Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Summary:

Michael F. Wallace Middle School is a public middle school located in Waterbury, Connecticut, serving grades 4-8 with a total enrollment of 1,062 students. The school is part of the Waterbury School District, which is ranked 148 out of 151 districts in Connecticut and has a 0-star rating from SchoolDigger.

The school faces significant challenges, with its student population predominantly Hispanic (59.98%) and African American (24.86%), and a very high percentage (86.06%) of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Academically, the school consistently ranks in the bottom quarter of Connecticut middle schools, with standardized test scores well below the state averages. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, the percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts ranged from 17.4% to 69.6% across grades, compared to the state average of 48-51.3%. In Mathematics, the proficiency rates ranged from 8.3% to 34.8%, compared to the state average of 36.2-41.8%. The school's performance on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) test for 8th grade is also low, with only 21.5% of students proficient or better, compared to the state average of 47.6%.

In contrast, nearby schools in other districts, such as Hillside Intermediate School in Naugatuck and Memorial Middle School in Middlebury, have significantly higher academic performance, despite serving student populations with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. This suggests that the challenges faced by Michael F. Wallace Middle School may be systemic within the Waterbury School District, and addressing them will likely require a multifaceted approach, including targeted interventions, resource allocation, and collaboration with the broader community.


Detail:

Public 4-8

 3465 East Main St.
       Waterbury, CT  06705-3805


(203) 574-8140

District: Waterbury School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
219th of 252 Connecticut Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,475 Help


Students who attend Michael F. Wallace Middle School usually attend:

High:    Crosby High School

Feeder schools for Michael F. Wallace Middle School:

Elementary:    H. S. Chase School
    Margaret M. Generali Elementary School
    Walsh School
    Wendell L. Cross School
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Student/teacher ratio:  11.5 Help
Number of students:  1,062

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
60.0%
African American:
24.9%
White:
9.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  86.1% Help


