Ralph Witters Elementary

Summary:

Ralph Witters Elementary is a public elementary school in Thermopolis, Wyoming, serving 242 students in grades PK-4 as part of the Hot Springs County School District #1. The school has a predominantly white student population, with academic performance that has fluctuated in recent years but shows some strengths, particularly in special education and gifted programs.

Academically, Ralph Witters Elementary's proficiency rates in ELA and Math have been below the state averages, though 4th-grade performance was stronger, with Math proficiency exceeding the state average. The school's special education program has shown particularly strong performance, ranking 20th out of 77 Wyoming elementary schools. However, there are notable disparities, with female students consistently outperforming male students and the school's rankings for white and low-income students varying over time.

Despite these challenges, the school has seen increased funding and resources, with per-student spending rising from $14,943 in 2019-2020 to $19,475 in 2022-2023, and a decreasing student-teacher ratio. As the school continues to invest in its students, it will be important to monitor how these changes translate into improved academic outcomes, particularly for underperforming subgroups, and to build on the strengths of its special education and gifted programs.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-4

 215 Springview
       Thermopolis, WY  82443


(307) 864-6561

District: Hot Springs County School District #1

SchoolDigger Rank:
91st of 146 Wyoming Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,475 Help


Students who attend Ralph Witters Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Thermopolis Middle School
High:    Hot Springs County High School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.2 Help
Number of students:  242

Racial breakdown:

White:
87.2%
Hispanic:
6.6%
American Indian:
2.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  42.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ralph Witters Elementary ranks worse than 62.3% of elementary schools in Wyoming. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.07. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (87.2%), Hispanic (6.6%), American Indian (2.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 42.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ralph Witters Elementary is 11.2. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ralph Witters Elementary is $19,475.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ralph Witters Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Ralph Witters Elementary 91st of 146 Wyoming public elementary schools. (See Ralph Witters Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Gifted and Talented students:
Male students:
White students:


Hot Springs County School District #1:

SchoolDigger ranks Hot Springs County School District #1 4th of 42 Wyoming school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ralph Witters Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Ralph Witters Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 35.00 114th 145 21.4%
2007 46.71 91st 149 38.9%
2008 43.27 107th 151 29.1%
2009 39.68 110th 150 26.7%
2010 66.09 50th 150 66.7%
2011 49.61 87th 152 42.8%
2012 57.64 66th 143 53.8%
2013 49.81 84th 142 40.8%
2014 63.13 44th 147 70.1%
2015 62.76 51st 154 66.9%
2016 43.87 95th 148 35.8%
2017 54.87 73rd 151 51.7%
2018 68.25 43rd 147 70.7%
2019 60.84 55th 153 64.1%
2021 76.81 27th 153 82.4%
2022 48.46 85th 144 41.0%
2023 43.07 91st 146 37.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ralph Witters Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 95.43 3rd 75 96.0%
2021 28.30 57th 71 19.7%
2023 64.15 20th 77 74.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ralph Witters Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.37 9th 99 90.9%
2019 70.70 24th 132 81.8%
2021 58.71 38th 119 68.1%
2022 93.15 2nd 110 98.2%
2023 45.66 66th 115 42.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Ralph Witters Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.99 37th 125 70.4%
2019 66.81 34th 136 75.0%
2021 70.11 30th 132 77.3%
2022 61.49 44th 126 65.1%
2023 51.84 63rd 129 51.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ralph Witters Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 57.62 24th 72 66.7%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Ralph Witters Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.42 4th 4 0.0%
2019 44.52 2nd 3 33.3%
2021 36.37 2nd 2 0.0%
2023 21.73 3rd 3 0.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Ralph Witters Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.89 30th 126 76.2%
2019 55.05 59th 138 57.2%
2021 76.59 24th 134 82.1%
2022 43.66 78th 127 38.6%
2023 37.33 93rd 132 29.5%
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Rank History for White students at Ralph Witters Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 89.45 6th 120 95.0%
2021 73.08 26th 113 77.0%
2022 51.15 57th 103 44.7%
2023 47.30 58th 101 42.6%
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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 Ralph Witters 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 331 331
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 340 340
1991 321 1 0 3 10 n/a n/a 0 335
1992 314 1 1 2 11 n/a n/a 0 329
1993 311 2 1 6 12 n/a n/a 0 332
1994 315 2 1 3 14 n/a n/a 0 335
1995 245 0 0 2 8 n/a n/a 0 255
1996 245 0 0 2 8 n/a n/a 0 255
1997 250 1 0 1 7 n/a n/a 0 259
1998 232 1 1 2 5 n/a n/a 0 241
1999 225 2 0 3 1 n/a n/a 0 231
2000 205 3 1 0 1 n/a n/a 0 210
2001 208 1 0 1 2 n/a n/a 0 212
2002 182 1 1 3 3 n/a n/a 0 190
2003 182 1 1 3 3 n/a n/a 0 190
2004 178 4 1 2 2 n/a n/a 0 187
2005 179 4 1 2 6 n/a n/a 0 192
2006 168 3 1 5 7 n/a n/a 0 184
2007 186 5 1 2 4 n/a n/a 0 198
2008 278 2 4 4 8 n/a n/a 0 296
2009 288 2 3 6 6 n/a n/a 0 305
2010 228 1 2 6 4 0 0 0 241
2011 214 0 2 6 6 0 0 0 228
2012 213 1 1 9 4 1 0 0 229
2013 211 1 0 10 5 0 3 0 230
2014 217 2 0 6 5 0 0 0 230
2015 212 2 0 8 5 1 0 0 228
2016 227 2 1 6 2 0 0 0 238
2017 223 4 1 5 5 0 0 0 238
2018 235 0 3 7 6 0 0 0 251
2019 209 1 4 7 5 0 1 0 227
2020 217 0 1 5 3 0 13 0 239
2021 206 1 0 18 5 0 12 0 242
2022 214 2 0 20 3 0 12 0 251
2023 211 4 3 16 6 2 0 0 242

