Melissa Jones School

Summary:

Melissa Jones School is an exceptional elementary school located in Guilford, Connecticut, serving 285 students in grades K-4. The school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, with students performing exceptionally well on standardized tests and outpacing both the state and the Guilford School District averages.

Melissa Jones School's academic performance is truly impressive, with 74.6% of 4th graders proficient or better in English Language Arts and 68.7% proficient or better in Mathematics, significantly higher than the state averages of 48.8% and 48.3%, respectively. This consistent high performance has earned the school a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger, placing it among the top-performing elementary schools in Connecticut. The school's low student-teacher ratio of 12.3 may be a contributing factor to its academic success, allowing for more individualized attention and support for students.

While Melissa Jones School's student population is less diverse compared to nearby schools in the Guilford School District, with a higher percentage of white students and a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, this demographic makeup does not detract from the school's exceptional performance. The school's location within the high-performing Guilford School District, which is ranked 31 out of 151 districts in Connecticut, likely also plays a role in Melissa Jones School's consistent success.


Detail:

Public K-4

 181 Ledge Hill Rd.
       Guilford, CT  06437-1024


(203) 457-0773

District: Guilford School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
137th of 492 Connecticut Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,996 Help


Students who attend Melissa Jones School usually attend:

Middle:    A. Baldwin Middle School
    E. C. Adams Middle School
High:    Guilford High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.3 Help
Number of students:  285

Racial breakdown:

White:
81.8%
Hispanic:
11.6%
Two or more races:
5.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  13.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Melissa Jones School ranks better than 72.2% of elementary schools in Connecticut. It also ranks last among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Guilford School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 76.02. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (81.8%), Hispanic (11.6%), two or more races (5.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 13.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Guilford School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Melissa Jones School is 12.3. 2 elementary schools in the Guilford School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Melissa Jones School is $19,996, which is the lowest among 4 elementary schools in the Guilford School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Melissa Jones School:

SchoolDigger ranks Melissa Jones School 137th of 492 Connecticut public elementary schools. (See Melissa Jones School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Guilford School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Guilford School District 31st of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Melissa Jones School

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Rank History for all students at Melissa Jones School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 82.08 68th 570 88.1%
2007 81.93 57th 568 90.0%
2008 82.56 48th 565 91.5%
2009 79.01 97th 566 82.9%
2010 76.47 148th 579 74.4%
2011 74.77 166th 565 70.6%
2012 76.27 137th 564 75.7%
2013 78.27 118th 557 78.8%
2015 85.45 77th 551 86.0%
2016 87.69 50th 518 90.3%
2017 83.79 85th 519 83.6%
2018 79.55 124th 532 76.7%
2019 82.38 103rd 522 80.3%
2021 77.57 139th 538 74.2%
2022 78.29 116th 490 76.3%
2023 76.02 138th 491 71.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Melissa Jones School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 80.53 49th 242 79.8%
2021 72.76 128th 455 71.9%
2022 87.56 9th 234 96.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Melissa Jones School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 74.19 77th 247 68.8%
2021 74.28 124th 445 72.1%
2022 61.09 116th 232 50.0%
2023 68.42 98th 231 57.6%
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Rank History for White students at Melissa Jones School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.39 133rd 296 55.1%
2019 59.74 134th 295 54.6%
2021 59.15 140th 327 57.2%
2022 53.96 138th 252 45.2%
2023 47.29 163rd 262 37.8%
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Data source: test scores: Connecticut State 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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Enrollment information for Melissa Jones School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 414 10 8 3 0 n/a n/a 0 435
1989 453 7 9 4 0 n/a n/a 0 473
1990 410 4 9 1 n/a n/a n/a 0 424
1991 420 5 7 2 0 n/a n/a 0 434
1992 418 3 8 4 0 n/a n/a 0 433
1993 416 3 9 4 0 n/a n/a 0 432
1994 429 4 7 2 1 n/a n/a 0 443
1995 404 3 6 3 0 n/a n/a 0 416
1996 404 3 6 3 0 n/a n/a 0 416
1997 389 6 5 7 0 n/a n/a 0 407
1998 394 4 9 8 0 n/a n/a 0 415
1999 392 0 4 10 0 n/a n/a 0 406
2000 355 1 6 13 0 n/a n/a 0 375
2001 373 3 6 18 0 n/a n/a 0 400
2002 370 4 13 16 0 n/a n/a 0 403
2003 370 4 13 16 0 n/a n/a 0 403
2004 362 2 14 16 0 n/a n/a 0 394
2005 349 2 15 17 0 n/a n/a 0 383
2006 396 2 16 24 0 n/a n/a 0 438
2007 316 1 11 20 0 n/a n/a 0 348
2008 312 2 12 24 0 n/a n/a 0 350
2009 320 2 10 25 0 n/a n/a 0 357
2010 308 3 11 25 0 n/a n/a 0 347
2011 287 1 10 36 0 1 11 0 346
2012 301 2 9 36 0 1 11 0 360
2013 289 2 12 30 0 1 14 0 348
2014 276 1 15 31 0 2 12 0 337
2015 264 3 11 24 0 2 14 0 318
2016 272 4 12 15 0 3 15 0 321
2017 271 4 8 18 0 3 12 0 316
2018 247 2 6 19 0 3 15 0 292
2019 248 2 7 16 0 3 15 0 291
2020 247 2 6 21 0 2 11 0 289
2021 202 0 6 27 0 1 13 0 249
2022 221 0 8 32 0 1 12 0 274
2023 233 0 4 33 0 0 15 0 285

