Whittier Middle School

Summary:

Whittier Middle School is a public middle school in Norman, Oklahoma, serving 1,016 students in grades 6-8. This school consistently outperforms the district and state in academic proficiency, with a diverse student population and a lower percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch compared to nearby schools.

Whittier Middle School's academic performance is impressive, with 36% of 6th graders proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 32% in Norman and 26% statewide. In 8th grade Mathematics, Whittier had 32% proficient or better, compared to 19% in Norman and 15% statewide. The school's diverse student population, with 55.61% White, 16.83% Hispanic, 5.22% Asian, and 13.78% two or more races, is higher than nearby schools like Irving Middle School (45.69% White) and Longfellow Middle School (55.43% White).

Whittier Middle School's strong performance is reflected in its ranking, with the school placed 56 out of 149 middle schools in Oklahoma for the 2022-2023 school year and a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger. This is higher than the nearby Irving Middle School (ranked 125 and 1-star) and Longfellow Middle School (ranked 95 and 2-star). While Whittier excels in many areas, there may be opportunities to enhance support and resources for students with disabilities, as the school's ranking for this subgroup suggests room for improvement.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 2000 West Brooks Street
       Norman, OK  73069-3069


(405) 366-5956

District: Norman

SchoolDigger Rank:
56th of 149 Oklahoma Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,304 Help


Students who attend Whittier Middle School usually attend:

High:    Norman North High School

Feeder schools for Whittier Middle School:

Elementary:    Adams Elementary School
    Cleveland Elementary School
    Roosevelt Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.1 Help
Number of students:  1,016

Racial breakdown:

White:
55.6%
Hispanic:
16.8%
Two or more races:
13.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  39.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Whittier Middle School ranks better than 62.4% of middle schools in Oklahoma. It also ranks first among 4 ranked middle schools in the Norman School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 54.09. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Whittier Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Norman School District. Student population at Whittier Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (55.6%), Hispanic (16.8%), two or more races (13.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 39.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Norman School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Whittier Middle School is 17.1. 2 middle schools in the Norman School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Whittier Middle School is $7,304, which is the lowest among 4 middle schools in the Norman School District!
Schooldigger Rankings:

Whittier Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Whittier Middle School 56th of 149 Oklahoma public middle schools. (See Whittier Middle School in the ranking list.)

Norman:

SchoolDigger ranks Norman 118th of 295 Oklahoma school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Whittier Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Whittier Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 86.02 19th 521 96.4%
2010 84.85 22nd 539 95.9%
2011 85.95 19th 542 96.5%
2015 85.55 14th 297 95.3%
2016 86.08 23rd 332 93.1%
2017 74.32 37th 238 84.5%
2018 66.85 54th 233 76.8%
2019 64.28 62nd 228 72.8%
2021 68.46 72nd 407 82.3%
2022 64.72 35th 171 79.5%
2023 54.09 56th 149 62.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Whittier Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 69.40 16th 80 80.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Whittier Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 46.74 143rd 278 48.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Whittier Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 65.56 12th 34 64.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Whittier Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 77.44 4th 16 75.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Whittier Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 51.16 50th 102 51.0%
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Rank History for White students at Whittier Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 57.82 82nd 257 68.1%
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Data source: test scores: Oklahoma State 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: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Whittier Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 592 19 14 8 54 n/a n/a 0 687
1989 656 16 11 10 64 n/a n/a 0 757
1990 696 24 11 8 68 n/a n/a 0 807
1991 726 29 21 9 77 n/a n/a 0 862
1992 733 23 29 11 90 n/a n/a 0 886
1993 802 32 22 12 73 n/a n/a 0 941
1994 846 43 34 23 51 n/a n/a 0 997
1995 872 33 38 24 55 n/a n/a 0 1022
1996 872 33 38 24 55 n/a n/a 0 1022
1997 839 30 39 29 69 n/a n/a 0 1006
1998 752 26 20 19 49 n/a n/a 0 866
1999 762 32 30 24 50 n/a n/a 0 898
2000 758 27 33 23 46 n/a n/a 0 887
2001 710 25 46 23 38 n/a n/a 0 842
2002 729 28 34 36 34 n/a n/a 0 861
2003 729 28 34 36 34 n/a n/a 0 861
2004 737 27 11 38 68 n/a n/a 0 881
2005 710 30 43 44 44 n/a n/a 0 871
2006 717 33 45 42 49 n/a n/a 0 886
2007 744 44 40 51 40 n/a n/a 0 919
2008 755 26 45 54 47 n/a n/a 0 927
2009 790 36 55 62 58 n/a n/a 0 1001
2010 793 51 73 81 82 n/a n/a 0 1080
2011 726 35 61 97 55 3 97 0 1074
2012 714 33 61 107 54 3 89 0 1061
2013 702 37 50 107 55 4 117 0 1072
2014 700 38 55 129 44 6 146 0 1118
2015 745 42 50 119 52 3 119 0 1130
2016 716 43 56 134 54 1 116 0 1120
2017 711 44 42 143 50 0 122 0 1112
2018 685 39 51 159 49 0 158 0 1141
2019 718 44 44 168 35 0 149 0 1158
2020 714 49 67 177 29 0 151 0 1187
2021 576 56 63 155 32 0 125 0 1007
2022 542 37 67 177 38 0 145 0 1006
2023 565 39 53 171 44 4 140 0 1016

