Walter C. Polson Middle School

Public 6-8

 302 Green Hill Rd.
       Madison, CT  06443-2283


(203) 245-6480

District: Madison School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
9th of 252 Connecticut Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $24,339 Help


Students who attend Walter C. Polson Middle School usually attend:

High:    Daniel Hand High School

Feeder schools for Walter C. Polson Middle School:

Elementary:    Dr. Robert H. Brown Intermediate School
    J. Milton Jeffrey Elementary School
    Kathleen H. Ryerson Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.3 Help
Number of students:  520

Racial breakdown:

White:
84.8%
Hispanic:
7.7%
Asian:
4.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  3.7% Help


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Compare Details Walter C. Polson Middle School ranks better than 96.4% of middle schools in Connecticut. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.84. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (84.8%), Hispanic (7.7%), Asian (4.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 3.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Walter C. Polson Middle School is 9.3. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Walter C. Polson Middle School is $24,339.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Walter C. Polson Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Walter C. Polson Middle School 9th of 252 Connecticut public middle schools. (See Walter C. Polson Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Madison School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Madison School District 11th of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Walter C. Polson Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Walter C. Polson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 84.80 11th 248 95.6%
2007 82.82 19th 250 92.4%
2008 84.56 9th 252 96.4%
2009 85.20 5th 255 98.0%
2010 83.94 10th 268 96.3%
2011 81.83 18th 269 93.3%
2012 80.88 23rd 272 91.5%
2013 80.94 23rd 278 91.7%
2015 87.84 25th 280 91.1%
2016 76.68 58th 246 76.4%
2017 69.80 78th 250 68.8%
2018 70.72 84th 249 66.3%
2019 69.70 89th 259 65.6%
2021 92.96 11th 275 96.0%
2022 87.56 28th 250 88.8%
2023 92.84 9th 249 96.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Walter C. Polson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 62.96 79th 244 67.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Walter C. Polson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.58 52nd 160 67.5%
2019 60.27 83rd 169 50.9%
2021 92.45 9th 235 96.2%
2022 85.87 18th 166 89.2%
2023 91.20 6th 160 96.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Walter C. Polson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 86.06 8th 104 92.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Walter C. Polson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.04 58th 164 64.6%
2019 64.20 71st 167 57.5%
2021 90.76 13th 224 94.2%
2022 83.03 26th 169 84.6%
2023 93.89 4th 158 97.5%
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Rank History for White students at Walter C. Polson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.96 95th 168 43.5%
2019 40.10 102nd 166 38.6%
2021 85.95 14th 175 92.0%
2022 76.09 31st 151 79.5%
2023 87.58 6th 158 96.2%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Walter C. Polson Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 598 5 22 3 0 n/a n/a 0 628
2005 577 6 24 7 0 n/a n/a 0 614
2006 585 7 22 6 0 n/a n/a 0 620
2007 611 7 23 5 3 n/a n/a 0 649
2008 613 6 17 7 2 n/a n/a 0 645
2009 607 6 19 5 2 n/a n/a 0 639
2010 574 5 23 5 1 n/a n/a 0 608
2011 568 3 23 13 0 2 7 0 616
2012 556 5 24 11 1 1 7 0 605
2013 545 6 21 11 1 0 7 0 591
2014 508 2 22 15 1 0 12 0 560
2015 492 3 23 15 2 0 17 0 552
2016 490 3 25 18 2 0 18 0 556
2017 437 1 20 15 1 0 13 0 487
2018 385 3 13 17 0 0 15 0 433
2019 363 3 11 24 0 0 21 0 422
2020 498 3 18 31 2 1 34 0 587
2021 460 4 21 37 2 1 23 0 548
2022 459 2 19 36 0 0 21 0 537
2023 441 1 22 40 0 0 13 3 520

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 Walter C. Polson Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 628 47.8 13.1 1.9
2005 614 37.9 16.2 n/a
2006 620 41.2 15.0 1.8
2007 649 43.6 14.9 1.4
2008 645 51.7 12.5 1.1
2009 639 56.2 12.1 1.6
2010 608 52.1 11.6 2.8
2011 616 50.7 12.1 4.9
2012 605 50.7 11.9 3.8
2013 591 49.3 11.9 4.9
2014 560 47.3 11.8 5.7
2015 552 47.0 11.7 5.3
2016 556 46.0 12.0 5.2
2017 487 44.9 10.8 3.1
2018 433 42.9 10.0 4.6
2019 422 41.4 10.1 3.8
2020 587 61.9 9.4 3.2
2021 548 62.0 8.8 4.4
2022 537 58.8 9.1 4.3
2023 520 55.8 9.3 3.7

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 Walter C. Polson Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 628 47.8 13.1 1.9
2005 614 37.9 16.2 n/a
2006 620 41.2 15.0 1.8
2007 649 43.6 14.9 1.4
2008 645 51.7 12.5 1.1
2009 639 56.2 12.1 1.6
2010 608 52.1 11.6 2.8
2011 616 50.7 12.1 4.9
2012 605 50.7 11.9 3.8
2013 591 49.3 11.9 4.9
2014 560 47.3 11.8 5.7
2015 552 47.0 11.7 5.3
2016 556 46.0 12.0 5.2
2017 487 44.9 10.8 3.1
2018 433 42.9 10.0 4.6
2019 422 41.4 10.1 3.8
2020 587 61.9 9.4 3.2
2021 548 62.0 8.8 4.4
2022 537 58.8 9.1 4.3
2023 520 55.8 9.3 3.7

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 Walter C. Polson Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $20,462
2019 $20,503
2020 $21,599
2021 $24,339

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Walter C. Polson 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 89th of 259 Middle schoolsRanks 9th of 249 Middle schools
 30.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Walter C. Polson Middle School)66.778.4
 11.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Madison School District)66.378.4
 12.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)56.148.8
 7.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Walter C. Polson Middle School)68.581.4
 12.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Madison School District)68.181.4
 13.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)46.139.9
 6.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Walter C. Polson Middle School)54.975.7
 20.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Madison School District)54.975.7
 20.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.848.5
 7.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Walter C. Polson Middle School)51.876.3
 24.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Madison School District)51.876.3
 24.5%
   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 Students422520
 23.2%
African American31
 66.7%
American Indian00
Asian1122
 100%
Hispanic2440
 66.7%
Pacific Islander00
White363441
 21.5%
Two or More Races2113
 38.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3.8%3.7%
 0.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Walter C. Polson Middle School

Students at Walter C. Polson Middle School are 85% White, 8% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 3% Two or more races.

Yes! Walter C. Polson Middle School is one of the best middle schools in the state. It ranks 9th of 252 Connecticut middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 520 students attended Walter C. Polson Middle School.

Students who attend Walter C. Polson Middle School usually go on to attend Daniel Hand High School


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