Morton Middle School

Summary:

Morton Middle School is a public middle school located in Vandalia, Ohio, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 715 students. The school is part of the Vandalia-Butler City School District, which is ranked 287 out of 835 districts in Ohio and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Morton Middle School consistently performs above the state average in Ohio State Tests across various subjects and grade levels. For example, in 2022-2023, the school had 75.8% of 8th-grade students proficient or better in Science, compared to the state average of 64%. The school also has a more diverse student population compared to some nearby schools, with a racial makeup of 74.69% White, 10.63% African American, 3.78% Hispanic, and 9.65% two or more races. Additionally, Morton Middle School has a lower chronic absenteeism rate of 18.2% compared to nearby schools like Mad River Middle School (40.3%) and Weisenborn Junior High (32.8%). The school also has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 17.1, lower than some nearby schools like Bethel Middle School (21 students per teacher) and Weisenborn Junior High (20 students per teacher).

While Morton Middle School performs well overall, some nearby schools, such as Tippecanoe Middle School and Bethel Middle School, have even stronger academic performance and higher rankings. Tippecanoe Middle School, for instance, ranked 107 out of 1,048 Ohio middle schools in 2022-2023 and had significantly higher proficiency rates in subjects like Science and Mathematics. Additionally, the increasing chronic absenteeism rate at Morton Middle School, from 4.6% in 2019-2020 to 18.2% in 2022-2023, is a concern that the school and Vandalia-Butler City School District should address.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 8555 Peters Pike
       Vandalia, OH  45377-9306


(937) 415-6600

District: Vandalia-Butler City

SchoolDigger Rank:
406th of 1,048 Ohio Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,814 Help


Students who attend Morton Middle School usually attend:

High:    Butler High School

Feeder schools for Morton Middle School:

Elementary:    Demmitt Elementary School
    Helke Elementary School
    Smith Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.1 Help
Number of students:  715

Racial breakdown:

White:
74.7%
African American:
10.6%
Two or more races:
9.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  29.4% Help


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Compare Details Morton Middle School ranks better than 61.3% of middle schools in Ohio. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 64.57. (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: White (74.7%), African American (10.6%), two or more races (9.7%). (See more...)
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Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Morton Middle School is 17.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Morton Middle School is $11,814.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Morton Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Morton Middle School 406th of 1048 Ohio public middle schools. (See Morton Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Vandalia-Butler City:

