Tar Heel Middle

Summary:

Tar Heel Middle is a public middle school serving grades 5-8 in the small town of Tar Heel, North Carolina. With a student population of 287, the school has a predominantly Hispanic (44.95%) and African American (24.74%) student body, and an extremely high poverty rate, with over 98% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.

Tar Heel Middle has consistently struggled academically, ranking in the bottom quartile of North Carolina middle schools over the past decade. The school's proficiency rates in reading and math are well below state and district averages, and it has maintained a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger, indicating very low academic performance. This underperformance is seen across multiple student subgroups, with the school's rankings for female, male, African American, and Hispanic students all falling in the bottom quartile of the state. The only exception is the school's performance for English Language Learner students, which ranks in the top 20% of the state.

Compared to other middle schools in the Bladen County Schools district, Tar Heel Middle appears to be the lowest-performing, with proficiency rates that are 10-30 percentage points lower than the district and state averages. This persistent underperformance, coupled with the school's extremely high poverty rate, suggests that Tar Heel Middle may face unique challenges that require comprehensive, data-driven interventions and support to improve outcomes for its students.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 14888 Hwy 87 West
       Tar Heel, NC  28392


(910) 862-2475

District: Bladen County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
590th of 784 North Carolina Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,148 Help


Students who attend Tar Heel Middle usually attend:

High:    West Bladen High

Feeder schools for Tar Heel Middle:

Elementary:    Dublin Primary
    Plain View Primary

Student/teacher ratio:  18.3 Help
Number of students:  287

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
44.9%
African American:
24.7%
White:
23.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Tar Heel Middle ranks worse than 75.3% of middle schools in North Carolina. It also ranks 3rd among 4 ranked middle schools in the Bladen County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 26.7. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Tar Heel Middle is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (44.9%), African American (24.7%), White (23.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 99% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Tar Heel Middle is 18.3, which is the highest among 4 middle schools in the Bladen County Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Tar Heel Middle is $9,148, which is the lowest among 4 middle schools in the Bladen County Schools District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Tar Heel Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Tar Heel Middle 590th of 784 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Tar Heel Middle in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Bladen County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Bladen County Schools 170th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Tar Heel Middle

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Rank History for all students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 27.14 489th 598 18.2%
2007 30.34 483rd 606 20.3%
2008 33.92 448th 620 27.7%
2009 40.92 433rd 630 31.3%
2010 40.82 443rd 640 30.8%
2011 45.09 425th 648 34.4%
2012 34.36 492nd 662 25.7%
2013 22.63 530th 673 21.2%
2014 20.91 509th 627 18.8%
2015 28.55 518th 705 26.5%
2016 28.41 513th 692 25.9%
2017 33.55 486th 694 30.0%
2018 19.61 573rd 691 17.1%
2019 25.38 590th 737 19.9%
2021 16.21 633rd 741 14.6%
2022 21.50 643rd 786 18.2%
2023 26.70 590th 784 24.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 47.75 81st 236 65.7%
2022 39.43 175th 312 43.9%
2023 60.71 64th 318 79.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.91 508th 604 15.9%
2019 38.41 426th 639 33.3%
2021 18.18 561st 633 11.4%
2022 28.06 534th 689 22.5%
2023 38.44 464th 735 36.9%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 57.98 3rd 6 50.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.05 547th 656 16.6%
2019 35.97 475th 684 30.6%
2021 16.21 620th 706 12.2%
2022 21.03 607th 733 17.2%
2023 19.38 622nd 731 14.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 43.83 264th 504 47.6%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 54.92 246th 448 45.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.84 582nd 665 12.5%
2019 17.66 605th 697 13.2%
2021 17.32 614th 711 13.6%
2022 21.22 618th 748 17.4%
2023 33.11 511th 747 31.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.66 428th 494 13.4%
2019 20.57 471st 519 9.2%
2021 20.99 474th 533 11.1%
2022 28.77 425th 550 22.7%
2023 27.42 446th 559 20.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.08 298th 472 36.9%
2019 57.60 155th 493 68.6%
2021 24.25 440th 522 15.7%
2022 29.84 410th 541 24.2%
2023 41.84 332nd 553 40.0%
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Rank History for White students at Tar Heel Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 8.00 573rd 596 3.9%
2019 15.63 578th 624 7.4%
2021 22.82 523rd 632 17.2%
2022 12.66 623rd 658 5.3%
2023 19.59 570th 656 13.1%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, 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: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Tar Heel Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 131 135 0 19 7 n/a n/a 0 292
2003 131 135 0 19 7 n/a n/a 0 292
2004 134 153 0 25 5 n/a n/a 0 317
2005 182 204 0 36 4 n/a n/a 0 426
2006 162 162 0 39 4 n/a n/a 0 367
2007 171 147 0 48 0 n/a n/a 1 367
2008 144 130 0 47 1 n/a n/a 2 324
2009 123 131 0 51 4 n/a n/a 0 309
2010 134 121 0 56 5 n/a n/a 0 316
2011 131 119 0 77 5 0 15 0 347
2012 141 111 0 95 8 0 17 0 372
2013 146 114 0 112 7 0 8 0 387
2014 118 85 0 120 9 0 6 0 338
2015 112 84 0 116 8 0 6 0 326
2016 92 87 0 116 6 0 10 0 311
2017 101 77 0 110 5 0 9 0 302
2018 101 94 0 123 5 0 13 0 336
2019 85 98 0 142 6 0 10 0 341
2020 82 95 0 154 9 1 9 0 350
2021 76 83 0 146 15 1 9 0 330
2022 70 75 0 134 11 0 8 0 298
2023 67 71 0 129 14 0 6 0 287

