Career Academy Middle School

Summary:

Career Academy Middle School is a public charter middle school serving 394 students in grades 6-8 in South Bend, Indiana. The school is part of the South Bend Community School Corp, which is ranked 312 out of 364 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Career Academy Middle School has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with a higher percentage of African American (36.04%) and Hispanic (14.21%) students. However, the school consistently ranks in the bottom 20% of Indiana middle schools, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger. Its proficiency rates in ILEARN English Language Arts, Math, and Science are significantly lower than the state and nearby school averages. The school also has a very high chronic absenteeism rate of 44.5%, much higher than the 13.8% to 57.5% range of nearby schools like Virgil I Grissom Middle School, Schmucker Middle School, and New Prairie Middle School.

The high rates of free and reduced-price lunch recipients (71.07%) at Career Academy Middle School suggest that the school serves a population with significant socioeconomic challenges, which may be contributing to the school's academic struggles. The school's performance has been declining over the years, with its statewide ranking dropping from 329 out of 473 Indiana middle schools in 2017-2018 to 410 out of 489 in 2022-2023. Despite increased spending per student, from $7,608 in 2018-2019 to $10,949 in 2021-2022, the school's academic outcomes have not improved, indicating a need for a comprehensive review of the school's strategies and resources to better support student learning.


Detail:

Public, Charter 6-8

 3801 Cresent Circle - Suite B
       South Bend, IN  46628


(574) 299-9800

District: Career Academy Middle School

SchoolDigger Rank:
409th of 489 Indiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,949 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  8.9 Help
Number of students:  394

Racial breakdown:

White:
39.1%
African American:
36.0%
Hispanic:
14.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  71.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Career Academy Middle School ranks worse than 83.6% of middle schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.38. (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 Student population at Career Academy Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (39.1%), African American (36%), Hispanic (14.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 71.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Career Academy Middle School is 8.9. (See more...)
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Compare Career Academy Middle School employs 44 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Career Academy Middle School is $10,949.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Career Academy Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Career Academy Middle School 409th of 489 Indiana public middle schools. (See Career Academy Middle School in the ranking list.)

Career Academy Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Career Academy Middle School 312th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Career Academy Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.70 329th 473 30.4%
2019 27.77 362nd 470 23.0%
2021 14.23 414th 483 14.3%
2022 16.13 412th 490 15.9%
2023 16.38 410th 489 16.2%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Career Academy Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 175 117 6 50 1 0 28 0 377
2017 199 122 4 39 1 0 34 0 399
2018 163 87 4 26 1 0 42 0 323
2019 170 95 4 36 1 0 34 0 340
2020 167 125 4 36 1 0 32 0 365
2021 166 141 2 37 1 0 20 0 367
2022 155 150 2 47 2 0 37 0 393
2023 154 142 3 56 3 0 36 0 394

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 Career Academy Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 377 29.0 13.0 60.7
2017 399 25.6 15.5 62.7
2018 323 23.0 14.0 57.3
2019 340 22.0 15.4 62.4
2020 365 27.2 13.3 65.8
2021 367 24.5 14.9 61.3
2022 393 45.0 8.7 69.5
2023 394 44.0 8.9 71.1

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 Career Academy Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 377 29.0 13.0 60.7
2017 399 25.6 15.5 62.7
2018 323 23.0 14.0 57.3
2019 340 22.0 15.4 62.4
2020 365 27.2 13.3 65.8
2021 367 24.5 14.9 61.3
2022 393 45.0 8.7 69.5
2023 394 44.0 8.9 71.1

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 Career Academy Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $869 (11.4%) $6,740 (88.6%) $7,608
2020 $658 (8.3%) $7,258 (91.7%) $7,917
2021 $1,942 (19.3%) $8,145 (80.7%) $10,087
2022 $1,860 (17.0%) $9,089 (83.0%) $10,949

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Career Academy 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 362nd of 470 Middle schoolsRanks 410th of 489 Middle schools
 6.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Career Academy Middle School)21.715.9
 5.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Career Academy Middle School)21.715.9
 5.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.840.8
 7%
6th Grade Math (Career Academy Middle School)163.2
 12.8%
   6th Grade Math (Career Academy Middle School)163.2
 12.8%
   6th Grade Math (Indiana)46.438.3
 8.1%
6th Grade Science (Career Academy Middle School)3414.3
 19.7%
   6th Grade Science (Career Academy Middle School)3414.3
 19.7%
   6th Grade Science (Indiana)48.638.2
 10.4%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Career Academy Middle School)44.224.8
 19.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Career Academy Middle School)44.224.8
 19.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)49.739.5
 10.2%
7th Grade Math (Career Academy Middle School)205
 15.1%
   7th Grade Math (Career Academy Middle School)205
 15.1%
   7th Grade Math (Indiana)4232.9
 9.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Career Academy Middle School)4529.6
 15.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Career Academy Middle School)4529.6
 15.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)50.743.8
 6.9%
8th Grade Math (Career Academy Middle School)328.9
 23.1%
   8th Grade Math (Career Academy Middle School)328.9
 23.1%
   8th Grade Math (Indiana)3831.4
 6.6%
End of Course Biology (Career Academy Middle School)86.448.2
 38.3%
   End of Course Biology (Career Academy Middle School)86.448.2
 38.3%
   End of Course Biology (Indiana)38.629
 9.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students340394
 15.9%
African American95142
 49.5%
American Indian13
 200%
Asian43
 25%
Hispanic3656
 55.6%
Pacific Islander00
White170154
 9.4%
Two or More Races3436
 5.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients62.4%71.1%
 8.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Career Academy Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 394 students attended Career Academy Middle School.

Career Academy Middle School ranks in the bottom 16.4% of Indiana middle schools.

Students at Career Academy Middle School are 39% White, 36% African American, 14% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races.


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

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