Martin Center for the Arts

Summary:

Martin Center for the Arts is a public elementary school serving 425 students in grades PK-8 in Jersey City, New Jersey, which is part of the Jersey City Public Schools district. The school faces significant challenges, with a 0-star rating, low academic performance, high chronic absenteeism, and a student population that is predominantly African American and economically disadvantaged.

Compared to other nearby public schools in Jersey City, such as Ollie Culbreth Junior School and President Barack Obama Elementary School, Martin Center for the Arts consistently ranks among the lowest-performing schools in the district. Its proficiency rates on state assessments are significantly lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels and subjects. Additionally, the school has experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 19.6% in 2016-2017 to 51.5% in 2021-2022.

Despite the school's challenges, there are some interesting findings. While the overall performance is poor, Martin Center for the Arts' African American and Hispanic students perform better relative to their peers at the state level, suggesting the school may be providing some support for these historically underserved populations. Additionally, the school has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 10.8, which is lower than the ratios at many of the surrounding schools. However, this increased resource allocation has not yet translated into improved academic outcomes for the students at Martin Center for the Arts.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 59 Wilkinson Ave
       Jersey City, NJ  07305-4227


(201) 915-6590

District: Jersey City Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
1281st of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,741 Help


Students who attend Martin Center for the Arts usually attend:

High:    Henry Snyder High School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.8 Help
Number of students:  425

Racial breakdown:

African American:
61.2%
Hispanic:
32.0%
White:
3.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  72.2% Help


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Compare Details Martin Center for the Arts ranks worse than 95.5% of elementary schools in New Jersey. It also ranks 24th among 26 ranked elementary schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 7.76. (See more...)
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Compare Details Martin Center for the Arts ranks worse than 93.2% of middle schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 11.24. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (61.2%), Hispanic (32%), White (3.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 72.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Jersey City Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Martin Center for the Arts is 10.8, which is the 9th best among 26 elementary schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Martin Center for the Arts is $12,741, which is the 6th highest among 26 elementary schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Martin Center for the Arts:

SchoolDigger ranks Martin Center for the Arts 1281st of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Martin Center for the Arts in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Martin Center for the Arts 697th of 748 New Jersey public middle schools. (See Martin Center for the Arts in the ranking list.)

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Jersey City Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Jersey City Public Schools 459th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Martin Center for the Arts

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 0.06 1204th 1204 0.0%
2004 0.28 1291st 1298 0.5%
2005 1.07 1282nd 1303 1.6%
2006 0.13 1312th 1314 0.2%
2008 1.14 1321st 1338 1.3%
2009 0.99 1332nd 1346 1.0%
2010 0.78 1348th 1354 0.4%
2011 2.86 1317th 1360 3.2%
2013 4.48 1304th 1367 4.6%
2014 1.92 1333rd 1363 2.2%
2015 4.88 1318th 1357 2.9%
2016 3.65 1320th 1346 1.9%
2017 4.15 1311th 1352 3.0%
2018 4.59 1312th 1353 3.0%
2019 6.78 1287th 1360 5.4%
2021 9.44 1224th 1317 7.1%
2022 7.98 1281st 1345 4.8%
2023 7.76 1281st 1342 4.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.24 848th 1001 15.3%
2019 19.79 804th 1007 20.2%
2022 31.61 592nd 949 37.6%
2023 12.74 904th 958 5.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.72 901st 942 4.4%
2019 16.56 780th 948 17.7%
2021 22.24 695th 839 17.2%
2022 17.25 725th 863 16.0%
2023 16.00 762nd 910 16.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 7.92 1233rd 1333 7.5%
2019 8.43 1226th 1331 7.9%
2021 6.68 1274th 1290 1.2%
2022 8.02 1240th 1326 6.5%
2023 7.87 1238th 1318 6.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.82 1281st 1334 4.0%
2019 7.13 1247th 1335 6.6%
2021 15.47 1093rd 1297 15.7%
2022 9.85 1214th 1324 8.3%
2023 9.60 1213th 1315 7.8%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.38 417th 517 19.3%
2019 21.47 456th 522 12.6%
2021 26.44 376th 456 17.5%
2022 17.67 441st 494 10.7%
2023 19.59 410th 463 11.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 9.46 789th 870 9.3%
2019 26.16 668th 899 25.7%
2021 21.11 794th 896 11.4%
2022 27.15 698th 953 26.8%
2023 16.41 858th 982 12.6%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Rank History for all middle school students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 1.57 558th 574 2.8%
2004 1.40 574th 588 2.4%
2005 0.74 594th 599 0.8%
2006 3.32 577th 615 6.2%
2007 1.50 618th 631 2.1%
2008 1.44 634th 640 0.9%
2009 2.03 649th 664 2.3%
2010 2.88 655th 677 3.2%
2011 2.29 661st 684 3.4%
2012 9.33 614th 677 9.3%
2013 8.91 625th 704 11.2%
2014 5.04 664th 717 7.4%
2015 16.29 604th 713 15.3%
2016 6.47 690th 713 3.2%
2017 9.08 657th 712 7.7%
2018 5.65 695th 716 2.9%
2019 8.95 682nd 745 8.5%
2021 8.92 627th 652 3.8%
2022 9.22 725th 745 2.7%
2023 11.24 697th 748 6.8%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.87 429th 471 8.9%
2019 26.22 382nd 492 22.4%
2021 12.35 398th 401 0.7%
2022 22.98 455th 535 15.0%
2023 19.63 465th 505 7.9%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.00 460th 522 11.9%
2019 19.28 442nd 541 18.3%
2021 15.24 397th 467 15.0%
2022 13.42 484th 549 11.8%
2023 17.10 482nd 568 15.1%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 8.23 633rd 680 6.9%
2019 8.09 655th 703 6.8%
2021 9.98 599th 625 4.2%
2022 8.93 708th 726 2.5%
2023 12.04 658th 720 8.6%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 5.58 662nd 675 1.9%
2019 11.84 622nd 697 10.8%
2021 10.44 599th 635 5.7%
2022 9.34 708th 730 3.0%
2023 12.51 657th 718 8.5%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.83 258th 326 20.9%
2019 28.75 246th 326 24.5%
2021 20.19 267th 291 8.2%
2022 16.57 341st 356 4.2%
2023 24.31 304th 361 15.8%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Martin Center for the Arts

