Sawtooth Middle School

Summary:

Sawtooth Middle School is a high-performing public middle school in Meridian, Idaho, serving 892 students in grades 6-8 and part of the Joint School District No. 2, which is ranked 6th out of 56 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating.

Sawtooth Middle School consistently outperforms the state and district averages in ISAT test scores, with 66.1% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 55.4% in math, compared to the district's 68.7% and 57.7%, and the state's 52.2% and 41.5%, respectively. However, the school has a relatively homogeneous student population, with 83.52% of students identifying as White, higher than the nearby Crossroads Middle School (81.73%) and Meridian Middle School (68.92%). Additionally, Sawtooth Middle School serves a more affluent student population, with only 13.45% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, compared to the nearby schools, which range from 10.83% to 46.03%.

While Sawtooth Middle School has seen a decrease in chronic absenteeism, from 22.0% in 2021-2022 to 16.3% in 2022-2023, this rate is still higher than the state average and lower than some nearby schools, such as Crossroads Middle School (32.8%) and Meridian Middle School (26.1%). This suggests that the school may need to focus on improving attendance to ensure all students have access to the high-quality education it provides.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 3730 North Linder Road
       Meridian, ID  83646-5416


(208) 855-4200

District: Joint School District No. 2

SchoolDigger Rank:
14th of 107 Idaho Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,444 Help


Students who attend Sawtooth Middle School usually attend:

High:    Rocky Mountain High School

Feeder schools for Sawtooth Middle School:

Elementary:    Hunter Elementary School
    Willow Creek Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  21.9 Help
Number of students:  892

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.5%
Hispanic:
10.4%
Two or more races:
4.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  13.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sawtooth Middle School ranks better than 86.9% of middle schools in Idaho. It also ranks 6th 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 80.28. (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 (83.5%), Hispanic (10.4%), two or more races (4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 13.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sawtooth Middle School is 21.9. 8 middle schools in the Joint School District No. 2 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Sawtooth Middle School employs 40.5 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sawtooth Middle School is $6,444. 9 middle schools in the Joint School District No. 2 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sawtooth Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Sawtooth Middle School 14th of 107 Idaho public middle schools. (See Sawtooth Middle School in the ranking list.)

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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 Sawtooth Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Sawtooth Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 56.64 69th 158 56.3%
2009 64.29 51st 160 68.1%
2010 63.72 50th 166 69.9%
2011 65.17 47th 169 72.2%
2012 59.90 64th 171 62.6%
2013 61.98 65th 173 62.4%
2015 77.22 20th 100 80.0%
2016 86.58 5th 98 94.9%
2017 83.45 14th 131 89.3%
2018 79.77 19th 100 81.0%
2019 86.99 5th 43 88.4%
2021 84.15 6th 42 85.7%
2022 84.56 6th 53 88.7%
2023 80.28 14th 107 86.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sawtooth Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.05 8th 47 83.0%
2019 81.04 2nd 16 87.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Sawtooth Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.03 12th 60 80.0%
2019 85.13 5th 28 82.1%
2021 75.96 6th 24 75.0%
2022 76.95 8th 32 75.0%
2023 77.03 10th 51 80.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Sawtooth Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.97 5th 60 91.7%
2019 91.75 3rd 28 89.3%
2021 89.19 4th 24 83.3%
2022 81.59 6th 32 81.3%
2023 78.43 8th 51 84.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sawtooth Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 89.46 1st 5 80.0%
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Rank History for White students at Sawtooth Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.29 6th 35 82.9%
2019 79.97 4th 21 81.0%
2021 75.42 5th 18 72.2%
2022 77.90 8th 29 72.4%
2023 66.41 7th 13 46.2%
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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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by a student
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Open Quote I loved going to school at Sawtooth. The teachers are great and willing to be flexible with assignments. The administration is helpful and friendly, and most of all I learned a ton! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Sawtooth Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 881 19 19 45 9 n/a n/a 0 973
2006 1109 30 25 63 6 n/a n/a 0 1233
2007 1214 38 19 98 3 n/a n/a 0 1372
2008 719 13 13 74 3 n/a n/a 0 822
2009 760 12 14 48 4 n/a n/a 0 838
2010 702 4 12 77 7 n/a n/a 0 802
2011 780 5 8 84 7 2 38 0 924
2012 845 4 11 80 3 3 28 0 974
2013 839 10 10 83 4 3 33 0 982
2014 887 9 12 84 2 2 29 0 1025
2015 858 11 12 73 5 0 33 0 992
2016 874 8 13 66 3 4 27 0 995
2017 925 8 13 77 2 2 32 0 1059
2018 908 5 9 82 2 4 39 0 1049
2019 889 5 6 104 1 11 44 0 1060
2020 877 2 13 95 5 6 44 0 1042
2021 764 2 5 84 4 7 35 0 901
2022 789 5 9 87 2 2 29 0 923
2023 745 7 9 93 1 1 36 0 892

