James B. Davidson Middle

Summary:

James B. Davidson Middle is a public middle school located in San Rafael, California, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 1,063 students. The school is part of the San Rafael City Elementary District, which is ranked 926 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 2-star rating out of 5 from SchoolDigger.

James B. Davidson Middle has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (72.06%) compared to the state average for middle schools (around 55%), and a lower percentage of White (21.54%) and Asian (3.2%) students. Academically, the school's performance, as measured by Smarter Balanced Assessments and CAST, is generally below the state and district averages, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts (35.25%) and Mathematics (27.69%) lower than the state averages (46.66% and 34.62%, respectively). However, the school's White students perform exceptionally well, ranking in the top 5-6% of California middle schools, while Hispanic and English Language Learner students perform poorly, ranking in the bottom 20-25%. Additionally, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 6.8% in 2017-2018 to 17.3% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the state average.

When compared to nearby middle schools, such as Richmond Charter Academy, Helms Middle, and Sinaloa Middle, James B. Davidson Middle generally performs worse academically. However, the school's performance for White students is on par with or better than many of the higher-performing nearby schools. The high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (73.47%) suggests that socioeconomic factors may be playing a significant role in the school's academic outcomes, and targeted interventions and support for economically disadvantaged students may be necessary.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 280 Woodland Ave.
       San Rafael, CA  94901-5046


(415) 485-2400

District: San Rafael City Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
1433rd of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,329 Help


Students who attend James B. Davidson Middle usually attend:

High:    San Rafael High
    Terra Linda High

Feeder schools for James B. Davidson Middle:

Elementary:    Bahia Vista Elementary
    Coleman Elementary
    Glenwood Elementary
    Laurel Dell Elementary
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Student/teacher ratio:  20.0 Help
Number of students:  1,063

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
72.1%
White:
21.5%
Asian:
3.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  73.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details James B. Davidson Middle ranks worse than 51.2% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 40.67. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (72.1%), White (21.5%), Asian (3.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 73.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at James B. Davidson Middle is 20. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at James B. Davidson Middle is $8,329.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

James B. Davidson Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks James B. Davidson Middle 1433rd of 2798 California public middle schools. (See James B. Davidson Middle in the ranking list.)

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San Rafael City Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks San Rafael City Elementary 926th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for James B. Davidson Middle

