#315 Elementary School in MS and #28 in Hinds County

Dawson Elementary School

4215 Sunset Drive, Jackson, MS 39213

How Good is Dawson Elementary School?

Report Card

C- Academic Results
D Learning Enviroment
A- School Safety
C- Overall Grade

Dawson Elementary School is in Jackson, Mississippi and is a Hinds County school. An enrollment of 375 students and a student–teacher ratio of 19 students per teacher was reported by the school.

When compared to other schools in Mississippi it is slightly below average and has received and a grade of C- from The School Review. Of elementary schools in the Hinds County it is ranked 28. Statewide, Dawson Elementary School is ranked 315 for elementary schools.

For our analysis we use data provided by the schools to the U.S. Department of Education. We take this information and compare dozens of data points to assign every school a grade for academics, safety and learning environment. These scores are combined to determine the overall grade. You can read a more detailed description of our grading system on our methodology page.


A number of factors, including Mississippi standardized test scores, are used to determine a school’s academics grade. For academics, Dawson Elementary School performs slightly below average when compared to other elementary schools in Mississippi and earned the grade of C- for this measure.

Source: MS Standardized Tests
Academics Grade C-
Test Performance Poor

Learning Enviroment

To evaluate the learning environment at a school we look at a variety of factors such as teacher certifications, experience and chronic absenteeism. Dawson Elementary School received a grade of D for learning environment. For this measure, this school is below average when compared to other elementary schools in Mississippi.

Students : Teacher
MS Avg. 17
Uncertified Teachers
MS Avg. 3%
New Teachers
MS Avg. 14%
Learning Enviroment Grade D
Student–Teacher Ratio Poor
Student Absenteeism Poor
Teacher Absenteeism Poor
Teacher Certifications Good
Teacher Experience Poor


Factors such as suspension rate and number of physical altercations at a school are used to determine our safety grade. For safety, Dawson Elementary School performs above average when compared to other elementary schools in Mississippi and earned the grade of A- for this measure.

Safety Grade A-
In-School Suspensions Very Good
Out-of-School Suspensions Very Good
Physical Altercations N/A


Information about the student body at Dawson Elementary School is listed below. Demographics are not used when scoring a school.

Students w/ Disablities
MS Avg. 13%
Free Lunch
MS Avg. 73%
Econ. Disadvantaged
MS Avg. 78%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 375
Minority Students 373
Diversity Index 1
Students with Disablities 17
Economically Disadvantaged 100%
Limited English Proficiency 0%
Gifted Students 4%

Compare Nearby Schools

Below are elementary schools nearest to Dawson Elementary School. The table displays The School Review’s score for these schools. If you would like a complete list of local schools, visit the Jackson, Mississippi schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Smith Elementary School C D C+ A+
2 Johnson Elementary School D D C N/A
3 Watkins Elementary School D D D C-
4 French Elementary School C- D C- C
5 Walton Elementary School C C C- B+

Dawson Elementary School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students are enrolled at Dawson Elementary School? 375 students.
  • Is Dawson Elementary School a good school? The school received an overall grade of C-, which means it is slightly below average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Dawson Elementary School in? The school is located in Hinds County.
  • How can I contact Dawson Elementary School? The school's number is (601) 987-3513. You can visit their website at http://dawson.jpsms.org.
  • Where is Dawson Elementary School? 4215 Sunset Drive, Jackson, Mississippi 39213

How we rate schools?

We rank elementary schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance to the distribution of elementary schools on the same test in the state. We then compute overall achievement by averaging a school’s standardized performance across subjects and years. We evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, or chronically absent. Finally, we measure the Safety of an elementary school from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
Smith Elementary School
3900 Parkway Drive Jackson, MS 39213
Johnson Elementary School
1339 Oakpark Drive Jackson, MS 39213
Watkins Elementary School
3915 Watkins Drive Jackson, MS 39206
French Elementary School
311 Joel Avenue Jackson, MS 39209
Walton Elementary School
3200 Bailey Avenue Extension Jackson, MS 39213