Jackson Middle School

Summary:

Jackson Middle School is a high-performing public middle school in Portland, Oregon, serving 791 students in grades 6-8. The school consistently ranks among the top middle schools in the state, with exceptional academic performance that exceeds district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas.

One of the key strengths of Jackson Middle School is its diverse student population, with higher percentages of African American, Hispanic, and multi-racial students compared to nearby schools. This diversity contributes to the positive learning environment and cultural richness of the school. Additionally, Jackson Middle School excels in supporting the academic achievement of various student subgroups, including African American, Hispanic, and Special Education students, who consistently rank among the top in the state.

When compared to other middle schools in the Portland School District 1J, such as West Sylvan Middle School, Sellwood Middle School, and Gray Middle School, Jackson Middle School consistently outperforms them on state assessments and maintains a higher overall ranking. However, when compared to schools in the neighboring Lake Oswego School District, such as Lakeridge Middle School and Lake Oswego Middle School, Jackson Middle School's performance, while still strong, is not as exceptional.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 10625 SW 35th
       Portland, OR  97219-6960


(503) 916-5680

District: Portland School District 1J

SchoolDigger Rank:
41st of 380 Oregon Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $27,409 Help


Students who attend Jackson Middle School usually attend:

High:    Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Feeder schools for Jackson Middle School:

Elementary:    Capitol Hill Elementary School
    Maplewood Elementary School
    Markham Elementary School
    Stephenson Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  22.2 Help
Number of students:  791

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.3%
Hispanic:
10.0%
Two or more races:
9.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Jackson Middle School ranks better than 89.2% of middle schools in Oregon. It also ranks 5th among 14 ranked middle schools in the Portland School District 1J. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 86.65. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Jackson Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Portland School District 1J. Racial makeup is: White (68.3%), Hispanic (10%), two or more races (9.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 25.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Jackson Middle School is 22.2, which is the highest among 14 middle schools in the Portland School District 1J! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Jackson Middle School is $27,409, which is the lowest among 14 middle schools in the Portland School District 1J!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Jackson Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Jackson Middle School 41st of 380 Oregon public middle schools. (See Jackson Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Portland School District 1J:

SchoolDigger ranks Portland School District 1J 18th of 139 Oregon school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Jackson Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 89.60 16th 270 94.1%
2005 90.46 16th 271 94.1%
2006 85.60 21st 285 92.6%
2007 89.73 13th 295 95.6%
2008 89.05 14th 315 95.6%
2009 75.78 57th 323 82.4%
2010 72.23 63rd 343 81.6%
2011 75.89 50th 357 86.0%
2012 67.09 110th 395 72.2%
2013 73.07 85th 377 77.5%
2014 77.18 67th 382 82.5%
2015 85.45 38th 381 90.0%
2016 86.32 33rd 383 91.4%
2017 81.74 46th 382 88.0%
2018 85.10 40th 384 89.6%
2019 88.73 33rd 379 91.3%
2022 80.90 51st 367 86.1%
2023 86.65 41st 380 89.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.48 22nd 137 83.9%
2019 80.89 16th 115 86.1%
2022 56.58 37th 110 66.4%
2023 77.14 19th 114 83.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.26 5th 46 89.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.91 25th 206 87.9%
2019 91.17 6th 156 96.2%
2022 71.55 19th 143 86.7%
2023 89.50 6th 150 96.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.85 97th 325 70.2%
2019 55.55 99th 282 64.9%
2022 81.35 50th 364 86.3%
2023 64.47 75th 312 76.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.56 28th 342 91.8%
2019 91.28 15th 277 94.6%
2022 80.44 45th 310 85.5%
2023 86.57 33rd 323 89.8%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 58.23 45th 93 51.6%
2023 72.54 23rd 103 77.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.01 49th 341 85.6%
2019 83.74 38th 291 86.9%
2022 81.59 39th 312 87.5%
2023 88.44 31st 318 90.3%
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Rank History for African American students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.22 16th 40 60.0%
2019 47.27 11th 23 52.2%
2022 58.52 7th 24 70.8%
2023 65.91 3rd 21 85.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.27 28th 210 86.7%
2019 85.10 12th 191 93.7%
2022 85.61 12th 194 93.8%
2023 91.27 13th 201 93.5%
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Rank History for White students at Jackson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.46 33rd 357 90.8%
2019 89.52 22nd 344 93.6%
2022 84.69 33rd 355 90.7%
2023 88.50 34th 360 90.6%
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Data source: test scores: Oregon 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: Oregon Department of Education

