Ponchatoula Junior High School

Public 7-8

 315 East Oak Street
       Ponchatoula, LA  70454


(985) 370-5322

District: Tangipahoa Parish

SchoolDigger Rank:
259th of 459 Louisiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,198 Help

Students who attend Ponchatoula Junior High School usually attend:

High:    Ponchatoula High School

Feeder schools for Ponchatoula Junior High School:

Elementary:    D.C. Reeves Elementary School
    Perrin Early Learning Center
    Tucker Memorial Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  19.1
Number of students:  784

Racial breakdown:

White:
51.9%
African American:
34.9%
Two or more races:
6.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  40.4%

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Compare Details Ponchatoula Junior High School ranks worse than 56.4% of middle schools in Louisiana. It also ranks 2nd among 7 ranked middle schools in the Tangipahoa Parish School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 44.21. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Ponchatoula Junior High School has the largest middle school student body size in the Tangipahoa Parish School District. Racial makeup is: White (51.9%), African American (34.9%), two or more races (6.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 40.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Tangipahoa Parish School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ponchatoula Junior High School is 19.1. 5 middle schools in the Tangipahoa Parish School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ponchatoula Junior High School is $10,198, which is the 4th highest among 7 middle schools in the Tangipahoa Parish School District.
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Ponchatoula Junior High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ponchatoula Junior High School 259th of 459 Louisiana public middle schools. (See Ponchatoula Junior High School in the ranking list.)

Tangipahoa Parish:

SchoolDigger ranks Tangipahoa Parish 74th of 120 Louisiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ponchatoula Junior High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 60.84 176th 396 55.6%
2008 63.74 162nd 413 60.8%
2009 61.98 180th 425 57.6%
2010 49.19 239th 408 41.4%
2011 49.58 249th 412 39.6%
2012 56.13 205th 442 53.6%
2013 56.81 201st 457 56.0%
2014 64.07 165th 470 64.9%
2015 60.52 189th 482 60.8%
2016 58.63 189th 435 56.6%
2017 53.53 226th 437 48.3%
2018 33.70 279th 411 32.1%
2019 43.73 269th 449 40.1%
2021 44.21 259th 459 43.6%

Data source: test scores: Louisiana Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Ponchatoula Junior High 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 538 538
1990 435 145 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 580
1991 470 153 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 623
1992 467 167 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 635
1993 469 139 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 610
1994 470 162 1 5 0 n/a n/a 0 638
1995 550 166 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 722
1996 550 166 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 722
1997 575 145 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 726
1998 588 148 7 1 0 n/a n/a 0 744
1999 579 123 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 707
2000 564 113 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 680
2001 532 114 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 652
2002 507 132 3 5 0 n/a n/a 0 647
2003 507 132 3 5 0 n/a n/a 0 647
2004 528 152 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 685
2005 553 181 5 4 1 n/a n/a 0 744
2006 545 177 3 8 2 n/a n/a 0 735
2007 540 141 2 7 2 n/a n/a 0 692
2008 524 155 3 8 2 n/a n/a 0 692
2009 524 181 5 10 2 n/a n/a 0 722
2010 515 202 4 14 1 n/a n/a 0 736
2011 508 232 7 11 0 0 1 0 759
2012 456 241 7 14 2 0 0 0 720
2013 467 254 7 17 2 0 4 0 751
2014 510 238 6 17 0 1 4 0 776
2015 477 258 5 10 2 0 7 0 759
2016 443 223 1 17 1 0 12 0 697
2017 429 226 2 27 0 0 41 0 725
2018 443 280 6 37 0 0 48 0 814
2019 447 278 5 40 1 1 41 0 813
2020 435 274 2 45 1 2 56 0 815
2021 407 274 3 45 0 2 53 0 784

