Ruben Dario Middle School

Summary:

Ruben Dario Middle School is a public middle school located in Miami, Florida, serving 549 students in grades 6-8 and part of the Miami-Dade school district, which is ranked 24th out of 67 districts in Florida and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ruben Dario Middle School stands out for its significantly higher Hispanic student population, ranging from 97.57% to 98.29% over the past 3 years, compared to the 80.49% to 97.03% range at nearby schools like W. R. Thomas Middle School and Renaissance Middle Charter School. The school also outperforms the Miami-Dade and Florida state averages in several key test areas, including Algebra 1, Geometry, and Biology 1. However, Ruben Dario Middle School has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 12.3% in 2019-2020 to 30.1% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the nearby schools.

Despite its strong academic performance, particularly in STEM-related subjects, Ruben Dario Middle School faces challenges with a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 61.93% to 87.29% over the past 3 years, which is higher than most of the nearby schools like Paul W. Bell Middle School and Riviera Middle School. The school's overall ranking and star rating from SchoolDigger have remained relatively low (1-2 stars) over the past several years, suggesting that there may be additional factors to consider in understanding its successes and areas for improvement.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 350 NW 97th Ave
       Miami, FL  33172-4107


(305) 226-0179

District: Miami-Dade

SchoolDigger Rank:
725th of 1,185 Florida Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,782 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  20.3 Help
Number of students:  549

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.0%
White:
0.7%
African American:
0.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  61.9% Help


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Compare Details Ruben Dario Middle School ranks worse than 61.2% of middle schools in Florida. It also ranks 42nd among 74 ranked middle schools in the Miami-Dade School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 38.31. (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 Racial makeup is: Hispanic (98%), African American (0.7%), White (0.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 61.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ruben Dario Middle School is 20.3, which is the 34th best among 74 middle schools in the Miami-Dade School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ruben Dario Middle School is $10,782, which is the 36th highest among 74 middle schools in the Miami-Dade School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Ruben Dario Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Ruben Dario Middle School 725th of 1185 Florida public middle schools. (See Ruben Dario Middle School in the ranking list.)

Miami-Dade:

SchoolDigger ranks Miami-Dade 24th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ruben Dario Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 34.22 417th 593 29.7%
2005 33.74 434th 602 27.9%
2006 48.79 363rd 675 46.2%
2007 48.46 404th 736 45.1%
2008 52.78 381st 740 48.5%
2009 53.05 399th 780 48.8%
2010 51.31 441st 839 47.4%
2011 44.82 544th 891 38.9%
2012 42.73 533rd 897 40.6%
2013 35.19 635th 956 33.6%
2014 26.80 755th 999 24.4%
2016 20.78 816th 997 18.2%
2017 25.31 786th 1031 23.8%
2018 24.16 799th 1035 22.8%
2019 31.10 790th 1099 28.1%
2021 29.29 811th 1136 28.6%
2022 28.64 838th 1148 27.0%
2023 38.31 722nd 1177 38.7%
See the entire list of Florida Middle School Rankings!

Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Ruben Dario Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1990 57 9 10 1235 0 n/a n/a 0 1311
1991 101 57 15 1989 0 n/a n/a 0 2162
1992 109 138 19 1992 0 n/a n/a 0 2258
1993 90 178 18 1847 0 n/a n/a 0 2133
1994 96 196 18 1919 0 n/a n/a 0 2229
1995 85 225 19 1874 1 n/a n/a 0 2204
1996 85 225 19 1874 1 n/a n/a 0 2204
1997 88 249 15 1732 0 n/a n/a 0 2084
1998 85 281 12 1461 0 n/a n/a 0 1839
1999 93 203 9 1396 0 n/a n/a 0 1701
2000 83 170 17 1363 0 n/a n/a 0 1633
2001 57 181 15 1312 0 n/a n/a 0 1565
2002 32 194 13 1065 1 n/a n/a 0 1305
2003 32 194 13 1065 1 n/a n/a 0 1305
2004 22 121 11 922 2 n/a n/a 0 1078
2005 30 75 8 928 1 n/a n/a 0 1042
2006 26 37 6 917 1 n/a n/a 0 987
2007 23 26 4 886 1 n/a n/a 8 948
2008 22 32 6 810 1 n/a n/a 7 878
2009 14 21 2 754 2 n/a n/a 6 799
2010 12 22 2 736 1 n/a n/a 0 773
2011 15 17 2 807 0 0 0 0 841
2012 20 21 3 702 0 0 0 0 746
2013 12 28 1 654 0 0 0 0 695
2014 10 22 2 589 0 1 0 0 624
2015 6 14 3 630 0 1 0 0 654
2016 7 3 2 591 0 1 0 0 604
2017 8 1 2 583 0 0 0 0 594
2018 7 2 1 574 0 0 0 0 584
2019 7 4 1 570 0 0 0 0 582
2020 11 4 3 546 0 0 0 0 564
2021 6 5 2 522 0 0 0 0 535
2022 5 3 0 518 0 0 1 0 527
2023 4 4 2 538 0 0 1 0 549

