Howard Middle School

Summary:

Howard Middle School is a public middle school in Macon, Georgia, serving 992 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Bibb County School District, which is ranked 175 out of 201 districts in Georgia and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Howard Middle School faces significant challenges compared to other schools in the area. The school has a much higher percentage of African American students (73.49%) than surrounding schools, and it consistently underperforms the state and county averages on Milestones Assessment tests across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies were significantly lower than the state and county averages. Additionally, Howard Middle School has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger and ranks 446 out of 577 Georgia middle schools, indicating it is among the lowest-performing schools in the state. The school also has a 100% free and reduced lunch rate, suggesting a high level of economic disadvantage among its student population.

When comparing Howard Middle School to nearby schools, the performance gap becomes even more pronounced. For instance, Rutland Middle School, which is also in the Bibb County district, outperforms Howard Middle School on most Milestones Assessment tests, despite having a similar racial makeup and economic disadvantage. Furthermore, Miller Magnet Middle School, also in the Bibb County district, outperforms Howard Middle School across all academic metrics, suggesting that the magnet school model may be more effective in supporting student achievement. When compared to schools in neighboring districts, such as Crawford County Middle School, Byron Middle School, and Gray Station Middle School, the performance gap becomes even more pronounced, with these schools consistently outperforming Howard Middle School on state assessments.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 6600 Forsyth Rd
       Macon, GA  31210


(478) 779-3454

District: Bibb County

SchoolDigger Rank:
450th of 582 Georgia Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,894 Help


Students who attend Howard Middle School usually attend:

High:    Howard High School

Feeder schools for Howard Middle School:

Elementary:    Carter Elementary School
    Lane Elementary School
    Springdale Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.2 Help
Number of students:  992

Racial breakdown:

African American:
73.5%
White:
12.2%
Hispanic:
5.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Howard Middle School ranks worse than 77.3% of middle schools in Georgia. It also ranks 3rd among 6 ranked middle schools in the Bibb County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.68. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Howard Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Bibb County School District. Racial makeup is: African American (73.5%), White (12.2%), Hispanic (5.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Bibb County School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Howard Middle School is 16.2, which is the highest among 6 middle schools in the Bibb County School District! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Howard Middle School is $9,894. 4 middle schools in the Bibb County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Howard Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Howard Middle School 450th of 582 Georgia public middle schools. (See Howard Middle School in the ranking list.)

Bibb County:

SchoolDigger ranks Bibb County 175th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Howard Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 57.37 189th 420 55.0%
2007 58.92 201st 445 54.8%
2008 48.09 271st 462 41.3%
2009 39.85 334th 466 28.3%
2010 41.30 334th 494 32.4%
2011 46.89 313th 504 37.9%
2012 38.60 374th 508 26.4%
2013 38.25 382nd 527 27.5%
2014 38.34 387th 521 25.7%
2015 37.36 334th 537 37.8%
2016 34.59 365th 545 33.0%
2017 32.11 378th 539 29.9%
2018 32.43 375th 543 30.9%
2019 28.62 412th 559 26.3%
2021 29.02 381st 542 29.7%
2022 29.19 398th 567 29.8%
2023 23.68 446th 577 22.7%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Howard Middle School Test Scores
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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Howard Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 293 383 39 10 7 n/a n/a 6 738
2006 392 558 43 16 5 n/a n/a 11 1025
2007 416 608 54 22 2 n/a n/a 11 1113
2008 389 593 54 18 0 n/a n/a 8 1062
2009 358 506 46 16 2 n/a n/a 11 939
2010 354 496 43 17 2 0 6 0 918
2011 355 568 45 32 6 1 25 0 1032
2012 340 547 56 35 3 1 31 0 1013
2013 326 567 50 48 1 1 30 0 1023
2014 309 598 53 42 1 1 20 0 1024
2015 230 590 45 32 2 1 21 0 921
2016 227 597 47 34 4 1 23 0 933
2017 207 619 39 39 1 1 20 0 926
2018 212 665 40 45 1 2 28 0 993
2019 197 689 30 64 1 3 25 0 1009
2020 177 757 41 66 1 2 36 0 1080
2021 160 790 33 60 3 2 55 0 1103
2022 139 722 18 46 0 0 49 0 974
2023 121 729 31 57 2 0 52 0 992

