Dawson County Junior High

Summary:

Dawson County Junior High is an alternative public school in Dawsonville, Georgia, serving grades 8-9 with a total enrollment of 645 students. The school is part of the Dawson County School District, which is ranked 36th out of 201 districts in Georgia and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Dawson County Junior High consistently outperforms the state average in Milestones Assessments across various subjects, including Biology, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. However, the school's performance in Mathematics and Science is slightly below the state average. The school has a predominantly white student population, with 83.1% of students identifying as white, which is significantly higher than the state average. Additionally, 39.07% of students at Dawson County Junior High qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, which is higher than the state average and suggests a need for additional support and resources for economically disadvantaged students.

In comparison, Woody Gap High/Elementary School, located approximately 19.45 miles from Dawson County Junior High, has a significantly lower student-teacher ratio of 5.9 compared to Dawson County Junior High's 17.2. Woody Gap High/Elementary School also has a much higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (66.67%) compared to Dawson County Junior High, indicating a greater need for resources and support in the Woody Gap community. Despite these differences, Dawson County Junior High has maintained a relatively consistent academic performance over the past three school years, suggesting a stable and effective educational program.


Detail:

Public, Alternative 8-9

 109 Allen Street
       Dawsonville, GA  30534


(706) 265-3246

District: Dawson County

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,729 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  17.2 Help
Number of students:  645

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.1%
Hispanic:
14.1%
Two or more races:
1.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  39.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Dawson County Junior High ranks better than 62.7% of middle schools in Georgia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 58.59. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (83.1%), Hispanic (14.1%), two or more races (1.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 39.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Dawson County Junior High is 17.2. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Dawson County Junior High is $9,729.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Dawson County Junior High was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Dawson County Junior High 217th of 582 Georgia public middle schools. (See Dawson County Junior High in the ranking list.)

Dawson County:

SchoolDigger ranks Dawson County 36th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Dawson County Junior High

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 60.37 196th 466 57.9%
2010 68.74 139th 494 71.9%
2011 67.37 164th 504 67.5%
2012 72.31 122nd 508 76.0%
2013 73.45 116th 527 78.0%
2014 74.90 101st 521 80.6%
2015 68.03 140th 537 73.9%
2016 73.55 113th 545 79.3%
2017 64.64 160th 539 70.3%
2018 60.08 189th 543 65.2%
2019 47.72 289th 559 48.3%
2021 52.38 241st 542 55.5%
2022 58.83 201st 567 64.6%
2023 58.59 214th 577 62.9%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Dawson County Junior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2009 436 0 1 6 0 n/a n/a 2 445
2010 437 1 2 13 2 0 4 0 459
2011 442 2 3 10 3 0 2 0 462
2012 404 1 2 19 1 0 16 0 443
2013 400 0 2 13 1 0 8 0 424
2014 366 0 2 12 2 0 9 0 391
2015 370 0 3 12 2 0 6 0 393
2016 399 0 1 18 1 0 7 0 426
2017 232 0 1 17 0 0 3 0 253
2018 511 0 4 46 0 0 6 0 567
2019 504 3 3 56 1 0 9 0 576
2020 472 5 3 64 4 0 12 0 560
2021 486 3 7 69 3 0 12 0 580
2022 514 6 5 81 2 1 9 0 618
2023 536 7 1 91 0 0 10 0 645

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 Dawson County Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 445 27.0 16.5 39.7
2010 459 31.2 14.7 50.3
2011 462 30.2 15.2 50.6
2012 443 29.7 14.9 57.3
2013 424 25.7 16.4 60.6
2014 391 25.5 15.3 59.8
2015 393 27.0 14.5 62.3
2016 426 28.0 15.2 58.9
2017 253 19.5 12.9 45.1
2018 567 29.3 19.3 40.6
2019 576 33.1 17.4 41.8
2020 560 34.6 16.1 44.8
2021 580 33.8 17.1 35.2
2022 618 35.5 17.4 n/a
2023 645 37.5 17.2 39.1

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 Dawson County Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 445 27.0 16.5 39.7
2010 459 31.2 14.7 50.3
2011 462 30.2 15.2 50.6
2012 443 29.7 14.9 57.3
2013 424 25.7 16.4 60.6
2014 391 25.5 15.3 59.8
2015 393 27.0 14.5 62.3
2016 426 28.0 15.2 58.9
2017 253 19.5 12.9 45.1
2018 567 29.3 19.3 40.6
2019 576 33.1 17.4 41.8
2020 560 34.6 16.1 44.8
2021 580 33.8 17.1 35.2
2022 618 35.5 17.4 n/a
2023 645 37.5 17.2 39.1

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 Dawson County Junior High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $114 (1.0%) $11,094 (99.0%) $11,208
2018 $93 (1.1%) $8,683 (99.0%) $8,775
2019 $109 (1.1%) $9,619 (98.9%) $9,729

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Dawson County Junior High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 289th of 559 Middle schoolsRanks 214th of 577 Middle schools
 14.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
8th Grade English Language Arts (Dawson County Junior High)43.345.2
 1.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Dawson County)43.345.2
 1.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4742.1
 4.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (Dawson County Junior High)28.835.3
 6.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Dawson County)28.835.3
 6.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)3536.2
 1.2%
8th Grade Science (Dawson County Junior High)14.120.7
 6.6%
   8th Grade Science (Dawson County)14.120.7
 6.6%
   8th Grade Science (Georgia)3226.4
 5.6%
8th Grade Social Studies (Dawson County Junior High)48.344.3
 4%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Dawson County)48.344.3
 4%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Georgia)4135.9
 5.1%
End of Course Biology (Dawson County Junior High)93.383.8
 9.5%
   End of Course Biology (Dawson County)61.159.3
 1.8%
   End of Course Biology (Georgia)4945.5
 3.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students576645
 12%
African American37
 133.3%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian31
 66.7%
Hispanic5691
 62.5%
Pacific Islander00
White504536
 6.3%
Two or More Races910
 11.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.8%39.1%
 2.8%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 645 students attended Dawson County Junior High.

Students at Dawson County Junior High are 83% White, 14% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, 1% African American.


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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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