Central Middle School

Summary:

Central Middle School is a public middle school located in Dover, Delaware, serving grades 7-8 with a total enrollment of 860 students. The school is part of the Capital School District, which is ranked 21 out of 31 districts in Delaware and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger. Central Middle School has a diverse student population, with 57.21% African American, 22.09% White, 12.79% Hispanic, and smaller percentages of Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, and multi-racial students.

Central Middle School consistently underperforms compared to the state and district averages in Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics. In 2022-2023, only 33.96% of 7th-grade students and 31.08% of 8th-grade students were proficient or better in ELA, compared to the state averages of 42.59% and 41.29%, respectively. In Mathematics, the proficiency rates were even lower, with only 17.43% of 7th-graders and 11.26% of 8th-graders meeting or exceeding the standards, compared to the state averages of 28.93% and 24.33%. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Delaware middle schools, with a ranking of 46 out of 53 schools in the 2022-2023 school year, and a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger. Central Middle School's performance is particularly concerning for certain student subgroups, such as African American, Hispanic, English Language Learners, and Special Education students, who are performing significantly worse than their peers at nearby schools like Chipman (W.T.) Middle School and Milford Central Academy.

The racial composition of Central Middle School's student population is significantly different from the nearby schools, with a much higher percentage of African American students. This racial imbalance is reflected in the subgroup performance, where African American and Hispanic students at Central Middle School are performing significantly worse than their peers at the other schools. Socioeconomic factors may also be contributing to the school's challenges, as it ranked 36 out of 40 Delaware middle schools for students of low socioeconomic status in 2022-2023. While the school's spending per student is comparable to the nearby schools, the student-teacher ratio of 14.8 in 2022-2023 is lower than some of the nearby schools, which may indicate a need for more targeted support and interventions for students.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 211 Delaware Avenue
       Dover, DE  19901-3895


(302) 672-1772

District: Capital School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
48th of 55 Delaware Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,518 Help


Students who attend Central Middle School usually attend:

High:    Dover High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.8 Help
Number of students:  860

Racial breakdown:

African American:
57.2%
White:
22.1%
Hispanic:
12.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  50.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Central Middle School ranks worse than 87.3% of middle schools in Delaware. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 20.85. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Central Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (57.2%), White (22.1%), Hispanic (12.8%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Central Middle School is 14.8. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Central Middle School is $13,518.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Central Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Central Middle School 48th of 55 Delaware public middle schools. (See Central Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Capital School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Capital School District 21st of 31 Delaware school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Central Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 25.36 31st 38 18.4%
2012 29.48 31st 38 18.4%
2013 26.58 29th 37 21.6%
2015 34.48 33rd 49 32.7%
2016 28.42 27th 35 22.9%
2017 26.88 26th 35 25.7%
2018 33.74 24th 35 31.4%
2019 30.17 37th 52 28.8%
2021 17.12 41st 47 12.8%
2022 22.38 40th 51 21.6%
2023 20.85 46th 53 13.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 48.57 2nd 4 50.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 33.23 3rd 3 0.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 12.05 9th 9 0.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 36.19 25th 41 39.0%
2022 21.24 30th 38 21.1%
2023 20.04 36th 40 10.0%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 21.25 1st 1 0.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 31.30 37th 49 24.5%
2021 14.39 35th 38 7.9%
2022 21.48 40th 50 20.0%
2023 18.47 45th 50 10.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 26.11 37th 49 24.5%
2021 15.92 34th 38 10.5%
2022 17.33 42nd 50 16.0%
2023 19.29 43rd 50 14.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 53.44 21st 44 52.3%
2021 20.74 19th 20 5.0%
2022 31.64 27th 41 34.1%
2023 23.55 39th 43 9.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 24.90 27th 35 22.9%
2022 30.49 30th 37 18.9%
2023 36.35 22nd 37 40.5%
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Rank History for White students at Central Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 34.55 33rd 43 23.3%
2021 15.59 38th 41 7.3%
2022 23.51 36th 45 20.0%
2023 31.81 29th 44 34.1%
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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.

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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Enrollment information for Central Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 517 313 18 13 4 n/a n/a 0 865
1989 525 311 21 22 2 n/a n/a 0 881
1990 580 323 20 26 6 n/a n/a 0 955
1991 543 346 12 26 2 n/a n/a 0 929
1992 554 362 15 39 3 n/a n/a 0 973
1993 592 377 19 23 5 n/a n/a 0 1016
1994 569 400 15 21 2 n/a n/a 0 1007
1995 550 353 14 33 7 n/a n/a 0 957
1996 550 353 14 33 7 n/a n/a 0 957
1997 530 391 19 27 9 n/a n/a 0 976
1998 541 402 20 26 6 n/a n/a 0 995
1999 518 446 20 38 9 n/a n/a 0 1031
2000 506 493 28 32 9 n/a n/a 0 1068
2001 494 524 33 33 11 n/a n/a 0 1095
2002 421 475 19 45 10 n/a n/a 0 970
2003 421 475 19 45 10 n/a n/a 0 970
2004 425 498 21 62 6 n/a n/a 0 1012
2005 401 504 32 58 3 n/a n/a 0 998
2006 380 514 24 60 5 n/a n/a 0 983
2007 384 525 26 52 14 n/a n/a 0 1001
2008 348 462 22 40 7 n/a n/a 0 879
2009 336 443 18 47 3 n/a n/a 0 847
2010 322 458 18 52 8 n/a n/a 0 858
2011 308 516 26 55 7 0 2 0 914
2012 276 498 28 68 5 0 5 0 880
2013 274 494 28 76 5 2 1 0 880
2014 305 490 24 76 14 3 7 0 919
2015 319 551 27 67 10 1 12 0 987
2016 296 533 23 94 11 1 17 0 975
2017 272 532 28 112 13 4 24 0 985
2018 223 511 34 110 14 6 37 0 935
2019 226 505 28 138 15 2 33 0 947
2020 247 512 23 136 16 1 26 0 961
2021 202 530 17 135 3 5 44 0 936
2022 220 555 14 153 4 9 55 0 1010
2023 190 492 11 110 6 4 47 0 860

