Harvard Middle School

Summary:

Harvard Middle School is a small public middle school in Harvard, Nebraska, serving grades 6-8 with a student population of just 54 as of the 2022-2023 school year. The school's student body is predominantly White (57.41%) and Hispanic (38.89%), with small percentages of African American and Native American students.

Despite its small size, Harvard Middle School faces significant challenges. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom 10% of Nebraska middle schools, with test scores that are well below the state averages across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in 2022-2023, only 35% of 8th-grade students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 62%. The school also has a very high percentage of economically disadvantaged students, with 96% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, significantly higher than the state average and nearby schools like Hastings Middle School and Aurora Middle School.

When compared to these nearby middle schools, Harvard Middle School significantly underperforms in academic achievement, with much lower proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. Additionally, the school's racial diversity has declined over the past few years, with the percentage of White students increasing from 70% in 2021-2022 to 77.08% in 2020-2021, while the percentage of Hispanic students has decreased. These demographic and academic challenges suggest the need for targeted interventions and support to improve educational outcomes for the students at Harvard Middle School, which is part of the South Central Nebraska Unified 5 district.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 506 East North Street
       Harvard, NE  68944-0100


(402) 772-2171

District: Harvard Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
225th of 238 Nebraska Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,923 Help


Students who attend Harvard Middle School usually attend:

High:    Harvard High School

Feeder schools for Harvard Middle School:

Elementary:    Harvard Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.2 Help
Number of students:  54

Racial breakdown:

White:
57.4%
Hispanic:
38.9%
African American:
1.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  96% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Harvard Middle School ranks worse than 94.5% of middle schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 8.88. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (57.4%), Hispanic (38.9%), American Indian (1.9%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Harvard Middle School is 11.2. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Harvard Middle School is $10,923.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Harvard Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Harvard Middle School 225th of 238 Nebraska public middle schools. (See Harvard Middle School in the ranking list.)

Harvard Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Harvard Public Schools 210th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Harvard Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Harvard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 19.85 219th 247 11.3%
2023 8.88 225th 238 5.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Harvard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 40.61 81st 123 34.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Harvard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 39.39 102nd 156 34.6%
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Rank History for White students at Harvard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 28.19 177th 222 20.3%
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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 Harvard Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2018 33 1 0 16 0 2 0 0 52
2019 39 0 0 18 0 1 0 0 58
2020 36 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 48
2021 37 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 48
2022 35 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 50
2023 31 1 0 21 1 0 0 0 54

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 Harvard Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2018 52 1.8 28.8 76.9
2019 58 1.8 32.2 74.1
2020 48 3.1 15.4 70.8
2021 48 5.1 9.4 95.8
2022 50 4.1 12.1 96
2023 54 4.8 11.2 n/a

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 Harvard Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2018 52 1.8 28.8 76.9
2019 58 1.8 32.2 74.1
2020 48 3.1 15.4 70.8
2021 48 5.1 9.4 95.8
2022 50 4.1 12.1 96
2023 54 4.8 11.2 n/a

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 Harvard Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $722 (8.7%) $5,038 (60.4%) $8,338
2020 $993 (10.5%) $5,328 (56.4%) $9,448
2021 $1,447 (14.9%) $5,056 (52.1%) $9,710
2022 $2,406 (19.6%) $6,604 (53.7%) $12,301
2023 $1,207 (11.1%) $6,927 (63.4%) $10,923

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Harvard 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 219th of 247 Middle schoolsRanks 225th of 238 Middle schools
 5.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Harvard Middle School)3633
 3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Harvard Public Schools)3633
 3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5557
 2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Harvard Middle School)4025
 15%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Harvard Public Schools)4025
 15%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4942
 7%
7th Grade Mathematics (Harvard Middle School)3546
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Harvard Public Schools)3546
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)4866
 18%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Harvard Middle School)5035
 15%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Harvard Public Schools)5035
 15%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5062
 12%
8th Grade Mathematics (Harvard Middle School)3522
 13%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Harvard Public Schools)3522
 13%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)4761
 14%
8th Grade Science (Harvard Middle School)3539
 4%
   8th Grade Science (Harvard Public Schools)3539
 4%
   8th Grade Science (Nebraska)6264
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students5854
 6.9%
African American01
American Indian01
Asian00
Hispanic1821
 16.7%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White3931
 20.5%
Two or More Races00


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Frequently Asked Questions about Harvard Middle School

Students at Harvard Middle School are 57% White, 39% Hispanic, 2% African American, 2% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 54 students attended Harvard Middle School.

Harvard Middle School ranks in the bottom 5.5% of Nebraska middle schools.

Students who attend Harvard Middle School usually go on to attend Harvard 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.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.





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