Meridian Middle School

Summary:

Meridian Middle School is a public middle school serving grades 6-8 in Meridian, Idaho, which is part of the Joint School District No. 2. While the district is highly ranked, Meridian Middle School faces several challenges, including lower academic performance, high chronic absenteeism, and uneven outcomes for different student groups.

Academically, Meridian Middle School's proficiency rates in Math (37.4%), Science (37.8%), and English Language Arts (57.1%) are all lower than the district and state averages. The school also has a relatively high chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 22.9% to 34.0% over the past three school years, which is significantly higher than the state average. Additionally, the school's performance varies significantly across different student subgroups, with the school ranking highly for Hispanic students but much lower for white students and students with special needs.

Compared to nearby schools, such as Eagle Middle School and Heritage Middle School, which are also part of the Joint School District No. 2, Meridian Middle School's academic performance is generally lower. These schools have significantly higher proficiency rates in Math, Science, and English Language Arts. The changes in Meridian Middle School's free/reduced lunch rates also suggest that the socioeconomic makeup of the student population is in flux, which could have implications for the school's resource allocation and support services.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 1507 West 8th Street
       Meridian, ID  83642-2013


(208) 855-4225

District: Joint School District No. 2

SchoolDigger Rank:
44th of 107 Idaho Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,956 Help


Students who attend Meridian Middle School usually attend:

High:    Meridian High School

Feeder schools for Meridian Middle School:

Elementary:    Meridian Elementary School
    Ponderosa Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  19.7 Help
Number of students:  1,078

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.9%
Hispanic:
22.0%
Two or more races:
4.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  41.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Meridian Middle School ranks better than 58.9% of middle schools in Idaho. It also ranks 9th among 11 ranked middle schools in the Joint School District No. 2. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 49.78. (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 Meridian Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Joint School District No. 2. Racial makeup is: White (68.9%), Hispanic (22%), two or more races (4.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 41.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Meridian Middle School is 19.7, which is the 4th best among 11 middle schools in the Joint School District No. 2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Meridian Middle School is $6,956, which is the 5th highest among 11 middle schools in the Joint School District No. 2.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Meridian Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Meridian Middle School 44th of 107 Idaho public middle schools. (See Meridian Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Joint School District No. 2:

SchoolDigger ranks Joint School District No. 2 6th of 56 Idaho school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Meridian Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Meridian Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 53.70 74th 158 53.2%
2009 43.02 101st 160 36.9%
2010 41.19 112th 166 32.5%
2011 51.72 87th 169 48.5%
2012 37.33 123rd 171 28.1%
2013 30.25 134th 173 22.5%
2015 41.76 50th 100 50.0%
2016 50.64 40th 98 59.2%
2017 63.01 44th 131 66.4%
2018 64.06 34th 100 66.0%
2019 53.26 16th 43 62.8%
2021 47.74 21st 42 50.0%
2022 53.22 23rd 53 56.6%
2023 49.78 44th 107 58.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Meridian Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.07 8th 9 11.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Meridian Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.68 10th 47 78.7%
2019 65.19 3rd 16 81.3%
2021 63.07 1st 7 85.7%
2022 11.96 9th 9 0.0%
2023 46.50 14th 27 48.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Meridian Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.63 17th 60 71.7%
2019 57.91 11th 28 60.7%
2021 49.48 13th 24 45.8%
2022 47.61 17th 32 46.9%
2023 50.96 27th 51 47.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Meridian Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.23 23rd 60 61.7%
2019 42.78 15th 28 46.4%
2021 41.30 15th 24 37.5%
2022 38.45 21st 32 34.4%
2023 36.86 34th 51 33.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Meridian Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 47.52 4th 5 20.0%
2021 32.93 3rd 4 25.0%
2022 74.10 3rd 17 82.4%
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Rank History for White students at Meridian Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.43 16th 35 54.3%
2019 43.08 13th 21 38.1%
2021 37.87 14th 18 22.2%
2022 52.55 14th 29 51.7%
2023 40.08 12th 13 7.7%
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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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Data source: Idaho Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Meridian Middle 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 1237 1237
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1327 1327
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1509 1509
1994 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1584 1584
1995 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1106 1106
1996 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1106 1106
1997 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1244 1244
1998 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1282 1282
1999 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1408 1408
2000 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1491 1491
2001 1198 12 35 67 7 n/a n/a 0 1319
2002 1353 21 17 79 3 n/a n/a 0 1473
2003 1353 21 17 79 3 n/a n/a 0 1473
2004 1383 32 41 15 19 n/a n/a 0 1490
2005 1006 24 25 44 32 n/a n/a 0 1131
2006 938 22 18 70 15 n/a n/a 0 1063
2007 978 13 24 78 18 n/a n/a 0 1111
2008 988 16 25 85 16 n/a n/a 0 1130
2009 904 17 22 100 14 n/a n/a 0 1057
2010 862 12 20 142 14 n/a n/a 0 1050
2011 804 10 13 138 8 4 29 0 1006
2012 869 12 13 144 7 4 26 0 1075
2013 816 7 19 145 3 3 25 0 1018
2014 791 15 21 165 5 4 31 0 1032
2015 763 20 19 162 9 6 27 0 1006
2016 792 17 16 166 13 6 30 0 1040
2017 773 12 15 172 9 5 29 0 1015
2018 800 19 19 176 9 6 26 0 1055
2019 863 20 19 219 7 2 40 0 1170
2020 887 21 17 230 8 6 39 0 1208
2021 757 16 13 193 11 4 31 0 1025
2022 788 12 11 222 7 6 46 0 1092
2023 743 20 16 237 5 4 53 0 1078