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 Ruben Dario Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1990 1311 57.0 23.0 61.9
1991 2162 85.0 25.4 67
1992 2258 85.0 26.5 60.9
1993 2133 80.0 26.7 63.9
1994 2229 83.0 26.9 64.4
1995 2204 91.0 24.2 65.4
1996 2204 91.0 24.2 65.4
1997 2084 88.0 23.7 65.9
1998 1839 84.0 21.9 65.1
1999 1701 76.0 22.4 78.3
2000 1633 74.0 22.1 77.6
2001 1565 70.0 22.4 81.9
2002 1305 68.0 19.2 85.1
2003 1305 68.0 19.2 85.1
2004 1078 60.0 18.0 85.2
2005 1042 56.0 18.6 84.3
2006 987 55.0 17.9 81.4
2007 948 56.0 16.9 78.9
2008 878 58.5 15.0 78.8
2009 799 50.6 15.8 78.6
2010 773 45.0 17.1 84.6
2011 841 46.0 18.2 86
2012 746 36.0 20.7 87.5
2013 695 37.0 18.7 89.4
2014 624 35.0 17.8 87.7
2015 654 34.0 19.2 86.1
2016 604 31.0 19.4 89.9
2017 594 29.0 20.4 88
2018 584 29.0 20.1 77.6
2019 582 28.0 20.7 86.1
2020 564 29.0 19.4 81
2021 535 25.0 21.4 87.3
2022 527 26.0 20.2 84.6
2023 549 27.0 20.3 61.9

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 Ruben Dario Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1990 1311 57.0 23.0 61.9
1991 2162 85.0 25.4 67
1992 2258 85.0 26.5 60.9
1993 2133 80.0 26.7 63.9
1994 2229 83.0 26.9 64.4
1995 2204 91.0 24.2 65.4
1996 2204 91.0 24.2 65.4
1997 2084 88.0 23.7 65.9
1998 1839 84.0 21.9 65.1
1999 1701 76.0 22.4 78.3
2000 1633 74.0 22.1 77.6
2001 1565 70.0 22.4 81.9
2002 1305 68.0 19.2 85.1
2003 1305 68.0 19.2 85.1
2004 1078 60.0 18.0 85.2
2005 1042 56.0 18.6 84.3
2006 987 55.0 17.9 81.4
2007 948 56.0 16.9 78.9
2008 878 58.5 15.0 78.8
2009 799 50.6 15.8 78.6
2010 773 45.0 17.1 84.6
2011 841 46.0 18.2 86
2012 746 36.0 20.7 87.5
2013 695 37.0 18.7 89.4
2014 624 35.0 17.8 87.7
2015 654 34.0 19.2 86.1
2016 604 31.0 19.4 89.9
2017 594 29.0 20.4 88
2018 584 29.0 20.1 77.6
2019 582 28.0 20.7 86.1
2020 564 29.0 19.4 81
2021 535 25.0 21.4 87.3
2022 527 26.0 20.2 84.6
2023 549 27.0 20.3 61.9

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 Ruben Dario Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $873 (10.6%) $7,327 (89.4%) $8,200
2019 $536 (6.9%) $7,211 (93.1%) $7,748
2020 $857 (9.4%) $8,230 (90.6%) $9,086
2021 $1,793 (18.1%) $8,132 (81.9%) $9,925
2022 $1,968 (18.2%) $8,871 (81.8%) $10,840
2023 $2,014 (18.7%) $8,769 (81.3%) $10,782

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ruben Dario 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 790th of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 722nd of 1177 Middle schools
 10.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Ruben Dario Middle School)4541
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Miami-Dade)5855
 3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5452
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Ruben Dario Middle School)4437
 7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Miami-Dade)5851
 7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5549
 6%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Ruben Dario Middle School)4444
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Miami-Dade)5653
 3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Ruben Dario Middle School)2435
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Miami-Dade)5348
 5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Ruben Dario Middle School)5040
 10%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Miami-Dade)6054
 6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Ruben Dario Middle School)3224
 8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Miami-Dade)4039
 1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (Ruben Dario Middle School)2921
 8%
   8th Grade Science (Miami-Dade)4340
 3%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Biology 1 (Ruben Dario Middle School)9097
 7%
   End of Course Biology 1 (Miami-Dade)6865
 3%
   End of Course Biology 1 (Florida)6763
 4%
End of Course Civics (Ruben Dario Middle School)5950
 9%
   End of Course Civics (Miami-Dade)7368
 5%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Ruben Dario Middle School)8077
 3%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Miami-Dade)6357
 6%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Ruben Dario Middle School)9691
 5%
   End of Course Geometry (Miami-Dade)5549
 6%
   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 Students582549
 5.7%
African American44
American Indian00
Asian12
 100%
Hispanic570538
 5.6%
Pacific Islander00
White74
 42.9%
Two or More Races01
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients86.1%61.9%
 24.2%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 549 students attended Ruben Dario Middle School.

Ruben Dario Middle School ranks 725th of 1185 Florida middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Ruben Dario Middle School are 98% Hispanic.


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