Avenel Middle School

Summary:

Avenel Middle School is a public middle school serving grades 6-8 in the Woodbridge Township School District in New Jersey, with a student population of 587 that is predominantly White, Hispanic, and Asian.

Despite its relatively low student-teacher ratio, Avenel Middle School has consistently underperformed compared to state and district averages. The school's test scores are significantly lower than the state, with only 19.9% of 6th graders proficient or better in English Language Arts and just 12% of 8th graders meeting or exceeding math standards. Avenel Middle School also struggles with high chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 6% to 17.7% over the past several years, and has a high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with 48.38% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. When compared to nearby schools, such as Iselin Middle School, Avenel Middle School's performance lags behind, with lower test scores and a higher chronic absenteeism rate.

The school's performance has declined over the past several years, dropping from a 3-star rating in 2013-2014 to a 1-star rating in the most recent school year. While the school's performance varies across different student subgroups, with relatively better rankings for its African American and English Language Learner students, it struggles to meet the needs of its Hispanic and White student populations. Addressing these challenges will require a comprehensive, data-driven approach that focuses on improving instructional practices, increasing student engagement, and providing targeted support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 Woodbine Avenue
       Avenel, NJ  07001


(732) 596-4210

District: Woodbridge Township School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
540th of 748 New Jersey Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,251 Help


Students who attend Avenel Middle School usually attend:

High:    Woodbridge High School

Feeder schools for Avenel Middle School:

Elementary:    Avenel Street Elementary School
    Matthew Jago Elementary School
    Woodbine Avenue Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  7.9 Help
Number of students:  587

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
30.5%
White:
28.8%
African American:
23.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  48.4% Help


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Compare Details Avenel Middle School ranks worse than 72.2% of middle schools in New Jersey. It also ranks 4th among 5 ranked middle schools in the Woodbridge Township School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 26.88. (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 Avenel Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (30.5%), White (28.8%), African American (23%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 48.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Avenel Middle School is 7.9, which is the lowest among 5 middle schools in the Woodbridge Township School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Avenel Middle School is $9,251, which is the 2nd highest among 5 middle schools in the Woodbridge Township School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Avenel Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Avenel Middle School 540th of 748 New Jersey public middle schools. (See Avenel Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Woodbridge Township School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Woodbridge Township School District 383rd of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Avenel Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 49.41 378th 574 34.1%
2004 62.98 293rd 588 50.2%
2005 65.43 273rd 599 54.4%
2006 59.67 333rd 615 45.9%
2007 63.39 297th 631 52.9%
2008 60.69 326th 640 49.1%
2009 66.75 280th 664 57.8%
2010 58.03 365th 677 46.1%
2011 59.93 333rd 684 51.3%
2012 61.16 326th 677 51.8%
2013 59.83 339th 704 51.8%
2014 60.86 333rd 717 53.6%
2015 39.38 439th 713 38.4%
2016 30.61 512th 713 28.2%
2017 23.76 542nd 712 23.9%
2018 30.73 520th 716 27.4%
2019 31.95 515th 745 30.9%
2021 40.99 342nd 652 47.5%
2022 28.14 522nd 745 29.9%
2023 26.88 540th 748 27.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 87.21 10th 197 94.9%
2023 37.65 171st 288 40.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.11 299th 471 36.5%
2019 34.62 309th 492 37.2%
2021 34.36 244th 401 39.2%
2022 32.26 345th 535 35.5%
2023 26.88 396th 505 21.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.24 341st 522 34.7%
2019 41.59 309th 541 42.9%
2021 59.43 112th 467 76.0%
2022 35.82 347th 549 36.8%
2023 30.73 396th 568 30.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.82 457th 680 32.8%
2019 29.59 511th 703 27.3%
2021 46.43 297th 625 52.5%
2022 28.22 516th 726 28.9%
2023 26.24 527th 720 26.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.88 513th 675 24.0%
2019 34.10 470th 697 32.6%
2021 38.14 341st 635 46.3%
2022 29.64 502nd 730 31.2%
2023 26.72 516th 718 28.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 3.96 184th 200 8.0%
2019 11.60 172nd 199 13.6%
2021 24.41 119th 147 19.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.38 188th 326 42.3%
2019 49.29 148th 326 54.6%
2021 45.94 132nd 291 54.6%
2022 34.50 240th 356 32.6%
2023 41.26 196th 361 45.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.81 331st 504 34.3%
2019 37.90 332nd 524 36.6%
2021 45.11 229th 480 52.3%
2022 22.08 498th 591 15.7%
2023 23.24 482nd 587 17.9%
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Rank History for White students at Avenel Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.33 473rd 497 4.8%
2019 10.99 471st 504 6.5%
2021 32.72 310th 435 28.7%
2022 19.68 442nd 512 13.7%
2023 16.20 452nd 509 11.2%
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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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Data source: New Jersey Department of Education

