Welch Elementary School
Welch Elementary School serves 292 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
Welch Elementary School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in West Virginia for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 10-14% (which is lower than the West Virginia state average of 38%) for the 2018-19 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 45%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the West Virginia state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the West Virginia state average of 10% (majority Black).
Welch Elementary School's student population of 292 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 22 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Welch Elementary School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 638 schools in West Virginia (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
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 2017-2018 School Year Data
State Level (WV)
Overall Testing Rank
#636 out of 638 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)(17-18)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (11-12)
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, WV Dept. of Education
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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