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by a parent
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Open Quote Jackson school supports grades six through eight. Our son is presently in the eighth grade and began his Jackson education in the seventh grade. The students who make up the Jackson student body are a mixed bag of varying affluency as well as religious and ethnic backgrounds.

The school not only focuses on a good academic education but also places an emphasis on the role of the arts. Students are generally respectful (from my limited experience) and seem to respect the teachers and grounds. I've never seen any signs of vandalism. That being said, the school is very nice and has an outdoor track and plenty of well kept grass. The walls inside the school are covered in murals that have been painted by students which, remarkably, look as though they were professionally commissioned.

On the academic front, I've found that my son has learned a lot of math and social studies. Writing, on the other hand, is not quite up to my expectations. There seems to be a focus on creative writing and a lack of focus on grammar. I feel that all students should have a good foundation of the parts of speech- especially if they go on to learn a second language- it's invaluable. Reading has been required since he started attending the school. One change I would like to see is that the students read books from a required reading list. If all the students read the same material, write papers on the it and share with each other, they will read a better quality of literature and learn more from it than reading old paperback.

Overall I'm very pleased with Jackson. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Jackson Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1991 588 22 27 9 4 n/a n/a 0 650
1992 620 17 30 15 4 n/a n/a 0 686
1993 639 18 32 15 5 n/a n/a 0 709
1994 655 22 33 22 5 n/a n/a 0 737
1995 684 23 28 40 10 n/a n/a 0 785
1996 684 23 28 40 10 n/a n/a 0 785
1997 710 17 33 25 10 n/a n/a 0 795
1998 696 14 39 15 6 n/a n/a 0 770
1999 760 20 38 18 6 n/a n/a 0 842
2000 708 28 40 24 8 n/a n/a 0 808
2001 675 35 47 27 12 n/a n/a 0 796
2002 694 35 49 40 5 n/a n/a 0 823
2003 694 35 49 40 5 n/a n/a 0 823
2004 641 28 47 47 5 n/a n/a 0 768
2005 623 39 53 50 6 n/a n/a 2 773
2006 534 45 54 49 10 n/a n/a 0 692
2007 512 46 54 57 10 n/a n/a 9 688
2008 540 41 49 47 15 n/a n/a 22 714
2009 530 50 47 50 8 n/a n/a 27 712
2010 475 56 32 53 5 n/a n/a 30 651
2011 432 37 28 55 5 3 24 0 584
2012 391 33 21 52 5 5 26 0 533
2013 389 30 14 58 4 3 36 0 534
2014 391 27 15 62 2 5 31 0 533
2015 398 38 17 44 4 3 44 0 548
2016 443 48 17 42 3 3 51 0 607
2017 417 51 16 47 4 5 56 0 596
2018 484 43 16 56 3 3 54 0 659
2019 545 45 17 65 5 3 66 1 747
2020 560 49 28 69 3 2 82 0 793
2021 546 57 30 75 3 6 80 6 803
2022 522 51 26 65 1 6 76 6 753
2023 540 59 20 79 1 8 77 7 791

