Middletown High School

Summary:

Middletown High School is a public high school located in Middletown, Delaware, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1,355 students. The school is part of the Appoquinimink School District, which is ranked 3rd out of 31 districts in Delaware and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Middletown High School consistently ranks among the top high schools in Delaware, ranking 9th out of 39 schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's performance on standardized tests is impressive, with 55.29% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in SAT/English Language Arts, 26.96% in SAT/Mathematics, and 51.06% in SAT/Essay in 2022-2023, significantly higher than the state averages. Middletown High School also outperforms the Appoquinimink School District and the state of Delaware in science and social studies assessments. The school's diverse student population, with 46.64% White, 34.69% African American, 7.9% Hispanic, and 6.13% Asian students, is a strength, and Middletown High School has been able to support the academic success of students across different racial and ethnic groups.

Compared to other nearby high schools, such as Appoquinimink High School, Middletown High School stands out for its higher academic performance, greater racial diversity, and lower student-teacher ratio of 14.2, which is lower than the nearby Appoquinimink High School (16.2) and the state average. The school's consistent high performance, with only minor fluctuations in its statewide ranking over the past decade, and its strong performance in subgroup rankings, including ranking 1st out of all Delaware high schools for its performance with special education students, suggest that Middletown High School is a well-resourced and effective public high school that delivers excellent educational opportunities for its diverse student population.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 120 Silver Lake Road
       Middletown, DE  19709-1494


(302) 376-4141

District: Appoquinimink School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
9th of 39 Delaware High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,738 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  14.2 Help
Number of students:  1,355

Racial breakdown:

White:
46.6%
African American:
34.7%
Hispanic:
7.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  10.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Middletown High School ranks better than 76.9% of high schools in Delaware. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 69.21. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Middletown High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (46.6%), African American (34.7%), Hispanic (7.9%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Middletown High School is 14.2. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Middletown High School is $12,738.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Middletown High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Middletown High School 9th of 39 Delaware public high schools. (See Middletown High School in the ranking list.)

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Appoquinimink School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Appoquinimink School District 3rd of 31 Delaware school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Middletown High School

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Rank History for all students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 66.56 7th 27 74.1%
2012 90.61 3rd 27 88.9%
2013 91.18 3rd 26 88.5%
2015 77.89 7th 35 80.0%
2019 70.04 9th 40 77.5%
2021 86.81 6th 39 84.6%
2022 66.92 8th 39 79.5%
2023 69.21 9th 39 76.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 35.85 1st 1 0.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 53.29 14th 29 51.7%
2021 85.99 4th 24 83.3%
2022 62.45 6th 28 78.6%
2023 59.15 12th 29 58.6%
See the entire list of Best Delaware High Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 72.54 9th 41 78.0%
2021 79.58 6th 36 83.3%
2022 64.25 8th 37 78.4%
2023 68.44 10th 38 73.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 64.37 14th 41 65.9%
2021 89.53 4th 36 88.9%
2022 60.26 12th 37 67.6%
2023 61.38 12th 38 68.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 46.71 5th 8 37.5%
2022 61.23 2nd 7 71.4%
2023 33.97 6th 7 14.3%
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Rank History for African American students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 64.11 9th 33 72.7%
2021 83.13 5th 27 81.5%
2022 61.51 10th 35 71.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 76.16 7th 24 70.8%
2021 93.81 2nd 19 89.5%
2022 60.67 5th 22 77.3%
2023 45.68 12th 27 55.6%
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Rank History for White students at Middletown High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.00 11th 36 69.4%
2021 86.57 5th 34 85.3%
2022 62.76 8th 33 75.8%
2023 63.12 8th 34 76.5%
See the entire list of Best Delaware High Schools for White Students!

Data source: test scores: Delaware 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: Delaware Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Middletown High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 456 84 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 544
1989 435 78 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 516
1990 568 96 3 5 n/a n/a n/a 0 672
1991 611 99 2 7 0 n/a n/a 0 719
1992 679 103 1 7 0 n/a n/a 0 790
1993 544 78 1 7 0 n/a n/a 0 630
1994 589 85 3 5 0 n/a n/a 0 682
1995 719 90 7 6 0 n/a n/a 0 822
1996 719 90 7 6 0 n/a n/a 0 822
1997 787 91 9 7 0 n/a n/a 0 894
1998 863 106 4 7 0 n/a n/a 0 980
1999 921 129 3 9 0 n/a n/a 0 1062
2000 996 142 4 13 0 n/a n/a 0 1155
2001 1083 176 10 18 0 n/a n/a 0 1287
2002 1234 244 26 24 5 n/a n/a 0 1533
2003 1234 244 26 24 5 n/a n/a 0 1533
2004 1324 313 29 35 5 n/a n/a 0 1706
2005 1367 356 37 48 3 n/a n/a 0 1811
2006 1520 430 50 63 4 n/a n/a 0 2067
2007 1530 463 49 69 4 n/a n/a 0 2115
2008 1132 400 43 62 3 n/a n/a 0 1640
2009 1151 425 59 73 8 n/a n/a 0 1716
2010 959 353 53 61 4 n/a n/a 0 1430
2011 774 324 42 75 4 0 15 0 1234
2012 703 330 45 66 4 0 16 0 1164
2013 714 379 42 69 5 0 13 0 1222
2014 756 380 45 80 6 0 14 0 1281
2015 785 421 42 86 4 0 23 0 1361
2016 832 444 41 92 2 0 35 0 1446
2017 836 463 46 109 5 1 39 0 1499
2018 855 488 56 116 6 1 47 0 1569
2019 911 544 67 124 6 2 48 0 1702
2020 917 604 75 127 8 2 43 0 1776
2021 868 585 81 112 6 2 47 0 1701
2022 773 544 88 108 3 5 56 0 1577
2023 632 470 83 107 4 4 55 0 1355

