N.S.U. Middle Lab School

Summary:

N.S.U. Middle Lab School is a public middle school in Natchitoches, Louisiana, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 178 students. This exceptional school consistently ranks among the top 20 middle schools in Louisiana, boasting a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past 10 years and significantly higher proficiency rates in LEAP tests compared to the Natchitoches Parish and Louisiana state averages.

What sets N.S.U. Middle Lab School apart is its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of White (71.91%) and Asian (1.69%) students compared to nearby schools like East Natchitoches Elementary & Middle School and Natchitoches Junior High School, which have a much higher percentage of African American students. Additionally, the school has a lower percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (36.52%), indicating a more balanced socioeconomic status among its student population.

Despite the challenges of serving a significant population of economically disadvantaged students, N.S.U. Middle Lab School has found ways to support and engage these students, ranking 37th out of 459 Louisiana middle schools for its low socioeconomic status student population. The school's relatively low student-teacher ratio of 20.2 may be a contributing factor to its academic success, as it allows for more individualized attention and support for students. As a "lab school" affiliated with Northwestern State University, N.S.U. Middle Lab School may also have access to additional resources and expertise that contribute to its exceptional performance.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 100 Tarlton Drive TEC Buildin
       Natchitoches, LA  71497


(318) 357-4509

District: Natchitoches Parish

SchoolDigger Rank:
19th of 469 Louisiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,398 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  20.2 Help
Number of students:  178

Racial breakdown:

White:
71.9%
African American:
14.0%
Hispanic:
6.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  36.5% Help


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Compare Details N.S.U. Middle Lab School ranks better than 95.9% of middle schools in Louisiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.18. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details N.S.U. Middle Lab School has the smallest middle school student body size in the Natchitoches Parish School District. Racial makeup is: White (71.9%), African American (14%), Hispanic (6.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 36.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Natchitoches Parish School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at N.S.U. Middle Lab School is 20.2, which is the highest among 3 middle schools in the Natchitoches Parish School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at N.S.U. Middle Lab School is $13,398, which is the highest among 3 middle schools in the Natchitoches Parish School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

N.S.U. Middle Lab School:

SchoolDigger ranks N.S.U. Middle Lab School 19th of 469 Louisiana public middle schools. (See N.S.U. Middle Lab School in the ranking list.)

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Natchitoches Parish:

SchoolDigger ranks Natchitoches Parish 35th of 114 Louisiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for N.S.U. Middle Lab School

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Rank History for all students at N.S.U. Middle Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 84.56 36th 396 90.9%
2008 85.22 35th 413 91.5%
2009 76.04 87th 425 79.5%
2010 80.67 63rd 408 84.6%
2011 87.19 26th 412 93.7%
2012 90.20 21st 442 95.2%
2013 91.28 18th 457 96.1%
2014 90.25 20th 470 95.7%
2015 93.46 18th 482 96.3%
2016 93.28 15th 435 96.6%
2017 93.90 16th 437 96.3%
2018 88.77 23rd 411 94.4%
2019 91.88 20th 449 95.5%
2021 94.50 15th 459 96.7%
2022 93.15 23rd 460 95.0%
2023 92.18 19th 465 95.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at N.S.U. Middle Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.95 16th 403 96.0%
2019 87.32 34th 430 92.1%
2021 96.40 13th 455 97.1%
2022 91.74 23rd 458 95.0%
2023 87.85 37th 459 91.9%
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Rank History for Female students at N.S.U. Middle Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 88.84 25th 418 94.0%
2021 96.17 3rd 441 99.3%
2022 92.72 14th 441 96.8%
2023 92.90 12th 444 97.3%
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Rank History for Male students at N.S.U. Middle Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 89.35 27th 418 93.5%
2021 91.90 27th 442 93.9%
2022 90.61 26th 442 94.1%
2023 91.26 23rd 443 94.8%
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Rank History for African American students at N.S.U. Middle Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.00 40th 313 87.2%
2019 88.01 28th 338 91.7%
2021 98.24 9th 352 97.4%
2023 81.29 43rd 360 88.1%
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Rank History for White students at N.S.U. Middle Lab School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.70 17th 338 95.0%
2019 89.29 20th 350 94.3%
2021 90.33 18th 358 95.0%
2022 83.82 35th 362 90.3%
2023 83.61 37th 352 89.5%
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Data source: test scores: Louisiana Dept 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: Louisiana Dept of Education

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Enrollment information for N.S.U. Middle Lab School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 190 190
1990 127 64 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 192
1991 123 67 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 191
1992 122 68 1 0 1 n/a n/a 0 192
1993 127 64 2 0 1 n/a n/a 0 194
1994 125 61 5 1 0 n/a n/a 0 192
1995 124 59 5 1 0 n/a n/a 0 189
1996 124 59 5 1 0 n/a n/a 0 189
1997 121 66 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 193
1998 119 61 8 2 0 n/a n/a 0 190
1999 118 64 8 3 1 n/a n/a 0 194
2000 126 62 8 2 2 n/a n/a 0 200
2001 128 62 5 2 3 n/a n/a 0 200
2002 125 66 5 2 3 n/a n/a 0 201
2003 125 66 5 2 3 n/a n/a 0 201
2004 120 71 3 4 3 n/a n/a 0 201
2005 116 74 2 5 3 n/a n/a 0 200
2006 118 69 4 7 2 n/a n/a 0 200
2007 127 56 5 3 4 n/a n/a 0 195
2008 125 61 5 1 3 n/a n/a 0 195
2009 111 56 5 3 2 n/a n/a 0 177
2010 124 48 1 8 4 n/a n/a 0 185
2011 130 33 1 1 4 0 12 0 181
2012 133 33 2 4 3 0 7 0 182
2013 127 32 3 4 4 0 4 0 174
2014 129 36 3 3 3 0 3 0 177
2015 129 34 4 1 4 0 4 0 176
2016 126 30 3 6 6 0 4 0 175
2017 133 25 2 7 4 0 5 0 176
2018 132 24 3 9 3 0 5 0 176
2019 133 28 3 5 4 0 7 0 180
2020 115 37 1 4 7 0 9 0 173
2021 118 29 0 7 5 0 7 0 166
2022 121 27 1 10 5 0 10 0 174
2023 128 25 3 11 3 0 8 0 178

