Hispanic enrollment in the district has increased steadily over the past two decades. Currently, Hispanic students comprise about 50% of the student body. The proportion of White non-Hispanic students has been decreasing in recent years to the current 23% of total enrollment, and the proportion of Black non-Hispanic students has increased to about 17% of total enrollment. Multiracial students constitute about 9% of district enrollment. Enrollment proportions are roughly similar in all district schools except for Elm Street Elementary, at which Hispanic students comprise nearly 75% of enrollment, and Black and White non-Hispanic students each constitute about 14% of enrollment.
Nearly 100% of Painesville’s students confront economic disadvantage. About one quarter of students face economic disadvantage and exhibit limited English proficiency, and about one-eighth of students face economic disadvantage and have an identified disability. Just over half of the students facing economic disadvantage have neither an identified disability nor limited English proficiency. Approximately 4% of students exhibit all three conditions.
The proportion of students identified as having disabilities is similar at all but one of the district’s schools, ranging from 15% to 19%. The proportion is greatest (19%) at the high school. Elm Street Elementary has a notably lower proportion of students identified with disabilities: 10%.
About 30% of Painesville City Local Schools’ total student population exhibit limited English proficiency (LEP). The proportion of students identified as LEP varies significantly among schools. Slightly more than a third of enrolled students at two of Painesville’s elementary schools, and about 29% of enrolled students at the middle school, are identified as having limited English proficiency. The proportion of students at the high school identified as exhibiting LEP is considerably lower (17%). Elm Street Elementary again shows demographic distinction, with about half of its enrolled students identified as LEP. Of Painesville’s enrolled population of Hispanic students, around 40% do exhibit English proficiency, and many of these students are bilingual.
In Painesville’s high school, middle school, and two of its elementary schools, students identified as having disabilities constitute around 17% to 19% of enrollment. The average percentage of students enrolled in U.S. schools identified as having disabilities is in the range of 12% to 13%. At Painesville’s Elm Street Elementary, enrollment of students identified as having disabilities is slightly less than 10%.
- What might account for Elm Street’s lower than average percentage of students identified with disabilities?