South Junior High School

Summary:

South Junior High School is a public middle school located in Boise, Idaho, serving grades 7-9 with a student population of 565. The school faces several challenges, including lower academic performance, higher chronic absenteeism, and a more diverse and economically disadvantaged student population compared to nearby schools.

South Junior High School has a more diverse student population, with 65.31% White, 6.73% African American, 19.65% Hispanic, 2.3% Asian, and 5.01% other races. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by ISAT test scores, is lower than the nearby schools and the district/state averages. For example, only 30% of students were proficient or better in ISAT Math, compared to 45.5% in the Boise Independent District and 41.5% in Idaho. The school also has a significantly higher chronic absenteeism rate of 22.7%, much higher than the 12.4% at Les Bois Junior High School and 13.7% at East Junior High School.

The higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch at South Junior High School (44.42%), coupled with the higher chronic absenteeism rate, suggests that the school may be serving a more economically disadvantaged population. This could be a contributing factor to the school's lower academic performance and may require targeted interventions and support to address the unique needs of these students. Addressing these challenges will be crucial for South Junior High School to improve student outcomes and provide a high-quality education for all its students.


Detail:

Public 7-9

 3101 Cassia Street
       Boise, ID  83705-2337


(208) 854-6110

District: Boise Independent District

SchoolDigger Rank:
78th of 107 Idaho Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,445 Help


Students who attend South Junior High School usually attend:

High:    Borah Senior High School

Feeder schools for South Junior High School:

Elementary:    Hawthorne Elementary School
    Jefferson Elementary School
    Monroe Elementary School
    Whitney Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.7 Help
Number of students:  565

Racial breakdown:

White:
65.3%
Hispanic:
19.6%
African American:
6.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  44.4% Help


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Compare Details South Junior High School ranks worse than 72.9% of middle schools in Idaho. It also ranks 7th among 8 ranked middle schools in the Boise Independent District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 25.53. (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 Racial makeup is: White (65.3%), Hispanic (19.6%), African American (6.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 44.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Boise Independent District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at South Junior High School is 13.7, which is the 2nd best among 8 middle schools in the Boise Independent District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at South Junior High School is $11,445, which is the 2nd highest among 8 middle schools in the Boise Independent District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

South Junior High School:

SchoolDigger ranks South Junior High School 78th of 107 Idaho public middle schools. (See South Junior High School in the ranking list.)

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Boise Independent District:

SchoolDigger ranks Boise Independent District 22nd of 56 Idaho school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for South Junior High School

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Rank History for all students at South Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 53.49 75th 158 52.5%
2009 23.00 139th 160 13.1%
2010 35.59 122nd 166 26.5%
2011 28.76 142nd 169 16.0%
2012 28.70 146th 171 14.6%
2013 25.83 143rd 173 17.3%
2015 29.46 68th 100 32.0%
2016 35.76 61st 98 37.8%
2017 33.03 90th 131 31.3%
2018 19.95 83rd 100 17.0%
2019 5.53 42nd 43 2.3%
2023 25.53 78th 107 27.1%
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Rank History for Female students at South Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.60 47th 60 21.7%
2023 27.55 41st 51 19.6%
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Rank History for Male students at South Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.19 54th 60 10.0%
2023 14.76 46th 51 9.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at South Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 38.49 10th 17 41.2%
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Rank History for White students at South Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.70 33rd 35 5.7%
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Data source: test scores: Idaho Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for South Junior High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 955 955
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 984 984
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1031 1031
1994 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1020 1020
1995 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 966 966
1996 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 966 966
1997 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1039 1039
1998 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 974 974
1999 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 879 879
2000 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 874 874
2001 795 14 27 41 4 n/a n/a 0 881
2002 833 23 23 55 3 n/a n/a 0 937
2003 833 23 23 55 3 n/a n/a 0 937
2004 744 18 17 58 5 n/a n/a 0 842
2005 705 19 16 66 3 n/a n/a 0 809
2006 655 20 14 52 6 n/a n/a 0 747
2007 624 22 18 62 6 n/a n/a 0 732
2008 542 22 29 84 8 n/a n/a 0 685
2009 463 31 22 96 6 n/a n/a 0 618
2010 459 27 24 97 6 n/a n/a 0 613
2011 469 40 17 98 4 7 1 0 636
2012 514 42 15 105 10 6 2 0 694
2013 493 40 7 106 8 6 8 0 668
2014 496 30 11 109 8 4 10 0 668
2015 437 38 14 101 6 2 14 0 612
2016 440 27 22 108 7 7 8 0 619
2017 446 26 15 110 6 5 12 0 620
2018 468 26 21 122 5 5 17 0 664
2019 482 39 24 112 4 3 25 0 689
2020 471 50 19 122 1 4 32 0 699
2021 346 31 7 113 3 4 16 0 520
2022 414 36 11 131 2 8 23 0 625
2023 369 38 13 111 4 5 25 0 565