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 Jackson Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 650 36.2 17.9 7.5
1992 686 36.4 18.8 8.7
1993 709 36.1 19.6 9.3
1994 737 39.2 18.8 9
1995 785 38.5 20.4 0
1996 785 38.5 20.4 0
1997 795 37.0 21.5 10.4
1998 770 35.5 21.7 12.3
1999 842 37.0 22.8 11.5
2000 808 37.6 21.5 9.4
2001 796 39.8 20.0 8.3
2002 823 38.5 21.4 11.2
2003 823 38.5 21.4 11.2
2004 768 38.5 19.9 14.3
2005 773 37.3 20.7 19.5
2006 692 37.0 18.7 18.1
2007 688 37.0 18.6 18.1
2008 714 34.5 20.7 20.7
2009 712 35.3 20.1 22.6
2010 651 32.1 20.2 27.5
2011 584 28.2 20.6 25.9
2012 533 26.1 20.3 27.4
2013 534 26.6 20.0 25.7
2014 533 25.2 21.0 25
2015 548 27.0 20.2 24.3
2016 607 27.0 22.4 26
2017 596 30.0 19.8 27.5
2018 659 31.9 20.6 23.5
2019 747 34.8 21.4 19.5
2020 793 35.5 22.3 20.7
2021 803 37.3 21.4 n/a
2022 753 35.0 21.5 n/a
2023 791 35.5 22.2 25.7

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 Jackson Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 650 36.2 17.9 7.5
1992 686 36.4 18.8 8.7
1993 709 36.1 19.6 9.3
1994 737 39.2 18.8 9
1995 785 38.5 20.4 0
1996 785 38.5 20.4 0
1997 795 37.0 21.5 10.4
1998 770 35.5 21.7 12.3
1999 842 37.0 22.8 11.5
2000 808 37.6 21.5 9.4
2001 796 39.8 20.0 8.3
2002 823 38.5 21.4 11.2
2003 823 38.5 21.4 11.2
2004 768 38.5 19.9 14.3
2005 773 37.3 20.7 19.5
2006 692 37.0 18.7 18.1
2007 688 37.0 18.6 18.1
2008 714 34.5 20.7 20.7
2009 712 35.3 20.1 22.6
2010 651 32.1 20.2 27.5
2011 584 28.2 20.6 25.9
2012 533 26.1 20.3 27.4
2013 534 26.6 20.0 25.7
2014 533 25.2 21.0 25
2015 548 27.0 20.2 24.3
2016 607 27.0 22.4 26
2017 596 30.0 19.8 27.5
2018 659 31.9 20.6 23.5
2019 747 34.8 21.4 19.5
2020 793 35.5 22.3 20.7
2021 803 37.3 21.4 n/a
2022 753 35.0 21.5 n/a
2023 791 35.5 22.2 25.7

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Jackson Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 n/a n/a $14,223
2020 n/a n/a $14,504
2021 n/a n/a $15,729
2022 $1,330 (4.9%) $26,079 (95.1%) $27,409

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Jackson Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 33rd of 379 Middle schoolsRanks 41st of 380 Middle schools
 2.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Jackson Middle School)72.856.8
 16%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Portland School District 1J)55.751.7
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)51.541
 10.5%
6th Grade Mathematics (Jackson Middle School)60.249.4
 10.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Portland School District 1J)42.642.6
   6th Grade Mathematics (Oregon)37.128.1
 9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Jackson Middle School)79.272.5
 6.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Portland School District 1J)59.356.4
 2.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)54.943.8
 11.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Jackson Middle School)60.867.7
 6.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Portland School District 1J)49.446.3
 3.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Oregon)40.129.6
 10.5%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Jackson Middle School)7461.1
 12.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Portland School District 1J)59.254
 5.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)53.241.9
 11.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Jackson Middle School)57.245.9
 11.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Portland School District 1J)4740.1
 6.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Oregon)38.325.5
 12.8%
8th Grade Science (Jackson Middle School)51.739.2
 12.5%
   8th Grade Science (Portland School District 1J)46.337.7
 8.6%
   8th Grade Science (Oregon)37.526
 11.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students747791
 5.9%
African American4559
 31.1%
American Indian51
 80%
Asian1720
 17.6%
Hispanic6579
 21.5%
Pacific Islander38
 166.7%
White545540
 0.9%
Two or More Races6677
 16.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19.5%25.7%
 6.1%


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Students at Jackson Middle School are 68% White, 10% Hispanic, 10% Two or more races, 7% African American, 3% Asian, 1% Pacific Islander.

Jackson Middle School ranks 41st of 380 Oregon middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Jackson Middle School usually go on to attend Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 791 students attended Jackson Middle School.


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

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