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Rank History for all students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 57.06 637th 1769 64.0%
2005 60.47 595th 1777 66.5%
2006 53.33 752nd 1804 58.3%
2007 52.40 850th 1999 57.5%
2008 44.40 1052nd 2005 47.5%
2009 43.51 1121st 2063 45.7%
2010 51.09 1015th 2179 53.4%
2011 60.74 796th 2236 64.4%
2012 60.35 813th 2259 64.0%
2013 64.26 770th 2379 67.6%
2015 53.64 1016th 2477 59.0%
2016 52.66 1053rd 2497 57.8%
2017 47.76 1166th 2508 53.5%
2018 43.58 1269th 2480 48.8%
2019 45.87 1275th 2715 53.0%
2021 39.17 511th 894 42.8%
2022 50.25 1173rd 2740 57.2%
2023 40.67 1431st 2788 48.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.51 1128th 1364 17.3%
2019 28.78 1186th 1442 17.8%
2021 33.65 271st 363 25.3%
2022 35.54 947th 1540 38.5%
2023 35.84 933rd 1523 38.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 41.91 723rd 1532 52.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.90 1775th 2230 20.4%
2019 22.38 1956th 2369 17.4%
2021 28.90 549th 721 23.9%
2022 37.04 1435th 2458 41.6%
2023 23.51 2025th 2535 20.1%
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Rank History for Homeless students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 52.54 125th 336 62.8%
2023 29.49 245th 321 23.7%
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Rank History for Female students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.56 1336th 2262 40.9%
2019 42.61 1243rd 2380 47.8%
2021 34.07 465th 738 37.0%
2022 46.25 1164th 2509 53.6%
2023 39.13 1356th 2535 46.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.51 870th 1369 36.4%
2019 28.51 1066th 1491 28.5%
2021 39.87 185th 354 47.7%
2022 42.93 684th 1531 55.3%
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Rank History for Male students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.22 1067th 2273 53.1%
2019 47.11 1100th 2407 54.3%
2021 44.39 381st 763 50.1%
2022 52.74 982nd 2527 61.1%
2023 41.02 1309th 2546 48.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.01 269th 700 61.6%
2019 66.70 286th 745 61.6%
2022 67.84 263rd 733 64.1%
2023 50.23 418th 717 41.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.05 1704th 2072 17.8%
2019 21.72 1830th 2213 17.3%
2022 34.74 1468th 2359 37.8%
2023 22.93 1900th 2379 20.1%
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Rank History for White students at James B. Davidson Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.95 117th 1496 92.2%
2019 90.27 75th 1602 95.3%
2022 90.29 76th 1555 95.1%
2023 88.45 98th 1549 93.7%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, 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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by a parent
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Open Quote My daughter is in her 3rd and final year at Davidson, about to graduate and move on to high school. Her opinion would be a 5 star review - that's how much she loves it. We've found it to be very good in terms of academics and social development. She is a straight-A student, so one of the questions was: would she be challenged enough at Davidson? The answer is yes. She had some honors classes which challenged her, but more important, the non-honors classes challenged her as well. Most of the teachers are highly adept at managing a class with students of various learning abilities and making sure they learn at their pace. I know some parents have had some teachers that were not as good at this. Fortunately for us, almost all of our daughter's teachers were excellent. I'm also impressed with the administration. The principal is highly principled! They suffer from not having as much support staff as they could use (as all schools in CA are these days with budget problems), but they do seem to find resources in various places to get some of the most important support staff such as folks to help with people with limited English skills. Each year they do more to integrate Spanish-speaking parents into the school functions and processes. Principal Dr. McLean's three areas of focus are: high achievement, one school community, and increased parent involvement. She's done an amazing job communicating these areas of focus and rallying the staff and school community toward making them a reality. I highly recommend Davidson Middle School. The only reason there are not 5 stars is due to the budget cuts and lack of additional resources and activities, which is out of the school's hands. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Open Quote Great teachers! Never a quarrel with the level of academic performance and expectations from the students.
There has been phenomenal social spirit and the kids are heard to say things to their friends like "Davidson Rocks!"
The school site is improving all the time. With more parent involvement and local community financial support all the infrastructure can be brought up to a 21st century standards.
Electives are back and the music department is second to none in Marin County. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Open Quote I have a student at Davidson. He's bright and finds lots of stimulation both academically and socially. We are especially impressed with the music program. It's wonderful to hit the middle school years when art and PE become part of the daily program! Close Quote



Enrollment information for James B. Davidson Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 529 71 80 111 3 n/a n/a 0 794
1989 496 49 86 145 3 n/a n/a 0 779
1990 511 52 72 160 3 n/a n/a 0 798
1991 518 59 84 169 1 n/a n/a 0 831
1992 497 70 74 212 3 n/a n/a 0 856
1993 416 72 94 233 8 n/a n/a 0 823
1994 406 61 104 264 8 n/a n/a 0 843
1995 437 61 117 312 7 n/a n/a 0 934
1996 437 61 117 312 7 n/a n/a 0 934
1997 456 59 106 347 5 n/a n/a 0 973
1998 468 63 80 347 1 n/a n/a 0 959
1999 424 61 80 344 2 n/a n/a 0 911
2000 434 50 77 349 3 n/a n/a 0 913
2001 374 46 70 329 2 n/a n/a 0 821
2002 373 66 80 410 0 n/a n/a 1 930
2003 373 66 80 410 0 n/a n/a 1 930
2004 359 42 65 439 0 n/a n/a 25 930
2005 339 41 71 472 0 n/a n/a 23 946
2006 311 34 69 490 0 n/a n/a 27 931
2007 282 27 68 500 1 n/a n/a 19 897
2008 240 24 52 466 2 n/a n/a 0 784
2009 255 19 51 475 3 1 44 0 848
2010 255 22 41 501 2 2 27 0 850
2011 253 16 40 515 2 3 17 0 846
2012 264 13 43 565 1 3 12 0 901
2013 275 8 51 600 3 1 15 0 953
2014 310 9 55 625 1 1 23 0 1024
2015 344 13 50 673 5 2 8 0 1095
2016 352 15 43 728 0 3 7 0 1148
2017 338 12 45 793 2 4 7 0 1201
2018 312 12 47 821 2 2 7 0 1203
2019 314 13 47 821 3 2 4 0 1204
2020 299 11 41 833 2 2 3 0 1191
2021 250 11 44 814 1 3 5 1 1129
2022 230 10 39 781 7 1 7 4 1079
2023 229 12 34 766 7 1 12 2 1063