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Compare Details Michael F. Wallace Middle School ranks worse than 87.4% of elementary schools in Connecticut. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 10.01. (See more...)
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Compare Details Michael F. Wallace Middle School ranks worse than 86.9% of middle schools in Connecticut. It also ranks first among 3 ranked middle schools in the Waterbury School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 10.37. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Michael F. Wallace Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Waterbury School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (60%), African American (24.9%), White (9.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 86.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Michael F. Wallace Middle School is 11.5, which is the highest among 3 middle schools in the Waterbury School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Michael F. Wallace Middle School is $17,475, which is the lowest among 3 middle schools in the Waterbury School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Michael F. Wallace Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Michael F. Wallace Middle School 430th of 492 Connecticut public elementary schools. (See Michael F. Wallace Middle School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Michael F. Wallace Middle School 219th of 252 Connecticut public middle schools. (See Michael F. Wallace Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Waterbury School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Waterbury School District 148th of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Michael F. Wallace Middle School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 60.06 230th 538 57.2%
2023 10.01 430th 491 12.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 71.29 77th 371 79.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 71.01 64th 302 78.8%
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Data source: test scores: Connecticut Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Michael F. Wallace Middle School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 11.45 210th 248 15.3%
2007 11.75 210th 250 16.0%
2008 12.74 213th 252 15.5%
2009 22.73 197th 255 22.7%
2010 21.73 212th 268 20.9%
2011 18.23 222nd 269 17.5%
2012 23.89 214th 272 21.3%
2013 19.83 232nd 278 16.5%
2015 12.47 238th 280 15.0%
2016 7.30 221st 246 10.2%
2017 7.66 223rd 250 10.8%
2018 8.44 226th 249 9.2%
2019 9.87 225th 259 13.1%
2021 16.46 221st 275 19.6%
2022 13.61 196th 250 21.6%
2023 10.37 218th 249 12.4%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 0.00 13th 16 18.8%
2019 17.14 11th 15 26.7%
2021 31.59 26th 34 23.5%
2022 23.83 13th 26 50.0%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 29.38 178th 244 27.0%
2022 32.06 15th 36 58.3%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 13.27 95th 104 8.7%
2021 28.08 157th 218 28.0%
2022 26.02 86th 106 18.9%
2023 14.72 101st 109 7.3%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.42 154th 160 3.8%
2019 4.74 159th 169 5.9%
2021 14.80 197th 235 16.2%
2022 12.73 145th 166 12.7%
2023 7.10 152nd 160 5.0%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 21.10 86th 104 17.3%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 6.30 154th 164 6.1%
2019 7.74 159th 167 4.8%
2021 13.00 192nd 224 14.3%
2022 8.80 156th 169 7.7%
2023 5.12 154th 158 2.5%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.70 29th 31 6.5%
2019 28.67 29th 38 23.7%
2021 41.83 40th 80 50.0%
2022 42.77 21st 40 47.5%
2023 30.38 25th 32 21.9%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.85 65th 75 13.3%
2019 23.80 80th 97 17.5%
2021 24.29 112th 146 23.3%
2022 25.73 72nd 97 25.8%
2023 19.38 85th 99 14.1%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.40 165th 168 1.8%
2019 0.91 163rd 166 1.8%
2021 7.71 166th 175 5.1%
2022 5.21 144th 151 4.6%
2023 2.39 156th 158 1.3%
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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 Michael F. Wallace Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 595 206 10 281 3 n/a n/a 0 1095
1989 579 195 13 317 5 n/a n/a 0 1109
1990 578 189 6 304 7 n/a n/a 0 1084
1991 552 193 13 288 3 n/a n/a 0 1049
1992 544 217 13 297 5 n/a n/a 0 1076
1993 520 239 9 306 5 n/a n/a 0 1079
1994 518 256 14 313 6 n/a n/a 0 1107
1995 499 265 21 321 5 n/a n/a 0 1111
1996 499 265 21 321 5 n/a n/a 0 1111
1997 471 256 21 327 2 n/a n/a 0 1077
1998 459 281 19 359 2 n/a n/a 0 1120
1999 464 275 21 395 0 n/a n/a 0 1155
2000 486 289 26 429 2 n/a n/a 0 1232
2001 509 299 35 442 2 n/a n/a 0 1287
2002 488 306 33 484 8 n/a n/a 0 1319
2003 488 306 33 484 8 n/a n/a 0 1319
2004 428 347 36 546 7 n/a n/a 0 1364
2005 386 354 33 560 4 n/a n/a 0 1337
2006 360 355 26 563 3 n/a n/a 0 1307
2007 371 376 31 562 7 n/a n/a 0 1347
2008 349 386 37 565 6 n/a n/a 0 1343
2009 324 403 33 564 5 n/a n/a 0 1329
2010 316 399 35 589 1 n/a n/a 0 1340
2011 283 405 2 624 5 0 30 0 1349
2012 231 315 32 592 14 2 37 0 1223
2013 219 322 26 610 9 0 34 0 1220
2014 241 326 20 553 7 0 24 0 1171
2015 219 312 14 569 12 1 32 0 1159
2016 226 293 24 598 11 2 28 0 1182
2017 193 270 23 668 10 0 30 0 1194
2018 192 267 26 577 6 0 22 0 1090
2019 143 248 22 599 10 0 30 0 1052
2020 139 266 25 645 12 0 38 0 1125
2021 128 284 19 683 11 0 45 0 1170
2022 111 263 16 672 9 0 38 0 1109
2023 102 264 17 637 5 0 37 0 1062