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by a parent
Friday, December 16, 2016

Open Quote The school is always sending discipline for minor petty and senseless infractions.
Its a prison setting, students can't laugh, can't talk only speak when spoken to.
But you will never get a positive phone call saying how well your child is doing in school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Avenel Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 46 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 48
1989 47 2 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 51
1990 40 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 41
1991 426 39 41 43 0 n/a n/a 0 549
1992 421 40 35 44 0 n/a n/a 0 540
1993 409 37 41 49 0 n/a n/a 0 536
1994 439 46 65 60 0 n/a n/a 0 610
1995 442 61 76 50 1 n/a n/a 0 630
1996 442 61 76 50 1 n/a n/a 0 630
1998 404 81 96 61 1 n/a n/a 0 643
1999 390 83 95 55 1 n/a n/a 0 624
2000 350 87 107 57 0 n/a n/a 0 601
2001 417 105 106 83 0 n/a n/a 0 711
2002 406 99 135 101 0 n/a n/a 0 741
2003 406 99 135 101 0 n/a n/a 0 741
2004 394 120 124 101 1 n/a n/a 0 740
2005 382 132 105 104 1 n/a n/a 0 724
2006 375 126 102 113 2 n/a n/a 0 718
2007 333 123 98 105 0 n/a n/a 0 659
2008 292 114 101 127 1 n/a n/a 0 635
2009 282 115 107 126 0 1 0 0 631
2010 269 103 107 122 1 0 0 0 602
2011 292 112 97 132 2 0 1 0 636
2012 260 111 96 128 4 0 3 0 602
2013 246 125 104 142 1 0 2 0 620
2014 223 136 122 149 1 0 1 0 632
2015 211 112 124 150 0 0 5 0 602
2016 211 126 118 141 0 0 4 0 600
2017 209 113 109 134 0 0 5 0 570
2018 206 110 122 157 0 0 2 0 597
2019 216 102 109 156 0 0 7 0 590
2020 204 110 99 178 1 0 10 0 602
2021 208 111 103 191 1 0 12 0 626
2022 184 131 114 204 0 0 4 0 637
2023 169 135 99 179 0 0 5 0 587

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 Avenel Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 48 12.0 4.0 n/a
1989 51 13.0 3.9 n/a
1990 41 13.0 3.1 14.6
1991 549 47.0 11.6 6.4
1992 540 52.0 10.3 6.1
1993 536 51.0 10.5 9.5
1994 610 51.0 12.0 11.5
1995 630 55.0 11.5 11.4
1996 630 55.0 11.5 11.4
1998 643 62.4 10.3 14.9
1999 624 61.4 10.2 13.8
2000 601 63.6 9.4 23
2001 711 63.9 11.1 25.3
2002 741 71.0 10.4 25.9
2003 741 71.0 10.4 25.9
2004 740 71.0 10.4 28.2
2005 724 73.0 9.9 n/a
2006 718 69.0 10.4 34
2007 659 67.0 9.8 31.6
2008 635 51.0 12.5 34.5
2009 631 55.5 9.7 37.6
2010 602 56.0 10.7 40
2011 636 49.0 12.9 44.3
2012 602 60.5 9.9 45.8
2013 620 66.8 9.2 42.6
2014 632 67.0 9.4 51.6
2015 602 67.0 8.9 50.8
2016 600 65.0 9.2 53
2017 570 65.0 8.7 50.7
2018 597 66.0 9.0 49.1
2019 590 67.0 8.8 50.3
2020 602 66.0 9.1 53.3
2021 626 69.0 9.0 50.5
2022 637 74.0 8.6 38.1
2023 587 74.0 7.9 48.4

