Willard Middle School

Summary:

Willard Middle School is a public middle school serving 299 students in grades 5-8 in Willard, Ohio, which is part of the Willard City School District. The school faces several challenges, including a high percentage of Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, high chronic absenteeism rates, and declining academic performance compared to state and local averages.

Willard Middle School stands out for its significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (29.77%) compared to nearby schools like Bellevue Middle School (0%) and Shelby Middle School (14.24%). The school has also struggled with high chronic absenteeism rates, reaching as high as 45% in 2021-2022, which is much higher than the surrounding schools, which range from 6.9% to 22.8%. Additionally, Willard Middle School's test scores, particularly in mathematics, are generally lower than the state and surrounding school averages, with only 30.9% of 6th-grade students proficient or better in 2022-2023, compared to the state average of 50%.

Despite having a relatively low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 7.6 to 14.9 over the past few years, Willard Middle School's overall performance has declined significantly, from a high ranking of 25 out of 400 Ohio middle schools in 2003-2004 to a ranking of 630 out of 1,048 in 2022-2023. This trend is concerning and may be influenced by the school's high rates of poverty, as indicated by the 66.22% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, which is significantly higher than the surrounding schools. Addressing these challenges will be crucial for Willard Middle School to improve its academic performance and provide a better educational experience for its students.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 One Flashes Avenue
       Willard, OH  44890-9646


(419) 935-0181

District: Willard City

SchoolDigger Rank:
630th of 1,048 Ohio Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,748 Help


Students who attend Willard Middle School usually attend:

High:    Willard High School

Feeder schools for Willard Middle School:

Elementary:    Willard Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  7.6 Help
Number of students:  299

Racial breakdown:

White:
66.2%
Hispanic:
29.8%
Two or more races:
2.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  66.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Willard Middle School ranks worse than 60.1% of middle schools in Ohio. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 44.23. (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 (66.2%), Hispanic (29.8%), two or more races (2.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 66.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Willard Middle School is 7.6. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Willard Middle School is $9,748.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Willard Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Willard Middle School 630th of 1048 Ohio public middle schools. (See Willard Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Willard City:

SchoolDigger ranks Willard City 519th of 835 Ohio school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Willard Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 87.41 25th 400 93.8%
2015 38.64 692nd 1035 33.1%
2016 40.83 667th 1050 36.5%
2017 35.41 706th 1038 32.0%
2018 35.41 692nd 1010 31.5%
2019 43.96 657th 1050 37.4%
2021 42.40 632nd 1037 39.1%
2022 50.35 547th 1017 46.2%
2023 44.23 630th 1048 39.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.81 77th 107 28.0%
2019 37.38 78th 127 38.6%
2021 43.05 66th 134 50.7%
2022 58.33 31st 110 71.8%
2023 57.07 40th 113 64.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 20.35 524th 590 11.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.57 720th 924 22.1%
2019 32.95 687th 945 27.3%
2021 37.76 592nd 923 35.9%
2022 50.62 470th 947 50.4%
2023 43.00 572nd 974 41.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.39 653rd 897 27.2%
2019 41.49 620th 917 32.4%
2021 47.87 521st 910 42.7%
2022 45.06 547th 925 40.9%
2023 38.51 616th 943 34.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.82 603rd 643 6.2%
2019 27.73 520th 658 21.0%
2021 15.53 572nd 576 0.7%
2022 20.62 509th 565 9.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.58 677th 916 26.1%
2019 40.61 626th 933 32.9%
2021 27.01 670th 924 27.5%
2022 46.34 527th 946 44.3%
2023 42.43 586th 963 39.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.48 144th 192 25.0%
2019 34.93 155th 222 30.2%
2021 40.89 134th 228 41.2%
2022 36.49 162nd 247 34.4%
2023 44.58 136th 249 45.4%
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Rank History for White students at Willard Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.29 654th 781 16.3%
2019 31.91 615th 796 22.7%
2021 26.82 605th 781 22.5%
2022 45.38 462nd 809 42.9%
2023 29.53 620th 805 23.0%
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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 Willard Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 125 0 0 23 0 n/a n/a 0 148
1989 114 0 0 29 0 n/a n/a 0 143
1990 139 2 0 25 0 n/a n/a 0 166
1991 129 3 0 20 0 n/a n/a 0 152
1992 148 4 0 26 0 n/a n/a 0 178
1993 142 5 0 33 0 n/a n/a 0 180
1994 156 4 0 21 0 n/a n/a 0 181
1995 148 3 0 25 0 n/a n/a 0 176
1996 148 3 0 25 0 n/a n/a 0 176
1997 181 4 1 44 0 n/a n/a 0 230
1998 174 3 0 34 0 n/a n/a 0 211
1999 169 3 1 25 0 n/a n/a 0 198
2000 149 2 0 31 0 n/a n/a 0 182
2001 148 2 0 23 0 n/a n/a 0 173
2002 139 1 0 20 0 n/a n/a 2 162
2003 139 1 0 20 0 n/a n/a 2 162
2004 148 0 0 15 0 n/a n/a 3 166
2005 134 0 0 14 0 n/a n/a 3 151
2006 140 0 0 15 0 n/a n/a 2 157
2007 134 0 0 11 0 n/a n/a 4 149
2008 124 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 3 134
2009 137 1 0 11 0 n/a n/a 2 151
2010 128 0 1 9 0 n/a n/a 2 140
2011 104 2 0 28 0 0 5 0 139
2012 101 0 0 22 0 0 5 0 128
2013 87 0 0 22 0 0 7 0 116
2014 117 1 0 39 0 0 9 0 166
2015 137 0 0 32 0 0 6 0 175
2016 231 0 1 105 0 0 12 0 349
2017 254 1 0 113 1 0 15 0 384
2018 236 1 0 119 0 0 14 0 370
2019 241 1 0 126 1 0 9 0 378
2020 250 3 0 120 0 0 6 0 379
2021 228 2 0 119 1 0 5 0 355
2022 206 2 0 104 1 0 6 0 319
2023 198 2 1 89 1 0 8 0 299

