North Plainfield Middle School

Summary:

North Plainfield Middle School is a public middle school serving grades 7-8 in the North Plainfield School District in New Jersey, with a student population of 489 that is predominantly Hispanic (69.94%).

While North Plainfield Middle School has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 9.7, the school consistently ranks in the bottom half of New Jersey middle schools, with particularly low performance in mathematics. Only 10.9% of 7th graders and 8.8% of 8th graders were proficient or better on the NJSLA Mathematics assessment in 2022-2023. The school has also seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 5.9% in 2017-2018 to 13.4% in 2021-2022, which is notably higher than the state average and surrounding schools. These challenges may be exacerbated by the high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with 66.05% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch in 2022-2023.

However, North Plainfield Middle School's African American students perform relatively well compared to their peers in the state, ranking 74th out of 361 New Jersey middle schools in 2022-2023 with a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. Additionally, the school's performance in Algebra I is a bright spot, with 70% of students proficient or better on the NJSLA Algebra I assessment in 2022-2023, significantly higher than the district and state averages. When compared to nearby middle schools, such as Lincoln Middle School and South Plainfield Middle School, North Plainfield Middle School generally performs worse academically, but the school's unique challenges and strengths suggest opportunities for targeted interventions and support to improve overall academic outcomes.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 34 Wilson Avenue
       North Plainfield, NJ  07060-4075


(908) 769-6040

District: North Plainfield School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
560th of 748 New Jersey Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,550 Help


Students who attend North Plainfield Middle School usually attend:

High:    North Plainfield High School

Feeder schools for North Plainfield Middle School:

Elementary:    East End School
    Stony Brook School
    West End School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.7 Help
Number of students:  489

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
69.9%
African American:
17.0%
White:
10.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  66.1% Help


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Compare Details North Plainfield Middle School ranks worse than 74.9% of middle schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 24.14. (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: Hispanic (69.9%), African American (17%), White (10.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 66.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at North Plainfield Middle School is 9.7. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at North Plainfield Middle School is $8,550.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

North Plainfield Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks North Plainfield Middle School 560th of 748 New Jersey public middle schools. (See North Plainfield Middle School in the ranking list.)

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North Plainfield School District:

SchoolDigger ranks North Plainfield School District 568th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for North Plainfield Middle School

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Rank History for all students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.91 589th 716 17.7%
2019 18.18 610th 745 18.1%
2022 23.90 564th 745 24.3%
2023 24.14 560th 748 25.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.50 167th 202 17.3%
2019 23.32 183rd 227 19.4%
2022 27.43 213th 270 21.1%
2023 25.40 245th 288 14.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.45 438th 471 7.0%
2019 22.46 420th 492 14.6%
2022 22.93 456th 535 14.8%
2023 23.59 428th 505 15.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.14 400th 522 23.4%
2019 23.55 419th 541 22.6%
2022 35.41 351st 549 36.1%
2023 36.71 349th 568 38.6%
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Rank History for Female students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.17 566th 680 16.8%
2019 18.24 578th 703 17.8%
2022 26.11 532nd 726 26.7%
2023 24.22 542nd 720 24.7%
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Rank History for Male students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.54 539th 675 20.1%
2019 16.40 586th 697 15.9%
2022 23.25 551st 730 24.5%
2023 24.53 534th 718 25.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.39 187th 200 6.5%
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Rank History for African American students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.93 158th 326 51.5%
2019 36.93 211th 326 35.3%
2022 55.25 123rd 356 65.4%
2023 67.11 74th 361 79.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.75 421st 504 16.5%
2019 20.00 440th 524 16.0%
2022 29.01 434th 591 26.6%
2023 26.42 460th 587 21.6%
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Rank History for White students at North Plainfield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.80 316th 497 36.4%
2019 29.65 381st 504 24.4%
2022 31.70 357th 512 30.3%
2023 35.53 331st 509 35.0%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey 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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Enrollment information for North Plainfield Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 50 100 16 275 0 1 3 0 445
2017 54 122 19 306 0 1 3 0 505
2018 75 113 24 322 0 1 5 0 540
2019 63 96 19 362 0 0 4 0 544
2020 50 89 21 380 0 0 0 0 540
2021 54 103 20 346 2 1 1 0 527
2022 59 90 10 349 2 1 2 0 513
2023 51 83 10 342 0 0 3 0 489

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 North Plainfield Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 445 44.0 10.1 67.6
2017 505 43.0 11.7 65.5
2018 540 43.0 12.5 66.5
2019 544 48.0 11.3 50.2
2020 540 44.0 12.2 70.4
2021 527 44.0 11.9 64.7
2022 513 49.0 10.4 64.1
2023 489 50.0 9.7 66.1

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 North Plainfield Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 445 44.0 10.1 67.6
2017 505 43.0 11.7 65.5
2018 540 43.0 12.5 66.5
2019 544 48.0 11.3 50.2
2020 540 44.0 12.2 70.4
2021 527 44.0 11.9 64.7
2022 513 49.0 10.4 64.1
2023 489 50.0 9.7 66.1

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 North Plainfield Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $03 (0.0%) $8,547 (100.0%) $8,550

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

Impact of COVID-19 on North Plainfield Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 610th of 745 Middle schoolsRanks 560th of 748 Middle schools
 7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (North Plainfield Middle School)3739.1
 2.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (North Plainfield School District)3739.1
 2.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.855.7
 7.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (North Plainfield Middle School)13.910.9
 3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Plainfield School District)13.910.9
 3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)42.133.8
 8.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (North Plainfield Middle School)46.539.3
 7.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (North Plainfield School District)46.539.3
 7.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.955.3
 7.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (North Plainfield Middle School)11.28.8
 2.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (North Plainfield School District)11.28.8
 2.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)29.317.8
 11.5%
8th Grade Algebra I (North Plainfield Middle School)93.169
 24.1%
   8th Grade Algebra I (North Plainfield School District)93.169
 24.1%
   8th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)75.166
 9.1%
End of Course Algebra I (North Plainfield Middle School)93.170
 23.1%
   End of Course Algebra I (North Plainfield School District)19.611.2
 8.4%
   End of Course Algebra I (New Jersey)43.335.1
 8.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students544489
 10.1%
African American9683
 13.5%
American Indian00
Asian1910
 47.4%
Hispanic362342
 5.5%
Pacific Islander00
White6351
 19%
Two or More Races43
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients50.2%66.1%
 15.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about North Plainfield Middle School

Students at North Plainfield Middle School are 70% Hispanic, 17% African American, 10% White, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 489 students attended North Plainfield Middle School.

North Plainfield Middle School ranks 560th of 748 New Jersey middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students who attend North Plainfield Middle School usually go on to attend North Plainfield 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 New Jersey Department of Education.

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