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 Avenel Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 48 12.0 4.0 n/a
1989 51 13.0 3.9 n/a
1990 41 13.0 3.1 14.6
1991 549 47.0 11.6 6.4
1992 540 52.0 10.3 6.1
1993 536 51.0 10.5 9.5
1994 610 51.0 12.0 11.5
1995 630 55.0 11.5 11.4
1996 630 55.0 11.5 11.4
1998 643 62.4 10.3 14.9
1999 624 61.4 10.2 13.8
2000 601 63.6 9.4 23
2001 711 63.9 11.1 25.3
2002 741 71.0 10.4 25.9
2003 741 71.0 10.4 25.9
2004 740 71.0 10.4 28.2
2005 724 73.0 9.9 n/a
2006 718 69.0 10.4 34
2007 659 67.0 9.8 31.6
2008 635 51.0 12.5 34.5
2009 631 55.5 9.7 37.6
2010 602 56.0 10.7 40
2011 636 49.0 12.9 44.3
2012 602 60.5 9.9 45.8
2013 620 66.8 9.2 42.6
2014 632 67.0 9.4 51.6
2015 602 67.0 8.9 50.8
2016 600 65.0 9.2 53
2017 570 65.0 8.7 50.7
2018 597 66.0 9.0 49.1
2019 590 67.0 8.8 50.3
2020 602 66.0 9.1 53.3
2021 626 69.0 9.0 50.5
2022 637 74.0 8.6 38.1
2023 587 74.0 7.9 48.4

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Avenel Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $9,251

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Avenel Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 515th of 745 Middle schoolsRanks 540th of 748 Middle schools
 3.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Avenel Middle School)37.919.9
 18%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Woodbridge Township School District)44.436.9
 7.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)56.149
 7.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Avenel Middle School)30.127.4
 2.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Woodbridge Township School District)35.833.4
 2.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)40.634.3
 6.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Avenel Middle School)52.529.9
 22.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Woodbridge Township School District)50.739.2
 11.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.855.7
 7.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Avenel Middle School)38.718.5
 20.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Woodbridge Township School District)41.730.7
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)42.133.8
 8.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Avenel Middle School)45.639.6
 6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Woodbridge Township School District)49.541.5
 8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.955.3
 7.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Avenel Middle School)12.412
 0.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Woodbridge Township School District)2423.5
 0.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)29.317.8
 11.5%
8th Grade Algebra I (Avenel Middle School)88.593.3
 4.8%
   8th Grade Algebra I (Woodbridge Township School District)92.996.5
 3.6%
   8th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)75.166
 9.1%
End of Course Algebra I (Avenel Middle School)88.993.3
 4.4%
   End of Course Algebra I (Woodbridge Township School District)48.136.7
 11.4%
   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 Students590587
 0.5%
African American102135
 32.4%
American Indian00
Asian10999
 9.2%
Hispanic156179
 14.7%
Pacific Islander00
White216169
 21.8%
Two or More Races75
 28.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients50.3%48.4%
 2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Avenel Middle School

Students who attend Avenel Middle School usually go on to attend Woodbridge High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 587 students attended Avenel Middle School.

Students at Avenel Middle School are 30% Hispanic, 29% White, 23% African American, 17% Asian.

Avenel Middle School ranks 540th of 748 New Jersey middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.


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