Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

Summary:

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School is a public middle school located in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, serving 465 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Northern Lehigh School District, which is ranked 137 out of 606 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School consistently performs well academically, with higher proficiency rates on PSSA tests compared to the state average across all subjects and grade levels. In 2022-2023, the school's proficiency rates were 39.8% in Math, 79.4% in Science, and 70.1% in English Language Arts, all exceeding the state averages. The school's student population is predominantly White at 89.89%, which is significantly higher than the racial diversity of some nearby schools, such as Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. Northwestern Lehigh Middle School has also maintained a 0.0% dropout rate for the past five school years and has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 12.4, suggesting a more personalized learning environment.

When compared to nearby middle schools, Northwestern Lehigh Middle School stands out for its consistent high performance. The school has consistently ranked among the top middle schools in Pennsylvania, with a statewide ranking between 141 and 155 out of 893 schools in the past five years. Its performance on PSSA tests is particularly strong for certain student subgroups, such as White students, low socioeconomic status students, and disabled students, indicating that the school is effectively serving these populations. Additionally, Northwestern Lehigh Middle School has significantly higher proficiency rates in Math, Science, and English Language Arts compared to schools like Whitehall-Coplay Middle School and Northampton Area Middle School.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 6636 Northwest Rd
       New Tripoli, PA  18066-2006


(610) 298-8661

District: Northwestern Lehigh School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
141st of 893 Pennsylvania Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,615 Help


Students who attend Northwestern Lehigh Middle School usually attend:

High:    Northwestern Lehigh High School

Feeder schools for Northwestern Lehigh Middle School:

Elementary:    Northwestern Lehigh Elementary School
    Weisenberg Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.4 Help
Number of students:  465

Racial breakdown:

White:
89.9%
Hispanic:
4.5%
Two or more races:
2.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25.4% Help


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Compare Details Northwestern Lehigh Middle School ranks better than 84.2% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 80.73. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (89.9%), Hispanic (4.5%), two or more races (2.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 25.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School is 12.4. (See more...)
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Compare Northwestern Lehigh Middle School employs 37.2 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School is $18,615.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Northwestern Lehigh Middle School 141st of 893 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See Northwestern Lehigh Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Northwestern Lehigh School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Northwestern Lehigh School District 137th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 75.83 162nd 643 74.8%
2004 72.60 194th 663 70.7%
2005 83.16 100th 687 85.4%
2006 70.82 211th 736 71.3%
2007 71.88 205th 749 72.6%
2008 80.42 101st 753 86.6%
2009 74.17 182nd 770 76.4%
2010 73.98 183rd 805 77.3%
2011 70.00 257th 825 68.8%
2012 70.46 271st 834 67.5%
2013 75.31 179th 758 76.4%
2014 75.61 156th 728 78.6%
2015 78.61 154th 835 81.6%
2016 76.62 180th 870 79.3%
2017 75.12 200th 877 77.2%
2018 77.40 177th 861 79.4%
2019 79.07 160th 891 82.0%
2021 77.07 141st 797 82.3%
2022 78.22 155th 883 82.4%
2023 80.73 141st 893 84.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 70.03 199th 874 77.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 73.98 89th 660 86.5%
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Rank History for White students at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 70.81 158th 681 76.8%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept 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.

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1993 696 3 4 11 0 n/a n/a 0 714
1994 688 5 3 12 0 n/a n/a 0 708
1995 707 1 3 9 0 n/a n/a 0 720
1996 707 1 3 9 0 n/a n/a 0 720
1997 719 5 3 12 0 n/a n/a 0 739
1998 724 5 7 12 1 n/a n/a 0 749
1999 699 7 10 7 0 n/a n/a 0 723
2000 719 5 9 8 0 n/a n/a 0 741
2001 666 4 9 12 1 n/a n/a 0 692
2002 743 4 6 11 1 n/a n/a 0 765
2003 743 4 6 11 1 n/a n/a 0 765
2004 719 5 5 15 0 n/a n/a 0 744
2005 709 6 7 15 2 n/a n/a 0 739
2006 698 4 8 16 2 n/a n/a 0 728
2007 707 2 8 17 3 n/a n/a 0 737
2008 692 4 8 19 2 n/a n/a 0 725
2009 675 7 4 22 1 n/a n/a 0 709
2010 520 5 3 16 1 n/a n/a 0 545
2011 482 10 4 30 2 1 1 0 530
2012 508 7 8 29 2 1 1 0 556
2013 502 6 13 29 2 1 1 0 554
2014 502 6 10 24 1 0 1 0 544
2015 492 4 8 26 0 0 1 0 531
2016 484 4 7 32 0 0 0 0 527
2017 480 4 11 33 1 0 2 0 531
2018 482 6 10 29 0 0 8 0 535
2019 466 6 7 27 2 0 10 0 518
2020 450 9 5 31 4 0 11 0 510
2021 458 9 3 24 4 0 9 0 507
2022 425 15 3 21 2 0 15 0 481
2023 418 10 2 21 1 0 13 0 465

