Virgil I Grissom Middle School

Summary:

Virgil I Grissom Middle School is a public middle school located in Mishawaka, Indiana, serving grades 6-8 with a student population of 678 and is part of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.

While Virgil I Grissom Middle School is part of a generally high-performing school district, the school itself has underperformed compared to its peers. The school has a significantly higher percentage of white students (73.75%) compared to the surrounding schools, and its test scores, while above the state average in some areas, lag behind the district's overall performance. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's proficiency rates in ILEARN English Language Arts (46.9%) and Math (26.7%) were lower than the district's scores (60.67% and 59.86%, respectively). Additionally, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 0.0% in 2020-2021 to 23.8% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the state average. The school also has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (46.46% in 2022-2023), indicating a higher proportion of students from lower-income families compared to some of the nearby schools.

Virgil I Grissom Middle School's performance is generally lower than that of the higher-ranked schools in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, such as Discovery Middle School, which ranked 4th out of 489 Indiana middle schools in 2022-2023 and had significantly higher test scores and lower chronic absenteeism rates. Additionally, Virgil I Grissom Middle School's statewide ranking has steadily declined from 93rd out of 485 Indiana middle schools in 2014-2015 to 180th out of 489 in 2022-2023, indicating a potential need for improvement in academic outcomes. Addressing the areas of concern, such as test scores, chronic absenteeism, and socioeconomic factors, could be crucial for improving the overall educational experience and outcomes for the students at Virgil I Grissom Middle School.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 13881 Kern Rd
       Mishawaka, IN  46544


(574) 633-4061

District: Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
181st of 489 Indiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,808 Help


Students who attend Virgil I Grissom Middle School usually attend:

High:    Penn High School

Feeder schools for Virgil I Grissom Middle School:

Elementary:    Elm Road Elementary School
    Madison Elementary School
    Meadow's Edge Elementary School
    Moran Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.7 Help
Number of students:  678

Racial breakdown:

White:
73.7%
Hispanic:
9.7%
African American:
7.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  46.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Virgil I Grissom Middle School ranks better than 63% of middle schools in Indiana. It also ranks last among 3 ranked middle schools in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 60.33. (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 Virgil I Grissom Middle School has the smallest middle school student body size in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District. Racial makeup is: White (73.7%), Hispanic (9.7%), African American (7.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 46.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Virgil I Grissom Middle School is 15.7, which is the lowest among 3 middle schools in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District! (See more...)
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Compare Virgil I Grissom Middle School employs 43 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Virgil I Grissom Middle School is $9,808. 1 middle schools in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Virgil I Grissom Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Virgil I Grissom Middle School 181st of 489 Indiana public middle schools. (See Virgil I Grissom Middle School in the ranking list.)

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp:

SchoolDigger ranks Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp 39th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Virgil I Grissom Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 67.22 58th 222 73.9%
2005 72.54 75th 370 79.7%
2006 67.74 111th 375 70.4%
2007 72.97 77th 382 79.8%
2008 55.73 190th 392 51.5%
2009 67.06 135th 423 68.1%
2010 60.15 190th 428 55.6%
2011 63.59 165th 451 63.4%
2012 78.68 55th 447 87.7%
2013 76.55 69th 444 84.5%
2014 78.61 62nd 470 86.8%
2015 75.04 93rd 485 80.8%
2016 67.39 140th 494 71.7%
2017 69.62 125th 472 73.5%
2018 67.04 153rd 473 67.7%
2019 63.35 169th 470 64.0%
2021 58.43 186th 483 61.5%
2022 55.66 213th 490 56.5%
2023 60.33 180th 489 63.2%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Virgil I Grissom Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 750 7 4 4 3 n/a n/a 0 768
1989 670 3 7 3 7 n/a n/a 0 690
1990 679 9 5 3 8 n/a n/a 0 704
1991 726 8 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 735
1992 751 13 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 772
1993 775 16 3 1 0 n/a n/a 0 795
1994 781 11 3 2 2 n/a n/a 0 799
1995 799 17 4 6 2 n/a n/a 2 830
1996 799 17 4 6 2 n/a n/a 2 830
1997 728 11 12 5 2 n/a n/a 5 763
1998 685 11 13 9 4 n/a n/a 0 722
1999 616 8 12 7 3 n/a n/a 0 646
2000 608 4 7 9 1 n/a n/a 0 629
2001 613 4 2 6 3 n/a n/a 0 628
2002 651 14 4 11 8 n/a n/a 0 688
2003 651 14 4 11 8 n/a n/a 0 688
2004 618 15 4 15 7 n/a n/a 0 659
2005 606 17 3 14 8 n/a n/a 0 648
2006 587 21 1 15 2 n/a n/a 0 626
2007 554 19 2 20 13 n/a n/a 33 641
2008 522 32 3 18 17 n/a n/a 34 626
2009 531 38 7 24 18 n/a n/a 37 655
2010 525 40 7 15 6 n/a n/a 30 623
2011 545 28 7 19 4 0 36 0 639
2012 573 31 9 21 3 0 35 0 672
2013 510 27 8 37 7 0 29 0 618
2014 500 28 14 38 5 1 24 0 610
2015 487 29 15 37 4 1 26 0 599
2016 464 37 14 38 1 1 28 0 583
2017 478 50 7 40 0 1 32 0 608
2018 507 51 7 43 2 3 37 0 650
2019 507 54 5 52 4 2 38 0 662
2020 521 57 10 51 4 0 37 0 680
2021 538 53 11 66 3 0 38 0 709
2022 501 48 12 54 3 0 53 0 671
2023 500 49 10 66 4 1 48 0 678