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.79 496th 504 1.6%
2019 12.02 486th 524 7.3%
2022 17.86 527th 591 10.8%
2023 18.57 516th 587 12.1%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Martin Center for the Arts

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 5 868 0 32 0 n/a n/a 0 905
1989 8 807 1 25 0 n/a n/a 0 841
1990 3 778 0 21 0 n/a n/a 0 802
1991 13 819 3 33 1 n/a n/a 0 869
1992 6 800 2 37 0 n/a n/a 0 845
1993 3 884 3 37 0 n/a n/a 0 927
1994 1 872 0 41 1 n/a n/a 0 915
1995 2 905 5 22 1 n/a n/a 0 935
1996 2 905 5 22 1 n/a n/a 0 935
1998 1 902 2 44 0 n/a n/a 0 949
1999 4 922 1 47 1 n/a n/a 0 975
2000 86 856 3 40 1 n/a n/a 0 986
2001 74 809 4 30 1 n/a n/a 0 918
2002 44 731 1 30 2 n/a n/a 0 808
2003 44 731 1 30 2 n/a n/a 0 808
2004 37 669 2 37 2 n/a n/a 0 747
2005 30 593 4 37 3 n/a n/a 0 667
2006 22 521 0 43 1 n/a n/a 0 587
2007 5 328 1 17 1 n/a n/a 0 352
2008 10 474 3 38 1 n/a n/a 0 526
2009 4 432 0 33 0 0 0 0 469
2010 2 348 1 30 0 1 0 0 382
2011 5 345 7 55 0 2 0 0 414
2012 3 193 5 46 0 3 0 0 250
2013 6 284 4 59 0 1 0 0 354
2014 9 296 5 71 0 1 2 0 384
2015 8 308 4 82 0 0 1 0 403
2016 9 309 5 87 0 0 2 0 412
2017 10 285 12 104 0 2 2 0 415
2018 14 273 14 124 0 2 1 0 428
2019 18 281 10 125 1 1 4 0 440
2020 21 333 8 115 0 2 2 0 481
2021 18 294 6 108 0 1 3 0 430
2022 16 275 8 116 1 0 2 0 418
2023 15 260 8 136 1 0 5 0 425

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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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 Martin Center for the Arts

