Ballard Middle School

Summary:

Ballard Middle School is a public middle school located in Huxley, Iowa, serving grades 6-8 with a student population of 432. The school is part of the Ballard Community School District, which is ranked 26th out of 311 school districts in Iowa and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ballard Middle School consistently performs above the state average in ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) test scores across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, the school had 81.8% of 6th graders, 76.4% of 7th graders, and 88.6% of 8th graders proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state averages of 72.7%, 74.2%, and 76%, respectively. In mathematics, the school had 89.4% of 6th graders, 81.4% of 7th graders, and 86.6% of 8th graders proficient or better, compared to the state averages of 69.9%, 68.9%, and 72%. Ballard Middle School has consistently ranked among the top middle schools in Iowa, with a ranking as high as 28th out of 342 schools in the 2018-2019 school year and a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ballard Middle School has a relatively homogeneous student population, with over 90% of students identifying as White in recent years. This is in contrast to some of the nearby schools, such as Woodside Middle School and Ames Middle School, which have more diverse student populations. Additionally, Ballard Middle School has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 15.28% to 15.93% in recent years, which is lower than some of the nearby schools, such as Nevada Middle School, which have higher percentages of students from low-income families.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 509 N Main Ave
       Huxley, IA  50124-9416


(515) 597-2815

District: Ballard Community School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
54th of 336 Iowa Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,142 Help


Students who attend Ballard Middle School usually attend:

High:    Ballard High School

Feeder schools for Ballard Middle School:

Elementary:    Ballard East Elementary
    Ballard West Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  15.9 Help
Number of students:  432

Racial breakdown:

White:
91.9%
Hispanic:
3.5%
African American:
2.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  15.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ballard Middle School ranks better than 83.9% of middle schools in Iowa. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 76.51. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (91.9%), Hispanic (3.5%), African American (2.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 15.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ballard Middle School is 15.9. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ballard Middle School is $13,142.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Ballard Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Ballard Middle School 54th of 336 Iowa public middle schools. (See Ballard Middle School in the ranking list.)

Ballard Community School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Ballard Community School District 26th of 311 Iowa school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ballard Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 69.07 87th 349 75.1%
2013 59.75 142nd 350 59.4%
2014 66.51 109th 337 67.7%
2015 64.20 121st 349 65.3%
2016 67.30 97th 343 71.7%
2017 59.24 135th 327 58.7%
2018 59.07 134th 318 57.9%
2019 82.65 28th 342 91.8%
2021 81.45 35th 324 89.2%
2022 80.92 33rd 337 90.2%
2023 76.51 53rd 334 84.1%
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Data source: test scores: Iowa Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Iowa Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Ballard Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 232 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 234
1989 246 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 249
1990 248 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 250
1991 262 2 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 265
1992 272 3 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 277
1993 289 3 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 294
1994 293 2 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 297
1995 334 1 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 340
1996 334 1 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 340
1997 201 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 202
1998 171 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 172
1999 182 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 185
2000 193 4 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 202
2001 195 1 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 198
2002 175 3 1 9 0 n/a n/a 0 188
2003 175 3 1 9 0 n/a n/a 0 188
2004 193 3 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 200
2005 213 1 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 218
2006 225 3 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 233
2007 212 5 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 223
2008 209 2 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 215
2009 207 1 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 210
2010 217 2 0 7 0 0 5 0 231
2011 222 3 1 6 2 0 10 0 244
2012 358 1 2 6 3 0 8 0 378
2013 370 1 2 8 1 0 5 0 387
2014 380 2 1 11 0 1 5 0 400
2015 377 4 1 11 3 3 4 0 403
2016 373 5 0 7 2 2 3 0 392
2017 348 7 1 12 1 2 4 0 375
2018 328 7 1 6 1 1 4 0 348
2019 342 6 1 6 2 3 1 0 361
2020 349 6 0 9 2 2 2 0 370
2021 389 9 0 7 0 3 4 0 412
2022 396 10 0 15 3 1 2 0 427
2023 397 12 0 15 3 1 4 0 432

