Rochester Community Middle School

Summary:

Rochester Community Middle School is a public middle school in Rochester, Indiana, serving 317 students in grades 5-7. The school is part of the Rochester Community School Corporation, which is ranked 218 out of 364 school districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Rochester Community Middle School has a higher per-student spending compared to nearby Winamac Community Middle School and Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, its academic performance and other key metrics suggest the school may face more significant challenges. The school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts (41.5%), Math (28.1%), and Science (31.19%) are all below the state averages, and its chronic absenteeism rate (14.1%) is higher than the nearby schools. Additionally, Rochester Community Middle School has a significantly higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (58.04%) compared to its neighbors.

The analysis also reveals concerning trends at Rochester Community Middle School. The school's academic performance, as measured by its statewide ranking and SchoolDigger star rating, has declined over the years, from a high of 4 stars and a ranking of 93 out of 444 Indiana middle schools in 2012-2013 to its current 2-star rating and ranking of 251 out of 489 middle schools in 2022-2023. This decline, along with the school's higher percentage of white students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds compared to nearby schools, suggests the need for a comprehensive review of the school's practices, resource allocation, and strategies to support student success and address potential equity concerns.


Detail:

Public 5-7

 650 Zebra Ln
       Rochester, IN  46975


(574) 223-2280

District: Rochester Community School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
252nd of 489 Indiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,738 Help


Students who attend Rochester Community Middle School usually attend:

High:    Rochester Community High School

Feeder schools for Rochester Community Middle School:

Elementary:    Columbia Elementary School
    George M Riddle Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.8 Help
Number of students:  317

Racial breakdown:

White:
89.0%
Hispanic:
6.9%
Two or more races:
3.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  58% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Rochester Community Middle School ranks worse than 51.5% of middle schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 49.02. (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 (89%), Hispanic (6.9%), two or more races (3.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 58% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Rochester Community Middle School is 9.8. (See more...)
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Compare Rochester Community Middle School employs 32.3 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Rochester Community Middle School is $12,738.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Rochester Community Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Rochester Community Middle School 252nd of 489 Indiana public middle schools. (See Rochester Community Middle School in the ranking list.)

Rochester Community School Corp:

SchoolDigger ranks Rochester Community School Corp 218th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Rochester Community Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 62.78 73rd 222 67.1%
2005 65.24 117th 370 68.4%
2006 66.96 115th 375 69.3%
2007 79.24 51st 382 86.6%
2008 73.73 80th 392 79.6%
2009 67.09 134th 423 68.3%
2010 58.04 210th 428 50.9%
2011 72.46 105th 451 76.7%
2012 71.26 108th 447 75.8%
2013 73.66 93rd 444 79.1%
2014 62.28 194th 470 58.7%
2015 61.28 200th 485 58.8%
2016 59.96 216th 494 56.3%
2017 39.99 324th 472 31.4%
2018 35.77 344th 473 27.3%
2019 26.33 368th 470 21.7%
2021 53.50 220th 483 54.5%
2022 52.60 237th 490 51.6%
2023 49.02 251st 489 48.7%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Rochester Community Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 372 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 372
1989 378 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 380
1990 404 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 406
1991 408 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 411
1992 447 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 448
1993 477 1 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 484
1994 503 3 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 510
1995 488 4 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 498
1996 488 4 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 498
1997 464 6 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 473
1998 451 4 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 463
1999 426 8 3 2 1 n/a n/a 0 440
2000 408 8 5 3 1 n/a n/a 0 425
2001 439 7 6 2 2 n/a n/a 0 456
2002 484 5 3 4 4 n/a n/a 0 500
2003 484 5 3 4 4 n/a n/a 0 500
2004 485 5 3 3 4 n/a n/a 0 500
2005 484 6 11 4 1 n/a n/a 0 506
2006 465 4 11 3 1 n/a n/a 0 484
2007 431 2 11 3 0 n/a n/a 17 464
2008 412 0 4 4 0 n/a n/a 27 447
2009 414 0 5 4 1 n/a n/a 19 443
2010 404 3 2 6 3 n/a n/a 19 437
2011 383 3 2 21 2 2 14 0 427
2012 396 3 2 18 4 2 17 0 442
2013 360 2 2 21 3 1 16 0 405
2014 357 3 1 21 5 1 16 0 404
2015 367 1 0 25 6 0 9 0 408
2016 353 2 0 22 3 0 11 0 391
2017 380 3 1 21 2 0 15 0 422
2018 367 5 2 18 0 0 15 0 407
2019 370 5 3 21 1 0 15 0 415
2020 378 2 3 16 1 0 14 0 414
2021 377 0 2 20 1 0 10 0 410
2022 324 2 0 21 0 0 10 0 357
2023 282 2 0 22 0 0 11 0 317

