Sebastian Middle School

Summary:

Sebastian Middle School is a public middle school located in St. Augustine, Florida, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 654 students. The school is part of the St. Johns School District, which is ranked 4th out of 67 districts in Florida and is rated 5 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Sebastian Middle School consistently outperforms the state and district averages in various standardized test scores, including EOC (End-of-Course) exams and FAST (Florida Assessment of Student Thinking) assessments. In the 2022-2023 school year, the school had an impressive 99% proficiency rate in EOC Algebra 1, 100% in EOC Geometry, and 97% in EOC Biology 1, significantly higher than the state and district averages. However, the school has experienced a higher chronic absenteeism rate compared to the nearby Fruit Cove Middle School and Alice B. Landrum Middle School, ranging from 24.7% to 31.9% in recent years. Additionally, Sebastian Middle School has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 36.32% to 41.9% in recent years, suggesting a more diverse socioeconomic population compared to some of the nearby schools.

When comparing Sebastian Middle School to the nearby schools in the St. Johns School District, it generally outperforms schools like Gamble Rogers Middle School and R.J. Murray Middle School in academic performance, but has a higher chronic absenteeism rate and higher spending per student compared to the high-performing schools like Fruit Cove Middle School and Alice B. Landrum Middle School. These factors suggest that Sebastian Middle School is providing a strong educational foundation for its diverse student population, but the school and district may want to investigate the higher chronic absenteeism rates to identify potential areas for improvement.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 2955 Lewis Speedway
       St Augustine, FL  32084-8631


(904) 547-3840

District: St. Johns

SchoolDigger Rank:
277th of 1,185 Florida Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,093 Help


Students who attend Sebastian Middle School usually attend:

High:    St. Augustine High School

Feeder schools for Sebastian Middle School:

Elementary:    Crookshank Elementary School
    Ketterlinus Elementary School
    R. B. Hunt Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.7 Help
Number of students:  654

Racial breakdown:

White:
71.7%
Hispanic:
11.6%
African American:
10.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  41.9% Help


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Compare Details Sebastian Middle School ranks better than 76.6% of middle schools in Florida. It also ranks 5th among 7 ranked middle schools in the St. Johns School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 73.63. (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 Sebastian Middle School has the smallest middle school student body size in the St. Johns School District. Racial makeup is: White (71.7%), Hispanic (11.6%), African American (10.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 41.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sebastian Middle School is 16.7, which is the 2nd best among 7 middle schools in the St. Johns School District. (See more...)
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Compare Sebastian Middle School employs 39 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sebastian Middle School is $11,093, which is the highest among 7 middle schools in the St. Johns School District!
Schooldigger Rankings:

Sebastian Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Sebastian Middle School 277th of 1185 Florida public middle schools. (See Sebastian Middle School in the ranking list.)

St. Johns:

SchoolDigger ranks St. Johns 4th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sebastian Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 50.33 315th 593 46.9%
2005 58.64 264th 602 56.1%
2006 51.98 339th 675 49.8%
2007 55.06 351st 736 52.3%
2008 57.62 340th 740 54.1%
2009 60.77 329th 780 57.8%
2010 62.87 326th 839 61.1%
2011 55.89 435th 891 51.2%
2012 55.77 407th 897 54.6%
2013 50.14 489th 956 48.8%
2014 48.51 516th 999 48.3%
2016 59.95 369th 997 63.0%
2017 60.87 383rd 1031 62.9%
2018 55.58 442nd 1035 57.3%
2019 61.81 386th 1099 64.9%
2021 69.38 313th 1136 72.4%
2022 66.40 344th 1148 70.0%
2023 73.63 275th 1177 76.6%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Sebastian Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1992 671 144 7 17 1 n/a n/a 0 840
1993 720 247 4 18 3 n/a n/a 0 992
1994 699 219 7 12 3 n/a n/a 0 940
1995 677 114 9 26 1 n/a n/a 0 827
1996 677 114 9 26 1 n/a n/a 0 827
1997 671 100 4 26 3 n/a n/a 0 804
1998 719 109 6 32 1 n/a n/a 0 867
1999 704 102 6 23 2 n/a n/a 0 837
2000 709 105 8 17 2 n/a n/a 0 841
2001 683 101 8 23 3 n/a n/a 0 818
2002 699 108 14 23 3 n/a n/a 0 847
2003 699 108 14 23 3 n/a n/a 0 847
2004 679 116 13 16 3 n/a n/a 0 827
2005 642 133 15 33 4 n/a n/a 0 827
2006 576 113 15 37 2 n/a n/a 0 743
2007 587 97 15 31 3 n/a n/a 12 745
2008 457 81 11 21 3 n/a n/a 13 586
2009 516 77 13 24 2 n/a n/a 14 646
2010 507 69 18 30 1 n/a n/a 0 625
2011 487 78 12 41 1 1 13 0 633
2012 527 76 9 42 1 0 14 0 669
2013 494 71 10 47 1 0 21 0 644
2014 491 65 12 44 1 0 16 0 629
2015 468 75 12 52 2 0 17 0 626
2016 479 76 4 46 1 0 16 0 622
2017 521 81 11 50 1 1 16 0 681
2018 528 75 10 52 1 3 18 0 687
2019 562 75 9 55 2 3 21 0 727
2020 582 83 9 54 2 1 17 0 748
2021 547 75 9 63 3 1 19 0 717
2022 512 84 8 69 3 0 26 0 702
2023 469 70 10 76 1 0 28 0 654

