Central Middle

Summary:

Central Middle is a public middle school in Whiteville, North Carolina, serving 462 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Whiteville City Schools district, which is ranked 134 out of 243 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating.

Central Middle stands out for its diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 35.5% White, 43.51% African American, and 11.9% Hispanic. Academically, the school performs on par or slightly above the district and state averages in most subject areas and grade levels, particularly for its African American and Hispanic students, who rank in the top 162 and 135 middle schools in North Carolina, respectively. However, the school's gifted and talented program has seen a significant decline in performance, dropping from a top 2 ranking in the state to a bottom 302 ranking.

Compared to nearby schools, such as Orrum Middle and Tabor City Middle, Central Middle generally outperforms them in academic measures. However, Nakina Middle and Clarkton School of Discovery demonstrate stronger performance in certain areas, suggesting opportunities for Central Middle to learn from their practices.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 310 S Martin L King Jr Ave
       Whiteville, NC  28472


(910) 642-3546

District: Whiteville City Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
321st of 784 North Carolina Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,356 Help


Students who attend Central Middle usually attend:

High:    Whiteville High

Feeder schools for Central Middle:

Elementary:    Edgewood Elementary
    Whiteville Primary

Student/teacher ratio:  13.2 Help
Number of students:  462

Racial breakdown:

African American:
43.5%
White:
35.5%
Hispanic:
11.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Central Middle ranks better than 59.1% of middle schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 56.35. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (43.5%), White (35.5%), Hispanic (11.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 99.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Central Middle is 13.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Central Middle is $10,356.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Central Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Central Middle 321st of 784 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Central Middle in the ranking list.)

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Whiteville City Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Whiteville City Schools 134th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Central Middle

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Rank History for all students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 54.52 310th 598 48.2%
2007 52.83 329th 606 45.7%
2008 59.91 272nd 620 56.1%
2009 64.61 240th 630 61.9%
2010 58.82 325th 640 49.2%
2011 63.17 268th 648 58.6%
2012 54.96 362nd 662 45.3%
2013 67.04 179th 673 73.4%
2014 47.07 317th 627 49.4%
2015 60.19 273rd 705 61.3%
2016 49.38 366th 692 47.1%
2017 64.23 239th 694 65.6%
2018 66.83 228th 691 67.0%
2019 68.88 214th 737 71.0%
2021 55.65 301st 741 59.4%
2022 59.03 304th 786 61.3%
2023 56.35 321st 784 59.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.61 179th 221 19.0%
2019 29.96 190th 237 19.8%
2021 71.20 47th 248 81.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.71 108th 604 82.1%
2019 80.40 64th 639 90.0%
2021 63.62 171st 633 73.0%
2022 64.79 176th 689 74.5%
2023 60.87 233rd 735 68.3%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.77 1st 6 83.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.84 199th 656 69.7%
2019 67.99 203rd 684 70.3%
2021 61.36 240th 706 66.0%
2022 59.65 266th 733 63.7%
2023 60.22 270th 731 63.1%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.93 65th 475 86.3%
2019 69.80 82nd 504 83.7%
2021 72.18 48th 478 90.0%
2022 41.30 221st 449 50.8%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 60.64 185th 416 55.5%
2021 82.99 2nd 448 99.6%
2022 74.85 35th 450 92.2%
2023 47.82 302nd 452 33.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.51 238th 665 64.2%
2019 67.00 215th 697 69.2%
2021 49.65 335th 711 52.9%
2022 55.06 319th 748 57.4%
2023 50.04 352nd 747 52.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.74 93rd 494 81.2%
2019 73.55 81st 519 84.4%
2021 57.00 154th 533 71.1%
2022 59.86 160th 550 70.9%
2023 59.54 162nd 559 71.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.62 44th 472 90.7%
2019 73.16 81st 493 83.6%
2021 70.30 89th 522 83.0%
2022 76.57 71st 541 86.9%
2023 67.29 135th 553 75.6%
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Rank History for White students at Central Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.94 139th 596 76.7%
2019 78.19 116th 624 81.4%
2021 65.60 190th 632 69.9%
2022 65.92 207th 658 68.5%
2023 57.47 261st 656 60.2%
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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 Central Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 355 246 0 0 2 n/a n/a 0 603
1989 378 257 2 0 3 n/a n/a 4 644
1990 356 259 3 1 1 n/a n/a 0 620
1991 358 297 3 4 3 n/a n/a 0 665
1992 377 260 3 1 4 n/a n/a 0 645
1993 364 249 3 0 6 n/a n/a 0 622
1994 371 261 2 0 5 n/a n/a 0 639
1995 370 279 3 1 4 n/a n/a 0 657
1996 370 279 3 1 4 n/a n/a 0 657
1997 380 285 1 2 6 n/a n/a 0 674
1998 376 271 3 4 8 n/a n/a 0 662
1999 379 309 3 3 5 n/a n/a 0 699
2000 360 291 4 6 7 n/a n/a 0 668
2001 355 300 2 7 5 n/a n/a 0 669
2002 312 303 2 17 6 n/a n/a 0 640
2003 312 303 2 17 6 n/a n/a 0 640
2004 296 313 2 13 6 n/a n/a 0 630
2005 288 297 2 10 6 n/a n/a 0 603
2006 280 283 2 8 2 n/a n/a 0 575
2007 261 235 1 9 3 n/a n/a 15 524
2008 283 223 3 21 5 n/a n/a 17 552
2009 289 254 4 32 10 n/a n/a 0 589
2010 262 228 3 36 10 n/a n/a 0 539
2011 286 210 1 39 14 0 21 0 571
2012 257 210 1 33 15 0 20 0 536
2013 251 211 1 33 13 0 14 0 523
2014 234 216 1 37 8 0 15 0 511
2015 228 205 3 48 6 0 17 0 507
2016 223 222 4 48 5 0 23 0 525
2017 216 198 1 52 5 0 30 0 502
2018 207 184 1 44 4 0 35 0 475
2019 195 184 3 57 5 0 36 0 480
2020 173 196 4 67 6 0 47 0 493
2021 171 213 3 61 7 0 28 0 483
2022 172 203 1 58 3 0 30 0 467
2023 164 201 1 55 4 0 37 0 462