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 Ponchatoula Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 538 31.0 17.3 37
1990 580 30.0 19.3 39.1
1991 623 30.0 20.7 32.6
1992 635 31.0 20.4 35.4
1993 610 32.0 19.1 36.9
1994 638 33.0 19.3 35
1995 722 36.0 20.1 34.9
1996 722 36.0 20.1 34.9
1997 726 38.0 19.1 39.4
1998 744 37.0 20.1 36.3
1999 707 37.0 19.1 41
2000 680 36.0 18.9 41.8
2001 652 35.0 18.6 44.5
2002 647 33.8 19.1 46.4
2003 647 33.8 19.1 46.4
2004 685 32.0 21.4 49.6
2005 744 36.2 20.6 51.7
2006 735 36.8 20.0 53.7
2007 692 38.3 18.1 49.1
2008 692 38.0 18.2 46.5
2009 722 37.0 19.5 55.5
2010 736 41.0 17.9 53.9
2011 759 39.9 18.9 57.6
2012 720 40.0 18.0 64.3
2013 751 37.0 20.2 65.2
2014 776 40.0 19.4 68.3
2015 759 39.0 19.4 68.1
2016 697 n/a n/a 66.3
2017 725 43.4 16.6 73.5
2018 814 35.5 22.9 38.6
2019 813 38.0 21.3 39.9
2020 815 39.0 20.8 46.1
2021 784 41.0 19.1 40.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Ponchatoula Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 538 31.0 17.3 37
1990 580 30.0 19.3 39.1
1991 623 30.0 20.7 32.6
1992 635 31.0 20.4 35.4
1993 610 32.0 19.1 36.9
1994 638 33.0 19.3 35
1995 722 36.0 20.1 34.9
1996 722 36.0 20.1 34.9
1997 726 38.0 19.1 39.4
1998 744 37.0 20.1 36.3
1999 707 37.0 19.1 41
2000 680 36.0 18.9 41.8
2001 652 35.0 18.6 44.5
2002 647 33.8 19.1 46.4
2003 647 33.8 19.1 46.4
2004 685 32.0 21.4 49.6
2005 744 36.2 20.6 51.7
2006 735 36.8 20.0 53.7
2007 692 38.3 18.1 49.1
2008 692 38.0 18.2 46.5
2009 722 37.0 19.5 55.5
2010 736 41.0 17.9 53.9
2011 759 39.9 18.9 57.6
2012 720 40.0 18.0 64.3
2013 751 37.0 20.2 65.2
2014 776 40.0 19.4 68.3
2015 759 39.0 19.4 68.1
2016 697 n/a n/a 66.3
2017 725 43.4 16.6 73.5
2018 814 35.5 22.9 38.6
2019 813 38.0 21.3 39.9
2020 815 39.0 20.8 46.1
2021 784 41.0 19.1 40.4

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 Ponchatoula Junior High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2017 $9,984
2018 $9,415
2019 $10,198

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ponchatoula Junior High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Ranks 269th of 449 Middle schoolsRanks 259th of 459 Middle schools
 3.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
7th Grade Mathematics (Ponchatoula Junior High School)5552
 3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Tangipahoa Parish)5042
 8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)6155
 6%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Ponchatoula Junior High School)6963
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Tangipahoa Parish)6658
 8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7268
 4%
7th Grade Social Studies (Ponchatoula Junior High School)5654
 2%
   7th Grade Social Studies (Tangipahoa Parish)4943
 6%
   7th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)5552
 3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Ponchatoula Junior High School)4645
 1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Tangipahoa Parish)4039
 1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Louisiana)5345
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Ponchatoula Junior High School)6761
 6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Tangipahoa Parish)6359
 4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Louisiana)7169
 2%
8th Grade Social Studies (Ponchatoula Junior High School)5756
 1%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Tangipahoa Parish)5048
 2%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Louisiana)6458
 6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students813784
 3.6%
African American278274
 1.4%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian53
 40%
Hispanic4045
 12.5%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
Two or More Races4153
 29.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients39.9%40.4%
 0.6%




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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. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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