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 Ballard Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 234 17.4 13.4 0
1989 249 17.8 13.9 2.4
1990 250 17.8 14.0 0
1991 265 16.2 16.3 0.8
1992 277 18.0 15.3 n/a
1993 294 17.4 16.9 7.5
1994 297 17.7 16.8 9.1
1995 340 19.7 17.3 6.5
1996 340 19.7 17.3 6.5
1997 202 12.3 16.4 0
1998 172 14.5 11.9 7.6
1999 185 11.5 16.1 12.4
2000 202 12.0 16.8 15.8
2001 198 12.0 16.5 18.2
2002 188 11.9 15.8 11.7
2003 188 11.9 15.8 11.7
2004 200 13.0 15.4 13.5
2005 218 12.5 17.4 14.7
2006 233 12.5 18.6 20.2
2007 223 13.8 16.2 20.6
2008 215 13.5 15.9 14.4
2009 210 13.8 15.2 15.7
2010 231 13.5 17.1 18.6
2011 244 13.7 17.7 18.4
2012 378 26.2 14.3 19
2013 387 26.5 14.5 18.6
2014 400 25.4 15.7 18.8
2015 403 29.0 13.8 19.9
2016 392 28.0 14.0 19.1
2017 375 27.1 13.7 20.3
2018 348 23.0 15.1 13.2
2019 361 23.9 15.0 16.9
2020 370 23.3 15.8 17.8
2021 412 24.9 16.5 15.5
2022 427 26.1 16.3 15.9
2023 432 27.1 15.9 15.3

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 Ballard Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 234 17.4 13.4 0
1989 249 17.8 13.9 2.4
1990 250 17.8 14.0 0
1991 265 16.2 16.3 0.8
1992 277 18.0 15.3 n/a
1993 294 17.4 16.9 7.5
1994 297 17.7 16.8 9.1
1995 340 19.7 17.3 6.5
1996 340 19.7 17.3 6.5
1997 202 12.3 16.4 0
1998 172 14.5 11.9 7.6
1999 185 11.5 16.1 12.4
2000 202 12.0 16.8 15.8
2001 198 12.0 16.5 18.2
2002 188 11.9 15.8 11.7
2003 188 11.9 15.8 11.7
2004 200 13.0 15.4 13.5
2005 218 12.5 17.4 14.7
2006 233 12.5 18.6 20.2
2007 223 13.8 16.2 20.6
2008 215 13.5 15.9 14.4
2009 210 13.8 15.2 15.7
2010 231 13.5 17.1 18.6
2011 244 13.7 17.7 18.4
2012 378 26.2 14.3 19
2013 387 26.5 14.5 18.6
2014 400 25.4 15.7 18.8
2015 403 29.0 13.8 19.9
2016 392 28.0 14.0 19.1
2017 375 27.1 13.7 20.3
2018 348 23.0 15.1 13.2
2019 361 23.9 15.0 16.9
2020 370 23.3 15.8 17.8
2021 412 24.9 16.5 15.5
2022 427 26.1 16.3 15.9
2023 432 27.1 15.9 15.3

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 Ballard Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $46 (0.4%) $13,096 (99.6%) $13,142

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ballard Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 28th of 342 Middle schoolsRanks 53rd of 334 Middle schools
 7.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Middle School)8881.8
 6.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Community School District)8881.8
 6.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)67.572.7
 5.2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Middle School)86.589.4
 2.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Community School District)86.589.4
 2.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)69.469.9
 0.5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Middle School)85.276.4
 8.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Community School District)85.276.4
 8.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)69.974.2
 4.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Middle School)81.581.4
 0.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Community School District)81.581.4
 0.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)70.168.9
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Middle School)82.588.6
 6.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard Community School District)82.588.6
 6.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Iowa)69.576
 6.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Middle School)77.286.6
 9.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Ballard Community School District)77.286.6
 9.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Iowa)71.872
 0.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students361432
 19.7%
African American612
 100%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic615
 150%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White342397
 16.1%
Two or More Races14
 300%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients16.9%15.3%
 1.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballard Middle School

Students at Ballard Middle School are 92% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% African American.

Ballard Middle School ranks 54th of 336 Iowa middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 432 students attended Ballard Middle School.

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


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

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