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 Sawtooth Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 973 48.3 20.1 16.8
2006 1233 58.8 21.0 16.5
2007 1372 64.8 21.2 17.9
2008 822 41.4 19.9 20
2009 838 41.8 20.0 20.9
2010 802 42.4 18.9 25.6
2011 924 43.5 21.2 25.5
2012 974 45.9 21.1 29.3
2013 982 44.4 22.0 25.9
2014 1025 43.5 23.5 23.9
2015 992 44.0 22.5 23.1
2016 995 46.0 21.6 15.5
2017 1059 48.8 21.6 17.9
2018 1049 48.4 21.6 20
2019 1060 46.0 23.0 14.9
2020 1042 46.5 22.3 14.7
2021 901 48.1 18.7 11.1
2022 923 43.0 21.4 5.4
2023 892 40.5 21.9 13.5

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 Sawtooth Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 973 48.3 20.1 16.8
2006 1233 58.8 21.0 16.5
2007 1372 64.8 21.2 17.9
2008 822 41.4 19.9 20
2009 838 41.8 20.0 20.9
2010 802 42.4 18.9 25.6
2011 924 43.5 21.2 25.5
2012 974 45.9 21.1 29.3
2013 982 44.4 22.0 25.9
2014 1025 43.5 23.5 23.9
2015 992 44.0 22.5 23.1
2016 995 46.0 21.6 15.5
2017 1059 48.8 21.6 17.9
2018 1049 48.4 21.6 20
2019 1060 46.0 23.0 14.9
2020 1042 46.5 22.3 14.7
2021 901 48.1 18.7 11.1
2022 923 43.0 21.4 5.4
2023 892 40.5 21.9 13.5

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Sawtooth Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $609 (9.5%) $5,835 (90.5%) $6,444

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sawtooth Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 5th of 43 Middle schoolsRanks 14th of 107 Middle schools
 1.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Math (Sawtooth Middle School)59.562.2
 2.7%
   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 (Sawtooth Middle School)72.467.4
 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 (Sawtooth Middle School)63.760
 3.7%
   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 (Sawtooth Middle School)75.570.8
 4.7%
   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 (Sawtooth Middle School)63.345.6
 17.7%
   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 (Sawtooth Middle School)72.160.6
 11.5%
   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 (Sawtooth Middle School)62.255.4
 6.8%
   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 (Sawtooth Middle School)70.550
 20.5%
   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 (Sawtooth Middle School)73.466.1
 7.3%
   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 Students1060892
 15.8%
African American57
 40%
American Indian11
Asian69
 50%
Hispanic10493
 10.6%
Pacific Islander111
 90.9%
White889745
 16.2%
Two or More Races4436
 18.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients14.9%13.5%
 1.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sawtooth Middle School

Students at Sawtooth Middle School are 84% White, 10% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

Sawtooth Middle School ranks 14th of 107 Idaho middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 892 students attended Sawtooth Middle School.

Students who attend Sawtooth Middle School usually go on to attend Rocky Mountain 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 Idaho Department of Education.

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