Ida B. Wells Middle School

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Ida B. Wells Middle School is a public middle school in Washington, DC, serving 539 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) district, which is ranked 27th out of 47 districts in DC and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ida B. Wells has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic and African American students (48.42% and 48.24% respectively) compared to the surrounding schools, which tend to have a more diverse student population. The school's academic performance, as measured by PARCC test scores, is generally lower than the DCPS and DC-wide averages across grade levels and subject areas. For example, in 2022-2023, only 8.55% of 6th graders and 8.24% of 7th graders were proficient or better in PARCC Mathematics, compared to 24.07% and 20.89% for DCPS, respectively. Ida B. Wells has a ranking that places it in the middle of DC middle schools, ranking 34th out of 69 in 2022-2023 and receiving a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger, lower than some nearby charter schools like The Sojourner Truth School PCS and Washington Latin PCS - Middle School.

The analysis of Ida B. Wells and its surrounding schools reveals a complex picture of educational outcomes in Washington, DC, with significant disparities in academic performance and student demographics. This suggests a high degree of racial segregation in the DC public school system, with some schools serving predominantly minority populations and others serving more diverse student bodies. While Ida B. Wells has a relatively high per-student spending of around $23,000, this does not seem to translate into significantly better academic outcomes for the school, highlighting the broader challenges facing urban public schools in the United States, such as resource disparities, socioeconomic factors, and systemic inequities.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 405 Sheridan St. NW
       Washington, DC  20011


(202) 671-0693

District: District of Columbia Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
34th of 69 District Of Columbia Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $23,216 Help


Students who attend Ida B. Wells Middle School usually attend:

High:    Coolidge High School

Feeder schools for Ida B. Wells Middle School:

Elementary:    Brightwood Elementary School
    LaSalle-Backus Elementary School
    Takoma Elementary School
    Whittier Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.4 Help
Number of students:  539

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
48.4%
African American:
48.2%
White:
1.5%
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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ida B. Wells Middle School ranks better than 50.7% of middle schools in District Of Columbia. It also ranks 5th among 14 ranked middle schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.78. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (48.4%), African American (48.2%), White (1.5%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ida B. Wells Middle School is 11.4, which is the 7th best among 14 middle schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ida B. Wells Middle School is $23,216. 10 middle schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ida B. Wells Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ida B. Wells Middle School 34th of 69 District Of Columbia public middle schools. (See Ida B. Wells Middle School in the ranking list.)

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District of Columbia Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks District of Columbia Public Schools 27th of 47 District Of Columbia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ida B. Wells Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Ida B. Wells Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 47.00 22nd 59 62.7%
2023 43.78 34th 69 50.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ida B. Wells Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 55.50 4th 6 33.3%
2023 62.99 4th 7 42.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ida B. Wells Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 12.49 6th 6 0.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ida B. Wells Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 56.07 15th 44 65.9%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ida B. Wells Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 26.09 1st 1 0.0%
2023 35.92 1st 1 0.0%
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Rank History for At Risk students at Ida B. Wells Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 47.36 16th 34 52.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Ida B. Wells Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 43.72 15th 27 44.4%
2023 39.28 20th 36 44.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ida B. Wells Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 29.86 9th 14 35.7%
2023 33.07 9th 14 35.7%
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Data source: test scores: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent 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: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education

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Enrollment information for Ida B. Wells Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2020 1 97 0 84 2 0 2 0 186
2021 3 190 0 169 2 0 6 0 370
2022 5 281 0 233 1 0 10 0 530
2023 8 260 3 261 0 0 7 0 539

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 Ida B. Wells Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2020 186 18.5 10.0 n/a
2021 370 28.2 13.1 n/a
2022 530 40.2 13.1 n/a
2023 539 47.0 11.4 n/a

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 Ida B. Wells Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2020 186 18.5 10.0 n/a
2021 370 28.2 13.1 n/a
2022 530 40.2 13.1 n/a
2023 539 47.0 11.4 n/a

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 Ida B. Wells Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2020 $2,533 (9.4%) $24,489 (90.6%) $27,022
2021 $2,829 (12.3%) $20,096 (87.7%) $22,925
2022 $4,198 (18.1%) $19,018 (81.9%) $23,216

Data source: District Of Columbia Department of Education


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ida B. Wells Middle School

Students at Ida B. Wells Middle School are 48% Hispanic, 48% African American, 1% White, 1% Two or more races.

Students who attend Ida B. Wells Middle School usually go on to attend Coolidge High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 539 students attended Ida B. Wells Middle School.

Ida B. Wells Middle School ranks 34th of 69 District Of Columbia middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education.

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