Mishawaka High School

Summary:

Mishawaka High School is a public high school serving 1,488 students in grades 9-12 in Mishawaka, Indiana, which is part of the South Bend Community School Corp district. The school faces several challenges, including below-average academic performance, high chronic absenteeism, and significant achievement gaps among different student subgroups.

Mishawaka High School's student population is predominantly white (67.61%), with smaller percentages of African American (11.96%), Hispanic (10.15%), and multi-racial (9.48%) students. Academically, the school lags behind the state average, with only 15.82% of students proficient or better in ILEARN/Biology, compared to the state average of 29%. The school's SAT performance is also below the state average, with 42.11% of students proficient or better in Evidence-based Reading and Writing and 18.89% in Mathematics, compared to the state averages of 50.51% and 31.14%, respectively. Mishawaka High School's four-year graduation rate has fluctuated in recent years, ranging from 78.6% in 2021-2022 to 92.9% in 2019-2020, and the school has a high chronic absenteeism rate of 56.3% in the 2021-2022 school year.

Compared to nearby schools, such as Jimtown High School and Penn High School, Mishawaka High School's academic performance is generally lower. For example, Jimtown High School had 29.91% of students proficient or better in ILEARN/Biology, compared to Mishawaka High School's 15.82%. Additionally, Mishawaka High School's chronic absenteeism rate is significantly higher than that of Jimtown High School (22.1%) and Penn High School (12.4%).


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1202 Lincolnway E
       Mishawaka, IN  46544


(574) 254-7300

District: School City of Mishawaka

SchoolDigger Rank:
278th of 403 Indiana High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,831 Help


Feeder schools for Mishawaka High School:

Elementary:    Battell Elementary School
    Beiger Elementary School
    Emmons Elementary School
    Fred J Hums Elementary School
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Middle:    John J Young Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.5 Help
Number of students:  1,488

Racial breakdown:

White:
67.6%
African American:
12.0%
Hispanic:
10.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  64.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Mishawaka High School ranks worse than 69% of high schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 34.06. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Mishawaka High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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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 (67.6%), African American (12%), Hispanic (10.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 64.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mishawaka High School is 15.5. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Mishawaka High School is $9,831.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Mishawaka High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Mishawaka High School 278th of 403 Indiana public high schools. (See Mishawaka High School in the ranking list.)

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School City of Mishawaka:

SchoolDigger ranks School City of Mishawaka 248th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Mishawaka High School

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Rank History for all students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 39.94 259th 349 25.8%
2006 55.34 183rd 349 47.6%
2007 53.82 194th 354 45.2%
2008 48.45 233rd 360 35.3%
2009 47.91 238th 364 34.6%
2010 28.27 275th 362 24.0%
2011 17.93 321st 364 11.8%
2012 32.15 270th 373 27.6%
2013 28.49 260th 353 26.3%
2014 42.62 205th 379 45.9%
2015 44.72 226th 400 43.5%
2016 50.37 199th 394 49.5%
2017 50.35 186th 380 51.1%
2018 37.96 269th 385 30.1%
2019 45.21 219th 389 43.7%
2021 32.16 281st 388 27.6%
2022 29.80 299th 409 26.9%
2023 34.06 278th 398 30.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 23.35 72nd 94 23.4%
2023 31.37 68th 104 34.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 43.01 145th 285 49.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 39.06 232nd 379 38.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 32.58 273rd 388 29.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 33.50 268th 383 30.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 16.44 112th 125 10.4%
2023 33.12 73rd 125 41.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 17.57 140th 164 14.6%
2023 26.28 126th 166 24.1%
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Rank History for White students at Mishawaka High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 30.72 280th 378 25.9%
2023 32.97 256th 375 31.7%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana 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: Indiana Department of Education

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by a parent
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Open Quote Mishawaka High School is the real MISHAWAKA secondary school. It provides a great sense of community and it's teachers are superb. Close Quote


by a citizen
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Open Quote A fantastic school with wonderful administrators, teachers, staff, and coaches willing to put the time and effort into making sure every child is learning and constantly improving in their lives on a daily basis. MHS guidance office and work development office is second to none in the Mishawaka community. The school is constantly striving to improve ISTEP+ scores, SAT scores, ACT scores, and overall graduation rate. The school has been NCA (North Central Association) accredited since the High School inception. My family and many other families have attended Mishawaka High School throughout the years and are extremely proud to be a graduate of MHS.

The wrestling team has won the state championship on numerous occasions and was ranked in the top fifteen nationally in 2010.

The MHS alumni network is another important part of MHS that is working and striving to connect current graduates to job opportunities and college/universities in the state of Indiana.

