Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

Summary:

Jackson Central-Merry Early College High is a public high school in Jackson, Tennessee that serves 240 students in grades 9-12 and is part of the Madison County school district, which is ranked 128 out of 139 districts in the state.

Despite being part of a lower-ranked district, Jackson Central-Merry Early College High consistently ranks among the top 100 high schools in Tennessee, with a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school outperforms the district and state averages in key academic areas like English and Biology, and has particularly strong performance among African American, White, and low socioeconomic status students. This suggests a focus on equity and inclusion that is noteworthy given the district's overall low ranking.

The school's success is further highlighted by its proximity to several other high schools in the area, including Liberty Technology Magnet High School, North Side High School, South Side High School, and Madison Academic Magnet High School. This proximity presents opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing that could potentially benefit the entire Madison County district.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 215 Allen AVE
       Jackson, TN  38301


(731) 664-2575

District: Madison County

SchoolDigger Rank:
105th of 374 Tennessee High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,710 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  17.7 Help
Number of students:  240

Racial breakdown:

African American:
66.3%
White:
19.2%
Hispanic:
8.3%
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Compare Details Jackson Central-Merry Early College High ranks better than 71.9% of high schools in Tennessee. It also ranks 2nd among 5 ranked high schools in the Madison County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2024 the calculated Average Standard Score was 66.29. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Jackson Central-Merry Early College High has the smallest high school student body size in the Madison County School District. Racial makeup is: African American (66.3%), White (19.2%), Hispanic (8.3%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High is 17.7, which is the highest among 5 high schools in the Madison County School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High is $9,710, which is the lowest among 5 high schools in the Madison County School District!
Schooldigger 2024 Rankings:

Jackson Central-Merry Early College High:

SchoolDigger ranks Jackson Central-Merry Early College High 105th of 374 Tennessee public high schools. (See Jackson Central-Merry Early College High in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Madison County:

SchoolDigger ranks Madison County 128th of 139 Tennessee school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

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Rank History for all students at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 53.87 116th 342 66.1%
2021 68.50 46th 347 86.7%
2022 61.80 93rd 358 74.0%
2023 63.48 89th 384 76.8%
2024 66.29 105th 374 71.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.72 23rd 308 92.5%
2019 39.68 180th 302 40.4%
2021 94.44 2nd 317 99.4%
2022 58.30 81st 322 74.8%
2023 91.24 4th 330 98.8%
2024 65.39 69th 318 78.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 55.95 112th 337 66.8%
2021 58.10 94th 340 72.4%
2022 51.34 144th 350 58.9%
2023 53.20 148th 366 59.6%
2024 71.44 77th 346 77.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 43.32 166th 329 49.5%
2021 72.62 34th 332 89.8%
2022 80.39 27th 349 92.3%
2023 74.36 46th 359 87.2%
2024 55.13 137th 348 60.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.45 22nd 199 88.9%
2019 70.02 24th 187 87.2%
2021 75.84 14th 208 93.3%
2022 70.80 25th 222 88.7%
2023 67.20 42nd 239 82.4%
2024 75.59 34th 225 84.9%
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Rank History for White students at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.35 62nd 307 79.8%
2021 75.87 31st 306 89.9%
2022 68.37 58th 312 81.4%
2023 96.88 4th 325 98.8%
2024 56.51 113th 309 63.4%
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Data source: test scores: Tennessee 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.

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Enrollment information for Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 19 102 1 17 0 0 2 0 141
2018 28 142 3 20 0 0 3 0 196
2019 29 158 4 26 0 1 6 0 224
2020 40 156 2 27 0 1 6 0 232
2021 42 159 2 25 0 1 6 0 235
2022 48 154 5 26 0 1 5 0 239
2023 46 159 5 20 0 1 9 0 240

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 Central-Merry Early College High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 141 10.0 14.1 n/a
2018 196 9.1 21.5 n/a
2019 224 11.1 20.1 n/a
2020 232 11.5 20.1 n/a
2021 235 14.3 16.3 n/a
2022 239 18.7 12.7 n/a
2023 240 13.5 17.7 n/a

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 Central-Merry Early College High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 141 10.0 14.1 n/a
2018 196 9.1 21.5 n/a
2019 224 11.1 20.1 n/a
2020 232 11.5 20.1 n/a
2021 235 14.3 16.3 n/a
2022 239 18.7 12.7 n/a
2023 240 13.5 17.7 n/a

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 Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $532 (6.1%) $7,962 (91.8%) $8,677
2020 $421 (4.9%) $8,049 (93.6%) $8,598
2021 $1,273 (13.1%) $8,359 (86.1%) $9,710

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Jackson Central-Merry Early College High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 116th of 342 High schoolsRanks 89th of 384 High schools
 10.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
9th Grade Algebra I (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)1412.3
 1.7%
   9th Grade Algebra I (Madison County)11.68.9
 2.7%
   9th Grade Algebra I (Tennessee)21.817.8
 4%
9th Grade English I (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)45.961.9
 16%
   9th Grade English I (Madison County)17.722.2
 4.5%
   9th Grade English I (Tennessee)33.336
 2.7%
10th Grade English II (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)6459.7
 4.3%
   10th Grade English II (Madison County)33.831.2
 2.6%
   10th Grade English II (Tennessee)4450.7
 6.7%
10th Grade Geometry (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)46.836.7
 10.1%
   10th Grade Geometry (Madison County)18.915.4
 3.5%
   10th Grade Geometry (Tennessee)28.223.8
 4.4%
11th Grade Algebra II (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)6.622.9
 16.3%
   11th Grade Algebra II (Madison County)13.710.6
 3.1%
   11th Grade Algebra II (Tennessee)17.716.8
 0.9%
11th Grade US History (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)13.818.2
 4.4%
   11th Grade US History (Madison County)15.320.2
 4.9%
   11th Grade US History (Tennessee)29.639.7
 10.1%
All Grades Algebra I (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)1413.8
 0.2%
   All Grades Algebra I (Madison County)13.210.9
 2.3%
   All Grades Algebra I (Tennessee)27.423.2
 4.2%
All Grades Algebra II (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)7.526.4
 18.9%
   All Grades Algebra II (Madison County)17.711.7
 6%
   All Grades Algebra II (Tennessee)27.425.6
 1.8%
All Grades US History (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)12.515.4
 2.9%
   All Grades US History (Madison County)14.717.5
 2.8%
   All Grades US History (Tennessee)28.638.5
 9.9%
All Grades English I (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)4662.5
 16.5%
   All Grades English I (Madison County)17.221.7
 4.5%
   All Grades English I (Tennessee)32.735.4
 2.7%
All Grades English II (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)62.759.4
 3.3%
   All Grades English II (Madison County)31.829.3
 2.5%
   All Grades English II (Tennessee)42.749.4
 6.7%
All Grades Geometry (Jackson Central-Merry Early College High)45.340.9
 4.4%
   All Grades Geometry (Madison County)17.215.3
 1.9%
   All Grades Geometry (Tennessee)33.928.6
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students224240
 7.1%
African American158159
 0.6%
American Indian00
Asian45
 25%
Hispanic2620
 23.1%
Pacific Islander11
White2946
 58.6%
Two or More Races69
 50%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 240 students attended Jackson Central-Merry Early College High.

Students at Jackson Central-Merry Early College High are 66% African American, 19% White, 8% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Jackson Central-Merry Early College High ranks 105th of 374 Tennessee high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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

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