Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Summary:

Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy is a public middle school in Rahway, New Jersey, serving 675 students in grades 7-8. The school is part of the Rahway Public School District, which is ranked 545 out of 615 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy faces significant challenges, with a diverse student population that is predominantly Hispanic (44.59%) and African American (34.52%), and a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 12.5% in 2018-2019 to 28.0% in 2021-2022. Academically, the school consistently performs below the state average in standardized test scores across all subjects and grade levels, with only 32.4% of 7th-grade students and 30.2% of 8th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state averages of 55.7% and 55.3%, respectively. The school's performance is particularly low for certain student subgroups, such as White, Hispanic, and Special Education students, who rank in the bottom 25% of New Jersey middle schools.

Compared to nearby middle schools, such as Roselle Park Middle School, Grace Wilday Junior High School, and Thomas Edison Intermediate School, Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy's performance lags significantly, with higher academic achievement, lower chronic absenteeism, and better overall ratings from SchoolDigger. The school's ranking and performance have steadily declined over the past decade, and there is little evidence of significant improvement efforts or progress, as the school has maintained a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past decade.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1157 Kline Place
       Rahway, NJ  07065


(732) 396-1025

District: Rahway Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
669th of 748 New Jersey Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,603 Help


Students who attend Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy usually attend:

High:    Rahway High School

Feeder schools for Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy:

Elementary:    Franklin Elementary School
    Grover Cleveland Elementary School
    Madison Elementary School
    Roosevelt Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.2 Help
Number of students:  675

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
44.6%
African American:
34.5%
White:
14.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  48.3% Help


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Compare Details Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy ranks worse than 89.4% of middle schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 13.77. (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 Student population at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (44.6%), African American (34.5%), White (14.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 48.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy is 11.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy is $13,603.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy 669th of 748 New Jersey public middle schools. (See Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy in the ranking list.)

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Rahway Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Rahway Public School District 545th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

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Rank History for all students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 25.64 453rd 574 21.1%
2004 35.43 429th 588 27.0%
2005 31.10 458th 599 23.5%
2006 41.66 431st 615 29.9%
2007 36.19 475th 631 24.7%
2008 35.61 465th 640 27.3%
2009 36.49 491st 664 26.1%
2010 36.85 485th 677 28.4%
2011 30.92 526th 684 23.1%
2012 37.49 494th 677 27.0%
2013 36.86 503rd 704 28.6%
2014 35.17 506th 717 29.4%
2015 18.94 586th 713 17.8%
2016 20.57 578th 713 18.9%
2017 20.25 568th 712 20.2%
2018 31.30 515th 716 28.1%
2019 21.99 585th 745 21.5%
2022 16.01 639th 745 14.2%
2023 13.77 669th 748 10.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.83 38th 202 81.2%
2019 49.13 91st 227 59.9%
2022 47.45 113th 270 58.1%
2023 44.90 138th 288 52.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.89 328th 471 30.4%
2019 23.90 401st 492 18.5%
2022 29.62 382nd 535 28.6%
2023 19.87 460th 505 8.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.35 228th 522 56.3%
2019 41.95 307th 541 43.3%
2022 26.26 411th 549 25.1%
2023 24.29 445th 568 21.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.16 417th 680 38.7%
2019 31.49 502nd 703 28.6%
2022 19.36 596th 726 17.9%
2023 15.74 620th 720 13.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.48 429th 675 36.4%
2019 28.28 512th 697 26.5%
2022 20.75 580th 730 20.5%
2023 19.68 582nd 718 18.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.26 93rd 326 71.5%
2019 41.51 183rd 326 43.9%
2022 31.77 258th 356 27.5%
2023 24.24 305th 361 15.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.52 179th 504 64.5%
2019 38.38 325th 524 38.0%
2022 33.28 401st 591 32.1%
2023 28.61 437th 587 25.6%
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Rank History for White students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.61 335th 497 32.6%
2019 41.39 310th 504 38.5%
2022 13.75 465th 512 9.2%
2023 22.67 424th 509 16.7%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 234 158 9 40 0 n/a n/a 0 441
1989 236 140 10 40 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1990 218 143 6 43 1 n/a n/a 0 411
1991 201 142 5 43 1 n/a n/a 0 392
1992 208 178 13 50 0 n/a n/a 0 449
1993 225 190 8 66 3 n/a n/a 0 492
1994 272 201 7 55 1 n/a n/a 0 536
1995 338 262 21 85 0 n/a n/a 0 706
1996 338 262 21 85 0 n/a n/a 0 706
1998 289 298 23 103 1 n/a n/a 0 714
1999 287 313 27 111 0 n/a n/a 0 738
2000 282 360 31 126 0 n/a n/a 0 799
2001 291 385 30 163 3 n/a n/a 0 872
2002 304 438 35 198 6 n/a n/a 0 981
2003 304 438 35 198 6 n/a n/a 0 981
2004 284 441 37 201 3 n/a n/a 0 966
2005 256 438 32 190 4 n/a n/a 0 920
2006 236 429 31 238 3 n/a n/a 0 937
2007 209 412 25 250 3 n/a n/a 0 899
2008 205 376 20 269 1 n/a n/a 0 871
2009 178 400 20 259 3 1 0 0 861
2010 174 380 25 261 4 0 0 0 844
2011 166 400 19 263 3 0 5 0 856
2012 170 381 20 262 2 0 10 0 845
2013 111 253 16 186 0 0 4 0 570
2014 96 221 19 189 1 0 10 0 536
2015 84 218 13 210 2 0 15 0 542
2016 85 203 13 245 2 1 12 0 561
2017 87 212 11 233 0 1 10 0 554
2018 88 229 12 256 0 1 13 0 599
2019 100 231 12 326 0 1 18 0 688
2020 117 249 22 346 0 0 33 0 767
2021 114 240 19 322 1 0 34 0 730
2022 107 255 19 310 1 0 26 1 719
2023 96 233 25 301 0 1 19 0 675