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 Melissa Jones School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 435 21.0 20.7 n/a
1989 473 22.0 21.5 n/a
1990 424 19.1 22.1 n/a
1991 434 24.1 18.0 n/a
1992 433 26.9 16.0 1.8
1993 432 25.3 17.1 0
1994 443 25.3 17.5 5.4
1995 416 23.8 17.5 5.5
1996 416 23.8 17.5 5.5
1997 407 25.4 16.0 5.2
1998 415 25.0 16.6 5.1
1999 406 26.4 15.4 7.1
2000 375 26.1 14.4 6.4
2001 400 27.1 14.8 n/a
2002 403 23.1 17.4 1.7
2003 403 23.1 17.4 1.7
2004 394 23.0 17.1 4.1
2005 383 22.6 16.9 n/a
2006 438 21.8 20.1 4.8
2007 348 23.4 14.9 4.3
2008 350 25.7 13.6 5.7
2009 357 28.4 13.9 7.3
2010 347 24.7 14.0 7.8
2011 346 25.7 13.4 7.2
2012 360 27.2 13.2 8.9
2013 348 27.2 12.7 7.8
2014 337 27.2 12.3 10.7
2015 318 27.0 11.7 11.9
2016 321 26.0 12.3 11.8
2017 316 25.9 12.2 10.1
2018 292 23.8 12.2 12
2019 291 21.2 13.6 16.5
2020 289 24.2 11.9 16.3
2021 249 22.7 10.9 14.9
2022 274 23.1 11.8 14.6
2023 285 23.1 12.3 13.7

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 Melissa Jones School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 435 21.0 20.7 n/a
1989 473 22.0 21.5 n/a
1990 424 19.1 22.1 n/a
1991 434 24.1 18.0 n/a
1992 433 26.9 16.0 1.8
1993 432 25.3 17.1 0
1994 443 25.3 17.5 5.4
1995 416 23.8 17.5 5.5
1996 416 23.8 17.5 5.5
1997 407 25.4 16.0 5.2
1998 415 25.0 16.6 5.1
1999 406 26.4 15.4 7.1
2000 375 26.1 14.4 6.4
2001 400 27.1 14.8 n/a
2002 403 23.1 17.4 1.7
2003 403 23.1 17.4 1.7
2004 394 23.0 17.1 4.1
2005 383 22.6 16.9 n/a
2006 438 21.8 20.1 4.8
2007 348 23.4 14.9 4.3
2008 350 25.7 13.6 5.7
2009 357 28.4 13.9 7.3
2010 347 24.7 14.0 7.8
2011 346 25.7 13.4 7.2
2012 360 27.2 13.2 8.9
2013 348 27.2 12.7 7.8
2014 337 27.2 12.3 10.7
2015 318 27.0 11.7 11.9
2016 321 26.0 12.3 11.8
2017 316 25.9 12.2 10.1
2018 292 23.8 12.2 12
2019 291 21.2 13.6 16.5
2020 289 24.2 11.9 16.3
2021 249 22.7 10.9 14.9
2022 274 23.1 11.8 14.6
2023 285 23.1 12.3 13.7

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 Melissa Jones School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $16,190
2019 $16,537
2020 $17,565
2021 $19,996

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Melissa Jones School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 103rd of 522 Elementary schoolsRanks 138th of 491 Elementary schools
 8.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Melissa Jones School)78.772.1
 6.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Guilford School District)81.676.5
 5.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)54.346.7
 7.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Melissa Jones School)73.359.7
 13.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Guilford School District)80.768.7
 12%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)5549.8
 5.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Melissa Jones School)78.574.6
 3.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Guilford School District)78.274.6
 3.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)54.648.8
 5.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (Melissa Jones School)73.868.7
 5.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Guilford School District)72.770.8
 1.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)52.548.3
 4.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students291285
 2.1%
African American20
 100%
American Indian00
Asian74
 42.9%
Hispanic1633
 106.3%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White248233
 6%
Two or More Races1515
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients16.5%13.7%
 2.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Melissa Jones School

In the 2022-23 school year, 285 students attended Melissa Jones School.

Students who attend Melissa Jones School usually go on to attend:

Middle : A. Baldwin Middle School
Middle : E. C. Adams Middle School
High : Guilford High School

Melissa Jones School ranks 137th of 492 Connecticut elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Melissa Jones School are 82% White, 12% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 1% Asian.


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

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