Cambridge Middle School

Summary:

Cambridge Middle School is a small public middle school in Cambridge, Nebraska, serving grades 5-8 with a student population of just 72 as of the 2022-2023 school year. Despite its small size, the school consistently outperforms the state average on standardized tests, particularly in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

One of the school's key strengths is its exceptional performance among students from low-income backgrounds. While 44% of Cambridge Middle School students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, these students have ranked 2nd out of 115 Nebraska middle schools in this subgroup. The school's higher spending per student, currently at $19,674, and low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 9 to 13 students per teacher, may contribute to this success. However, the school's predominantly White student population, ranging from 93% to 97% over the past three years, suggests a lack of racial diversity that could limit students' exposure to different cultures and perspectives.

Despite its strong academic performance, Cambridge Middle School's statewide ranking has fluctuated over the years, ranging from 30th out of 236 Nebraska middle schools in 2016-2017 to 166th out of 249 in 2021-2022. This suggests that while the school is performing well, there are other middle schools in the state that are outperforming it. Additionally, the school's White student subgroup has consistently performed lower than the overall student population, indicating that the school may need to address equity and inclusion to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 1003 Nelson Street
       Cambridge, NE  69022


(308) 697-3322

District: Cambridge Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
131st of 234 Nebraska Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,674 Help


Students who attend Cambridge Middle School usually attend:

High:    Cambridge High School

Feeder schools for Cambridge Middle School:

Elementary:    Cambridge Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.6 Help
Number of students:  72

Racial breakdown:

White:
93.1%
Hispanic:
5.6%
Asian:
1.4%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  44.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Cambridge Middle School ranks worse than 56% of middle schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 48.96. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (93.1%), Hispanic (5.6%), Asian (1.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 44.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cambridge Middle School is 12.6. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cambridge Middle School is $19,674.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cambridge Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Cambridge Middle School 131st of 234 Nebraska public middle schools. (See Cambridge Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


White students:


Cambridge Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Cambridge Public Schools 75th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cambridge Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Cambridge Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 79.60 30th 236 87.3%
2018 73.92 38th 225 83.1%
2019 49.54 127th 247 48.6%
2021 35.13 161st 223 27.8%
2022 38.91 166th 249 33.3%
2023 48.96 133rd 238 44.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cambridge Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 89.88 2nd 115 98.3%
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Rank History for White students at Cambridge Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.96 42nd 203 79.3%
2019 42.17 133rd 222 40.1%
2021 22.65 173rd 204 15.2%
2022 30.35 179th 234 23.5%
2023 33.56 158th 217 27.2%
See the entire list of Best Nebraska Middle Schools for White Students!

Data source: test scores: Nebraska Department of Education, 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: Nebraska Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Cambridge Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 97 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 101
2017 92 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 95
2018 88 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 93
2019 88 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 91
2020 85 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 87
2021 79 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 83
2022 65 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 67
2023 67 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 72

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 Cambridge Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 101 6.0 16.8 45.5
2017 95 6.6 14.3 48.4
2018 93 7.7 12.0 45.2
2019 91 7.1 12.8 41.8
2020 87 7.6 11.4 47.1
2021 83 8.6 9.6 59
2022 67 7.2 9.1 46.3
2023 72 5.6 12.6 44.4

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 Cambridge Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 101 6.0 16.8 45.5
2017 95 6.6 14.3 48.4
2018 93 7.7 12.0 45.2
2019 91 7.1 12.8 41.8
2020 87 7.6 11.4 47.1
2021 83 8.6 9.6 59
2022 67 7.2 9.1 46.3
2023 72 5.6 12.6 44.4

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Cambridge Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $265 (1.9%) $11,076 (80.7%) $13,720
2020 $297 (2.0%) $11,707 (79.0%) $14,818
2021 $160 (1.0%) $12,548 (79.6%) $15,758
2022 $640 (3.2%) $14,667 (74.4%) $19,703
2023 $432 (2.2%) $14,689 (74.7%) $19,674

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Cambridge Middle School

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 127th of 247 Middle schoolsRanks 133rd of 238 Middle schools
 4.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge Middle School)2972
 43%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge Public Schools)2972
 43%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4856
 8%
5th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge Middle School)3347
 14%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge Public Schools)3347
 14%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5449
 5%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge Middle School)6160
 1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge Public Schools)6160
 1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4955
 6%
6th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge Middle School)3050
 20%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge Public Schools)3050
 20%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5557
 2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge Middle School)7953
 26%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge Public Schools)7953
 26%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4942
 7%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge Middle School)4670
 24%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge Public Schools)4670
 24%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5062
 12%
8th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge Middle School)4655
 9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge Public Schools)4655
 9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)4761
 14%
8th Grade Science (Cambridge Middle School)5875
 17%
   8th Grade Science (Cambridge Public Schools)5875
 17%
   8th Grade Science (Nebraska)6264
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students9172
 20.9%
African American10
 100%
American Indian00
Asian01
Hispanic24
 100%
Pacific Islander00
White8867
 23.9%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.8%44.4%
 2.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Cambridge Middle School

Students at Cambridge Middle School are 93% White, 6% Hispanic, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 72 students attended Cambridge Middle School.

Cambridge Middle School ranks 131st of 234 Nebraska middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Cambridge Middle School usually go on to attend Cambridge 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 Nebraska Department of Education.

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