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 Rochester Community Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 372 18.5 20.1 17.7
1989 380 20.0 19.0 20.5
1990 406 19.7 20.6 16.7
1991 411 21.4 19.2 16.1
1992 448 5.8 77.2 15.8
1993 484 23.3 20.8 16.5
1994 510 23.8 21.4 16.9
1995 498 23.1 21.6 11.8
1996 498 23.1 21.6 11.8
1997 473 23.0 20.6 12.1
1998 463 23.1 20.0 11.7
1999 440 23.0 19.1 20.9
2000 425 27.0 15.7 24
2001 456 27.5 16.6 25
2002 500 26.0 19.2 28.8
2003 500 26.0 19.2 28.8
2004 500 26.0 19.2 32.8
2005 506 26.2 19.3 34.6
2006 484 26.3 18.4 38.4
2007 464 n/a n/a 36.7
2008 447 26.4 16.9 39.5
2009 443 25.0 17.7 37.5
2010 437 22.0 19.8 49.5
2011 427 22.2 19.2 46.1
2012 442 27.1 16.2 50
2013 405 24.1 16.7 54.6
2014 404 26.0 15.5 51.2
2015 408 26.0 15.6 51.2
2016 391 26.0 15.0 47.8
2017 422 28.8 14.6 47.4
2018 407 34.4 11.8 51.8
2019 415 37.8 10.9 53
2020 414 31.4 13.1 53.1
2021 410 31.0 13.2 54.4
2022 357 34.1 10.4 52.1
2023 317 32.3 9.8 58

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 Rochester Community Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 372 18.5 20.1 17.7
1989 380 20.0 19.0 20.5
1990 406 19.7 20.6 16.7
1991 411 21.4 19.2 16.1
1992 448 5.8 77.2 15.8
1993 484 23.3 20.8 16.5
1994 510 23.8 21.4 16.9
1995 498 23.1 21.6 11.8
1996 498 23.1 21.6 11.8
1997 473 23.0 20.6 12.1
1998 463 23.1 20.0 11.7
1999 440 23.0 19.1 20.9
2000 425 27.0 15.7 24
2001 456 27.5 16.6 25
2002 500 26.0 19.2 28.8
2003 500 26.0 19.2 28.8
2004 500 26.0 19.2 32.8
2005 506 26.2 19.3 34.6
2006 484 26.3 18.4 38.4
2007 464 n/a n/a 36.7
2008 447 26.4 16.9 39.5
2009 443 25.0 17.7 37.5
2010 437 22.0 19.8 49.5
2011 427 22.2 19.2 46.1
2012 442 27.1 16.2 50
2013 405 24.1 16.7 54.6
2014 404 26.0 15.5 51.2
2015 408 26.0 15.6 51.2
2016 391 26.0 15.0 47.8
2017 422 28.8 14.6 47.4
2018 407 34.4 11.8 51.8
2019 415 37.8 10.9 53
2020 414 31.4 13.1 53.1
2021 410 31.0 13.2 54.4
2022 357 34.1 10.4 52.1
2023 317 32.3 9.8 58

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 Rochester Community Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $257 (3.1%) $8,056 (96.9%) $8,313
2020 $258 (3.1%) $8,069 (96.9%) $8,326
2021 $435 (5.6%) $7,328 (94.4%) $7,763
2022 $2,049 (16.1%) $10,688 (83.9%) $12,738

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Rochester Community 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 368th of 470 Middle schoolsRanks 251st of 489 Middle schools
 27%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Rochester Community Middle School)27.728.4
 0.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Rochester Community School Corp)27.728.4
 0.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.840.8
 7%
6th Grade Math (Rochester Community Middle School)29.221.1
 8.1%
   6th Grade Math (Rochester Community School Corp)29.221.1
 8.1%
   6th Grade Math (Indiana)46.438.3
 8.1%
6th Grade Science (Rochester Community Middle School)3031.2
 1.2%
   6th Grade Science (Rochester Community School Corp)3031.2
 1.2%
   6th Grade Science (Indiana)48.638.2
 10.4%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Rochester Community Middle School)33.154.6
 21.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Rochester Community School Corp)33.154.6
 21.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)49.739.5
 10.2%
7th Grade Math (Rochester Community Middle School)23.429.9
 6.5%
   7th Grade Math (Rochester Community School Corp)23.429.9
 6.5%
   7th Grade Math (Indiana)4232.9
 9.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students415317
 23.6%
African American52
 60%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian30
 100%
Hispanic2122
 4.8%
Pacific Islander00
White370282
 23.8%
Two or More Races1511
 26.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients53%58%
 5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Rochester Community Middle School

Students who attend Rochester Community Middle School usually go on to attend Rochester Community High School

Students at Rochester Community Middle School are 89% White, 7% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 317 students attended Rochester Community Middle School.

Rochester Community Middle School ranks 252nd of 489 Indiana middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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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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