F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Summary:

F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School is a public middle school located in Camden, Delaware, serving grades 6-8 with a student population of 629. The school is part of the Caesar Rodney School District, which is ranked 6th out of 31 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While the school was previously a strong performer, with a statewide ranking of 10th out of 35 Delaware middle schools in 2016-2017, its academic performance has declined in recent years, dropping to 29th out of 53 in 2022-2023. The school's performance on Smarter Balanced Assessments and DeSSA Science tests is generally lower than the district and state averages, particularly in mathematics. Additionally, the school's student-teacher ratio of 15.3 is higher than nearby schools like Dover Air Force Base Middle School (8.3) and Magnolia Middle School (20.7), which may impact the level of individual attention and support students receive.

Interestingly, the school's performance varies significantly across different student subgroups. While Hispanic students have performed relatively well, with the school ranking 4th out of 37 Delaware middle schools for this subgroup in 2021-2022, the performance of African American, Asian, and White students has been more mixed, with rankings ranging from the top quarter to the bottom half of Delaware middle schools. These disparities suggest the need for targeted interventions and support to address the achievement gaps within the school.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 2841 South State Street
       Camden, DE  19901-9627


(302) 698-8410

District: Caesar Rodney School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
29th of 55 Delaware Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,725 Help


Students who attend F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School usually attend:

High:    Caesar Rodney High School

Feeder schools for F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School:

Elementary:    Allen Frear Elementary School
    Star Hill Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.3 Help
Number of students:  629

Racial breakdown:

White:
45.3%
African American:
27.7%
Hispanic:
13.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  26.7% Help


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Compare Details F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School ranks worse than 52.7% of middle schools in Delaware. It also ranks last among 3 ranked middle schools in the Caesar Rodney School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 40.11. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (45.3%), African American (27.7%), Hispanic (13.7%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School is 15.3, which is the highest among 3 middle schools in the Caesar Rodney School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School is $10,725, which is the lowest among 3 middle schools in the Caesar Rodney School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School 29th of 55 Delaware public middle schools. (See F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Caesar Rodney School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Caesar Rodney School District 6th of 31 Delaware school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

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Rank History for all students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 78.89 10th 38 73.7%
2012 68.43 13th 38 65.8%
2013 63.93 15th 37 59.5%
2016 76.16 8th 35 77.1%
2017 74.68 9th 35 74.3%
2018 67.59 10th 35 71.4%
2019 60.22 18th 52 65.4%
2021 58.41 18th 47 61.7%
2022 47.35 23rd 51 54.9%
2023 40.11 29th 53 45.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 64.24 2nd 8 75.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 43.25 20th 41 51.2%
2022 27.31 27th 38 28.9%
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Rank History for Female students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.47 22nd 49 55.1%
2021 58.00 13th 38 65.8%
2022 41.12 27th 50 46.0%
2023 35.97 33rd 50 34.0%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.65 2nd 3 33.3%
2022 50.07 2nd 4 50.0%
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Rank History for Male students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 65.16 16th 49 67.3%
2021 54.00 14th 38 63.2%
2022 44.98 22nd 50 56.0%
2023 39.81 26th 50 48.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 53.50 4th 6 33.3%
2023 18.50 7th 8 12.5%
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Rank History for African American students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 57.35 15th 44 65.9%
2021 70.75 4th 20 80.0%
2022 42.72 18th 41 56.1%
2023 35.66 26th 43 39.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 66.33 9th 35 74.3%
2022 83.99 4th 37 89.2%
2023 46.19 15th 37 59.5%
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Rank History for White students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.37 20th 43 53.5%
2021 43.97 22nd 41 46.3%
2022 37.66 25th 45 44.4%
2023 34.10 28th 44 36.4%
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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.