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 N.S.U. Middle Lab School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 190 12.5 15.2 n/a
1990 192 12.0 16.0 14.1
1991 191 12.0 15.9 12.6
1992 192 14.0 13.7 13
1993 194 13.0 14.9 14.9
1994 192 15.0 12.8 14.1
1995 189 12.0 15.8 13.8
1996 189 12.0 15.8 13.8
1997 193 12.0 16.1 9.3
1998 190 13.0 14.6 9.5
1999 194 13.0 14.9 16.5
2000 200 13.0 15.4 22.5
2001 200 12.0 16.7 23
2002 201 12.0 16.8 20.9
2003 201 12.0 16.8 20.9
2004 201 12.0 16.8 24.9
2005 200 14.0 14.3 26
2006 200 15.0 13.3 23.5
2007 195 12.0 16.3 20
2008 195 11.0 17.7 26.7
2009 177 14.0 12.6 29.4
2010 185 13.8 13.3 30.3
2011 181 14.0 12.9 22.1
2012 182 14.9 12.1 24.7
2013 174 14.9 11.6 25.9
2014 177 14.9 11.8 22
2015 176 15.0 11.7 23.3
2016 175 19.0 9.2 20.6
2017 176 13.8 12.6 21
2018 176 10.0 17.6 19.9
2019 180 10.0 18.0 19.4
2020 173 10.0 17.1 22
2021 166 8.0 20.6 24.1
2022 174 11.7 14.8 28.2
2023 178 8.7 20.2 36.5

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 N.S.U. Middle Lab School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 190 12.5 15.2 n/a
1990 192 12.0 16.0 14.1
1991 191 12.0 15.9 12.6
1992 192 14.0 13.7 13
1993 194 13.0 14.9 14.9
1994 192 15.0 12.8 14.1
1995 189 12.0 15.8 13.8
1996 189 12.0 15.8 13.8
1997 193 12.0 16.1 9.3
1998 190 13.0 14.6 9.5
1999 194 13.0 14.9 16.5
2000 200 13.0 15.4 22.5
2001 200 12.0 16.7 23
2002 201 12.0 16.8 20.9
2003 201 12.0 16.8 20.9
2004 201 12.0 16.8 24.9
2005 200 14.0 14.3 26
2006 200 15.0 13.3 23.5
2007 195 12.0 16.3 20
2008 195 11.0 17.7 26.7
2009 177 14.0 12.6 29.4
2010 185 13.8 13.3 30.3
2011 181 14.0 12.9 22.1
2012 182 14.9 12.1 24.7
2013 174 14.9 11.6 25.9
2014 177 14.9 11.8 22
2015 176 15.0 11.7 23.3
2016 175 19.0 9.2 20.6
2017 176 13.8 12.6 21
2018 176 10.0 17.6 19.9
2019 180 10.0 18.0 19.4
2020 173 10.0 17.1 22
2021 166 8.0 20.6 24.1
2022 174 11.7 14.8 28.2
2023 178 8.7 20.2 36.5

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 N.S.U. Middle Lab School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2017 $11,641
2018 $11,534
2019 $12,784
2020 $13,398

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

Impact of COVID-19 on N.S.U. Middle Lab 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 20th of 449 Middle schoolsRanks 19th of 465 Middle schools
 0.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)9086
 4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Natchitoches Parish)5958
 1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)6157
 4%
6th Grade English Language Arts (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)9490
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Natchitoches Parish)6867
 1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)6768
 1%
6th Grade Social Studies (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)8763
 24%
   6th Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Parish)4943
 6%
   6th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5142
 9%
7th Grade Mathematics (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)8788
 1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Natchitoches Parish)5260
 8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)6158
 3%
7th Grade English Language Arts (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)8888
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Natchitoches Parish)6672
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7267
 5%
7th Grade Social Studies (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)7984
 5%
   7th Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Parish)4953
 4%
   7th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5552
 3%
8th Grade Mathematics (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)8187
 6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Natchitoches Parish)4749
 2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)5348
 5%
8th Grade English Language Arts (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)9494
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Natchitoches Parish)7064
 6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7170
 1%
8th Grade Social Studies (N.S.U. Middle Lab School)8988
 1%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Parish)6349
 14%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)6453
 11%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students180178
 1.1%
African American2825
 10.7%
American Indian43
 25%
Asian33
Hispanic511
 120%
Pacific Islander00
White133128
 3.8%
Two or More Races78
 14.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19.4%36.5%
 17.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about N.S.U. Middle Lab School

Students at N.S.U. Middle Lab School are 72% White, 14% African American, 6% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 2% American Indian.

Yes! N.S.U. Middle Lab School is one of the best middle schools in the state. It ranks 19th of 469 Louisiana middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 178 students attended N.S.U. Middle Lab School.


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