Dickinson Fine Arts Academy

Summary:

Dickinson Fine Arts Academy is a public middle school in South Bend, Indiana, serving 449 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the South Bend Community School Corp, which is ranked 307 out of 364 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Dickinson Fine Arts Academy faces significant challenges, including a student population that is majority African American (51.45%) and Hispanic (29.4%), well below-average academic performance, and extremely high chronic absenteeism rates reaching 71.5% in 2020-2021. The school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Math, and Science are far below the state and district averages, with only 11.16% of 6th-grade students proficient or better in ELA, compared to 20.01% for the South Bend district and 40.8% statewide. In contrast, nearby schools like Jefferson Traditional School and LaSalle Academy have much higher proficiency rates.

Despite these challenges, Dickinson Fine Arts Academy has seen a significant increase in per-student spending, from $8,503 in 2018-2019 to $14,478 in 2021-2022, suggesting a commitment to improving the school. With targeted interventions, increased support, and a focus on addressing chronic absenteeism and equity issues, Dickinson has the potential to improve its academic performance and provide a high-quality education for its students.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 4404 Elwood
       South Bend, IN  46628


(574) 393-3900

District: South Bend Community School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
468th of 489 Indiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,478 Help


Students who attend Dickinson Fine Arts Academy usually attend:

High:    Rise Up Academy at Eggleston
    Washington High School

Feeder schools for Dickinson Fine Arts Academy:

Elementary:    Coquillard Elementary School
    Warren Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.2 Help
Number of students:  449

Racial breakdown:

African American:
51.4%
Hispanic:
29.4%
White:
10.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  86.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Dickinson Fine Arts Academy ranks worse than 95.7% of middle schools in Indiana. It also ranks 4th among 6 ranked middle schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 7.38. (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 Racial makeup is: African American (51.4%), Hispanic (29.4%), White (10.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 86.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the South Bend Community School Corp District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy is 15.2. 4 middle schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Dickinson Fine Arts Academy employs 29.5 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy is $14,478. 3 middle schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Dickinson Fine Arts Academy was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Dickinson Fine Arts Academy 468th of 489 Indiana public middle schools. (See Dickinson Fine Arts Academy in the ranking list.)

South Bend Community School Corp:

SchoolDigger ranks South Bend Community School Corp 307th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Dickinson Fine Arts Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 1.70 219th 222 1.4%
2005 5.01 360th 370 2.7%
2006 2.22 369th 375 1.6%
2007 4.25 372nd 382 2.6%
2008 1.50 387th 392 1.3%
2009 2.10 416th 423 1.7%
2010 2.61 420th 428 1.9%
2011 3.06 436th 451 3.3%
2012 26.58 380th 447 15.0%
2013 30.22 353rd 444 20.5%
2014 16.31 416th 470 11.5%
2015 15.40 422nd 485 13.0%
2016 10.24 449th 494 9.1%
2017 5.55 446th 472 5.5%
2018 7.42 448th 473 5.3%
2019 3.63 460th 470 2.1%
2021 4.70 476th 483 1.4%
2022 6.01 480th 490 2.0%
2023 7.38 469th 489 4.1%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Dickinson Fine Arts Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 448 247 1 11 0 n/a n/a 0 707
1989 422 227 4 6 6 n/a n/a 0 665
1990 392 231 6 10 3 n/a n/a 0 642
1991 419 241 4 10 3 n/a n/a 0 677
1992 402 245 1 10 8 n/a n/a 0 666
1993 414 265 2 8 7 n/a n/a 0 696
1994 387 301 3 8 1 n/a n/a 0 700
1995 354 275 0 6 1 n/a n/a 1 637
1996 354 275 0 6 1 n/a n/a 1 637
1997 359 261 3 10 4 n/a n/a 1 638
1998 312 239 4 11 2 n/a n/a 0 568
1999 286 249 8 20 1 n/a n/a 0 564
2000 268 273 4 21 2 n/a n/a 0 568
2001 295 301 1 16 5 n/a n/a 0 618
2002 269 340 2 28 2 n/a n/a 0 641
2003 269 340 2 28 2 n/a n/a 0 641
2004 307 358 1 35 7 n/a n/a 0 708
2005 270 344 1 42 2 n/a n/a 0 659
2006 226 341 2 46 1 n/a n/a 0 616
2007 204 302 2 45 0 n/a n/a 22 575
2008 176 291 1 47 0 n/a n/a 40 555
2009 209 312 2 66 2 n/a n/a 44 635
2010 212 271 1 78 1 n/a n/a 38 601
2011 185 294 1 94 1 0 46 0 621
2012 176 250 1 91 1 0 39 0 558
2013 170 244 2 103 1 0 50 0 570
2014 181 277 3 124 1 0 55 0 641
2015 164 299 4 136 2 0 71 0 676
2016 132 270 4 152 2 0 58 0 618
2017 123 251 4 184 1 0 44 0 607
2018 104 257 4 233 3 1 48 0 650
2019 95 294 3 217 4 2 49 0 664
2020 81 318 3 218 1 0 50 0 671
2021 85 337 2 196 1 0 50 0 671
2022 78 277 0 145 1 0 43 0 544
2023 48 231 0 132 0 0 38 0 449

