Welch Elementary School

  • Welch Elementary School serves 292 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 20-24% (which is lower than the West Virginia state average of 35%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 20-24% (which is lower than the West Virginia state average of 47%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the West Virginia state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the West Virginia state average of 10%.

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School Overview

  • Welch Elementary School's student population of 292 students has declined by 7% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 22 teachers has declined by 15% over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
Total Students292 students
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Total Classroom Teachers22 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Welch Elementary School's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has increased from 12:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Welch Elementary School is 0.30, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.19. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (WV)
Overall School Rank--
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)20-24%
35%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)20-24%
47%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Welch Elementary School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of West Virginia by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio13:115:1
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Asian
n/a
1%
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Hispanic
1%
2%
Black
12%
4%
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White
83%
90%
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Two or more races
4%
3%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Welch Elementary School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in WV.
Diversity Score0.300.19
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Eligible for Free Lunchn/a
14%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
2%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Welch Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in West Virginia by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameMCDOWELL COUNTY SCHOOLS School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, WV Dept. of Education

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We recently moved into the Welch area. We have 4 children, 3 who attend Welch Elementary. We previously lived in Virginia in a growing city outside of Washington D.C. I will have to admit that my fears of my children attending this school were great to say the least. They attended a public school in a county with 58 other elementary schools. Their school had the best scores in the entire county and was a school of excellence since it's opening. But, I will say that I am proud that my children attend Welch Elementary. Mr. Spence is the best principal my children have ever had. They love the school. One thing we have noticed visiting the school during school hours is the behavior of the students. All of the children seem to have a respect for the staff. The staff has control over the students. The cafeteria was extremely quiet and from what I could gather there were at least 5 classes in there at the time. My children have commented on how structured the school is. The amount of physical activity the children receive is great. They have P.E. once a day. There is sufficient extracurricular activities, but they don't out weigh the academics. I believe there should be fun but learning is the priority. I have noticed the entire staff seems to be there for the students and not the pay. They are there for the students education and not for the benefits. Which coming from a big city you find a lot of teachers who seem to not care about teaching the children. We are greatly excited about this school and look forward to many good years to come. Thank you teachers and staff for giving my children the chance to receive a good education. Mark & Tonia Muncy
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