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 Howard Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 738 46.5 15.9 54.6
2006 1025 59.5 17.2 56.8
2007 1113 73.8 15.1 54.5
2008 1062 74.5 14.3 53.2
2009 939 66.5 14.1 52
2010 918 65.5 14.0 57.3
2011 1032 68.1 15.1 59.1
2012 1013 70.0 14.4 63.4
2013 1023 69.5 14.7 67.3
2014 1024 61.5 16.6 68.2
2015 921 59.0 15.6 98.5
2016 933 52.0 17.9 99.1
2017 926 54.5 16.9 99.1
2018 993 58.6 16.9 99.1
2019 1009 59.0 17.1 99.1
2020 1080 62.3 17.3 95
2021 1103 60.8 18.1 100
2022 974 63.0 15.4 n/a
2023 992 61.0 16.2 100

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 Howard Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 738 46.5 15.9 54.6
2006 1025 59.5 17.2 56.8
2007 1113 73.8 15.1 54.5
2008 1062 74.5 14.3 53.2
2009 939 66.5 14.1 52
2010 918 65.5 14.0 57.3
2011 1032 68.1 15.1 59.1
2012 1013 70.0 14.4 63.4
2013 1023 69.5 14.7 67.3
2014 1024 61.5 16.6 68.2
2015 921 59.0 15.6 98.5
2016 933 52.0 17.9 99.1
2017 926 54.5 16.9 99.1
2018 993 58.6 16.9 99.1
2019 1009 59.0 17.1 99.1
2020 1080 62.3 17.3 95
2021 1103 60.8 18.1 100
2022 974 63.0 15.4 n/a
2023 992 61.0 16.2 100

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 Howard Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $1,137 (13.1%) $7,528 (86.9%) $8,665
2018 $1,057 (12.6%) $7,302 (87.4%) $8,359
2019 $758 (7.7%) $9,136 (92.3%) $9,894

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Howard Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 412th of 559 Middle schoolsRanks 446th of 577 Middle schools
 3.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Howard Middle School)38.423.3
 15.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Bibb County)3121.7
 9.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4639.2
 6.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Howard Middle School)27.715.4
 12.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Bibb County)20.511.7
 8.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4032.9
 7.1%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Howard Middle School)28.125.7
 2.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Bibb County)24.319.8
 4.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)3939.1
 0.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Howard Middle School)26.612.8
 13.8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Bibb County)22.110.3
 11.8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4334.9
 8.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Howard Middle School)31.426.6
 4.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Bibb County)29.424.3
 5.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4742.1
 4.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (Howard Middle School)16.523.2
 6.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Bibb County)13.413.9
 0.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)3536.2
 1.2%
8th Grade Science (Howard Middle School)7.915.2
 7.3%
   8th Grade Science (Bibb County)16.811.7
 5.1%
   8th Grade Science (Georgia)3226.4
 5.6%
8th Grade Social Studies (Howard Middle School)28.312.7
 15.6%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Bibb County)21.412.5
 8.9%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Georgia)4135.9
 5.1%
End of Course Algebra I (Howard Middle School)6068
 8%
   End of Course Algebra I (Bibb County)18.38.6
 9.7%
   End of Course Algebra I (Georgia)41.135.8
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students1009992
 1.7%
African American689729
 5.8%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian3031
 3.3%
Hispanic6457
 10.9%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White197121
 38.6%
Two or More Races2552
 108%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.1%100%
 0.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Howard Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 992 students attended Howard Middle School.

Students at Howard Middle School are 73% African American, 12% White, 6% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

Students who attend Howard Middle School usually go on to attend Howard High School

Howard Middle School ranks in the bottom 22.7% of Georgia middle schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Georgia Department of Education.

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