Southern Middle

Summary:

Southern Middle is a public middle school located in Aberdeen, North Carolina, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 576 students. The school is part of the Moore County Schools district, which is ranked 76 out of 243 districts in North Carolina and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Southern Middle has a more diverse student population compared to the nearby schools, with 48.44% White, 23.09% African American, 16.15% Hispanic, and 10.24% two or more races. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by the percentage of students proficient or better on state assessments, is generally lower than the nearby schools, especially in mathematics. For example, in 2022-2023, the percentage of 8th-grade students proficient or better in mathematics was 38.6% at Southern Middle, compared to 47.3% at New Century Middle and 69.2% at West Pine Middle. Additionally, Southern Middle has a higher percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, at 53.3%, compared to the nearby schools, which range from 27.91% to 31.52%.

Southern Middle's statewide ranking has declined over the years, from 410 out of 673 North Carolina middle schools in 2012-2013 to 351 out of 784 in 2022-2023, suggesting that the school's performance has not kept pace with the state's overall improvement. However, the school has a strong performance for military-connected students, ranking 10 out of 54 North Carolina middle schools in this category in 2022-2023, with a 4-star rating. Overall, Southern Middle faces challenges in academic achievement, particularly in mathematics, and may need to focus on targeted interventions and support to improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 717 Johnson Street
       Aberdeen, NC  28315


(910) 693-1550

District: Moore County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
351st of 784 North Carolina Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,266 Help


Students who attend Southern Middle usually attend:

High:    Pinecrest High

Feeder schools for Southern Middle:

Elementary:    Aberdeen Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  15.1 Help
Number of students:  576

Racial breakdown:

White:
48.4%
African American:
23.1%
Hispanic:
16.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  53.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Southern Middle ranks better than 55.2% of middle schools in North Carolina. It also ranks 3rd among 5 ranked middle schools in the Moore County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 53.68. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Southern Middle is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (48.4%), African American (23.1%), Hispanic (16.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 53.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Southern Middle is 15.1, which is the 2nd best among 5 middle schools in the Moore County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Southern Middle is $9,266. 2 middle schools in the Moore County Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Southern Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Southern Middle 351st of 784 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Southern Middle in the ranking list.)

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Moore County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Moore County Schools 76th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Southern Middle

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Rank History for all students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 39.86 418th 598 30.1%
2007 38.09 442nd 606 27.1%
2008 42.29 398th 620 35.8%
2009 47.29 392nd 630 37.8%
2010 46.00 414th 640 35.3%
2011 51.74 377th 648 41.8%
2012 44.29 434th 662 34.4%
2013 38.75 410th 673 39.1%
2014 26.87 466th 627 25.7%
2015 41.78 420th 705 40.4%
2016 35.98 462nd 692 33.2%
2017 35.75 467th 694 32.7%
2018 35.94 467th 691 32.4%
2019 27.08 576th 737 21.8%
2021 37.77 452nd 741 39.0%
2022 47.91 395th 786 49.7%
2023 53.68 351st 784 55.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.07 186th 221 15.8%
2019 27.24 196th 237 17.3%
2021 48.82 113th 248 54.4%
2022 40.13 170th 283 39.9%
2023 29.66 234th 302 22.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.23 454th 604 24.8%
2019 23.75 540th 639 15.5%
2021 27.00 481st 633 24.0%
2022 28.42 531st 689 22.9%
2023 30.89 535th 735 27.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.31 445th 656 32.2%
2019 19.60 596th 684 12.9%
2021 33.60 464th 706 34.3%
2022 41.56 429th 733 41.5%
2023 53.03 337th 731 53.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.24 246th 475 48.2%
2019 40.45 291st 504 42.3%
2021 28.22 388th 478 18.8%
2022 36.48 260th 449 42.1%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 35.12 360th 416 13.5%
2021 40.31 339th 448 24.3%
2022 35.82 385th 450 14.4%
2023 57.27 243rd 452 46.2%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.34 22nd 45 51.1%
2019 46.00 29th 48 39.6%
2021 62.64 20th 57 64.9%
2022 64.21 24th 58 58.6%
2023 78.18 10th 54 81.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.48 480th 665 27.8%
2019 31.85 502nd 697 28.0%
2021 41.69 404th 711 43.2%
2022 51.81 348th 748 53.5%
2023 51.93 332nd 747 55.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.41 385th 494 22.1%
2019 22.03 460th 519 11.4%
2021 26.90 415th 533 22.1%
2022 23.14 469th 550 14.7%
2023 31.69 403rd 559 27.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.21 393rd 472 16.7%
2019 23.19 426th 493 13.6%
2021 51.08 232nd 522 55.6%
2022 57.42 194th 541 64.1%
2023 56.81 199th 553 64.0%
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Rank History for White students at Southern Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.87 294th 596 50.7%
2019 37.48 422nd 624 32.4%
2021 51.62 284th 632 55.1%
2022 56.39 268th 658 59.3%
2023 63.64 226th 656 65.5%
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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 Southern Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2001 438 333 7 17 9 n/a n/a 0 804
2002 357 347 9 20 11 n/a n/a 0 744
2003 357 347 9 20 11 n/a n/a 0 744
2004 335 321 5 23 13 n/a n/a 0 697
2005 353 318 8 27 23 n/a n/a 0 729
2006 397 321 4 25 16 n/a n/a 0 763
2007 353 295 6 28 15 n/a n/a 15 712
2008 326 263 12 37 8 n/a n/a 20 666
2009 329 293 12 35 13 n/a n/a 0 682
2010 351 303 6 41 10 n/a n/a 0 711
2011 338 281 6 51 14 0 23 0 713
2012 358 308 7 60 10 1 20 0 764
2013 347 307 8 54 14 1 27 0 758
2014 324 318 7 68 15 4 32 0 768
2015 284 265 5 71 23 5 23 0 676
2016 280 263 13 81 19 3 25 0 684
2017 268 247 15 85 20 1 28 0 664
2018 273 246 17 86 11 0 35 0 668
2019 247 278 15 96 14 0 44 0 694
2020 259 266 17 104 15 1 49 0 711
2021 257 274 14 126 11 0 56 0 738
2022 287 160 15 99 9 1 59 0 630
2023 279 133 5 93 7 0 59 0 576

