John F. Deering Middle

Summary:

John F. Deering Middle School is a public middle school located in West Warwick, Rhode Island, serving grades 5-8 with a total enrollment of 1,069 students. The school is part of the West Warwick School District, which is ranked 51 out of 59 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

John F. Deering Middle School consistently underperforms compared to the state and district averages on standardized tests, with only 12.7% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 8.5% proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to state averages over 30% and 25% respectively. The school's student population is predominantly White at 65.48%, higher than the state average, and it has a high percentage of students, 57.34%, receiving free or reduced-price lunch, significantly higher than nearby Archie R. Cole Middle School at 7.67%. John F. Deering Middle School has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Rhode Island middle schools and has a 1-out-of-5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Despite the school's current challenges, there is an opportunity for John F. Deering Middle School to improve its performance and provide a better educational experience for its students. By addressing the underlying factors that contribute to the school's low performance, such as resource allocation, teacher support, and targeted interventions, the school could potentially see significant improvements in the future. When compared to nearby middle schools like Davisville Middle School, Archie R. Cole Middle School, and Hope Highlands Middle School, John F. Deering Middle School stands out as an underperforming institution, highlighting the need for targeted improvement efforts.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 2 Webster Knight Drive
       West Warwick, RI  02893


(401) 822-8445

District: West Warwick

SchoolDigger Rank:
55th of 64 Rhode Island Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,271 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  11.7 Help
Number of students:  1,069

Racial breakdown:

White:
65.5%
Hispanic:
21.0%
African American:
5.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  57.3% Help


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Compare Details John F. Deering Middle ranks worse than 85.9% of middle schools in Rhode Island. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.59. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (65.5%), Hispanic (21%), African American (5.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 57.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at John F. Deering Middle is 11.7. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at John F. Deering Middle is $14,271.
Schooldigger Rankings:

John F. Deering Middle was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks John F. Deering Middle 55th of 64 Rhode Island public middle schools. (See John F. Deering Middle in the ranking list.)

West Warwick:

SchoolDigger ranks West Warwick 51st of 59 Rhode Island school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for John F. Deering Middle

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 39.91 33rd 53 37.7%
2010 41.44 34th 54 37.0%
2011 49.89 27th 49 44.9%
2012 39.19 34th 48 29.2%
2013 36.77 34th 48 29.2%
2014 30.98 38th 49 22.4%
2015 50.23 25th 59 57.6%
2016 48.53 28th 59 52.5%
2017 37.92 34th 57 40.4%
2018 28.10 34th 53 35.8%
2019 21.35 46th 61 24.6%
2021 19.20 44th 62 29.0%
2022 16.67 50th 60 16.7%
2023 12.59 55th 64 14.1%
See the entire list of Rhode Island Middle School Rankings!

Data source: test scores: Rhode Island Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for John F. Deering Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 828 10 4 23 13 n/a n/a 0 878
1989 888 5 2 17 1 n/a n/a 0 913
1990 858 11 8 14 8 n/a n/a 0 899
1991 907 13 8 25 6 n/a n/a 0 959
1992 883 20 6 13 5 n/a n/a 0 927
1993 870 20 5 32 8 n/a n/a 0 935
1994 859 22 7 35 8 n/a n/a 0 931
1995 719 7 6 16 5 n/a n/a 0 753
1996 719 7 6 16 5 n/a n/a 0 753
1997 666 16 17 24 0 n/a n/a 0 723
1998 768 51 13 41 3 n/a n/a 0 876
1999 810 21 12 38 1 n/a n/a 0 882
2000 827 24 21 29 1 n/a n/a 0 902
2001 811 14 21 30 6 n/a n/a 0 882
2002 774 28 17 49 14 n/a n/a 0 882
2003 774 28 17 49 14 n/a n/a 0 882
2004 818 32 14 59 10 n/a n/a 0 933
2005 787 29 20 70 12 n/a n/a 0 918
2006 768 35 23 79 15 n/a n/a 0 920
2007 728 37 22 78 9 n/a n/a 0 874
2008 713 49 20 68 4 n/a n/a 0 854
2009 672 31 18 70 8 n/a n/a 0 799
2010 637 31 18 87 10 n/a n/a 0 783
2011 811 31 19 115 10 1 7 0 994
2012 819 43 15 117 7 0 9 0 1010
2013 776 41 22 112 11 0 14 0 976
2014 816 41 16 116 9 1 12 0 1011
2015 771 53 18 121 10 1 20 0 994
2016 770 52 21 120 8 1 28 0 1000
2017 767 57 21 124 9 3 28 0 1009
2018 780 58 26 144 9 5 34 0 1056
2019 781 68 29 160 13 5 41 0 1097
2020 794 66 38 188 14 5 40 0 1145
2021 786 59 27 203 18 5 43 0 1141
2022 731 61 24 208 12 3 48 0 1087
2023 700 56 23 225 14 3 47 1 1069