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 Tar Heel Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 292 21.0 13.9 72.9
2003 292 21.0 13.9 72.9
2004 317 21.0 15.1 73.8
2005 426 21.0 20.3 66.9
2006 367 21.0 17.5 71.9
2007 367 23.0 16.0 70.2
2008 324 23.0 14.1 n/a
2009 309 23.0 13.4 65.7
2010 316 25.1 12.5 76.9
2011 347 24.0 14.4 71.8
2012 372 23.0 16.1 77.2
2013 387 21.9 17.6 81.7
2014 338 22.9 14.7 82
2015 326 18.0 18.1 99.1
2016 311 17.0 18.2 99
2017 302 14.9 20.2 98
2018 336 15.7 21.4 99.1
2019 341 16.9 20.1 99.1
2020 350 19.0 18.4 99.1
2021 330 20.7 15.8 99.1
2022 298 16.9 17.6 98.3
2023 287 15.6 18.3 99

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 Tar Heel Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 292 21.0 13.9 72.9
2003 292 21.0 13.9 72.9
2004 317 21.0 15.1 73.8
2005 426 21.0 20.3 66.9
2006 367 21.0 17.5 71.9
2007 367 23.0 16.0 70.2
2008 324 23.0 14.1 n/a
2009 309 23.0 13.4 65.7
2010 316 25.1 12.5 76.9
2011 347 24.0 14.4 71.8
2012 372 23.0 16.1 77.2
2013 387 21.9 17.6 81.7
2014 338 22.9 14.7 82
2015 326 18.0 18.1 99.1
2016 311 17.0 18.2 99
2017 302 14.9 20.2 98
2018 336 15.7 21.4 99.1
2019 341 16.9 20.1 99.1
2020 350 19.0 18.4 99.1
2021 330 20.7 15.8 99.1
2022 298 16.9 17.6 98.3
2023 287 15.6 18.3 99

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 Tar Heel Middle

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,514 (16.6%) $7,634 (83.4%) $9,148

Data source: North Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Tar Heel Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 590th of 737 Middle schoolsRanks 590th of 784 Middle schools
 4.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade Mathematics (Tar Heel Middle)5036.5
 13.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Bladen County Schools)48.532.4
 16.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.255.9
 4.3%
5th Grade Reading (Tar Heel Middle)34.828.4
 6.4%
   5th Grade Reading (Bladen County Schools)41.923.7
 18.2%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.648
 6.6%
5th Grade Science (Tar Heel Middle)67.437.8
 29.6%
   5th Grade Science (Bladen County Schools)65.845
 20.8%
   5th Grade Science (North Carolina)72.665.3
 7.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Tar Heel Middle)48.531.8
 16.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Bladen County Schools)40.930.5
 10.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.852.3
 6.5%
6th Grade Reading (Tar Heel Middle)45.428.8
 16.6%
   6th Grade Reading (Bladen County Schools)48.635.8
 12.8%
   6th Grade Reading (North Carolina)6049.3
 10.7%
7th Grade Mathematics (Tar Heel Middle)45.730
 15.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Bladen County Schools)49.230.8
 18.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.450.1
 8.3%
7th Grade Reading (Tar Heel Middle)50.640
 10.6%
   7th Grade Reading (Bladen County Schools)54.937.5
 17.4%
   7th Grade Reading (North Carolina)58.850.2
 8.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Tar Heel Middle)20.531.4
 10.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Bladen County Schools)30.834.9
 4.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)52.644.8
 7.8%
8th Grade Reading (Tar Heel Middle)42.238.6
 3.6%
   8th Grade Reading (Bladen County Schools)48.439.5
 8.9%
   8th Grade Reading (North Carolina)55.651
 4.6%
8th Grade Science (Tar Heel Middle)63.968.6
 4.7%
   8th Grade Science (Bladen County Schools)71.259.5
 11.7%
   8th Grade Science (North Carolina)78.670.3
 8.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students341287
 15.8%
African American9871
 27.6%
American Indian614
 133.3%
Asian00
Hispanic142129
 9.2%
Pacific Islander00
White8567
 21.2%
Two or More Races106
 40%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.1%99%
 0.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Tar Heel Middle

In the 2022-23 school year, 287 students attended Tar Heel Middle.

Tar Heel Middle ranks in the bottom 24.7% of North Carolina middle schools.

Students who attend Tar Heel Middle usually go on to attend West Bladen High

Students at Tar Heel Middle are 45% Hispanic, 25% African American, 23% White, 5% American Indian, 2% Two or more races.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.

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