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 Whittier Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 687 39.0 17.6 n/a
1989 757 41.4 18.2 n/a
1990 807 41.0 19.6 n/a
1991 862 47.1 18.3 n/a
1992 886 50.4 17.5 11.2
1993 941 54.7 17.2 n/a
1994 997 59.3 16.8 10.8
1995 1022 55.5 18.4 11.9
1996 1022 55.5 18.4 11.9
1997 1006 55.3 18.2 11.5
1998 866 50.2 17.3 13.4
1999 898 50.2 17.9 13
2000 887 52.2 17.0 14.8
2001 842 51.6 16.3 13.9
2002 861 50.4 17.1 18.5
2003 861 50.4 17.1 18.5
2004 881 44.0 20.0 22.1
2005 871 50.3 17.3 24.7
2006 886 54.1 16.4 25.1
2007 919 56.1 16.4 26.1
2008 927 57.1 16.2 26.5
2009 1001 56.8 17.6 26.9
2010 1080 67.7 15.9 27.1
2011 1074 56.9 18.8 25.2
2012 1061 55.9 18.9 31
2013 1072 60.3 17.7 31.3
2014 1118 59.7 18.7 30.3
2015 1130 60.0 18.8 31.1
2016 1120 58.0 19.3 30.6
2017 1112 56.9 19.5 31.3
2018 1141 56.0 20.3 26.3
2019 1158 58.5 19.7 33.4
2020 1187 58.9 20.1 33.8
2021 1007 59.6 16.8 32.1
2022 1006 57.6 17.4 31.5
2023 1016 59.3 17.1 39.7

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 Whittier Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 687 39.0 17.6 n/a
1989 757 41.4 18.2 n/a
1990 807 41.0 19.6 n/a
1991 862 47.1 18.3 n/a
1992 886 50.4 17.5 11.2
1993 941 54.7 17.2 n/a
1994 997 59.3 16.8 10.8
1995 1022 55.5 18.4 11.9
1996 1022 55.5 18.4 11.9
1997 1006 55.3 18.2 11.5
1998 866 50.2 17.3 13.4
1999 898 50.2 17.9 13
2000 887 52.2 17.0 14.8
2001 842 51.6 16.3 13.9
2002 861 50.4 17.1 18.5
2003 861 50.4 17.1 18.5
2004 881 44.0 20.0 22.1
2005 871 50.3 17.3 24.7
2006 886 54.1 16.4 25.1
2007 919 56.1 16.4 26.1
2008 927 57.1 16.2 26.5
2009 1001 56.8 17.6 26.9
2010 1080 67.7 15.9 27.1
2011 1074 56.9 18.8 25.2
2012 1061 55.9 18.9 31
2013 1072 60.3 17.7 31.3
2014 1118 59.7 18.7 30.3
2015 1130 60.0 18.8 31.1
2016 1120 58.0 19.3 30.6
2017 1112 56.9 19.5 31.3
2018 1141 56.0 20.3 26.3
2019 1158 58.5 19.7 33.4
2020 1187 58.9 20.1 33.8
2021 1007 59.6 16.8 32.1
2022 1006 57.6 17.4 31.5
2023 1016 59.3 17.1 39.7

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 Whittier Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $418 (5.7%) $6,885 (94.3%) $7,304

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Whittier Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 62nd of 228 Middle schoolsRanks 56th of 149 Middle schools
 10.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts I (Whittier Middle School)4836
 12%
   6th Grade English Language Arts I (Norman)4132
 9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts I (Oklahoma)3626
 10%
6th Grade Mathematics (Whittier Middle School)4035
 5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Norman)3027
 3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Oklahoma)3123
 8%
7th Grade English Language Arts I (Whittier Middle School)3630
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts I (Norman)3324
 9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts I (Oklahoma)2921
 8%
7th Grade Mathematics (Whittier Middle School)4332
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Norman)3423
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Oklahoma)3324
 9%
8th Grade English Language Arts I (Whittier Middle School)3928
 11%
   8th Grade English Language Arts I (Norman)3726
 11%
   8th Grade English Language Arts I (Oklahoma)3120
 11%
8th Grade Mathematics (Whittier Middle School)2832
 4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Norman)2619
 7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Oklahoma)2315
 8%
8th Grade Science (Whittier Middle School)6344
 19%
   8th Grade Science (Norman)4740
 7%
   8th Grade Science (Oklahoma)4035
 5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students11581016
 12.3%
African American4439
 11.4%
American Indian3544
 25.7%
Asian4453
 20.5%
Hispanic168171
 1.8%
Pacific Islander04
White718565
 21.3%
Two or More Races149140
 6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients33.4%39.7%
 6.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Whittier Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,016 students attended Whittier Middle School.

Students who attend Whittier Middle School usually go on to attend Norman North High School

Whittier Middle School ranks 56th of 149 Oklahoma middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Whittier Middle School are 56% White, 17% Hispanic, 14% Two or more races, 5% Asian, 4% American Indian, 4% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

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