 392 5 3 54 5 0 0 0 459
2011 387 3 1 47 7 0 0 0 445
2012 392 6 1 44 4 0 0 0 447
2013 336 6 1 48 2 0 0 0 393
2014 335 8 1 52 4 1 0 0 401
2015 371 10 1 40 4 1 1 0 428
2016 366 8 0 53 7 0 0 0 434
2017 337 6 1 33 7 0 0 0 384
2018 328 5 1 35 1 0 1 0 371
2019 315 3 2 32 6 0 1 0 359
2020 289 3 2 37 12 0 3 0 346
2021 267 3 0 32 12 0 2 0 316
2022 260 3 1 31 7 0 5 0 307
2023 261 0 1 20 5 0 7 0 294

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 Sunflower Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 579 n/a n/a n/a
1990 547 22.0 24.8 n/a
1991 528 31.0 17.0 11.4
1992 575 24.0 23.9 16.2
1993 549 31.0 17.7 12.9
1994 501 31.0 16.2 22.4
1995 454 27.5 16.5 24
1996 454 27.5 16.5 24
1997 430 29.5 14.6 23.7
1998 433 29.5 14.7 28.2
1999 443 27.5 16.1 33.4
2000 414 27.5 15.1 31.9
2001 404 26.5 15.2 61.1
2002 430 29.8 14.4 34
2003 430 29.8 14.4 34
2004 433 30.3 14.3 32.6
2005 385 32.3 11.9 35.6
2006 428 31.3 13.7 36.9
2007 429 29.9 14.3 30.3
2008 438 29.0 15.1 31.5
2009 471 30.0 15.7 31.6
2010 459 29.8 15.2 38.8
2011 445 n/a n/a 40.4
2012 447 30.4 14.6 40
2013 393 n/a n/a 43.8
2014 401 30.7 13.0 45.4
2015 428 32.0 13.3 40.4
2016 434 32.0 13.5 38.9
2017 384 29.2 13.1 46.4
2018 371 26.6 13.9 47.4
2019 359 27.6 13.0 36.5
2020 346 27.1 12.7 38.2
2021 316 25.1 12.5 43.4
2022 307 24.1 12.7 35.8
2023 294 24.1 12.1 42.5

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 Sunflower Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 579 n/a n/a n/a
1990 547 22.0 24.8 n/a
1991 528 31.0 17.0 11.4
1992 575 24.0 23.9 16.2
1993 549 31.0 17.7 12.9
1994 501 31.0 16.2 22.4
1995 454 27.5 16.5 24
1996 454 27.5 16.5 24
1997 430 29.5 14.6 23.7
1998 433 29.5 14.7 28.2
1999 443 27.5 16.1 33.4
2000 414 27.5 15.1 31.9
2001 404 26.5 15.2 61.1
2002 430 29.8 14.4 34
2003 430 29.8 14.4 34
2004 433 30.3 14.3 32.6
2005 385 32.3 11.9 35.6
2006 428 31.3 13.7 36.9
2007 429 29.9 14.3 30.3
2008 438 29.0 15.1 31.5
2009 471 30.0 15.7 31.6
2010 459 29.8 15.2 38.8
2011 445 n/a n/a 40.4
2012 447 30.4 14.6 40
2013 393 n/a n/a 43.8
2014 401 30.7 13.0 45.4
2015 428 32.0 13.3 40.4
2016 434 32.0 13.5 38.9
2017 384 29.2 13.1 46.4
2018 371 26.6 13.9 47.4
2019 359 27.6 13.0 36.5
2020 346 27.1 12.7 38.2
2021 316 25.1 12.5 43.4
2022 307 24.1 12.7 35.8
2023 294 24.1 12.1 42.5

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Sunflower Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $948 (6.4%) $13,819 (93.6%) $14,767
2020 $821 (5.4%) $14,335 (94.6%) $15,156
2021 $1,944 (11.1%) $15,612 (88.9%) $17,556
2022 $1,937 (11.6%) $14,719 (88.4%) $16,656
2023 $3,427 (19.0%) $14,641 (81.0%) $18,068

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sunflower Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 98th of 153 Elementary schoolsRanks 43rd of 146 Elementary schools
 34.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sunflower Elementary)4969.2
 20.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Campbell County School District #1)49.247.9
 1.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)54.848.3
 6.5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Sunflower Elementary)57.184.6
 27.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Campbell County School District #1)45.756.2
 10.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)53.553.5
4th Grade English Language Arts (Sunflower Elementary)4052.6
 12.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Campbell County School District #1)38.948.9
 10%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)49.145.5
 3.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Sunflower Elementary)58.252.6
 5.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Campbell County School District #1)43.960.1
 16.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)5351.1
 1.9%
4th Grade Science (Sunflower Elementary)41.860.5
 18.7%
   4th Grade Science (Campbell County School District #1)43.352.7
 9.4%
   4th Grade Science (Wyoming)5250.2
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Sunflower Elementary)54.650
 4.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Campbell County School District #1)4947
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)55.654.9
 0.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Sunflower Elementary)5052.5
 2.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Campbell County School District #1)54.148.5
 5.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)55.453.7
 1.7%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Sunflower Elementary)6073.2
 13.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Campbell County School District #1)61.261.3
 0.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)60.859.8
 1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Sunflower Elementary)53.770.7
 17%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Campbell County School District #1)61.759.8
 1.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)55.151.5
 3.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students359294
 18.1%
African American30
 100%
American Indian65
 16.7%
Asian21
 50%
Hispanic3220
 37.5%
Pacific Islander00
White315261
 17.1%
Two or More Races17
 600%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients36.5%42.5%
 6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sunflower Elementary

Students at Sunflower Elementary are 89% White, 7% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, 2% American Indian.

Sunflower Elementary ranks 43rd of 146 Wyoming elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 294 students attended Sunflower Elementary.

Students who attend Sunflower Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Sage Valley Junior High School
High : Campbell 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 Wyoming Department of Education.

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