Central Middle School

Summary:

Central Middle School is a public middle school located in West Melbourne, Florida, serving 1,127 students in grades 7-8. The school is part of the Brevard District, which is ranked 22 out of 68 districts in Florida and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Central Middle School has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with higher percentages of African American (14.37%) and Hispanic (20.05%) students, it faces several challenges. The school has a higher chronic absenteeism rate (20.2%) and lower test scores, especially in Math, where only 29% of 8th-grade students were proficient or better, compared to 34% in Brevard and 54% statewide. Additionally, a higher percentage of students (53.42%) receive free or reduced-price lunch at Central Middle School, indicating a greater socioeconomic need among the student population.

Despite the higher spending per student ($9,741) at Central Middle School, the academic performance is still lagging behind nearby schools, such as John F. Kennedy Middle School and Delaura Middle School, which demonstrate that high academic achievement is possible within the same district. Addressing the root causes of chronic absenteeism, implementing targeted interventions to support the diverse student population, and adopting effective teaching practices could be crucial in improving Central Middle School's performance and providing equitable educational opportunities for all students.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 2600 Wingate Blvd
       West Melbourne, FL  32904


(321) 722-4150

District: Brevard

SchoolDigger Rank:
636th of 1,196 Florida Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,741 Help


Students who attend Central Middle School usually attend:

High:    Heritage High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.1 Help
Number of students:  1,127

Racial breakdown:

White:
53.8%
Hispanic:
20.1%
African American:
14.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  53.4% Help


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Compare Details Central Middle School ranks worse than 53.2% of middle schools in Florida. It also ranks 7th among 11 ranked middle schools in the Brevard School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2024 the calculated Average Standard Score was 46.54. (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 Central Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Brevard School District. Student population at Central Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (53.8%), Hispanic (20.1%), African American (14.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 53.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Central Middle School is 17.1, which is the 2nd best among 11 middle schools in the Brevard School District. (See more...)
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Compare Central Middle School employs 65.8 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Central Middle School is $9,741. 8 middle schools in the Brevard School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Central Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Central Middle School 636th of 1196 Florida public middle schools. (See Central Middle School in the ranking list.)

Brevard:

SchoolDigger ranks Brevard 22nd of 68 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Central Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 81.72 94th 593 84.1%
2005 82.78 85th 602 85.9%
2006 78.54 122nd 675 81.9%
2007 71.45 206th 736 72.0%
2008 68.41 232nd 740 68.6%
2009 71.44 233rd 780 70.1%
2010 67.44 285th 839 66.0%
2011 66.11 310th 891 65.2%
2012 66.54 295th 897 67.1%
2013 59.39 383rd 956 59.9%
2014 63.87 345th 999 65.5%
2016 56.46 414th 997 58.5%
2017 56.62 428th 1031 58.5%
2018 56.63 432nd 1035 58.3%
2019 53.95 503rd 1099 54.2%
2021 48.29 579th 1136 49.0%
2022 53.04 501st 1148 56.4%
2023 43.10 661st 1177 43.8%
2024 46.54 636th 1196 46.8%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a student
Monday, April 22, 2019

Open Quote As a student here, I HATE IT. Teachers will often bully students and will not even teach the material, instead relying on some outside source like Algebra Nation videos to teach them. Furthermore, lunches are disappointing and are similar to the portions at which they serve to KINDERGARTENERS. You would think food served at a middle school would at least make an effort to be more filling and attractive to us but what should really be expected from food served at a school. Bullying is also an issue as kids being picked on constantly happens in front of teachers without reprecussions. If a student is to fight back when punched, this insanely stupid zero tolerance policy pinches the kid who got hit just as bad. Overall hate my experience here and can't wait to be out of it. Maybe high school will actually be a good experience for me. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Open Quote Central Middle School, is the WORST school, my son has attended.

The staff is INADEQUATE! Support is INADEQUATE!
The atmosphere of Central Middle School, is that of total CHAOS!

Also, don't waste your time, calling the Brevard County School Board for support either. The response I got, was that of friends, sitting around a card table, sipping tea and chatting it up. There was NO URGENCY and lacked PROFESSIONALISM!

Removing my son, from Central Middle School, was the best decision I ever made!

PS...If I were able to give Central, a lower rating then the "one star", I sure would have! Close Quote



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 1018 90 13 15 0 n/a n/a 0 1136
1989 960 82 12 19 0 n/a n/a 0 1073
1990 954 100 12 27 0 n/a n/a 0 1093
1991 1015 119 14 38 0 n/a n/a 0 1186
1992 1034 148 21 47 2 n/a n/a 0 1252
1993 1088 159 26 59 2 n/a n/a 0 1334
1994 1155 170 26 83 1 n/a n/a 0 1435
1995 1260 169 24 98 3 n/a n/a 0 1554
1996 1260 169 24 98 3 n/a n/a 0 1554
1997 1380 189 37 95 6 n/a n/a 0 1707
1998 1444 210 39 124 4 n/a n/a 0 1821
1999 1330 164 29 112 6 n/a n/a 0 1641
2000 912 122 15 71 2 n/a n/a 0 1122
2001 932 134 15 98 3 n/a n/a 0 1182
2002 957 164 20 127 5 n/a n/a 0 1273
2003 957 164 20 127 5 n/a n/a 0 1273
2004 975 174 30 145 3 n/a n/a 0 1327
2005 1022 164 27 133 5 n/a n/a 0 1351
2006 908 175 26 122 4 n/a n/a 0 1235
2007 816 149 38 100 3 n/a n/a 65 1171
2008 676 152 31 94 3 n/a n/a 48 1004
2009 631 150 31 89 2 n/a n/a 63 966
2010 618 142 26 120 2 n/a n/a 61 969
2011 654 150 29 199 7 0 57 0 1096
2012 744 192 29 235 2 0 68 0 1270
2013 730 194 30 223 2 0 84 0 1263
2014 719 198 36 220 2 0 102 0 1277
2015 690 186 33 238 1 1 88 0 1237
2016 653 157 28 217 2 1 83 0 1141
2017 636 151 33 200 1 1 76 0 1098
2018 642 169 35 196 1 1 77 0 1121
2019 665 177 37 222 3 3 86 0 1193
2020 651 165 31 226 4 3 102 0 1182
2021 607 154 35 230 2 2 105 0 1135
2022 660 151 41 215 3 2 103 0 1175
2023 606 162 39 226 3 2 89 0 1127

