Mears Middle School

Summary:

Mears Middle School is a public middle school in Anchorage, Alaska, serving 733 students in grades 7-8. The school is part of the Anchorage School District, which is ranked 11th out of 24 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger. Mears Middle School has seen fluctuating performance over the years, with its statewide ranking ranging from 26th to 91st out of Alaska's middle schools.

Mears Middle School has a relatively diverse student population, with a racial makeup that is more diverse than some nearby schools like Goldenview Middle School and Gruening Middle School. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by proficiency rates in subjects like English Language Arts and Mathematics, is generally lower than the Anchorage School District and the state of Alaska averages. The school's performance also varies across different student subgroups, with Native American and multi-racial students performing relatively better than Asian, Hispanic, and White students.

Mears Middle School's statewide ranking has declined over the years, from a high of 26th out of 138 middle schools in 2013-2014 to 61st out of 92 middle schools in the most recent 2022-2023 school year. This suggests a need for the school to address the factors contributing to this decline in performance. Additionally, the school has a relatively high percentage of students (30.15%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, which may contribute to its academic challenges, as research has shown a correlation between socioeconomic status and educational outcomes.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 2700 W 100th
       Anchorage, AK  99515


(907) 742-6400

District: Anchorage School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
61st of 92 Alaska Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,007 Help


Students who attend Mears Middle School usually attend:

High:    Dimond High School

Feeder schools for Mears Middle School:

Elementary:    Bayshore Elementary
    Chinook Elementary
    Gladys Wood Elementary
    Kincaid Elementary
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Student/teacher ratio:  19.8 Help
Number of students:  733

Racial breakdown:

White:
41.2%
Two or more races:
21.3%
American Indian:
10.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Mears Middle School ranks worse than 66.3% of middle schools in Alaska. It also ranks 6th among 11 ranked middle schools in the Anchorage School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 33.32. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (41.2%), two or more races (21.3%), American Indian (10.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 30.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mears Middle School is 19.8. 8 middle schools in the Anchorage School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Mears Middle School is $14,007. 9 middle schools in the Anchorage School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Mears Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Mears Middle School 61st of 92 Alaska public middle schools. (See Mears Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Anchorage School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Anchorage School District 11th of 24 Alaska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Mears Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 77.35 27th 138 80.4%
2006 80.48 19th 132 85.6%
2007 78.50 24th 128 81.3%
2008 75.00 30th 132 77.3%
2009 76.41 25th 131 80.9%
2010 75.03 30th 136 77.9%
2011 73.02 34th 133 74.4%
2012 74.78 35th 135 74.1%
2013 72.35 46th 136 66.2%
2014 77.72 26th 138 81.2%
2015 68.98 35th 151 76.8%
2017 39.43 57th 88 35.2%
2018 44.13 57th 96 40.6%
2019 37.69 63rd 99 36.4%
2021 41.19 51st 84 39.3%
2022 26.05 71st 95 25.3%
2023 33.32 61st 92 33.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 45.25 20th 34 41.2%
2021 57.81 9th 30 70.0%
2022 31.04 17th 28 39.3%
2023 49.91 13th 31 58.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 47.52 2nd 7 71.4%
2022 56.83 3rd 7 57.1%
2023 36.80 4th 7 42.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 17.40 10th 12 16.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 35.43 39th 64 39.1%
2021 43.78 23rd 43 46.5%
2022 24.39 31st 43 27.9%
2023 37.10 34th 55 38.2%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 45.17 11th 24 54.2%
2021 41.18 5th 10 50.0%
2022 27.06 8th 12 33.3%
2023 30.55 13th 20 35.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 36.80 52nd 74 29.7%
2021 49.54 30th 57 47.4%
2022 25.91 49th 66 25.8%
2023 38.21 43rd 66 34.8%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 84.32 1st 20 95.0%
2022 35.43 12th 17 29.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 32.38 50th 73 31.5%
2021 40.60 34th 62 45.2%
2022 29.92 48th 68 29.4%
2023 33.41 51st 72 29.2%
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Rank History for Asian students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 32.79 16th 22 27.3%
2021 37.56 8th 13 38.5%
2022 24.09 11th 15 26.7%
2023 35.71 12th 19 36.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 35.77 15th 19 21.1%
2021 36.45 11th 15 26.7%
2022 23.83 15th 19 21.1%
2023 36.18 12th 21 42.9%
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Rank History for Native American students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 49.64 18th 40 55.0%
2021 22.28 13th 16 18.8%
2022 24.67 12th 16 25.0%
2023 49.70 8th 20 60.0%
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Rank History for White students at Mears Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 36.90 48th 72 33.3%
2021 54.92 24th 58 58.6%
2022 36.60 50th 69 27.5%
2023 39.47 50th 75 33.3%
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Data source: test scores: Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr, 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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Data source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

