Swain County Middle School

Summary:

Swain County Middle School is a public middle school located in Bryson City, North Carolina, serving 485 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Swain County Schools district, which is ranked 146 out of 243 districts in the state.

Swain County Middle School stands out for its unique racial makeup, with a high percentage of Native American students (23.3%) compared to the state average. Academically, the school's performance is mixed, with strengths in 7th-grade mathematics and reading, but significant weaknesses in 8th-grade mathematics and science. The school also faces socioeconomic challenges, with 64.74% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. Interestingly, the school's performance varies greatly across different student subgroups, with Native American students excelling and white/multi-racial students struggling.

Compared to nearby middle schools in the Macon County and Catamount School districts, Swain County Middle School generally performs at a similar or slightly lower level. However, the school's unique racial composition and socioeconomic challenges may require different strategies and approaches to address the specific needs of its student population.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 135 Arlington Ave
       Bryson City, NC  28713


(828) 488-3480

District: Swain County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
387th of 784 North Carolina Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,023 Help


Students who attend Swain County Middle School usually attend:

High:    Swain County High School

Feeder schools for Swain County Middle School:

Elementary:    Swain County East Elementary
    Swain County West Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  16.4 Help
Number of students:  485

Racial breakdown:

White:
63.9%
American Indian:
23.3%
Two or more races:
6.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  64.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Swain County Middle School ranks better than 50.6% of middle schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 49.66. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (63.9%), American Indian (23.3%), two or more races (6.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 64.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Swain County Middle School is 16.4. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Swain County Middle School is $12,023.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Swain County Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Swain County Middle School 387th of 784 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Swain County Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Swain County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Swain County Schools 146th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Swain County Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 61.78 239th 598 60.0%
2007 61.87 253rd 606 58.3%
2008 58.29 281st 620 54.7%
2009 63.88 247th 630 60.8%
2010 60.60 301st 640 53.0%
2011 57.92 320th 648 50.6%
2012 63.24 275th 662 58.5%
2013 47.56 345th 673 48.7%
2014 35.67 398th 627 36.5%
2015 49.43 376th 705 46.7%
2016 49.85 357th 692 48.4%
2017 52.62 344th 694 50.4%
2018 49.05 375th 691 45.7%
2019 55.41 335th 737 54.5%
2021 54.89 310th 741 58.2%
2022 43.30 439th 786 44.1%
2023 49.66 387th 784 50.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 19.33 255th 283 9.9%
2023 30.96 229th 302 24.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.80 245th 604 59.4%
2019 59.75 211th 639 67.0%
2021 68.41 131st 633 79.3%
2022 42.71 383rd 689 44.4%
2023 54.83 293rd 735 60.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.93 313th 656 52.3%
2019 59.55 279th 684 59.2%
2021 52.13 321st 706 54.5%
2022 40.90 433rd 733 40.9%
2023 50.60 357th 731 51.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.65 266th 475 44.0%
2019 49.60 211th 504 58.1%
2021 65.82 75th 478 84.3%
2022 35.78 268th 449 40.3%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 66.87 113th 416 72.8%
2021 54.79 247th 448 44.9%
2022 54.84 252nd 450 44.0%
2023 43.16 335th 452 25.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.20 421st 665 36.7%
2019 49.06 368th 697 47.2%
2021 56.19 281st 711 60.5%
2022 42.99 425th 748 43.2%
2023 45.49 399th 747 46.6%
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Rank History for Native American students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.55 9th 23 60.9%
2019 67.54 7th 24 70.8%
2021 84.03 1st 23 95.7%
2022 77.64 2nd 20 90.0%
2023 68.75 5th 18 72.2%
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Rank History for White students at Swain County Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.80 455th 596 23.7%
2019 39.37 402nd 624 35.6%
2021 44.26 341st 632 46.0%
2022 26.99 522nd 658 20.7%
2023 35.40 447th 656 31.9%
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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 Swain County Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1992 191 1 0 0 64 n/a n/a 0 256
1993 191 1 0 0 50 n/a n/a 0 242
1994 196 1 0 0 52 n/a n/a 0 249
1995 199 1 0 1 54 n/a n/a 0 255
1996 199 1 0 1 54 n/a n/a 0 255
1997 209 2 0 1 55 n/a n/a 0 267
1998 200 1 1 3 51 n/a n/a 0 256
1999 290 2 1 1 68 n/a n/a 0 362
2000 301 3 0 3 89 n/a n/a 0 396
2001 311 6 0 5 90 n/a n/a 0 412
2002 378 5 1 7 97 n/a n/a 0 488
2003 378 5 1 7 97 n/a n/a 0 488
2004 388 7 1 17 91 n/a n/a 0 504
2005 314 5 1 9 97 n/a n/a 0 426
2006 352 8 2 12 111 n/a n/a 0 485
2007 372 2 3 7 124 n/a n/a 4 512
2008 369 2 1 7 143 n/a n/a 12 534
2009 282 6 2 10 123 n/a n/a 0 423
2010 348 8 3 13 146 n/a n/a 0 518
2011 378 2 1 15 130 0 26 0 552
2012 375 0 2 20 116 0 27 0 540
2013 370 1 1 20 142 0 21 0 555
2015 363 5 3 22 116 1 19 0 529
2016 331 3 4 21 119 1 22 0 501
2017 367 1 2 25 116 0 29 0 540
2018 352 2 3 26 136 0 30 0 549
2019 369 6 3 31 104 0 28 0 541
2020 292 6 4 20 94 1 27 0 444
2021 325 2 2 27 104 0 27 0 487
2022 301 1 1 24 99 0 46 0 472
2023 310 1 2 28 113 0 31 0 485