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 Central Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 603 38.0 15.8 43.8
1989 644 38.0 16.9 43.5
1990 620 41.0 15.1 43.7
1991 665 41.0 16.2 40.8
1992 645 41.0 15.7 33.2
1993 622 42.0 14.8 43.9
1994 639 45.0 14.2 37.4
1995 657 46.0 14.3 39.9
1996 657 46.0 14.3 39.9
1997 674 46.0 14.7 39.8
1998 662 46.0 14.4 48.9
1999 699 46.0 15.2 53.4
2000 668 46.0 14.5 59.4
2001 669 46.0 14.5 57.7
2002 640 46.0 13.9 0
2003 640 46.0 13.9 0
2004 630 46.0 13.7 70.5
2005 603 46.0 13.1 67.8
2006 575 46.0 12.5 58.1
2007 524 42.3 12.4 55
2008 552 41.8 13.2 55.9
2009 589 39.0 15.1 58.7
2010 539 36.0 14.9 64.9
2011 571 37.7 15.1 62
2012 536 34.0 15.7 64.2
2013 523 37.0 14.1 65.2
2014 511 37.0 13.8 66.3
2015 507 35.0 14.4 99.4
2016 525 34.0 15.4 99.4
2017 502 33.3 15.0 98
2018 475 28.0 16.9 99.4
2019 480 32.7 14.6 99.4
2020 493 33.0 14.9 99.4
2021 483 33.7 14.3 99.4
2022 467 37.2 12.5 99.4
2023 462 35.0 13.2 99.4

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 Central Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 603 38.0 15.8 43.8
1989 644 38.0 16.9 43.5
1990 620 41.0 15.1 43.7
1991 665 41.0 16.2 40.8
1992 645 41.0 15.7 33.2
1993 622 42.0 14.8 43.9
1994 639 45.0 14.2 37.4
1995 657 46.0 14.3 39.9
1996 657 46.0 14.3 39.9
1997 674 46.0 14.7 39.8
1998 662 46.0 14.4 48.9
1999 699 46.0 15.2 53.4
2000 668 46.0 14.5 59.4
2001 669 46.0 14.5 57.7
2002 640 46.0 13.9 0
2003 640 46.0 13.9 0
2004 630 46.0 13.7 70.5
2005 603 46.0 13.1 67.8
2006 575 46.0 12.5 58.1
2007 524 42.3 12.4 55
2008 552 41.8 13.2 55.9
2009 589 39.0 15.1 58.7
2010 539 36.0 14.9 64.9
2011 571 37.7 15.1 62
2012 536 34.0 15.7 64.2
2013 523 37.0 14.1 65.2
2014 511 37.0 13.8 66.3
2015 507 35.0 14.4 99.4
2016 525 34.0 15.4 99.4
2017 502 33.3 15.0 98
2018 475 28.0 16.9 99.4
2019 480 32.7 14.6 99.4
2020 493 33.0 14.9 99.4
2021 483 33.7 14.3 99.4
2022 467 37.2 12.5 99.4
2023 462 35.0 13.2 99.4

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 Central Middle

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,869 (18.0%) $8,486 (81.9%) $10,356

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Central Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 214th of 737 Middle schoolsRanks 321st of 784 Middle schools
 11.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Central Middle)64.449.3
 15.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Whiteville City Schools)64.449
 15.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.852.3
 6.5%
6th Grade Reading (Central Middle)68.347.3
 21%
   6th Grade Reading (Whiteville City Schools)68.347.7
 20.6%
   6th Grade Reading (North Carolina)6049.3
 10.7%
7th Grade Mathematics (Central Middle)73.476.7
 3.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Whiteville City Schools)72.375.3
 3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.450.1
 8.3%
7th Grade Reading (Central Middle)66.954
 12.9%
   7th Grade Reading (Whiteville City Schools)6652.7
 13.3%
   7th Grade Reading (North Carolina)58.850.2
 8.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Central Middle)5843.8
 14.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Whiteville City Schools)56.342.9
 13.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)52.644.8
 7.8%
8th Grade Reading (Central Middle)64.242.3
 21.9%
   8th Grade Reading (Whiteville City Schools)62.941.4
 21.5%
   8th Grade Reading (North Carolina)55.651
 4.6%
8th Grade Science (Central Middle)78.368.5
 9.8%
   8th Grade Science (Whiteville City Schools)76.567.7
 8.8%
   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 Students480462
 3.8%
African American184201
 9.2%
American Indian54
 20%
Asian31
 66.7%
Hispanic5755
 3.5%
Pacific Islander00
White195164
 15.9%
Two or More Races3637
 2.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.4%99.4%
 0%


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Central Middle ranks 321st of 784 North Carolina middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Central Middle usually go on to attend Whiteville High

Students at Central Middle are 44% African American, 35% White, 12% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 462 students attended Central Middle.


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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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