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 James B. Davidson Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 794 37.6 21.1 n/a
1989 779 37.0 21.0 n/a
1990 798 39.8 20.0 n/a
1991 831 39.6 20.9 n/a
1992 856 40.2 21.2 23.7
1993 823 36.2 22.7 31.5
1994 843 32.9 25.6 32
1995 934 41.9 22.3 38.4
1996 934 41.9 22.3 38.4
1997 973 42.4 22.9 36.9
1998 959 46.6 20.6 37.4
1999 911 46.0 19.8 40.2
2000 913 42.2 21.6 40.3
2001 821 38.5 21.3 40.4
2002 930 49.4 18.8 44.6
2003 930 49.4 18.8 44.6
2004 930 50.7 18.3 49.6
2005 946 43.5 21.7 48.9
2006 931 47.5 19.6 53
2007 897 48.4 18.5 51.4
2008 784 50.9 15.4 55.4
2009 848 42.1 17.4 52
2010 850 35.4 24.0 52.9
2011 846 n/a n/a 58.9
2012 901 41.4 21.7 n/a
2013 953 43.9 21.6 58
2014 1024 46.9 21.8 61.1
2015 1095 51.0 21.4 63.7
2016 1148 53.0 21.6 62.3
2017 1201 48.6 24.7 65.4
2018 1203 58.0 20.7 65.2
2019 1204 56.7 21.2 64
2020 1191 n/a n/a 63.1
2021 1129 60.2 18.7 68.1
2022 1079 55.4 19.4 64.6
2023 1063 53.0 20.0 73.5

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 James B. Davidson Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 794 37.6 21.1 n/a
1989 779 37.0 21.0 n/a
1990 798 39.8 20.0 n/a
1991 831 39.6 20.9 n/a
1992 856 40.2 21.2 23.7
1993 823 36.2 22.7 31.5
1994 843 32.9 25.6 32
1995 934 41.9 22.3 38.4
1996 934 41.9 22.3 38.4
1997 973 42.4 22.9 36.9
1998 959 46.6 20.6 37.4
1999 911 46.0 19.8 40.2
2000 913 42.2 21.6 40.3
2001 821 38.5 21.3 40.4
2002 930 49.4 18.8 44.6
2003 930 49.4 18.8 44.6
2004 930 50.7 18.3 49.6
2005 946 43.5 21.7 48.9
2006 931 47.5 19.6 53
2007 897 48.4 18.5 51.4
2008 784 50.9 15.4 55.4
2009 848 42.1 17.4 52
2010 850 35.4 24.0 52.9
2011 846 n/a n/a 58.9
2012 901 41.4 21.7 n/a
2013 953 43.9 21.6 58
2014 1024 46.9 21.8 61.1
2015 1095 51.0 21.4 63.7
2016 1148 53.0 21.6 62.3
2017 1201 48.6 24.7 65.4
2018 1203 58.0 20.7 65.2
2019 1204 56.7 21.2 64
2020 1191 n/a n/a 63.1
2021 1129 60.2 18.7 68.1
2022 1079 55.4 19.4 64.6
2023 1063 53.0 20.0 73.5

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for James B. Davidson Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,329

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

Impact of COVID-19 on James B. Davidson Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1275th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 1431st of 2788 Middle schools
 4.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James B. Davidson Middle)4031.5
 8.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Rafael City Elementary)4128.6
 12.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (James B. Davidson Middle)35.426
 9.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (San Rafael City Elementary)32.722.6
 10.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James B. Davidson Middle)47.938.1
 9.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Rafael City Elementary)48.833.7
 15.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (James B. Davidson Middle)30.231.5
 1.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (San Rafael City Elementary)30.727.3
 3.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James B. Davidson Middle)43.936.3
 7.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Rafael City Elementary)44.233.5
 10.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (James B. Davidson Middle)33.125.8
 7.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (San Rafael City Elementary)31.725.3
 6.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (James B. Davidson Middle)33.125.1
 7.9%
   8th Grade Science (San Rafael City Elementary)31.923.8
 8.1%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students12041063
 11.7%
African American1312
 7.7%
American Indian37
 133.3%
Asian4734
 27.7%
Hispanic821766
 6.7%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White314229
 27.1%
Two or More Races412
 200%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients64%73.5%
 9.5%


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Students who attend James B. Davidson Middle usually go on to attend San Rafael High

James B. Davidson Middle ranks 1433rd of 2798 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,063 students attended James B. Davidson Middle.

Students at James B. Davidson Middle are 72% Hispanic, 22% White, 3% Asian, 1% African American, 1% Two or more races.


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