SchoolDigger ranks Vandalia-Butler City 287th of 835 Ohio school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Morton Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 61.34 183rd 400 54.3%
2005 79.90 114th 692 83.5%
2006 76.96 145th 732 80.2%
2007 78.92 144th 837 82.8%
2008 75.45 194th 835 76.8%
2009 73.85 241st 858 71.9%
2010 76.83 179th 895 80.0%
2011 73.37 265th 925 71.4%
2012 70.62 344th 989 65.2%
2013 72.83 299th 1001 70.1%
2014 75.07 240th 1008 76.2%
2015 63.18 436th 1035 57.9%
2016 61.73 460th 1050 56.2%
2017 64.19 427th 1038 58.9%
2018 63.58 417th 1010 58.7%
2019 64.59 416th 1050 60.4%
2021 64.47 401st 1037 61.3%
2022 63.69 394th 1017 61.3%
2023 64.57 406th 1048 61.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.74 77th 205 62.4%
2019 68.29 57th 206 72.3%
2021 48.11 116th 219 47.0%
2022 55.70 103rd 239 56.9%
2023 69.29 59th 245 75.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 39.73 325th 590 44.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.43 411th 924 55.5%
2019 54.38 493rd 945 47.8%
2021 56.76 393rd 923 57.4%
2022 53.02 439th 947 53.6%
2023 60.52 385th 974 60.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.37 447th 897 50.2%
2019 60.05 438th 917 52.2%
2021 61.17 389th 910 57.3%
2022 59.47 409th 925 55.8%
2023 61.74 396th 943 58.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.57 351st 643 45.4%
2019 38.96 406th 658 38.3%
2021 47.19 247th 576 57.1%
2022 40.59 314th 565 44.4%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.05 268th 521 48.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.49 326th 916 64.4%
2019 66.02 338th 933 63.8%
2021 59.19 393rd 924 57.5%
2022 61.44 363rd 946 61.6%
2023 62.78 381st 963 60.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.58 151st 384 60.7%
2019 68.49 100th 405 75.3%
2021 65.69 88th 385 77.1%
2022 50.55 158th 413 61.7%
2023 64.24 116th 436 73.4%
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Rank History for White students at Morton Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.41 367th 781 53.0%
2019 57.27 365th 796 54.1%
2021 57.45 346th 781 55.7%
2022 57.08 355th 809 56.1%
2023 57.73 352nd 805 56.3%
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Data source: test scores: Ohio 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 Morton Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 477 2 2 3 1 n/a n/a 0 485
1989 468 2 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 472
1990 438 4 6 1 0 n/a n/a 0 449
1991 468 1 5 1 0 n/a n/a 0 475
1992 487 3 8 1 0 n/a n/a 0 499
1993 505 1 8 1 0 n/a n/a 1 516
1994 533 5 8 1 0 n/a n/a 0 547
1995 505 1 11 2 1 n/a n/a 0 520
1996 505 1 11 2 1 n/a n/a 0 520
1997 503 4 11 3 2 n/a n/a 0 523
1998 536 6 10 6 3 n/a n/a 0 561
1999 526 8 10 4 2 n/a n/a 0 550
2000 536 11 5 3 3 n/a n/a 0 558
2001 526 6 6 6 2 n/a n/a 0 546
2002 488 6 9 4 2 n/a n/a 9 518
2003 488 6 9 4 2 n/a n/a 9 518
2004 479 8 11 1 1 n/a n/a 13 513
2005 496 5 11 4 3 n/a n/a 11 530
2006 474 13 13 4 3 n/a n/a 9 516
2007 454 11 11 3 3 n/a n/a 13 495
2008 445 10 10 3 1 n/a n/a 18 487
2009 437 12 7 6 0 n/a n/a 21 483
2010 461 7 7 6 0 n/a n/a 24 505
2011 447 6 6 13 0 0 26 0 498
2012 470 10 9 14 0 0 30 0 533
2013 452 13 5 16 2 0 34 0 522
2014 609 46 8 17 2 1 56 0 739
2015 604 40 11 21 1 0 56 0 733
2016 581 46 13 18 0 0 42 0 700
2017 539 50 20 22 1 0 42 0 674
2018 525 52 16 23 0 0 44 0 660
2019 522 66 15 27 0 0 45 0 675
2020 538 69 14 27 0 0 54 0 702
2021 527 84 11 23 1 1 60 0 707
2022 541 69 8 20 2 1 58 0 699
2023 534 76 5 27 2 2 69 0 715

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 Morton Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 485 28.0 17.3 0
1989 472 28.0 16.8 n/a
1990 449 26.0 17.2 n/a
1991 475 27.0 17.5 n/a
1992 499 31.0 16.0 7.2
1993 516 30.0 17.2 6
1994 547 33.0 16.6 3.8
1995 520 33.0 15.8 4.4
1996 520 33.0 15.8 4.4
1997 523 33.5 15.6 7.8
1998 561 35.0 16.0 7.1
1999 550 35.0 15.7 11.3
2000 558 36.5 15.3 12.5
2001 546 35.2 15.5 12.6
2002 518 39.0 13.3 14.7
2003 518 39.0 13.3 14.7
2004 513 39.0 13.2 15
2005 530 39.0 13.6 15.4
2006 516 40.0 12.9 16.8
2007 495 37.5 13.2 24.3
2008 487 36.0 13.5 n/a
2009 483 36.5 13.2 29.9
2010 505 37.5 13.4 32.2
2011 498 36.4 13.6 33.3
2012 533 38.9 13.6 35.3
2013 522 33.0 15.7 37.4
2014 739 42.5 17.3 36.4
2015 733 n/a n/a 37
2016 700 42.0 16.6 35.4
2017 674 42.5 15.8 32.2
2018 660 42.3 15.6 31.1
2019 675 42.5 15.8 29.3
2020 702 40.4 17.3 28.9
2021 707 39.6 17.8 n/a
2022 699 37.6 18.5 n/a
2023 715 41.8 17.1 29.4

