Seaford Middle School

Summary:

Seaford Middle School is a public middle school in Seaford, Delaware, serving 828 students in grades 6-8 and part of the Laurel School District, which is ranked 16 out of 31 districts in the state.

Seaford Middle School stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of African American (34.66%) and Hispanic (30.31%) students compared to nearby schools like Chipman (W.T.) Middle School and Millsboro Middle School. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by state assessments, is generally lower than the state and district averages, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts ranging from 27.89% to 33.57% and in Mathematics from 15.52% to 16.85%, compared to state averages of 35% to 42.59% and 24.33% to 28.93%, respectively. Seaford Middle School has consistently ranked in the lower half of Delaware middle schools, receiving 1 or 2-star ratings from SchoolDigger.

The school's performance varies significantly across different student subgroups, with Hispanic students performing relatively better than African American, White, and female students. Additionally, Seaford Middle School serves a higher proportion of low-socioeconomic status students, which may contribute to the school's overall academic challenges. While the school has a relatively low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 13.8 to 15 in recent years, its spending per student, at $12,500 in 2018-2019, is higher than the state average for middle schools, suggesting a need to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of resource allocation.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 500 East Stein Highway
       Seaford, DE  19973-1528


(302) 629-4587

District: Seaford School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
44th of 55 Delaware Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,500 Help


Students who attend Seaford Middle School usually attend:

High:    Seaford Senior High School

Feeder schools for Seaford Middle School:

Elementary:    Blades Elementary School
    Frederick Douglass Elementary School
    Seaford Central Elementary School
    West Seaford Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.8 Help
Number of students:  828

Racial breakdown:

African American:
34.7%
Hispanic:
30.3%
White:
27.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  58% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Seaford Middle School ranks worse than 80% of middle schools in Delaware. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 24.58. (See more...)
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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 Student population at Seaford Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (34.7%), Hispanic (30.3%), White (27.9%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Seaford Middle School is 13.8. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Seaford Middle School is $12,500.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Seaford Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Seaford Middle School 44th of 55 Delaware public middle schools. (See Seaford Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Seaford School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Seaford School District 16th of 31 Delaware school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Seaford Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Seaford Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 29.19 28th 38 26.3%
2012 31.66 29th 38 23.7%
2013 18.24 34th 37 8.1%
2014 19.36 14th 17 17.6%
2015 25.66 37th 49 24.5%
2016 34.97 22nd 35 37.1%
2017 23.94 29th 35 17.1%
2018 26.93 25th 35 28.6%
2019 28.17 38th 52 26.9%
2021 24.85 38th 47 19.1%
2022 32.00 35th 51 31.4%
2023 24.58 42nd 53 20.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Seaford Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 49.98 4th 8 50.0%
2022 18.97 4th 4 0.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Seaford Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 43.16 21st 41 48.8%
2021 37.04 12th 19 36.8%
2022 46.75 17th 38 55.3%
2023 48.98 15th 40 62.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Seaford Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 24.85 39th 49 20.4%
2021 20.68 33rd 38 13.2%
2022 29.65 35th 50 30.0%
2023 22.90 39th 50 22.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Seaford Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 29.62 36th 49 26.5%
2021 23.79 31st 38 18.4%
2022 27.45 37th 50 26.0%
2023 22.83 39th 50 22.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Seaford Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 38.77 28th 44 36.4%
2021 44.87 11th 20 45.0%
2022 36.72 25th 41 39.0%
2023 28.34 34th 43 20.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Seaford Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 55.13 16th 35 54.3%
2021 46.94 9th 18 50.0%
2022 51.44 13th 37 64.9%
2023 41.35 18th 37 51.4%
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Rank History for White students at Seaford Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 18.37 35th 43 18.6%
2021 23.63 33rd 41 19.5%
2022 33.12 28th 45 37.8%
2023 24.36 34th 44 22.7%
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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 Seaford Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 530 213 6 5 0 n/a n/a 0 754
1989 499 222 9 9 0 n/a n/a 0 739
1990 481 219 7 8 n/a n/a n/a 0 715
1991 513 225 8 2 0 n/a n/a 0 748
1992 563 243 11 8 0 n/a n/a 0 825
1993 615 250 16 10 0 n/a n/a 0 891
1994 591 263 13 15 0 n/a n/a 0 882
1995 549 311 8 15 1 n/a n/a 0 884
1996 549 311 8 15 1 n/a n/a 0 884
1997 580 337 7 17 0 n/a n/a 0 941
1998 561 342 3 15 0 n/a n/a 0 921
1999 592 350 5 17 0 n/a n/a 0 964
2000 590 370 6 24 0 n/a n/a 0 990
2001 533 336 9 21 1 n/a n/a 0 900
2002 413 317 10 27 0 n/a n/a 0 767
2003 413 317 10 27 0 n/a n/a 0 767
2004 422 337 10 37 0 n/a n/a 0 806
2005 382 340 9 50 1 n/a n/a 0 782
2006 388 356 10 54 0 n/a n/a 0 808
2007 394 329 7 53 0 n/a n/a 0 783
2008 374 326 10 63 0 n/a n/a 0 773
2009 335 289 8 75 1 n/a n/a 0 708
2010 339 287 11 73 2 n/a n/a 0 712
2011 344 286 6 101 4 0 46 0 787
2012 354 278 8 98 9 0 39 0 786
2013 321 259 7 102 8 0 42 0 739
2014 336 257 14 120 6 1 28 0 762
2015 341 326 11 150 5 1 26 0 860
2016 288 285 15 149 4 1 20 0 762
2017 304 310 14 156 1 2 27 0 814
2018 267 309 12 165 1 2 34 0 790
2019 281 326 8 150 1 1 57 0 824
2020 282 300 6 174 2 0 65 0 829
2021 259 299 7 206 0 0 66 0 837
2022 253 305 5 204 0 0 61 0 828
2023 231 287 2 251 0 1 56 0 828