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 Meridian Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 1237 60.8 20.3 12.4
1992 1327 64.6 20.5 9.7
1993 1509 71.9 21.0 10.3
1994 1584 76.5 20.7 10.5
1995 1106 59.2 18.7 9.8
1996 1106 59.2 18.7 9.8
1997 1244 62.2 20.0 10.6
1998 1282 63.2 20.3 8.6
1999 1408 72.3 19.5 17.8
2000 1491 74.3 20.1 16.3
2001 1319 65.7 20.1 19.8
2002 1473 74.6 19.7 22.9
2003 1473 74.6 19.7 22.9
2004 1490 78.4 19.0 23.4
2005 1131 59.1 19.1 29.1
2006 1063 61.2 17.4 28.8
2007 1111 61.5 18.1 28
2008 1130 63.2 17.9 31.7
2009 1057 58.9 17.9 38.2
2010 1050 57.2 18.3 47.5
2011 1006 59.5 16.9 48.2
2012 1075 52.6 20.4 51.7
2013 1018 51.2 19.8 52.1
2014 1032 53.4 19.2 49.4
2015 1006 54.0 18.6 50.5
2016 1040 55.0 18.9 40.2
2017 1015 56.6 17.9 46.4
2018 1055 58.4 18.0 43.3
2019 1170 58.9 19.8 40.3
2020 1208 61.7 19.5 39.2
2021 1025 61.1 16.7 25.5
2022 1092 59.1 18.4 16.1
2023 1078 54.6 19.7 41.5

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 Meridian Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 1237 60.8 20.3 12.4
1992 1327 64.6 20.5 9.7
1993 1509 71.9 21.0 10.3
1994 1584 76.5 20.7 10.5
1995 1106 59.2 18.7 9.8
1996 1106 59.2 18.7 9.8
1997 1244 62.2 20.0 10.6
1998 1282 63.2 20.3 8.6
1999 1408 72.3 19.5 17.8
2000 1491 74.3 20.1 16.3
2001 1319 65.7 20.1 19.8
2002 1473 74.6 19.7 22.9
2003 1473 74.6 19.7 22.9
2004 1490 78.4 19.0 23.4
2005 1131 59.1 19.1 29.1
2006 1063 61.2 17.4 28.8
2007 1111 61.5 18.1 28
2008 1130 63.2 17.9 31.7
2009 1057 58.9 17.9 38.2
2010 1050 57.2 18.3 47.5
2011 1006 59.5 16.9 48.2
2012 1075 52.6 20.4 51.7
2013 1018 51.2 19.8 52.1
2014 1032 53.4 19.2 49.4
2015 1006 54.0 18.6 50.5
2016 1040 55.0 18.9 40.2
2017 1015 56.6 17.9 46.4
2018 1055 58.4 18.0 43.3
2019 1170 58.9 19.8 40.3
2020 1208 61.7 19.5 39.2
2021 1025 61.1 16.7 25.5
2022 1092 59.1 18.4 16.1
2023 1078 54.6 19.7 41.5

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 Meridian Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $801 (11.5%) $6,155 (88.5%) $6,956

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Meridian Middle School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 16th of 43 Middle schoolsRanks 44th of 107 Middle schools
 3.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Math (Meridian Middle School)39.535
 4.5%
   6th Grade Math (Joint School District No. 2)54.551.3
 3.2%
   6th Grade Math (Idaho)4339.4
 3.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian Middle School)62.558
 4.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Joint School District No. 2)69.367.4
 1.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Idaho)55.350
 5.3%
7th Grade Math (Meridian Middle School)54.145.8
 8.3%
   7th Grade Math (Joint School District No. 2)62.957.7
 5.2%
   7th Grade Math (Idaho)45.741.3
 4.4%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian Middle School)62.559.1
 3.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Joint School District No. 2)73.870.9
 2.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Idaho)57.753.8
 3.9%
8th Grade Math (Meridian Middle School)50.733.7
 17%
   8th Grade Math (Joint School District No. 2)57.849.4
 8.4%
   8th Grade Math (Idaho)40.736.8
 3.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian Middle School)57.755
 2.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Joint School District No. 2)68.166
 2.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Idaho)53.551.8
 1.7%
All Grades Math (Meridian Middle School)47.937.4
 10.5%
   All Grades Math (Joint School District No. 2)58.957.7
 1.2%
   All Grades Math (Idaho)44.441.5
 2.9%
All Grades Science (Meridian Middle School)63.137.8
 25.3%
   All Grades Science (Joint School District No. 2)73.357.5
 15.8%
   All Grades Science (Idaho)58.941.6
 17.3%
All Grades English Language Arts (Meridian Middle School)6157.1
 3.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Joint School District No. 2)6868.7
 0.7%
   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 Students11701078
 7.9%
African American2020
American Indian75
 28.6%
Asian1916
 15.8%
Hispanic219237
 8.2%
Pacific Islander24
 100%
White863743
 13.9%
Two or More Races4053
 32.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients40.3%41.5%
 1.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Meridian Middle School

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

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,078 students attended Meridian Middle School.

Meridian Middle School ranks 44th of 107 Idaho middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Meridian Middle School are 69% White, 22% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 2% African American, 1% Asian.


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

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