Whitwell Middle School

Summary:

Whitwell Middle School is a public middle school in Whitwell, Tennessee, serving 308 students in grades 5-8. The school is part of the Marion County School District, which is ranked 104 out of 140 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Whitwell Middle School has a significantly higher percentage of white students (92.21%) compared to surrounding schools, and its academic performance, as measured by TNReady test scores, is generally higher than the Marion County district average but lower than the state average across most subject areas and grade levels. The school's statewide ranking has fluctuated over the years, ranging from 215 out of 594 Tennessee middle schools (3 stars) in 2022-2023 to as low as 396 out of 466 (1 star) in 2011-2012. While the school's low-income students perform better than the overall ranking, the performance of special education students is relatively lower.

Whitwell Middle School's mathematics proficiency rates have consistently lagged behind the state averages, with the school's 5th-grade mathematics proficiency rate being particularly low. The school's English Language Arts proficiency rates have fluctuated over the years, with 5th and 6th grades performing better than 7th and 8th grades in 2022-2023. However, the school's students perform relatively better in Science and Social Studies, with proficiency rates exceeding the district and state averages in these subject areas. Compared to nearby schools, Whitwell Middle School's performance is generally higher than Jasper Middle School, but lags behind the academic performance of middle schools in the neighboring Hamilton County district, such as Hixson Middle School and Red Bank Middle School.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 1 Butterfly LN
       Whitwell, TN  37397


(423) 658-5635

District: Marion County

SchoolDigger Rank:
215th of 594 Tennessee Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,646 Help


Students who attend Whitwell Middle School usually attend:

High:    Marion County High School
    South Pittsburg High School
    Whitwell High School

Feeder schools for Whitwell Middle School:

Elementary:    Jasper Elementary School
    Monteagle Elementary
    South Pittsburg Elementary
    Whitwell Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  16.4 Help
Number of students:  308

Racial breakdown:

White:
92.2%
Hispanic:
4.5%
African American:
1.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  65.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Whitwell Middle School ranks better than 63.8% of middle schools in Tennessee. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 58.34. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (92.2%), Hispanic (4.5%), African American (1.6%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Whitwell Middle School is 16.4. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Whitwell Middle School is $9,646.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Whitwell Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Whitwell Middle School 215th of 594 Tennessee public middle schools. (See Whitwell Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Marion County:

SchoolDigger ranks Marion County 104th of 140 Tennessee school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Whitwell Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Whitwell Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 65.11 140th 435 67.8%
2011 31.15 356th 462 22.9%
2012 23.32 396th 466 15.0%
2013 52.82 279th 475 41.3%
2014 52.86 239th 485 50.7%
2015 51.55 272nd 492 44.7%
2017 79.23 39th 362 89.2%
2018 51.08 261st 563 53.6%
2019 45.32 287th 574 50.0%
2021 40.71 313th 576 45.7%
2022 42.51 315th 569 44.6%
2023 58.34 215th 594 63.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Whitwell Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.41 144th 279 48.4%
2019 31.76 163rd 222 26.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Whitwell Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.27 96th 481 80.0%
2019 47.50 234th 490 52.2%
2021 37.53 284th 483 41.2%
2022 35.35 306th 495 38.2%
2023 71.62 85th 514 83.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Whitwell Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 49.28 244th 529 53.9%
2021 45.48 278th 538 48.3%
2022 45.25 291st 552 47.3%
2023 61.63 183rd 560 67.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Whitwell Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 38.67 318th 523 39.2%
2021 35.55 321st 529 39.3%
2022 40.59 308th 540 43.0%
2023 51.62 244th 557 56.2%
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Rank History for White students at Whitwell Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.03 298th 481 38.0%
2019 35.65 316th 484 34.7%
2021 32.94 338th 496 31.9%
2022 32.78 340th 500 32.0%
2023 44.39 267th 503 46.9%
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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.

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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Enrollment information for Whitwell Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 407 14 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 422
1989 375 11 n/a 1 n/a n/a n/a 0 387
1990 354 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 364
1991 354 10 0 2 0 n/a n/a 1 367
1992 335 9 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 346
1993 293 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 304
1994 267 14 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 283
1995 452 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 465
1996 452 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 465
1997 419 8 0 2 0 n/a n/a -7 422
1998 400 25 0 1 0 n/a n/a 1 427
1999 411 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 414
2000 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 422 422
2001 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 406 406
2002 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 373 373
2003 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 373 373
2004 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 340 340
2005 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 378 378
2006 365 3 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 370
2007 382 1 0 2 1 n/a n/a 0 386
2008 383 1 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 388
2009 402 3 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 408
2010 401 2 1 4 1 n/a n/a 0 409
2011 413 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 420
2012 413 1 1 4 3 0 0 0 422
2013 403 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 410
2014 406 2 0 4 1 0 2 0 415
2015 389 2 0 6 1 0 1 0 399
2016 361 4 0 10 0 0 1 0 376
2017 369 3 0 10 0 0 2 0 384
2018 362 2 0 15 0 0 1 0 380
2019 348 3 0 14 0 0 2 0 367
2020 344 2 0 15 0 0 3 0 364
2021 321 5 0 14 0 0 3 0 343
2022 289 6 0 12 0 0 4 0 311
2023 284 5 0 14 0 0 5 0 308