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 Michael F. Wallace Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1095 75.0 14.6 n/a
1989 1109 73.0 15.1 n/a
1990 1084 74.0 14.6 n/a
1991 1049 83.0 12.6 n/a
1992 1076 80.7 13.3 41.7
1993 1079 69.7 15.5 4.9
1994 1107 75.7 14.6 58.8
1995 1111 75.6 14.7 54.2
1996 1111 75.6 14.7 54.2
1997 1077 70.2 15.3 36.8
1998 1120 78.2 14.3 49.4
1999 1155 75.6 15.3 61
2000 1232 82.6 14.9 63.7
2001 1287 75.8 17.0 n/a
2002 1319 89.2 14.8 67.3
2003 1319 89.2 14.8 67.3
2004 1364 92.2 14.8 70.6
2005 1337 87.2 15.3 n/a
2006 1307 89.2 14.7 71.7
2007 1347 83.2 16.2 73.7
2008 1343 95.0 14.1 75.1
2009 1329 98.7 14.6 81.1
2010 1340 92.0 14.5 87.1
2011 1349 95.0 14.2 86.7
2012 1223 93.0 13.1 83.3
2013 1220 93.1 13.0 86.4
2014 1171 91.1 12.8 86.8
2015 1159 87.0 13.3 82.1
2016 1182 81.0 14.5 80.5
2017 1194 88.6 13.4 79.6
2018 1090 96.6 11.2 81.1
2019 1052 95.0 11.0 84.5
2020 1125 105.4 10.6 88.4
2021 1170 103.6 11.2 86.6
2022 1109 104.4 10.6 85.8
2023 1062 92.0 11.5 86.1

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 Michael F. Wallace Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1095 75.0 14.6 n/a
1989 1109 73.0 15.1 n/a
1990 1084 74.0 14.6 n/a
1991 1049 83.0 12.6 n/a
1992 1076 80.7 13.3 41.7
1993 1079 69.7 15.5 4.9
1994 1107 75.7 14.6 58.8
1995 1111 75.6 14.7 54.2
1996 1111 75.6 14.7 54.2
1997 1077 70.2 15.3 36.8
1998 1120 78.2 14.3 49.4
1999 1155 75.6 15.3 61
2000 1232 82.6 14.9 63.7
2001 1287 75.8 17.0 n/a
2002 1319 89.2 14.8 67.3
2003 1319 89.2 14.8 67.3
2004 1364 92.2 14.8 70.6
2005 1337 87.2 15.3 n/a
2006 1307 89.2 14.7 71.7
2007 1347 83.2 16.2 73.7
2008 1343 95.0 14.1 75.1
2009 1329 98.7 14.6 81.1
2010 1340 92.0 14.5 87.1
2011 1349 95.0 14.2 86.7
2012 1223 93.0 13.1 83.3
2013 1220 93.1 13.0 86.4
2014 1171 91.1 12.8 86.8
2015 1159 87.0 13.3 82.1
2016 1182 81.0 14.5 80.5
2017 1194 88.6 13.4 79.6
2018 1090 96.6 11.2 81.1
2019 1052 95.0 11.0 84.5
2020 1125 105.4 10.6 88.4
2021 1170 103.6 11.2 86.6
2022 1109 104.4 10.6 85.8
2023 1062 92.0 11.5 86.1

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 Michael F. Wallace Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $14,533
2019 $16,242
2020 $15,726
2021 $17,475

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Michael F. Wallace Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 225th of 259 Middle schoolsRanks 218th of 249 Middle schools
 0.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Michael F. Wallace Middle School)31.217.4
 13.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Waterbury School District)27.622
 5.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.348
 7.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Michael F. Wallace Middle School)15.58.6
 6.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Waterbury School District)15.210.5
 4.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)45.439.6
 5.8%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Michael F. Wallace Middle School)31.322.7
 8.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Waterbury School District)29.122.6
 6.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)56.148.8
 7.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Michael F. Wallace Middle School)11.615.9
 4.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Waterbury School District)15.110.1
 5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)46.139.9
 6.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Michael F. Wallace Middle School)2423.3
 0.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Waterbury School District)27.625.1
 2.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.848.5
 7.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Michael F. Wallace Middle School)9.98.3
 1.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Waterbury School District)11.88.8
 3%
   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 Students10521062
 1%
African American248264
 6.5%
American Indian105
 50%
Asian2217
 22.7%
Hispanic599637
 6.3%
Pacific Islander00
White143102
 28.7%
Two or More Races3037
 23.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients84.5%86.1%
 1.6%


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Michael F. Wallace Middle School ranks in the bottom 13.1% of Connecticut middle schools.

Students at Michael F. Wallace Middle School are 60% Hispanic, 25% African American, 10% White, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Michael F. Wallace Middle School usually go on to attend Crosby High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,062 students attended Michael F. Wallace Middle School.


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