John G Whittier

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John G Whittier is a public middle school located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, serving grades 5-8 with a total enrollment of 484 students. The school is part of the Haverhill school district, which is ranked 289 out of 356 districts in Massachusetts and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

John G Whittier has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with 45.25% White, 44.42% Hispanic, 5.37% African American, 1.24% Asian, and 2.89% two or more races. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by MCAS Next Generation test scores, is generally lower than the state average and nearby schools like North Andover Middle and Pentucket Regional Middle. In 2022-2023, the percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts was 30.15%, compared to the state average of 42.29%, and in Mathematics, the proficiency rate was 19.32%, compared to the state average of 40.6%. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Massachusetts middle schools and received a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

John G Whittier also faces challenges with significant achievement gaps between student subgroups, particularly along racial and socioeconomic lines. The school's performance on MCAS tests is lower for African American and Hispanic students, as well as students from low-income backgrounds, compared to their peers. Additionally, the school has a relatively high student-teacher ratio of 12.8 students per teacher, which is higher than the nearby schools. These factors, combined with the school's declining enrollment and demographic shifts, suggest that addressing the educational needs of the diverse student population at John G Whittier will be crucial for improving the school's overall performance and opportunities for its students.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 256 Concord Street
       Haverhill, MA  01830


(978) 374-5782

District: Haverhill

SchoolDigger Rank:
327th of 501 Massachusetts Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,718 Help


Students who attend John G Whittier usually attend:

High:    Haverhill High

Feeder schools for John G Whittier:

Elementary:    Pentucket Lake Elementary
    Walnut Square

Student/teacher ratio:  12.8 Help
Number of students:  484

Racial breakdown:

White:
45.2%
Hispanic:
44.4%
African American:
5.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.9% Help


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Compare Details John G Whittier ranks worse than 65.3% of middle schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks first among 3 ranked middle schools in the Haverhill School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 32.09. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details John G Whittier has the smallest middle school student body size in the Haverhill School District. Racial makeup is: White (45.2%), Hispanic (44.4%), African American (5.4%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at John G Whittier is 12.8, which is the highest among 3 middle schools in the Haverhill School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at John G Whittier is $14,718, which is the lowest among 3 middle schools in the Haverhill School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

John G Whittier:

SchoolDigger ranks John G Whittier 327th of 501 Massachusetts public middle schools. (See John G Whittier in the ranking list.)

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Haverhill:

SchoolDigger ranks Haverhill 289th of 356 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for John G Whittier

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Rank History for all students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 23.08 274th 339 19.2%
2004 30.22 265th 344 23.0%
2005 27.11 280th 356 21.3%
2006 29.26 304th 399 23.8%
2007 33.82 286th 399 28.3%
2008 53.32 210th 407 48.4%
2009 43.45 261st 409 36.2%
2010 46.21 264th 434 39.2%
2011 38.05 309th 449 31.2%
2012 31.36 330th 455 27.5%
2013 41.28 294th 455 35.4%
2014 29.23 337th 455 25.9%
2015 30.09 322nd 441 27.0%
2016 40.95 288th 482 40.2%
2017 39.13 306th 487 37.2%
2018 32.69 334th 484 31.0%
2019 34.75 331st 498 33.5%
2021 34.74 314th 501 37.3%
2022 34.23 316th 497 36.4%
2023 32.09 327th 501 34.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.68 335th 467 28.3%
2019 32.57 349th 484 27.9%
2021 40.70 269th 489 45.0%
2022 40.24 291st 503 42.1%
2023 33.76 269th 444 39.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.58 329th 438 24.9%
2019 31.72 334th 452 26.1%
2021 36.07 301st 462 34.8%
2022 39.90 287th 489 41.3%
2023 31.96 348th 481 27.7%
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Rank History for Female students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.41 363rd 463 21.6%
2019 28.69 356th 478 25.5%
2021 37.75 293rd 483 39.3%
2022 41.32 275th 494 44.3%
2023 38.66 290th 489 40.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.04 169th 417 59.5%
2019 46.48 173rd 424 59.2%
2021 46.27 186th 431 56.8%
2022 31.41 285th 445 36.0%
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Rank History for Male students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.41 280th 466 39.9%
2019 39.80 295th 478 38.3%
2021 31.07 324th 485 33.2%
2022 25.53 370th 497 25.6%
2023 24.37 367th 489 24.9%
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Rank History for Tested In Person students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 36.43 305th 491 37.9%
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Rank History for Tested Remotely students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 36.71 201st 339 40.7%
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Rank History for African American students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 68.68 42nd 212 80.2%
2023 33.44 145th 209 30.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.33 211th 309 31.7%
2019 36.52 210th 322 34.8%
2021 42.80 166th 335 50.4%
2022 44.12 180th 368 51.1%
2023 31.40 245th 364 32.7%
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Rank History for White students at John G Whittier

