Joseph Melillo Middle School

Summary:

Joseph Melillo Middle School is a public middle school in East Haven, Connecticut, serving 516 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the East Haven School District, which is ranked 128 out of 151 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Joseph Melillo Middle School has a relatively even racial distribution, with 43.41% White and 43.41% Hispanic students, which is different from many nearby schools. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by SBAC/NGSS test scores, is generally lower than the state and district averages. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts ranged from 32.7% to 39.4%, compared to the state average of 48% to 48.8%. In Mathematics, the school's proficiency rates ranged from 16.1% to 27.8%, compared to the state average of 36.2% to 39.9%. The school's performance also varies significantly across different student subgroups, with Hispanic students performing better than White students. Additionally, Joseph Melillo Middle School has a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 36.11% to 58.72% over the past few years, which is significantly higher than some nearby schools like East Shore Middle School (22.77%) and A. Baldwin Middle School (12.18%).

When compared to nearby middle schools, Joseph Melillo Middle School generally performs worse academically, with lower proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics. However, it has a more diverse student population than some of the higher-performing schools, such as Amity Middle School: Orange and North Haven Middle School, which have a higher percentage of White students. The nearby schools with similar or higher percentages of economically disadvantaged students, such as Hamden Middle School and Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, also tend to have lower academic performance, suggesting that socioeconomic factors may play a significant role in student achievement.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 67 Hudson St.
       East Haven, CT  06512-1524


(203) 468-3227

District: East Haven School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
166th of 252 Connecticut Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,551 Help


Students who attend Joseph Melillo Middle School usually attend:

High:    East Haven High School

Feeder schools for Joseph Melillo Middle School:

Elementary:    Deer Run School
    Dominick H. Ferrara School
    Grove J. Tuttle School
    Momauguin School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.1 Help
Number of students:  516

Racial breakdown:

White:
43.4%
Hispanic:
43.4%
African American:
6.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  58.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Joseph Melillo Middle School ranks worse than 65.9% of middle schools in Connecticut. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 25.48. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (43.4%), White (43.4%), African American (6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 58.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Joseph Melillo Middle School is 10.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Joseph Melillo Middle School is $19,551.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Joseph Melillo Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Joseph Melillo Middle School 166th of 252 Connecticut public middle schools. (See Joseph Melillo Middle School in the ranking list.)

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East Haven School District:

SchoolDigger ranks East Haven School District 128th of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Joseph Melillo Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Joseph Melillo Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 38.96 173rd 248 30.2%
2007 53.60 143rd 250 42.8%
2008 47.00 161st 252 36.1%
2009 46.20 168th 255 34.1%
2010 41.35 186th 268 30.6%
2011 37.71 195th 269 27.5%
2012 35.40 200th 272 26.5%
2013 31.20 208th 278 25.2%
2015 20.82 215th 280 23.2%
2016 22.77 183rd 246 25.6%
2017 23.36 173rd 250 30.8%
2018 17.40 202nd 249 18.9%
2019 26.68 176th 259 32.0%
2021 33.37 174th 275 36.7%
2022 33.56 149th 250 40.4%
2023 25.48 165th 249 33.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Joseph Melillo Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 45.12 131st 244 46.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Joseph Melillo Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 36.36 67th 104 35.6%
2021 47.41 109th 218 50.0%
2022 49.82 60th 106 43.4%
2023 39.05 65th 109 40.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Joseph Melillo Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 9.29 148th 160 7.5%
2019 16.52 143rd 169 15.4%
2021 28.84 159th 235 32.3%
2022 24.38 129th 166 22.3%
2023 16.92 127th 160 20.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Joseph Melillo Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.23 148th 164 9.8%
2019 21.24 134th 167 19.8%
2021 30.77 148th 224 33.9%
2022 29.57 119th 169 29.6%
2023 18.86 124th 158 21.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Joseph Melillo Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 44.26 78th 146 46.6%
2022 54.30 32nd 97 67.0%
2023 39.11 55th 99 44.4%
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Rank History for White students at Joseph Melillo Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.88 163rd 168 3.0%
2019 6.14 156th 166 6.0%
2021 12.75 158th 175 9.7%
2022 9.61 138th 151 8.6%
2023 5.61 149th 158 5.7%
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Data source: test scores: Connecticut 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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Data source: Connecticut State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Joseph Melillo Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 541 1 3 0 2 n/a n/a 0 547
1989 553 2 3 5 5 n/a n/a 0 568
1990 570 7 3 7 9 n/a n/a 0 596
1991 633 6 2 13 0 n/a n/a 0 654
1992 452 7 2 12 2 n/a n/a 0 475
1993 451 5 7 14 13 n/a n/a 0 490
1994 504 3 2 10 5 n/a n/a 0 524
1995 487 3 11 19 6 n/a n/a 0 526
1996 487 3 11 19 6 n/a n/a 0 526
1997 542 3 12 19 6 n/a n/a 0 582
1998 761 7 16 29 0 n/a n/a 0 813
1999 752 10 23 39 1 n/a n/a 0 825
2000 810 10 27 36 1 n/a n/a 0 884
2001 847 10 28 45 3 n/a n/a 0 933
2002 594 9 13 53 1 n/a n/a 0 670
2003 594 9 13 53 1 n/a n/a 0 670
2004 539 10 11 54 0 n/a n/a 0 614
2005 479 9 17 51 2 n/a n/a 0 558
2006 436 11 19 58 4 n/a n/a 0 528
2007 423 26 21 41 3 n/a n/a 0 514
2008 399 20 16 46 0 n/a n/a 0 481
2009 404 12 15 67 1 n/a n/a 0 499
2010 378 11 16 67 2 n/a n/a 0 474
2011 563 10 14 92 0 0 0 0 679
2012 491 18 26 110 0 0 2 0 647
2013 425 21 29 113 0 1 5 0 594
2014 372 20 27 143 0 1 8 0 571
2015 364 26 32 148 0 0 12 0 582
2016 373 29 30 146 1 0 10 0 589
2017 356 25 25 141 3 0 7 0 557
2018 320 29 19 137 1 0 8 0 514
2019 285 36 18 166 1 0 5 0 511
2020 272 40 12 184 1 0 11 0 520
2021 264 44 17 183 1 0 15 0 524
2022 261 37 23 194 0 0 14 0 529
2023 224 31 22 224 0 0 14 1 516