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 Dickinson Fine Arts Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 707 44.5 15.8 29
1989 665 41.4 16.0 28.3
1990 642 41.9 15.3 33.5
1991 677 41.4 16.3 31.5
1992 666 n/a n/a 36.8
1993 696 41.4 16.8 39.5
1994 700 44.8 15.6 35
1995 637 41.9 15.2 46.2
1996 637 41.9 15.2 46.2
1997 638 42.7 14.9 45.8
1998 568 40.1 14.2 50.7
1999 564 41.5 13.6 56.2
2000 568 41.6 13.7 53
2001 618 44.7 13.8 61.8
2002 641 42.8 15.0 66.8
2003 641 42.8 15.0 66.8
2004 708 49.1 14.4 70.6
2005 659 44.3 14.9 77.4
2006 616 41.3 14.9 79.4
2007 575 n/a n/a 80.3
2008 555 41.0 13.5 79.8
2009 635 46.8 13.6 83.8
2010 601 44.4 13.5 80.5
2011 621 45.5 13.6 75.2
2012 558 45.1 12.3 77.2
2013 570 n/a n/a 82.8
2014 641 33.0 19.4 77.4
2015 676 n/a n/a 85.5
2016 618 13.0 47.5 82.4
2017 607 39.4 15.3 85
2018 650 40.0 16.2 86.8
2019 664 40.2 16.4 81.6
2020 671 41.0 16.3 84.5
2021 671 44.0 15.2 81.4
2022 544 52.3 10.3 72.8
2023 449 29.5 15.2 86.2

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 Dickinson Fine Arts Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 707 44.5 15.8 29
1989 665 41.4 16.0 28.3
1990 642 41.9 15.3 33.5
1991 677 41.4 16.3 31.5
1992 666 n/a n/a 36.8
1993 696 41.4 16.8 39.5
1994 700 44.8 15.6 35
1995 637 41.9 15.2 46.2
1996 637 41.9 15.2 46.2
1997 638 42.7 14.9 45.8
1998 568 40.1 14.2 50.7
1999 564 41.5 13.6 56.2
2000 568 41.6 13.7 53
2001 618 44.7 13.8 61.8
2002 641 42.8 15.0 66.8
2003 641 42.8 15.0 66.8
2004 708 49.1 14.4 70.6
2005 659 44.3 14.9 77.4
2006 616 41.3 14.9 79.4
2007 575 n/a n/a 80.3
2008 555 41.0 13.5 79.8
2009 635 46.8 13.6 83.8
2010 601 44.4 13.5 80.5
2011 621 45.5 13.6 75.2
2012 558 45.1 12.3 77.2
2013 570 n/a n/a 82.8
2014 641 33.0 19.4 77.4
2015 676 n/a n/a 85.5
2016 618 13.0 47.5 82.4
2017 607 39.4 15.3 85
2018 650 40.0 16.2 86.8
2019 664 40.2 16.4 81.6
2020 671 41.0 16.3 84.5
2021 671 44.0 15.2 81.4
2022 544 52.3 10.3 72.8
2023 449 29.5 15.2 86.2

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 Dickinson Fine Arts Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $326 (3.8%) $8,177 (96.2%) $8,502
2020 $362 (3.9%) $8,981 (96.1%) $9,343
2021 $852 (8.1%) $9,714 (91.9%) $10,566
2022 $2,458 (17.0%) $12,020 (83.0%) $14,478

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Dickinson Fine Arts Academy

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 460th of 470 Middle schoolsRanks 469th of 489 Middle schools
 2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Dickinson Fine Arts Academy)8.87.8
 1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)2019.3
 0.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.840.8
 7%
6th Grade Math (Dickinson Fine Arts Academy)7.84.7
 3.1%
   6th Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)18.213.7
 4.5%
   6th Grade Math (Indiana)46.438.3
 8.1%
6th Grade Science (Dickinson Fine Arts Academy)5.44.7
 0.7%
   6th Grade Science (South Bend Community School Corp)21.419.5
 1.9%
   6th Grade Science (Indiana)48.638.2
 10.4%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Dickinson Fine Arts Academy)16.615.8
 0.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)24.621.4
 3.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)49.739.5
 10.2%
7th Grade Math (Dickinson Fine Arts Academy)4.73.3
 1.4%
   7th Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)18.710.7
 8%
   7th Grade Math (Indiana)4232.9
 9.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Dickinson Fine Arts Academy)23.59.4
 14.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)29.824.8
 5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)50.743.8
 6.9%
8th Grade Math (Dickinson Fine Arts Academy)4.51.9
 2.6%
   8th Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)18.89.8
 9%
   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 Students664449
 32.4%
African American294231
 21.4%
American Indian40
 100%
Asian30
 100%
Hispanic217132
 39.2%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White9548
 49.5%
Two or More Races4938
 22.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients81.6%86.2%
 4.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Dickinson Fine Arts Academy

Students at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy are 51% African American, 29% Hispanic, 11% White, 8% Two or more races.

Students who attend Dickinson Fine Arts Academy usually go on to attend Rise Up Academy at Eggleston

In the 2022-23 school year, 449 students attended Dickinson Fine Arts Academy.

Dickinson Fine Arts Academy ranks in the bottom 4.3% of Indiana middle schools.


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