Rippowam Middle School

Summary:

Rippowam Middle School is a public middle school in Stamford, Connecticut, serving 725 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Stamford School District, which is ranked 122 out of 151 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger. Rippowam has a diverse student population, with over 50% Hispanic, 25% White, and 17% African American students.

Rippowam Middle School consistently underperforms compared to the Stamford district and the state of Connecticut in standardized test scores, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics significantly lower than the averages across all grade levels. The school also struggles to support the academic achievement of its subgroups, particularly African American, Hispanic, and White students, with the African American subgroup ranking 32nd out of 32 schools in the state. Additionally, Rippowam has a relatively high student-teacher ratio and a high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, both of which are higher than nearby Stamford schools.

Rippowam Middle School's performance is in stark contrast to the high-performing middle schools in the surrounding area, such as Saxe Middle School in New Canaan and Central Middle School and Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, which consistently rank among the top-performing middle schools in Connecticut. The school's declining enrollment and inconsistent ranking suggest the need for a comprehensive review and implementation of strategies to improve student outcomes and provide equitable educational opportunities for all students.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 381 High Ridge Rd.
       Stamford, CT  06905


(203) 977-5255

District: Stamford School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
196th of 252 Connecticut Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,693 Help


Students who attend Rippowam Middle School usually attend:

High:    Westhill High School

Feeder schools for Rippowam Middle School:

Elementary:    Davenport Ridge School
    Newfield School
    Rogers International School
    Toquam Magnet School
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Student/teacher ratio:  10.2 Help
Number of students:  725

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
51.0%
White:
25.4%
African American:
17.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  58.6% Help


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Compare Details Rippowam Middle School ranks worse than 77.8% of middle schools in Connecticut. It also ranks last among 5 ranked middle schools in the Stamford School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.32. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Rippowam Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Stamford School District. Student population at Rippowam Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (51%), White (25.4%), African American (17.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 58.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Rippowam Middle School is 10.2. 3 middle schools in the Stamford School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Rippowam Middle School is $18,693, which is the highest among 5 middle schools in the Stamford School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Rippowam Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Rippowam Middle School 196th of 252 Connecticut public middle schools. (See Rippowam Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Stamford School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Stamford School District 122nd of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Rippowam Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 30.71 186th 248 25.0%
2007 35.86 173rd 250 30.8%
2008 34.17 178th 252 29.4%
2009 39.32 178th 255 30.2%
2010 37.66 192nd 268 28.4%
2011 37.70 196th 269 27.1%
2012 40.74 196th 272 27.9%
2013 47.54 179th 278 35.6%
2015 35.02 179th 280 36.1%
2016 29.44 166th 246 32.5%
2017 30.59 159th 250 36.4%
2018 22.25 186th 249 25.3%
2019 21.02 188th 259 27.4%
2021 30.14 181st 275 34.2%
2022 23.05 171st 250 31.6%
2023 16.32 195th 249 21.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 6.64 10th 16 37.5%
2021 51.76 10th 34 70.6%
2022 31.41 5th 26 80.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 21.76 18th 25 28.0%
2021 32.37 168th 244 31.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 18.32 86th 104 17.3%
2021 33.58 136th 218 37.6%
2022 27.68 84th 106 20.8%
2023 17.86 93rd 109 14.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.94 140th 160 12.5%
2019 12.69 146th 169 13.6%
2021 26.86 162nd 235 31.1%
2022 21.41 132nd 166 20.5%
2023 10.07 142nd 160 11.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 28.86 67th 104 35.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.41 132nd 164 19.5%
2019 17.00 142nd 167 15.0%
2021 25.99 160th 224 28.6%
2022 17.61 138th 169 18.3%
2023 10.14 141st 158 10.8%
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Rank History for African American students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.50 24th 31 22.6%
2019 26.58 32nd 38 15.8%
2021 39.08 43rd 80 46.3%
2023 10.94 32nd 32 0.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.90 41st 75 45.3%
2019 40.81 49th 97 49.5%
2021 37.03 91st 146 37.7%
2022 30.70 65th 97 33.0%
2023 19.81 84th 99 15.2%
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Rank History for White students at Rippowam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.51 130th 168 22.6%
2019 14.14 148th 166 10.8%
2021 24.06 141st 175 19.4%
2022 21.20 122nd 151 19.2%
2023 7.06 147th 158 7.0%
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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 Rippowam Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 293 164 25 141 0 n/a n/a 0 623
2003 293 164 25 141 0 n/a n/a 0 623
2004 406 238 27 216 0 n/a n/a 0 887
2005 371 243 27 213 0 n/a n/a 0 854
2006 349 231 27 197 0 n/a n/a 0 804
2007 359 212 43 221 0 n/a n/a 0 835
2008 347 186 49 225 0 n/a n/a 0 807
2009 311 168 48 219 0 n/a n/a 0 746
2010 278 164 41 207 0 n/a n/a 0 690
2011 249 165 32 197 0 0 1 0 644
2012 239 178 31 197 0 0 1 0 646
2013 245 164 36 205 0 0 4 0 654
2014 242 152 50 239 0 1 4 0 688
2015 256 152 63 269 0 2 9 0 751
2016 248 154 80 305 0 2 10 0 799
2017 197 140 55 297 0 1 13 0 703
2018 183 150 48 329 1 1 15 0 727
2019 222 153 37 317 1 2 19 0 751
2020 222 140 40 360 2 1 22 0 787
2021 230 143 40 368 2 0 25 0 808
2022 202 128 35 357 1 2 21 0 746
2023 184 125 28 370 0 3 15 0 725