This is a remarkable school that I would highly recommend to any parent or employer looking to move into the Mishawaka community. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Mishawaka High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1687 14 16 16 11 n/a n/a 0 1744
1989 1624 15 13 17 11 n/a n/a 0 1680
1990 1522 21 16 14 7 n/a n/a 0 1580
1991 1436 19 11 4 6 n/a n/a 0 1476
1992 1468 16 12 10 9 n/a n/a 0 1515
1993 1508 17 13 28 18 n/a n/a 0 1584
1994 1409 16 13 23 18 n/a n/a 0 1479
1995 1479 9 12 17 15 n/a n/a 32 1564
1996 1479 9 12 17 15 n/a n/a 32 1564
1997 1482 10 7 13 8 n/a n/a 33 1553
1998 1503 11 8 16 15 n/a n/a 1 1554
1999 1486 17 6 16 6 n/a n/a 0 1531
2000 1490 28 7 27 6 n/a n/a 0 1558
2001 1453 37 9 33 8 n/a n/a 0 1540
2002 1552 46 9 35 4 n/a n/a 0 1646
2003 1552 46 9 35 4 n/a n/a 0 1646
2004 1453 51 9 37 4 n/a n/a 0 1554
2005 1509 56 10 47 4 n/a n/a 0 1626
2006 1554 60 11 46 5 n/a n/a 0 1676
2007 1508 61 12 55 7 n/a n/a 49 1692
2008 1540 60 13 52 7 n/a n/a 58 1730
2009 1405 62 15 67 10 n/a n/a 56 1615
2010 1343 64 14 65 10 n/a n/a 72 1568
2011 1336 58 16 60 8 0 82 0 1560
2012 1334 68 12 66 8 0 49 0 1537
2013 1298 57 11 71 5 0 60 0 1502
2014 1242 61 9 95 10 0 59 0 1476
2015 1228 63 7 84 7 0 57 0 1446
2016 1222 74 7 90 10 0 65 0 1468
2017 1186 98 8 100 8 0 81 0 1481
2018 1187 108 7 93 8 0 98 0 1501
2019 1152 119 2 111 9 0 99 0 1492
2020 1109 136 4 125 5 0 112 0 1491
2021 1092 169 7 130 6 1 113 0 1518
2022 1105 174 9 158 6 1 150 0 1603
2023 1006 178 8 151 3 1 141 0 1488

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 Mishawaka High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1744 73.3 23.7 6.9
1989 1680 69.6 24.1 5.5
1990 1580 69.2 22.8 7.8
1991 1476 72.7 20.3 0
1992 1515 62.5 24.2 9.8
1993 1584 77.6 20.4 12.9
1994 1479 75.7 19.5 11.8
1995 1564 81.2 19.3 15.3
1996 1564 81.2 19.3 15.3
1997 1553 85.2 18.2 14.6
1998 1554 84.8 18.3 7.3
1999 1531 84.3 18.2 24.1
2000 1558 83.4 18.7 22.9
2001 1540 83.1 18.5 23.6
2002 1646 83.3 19.8 30.7
2003 1646 83.3 19.8 30.7
2004 1554 83.7 18.6 30.4
2005 1626 87.4 18.6 41.7
2006 1676 85.8 19.5 36.7
2007 1692 n/a n/a 40.6
2008 1730 85.2 20.3 43.5
2009 1615 86.2 18.7 48
2010 1568 84.2 18.6 53.7
2011 1560 81.5 19.1 54.6
2012 1537 86.0 17.8 55
2013 1502 89.5 16.7 58
2014 1476 81.0 18.2 57.4
2015 1446 76.0 19.0 58.7
2016 1468 78.0 18.8 55.8
2017 1481 78.7 18.8 56.8
2018 1501 82.6 18.1 58.8
2019 1492 84.0 17.7 56.9
2020 1491 88.3 16.8 58
2021 1518 88.1 17.2 52.4
2022 1603 91.3 17.5 51.9
2023 1488 95.5 15.5 64.7

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 Mishawaka High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1744 73.3 23.7 6.9
1989 1680 69.6 24.1 5.5
1990 1580 69.2 22.8 7.8
1991 1476 72.7 20.3 0
1992 1515 62.5 24.2 9.8
1993 1584 77.6 20.4 12.9
1994 1479 75.7 19.5 11.8
1995 1564 81.2 19.3 15.3
1996 1564 81.2 19.3 15.3
1997 1553 85.2 18.2 14.6
1998 1554 84.8 18.3 7.3
1999 1531 84.3 18.2 24.1
2000 1558 83.4 18.7 22.9
2001 1540 83.1 18.5 23.6
2002 1646 83.3 19.8 30.7
2003 1646 83.3 19.8 30.7
2004 1554 83.7 18.6 30.4
2005 1626 87.4 18.6 41.7
2006 1676 85.8 19.5 36.7
2007 1692 n/a n/a 40.6
2008 1730 85.2 20.3 43.5
2009 1615 86.2 18.7 48
2010 1568 84.2 18.6 53.7
2011 1560 81.5 19.1 54.6
2012 1537 86.0 17.8 55
2013 1502 89.5 16.7 58
2014 1476 81.0 18.2 57.4
2015 1446 76.0 19.0 58.7
2016 1468 78.0 18.8 55.8
2017 1481 78.7 18.8 56.8
2018 1501 82.6 18.1 58.8
2019 1492 84.0 17.7 56.9
2020 1491 88.3 16.8 58
2021 1518 88.1 17.2 52.4
2022 1603 91.3 17.5 51.9
2023 1488 95.5 15.5 64.7

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 Mishawaka High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $173 (1.8%) $9,440 (98.2%) $9,612
2020 $189 (1.9%) $9,639 (98.1%) $9,828
2021 $379 (4.0%) $9,192 (96.0%) $9,572
2022 $1,260 (12.8%) $8,571 (87.2%) $9,830

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mishawaka High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 219th of 389 High schoolsRanks 278th of 398 High schools
 13.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Biology (Mishawaka High School)37.215.8
 21.4%
   End of Course Biology (School City of Mishawaka)37.116.1
 21%
   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 Students14921488
 0.3%
African American119178
 49.6%
American Indian93
 66.7%
Asian28
 300%
Hispanic111151
 36%
Pacific Islander01
White11521006
 12.7%
Two or More Races99141
 42.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients56.9%64.7%
 7.8%


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Mishawaka High School ranks 278th of 403 Indiana high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Mishawaka High School are 68% White, 12% African American, 10% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,488 students attended Mishawaka 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 Indiana Department of Education.

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