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 Whitwell Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 422 23.0 18.3 n/a
1989 387 23.0 16.8 n/a
1990 364 22.0 16.5 n/a
1991 367 22.0 16.6 n/a
1992 346 20.0 17.3 n/a
1993 304 20.0 15.2 n/a
1994 283 21.0 13.5 n/a
1995 465 24.0 19.4 n/a
1996 465 24.0 19.4 n/a
1997 422 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 427 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 414 n/a 0.0 n/a
2000 422 n/a 0.0 n/a
2001 406 n/a 0.0 n/a
2002 373 n/a n/a n/a
2003 373 n/a n/a n/a
2004 340 n/a n/a n/a
2005 378 n/a n/a n/a
2006 370 20.5 18.0 n/a
2007 386 20.5 18.8 63.2
2008 388 20.0 19.4 57
2009 408 21.0 19.4 61.8
2010 409 21.0 19.4 62.6
2011 420 22.0 19.0 64.5
2012 422 23.0 18.3 71.6
2013 410 22.0 18.6 60.2
2014 415 20.0 20.7 75.2
2015 399 24.0 16.6 69.9
2016 376 23.0 16.3 65.4
2017 384 23.0 16.6 n/a
2018 380 21.0 18.0 n/a
2019 367 22.0 16.6 n/a
2020 364 23.0 15.8 n/a
2021 343 20.3 16.8 n/a
2022 311 20.8 14.9 n/a
2023 308 18.6 16.4 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 Whitwell Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 422 23.0 18.3 n/a
1989 387 23.0 16.8 n/a
1990 364 22.0 16.5 n/a
1991 367 22.0 16.6 n/a
1992 346 20.0 17.3 n/a
1993 304 20.0 15.2 n/a
1994 283 21.0 13.5 n/a
1995 465 24.0 19.4 n/a
1996 465 24.0 19.4 n/a
1997 422 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 427 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 414 n/a 0.0 n/a
2000 422 n/a 0.0 n/a
2001 406 n/a 0.0 n/a
2002 373 n/a n/a n/a
2003 373 n/a n/a n/a
2004 340 n/a n/a n/a
2005 378 n/a n/a n/a
2006 370 20.5 18.0 n/a
2007 386 20.5 18.8 63.2
2008 388 20.0 19.4 57
2009 408 21.0 19.4 61.8
2010 409 21.0 19.4 62.6
2011 420 22.0 19.0 64.5
2012 422 23.0 18.3 71.6
2013 410 22.0 18.6 60.2
2014 415 20.0 20.7 75.2
2015 399 24.0 16.6 69.9
2016 376 23.0 16.3 65.4
2017 384 23.0 16.6 n/a
2018 380 21.0 18.0 n/a
2019 367 22.0 16.6 n/a
2020 364 23.0 15.8 n/a
2021 343 20.3 16.8 n/a
2022 311 20.8 14.9 n/a
2023 308 18.6 16.4 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 Whitwell Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $470 (5.4%) $7,470 (85.1%) $8,778
2020 $359 (4.1%) $7,720 (87.7%) $8,800
2021 $839 (8.7%) $8,128 (84.3%) $9,646

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Whitwell Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 287th of 574 Middle schoolsRanks 215th of 594 Middle schools
 13.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade Mathematics (Whitwell Middle School)28.816.9
 11.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Marion County)25.719.2
 6.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Tennessee)46.241.3
 4.9%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Whitwell Middle School)19.238.3
 19.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Marion County)25.230.1
 4.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Tennessee)35.237
 1.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Whitwell Middle School)3239.5
 7.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Marion County)2932.7
 3.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Tennessee)3933.8
 5.2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Whitwell Middle School)22.540.8
 18.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Marion County)21.534.5
 13%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Tennessee)33.435.9
 2.5%
6th Grade Social Studies (Whitwell Middle School)37.356
 18.7%
   6th Grade Social Studies (Marion County)26.950.2
 23.3%
   6th Grade Social Studies (Tennessee)3843.4
 5.4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Whitwell Middle School)42.141.5
 0.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Marion County)29.427.3
 2.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Tennessee)33.635
 1.4%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Whitwell Middle School)28.426.8
 1.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Marion County)38.229.9
 8.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Tennessee)35.436.1
 0.7%
7th Grade Social Studies (Whitwell Middle School)36.839
 2.2%
   7th Grade Social Studies (Marion County)38.448.7
 10.3%
   7th Grade Social Studies (Tennessee)43.246.9
 3.7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Whitwell Middle School)38.832.5
 6.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Marion County)31.925.6
 6.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Tennessee)35.134
 1.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Whitwell Middle School)19.419.8
 0.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Marion County)22.220.6
 1.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Tennessee)27.126.3
 0.8%
8th Grade Social Studies (Whitwell Middle School)36.542.5
 6%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Marion County)36.834.5
 2.3%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Tennessee)41.541.6
 0.1%
All Grades Mathematics (Whitwell Middle School)35.833.7
 2.1%
   All Grades Mathematics (Marion County)2929.6
 0.6%
   All Grades Mathematics (Tennessee)40.838.1
 2.7%
All Grades English Language Arts (Whitwell Middle School)22.630.8
 8.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Marion County)26.330.3
 4%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Tennessee)33.736.6
 2.9%
All Grades Social Studies (Whitwell Middle School)36.945.6
 8.7%
   All Grades Social Studies (Marion County)33.944.6
 10.7%
   All Grades Social Studies (Tennessee)40.943.9
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students367308
 16.1%
African American35
 66.7%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic1414
Pacific Islander00
White348284
 18.4%
Two or More Races25
 150%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Whitwell Middle School

Students who attend Whitwell Middle School usually go on to attend Marion County High School

Students at Whitwell Middle School are 92% White, 5% Hispanic, 2% African American, 2% Two or more races.

Whitwell Middle School ranks 215th of 594 Tennessee middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 308 students attended Whitwell Middle School.


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