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 Rippowam Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 623 51.5 12.1 39.8
2003 623 51.5 12.1 39.8
2004 887 72.0 12.3 44.4
2005 854 69.8 12.2 n/a
2006 804 69.8 11.5 49.8
2007 835 67.0 12.5 42.5
2008 807 79.0 10.2 45.5
2009 746 80.9 9.9 48.7
2010 690 63.2 10.9 48.6
2011 644 63.2 10.1 51.2
2012 646 59.2 10.9 51.7
2013 654 55.9 11.6 53.5
2014 688 54.0 12.7 46.4
2015 751 61.0 12.3 55.9
2016 799 61.0 13.0 52.6
2017 703 60.0 11.7 58.9
2018 727 64.1 11.3 59.8
2019 751 59.7 12.5 68.2
2020 787 65.2 12.0 68
2021 808 63.6 12.7 65
2022 746 63.2 11.8 62.2
2023 725 70.4 10.2 58.6

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 Rippowam Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 623 51.5 12.1 39.8
2003 623 51.5 12.1 39.8
2004 887 72.0 12.3 44.4
2005 854 69.8 12.2 n/a
2006 804 69.8 11.5 49.8
2007 835 67.0 12.5 42.5
2008 807 79.0 10.2 45.5
2009 746 80.9 9.9 48.7
2010 690 63.2 10.9 48.6
2011 644 63.2 10.1 51.2
2012 646 59.2 10.9 51.7
2013 654 55.9 11.6 53.5
2014 688 54.0 12.7 46.4
2015 751 61.0 12.3 55.9
2016 799 61.0 13.0 52.6
2017 703 60.0 11.7 58.9
2018 727 64.1 11.3 59.8
2019 751 59.7 12.5 68.2
2020 787 65.2 12.0 68
2021 808 63.6 12.7 65
2022 746 63.2 11.8 62.2
2023 725 70.4 10.2 58.6

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 Rippowam Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $18,714
2019 $18,882
2020 $18,435
2021 $18,693

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Rippowam Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 188th of 259 Middle schoolsRanks 195th of 249 Middle schools
 5.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Rippowam Middle School)39.224
 15.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Stamford School District)48.333.9
 14.4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.348
 7.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Rippowam Middle School)26.310
 16.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Stamford School District)38.724.6
 14.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)45.439.6
 5.8%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Rippowam Middle School)30.727.9
 2.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Stamford School District)45.339.8
 5.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)56.148.8
 7.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Rippowam Middle School)28.612.2
 16.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Stamford School District)38.428.4
 10%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)46.139.9
 6.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Rippowam Middle School)37.934.9
 3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Stamford School District)46.937.7
 9.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.848.5
 7.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Rippowam Middle School)25.818
 7.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Stamford School District)3524.6
 10.4%
   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 Students751725
 3.5%
African American153125
 18.3%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian3728
 24.3%
Hispanic317370
 16.7%
Pacific Islander23
 50%
White222184
 17.1%
Two or More Races1915
 21.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients68.2%58.6%
 9.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Rippowam Middle School

Students who attend Rippowam Middle School usually go on to attend Westhill High School

Rippowam Middle School ranks in the bottom 22.2% of Connecticut middle schools.

Students at Rippowam Middle School are 51% Hispanic, 25% White, 17% African American, 4% Asian, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 725 students attended Rippowam Middle School.


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