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 Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1993 714 35.5 20.1 n/a
1994 708 36.5 19.4 n/a
1995 720 37.8 19.0 n/a
1996 720 37.8 19.0 n/a
1997 739 38.4 19.2 n/a
1998 749 40.2 18.6 n/a
1999 723 40.4 17.9 n/a
2000 741 43.2 17.2 7.3
2001 692 44.0 15.7 5.9
2002 765 48.7 15.7 8.2
2003 765 48.7 15.7 8.2
2004 744 46.0 16.2 7.5
2005 739 47.0 15.7 8.5
2006 728 48.3 15.1 10.6
2007 737 54.8 13.4 11.9
2008 725 53.8 13.5 12.7
2009 709 54.9 12.9 11.8
2010 545 42.8 12.7 9.2
2011 530 39.7 13.3 8.7
2012 556 39.5 14.0 10.3
2013 554 38.7 14.3 14.3
2014 544 39.4 13.8 10.8
2015 531 40.0 13.2 15.4
2016 527 41.0 12.8 16.3
2017 531 42.0 12.6 18.8
2018 535 41.3 12.9 16.3
2019 518 38.8 13.3 15.6
2020 510 39.0 13.0 22
2021 507 38.9 13.0 20.1
2022 481 36.4 13.1 21.8
2023 465 37.2 12.4 25.4

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 Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1993 714 35.5 20.1 n/a
1994 708 36.5 19.4 n/a
1995 720 37.8 19.0 n/a
1996 720 37.8 19.0 n/a
1997 739 38.4 19.2 n/a
1998 749 40.2 18.6 n/a
1999 723 40.4 17.9 n/a
2000 741 43.2 17.2 7.3
2001 692 44.0 15.7 5.9
2002 765 48.7 15.7 8.2
2003 765 48.7 15.7 8.2
2004 744 46.0 16.2 7.5
2005 739 47.0 15.7 8.5
2006 728 48.3 15.1 10.6
2007 737 54.8 13.4 11.9
2008 725 53.8 13.5 12.7
2009 709 54.9 12.9 11.8
2010 545 42.8 12.7 9.2
2011 530 39.7 13.3 8.7
2012 556 39.5 14.0 10.3
2013 554 38.7 14.3 14.3
2014 544 39.4 13.8 10.8
2015 531 40.0 13.2 15.4
2016 527 41.0 12.8 16.3
2017 531 42.0 12.6 18.8
2018 535 41.3 12.9 16.3
2019 518 38.8 13.3 15.6
2020 510 39.0 13.0 22
2021 507 38.9 13.0 20.1
2022 481 36.4 13.1 21.8
2023 465 37.2 12.4 25.4

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $208 (1.2%) $17,322 (98.8%) $17,530
2020 $207 (1.1%) $17,804 (98.9%) $18,010
2021 $204 (1.2%) $17,400 (98.8%) $17,603
2022 $722 (3.9%) $17,893 (96.1%) $18,615

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 160th of 891 Middle schoolsRanks 141st of 893 Middle schools
 2.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Math (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)53.845.9
 7.9%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)75.767.8
 7.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
7th Grade Math (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)49.736.1
 13.6%
   7th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)38.233.2
 5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)69.574.3
 4.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.554.5
 6%
8th Grade Math (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)41.437.6
 3.8%
   8th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)32.226
 6.2%
8th Grade Science (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)74.579.4
 4.9%
   8th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)58.257
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)68.768.5
 0.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)57.952.8
 5.1%
All Grades Math (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)48.239.8
 8.4%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)74.579.4
 4.9%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Northwestern Lehigh Middle School)71.170.1
 1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.953.8
 7.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students518465
 10.2%
African American610
 66.7%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian72
 71.4%
Hispanic2721
 22.2%
Pacific Islander00
White466418
 10.3%
Two or More Races1013
 30%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.6%25.4%
 9.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

Students who attend Northwestern Lehigh Middle School usually go on to attend Northwestern Lehigh High School

Students at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School are 90% White, 5% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races, 2% African American.

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School ranks 141st of 893 Pennsylvania middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 465 students attended Northwestern Lehigh Middle School.


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