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 Ralph Witters Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 331 n/a n/a n/a
1990 340 23.0 14.7 n/a
1991 335 20.0 16.7 23.9
1992 329 16.0 20.5 24.6
1993 332 18.8 17.7 25.3
1994 335 19.0 17.6 26.6
1995 255 17.5 14.6 29
1996 255 17.5 14.6 29
1997 259 16.8 15.4 29.3
1998 241 19.0 12.7 32.4
1999 231 18.0 12.8 48.9
2000 210 18.0 11.7 45.7
2001 212 16.3 13.0 70.3
2002 190 16.7 11.4 40.5
2003 190 16.7 11.4 40.5
2004 187 16.7 11.2 44.9
2005 192 13.7 14.0 45.8
2006 184 14.9 12.3 42.4
2007 198 15.4 12.9 41.4
2008 296 26.3 11.3 47.3
2009 305 26.3 11.6 45.2
2010 241 27.2 9.1 51.5
2011 228 n/a n/a 46.1
2012 229 22.7 10.0 46.7
2013 230 n/a n/a 46.5
2014 230 22.8 10.0 39.1
2015 228 24.0 9.5 36.4
2016 238 23.0 10.3 47.9
2017 238 22.9 10.3 52.1
2018 251 20.7 12.0 47
2019 227 20.7 10.9 44.1
2020 239 20.7 11.5 30.5
2021 242 24.5 9.8 35.1
2022 251 25.0 10.0 33.5
2023 242 21.5 11.2 42.1

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 Ralph Witters Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 331 n/a n/a n/a
1990 340 23.0 14.7 n/a
1991 335 20.0 16.7 23.9
1992 329 16.0 20.5 24.6
1993 332 18.8 17.7 25.3
1994 335 19.0 17.6 26.6
1995 255 17.5 14.6 29
1996 255 17.5 14.6 29
1997 259 16.8 15.4 29.3
1998 241 19.0 12.7 32.4
1999 231 18.0 12.8 48.9
2000 210 18.0 11.7 45.7
2001 212 16.3 13.0 70.3
2002 190 16.7 11.4 40.5
2003 190 16.7 11.4 40.5
2004 187 16.7 11.2 44.9
2005 192 13.7 14.0 45.8
2006 184 14.9 12.3 42.4
2007 198 15.4 12.9 41.4
2008 296 26.3 11.3 47.3
2009 305 26.3 11.6 45.2
2010 241 27.2 9.1 51.5
2011 228 n/a n/a 46.1
2012 229 22.7 10.0 46.7
2013 230 n/a n/a 46.5
2014 230 22.8 10.0 39.1
2015 228 24.0 9.5 36.4
2016 238 23.0 10.3 47.9
2017 238 22.9 10.3 52.1
2018 251 20.7 12.0 47
2019 227 20.7 10.9 44.1
2020 239 20.7 11.5 30.5
2021 242 24.5 9.8 35.1
2022 251 25.0 10.0 33.5
2023 242 21.5 11.2 42.1

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 Ralph Witters Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,457 (9.1%) $14,507 (90.9%) $15,963
2020 $1,434 (9.6%) $13,508 (90.4%) $14,943
2021 $2,312 (14.6%) $13,563 (85.4%) $15,875
2022 $3,530 (18.6%) $15,490 (81.4%) $19,020
2023 $3,670 (18.8%) $15,805 (81.2%) $19,475

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ralph Witters Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 55th of 153 Elementary schoolsRanks 91st of 146 Elementary schools
 26.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ralph Witters Elementary)39.540
 0.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hot Springs County School District #1)39.540
 0.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)54.848.3
 6.5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Ralph Witters Elementary)37.238
 0.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hot Springs County School District #1)37.238
 0.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)53.553.5
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ralph Witters Elementary)68.242.6
 25.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hot Springs County School District #1)68.242.6
 25.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wyoming)49.145.5
 3.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ralph Witters Elementary)7561.7
 13.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hot Springs County School District #1)7561.7
 13.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wyoming)5351.1
 1.9%
4th Grade Science (Ralph Witters Elementary)72.753.2
 19.5%
   4th Grade Science (Hot Springs County School District #1)72.753.2
 19.5%
   4th Grade Science (Wyoming)5250.2
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students227242
 6.6%
African American14
 300%
American Indian56
 20%
Asian43
 25%
Hispanic716
 128.6%
Pacific Islander02
White209211
 1%
Two or More Races10
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients44.1%42.1%
 1.9%


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Students who attend Ralph Witters Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Thermopolis Middle School
High : Hot Springs County High School

Students at Ralph Witters Elementary are 87% White, 7% Hispanic, 2% American Indian, 2% African American, 1% Asian.

Ralph Witters Elementary ranks 91st of 146 Wyoming elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 242 students attended Ralph Witters Elementary.


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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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