Spark Academy

Public 6-8

 165 Crawford Street
       Lawrence, MA  01843


(978) 975-5993

District: Lawrence

SchoolDigger Rank:
384th of 497 Massachusetts Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,746 Help

Students who attend Spark Academy usually attend:

High:    Lawrence High School

Feeder schools for Spark Academy:

Elementary:    South Lawrence East Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.3
Number of students:  436

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
94.5%
White:
3.9%
African American:
0.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  92.6%

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Compare Details Spark Academy ranks worse than 77.3% of middle schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks 3rd among 8 ranked middle schools in the Lawrence School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.6. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (94.5%), White (3.9%), African American (0.9%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Spark Academy is 10.3, which is the 3rd best among 8 middle schools in the Lawrence School District. (See more...)
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Compare Spark Academy employs 42 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Spark Academy is $15,746. 5 middle schools in the Lawrence School District spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Spark Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Spark Academy 384th of 497 Massachusetts public middle schools. (See Spark Academy in the ranking list.)

Lawrence:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence 338th of 353 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Spark Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
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2015 13.76 386th 441 12.5%
2016 38.28 303rd 482 37.1%
2017 30.74 340th 487 30.2%
2018 21.19 387th 484 20.0%
2019 25.20 375th 498 24.7%
2021 10.10 462nd 501 7.8%
2022 23.60 384th 497 22.7%

Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Enrollment information for Spark Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2013 1 1 5 98 0 0 2 0 107
2014 10 2 11 231 0 0 2 0 256
2015 19 5 15 392 0 0 4 0 435
2016 19 4 12 394 0 0 1 0 430
2017 17 6 11 422 0 0 2 0 458
2018 12 7 10 430 0 0 1 0 460
2019 13 6 9 426 0 0 3 1 458
2020 14 7 8 441 0 0 4 0 474
2021 17 3 5 448 0 0 3 0 476
2022 17 4 3 412 0 0 0 0 436

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 Spark Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 107 9.0 11.8 79.4
2014 256 21.0 12.1 93.4
2015 435 29.0 15.0 92.6
2016 430 34.0 12.6 n/a
2017 458 33.2 13.7 n/a
2018 460 41.0 11.1 n/a
2019 458 31.4 14.5 n/a
2020 474 35.0 13.5 n/a
2021 476 33.5 14.2 n/a
2022 436 42.0 10.3 n/a

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 Spark Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 107 9.0 11.8 79.4
2014 256 21.0 12.1 93.4
2015 435 29.0 15.0 92.6
2016 430 34.0 12.6 n/a
2017 458 33.2 13.7 n/a
2018 460 41.0 11.1 n/a
2019 458 31.4 14.5 n/a
2020 474 35.0 13.5 n/a
2021 476 33.5 14.2 n/a
2022 436 42.0 10.3 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 Spark Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $970 (6.4%) $14,089 (93.6%) $15,059
2020 $757 (5.1%) $14,231 (94.9%) $14,988
2021 $1,552 (9.9%) $14,193 (90.1%) $15,746

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Spark 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
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 375th of 498 Middle schoolsRanks 384th of 497 Middle schools
 2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Spark Academy)1916.7
 2.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)3415.9
 18.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5441.5
 12.5%
6th Grade Mathematics (Spark Academy)3816
 22%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)3416.6
 17.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)5141.9
 9.2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Spark Academy)2631.7
 5.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)2921.6
 7.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)4841.1
 6.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Spark Academy)3615.5
 20.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)3619
 17%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4837.2
 10.8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Spark Academy)3124.2
 6.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)2722.4
 4.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5141.9
 9.1%
8th Grade Mathematics (Spark Academy)3826.5
 11.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)3319
 14%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4736.3
 10.7%
8th Grade Science (Spark Academy)3426.9
 7.2%
   8th Grade Science (Lawrence)2317.5
 5.5%
   8th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4641.9
 4.1%
All Grades English Language Arts (Spark Academy)2624
 2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Lawrence)3017.5
 12.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5241.3
 10.8%
All Grades Mathematics (Spark Academy)3719.8
 17.3%
   All Grades Mathematics (Lawrence)3116.2
 14.8%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4939.1
 9.9%
All Grades Science (Spark Academy)3426.9
 7.2%
   All Grades Science (Lawrence)2517.5
 7.5%
   All Grades Science (Massachusetts)4742.3
 4.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students458476
 3.9%
African American63
 50%
American Indian00
Asian95
 44.4%
Hispanic426448
 5.2%
Pacific Islander00
White1317
 30.8%
Two or More Races33




Frequently Asked Questions about Spark Academy

Spark Academy ranks in the bottom 22.7% of Massachusetts middle schools.

Students at Spark Academy are 94% Hispanic, 4% White.

In the 2021-22 school year, 436 students attended Spark Academy.

Students who attend Spark Academy usually go on to attend Lawrence 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 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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