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 1136 53.0 21.4 14.3
1989 1073 56.0 19.1 11.4
1990 1093 51.0 21.4 14
1991 1186 60.0 19.7 16.4
1992 1252 62.0 20.1 12.3
1993 1334 67.0 19.9 19.1
1994 1435 72.0 19.9 25.4
1995 1554 79.0 19.7 19.9
1996 1554 79.0 19.7 19.9
1997 1707 86.0 19.8 14.8
1998 1821 87.0 20.9 19.2
1999 1641 74.0 22.2 26.3
2000 1122 50.0 22.4 26.9
2001 1182 55.0 21.5 32.3
2002 1273 69.0 18.4 26.2
2003 1273 69.0 18.4 26.2
2004 1327 70.0 19.0 24.7
2005 1351 73.0 18.5 33
2006 1235 72.0 17.2 27.7
2007 1171 70.0 16.7 31
2008 1004 60.0 16.7 35.4
2009 966 63.0 16.7 44
2010 969 63.5 15.2 51.3
2011 1096 73.0 15.0 47.4
2012 1270 76.0 16.7 50.5
2013 1263 78.0 16.1 52.1
2014 1277 70.0 18.2 52.5
2015 1237 68.0 18.1 55.8
2016 1141 65.0 17.5 53.2
2017 1098 61.0 18.0 52.3
2018 1121 62.0 18.0 49.1
2019 1193 63.8 18.6 50.5
2020 1182 65.8 17.9 50.8
2021 1135 67.8 16.7 55.9
2022 1175 63.8 18.4 57.3
2023 1127 65.8 17.1 53.4

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 1136 53.0 21.4 14.3
1989 1073 56.0 19.1 11.4
1990 1093 51.0 21.4 14
1991 1186 60.0 19.7 16.4
1992 1252 62.0 20.1 12.3
1993 1334 67.0 19.9 19.1
1994 1435 72.0 19.9 25.4
1995 1554 79.0 19.7 19.9
1996 1554 79.0 19.7 19.9
1997 1707 86.0 19.8 14.8
1998 1821 87.0 20.9 19.2
1999 1641 74.0 22.2 26.3
2000 1122 50.0 22.4 26.9
2001 1182 55.0 21.5 32.3
2002 1273 69.0 18.4 26.2
2003 1273 69.0 18.4 26.2
2004 1327 70.0 19.0 24.7
2005 1351 73.0 18.5 33
2006 1235 72.0 17.2 27.7
2007 1171 70.0 16.7 31
2008 1004 60.0 16.7 35.4
2009 966 63.0 16.7 44
2010 969 63.5 15.2 51.3
2011 1096 73.0 15.0 47.4
2012 1270 76.0 16.7 50.5
2013 1263 78.0 16.1 52.1
2014 1277 70.0 18.2 52.5
2015 1237 68.0 18.1 55.8
2016 1141 65.0 17.5 53.2
2017 1098 61.0 18.0 52.3
2018 1121 62.0 18.0 49.1
2019 1193 63.8 18.6 50.5
2020 1182 65.8 17.9 50.8
2021 1135 67.8 16.7 55.9
2022 1175 63.8 18.4 57.3
2023 1127 65.8 17.1 53.4

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 Central Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $244 (3.7%) $6,436 (96.3%) $6,680
2019 $242 (3.6%) $6,535 (96.4%) $6,777
2020 $312 (4.5%) $6,672 (95.5%) $6,984
2021 $531 (6.4%) $7,774 (93.6%) $8,305
2022 $1,052 (12.4%) $7,419 (87.6%) $8,471
2023 $1,666 (17.1%) $8,075 (82.9%) $9,741

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Central Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 503rd of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 661st of 1177 Middle schools
 10.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Central Middle School)5048
 2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Brevard)5853
 5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Central Middle School)5741
 16%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Brevard)6253
 9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Central Middle School)6051
 9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Brevard)6352
 11%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Central Middle School)3924
 15%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Brevard)4330
 13%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (Central Middle School)4841
 7%
   8th Grade Science (Brevard)5348
 5%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Civics (Central Middle School)7264
 8%
   End of Course Civics (Brevard)7569
 6%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Central Middle School)9159
 32%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Brevard)6454
 10%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Central Middle School)10088
 12%
   End of Course Geometry (Brevard)6251
 11%
   End of Course Geometry (Florida)5750
 7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students11931127
 5.5%
African American177162
 8.5%
American Indian33
Asian3739
 5.4%
Hispanic222226
 1.8%
Pacific Islander32
 33.3%
White665606
 8.9%
Two or More Races8689
 3.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients50.5%53.4%
 2.9%


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Central Middle School ranks 636th of 1196 Florida middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

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

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,127 students attended Central Middle School.

Students at Central Middle School are 54% White, 20% Hispanic, 14% African American, 8% Two or more races, 3% Asian.


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