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 Central Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 865 52.0 16.6 26.5
1989 881 50.0 17.6 27.9
1990 955 50.0 19.1 23.2
1991 929 52.0 17.8 24.3
1992 973 54.0 18.0 26.1
1993 1016 56.0 18.1 29
1994 1007 61.0 16.5 29.6
1995 957 63.0 15.2 28.9
1996 957 63.0 15.2 28.9
1997 976 59.5 16.4 34.2
1998 995 56.5 17.6 36.1
1999 1031 60.5 17.0 40
2000 1068 67.0 15.9 38
2001 1095 73.0 15.0 38.7
2002 970 66.0 14.7 42.3
2003 970 66.0 14.7 42.3
2004 1012 59.0 17.2 45.1
2005 998 67.0 14.9 45.5
2006 983 65.5 15.0 47.5
2007 1001 66.5 15.1 48.6
2008 879 70.0 12.6 55.3
2009 847 66.0 12.8 39.3
2010 858 65.0 13.2 59.4
2011 914 63.0 14.5 58
2012 880 65.0 13.5 51.3
2013 880 68.0 12.9 67.8
2014 919 66.0 13.9 50.9
2015 987 71.0 13.9 49
2016 975 60.0 16.2 50.3
2017 985 61.0 16.1 n/a
2018 935 61.0 15.3 n/a
2019 947 62.0 15.2 n/a
2020 961 64.0 15.0 n/a
2021 936 65.0 14.4 n/a
2022 1010 65.0 15.5 n/a
2023 860 58.0 14.8 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 Central Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 865 52.0 16.6 26.5
1989 881 50.0 17.6 27.9
1990 955 50.0 19.1 23.2
1991 929 52.0 17.8 24.3
1992 973 54.0 18.0 26.1
1993 1016 56.0 18.1 29
1994 1007 61.0 16.5 29.6
1995 957 63.0 15.2 28.9
1996 957 63.0 15.2 28.9
1997 976 59.5 16.4 34.2
1998 995 56.5 17.6 36.1
1999 1031 60.5 17.0 40
2000 1068 67.0 15.9 38
2001 1095 73.0 15.0 38.7
2002 970 66.0 14.7 42.3
2003 970 66.0 14.7 42.3
2004 1012 59.0 17.2 45.1
2005 998 67.0 14.9 45.5
2006 983 65.5 15.0 47.5
2007 1001 66.5 15.1 48.6
2008 879 70.0 12.6 55.3
2009 847 66.0 12.8 39.3
2010 858 65.0 13.2 59.4
2011 914 63.0 14.5 58
2012 880 65.0 13.5 51.3
2013 880 68.0 12.9 67.8
2014 919 66.0 13.9 50.9
2015 987 71.0 13.9 49
2016 975 60.0 16.2 50.3
2017 985 61.0 16.1 n/a
2018 935 61.0 15.3 n/a
2019 947 62.0 15.2 n/a
2020 961 64.0 15.0 n/a
2021 936 65.0 14.4 n/a
2022 1010 65.0 15.5 n/a
2023 860 58.0 14.8 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 Central Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $689 (5.1%) $13,927 (103.0%) $13,518

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Central 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 37th of 52 Middle schoolsRanks 46th of 53 Middle schools
 15.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Central Middle School)44.534
 10.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Capital School District)43.533.3
 10.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)54.642.6
 12%
7th Grade Mathematics (Central Middle School)26.917.4
 9.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Capital School District)26.317.1
 9.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)4128.9
 12.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Central Middle School)47.931.1
 16.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Capital School District)46.930.6
 16.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)52.141.3
 10.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Central Middle School)3411.3
 22.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Capital School District)33.311.1
 22.2%
   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 Students947860
 9.2%
African American505492
 2.6%
American Indian156
 60%
Asian2811
 60.7%
Hispanic138110
 20.3%
Pacific Islander24
 100%
White226190
 15.9%
Two or More Races3347
 42.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Central Middle School

Students who attend Central Middle School usually go on to attend Dover High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 860 students attended Central Middle School.

Central Middle School ranks in the bottom 12.7% of Delaware middle schools.

Students at Central Middle School are 57% African American, 22% White, 13% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 1% Asian.


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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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