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

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 441 39.0 11.3 n/a
1989 426 37.0 11.5 n/a
1990 411 37.0 11.1 16.5
1991 392 36.0 10.8 24
1992 449 35.0 12.8 27.2
1993 492 37.2 13.2 31.1
1994 536 43.5 12.3 31.2
1995 706 51.0 13.8 31.7
1996 706 51.0 13.8 31.7
1998 714 48.0 14.9 33.5
1999 738 48.0 15.4 32.7
2000 799 50.2 15.9 43.9
2001 872 51.3 17.0 47
2002 981 67.0 14.6 43.6
2003 981 67.0 14.6 43.6
2004 966 66.6 14.5 43.1
2005 920 67.6 13.6 n/a
2006 937 68.6 13.7 45.7
2007 899 68.0 13.2 49.5
2008 871 56.0 15.6 48
2009 861 67.9 10.0 50.6
2010 844 57.0 14.8 56.8
2011 856 48.0 17.8 58.6
2012 845 60.9 13.8 62
2013 570 51.0 11.1 63.9
2014 536 50.6 10.5 58.6
2015 542 50.0 10.8 61.4
2016 561 51.0 11.0 56.7
2017 554 49.5 11.1 42.6
2018 599 52.5 11.4 55.8
2019 688 57.5 11.9 58
2020 767 62.8 12.2 46.2
2021 730 60.0 12.1 50.5
2022 719 61.0 11.7 31.2
2023 675 60.0 11.2 48.3

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 Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 441 39.0 11.3 n/a
1989 426 37.0 11.5 n/a
1990 411 37.0 11.1 16.5
1991 392 36.0 10.8 24
1992 449 35.0 12.8 27.2
1993 492 37.2 13.2 31.1
1994 536 43.5 12.3 31.2
1995 706 51.0 13.8 31.7
1996 706 51.0 13.8 31.7
1998 714 48.0 14.9 33.5
1999 738 48.0 15.4 32.7
2000 799 50.2 15.9 43.9
2001 872 51.3 17.0 47
2002 981 67.0 14.6 43.6
2003 981 67.0 14.6 43.6
2004 966 66.6 14.5 43.1
2005 920 67.6 13.6 n/a
2006 937 68.6 13.7 45.7
2007 899 68.0 13.2 49.5
2008 871 56.0 15.6 48
2009 861 67.9 10.0 50.6
2010 844 57.0 14.8 56.8
2011 856 48.0 17.8 58.6
2012 845 60.9 13.8 62
2013 570 51.0 11.1 63.9
2014 536 50.6 10.5 58.6
2015 542 50.0 10.8 61.4
2016 561 51.0 11.0 56.7
2017 554 49.5 11.1 42.6
2018 599 52.5 11.4 55.8
2019 688 57.5 11.9 58
2020 767 62.8 12.2 46.2
2021 730 60.0 12.1 50.5
2022 719 61.0 11.7 31.2
2023 675 60.0 11.2 48.3

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 Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $221 (1.6%) $13,382 (98.4%) $13,603

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 585th of 745 Middle schoolsRanks 669th of 748 Middle schools
 10.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)46.532.4
 14.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Rahway Public School District)46.532.4
 14.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.855.7
 7.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)21.58.8
 12.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Rahway Public School District)21.58.8
 12.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)42.133.8
 8.3%
7th Grade Algebra I (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)8452.4
 31.6%
   7th Grade Algebra I (Rahway Public School District)8452.4
 31.6%
   7th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)9589.4
 5.6%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)56.930.2
 26.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Rahway Public School District)56.930.2
 26.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.955.3
 7.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)00
   8th Grade Mathematics (Rahway Public School District)00
   8th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)29.317.8
 11.5%
8th Grade Algebra I (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)23.87.2
 16.6%
   8th Grade Algebra I (Rahway Public School District)23.87.2
 16.6%
   8th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)75.166
 9.1%
8th Grade Geometry (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)66.741.7
 25%
   8th Grade Geometry (Rahway Public School District)66.741.7
 25%
   8th Grade Geometry (New Jersey)93.480.8
 12.6%
End of Course Algebra I (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)29.410.9
 18.5%
   End of Course Algebra I (Rahway Public School District)19.88.3
 11.5%
   End of Course Algebra I (New Jersey)43.335.1
 8.2%
End of Course Geometry (Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy)66.741.7
 25%
   End of Course Geometry (Rahway Public School District)7.217
 9.8%
   End of Course Geometry (New Jersey)32.251.2
 19%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students688675
 1.9%
African American231233
 0.9%
American Indian00
Asian1225
 108.3%
Hispanic326301
 7.7%
Pacific Islander11
White10096
 4%
Two or More Races1819
 5.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients58%48.3%
 9.7%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 675 students attended Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy.

Students at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy are 45% Hispanic, 35% African American, 14% White, 4% Asian, 3% Two or more races.

Students who attend Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy usually go on to attend Rahway High School

Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy ranks in the bottom 10.6% of New Jersey middle schools.


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