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 Seaford Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 754 49.5 15.2 21.2
1989 739 50.5 14.6 23.1
1990 715 50.5 14.1 25.3
1991 748 44.0 17.0 22.2
1992 825 46.0 17.9 25.8
1993 891 50.0 17.8 26
1994 882 49.0 18.0 31.5
1995 884 57.5 15.4 37.4
1996 884 57.5 15.4 37.4
1997 941 63.0 14.9 39.4
1998 921 63.5 14.5 41.9
1999 964 59.0 16.3 48
2000 990 59.1 16.8 42.4
2001 900 61.1 14.7 45.4
2002 767 62.5 12.3 55.3
2003 767 62.5 12.3 55.3
2004 806 50.0 16.1 53.6
2005 782 49.5 15.8 56.5
2006 808 55.0 14.7 56.7
2007 783 57.0 13.7 56.6
2008 773 55.0 14.1 57.3
2009 708 54.0 13.1 65
2010 712 51.0 13.9 68
2011 787 50.0 15.7 70.4
2012 786 55.0 14.2 70
2013 739 55.0 13.4 79.8
2014 762 56.0 13.6 61.4
2015 860 62.0 13.8 52.2
2016 762 56.0 13.6 58
2017 814 56.0 14.5 n/a
2018 790 57.0 13.8 n/a
2019 824 61.0 13.5 n/a
2020 829 54.0 15.3 n/a
2021 837 58.0 14.4 n/a
2022 828 55.0 15.0 n/a
2023 828 60.0 13.8 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 Seaford Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 754 49.5 15.2 21.2
1989 739 50.5 14.6 23.1
1990 715 50.5 14.1 25.3
1991 748 44.0 17.0 22.2
1992 825 46.0 17.9 25.8
1993 891 50.0 17.8 26
1994 882 49.0 18.0 31.5
1995 884 57.5 15.4 37.4
1996 884 57.5 15.4 37.4
1997 941 63.0 14.9 39.4
1998 921 63.5 14.5 41.9
1999 964 59.0 16.3 48
2000 990 59.1 16.8 42.4
2001 900 61.1 14.7 45.4
2002 767 62.5 12.3 55.3
2003 767 62.5 12.3 55.3
2004 806 50.0 16.1 53.6
2005 782 49.5 15.8 56.5
2006 808 55.0 14.7 56.7
2007 783 57.0 13.7 56.6
2008 773 55.0 14.1 57.3
2009 708 54.0 13.1 65
2010 712 51.0 13.9 68
2011 787 50.0 15.7 70.4
2012 786 55.0 14.2 70
2013 739 55.0 13.4 79.8
2014 762 56.0 13.6 61.4
2015 860 62.0 13.8 52.2
2016 762 56.0 13.6 58
2017 814 56.0 14.5 n/a
2018 790 57.0 13.8 n/a
2019 824 61.0 13.5 n/a
2020 829 54.0 15.3 n/a
2021 837 58.0 14.4 n/a
2022 828 55.0 15.0 n/a
2023 828 60.0 13.8 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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Seaford Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,031 (8.2%) $12,174 (97.4%) $12,500

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Seaford Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 38th of 52 Middle schoolsRanks 42nd of 53 Middle schools
 6.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Seaford Middle School)46.627.9
 18.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Seaford School District)46.627.9
 18.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)51.935
 16.9%
6th Grade Mathematics (Seaford Middle School)30.315.7
 14.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Seaford School District)30.315.7
 14.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)37.626.5
 11.1%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Seaford Middle School)45.229.8
 15.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Seaford School District)45.229.8
 15.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)54.642.6
 12%
7th Grade Mathematics (Seaford Middle School)3016.9
 13.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Seaford School District)3016.9
 13.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)4128.9
 12.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Seaford Middle School)4733.6
 13.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Seaford School District)4733.6
 13.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)52.141.3
 10.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Seaford Middle School)21.815.5
 6.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Seaford School District)21.815.5
 6.3%
   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 Students824828
 0.5%
African American326287
 12%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian82
 75%
Hispanic150251
 67.3%
Pacific Islander11
White281231
 17.8%
Two or More Races5756
 1.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Seaford Middle School

Seaford Middle School ranks in the bottom 20.0% of Delaware middle schools.

Students who attend Seaford Middle School usually go on to attend Seaford Senior High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 828 students attended Seaford Middle School.

Students at Seaford Middle School are 35% African American, 30% Hispanic, 28% White, 7% Two or more races.


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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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