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Enrollment information for F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2000 518 189 11 22 0 n/a n/a 0 740
2001 569 192 18 34 1 n/a n/a 0 814
2002 516 206 26 29 1 n/a n/a 0 778
2003 516 206 26 29 1 n/a n/a 0 778
2004 535 205 21 34 2 n/a n/a 0 797
2005 534 216 23 35 1 n/a n/a 0 809
2006 540 206 26 31 3 n/a n/a 0 806
2007 498 214 27 30 1 n/a n/a 0 770
2008 455 203 32 31 4 n/a n/a 0 725
2009 419 190 22 31 3 n/a n/a 0 665
2010 449 226 26 37 4 n/a n/a 0 742
2011 482 226 22 45 6 0 0 0 781
2012 499 221 36 44 5 1 3 0 809
2013 499 213 37 51 6 1 9 0 816
2014 467 234 42 48 4 1 20 0 816
2015 474 231 34 61 4 0 22 0 826
2016 474 225 35 54 3 0 27 0 818
2017 458 226 28 57 5 1 48 0 823
2018 492 214 35 60 6 1 62 0 870
2019 491 230 34 70 2 1 71 0 899
2020 513 268 45 71 1 0 70 0 968
2021 441 227 45 66 3 0 73 0 855
2022 291 166 44 55 0 1 51 0 608
2023 285 174 36 86 1 1 46 0 629

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 F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 740 40.0 18.5 26.6
2001 814 42.0 19.4 28.4
2002 778 45.0 17.3 29
2003 778 45.0 17.3 29
2004 797 46.0 17.3 28
2005 809 46.0 17.6 26.7
2006 806 47.0 17.1 24.7
2007 770 50.0 15.4 24.7
2008 725 50.0 14.5 26.2
2009 665 48.0 13.9 28.3
2010 742 48.0 15.4 33.4
2011 781 47.0 16.6 36.1
2012 809 48.0 16.8 42.6
2013 816 48.0 17.0 40.7
2014 816 47.0 17.3 26.8
2015 826 48.0 17.2 28
2016 818 47.0 17.4 26.7
2017 823 45.0 18.2 n/a
2018 870 48.0 18.1 n/a
2019 899 49.0 18.3 n/a
2020 968 51.0 18.9 n/a
2021 855 50.0 17.1 n/a
2022 608 39.0 15.5 n/a
2023 629 41.0 15.3 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 F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 740 40.0 18.5 26.6
2001 814 42.0 19.4 28.4
2002 778 45.0 17.3 29
2003 778 45.0 17.3 29
2004 797 46.0 17.3 28
2005 809 46.0 17.6 26.7
2006 806 47.0 17.1 24.7
2007 770 50.0 15.4 24.7
2008 725 50.0 14.5 26.2
2009 665 48.0 13.9 28.3
2010 742 48.0 15.4 33.4
2011 781 47.0 16.6 36.1
2012 809 48.0 16.8 42.6
2013 816 48.0 17.0 40.7
2014 816 47.0 17.3 26.8
2015 826 48.0 17.2 28
2016 818 47.0 17.4 26.7
2017 823 45.0 18.2 n/a
2018 870 48.0 18.1 n/a
2019 899 49.0 18.3 n/a
2020 968 51.0 18.9 n/a
2021 855 50.0 17.1 n/a
2022 608 39.0 15.5 n/a
2023 629 41.0 15.3 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 F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $518 (4.8%) $10,242 (95.5%) $10,725

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

Impact of COVID-19 on F. Niel Postlethwait 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 18th of 52 Middle schoolsRanks 29th of 53 Middle schools
 20.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School)56.125.9
 30.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Caesar Rodney School District)63.735.5
 28.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)51.935
 16.9%
6th Grade Mathematics (F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School)36.415.5
 20.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Caesar Rodney School District)38.420.7
 17.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)37.626.5
 11.1%
7th Grade English Language Arts (F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School)63.840.2
 23.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Caesar Rodney School District)62.342
 20.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)54.642.6
 12%
7th Grade Mathematics (F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School)41.928.8
 13.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Caesar Rodney School District)40.526.1
 14.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)4128.9
 12.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School)67.647.9
 19.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Caesar Rodney School District)61.244.2
 17%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)52.141.3
 10.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School)5922.5
 36.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Caesar Rodney School District)46.522.6
 24%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)3824.3
 13.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students899629
 30%
African American230174
 24.3%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian3436
 5.9%
Hispanic7086
 22.9%
Pacific Islander11
White491285
 42%
Two or More Races7146
 35.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

Students who attend F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School usually go on to attend Caesar Rodney High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 629 students attended F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School.

Students at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School are 45% White, 28% African American, 14% Hispanic, 7% Two or more races, 6% Asian.

F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School ranks 29th of 55 Delaware 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 Delaware Department of Education.

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