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 Virgil I Grissom Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 768 33.0 23.2 10
1989 690 31.6 21.8 11.2
1990 704 32.7 21.5 5.1
1991 735 41.8 17.5 10.2
1992 772 41.0 18.8 1
1993 795 40.8 19.5 13.3
1994 799 40.5 19.7 14
1995 830 41.7 19.9 14.1
1996 830 41.7 19.9 14.1
1997 763 42.0 18.2 14.4
1998 722 42.0 17.2 14.5
1999 646 42.0 15.4 20.3
2000 629 37.0 17.0 20.3
2001 628 34.9 18.0 17.5
2002 688 35.5 19.4 24.9
2003 688 35.5 19.4 24.9
2004 659 35.5 18.6 26.9
2005 648 34.5 18.8 28.2
2006 626 35.5 17.6 29.2
2007 641 n/a n/a 32.1
2008 626 29.0 21.6 35.8
2009 655 30.5 21.5 42.4
2010 623 32.0 19.4 39.5
2011 639 29.5 21.6 35.8
2012 672 36.0 18.6 42.4
2013 618 30.0 20.6 43.4
2014 610 28.5 21.4 45.2
2015 599 29.0 20.6 45.2
2016 583 34.0 17.1 45.5
2017 608 34.9 17.3 42.3
2018 650 36.5 17.7 39.5
2019 662 36.3 18.2 41.5
2020 680 33.7 20.1 42.4
2021 709 35.2 20.0 35.3
2022 671 37.0 18.1 37.4
2023 678 43.0 15.7 46.5

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 Virgil I Grissom Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 768 33.0 23.2 10
1989 690 31.6 21.8 11.2
1990 704 32.7 21.5 5.1
1991 735 41.8 17.5 10.2
1992 772 41.0 18.8 1
1993 795 40.8 19.5 13.3
1994 799 40.5 19.7 14
1995 830 41.7 19.9 14.1
1996 830 41.7 19.9 14.1
1997 763 42.0 18.2 14.4
1998 722 42.0 17.2 14.5
1999 646 42.0 15.4 20.3
2000 629 37.0 17.0 20.3
2001 628 34.9 18.0 17.5
2002 688 35.5 19.4 24.9
2003 688 35.5 19.4 24.9
2004 659 35.5 18.6 26.9
2005 648 34.5 18.8 28.2
2006 626 35.5 17.6 29.2
2007 641 n/a n/a 32.1
2008 626 29.0 21.6 35.8
2009 655 30.5 21.5 42.4
2010 623 32.0 19.4 39.5
2011 639 29.5 21.6 35.8
2012 672 36.0 18.6 42.4
2013 618 30.0 20.6 43.4
2014 610 28.5 21.4 45.2
2015 599 29.0 20.6 45.2
2016 583 34.0 17.1 45.5
2017 608 34.9 17.3 42.3
2018 650 36.5 17.7 39.5
2019 662 36.3 18.2 41.5
2020 680 33.7 20.1 42.4
2021 709 35.2 20.0 35.3
2022 671 37.0 18.1 37.4
2023 678 43.0 15.7 46.5

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 Virgil I Grissom Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $311 (3.7%) $8,090 (96.3%) $8,402
2020 $447 (5.1%) $8,297 (94.9%) $8,744
2021 $594 (6.5%) $8,566 (93.5%) $9,160
2022 $577 (5.9%) $9,230 (94.1%) $9,808

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Virgil I Grissom 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 169th of 470 Middle schoolsRanks 180th of 489 Middle schools
 0.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Virgil I Grissom Middle School)44.946.2
 1.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)61.757.5
 4.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.840.8
 7%
6th Grade Math (Virgil I Grissom Middle School)38.733.9
 4.8%
   6th Grade Math (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)55.648.9
 6.7%
   6th Grade Math (Indiana)46.438.3
 8.1%
6th Grade Science (Virgil I Grissom Middle School)51.743.6
 8.1%
   6th Grade Science (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)64.854.4
 10.4%
   6th Grade Science (Indiana)48.638.2
 10.4%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Virgil I Grissom Middle School)54.843.1
 11.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)67.659.6
 8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)49.739.5
 10.2%
7th Grade Math (Virgil I Grissom Middle School)4923.6
 25.4%
   7th Grade Math (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)59.449.3
 10.1%
   7th Grade Math (Indiana)4232.9
 9.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Virgil I Grissom Middle School)56.250.6
 5.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)67.763.5
 4.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)50.743.8
 6.9%
8th Grade Math (Virgil I Grissom Middle School)44.822.3
 22.5%
   8th Grade Math (Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp)59.253.1
 6.1%
   8th Grade Math (Indiana)3831.4
 6.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students662678
 2.4%
African American5449
 9.3%
American Indian44
Asian510
 100%
Hispanic5266
 26.9%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White507500
 1.4%
Two or More Races3848
 26.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.5%46.5%
 4.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Virgil I Grissom Middle School

Students who attend Virgil I Grissom Middle School usually go on to attend Penn High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 678 students attended Virgil I Grissom Middle School.

Virgil I Grissom Middle School ranks 181st of 489 Indiana middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Virgil I Grissom Middle School are 74% White, 10% Hispanic, 7% African American, 7% Two or more races, 1% Asian.


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