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 Joseph Melillo Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 547 50.0 10.9 n/a
1989 568 51.0 11.1 n/a
1990 596 51.0 11.6 n/a
1991 654 53.0 12.3 n/a
1992 475 40.9 11.6 10.3
1993 490 41.5 11.8 1
1994 524 41.4 12.7 21
1995 526 41.0 12.8 21.5
1996 526 41.0 12.8 21.5
1997 582 41.0 14.2 16.5
1998 813 53.1 15.3 15.4
1999 825 53.9 15.3 20.5
2000 884 55.2 16.0 26.4
2001 933 55.0 17.0 n/a
2002 670 38.0 17.6 24.6
2003 670 38.0 17.6 24.6
2004 614 39.0 15.7 30.9
2005 558 35.6 15.7 n/a
2006 528 35.4 14.9 36
2007 514 36.8 14.0 33.1
2008 481 41.0 11.7 31.4
2009 499 46.2 11.4 35.5
2010 474 34.3 13.8 38.6
2011 679 50.2 13.5 48.2
2012 647 51.8 12.4 55.5
2013 594 49.3 12.0 54.9
2014 571 50.6 11.2 61.5
2015 582 50.0 11.6 59.5
2016 589 53.0 11.1 58.7
2017 557 48.0 11.6 58.5
2018 514 47.4 10.8 50.6
2019 511 45.0 11.3 63.2
2020 520 44.0 11.8 64.4
2021 524 44.5 11.7 57.4
2022 529 50.5 10.4 36.1
2023 516 51.0 10.1 58.7

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 Joseph Melillo Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 547 50.0 10.9 n/a
1989 568 51.0 11.1 n/a
1990 596 51.0 11.6 n/a
1991 654 53.0 12.3 n/a
1992 475 40.9 11.6 10.3
1993 490 41.5 11.8 1
1994 524 41.4 12.7 21
1995 526 41.0 12.8 21.5
1996 526 41.0 12.8 21.5
1997 582 41.0 14.2 16.5
1998 813 53.1 15.3 15.4
1999 825 53.9 15.3 20.5
2000 884 55.2 16.0 26.4
2001 933 55.0 17.0 n/a
2002 670 38.0 17.6 24.6
2003 670 38.0 17.6 24.6
2004 614 39.0 15.7 30.9
2005 558 35.6 15.7 n/a
2006 528 35.4 14.9 36
2007 514 36.8 14.0 33.1
2008 481 41.0 11.7 31.4
2009 499 46.2 11.4 35.5
2010 474 34.3 13.8 38.6
2011 679 50.2 13.5 48.2
2012 647 51.8 12.4 55.5
2013 594 49.3 12.0 54.9
2014 571 50.6 11.2 61.5
2015 582 50.0 11.6 59.5
2016 589 53.0 11.1 58.7
2017 557 48.0 11.6 58.5
2018 514 47.4 10.8 50.6
2019 511 45.0 11.3 63.2
2020 520 44.0 11.8 64.4
2021 524 44.5 11.7 57.4
2022 529 50.5 10.4 36.1
2023 516 51.0 10.1 58.7

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 Joseph Melillo Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $19,019
2019 $18,319
2020 $18,241
2021 $19,551

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Joseph Melillo Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 176th of 259 Middle schoolsRanks 165th of 249 Middle schools
 1.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Joseph Melillo Middle School)48.732.7
 16%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (East Haven School District)51.337.4
 13.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.348
 7.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Joseph Melillo Middle School)31.625.8
 5.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (East Haven School District)36.526.9
 9.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)45.439.6
 5.8%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Joseph Melillo Middle School)4839.4
 8.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (East Haven School District)50.541
 9.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)56.148.8
 7.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Joseph Melillo Middle School)25.327.8
 2.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (East Haven School District)27.529.8
 2.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)46.139.9
 6.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Joseph Melillo Middle School)3536.5
 1.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (East Haven School District)40.336
 4.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.848.5
 7.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Joseph Melillo Middle School)20.316.1
 4.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (East Haven School District)24.615.5
 9.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)43.536.2
 7.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students511516
 1%
African American3631
 13.9%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian1822
 22.2%
Hispanic166224
 34.9%
Pacific Islander00
White285224
 21.4%
Two or More Races514
 180%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients63.2%58.7%
 4.5%


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Students at Joseph Melillo Middle School are 43% White, 43% Hispanic, 6% African American, 4% Asian, 3% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 516 students attended Joseph Melillo Middle School.

Joseph Melillo Middle School ranks 166th of 252 Connecticut middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Joseph Melillo Middle School usually go on to attend East Haven High School


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