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 Morton Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 485 28.0 17.3 0
1989 472 28.0 16.8 n/a
1990 449 26.0 17.2 n/a
1991 475 27.0 17.5 n/a
1992 499 31.0 16.0 7.2
1993 516 30.0 17.2 6
1994 547 33.0 16.6 3.8
1995 520 33.0 15.8 4.4
1996 520 33.0 15.8 4.4
1997 523 33.5 15.6 7.8
1998 561 35.0 16.0 7.1
1999 550 35.0 15.7 11.3
2000 558 36.5 15.3 12.5
2001 546 35.2 15.5 12.6
2002 518 39.0 13.3 14.7
2003 518 39.0 13.3 14.7
2004 513 39.0 13.2 15
2005 530 39.0 13.6 15.4
2006 516 40.0 12.9 16.8
2007 495 37.5 13.2 24.3
2008 487 36.0 13.5 n/a
2009 483 36.5 13.2 29.9
2010 505 37.5 13.4 32.2
2011 498 36.4 13.6 33.3
2012 533 38.9 13.6 35.3
2013 522 33.0 15.7 37.4
2014 739 42.5 17.3 36.4
2015 733 n/a n/a 37
2016 700 42.0 16.6 35.4
2017 674 42.5 15.8 32.2
2018 660 42.3 15.6 31.1
2019 675 42.5 15.8 29.3
2020 702 40.4 17.3 28.9
2021 707 39.6 17.8 n/a
2022 699 37.6 18.5 n/a
2023 715 41.8 17.1 29.4

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 Morton Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $8,672
2022 $11,648
2023 $11,814

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Morton 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 416th of 1050 Middle schoolsRanks 406th of 1048 Middle schools
 0.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Morton Middle School)68.667.6
 1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Vandalia-Butler City)68.667.6
 1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)60.150
 10.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Morton Middle School)58.965.2
 6.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Vandalia-Butler City)58.665.2
 6.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)56.155
 1.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Morton Middle School)57.944.7
 13.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Vandalia-Butler City)58.544.7
 13.8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)57.547.6
 9.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Morton Middle School)77.175.1
 2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Vandalia-Butler City)77.375.1
 2.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)67.764.8
 2.9%
8th Grade Science (Morton Middle School)85.375.8
 9.5%
   8th Grade Science (Vandalia-Butler City)85.475.7
 9.7%
   8th Grade Science (Ohio)68.264
 4.2%
8th Grade Mathematics (Morton Middle School)37.723.9
 13.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Vandalia-Butler City)37.225
 12.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)57.346.4
 10.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Morton Middle School)68.366.4
 1.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Vandalia-Butler City)68.466.8
 1.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)58.357.5
 0.8%
End of Course Geometry (Morton Middle School)89.684.6
 5%
   End of Course Geometry (Vandalia-Butler City)53.154.5
 1.4%
   End of Course Geometry (Ohio)50.141.8
 8.3%
End of Course Algebra I (Morton Middle School)88.974.8
 14.1%
   End of Course Algebra I (Vandalia-Butler City)69.657.1
 12.5%
   End of Course Algebra I (Ohio)61.153
 8.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students675715
 5.9%
African American6676
 15.2%
American Indian02
Asian155
 66.7%
Hispanic2727
Pacific Islander02
White522534
 2.3%
Two or More Races4569
 53.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients29.3%29.4%
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Frequently Asked Questions about Morton Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 715 students attended Morton Middle School.

Morton Middle School ranks 406th of 1048 Ohio middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Morton Middle School are 75% White, 11% African American, 10% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic.

Students who attend Morton Middle School usually go on to attend Butler High School


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