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at South Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 955 51.8 18.4 16.5
1992 984 52.6 18.7 17.8
1993 1031 53.2 19.4 17.4
1994 1020 54.3 18.8 18.8
1995 966 53.0 18.2 18.7
1996 966 53.0 18.2 18.7
1997 1039 52.8 19.7 18.9
1998 974 52.0 18.7 22
1999 879 48.9 18.0 32.2
2000 874 47.8 18.3 34.4
2001 881 48.0 18.4 35.5
2002 937 53.4 17.5 41.5
2003 937 53.4 17.5 41.5
2004 842 50.4 16.7 48.5
2005 809 52.0 15.6 46
2006 747 51.4 14.5 46.6
2007 732 48.9 15.0 40.7
2008 685 44.3 15.5 45.4
2009 618 43.5 14.2 58.6
2010 613 39.9 15.3 65.4
2011 636 43.4 14.6 72.3
2012 694 47.3 14.6 72.6
2013 668 44.9 14.8 74
2014 668 43.2 15.4 69.6
2015 612 45.0 13.6 65.2
2016 619 46.0 13.4 71.2
2017 620 45.2 13.6 65
2018 664 46.7 14.2 65.1
2019 689 47.3 14.5 65
2020 699 45.5 15.3 52.4
2021 520 42.0 12.3 46.2
2022 625 39.9 15.6 28.6
2023 565 41.0 13.7 44.4

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 South Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 955 51.8 18.4 16.5
1992 984 52.6 18.7 17.8
1993 1031 53.2 19.4 17.4
1994 1020 54.3 18.8 18.8
1995 966 53.0 18.2 18.7
1996 966 53.0 18.2 18.7
1997 1039 52.8 19.7 18.9
1998 974 52.0 18.7 22
1999 879 48.9 18.0 32.2
2000 874 47.8 18.3 34.4
2001 881 48.0 18.4 35.5
2002 937 53.4 17.5 41.5
2003 937 53.4 17.5 41.5
2004 842 50.4 16.7 48.5
2005 809 52.0 15.6 46
2006 747 51.4 14.5 46.6
2007 732 48.9 15.0 40.7
2008 685 44.3 15.5 45.4
2009 618 43.5 14.2 58.6
2010 613 39.9 15.3 65.4
2011 636 43.4 14.6 72.3
2012 694 47.3 14.6 72.6
2013 668 44.9 14.8 74
2014 668 43.2 15.4 69.6
2015 612 45.0 13.6 65.2
2016 619 46.0 13.4 71.2
2017 620 45.2 13.6 65
2018 664 46.7 14.2 65.1
2019 689 47.3 14.5 65
2020 699 45.5 15.3 52.4
2021 520 42.0 12.3 46.2
2022 625 39.9 15.6 28.6
2023 565 41.0 13.7 44.4

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for South Junior High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $758 (6.6%) $10,687 (93.4%) $11,445

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

Impact of COVID-19 on South Junior High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 42nd of 43 Middle schoolsRanks 78th of 107 Middle schools
 24.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade Math (South Junior High School)27.327.9
 0.6%
   7th Grade Math (Boise Independent District)45.745.9
 0.2%
   7th Grade Math (Idaho)45.741.3
 4.4%
7th Grade English Language Arts (South Junior High School)39.141.5
 2.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Boise Independent District)56.956.2
 0.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Idaho)57.753.8
 3.9%
8th Grade Math (South Junior High School)2732.1
 5.1%
   8th Grade Math (Boise Independent District)42.438
 4.4%
   8th Grade Math (Idaho)40.736.8
 3.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (South Junior High School)4045.6
 5.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Boise Independent District)52.953.8
 0.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Idaho)53.551.8
 1.7%
All Grades Math (South Junior High School)27.230
 2.8%
   All Grades Math (Boise Independent District)46.545.5
 1%
   All Grades Math (Idaho)44.441.5
 2.9%
All Grades Science (South Junior High School)34.134.1
   All Grades Science (Boise Independent District)58.740.8
 17.9%
   All Grades Science (Idaho)58.941.6
 17.3%
All Grades English Language Arts (South Junior High School)39.543.6
 4.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Boise Independent District)57.355.5
 1.8%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Idaho)5552.2
 2.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students689565
 18%
African American3938
 2.6%
American Indian44
Asian2413
 45.8%
Hispanic112111
 0.9%
Pacific Islander35
 66.7%
White482369
 23.4%
Two or More Races2525
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients65%44.4%
 20.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about South Junior High School

Students at South Junior High School are 65% White, 20% Hispanic, 7% African American, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Students who attend South Junior High School usually go on to attend Borah Senior High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 565 students attended South Junior High School.

South Junior High School ranks 78th of 107 Idaho middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.


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