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 Willard Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 148 7.0 21.1 0
1989 143 7.0 20.4 n/a
1990 166 6.5 25.5 n/a
1991 152 6.5 23.3 n/a
1992 178 6.0 29.6 23.6
1993 180 6.0 30.0 33.9
1994 181 6.0 30.2 26.5
1995 176 6.0 29.3 28.4
1996 176 6.0 29.3 28.4
1997 230 7.0 32.9 23.9
1998 211 7.0 30.1 18.5
1999 198 7.0 28.3 27.8
2000 182 7.0 26.0 25.3
2001 173 7.0 24.7 32.4
2002 162 7.0 23.1 32.5
2003 162 7.0 23.1 32.5
2004 166 7.0 23.7 38
2005 151 7.8 19.4 37.2
2006 157 7.6 20.7 26.5
2007 149 8.2 18.2 36.6
2008 134 6.6 20.3 n/a
2009 151 8.1 18.6 51.7
2010 140 8.0 17.3 53.6
2011 139 7.8 17.7 75.5
2012 128 7.9 16.0 70.3
2013 116 6.9 16.6 71.6
2014 166 9.4 17.5 68.7
2015 175 n/a n/a 68.6
2016 349 16.0 21.8 65.3
2017 384 21.4 17.9 59.1
2018 370 21.2 17.3 61.9
2019 378 23.0 16.3 67.5
2020 379 20.7 18.2 68.3
2021 355 23.7 14.9 n/a
2022 319 24.6 12.9 n/a
2023 299 38.9 7.6 66.2

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 Willard Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 148 7.0 21.1 0
1989 143 7.0 20.4 n/a
1990 166 6.5 25.5 n/a
1991 152 6.5 23.3 n/a
1992 178 6.0 29.6 23.6
1993 180 6.0 30.0 33.9
1994 181 6.0 30.2 26.5
1995 176 6.0 29.3 28.4
1996 176 6.0 29.3 28.4
1997 230 7.0 32.9 23.9
1998 211 7.0 30.1 18.5
1999 198 7.0 28.3 27.8
2000 182 7.0 26.0 25.3
2001 173 7.0 24.7 32.4
2002 162 7.0 23.1 32.5
2003 162 7.0 23.1 32.5
2004 166 7.0 23.7 38
2005 151 7.8 19.4 37.2
2006 157 7.6 20.7 26.5
2007 149 8.2 18.2 36.6
2008 134 6.6 20.3 n/a
2009 151 8.1 18.6 51.7
2010 140 8.0 17.3 53.6
2011 139 7.8 17.7 75.5
2012 128 7.9 16.0 70.3
2013 116 6.9 16.6 71.6
2014 166 9.4 17.5 68.7
2015 175 n/a n/a 68.6
2016 349 16.0 21.8 65.3
2017 384 21.4 17.9 59.1
2018 370 21.2 17.3 61.9
2019 378 23.0 16.3 67.5
2020 379 20.7 18.2 68.3
2021 355 23.7 14.9 n/a
2022 319 24.6 12.9 n/a
2023 299 38.9 7.6 66.2

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Willard Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $8,919
2022 $8,896
2023 $9,748

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Willard 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 657th of 1050 Middle schoolsRanks 630th of 1048 Middle schools
 2.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Willard Middle School)52.530.9
 21.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Willard City)52.530.9
 21.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)60.150
 10.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Willard Middle School)42.536.2
 6.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Willard City)42.536.2
 6.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)56.155
 1.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Willard Middle School)42.650.5
 7.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Willard City)42.650.5
 7.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)57.547.6
 9.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Willard Middle School)54.972.5
 17.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Willard City)54.972.5
 17.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)67.764.8
 2.9%
8th Grade Science (Willard Middle School)59.454.9
 4.5%
   8th Grade Science (Willard City)59.454.9
 4.5%
   8th Grade Science (Ohio)68.264
 4.2%
8th Grade Mathematics (Willard Middle School)51.232.9
 18.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Willard City)51.232.9
 18.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)57.346.4
 10.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Willard Middle School)59.448.4
 11%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Willard City)59.448.4
 11%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)58.357.5
 0.8%
End of Course Algebra I (Willard Middle School)95.594.4
 1.1%
   End of Course Algebra I (Willard City)42.347.8
 5.5%
   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 Students378299
 20.9%
African American12
 100%
American Indian11
Asian01
Hispanic12689
 29.4%
Pacific Islander00
White241198
 17.8%
Two or More Races98
 11.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients67.5%66.2%
 1.2%


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Willard Middle School ranks 630th of 1048 Ohio middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 299 students attended Willard Middle School.

Students at Willard Middle School are 66% White, 30% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

Students who attend Willard Middle School usually go on to attend Willard High School


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