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.56 310th 395 21.5%
2019 30.71 291st 396 26.5%
2021 29.96 288th 401 28.2%
2022 29.74 283rd 404 30.0%
2023 38.85 232nd 403 42.4%
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Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary 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.

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Enrollment information for John G Whittier

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 397 6 2 7 0 n/a n/a 0 412
1989 432 12 3 14 1 n/a n/a 0 462
1990 400 5 3 16 1 n/a n/a 0 425
1991 439 5 4 16 0 n/a n/a 0 464
1992 421 10 4 29 0 n/a n/a 0 464
1993 426 10 3 31 0 n/a n/a 0 470
1994 331 8 2 30 0 n/a n/a 0 371
1995 397 15 2 36 0 n/a n/a 0 450
1996 397 15 2 36 0 n/a n/a 0 450
1997 430 14 2 36 0 n/a n/a 0 482
1998 444 21 2 44 0 n/a n/a 0 511
1999 474 19 2 51 0 n/a n/a 0 546
2000 457 19 1 43 0 n/a n/a 0 520
2001 449 15 6 48 0 n/a n/a 0 518
2002 442 18 4 71 0 n/a n/a 0 535
2003 442 18 4 71 0 n/a n/a 0 535
2004 395 16 2 74 0 n/a n/a 0 487
2005 350 17 2 66 0 n/a n/a 0 435
2006 318 14 2 62 0 n/a n/a 0 396
2007 284 12 3 62 0 n/a n/a 0 361
2008 289 10 1 56 1 n/a n/a 1 358
2009 280 11 1 53 1 0 2 0 348
2010 359 16 4 85 1 0 4 0 469
2011 353 20 5 96 0 0 3 0 477
2012 364 16 10 98 0 0 4 0 492
2013 358 19 10 105 1 0 6 0 499
2014 336 18 11 111 1 0 5 0 482
2015 358 16 8 110 1 1 5 0 499
2016 343 17 7 128 1 2 4 0 502
2017 345 17 7 136 1 1 2 0 509
2018 371 21 10 132 2 2 4 0 542
2019 325 22 11 158 1 2 6 0 525
2020 300 22 8 174 2 1 6 0 513
2021 298 20 5 178 3 1 6 1 512
2022 242 29 4 228 3 1 14 1 522
2023 219 26 6 215 2 0 14 2 484

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 John G Whittier

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 412 n/a n/a n/a
1989 462 n/a n/a n/a
1990 425 n/a n/a n/a
1991 464 n/a n/a n/a
1992 464 n/a n/a n/a
1993 470 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 371 n/a n/a n/a
1995 450 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 450 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 482 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 511 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 546 n/a 0.0 22.5
2000 520 n/a 0.0 17.9
2001 518 n/a 0.0 19.5
2002 535 n/a n/a 18.9
2003 535 n/a n/a 18.9
2004 487 26.1 18.7 27.7
2005 435 24.5 17.8 32.4
2006 396 23.0 17.2 37.6
2007 361 22.0 16.4 34.3
2008 358 19.8 18.1 33.6
2009 348 19.8 17.6 40.8
2010 469 24.9 18.8 44.1
2011 477 25.1 18.9 43.2
2012 492 27.3 18.0 43.3
2013 499 26.4 18.8 53.3
2014 482 29.3 16.4 58.3
2015 499 28.0 17.8 51.9
2016 502 26.0 19.3 n/a
2017 509 27.2 18.6 n/a
2018 542 29.4 18.3 n/a
2019 525 28.3 18.5 n/a
2020 513 31.2 16.3 n/a
2021 512 25.0 20.4 n/a
2022 522 37.2 14.0 n/a
2023 484 37.5 12.8 n/a

