Swatara Middle School

Public 6-8

 1101 Highland St
       Steelton, PA  17113-1506


 (717) 939-9363

District: Central Dauphin School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
612th of 861 Pennsylvania Middle Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  11.1
Number of students:  517

Racial breakdown:

African American:
29.2%
White:
28.8%
Hispanic:
20.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  67.1%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Friday, November 30, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Swatara Middle School ranked worse than 71.1% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranked 3rd among 4 ranked middle schools in the Central Dauphin School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 29.58. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Swatara Middle School has the smallest middle school student body size in the Central Dauphin School District. Student population at Swatara Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (29.2%), White (28.8%), Hispanic (20.7%). (See more...)
Compare Details 67.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Swatara Middle School is 11.1, which is the lowest among 4 middle schools in the Central Dauphin School District! (See more...)
Compare Swatara Middle School employs 46.3 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Swatara Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Swatara Middle School 612th of 861 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See Swatara Middle School in the ranking list.)

Central Dauphin School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Central Dauphin School District 338th of 603 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Swatara Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 47.37 421st 643 34.5%
2004 34.26 505th 663 23.8%
2005 55.10 375th 687 45.4%
2006 46.54 470th 736 36.1%
2007 39.56 529th 749 29.4%
2008 38.77 541st 753 28.2%
2009 34.87 587th 770 23.8%
2010 40.92 582nd 805 27.7%
2011 27.33 672nd 825 18.5%
2012 32.78 639th 834 23.4%
2013 27.62 594th 758 21.6%
2014 22.06 594th 728 18.4%
2015 34.00 567th 835 32.1%
2016 38.84 567th 870 34.8%
2017 27.37 630th 877 28.2%
2018 29.58 612th 861 28.9%

Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Open Quote While there are many challenges involved with sending my children to Swatara, the dedication and professionalism of the teachers is not one of them. The major impediment to quality education at this school is the discipline, or lack there of, of a faction of the student population. My children have reported abhorrent behavior from students in their classes with no perceivable consequence. I have been involved at Swatara for a number of years and have grown to know many of the teachers personally. The number one complaint that I hear from these teachers is the total disrespect that they receive from some students and the lack of consequences associated with these behaviors. In my opinion this is an outstanding staff that would excel at another school, but are behind the 8 ball here. I have considered alternative schools for my kids, particularly 1, but have not liked my choices. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Open Quote The Principal(Mr. Valentin)and Assistant Principal(Mr. Termin) just do not care about the education of kids in this school. They do not want to communicate with the parents nor do they want to listen to the parents point of view. Instead Mr. Termin tells the parents how to raise their kids. And he's only been at the school a couple of weeks. When talking to him it's like talking in circles. He just doesn't want to listen. He tells you he's been in the district for 25 years and it's his way or no way. Oh, don't just try and go to the school to talk to either one. The secretaries won't let you in the building and they tell you they are not available to see you. They also need to learn how to handle the stress. There have been occasions when they've left me in the office and Nichole (secretary) is crying. If you want a good education and people who care about your kids don't send them to Swatara Middle School. This is not only my opinion. I've talked with several parents and administration at other schools in the district and they all have the same opinion. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Swatara Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 462 60 10 16 0 n/a n/a 0 548
1989 440 54 13 14 0 n/a n/a 0 521
1990 443 64 9 17 0 n/a n/a 0 533
1991 458 67 10 18 0 n/a n/a 0 553
1992 465 85 10 8 0 n/a n/a 0 568
1993 490 86 7 12 0 n/a n/a 0 595
1994 359 57 6 5 0 n/a n/a 0 427
1995 369 79 10 20 1 n/a n/a 0 479
1996 369 79 10 20 1 n/a n/a 0 479
1997 359 67 12 15 0 n/a n/a 0 453
1998 336 87 9 14 0 n/a n/a 0 446
1999 350 106 9 21 0 n/a n/a 0 486
2000 365 110 8 32 0 n/a n/a 0 515
2001 370 138 10 30 0 n/a n/a 0 548
2002 329 169 15 38 0 n/a n/a 0 551
2003 329 169 15 38 0 n/a n/a 0 551
2004 313 195 18 37 0 n/a n/a 0 563
2005 329 227 14 40 1 n/a n/a 0 611
2006 301 185 15 45 1 n/a n/a 0 547
2007 187 137 16 45 0 n/a n/a 0 385
2008 274 178 35 61 0 n/a n/a 0 548
2009 231 136 28 64 2 n/a n/a 28 489
2010 226 149 32 75 2 n/a n/a 15 499
2011 228 139 32 87 2 0 31 0 519
2012 223 149 33 91 1 0 49 0 546
2013 204 147 35 111 1 0 39 0 537
2014 210 143 39 120 0 0 54 0 566
2015 190 151 46 122 2 0 54 0 565
2016 162 150 44 103 3 0 63 0 525
2017 149 151 42 107 4 1 63 0 517

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 Swatara Middle School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 548 38.0 14.4 n/a
1989 521 39.8 13.0 n/a
1990 533 42.7 12.4 0.0
1991 553 43.8 12.6 n/a
1992 568 44.1 12.8 n/a
1993 595 46.0 12.9 n/a
1994 427 36.0 11.9 n/a
1995 479 37.0 12.9 n/a
1996 479 37.0 12.9 n/a
1997 453 39.5 11.5 n/a
1998 446 39.0 11.4 n/a
1999 486 39.6 12.3 n/a
2000 515 39.0 13.2 20.6
2001 548 43.5 12.6 26.1
2002 551 46.3 11.9 41.9
2003 551 46.3 11.9 41.9
2004 563 52.5 10.7 27.7
2005 611 47.6 12.8 37.8
2006 547 48.9 11.2 45.0
2007 385 34.1 11.3 36.1
2008 548 53.4 10.3 45.8
2009 489 47.2 10.4 47.5
2010 499 49.1 10.1 47.3
2011 519 45.3 11.4 46.8
2012 546 44.7 12.2 49.5
2013 537 42.8 12.5 56.4
2014 566 42.5 13.3 60.1
2015 565 45.0 12.5 63.0
2016 525 45.0 11.6 63.4
2017 517 46.3 11.1 67.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Swatara Middle School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 548 38.0 14.4 n/a
1989 521 39.8 13.0 n/a
1990 533 42.7 12.4 0.0
1991 553 43.8 12.6 n/a
1992 568 44.1 12.8 n/a
1993 595 46.0 12.9 n/a
1994 427 36.0 11.9 n/a
1995 479 37.0 12.9 n/a
1996 479 37.0 12.9 n/a
1997 453 39.5 11.5 n/a
1998 446 39.0 11.4 n/a
1999 486 39.6 12.3 n/a
2000 515 39.0 13.2 20.6
2001 548 43.5 12.6 26.1
2002 551 46.3 11.9 41.9
2003 551 46.3 11.9 41.9
2004 563 52.5 10.7 27.7
2005 611 47.6 12.8 37.8
2006 547 48.9 11.2 45.0
2007 385 34.1 11.3 36.1
2008 548 53.4 10.3 45.8
2009 489 47.2 10.4 47.5
2010 499 49.1 10.1 47.3
2011 519 45.3 11.4 46.8
2012 546 44.7 12.2 49.5
2013 537 42.8 12.5 56.4
2014 566 42.5 13.3 60.1
2015 565 45.0 12.5 63.0
2016 525 45.0 11.6 63.4
2017 517 46.3 11.1 67.1

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

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