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 Swain County Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 256 22.0 11.6 39.5
1993 242 20.0 12.1 43.8
1994 249 22.0 11.3 41
1995 255 24.0 10.6 44.7
1996 255 24.0 10.6 44.7
1997 267 20.0 13.4 43.8
1998 256 27.0 9.5 45.3
1999 362 27.0 13.4 43.6
2000 396 27.0 14.7 53.8
2001 412 27.0 15.3 51.9
2002 488 31.0 15.7 58
2003 488 31.0 15.7 58
2004 504 31.0 16.3 60.7
2005 426 42.0 10.1 68.1
2006 485 42.0 11.5 56.7
2007 512 35.8 14.3 52.8
2008 534 33.7 15.8 44.3
2009 423 32.8 12.9 n/a
2010 518 32.4 15.9 61.2
2011 552 33.1 16.6 60.9
2012 540 34.5 15.6 64.3
2013 555 36.5 15.2 64.3
2015 529 38.0 13.9 59.7
2016 501 36.0 13.9 57.5
2017 540 34.9 15.4 59.8
2018 549 33.7 16.2 55.9
2019 541 36.9 14.6 57.9
2020 444 29.9 14.8 51.6
2021 487 31.2 15.5 43.9
2022 472 29.4 16.0 36.9
2023 485 29.5 16.4 64.7

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 Swain County Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 256 22.0 11.6 39.5
1993 242 20.0 12.1 43.8
1994 249 22.0 11.3 41
1995 255 24.0 10.6 44.7
1996 255 24.0 10.6 44.7
1997 267 20.0 13.4 43.8
1998 256 27.0 9.5 45.3
1999 362 27.0 13.4 43.6
2000 396 27.0 14.7 53.8
2001 412 27.0 15.3 51.9
2002 488 31.0 15.7 58
2003 488 31.0 15.7 58
2004 504 31.0 16.3 60.7
2005 426 42.0 10.1 68.1
2006 485 42.0 11.5 56.7
2007 512 35.8 14.3 52.8
2008 534 33.7 15.8 44.3
2009 423 32.8 12.9 n/a
2010 518 32.4 15.9 61.2
2011 552 33.1 16.6 60.9
2012 540 34.5 15.6 64.3
2013 555 36.5 15.2 64.3
2015 529 38.0 13.9 59.7
2016 501 36.0 13.9 57.5
2017 540 34.9 15.4 59.8
2018 549 33.7 16.2 55.9
2019 541 36.9 14.6 57.9
2020 444 29.9 14.8 51.6
2021 487 31.2 15.5 43.9
2022 472 29.4 16.0 36.9
2023 485 29.5 16.4 64.7

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 Swain County Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,993 (16.6%) $10,030 (83.4%) $12,023

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Swain County Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 335th of 737 Middle schoolsRanks 387th of 784 Middle schools
 3.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Swain County Middle School)76.949.6
 27.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Swain County Schools)76.949.6
 27.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.852.3
 6.5%
6th Grade Reading (Swain County Middle School)63.352.9
 10.4%
   6th Grade Reading (Swain County Schools)63.352.9
 10.4%
   6th Grade Reading (North Carolina)6049.3
 10.7%
7th Grade Mathematics (Swain County Middle School)58.360.7
 2.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Swain County Schools)58.360.7
 2.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.450.1
 8.3%
7th Grade Reading (Swain County Middle School)53.253.3
 0.1%
   7th Grade Reading (Swain County Schools)53.253.3
 0.1%
   7th Grade Reading (North Carolina)58.850.2
 8.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Swain County Middle School)50.329.8
 20.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Swain County Schools)50.329.8
 20.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)52.644.8
 7.8%
8th Grade Reading (Swain County Middle School)52.248.5
 3.7%
   8th Grade Reading (Swain County Schools)52.248.5
 3.7%
   8th Grade Reading (North Carolina)55.651
 4.6%
8th Grade Science (Swain County Middle School)74.859.2
 15.6%
   8th Grade Science (Swain County Schools)74.859.2
 15.6%
   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 Students541485
 10.4%
African American61
 83.3%
American Indian104113
 8.7%
Asian32
 33.3%
Hispanic3128
 9.7%
Pacific Islander00
White369310
 16%
Two or More Races2831
 10.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients57.9%64.7%
 6.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Swain County Middle School

Swain County Middle School ranks 387th of 784 North Carolina middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Swain County Middle School are 64% White, 23% American Indian, 6% Two or more races, 6% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 485 students attended Swain County Middle School.

Students who attend Swain County Middle School usually go on to attend Swain County 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 North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.

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