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 John G Whittier

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 412 n/a n/a n/a
1989 462 n/a n/a n/a
1990 425 n/a n/a n/a
1991 464 n/a n/a n/a
1992 464 n/a n/a n/a
1993 470 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 371 n/a n/a n/a
1995 450 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 450 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 482 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 511 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 546 n/a 0.0 22.5
2000 520 n/a 0.0 17.9
2001 518 n/a 0.0 19.5
2002 535 n/a n/a 18.9
2003 535 n/a n/a 18.9
2004 487 26.1 18.7 27.7
2005 435 24.5 17.8 32.4
2006 396 23.0 17.2 37.6
2007 361 22.0 16.4 34.3
2008 358 19.8 18.1 33.6
2009 348 19.8 17.6 40.8
2010 469 24.9 18.8 44.1
2011 477 25.1 18.9 43.2
2012 492 27.3 18.0 43.3
2013 499 26.4 18.8 53.3
2014 482 29.3 16.4 58.3
2015 499 28.0 17.8 51.9
2016 502 26.0 19.3 n/a
2017 509 27.2 18.6 n/a
2018 542 29.4 18.3 n/a
2019 525 28.3 18.5 n/a
2020 513 31.2 16.3 n/a
2021 512 25.0 20.4 n/a
2022 522 37.2 14.0 n/a
2023 484 37.5 12.8 n/a

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 John G Whittier

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $775 (6.8%) $10,603 (93.2%) $11,379
2020 $780 (6.1%) $12,008 (93.9%) $12,789
2021 $1,417 (9.6%) $13,301 (90.4%) $14,718

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

Impact of COVID-19 on John G Whittier

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 331st of 498 Middle schoolsRanks 327th of 501 Middle schools
 1.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade English Language Arts (John G Whittier)2428.1
 4.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Haverhill)3428.7
 5.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5243.8
 8.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (John G Whittier)1918
 1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Haverhill)2520.9
 4.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.9
 8.2%
5th Grade Science (John G Whittier)3730.3
 6.7%
   5th Grade Science (Haverhill)3428.4
 5.7%
   5th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4841.6
 6.4%
6th Grade English Language Arts (John G Whittier)3922.9
 16.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Haverhill)3526.4
 8.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5442.3
 11.7%
6th Grade Mathematics (John G Whittier)3617.1
 18.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Haverhill)3621.2
 14.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)5141
 10%
7th Grade English Language Arts (John G Whittier)4429.8
 14.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Haverhill)3927.6
 11.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)4840.5
 7.5%
7th Grade Mathematics (John G Whittier)3118.6
 12.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Haverhill)3824.7
 13.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4838.1
 9.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (John G Whittier)4840.7
 7.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Haverhill)3831.9
 6.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5143.7
 7.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (John G Whittier)4123.7
 17.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Haverhill)3627.6
 8.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4737.7
 9.3%
8th Grade Science (John G Whittier)3443.2
 9.2%
   8th Grade Science (Haverhill)3032.2
 2.2%
   8th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4640.9
 5.1%
All Grades English Language Arts (John G Whittier)3930.2
 8.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Haverhill)3928.1
 11%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5242.3
 9.7%
All Grades Mathematics (John G Whittier)3219.3
 12.7%
   All Grades Mathematics (Haverhill)3725.2
 11.8%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.6
 8.4%
All Grades Science (John G Whittier)3537.7
 2.7%
   All Grades Science (Haverhill)3230.4
 1.7%
   All Grades Science (Massachusetts)4741.2
 5.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students525484
 7.8%
African American2226
 18.2%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian116
 45.5%
Hispanic158215
 36.1%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White325219
 32.6%
Two or More Races614
 133.3%


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Students who attend John G Whittier usually go on to attend Haverhill High

Students at John G Whittier are 45% White, 44% Hispanic, 5% African American, 3% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

John G Whittier ranks 327th of 501 Massachusetts middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 484 students attended John G Whittier.


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