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Enrollment information for Mears Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 654 47 64 19 50 n/a n/a 0 834
1990 709 41 84 22 65 n/a n/a 0 921
1991 717 39 79 29 72 n/a n/a 0 936
1992 794 49 77 25 81 n/a n/a 0 1026
1993 822 53 81 27 96 n/a n/a 0 1079
1994 872 61 86 40 86 n/a n/a 0 1145
1995 827 49 84 40 82 n/a n/a 0 1082
1996 827 49 84 40 82 n/a n/a 0 1082
1997 825 56 107 39 100 n/a n/a 0 1127
1998 734 42 114 44 103 n/a n/a 0 1037
1999 674 37 132 35 90 n/a n/a 0 968
2000 660 41 115 36 99 n/a n/a 0 951
2001 695 39 124 46 117 n/a n/a 0 1021
2002 686 41 154 60 129 n/a n/a 0 1070
2003 686 41 154 60 129 n/a n/a 0 1070
2004 689 42 169 58 146 n/a n/a 0 1104
2005 717 45 146 48 143 n/a n/a 0 1099
2006 679 53 164 63 131 n/a n/a 0 1090
2007 645 56 160 58 135 n/a n/a 0 1054
2008 521 33 120 79 65 n/a n/a 109 927
2009 468 26 95 81 62 18 120 0 870
2010 450 17 86 78 70 34 107 0 842
2011 400 29 82 74 77 33 109 0 804
2012 403 36 91 72 77 30 123 0 832
2013 397 27 98 90 77 37 131 0 857
2014 373 20 116 80 76 41 111 0 817
2015 332 24 113 65 62 32 148 0 776
2016 332 20 109 62 58 38 172 0 791
2017 346 24 92 57 84 46 149 0 798
2018 350 29 80 71 78 51 143 0 802
2019 340 28 91 71 73 47 138 0 788
2020 323 18 87 72 74 37 142 0 753
2021 273 26 80 63 59 47 136 0 684
2022 313 25 75 78 74 51 163 0 779
2023 302 21 73 70 76 35 156 0 733

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 Mears Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 834 39.9 20.9 6.8
1990 921 42.3 21.7 6.1
1991 936 44.0 21.2 5.2
1992 1026 44.0 23.3 7.7
1993 1079 44.0 24.5 7.3
1994 1145 44.0 26.0 6.9
1995 1082 51.0 21.2 11.6
1996 1082 51.0 21.2 11.6
1997 1127 53.0 21.3 12.8
1998 1037 56.2 18.5 12
1999 968 57.0 17.0 n/a
2000 951 56.6 16.8 13
2001 1021 57.1 17.9 10.6
2002 1070 61.6 17.4 12.7
2003 1070 61.6 17.4 12.7
2004 1104 59.8 18.5 16
2005 1099 60.2 18.3 17.7
2006 1090 63.9 17.1 25.9
2007 1054 62.8 16.8 26.1
2008 927 54.3 17.1 24.9
2009 870 55.9 15.6 22.4
2010 842 52.2 16.1 26.4
2011 804 52.4 15.3 32.5
2012 832 52.7 15.7 35.7
2013 857 52.2 16.4 32.9
2014 817 50.2 16.2 36.2
2015 776 45.0 17.2 35.8
2016 791 45.0 17.5 31.9
2017 798 44.0 18.1 31.7
2018 802 41.1 19.4 36.2
2019 788 39.9 19.7 n/a
2020 753 41.8 18.0 36.9
2021 684 39.4 17.3 n/a
2022 779 39.0 19.9 n/a
2023 733 36.9 19.8 30.2

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 Mears Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 834 39.9 20.9 6.8
1990 921 42.3 21.7 6.1
1991 936 44.0 21.2 5.2
1992 1026 44.0 23.3 7.7
1993 1079 44.0 24.5 7.3
1994 1145 44.0 26.0 6.9
1995 1082 51.0 21.2 11.6
1996 1082 51.0 21.2 11.6
1997 1127 53.0 21.3 12.8
1998 1037 56.2 18.5 12
1999 968 57.0 17.0 n/a
2000 951 56.6 16.8 13
2001 1021 57.1 17.9 10.6
2002 1070 61.6 17.4 12.7
2003 1070 61.6 17.4 12.7
2004 1104 59.8 18.5 16
2005 1099 60.2 18.3 17.7
2006 1090 63.9 17.1 25.9
2007 1054 62.8 16.8 26.1
2008 927 54.3 17.1 24.9
2009 870 55.9 15.6 22.4
2010 842 52.2 16.1 26.4
2011 804 52.4 15.3 32.5
2012 832 52.7 15.7 35.7
2013 857 52.2 16.4 32.9
2014 817 50.2 16.2 36.2
2015 776 45.0 17.2 35.8
2016 791 45.0 17.5 31.9
2017 798 44.0 18.1 31.7
2018 802 41.1 19.4 36.2
2019 788 39.9 19.7 n/a
2020 753 41.8 18.0 36.9
2021 684 39.4 17.3 n/a
2022 779 39.0 19.9 n/a
2023 733 36.9 19.8 30.2

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Mears Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $925 (6.6%) $13,081 (93.4%) $14,007

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mears Middle School

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 63rd of 99 Middle schoolsRanks 61st of 92 Middle schools
 2.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
8th Grade Science (Mears Middle School)40.340.4
 0%
   8th Grade Science (Anchorage School District)45.237.3
 8%
   8th Grade Science (Alaska)43.134.5
 8.6%
All Grades Science (Mears Middle School)40.340.4
 0%
   All Grades Science (Anchorage School District)46.639.4
 7.2%
   All Grades Science (Alaska)44.736.9
 7.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students788733
 7%
African American2821
 25%
American Indian7376
 4.1%
Asian9173
 19.8%
Hispanic7170
 1.4%
Pacific Islander4735
 25.5%
White340302
 11.2%
Two or More Races138156
 13%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Mears Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 733 students attended Mears Middle School.

Mears Middle School ranks 61st of 92 Alaska middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Mears Middle School usually go on to attend Dimond High School

Students at Mears Middle School are 41% White, 21% Two or more races, 10% American Indian, 10% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 5% Pacific Islander, 3% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr.

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