Natchitoches Junior High School

Summary:

Natchitoches Junior High School is a public middle school serving grades 7-8 in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with a student population of 325. The school is part of the Natchitoches Parish School District, which is ranked 35 out of 114 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

Natchitoches Junior High School faces significant challenges, with a student population that is 87% African American and over 96% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage. The school consistently underperforms compared to the Natchitoches Parish and Louisiana state averages on LEAP assessments, with proficiency rates as low as 31% in Social Studies. The school's performance varies greatly across different student subgroups, with the African American, female, male, and special education students ranking in the bottom 25-30% of Louisiana middle schools.

Interestingly, the nearby East Natchitoches Elementary & Middle School, which serves grades 5-6, has similar academic performance to Natchitoches Junior High School. In contrast, the N.S.U. Middle Lab School, also in the Natchitoches Parish district, significantly outperforms both Natchitoches Junior High School and the district/state averages, ranking among the top 5% of Louisiana middle schools. This stark contrast in performance highlights the need for targeted interventions and support to improve student learning outcomes at Natchitoches Junior High School.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1621 Welch Street
       Natchitoches, LA  71457


(318) 238-0066

District: Natchitoches Parish

SchoolDigger Rank:
391st of 469 Louisiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,360 Help


Students who attend Natchitoches Junior High School usually attend:

High:    Natchitoches Central High School

Feeder schools for Natchitoches Junior High School:

Elementary:    L.P. Vaughn Elementary & Middle School
    M.R. Weaver Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.3 Help
Number of students:  325

Racial breakdown:

African American:
87.1%
White:
6.2%
Hispanic:
3.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  96.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Natchitoches Junior High School ranks worse than 83.4% of middle schools in Louisiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.79. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (87.1%), White (6.2%), Hispanic (3.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 96.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Natchitoches Parish School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Natchitoches Junior High School is 13.3, which is the lowest among 3 middle schools in the Natchitoches Parish School District! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Natchitoches Junior High School is $11,360. 1 middle schools in the Natchitoches Parish School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Natchitoches Junior High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Natchitoches Junior High School 391st of 469 Louisiana public middle schools. (See Natchitoches Junior High 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 Natchitoches Junior High School

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Rank History for all students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.88 271st 411 34.1%
2019 22.06 361st 449 19.6%
2021 15.07 393rd 459 14.4%
2022 15.89 388th 460 15.7%
2023 17.79 389th 465 16.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 20.02 175th 202 13.4%
2021 27.74 164th 210 21.9%
2022 9.65 204th 206 1.0%
2023 9.48 205th 206 0.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.72 291st 403 27.8%
2019 24.44 344th 430 20.0%
2021 20.64 372nd 455 18.2%
2022 23.67 363rd 458 20.7%
2023 22.47 370th 459 19.4%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 18.47 20th 22 9.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 24.24 343rd 418 17.9%
2021 21.08 351st 441 20.4%
2022 23.42 350th 441 20.6%
2023 23.84 356th 444 19.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.05 99th 170 41.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 17.66 354th 418 15.3%
2021 11.98 398th 442 10.0%
2022 10.40 401st 442 9.3%
2023 13.73 385th 443 13.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.17 207th 313 33.9%
2019 36.50 216th 338 36.1%
2021 31.01 247th 352 29.8%
2022 25.95 269th 360 25.3%
2023 27.31 270th 360 25.0%
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Rank History for White students at Natchitoches Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.60 131st 338 61.2%
2019 20.43 303rd 350 13.4%
2022 34.23 264th 362 27.1%
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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.

Natchitoches Junior High School Test Scores
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Data source: Louisiana Dept of Education

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Enrollment information for Natchitoches Junior High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 23 325 2 4 1 2 4 0 361
2017 29 462 2 5 2 1 5 0 506
2018 35 496 0 10 1 0 5 0 547
2019 32 363 3 9 4 0 9 0 420
2020 16 326 3 14 3 0 13 0 375
2021 18 334 3 12 1 0 15 0 383
2022 26 314 0 11 0 0 9 0 360
2023 20 283 1 10 2 0 9 0 325

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 Natchitoches Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 361 45.0 8.0 87.8
2017 506 36.5 13.8 70
2018 547 35.3 15.4 79
2019 420 18.0 23.2 71.4
2020 375 17.9 20.8 78.1
2021 383 21.0 18.2 97.9
2022 360 27.5 13.0 93.6
2023 325 24.4 13.3 96.3

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 Natchitoches Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 361 45.0 8.0 87.8
2017 506 36.5 13.8 70
2018 547 35.3 15.4 79
2019 420 18.0 23.2 71.4
2020 375 17.9 20.8 78.1
2021 383 21.0 18.2 97.9
2022 360 27.5 13.0 93.6
2023 325 24.4 13.3 96.3

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 Natchitoches Junior High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2017 $9,516
2018 $9,187
2019 $10,725
2020 $11,360

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Natchitoches Junior High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 361st of 449 Middle schoolsRanks 389th of 465 Middle schools
 3.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Natchitoches Junior High School)5357
 4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Natchitoches Parish)6672
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7267
 5%
7th Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Junior High School)2832
 4%
   7th Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Parish)4953
 4%
   7th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5552
 3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Natchitoches Junior High School)3628
 8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Natchitoches Parish)4743
 4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)5347
 6%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Natchitoches Junior High School)6450
 14%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Natchitoches Parish)7064
 6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7170
 1%
8th Grade Social Studies (Natchitoches Junior High School)5231
 21%
   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 Students420325
 22.6%
African American363283
 22%
American Indian42
 50%
Asian31
 66.7%
Hispanic910
 11.1%
Pacific Islander00
White3220
 37.5%
Two or More Races99
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients71.4%96.3%
 24.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Natchitoches Junior High School

Students at Natchitoches Junior High School are 87% African American, 6% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

Students who attend Natchitoches Junior High School usually go on to attend Natchitoches Central High School

Natchitoches Junior High School ranks in the bottom 16.6% of Louisiana middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 325 students attended Natchitoches Junior 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 Louisiana Dept of Education.

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