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 Sebastian Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 840 53.0 15.8 24.9
1993 992 49.0 20.2 32.3
1994 940 50.0 18.8 30.1
1995 827 48.0 17.2 33
1996 827 48.0 17.2 33
1997 804 49.0 16.4 32.8
1998 867 46.0 18.8 31
1999 837 50.0 16.7 40.9
2000 841 44.0 19.1 36.5
2001 818 42.0 19.5 33.9
2002 847 38.0 22.3 34.7
2003 847 38.0 22.3 34.7
2004 827 44.0 18.8 37
2005 827 45.0 18.4 39.7
2006 743 41.0 18.1 38
2007 745 40.0 18.6 36.6
2008 586 35.0 16.7 43.6
2009 646 34.3 20.5 37.2
2010 625 33.0 18.9 42.9
2011 633 32.4 19.5 48.8
2012 669 34.0 19.6 52.8
2013 644 37.0 17.4 51.2
2014 629 36.0 17.4 52.8
2015 626 37.0 16.9 55.8
2016 622 37.0 16.8 55.5
2017 681 39.0 17.4 45.5
2018 687 42.0 16.3 44.3
2019 727 41.0 17.7 39.8
2020 748 43.0 17.3 36.6
2021 717 43.0 16.6 40.6
2022 702 41.0 17.1 36.3
2023 654 39.0 16.7 41.9

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 Sebastian Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 840 53.0 15.8 24.9
1993 992 49.0 20.2 32.3
1994 940 50.0 18.8 30.1
1995 827 48.0 17.2 33
1996 827 48.0 17.2 33
1997 804 49.0 16.4 32.8
1998 867 46.0 18.8 31
1999 837 50.0 16.7 40.9
2000 841 44.0 19.1 36.5
2001 818 42.0 19.5 33.9
2002 847 38.0 22.3 34.7
2003 847 38.0 22.3 34.7
2004 827 44.0 18.8 37
2005 827 45.0 18.4 39.7
2006 743 41.0 18.1 38
2007 745 40.0 18.6 36.6
2008 586 35.0 16.7 43.6
2009 646 34.3 20.5 37.2
2010 625 33.0 18.9 42.9
2011 633 32.4 19.5 48.8
2012 669 34.0 19.6 52.8
2013 644 37.0 17.4 51.2
2014 629 36.0 17.4 52.8
2015 626 37.0 16.9 55.8
2016 622 37.0 16.8 55.5
2017 681 39.0 17.4 45.5
2018 687 42.0 16.3 44.3
2019 727 41.0 17.7 39.8
2020 748 43.0 17.3 36.6
2021 717 43.0 16.6 40.6
2022 702 41.0 17.1 36.3
2023 654 39.0 16.7 41.9

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Sebastian Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $459 (5.6%) $7,785 (94.4%) $8,244
2019 $459 (5.4%) $8,109 (94.6%) $8,568
2020 $456 (5.3%) $8,191 (94.7%) $8,647
2021 $365 (4.1%) $8,599 (95.9%) $8,964
2022 $417 (4.2%) $9,421 (95.8%) $9,838
2023 $1,040 (9.4%) $10,052 (90.6%) $11,093

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sebastian Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 386th of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 275th of 1177 Middle schools
 11.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Sebastian Middle School)6059
 1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7470
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5452
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Sebastian Middle School)5951
 8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)7474
   6th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5549
 6%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Sebastian Middle School)5750
 7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7268
 4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Sebastian Middle School)5551
 4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8074
 6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Sebastian Middle School)5567
 12%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7168
 3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Sebastian Middle School)5350
 3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)7862
 16%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (Sebastian Middle School)6358
 5%
   8th Grade Science (St. Johns)7271
 1%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Biology 1 (Sebastian Middle School)10097
 3%
   End of Course Biology 1 (St. Johns)8886
 2%
   End of Course Biology 1 (Florida)6763
 4%
End of Course Civics (Sebastian Middle School)8050
 30%
   End of Course Civics (St. Johns)9085
 5%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Sebastian Middle School)9999
   End of Course Algebra 1 (St. Johns)8077
 3%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Sebastian Middle School)100100
   End of Course Geometry (St. Johns)8177
 4%
   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 Students727654
 10%
African American7570
 6.7%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian910
 11.1%
Hispanic5576
 38.2%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White562469
 16.5%
Two or More Races2128
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients39.8%41.9%
 2.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sebastian Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 654 students attended Sebastian Middle School.

Students at Sebastian Middle School are 72% White, 12% Hispanic, 11% African American, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Sebastian Middle School usually go on to attend St. Augustine High School

Sebastian Middle School ranks 277th of 1185 Florida middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 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 Florida Department of Education.

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