Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts

Summary:

Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts is a public high school in Jonesboro, Georgia, serving 488 students in grades 9-12. This school stands out within the Clayton County School District, which is ranked 170 out of 201 districts in Georgia and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

The school consistently outperforms the Clayton County and Georgia state averages on the Milestones Assessments, with 64.5% of students proficient or better in American Literature and Composition, compared to 21.8% for Clayton County and 38.9% for Georgia. Additionally, Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts has maintained a 100% four-year graduation rate for the past four years, significantly higher than the nearby schools and the Clayton County average. The school's student population is also more racially diverse than the surrounding schools, with a higher percentage of Asian and Hispanic students.

Despite being located in a lower-performing school district, Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts stands out as a high-achieving institution. The school has consistently ranked in the top 60 high schools in Georgia, with a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger in some years, placing it among the top-performing schools in the state. When compared to nearby schools, such as Riverdale High School, Charles R. Drew High School, and Stockbridge High School, Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts stands out with its exceptional academic performance, high graduation rates, and diverse student population.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 2580 Mount Zion Pkwy
       Jonesboro, GA  30236


(770) 473-2785

District: Clayton County

SchoolDigger Rank:
37th of 446 Georgia High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,570 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  13.9 Help
Number of students:  488

Racial breakdown:

African American:
78.3%
Hispanic:
14.5%
Asian:
3.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  90.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts ranks better than 91.7% of high schools in Georgia. It also ranks 2nd among 12 ranked high schools in the Clayton County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 82.83. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
Student Body
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Compare Details Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts has the smallest high school student body size in the Clayton County School District. Racial makeup is: African American (78.3%), Hispanic (14.5%), Asian (3.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 90.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Clayton County School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts is 13.9, which is the lowest among 12 high schools in the Clayton County School District! (See more...)
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Compare Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts employs 35 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts is $8,570, which is the highest among 12 high schools in the Clayton County School District!
Schooldigger Rankings:

Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts 37th of 446 Georgia public high schools. (See Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts in the ranking list.)

Clayton County:

SchoolDigger ranks Clayton County 170th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 81.91 32nd 420 92.4%
2018 81.31 37th 428 91.4%
2019 85.00 29th 438 93.4%
2021 69.69 60th 410 85.4%
2022 75.82 60th 429 86.0%
2023 82.83 36th 442 91.9%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2015 7 314 26 32 0 0 17 0 396
2016 8 437 31 46 0 0 20 0 542
2017 14 479 34 55 0 0 23 0 605
2018 17 488 37 64 0 0 20 0 626
2019 20 462 41 61 1 0 12 0 597
2020 16 446 34 68 1 0 11 0 576
2021 14 456 30 76 1 0 14 0 591
2022 11 417 25 68 2 0 11 0 534
2023 8 382 16 71 1 0 10 0 488

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 Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2015 396 28.0 14.1 95.5
2016 542 28.0 19.3 99.4
2017 605 37.0 16.3 99.5
2018 626 38.0 16.4 99.5
2019 597 34.0 17.5 93
2020 576 35.0 16.4 93.1
2021 591 35.0 16.8 93.1
2022 534 34.0 15.7 n/a
2023 488 35.0 13.9 90.4

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 Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2015 396 28.0 14.1 95.5
2016 542 28.0 19.3 99.4
2017 605 37.0 16.3 99.5
2018 626 38.0 16.4 99.5
2019 597 34.0 17.5 93
2020 576 35.0 16.4 93.1
2021 591 35.0 16.8 93.1
2022 534 34.0 15.7 n/a
2023 488 35.0 13.9 90.4

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 Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $382 (4.2%) $8,685 (95.8%) $9,068
2018 $337 (3.8%) $8,641 (96.2%) $8,978
2019 $327 (3.8%) $8,243 (96.2%) $8,570

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 29th of 438 High schoolsRanks 36th of 442 High schools
 1.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course American Literature and Composition (Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts)7364.5
 8.5%
   End of Course American Literature and Composition (Clayton County)29.421.8
 7.6%
   End of Course American Literature and Composition (Georgia)47.338.9
 8.4%
End of Course Algebra I (Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts)43.561.9
 18.4%
   End of Course Algebra I (Clayton County)18.315.1
 3.2%
   End of Course Algebra I (Georgia)41.135.8
 5.3%
End of Course Biology (Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts)69.759.8
 9.9%
   End of Course Biology (Clayton County)28.623.3
 5.3%
   End of Course Biology (Georgia)4945.5
 3.5%
End of Course United States History (Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts)61.450.7
 10.7%
   End of Course United States History (Clayton County)32.423.5
 8.9%
   End of Course United States History (Georgia)48.337.1
 11.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students597488
 18.3%
African American462382
 17.3%
American Indian11
Asian4116
 61%
Hispanic6171
 16.4%
Pacific Islander00
White208
 60%
Two or More Races1210
 16.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients93%90.4%
 2.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts

In the 2022-23 school year, 488 students attended Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts.

Students at Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts are 78% African American, 15% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 2% Two or more races, 2% White.

Yes. Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Performing Arts ranks in the top 8.3% of Georgia high schools.


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