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 John F. Deering Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 878 n/a n/a 15.9
1989 913 n/a n/a 18.4
1990 899 n/a n/a 12.6
1991 959 60.7 15.7 14.7
1992 927 67.0 13.8 17.6
1993 935 63.0 14.8 17.4
1994 931 64.0 14.5 15.6
1995 753 58.0 13.0 22.3
1996 753 58.0 13.0 22.3
1997 723 53.0 13.6 26.8
1998 876 76.5 11.5 19.2
1999 882 74.0 11.9 44.2
2000 902 71.4 12.6 33.6
2001 882 64.0 13.8 35.7
2002 882 n/a n/a 35
2003 882 n/a n/a 35
2004 933 64.0 14.6 38.6
2005 918 68.3 13.4 27.3
2006 920 74.0 12.4 36.1
2007 874 61.0 14.3 32.3
2008 854 68.6 12.4 43.2
2009 799 71.0 9.7 46.3
2010 783 65.0 12.0 48.4
2011 994 84.0 11.8 46.3
2012 1010 88.0 11.4 54.2
2013 976 75.0 13.0 57.3
2014 1011 62.0 16.3 54.6
2015 994 80.0 12.4 54.2
2016 1000 84.0 11.9 52.1
2017 1009 89.5 11.2 51.4
2018 1056 88.5 11.9 48.7
2019 1097 90.0 12.1 51.6
2020 1145 90.8 12.6 53.8
2021 1141 90.6 12.5 54.7
2022 1087 87.6 12.4 53.1
2023 1069 91.1 11.7 57.3

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 John F. Deering Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 878 n/a n/a 15.9
1989 913 n/a n/a 18.4
1990 899 n/a n/a 12.6
1991 959 60.7 15.7 14.7
1992 927 67.0 13.8 17.6
1993 935 63.0 14.8 17.4
1994 931 64.0 14.5 15.6
1995 753 58.0 13.0 22.3
1996 753 58.0 13.0 22.3
1997 723 53.0 13.6 26.8
1998 876 76.5 11.5 19.2
1999 882 74.0 11.9 44.2
2000 902 71.4 12.6 33.6
2001 882 64.0 13.8 35.7
2002 882 n/a n/a 35
2003 882 n/a n/a 35
2004 933 64.0 14.6 38.6
2005 918 68.3 13.4 27.3
2006 920 74.0 12.4 36.1
2007 874 61.0 14.3 32.3
2008 854 68.6 12.4 43.2
2009 799 71.0 9.7 46.3
2010 783 65.0 12.0 48.4
2011 994 84.0 11.8 46.3
2012 1010 88.0 11.4 54.2
2013 976 75.0 13.0 57.3
2014 1011 62.0 16.3 54.6
2015 994 80.0 12.4 54.2
2016 1000 84.0 11.9 52.1
2017 1009 89.5 11.2 51.4
2018 1056 88.5 11.9 48.7
2019 1097 90.0 12.1 51.6
2020 1145 90.8 12.6 53.8
2021 1141 90.6 12.5 54.7
2022 1087 87.6 12.4 53.1
2023 1069 91.1 11.7 57.3

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 John F. Deering Middle

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $174 (1.3%) $13,262 (98.7%) $13,436
2019 $229 (1.7%) $13,602 (98.3%) $13,831
2020 $241 (1.8%) $13,281 (98.2%) $13,521
2021 $430 (3.0%) $13,841 (97.0%) $14,271

Data source: Rhode Island Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on John F. Deering Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 46th of 61 Middle schoolsRanks 55th of 64 Middle schools
 10.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade English Language Arts (John F. Deering Middle)20.613.5
 7.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (West Warwick)20.513.5
 7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)39.135.1
 4%
6th Grade English Language Arts (John F. Deering Middle)17.98.1
 9.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (West Warwick)17.98.1
 9.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)39.131.9
 7.2%
6th Grade Mathematics (John F. Deering Middle)23.37.3
 16%
   6th Grade Mathematics (West Warwick)23.37.3
 16%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)2828.7
 0.8%
7th Grade English Language Arts (John F. Deering Middle)1313.7
 0.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (West Warwick)1313.6
 0.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)31.529
 2.5%
7th Grade Mathematics (John F. Deering Middle)16.110.4
 5.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (West Warwick)1610.3
 5.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)27.625.7
 1.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (John F. Deering Middle)27.215.2
 12%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (West Warwick)2715.2
 11.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)36.332.2
 4.1%
8th Grade Mathematics (John F. Deering Middle)16.314.1
 2.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (West Warwick)16.314.1
 2.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)24.523
 1.5%
All Grades English Language Arts (John F. Deering Middle)19.512.7
 6.8%
   All Grades English Language Arts (West Warwick)24.517.1
 7.4%
All Grades Mathematics (John F. Deering Middle)17.38.5
 8.8%
   All Grades Mathematics (West Warwick)17.19.2
 7.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students10971069
 2.6%
African American6856
 17.6%
American Indian1314
 7.7%
Asian2923
 20.7%
Hispanic160225
 40.6%
Pacific Islander53
 40%
White781700
 10.4%
Two or More Races4147
 14.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients51.6%57.3%
 5.7%


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Students at John F. Deering Middle are 65% White, 21% Hispanic, 5% African American, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 1% American Indian.

John F. Deering Middle ranks in the bottom 14.1% of Rhode Island middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,069 students attended John F. Deering Middle.


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