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 Southern Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 804 44.0 18.3 n/a
2002 744 49.0 15.2 51.5
2003 744 49.0 15.2 51.5
2004 697 49.0 14.2 48.8
2005 729 49.0 14.9 56.4
2006 763 49.0 15.6 52.7
2007 712 45.7 15.6 44
2008 666 44.9 14.8 51.2
2009 682 46.2 14.8 50.3
2010 711 46.9 15.1 52.9
2011 713 47.0 15.1 55.4
2012 764 45.9 16.6 57.2
2013 758 49.0 15.4 58.8
2014 768 43.6 17.5 60
2015 676 46.0 14.6 59
2016 684 46.0 14.8 58.6
2017 664 50.3 13.1 60.4
2018 668 44.0 15.1 60.3
2019 694 45.3 15.3 64.4
2020 711 44.1 16.1 57.8
2021 738 47.1 15.6 50.8
2022 630 40.5 15.5 40
2023 576 38.1 15.1 53.3

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 Southern Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 804 44.0 18.3 n/a
2002 744 49.0 15.2 51.5
2003 744 49.0 15.2 51.5
2004 697 49.0 14.2 48.8
2005 729 49.0 14.9 56.4
2006 763 49.0 15.6 52.7
2007 712 45.7 15.6 44
2008 666 44.9 14.8 51.2
2009 682 46.2 14.8 50.3
2010 711 46.9 15.1 52.9
2011 713 47.0 15.1 55.4
2012 764 45.9 16.6 57.2
2013 758 49.0 15.4 58.8
2014 768 43.6 17.5 60
2015 676 46.0 14.6 59
2016 684 46.0 14.8 58.6
2017 664 50.3 13.1 60.4
2018 668 44.0 15.1 60.3
2019 694 45.3 15.3 64.4
2020 711 44.1 16.1 57.8
2021 738 47.1 15.6 50.8
2022 630 40.5 15.5 40
2023 576 38.1 15.1 53.3

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Southern Middle

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $896 (9.7%) $8,370 (90.3%) $9,266

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Southern Middle

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
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 576th of 737 Middle schoolsRanks 351st of 784 Middle schools
 33.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Southern Middle)38.551.3
 12.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Moore County Schools)55.555.6
 0.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.852.3
 6.5%
6th Grade Reading (Southern Middle)48.652.3
 3.7%
   6th Grade Reading (Moore County Schools)61.256.2
 5%
   6th Grade Reading (North Carolina)6049.3
 10.7%
7th Grade Mathematics (Southern Middle)42.250.8
 8.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Moore County Schools)59.353.8
 5.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.450.1
 8.3%
7th Grade Reading (Southern Middle)45.845.3
 0.5%
   7th Grade Reading (Moore County Schools)58.653.2
 5.4%
   7th Grade Reading (North Carolina)58.850.2
 8.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Southern Middle)37.738.6
 0.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Moore County Schools)51.846.5
 5.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)52.644.8
 7.8%
8th Grade Reading (Southern Middle)43.951.3
 7.4%
   8th Grade Reading (Moore County Schools)57.856.6
 1.2%
   8th Grade Reading (North Carolina)55.651
 4.6%
8th Grade Science (Southern Middle)71.378.2
 6.9%
   8th Grade Science (Moore County Schools)81.579.3
 2.2%
   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 Students694576
 17%
African American278133
 52.2%
American Indian147
 50%
Asian155
 66.7%
Hispanic9693
 3.1%
Pacific Islander00
White247279
 13%
Two or More Races4459
 34.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients64.4%53.3%
 11.1%


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Students who attend Southern Middle usually go on to attend Pinecrest High

In the 2022-23 school year, 576 students attended Southern Middle.

Students at Southern Middle are 48% White, 23% African American, 16% Hispanic, 10% Two or more races, 1% American Indian.

Southern Middle ranks 351st of 784 North Carolina middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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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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