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 Middletown High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 544 38.7 14.0 5
1989 516 37.0 13.9 3.9
1990 672 37.0 18.1 4.2
1991 719 42.0 17.1 5.8
1992 790 46.0 17.1 4.4
1993 630 44.0 14.3 6.2
1994 682 45.0 15.2 6.6
1995 822 50.0 16.4 7.7
1996 822 50.0 16.4 7.7
1997 894 50.0 17.9 6.6
1998 980 52.0 18.8 6
1999 1062 60.0 17.7 9.4
2000 1155 62.2 18.6 6
2001 1287 71.2 18.1 10.3
2002 1533 95.0 16.1 8.2
2003 1533 95.0 16.1 8.2
2004 1706 90.0 19.0 7.8
2005 1811 98.0 18.5 9.6
2006 2067 114.0 18.1 9.1
2007 2115 127.0 16.7 11.2
2008 1640 118.0 13.9 14.5
2009 1716 94.0 18.3 9.8
2010 1430 99.0 14.4 16.6
2011 1234 85.0 14.5 19.3
2012 1164 77.0 15.1 19.1
2013 1222 72.0 16.9 20.5
2014 1281 73.0 17.5 11.2
2015 1361 79.0 17.2 9.6
2016 1446 80.0 18.0 10.9
2017 1499 87.0 17.2 n/a
2018 1569 93.0 16.8 n/a
2019 1702 102.0 16.6 n/a
2020 1776 108.0 16.4 n/a
2021 1701 104.0 16.3 n/a
2022 1577 99.0 15.9 n/a
2023 1355 95.0 14.2 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 Middletown High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 544 38.7 14.0 5
1989 516 37.0 13.9 3.9
1990 672 37.0 18.1 4.2
1991 719 42.0 17.1 5.8
1992 790 46.0 17.1 4.4
1993 630 44.0 14.3 6.2
1994 682 45.0 15.2 6.6
1995 822 50.0 16.4 7.7
1996 822 50.0 16.4 7.7
1997 894 50.0 17.9 6.6
1998 980 52.0 18.8 6
1999 1062 60.0 17.7 9.4
2000 1155 62.2 18.6 6
2001 1287 71.2 18.1 10.3
2002 1533 95.0 16.1 8.2
2003 1533 95.0 16.1 8.2
2004 1706 90.0 19.0 7.8
2005 1811 98.0 18.5 9.6
2006 2067 114.0 18.1 9.1
2007 2115 127.0 16.7 11.2
2008 1640 118.0 13.9 14.5
2009 1716 94.0 18.3 9.8
2010 1430 99.0 14.4 16.6
2011 1234 85.0 14.5 19.3
2012 1164 77.0 15.1 19.1
2013 1222 72.0 16.9 20.5
2014 1281 73.0 17.5 11.2
2015 1361 79.0 17.2 9.6
2016 1446 80.0 18.0 10.9
2017 1499 87.0 17.2 n/a
2018 1569 93.0 16.8 n/a
2019 1702 102.0 16.6 n/a
2020 1776 108.0 16.4 n/a
2021 1701 104.0 16.3 n/a
2022 1577 99.0 15.9 n/a
2023 1355 95.0 14.2 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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Middletown High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $264 (2.1%) $15,053 (118.2%) $12,738

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Middletown High 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 9th of 40 High schoolsRanks 9th of 39 High schools
 0.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (Middletown High School)60.955.3
 5.6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Appoquinimink School District)62.553.9
 8.6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)48.544.2
 4.3%
11th Grade Mathematics (Middletown High School)34.627
 7.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Appoquinimink School District)37.526.8
 10.7%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)28.322.9
 5.4%
11th Grade Essay (Middletown High School)54.851.1
 3.7%
   11th Grade Essay (Appoquinimink School District)53.251.2
 2.1%
   11th Grade Essay (Delaware)42.941.5
 1.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students17021355
 20.4%
African American544470
 13.6%
American Indian64
 33.3%
Asian6783
 23.9%
Hispanic124107
 13.7%
Pacific Islander24
 100%
White911632
 30.6%
Two or More Races4855
 14.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Middletown High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,355 students attended Middletown High School.

Students at Middletown High School are 47% White, 35% African American, 8% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 4% Two or more races.

Middletown High School ranks 9th of 39 Delaware high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 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 Delaware Department of Education.

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