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 905 52.0 17.4 n/a
1989 841 56.0 15.0 n/a
1990 802 52.0 15.4 53
1991 869 56.0 15.5 66.2
1992 845 56.0 15.0 68.8
1993 927 57.0 16.3 95
1994 915 58.0 15.8 80
1995 935 63.0 14.8 81.8
1996 935 63.0 14.8 81.8
1998 949 62.0 15.3 82.4
1999 975 63.0 15.5 80
2000 986 59.0 16.7 85
2001 918 59.2 15.5 78.5
2002 808 72.0 11.2 82.3
2003 808 72.0 11.2 82.3
2004 747 69.0 10.8 83.7
2005 667 71.0 9.4 n/a
2006 587 66.0 8.9 83.1
2007 352 55.0 6.4 78.4
2008 526 78.0 6.7 86.1
2009 469 77.8 5.0 93
2010 382 54.0 7.0 91.1
2011 414 46.0 9.0 91.3
2012 250 37.0 6.7 84.8
2013 354 44.0 8.0 82.8
2014 384 35.0 10.9 74.5
2015 403 35.0 11.5 90.6
2016 412 38.0 10.8 87.6
2017 415 46.0 9.0 86.7
2018 428 35.0 12.2 82.7
2019 440 46.0 9.5 90.9
2020 481 39.0 12.3 72.8
2021 430 40.0 10.7 69.3
2022 418 42.1 9.9 74.6
2023 425 39.0 10.8 72.2

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 Martin Center for the Arts

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 905 52.0 17.4 n/a
1989 841 56.0 15.0 n/a
1990 802 52.0 15.4 53
1991 869 56.0 15.5 66.2
1992 845 56.0 15.0 68.8
1993 927 57.0 16.3 95
1994 915 58.0 15.8 80
1995 935 63.0 14.8 81.8
1996 935 63.0 14.8 81.8
1998 949 62.0 15.3 82.4
1999 975 63.0 15.5 80
2000 986 59.0 16.7 85
2001 918 59.2 15.5 78.5
2002 808 72.0 11.2 82.3
2003 808 72.0 11.2 82.3
2004 747 69.0 10.8 83.7
2005 667 71.0 9.4 n/a
2006 587 66.0 8.9 83.1
2007 352 55.0 6.4 78.4
2008 526 78.0 6.7 86.1
2009 469 77.8 5.0 93
2010 382 54.0 7.0 91.1
2011 414 46.0 9.0 91.3
2012 250 37.0 6.7 84.8
2013 354 44.0 8.0 82.8
2014 384 35.0 10.9 74.5
2015 403 35.0 11.5 90.6
2016 412 38.0 10.8 87.6
2017 415 46.0 9.0 86.7
2018 428 35.0 12.2 82.7
2019 440 46.0 9.5 90.9
2020 481 39.0 12.3 72.8
2021 430 40.0 10.7 69.3
2022 418 42.1 9.9 74.6
2023 425 39.0 10.8 72.2

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 Martin Center for the Arts

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $620 (4.9%) $12,121 (95.1%) $12,741

Data source: New Jersey Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Martin Center for the Arts

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1287th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 1281st of 1342 Elementary schools
 0.8%
Ranks 682nd of 745 Middle schoolsRanks 697th of 748 Middle schools
 1.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Martin Center for the Arts)27.36.7
 20.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)47.440.3
 7.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Martin Center for the Arts)26.66.4
 20.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)46.936
 10.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Martin Center for the Arts)31.17.7
 23.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)5543.1
 11.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Martin Center for the Arts)6.72.6
 4.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)38.131.3
 6.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Martin Center for the Arts)22.218.2
 4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)49.444.3
 5.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.953.2
 4.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Martin Center for the Arts)4.44.6
 0.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)33.827.7
 6.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)46.840.1
 6.7%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Martin Center for the Arts)21.518.2
 3.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)49.141
 8.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)56.149
 7.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Martin Center for the Arts)6.88.8
 2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)29.523.6
 5.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)40.634.3
 6.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Martin Center for the Arts)36.220.6
 15.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)5552.6
 2.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.855.7
 7.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Martin Center for the Arts)16.35.8
 10.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)3328.4
 4.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)42.133.8
 8.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Martin Center for the Arts)28.918.8
 10.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)54.345.2
 9.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.955.3
 7.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Martin Center for the Arts)34.1
 1.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)15.310
 5.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)29.317.8
 11.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students440425
 3.4%
African American281260
 7.5%
American Indian11
Asian108
 20%
Hispanic125136
 8.8%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White1815
 16.7%
Two or More Races45
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients90.9%72.2%
 18.7%


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Students who attend Martin Center for the Arts usually go on to attend:

High : Henry Snyder High School

Students at Martin Center for the Arts are 61% African American, 32% Hispanic, 4% White, 2% Asian, 1% Two or more races.

Martin Center for the Arts ranks in the bottom 4.5% of New Jersey elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 425 students attended Martin Center for the Arts.


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