Bell Creek Middle

Summary:

Bell Creek Middle is a public middle school in Mechanicsville, Virginia, serving 934 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Hanover County Public Schools district, which is ranked 15th out of 131 school districts in Virginia and has a 4-star rating.

Bell Creek Middle consistently performs well on state assessments, with high proficiency rates in subjects like Geometry, Algebra I, and English Reading. The school has a relatively diverse student body, with 72.48% White, 10.71% African American, 6.96% Hispanic, and 2.57% Asian students. Bell Creek Middle has maintained a strong statewide ranking, placing in the top 25% of Virginia middle schools for most of the past decade, and earning a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger in 2022-2023. The school's Hispanic and African American students also rank in the top 25% and top 20% of Virginia middle schools, respectively, demonstrating the school's commitment to equity and inclusive practices.

When compared to other middle schools in the Hanover County Public Schools district, Bell Creek Middle performs well, ranking higher than Chickahominy Middle and Oak Knoll Middle. In contrast, several middle schools in the Richmond City Public Schools district, such as Albert Hill Middle, Binford Middle, and Martin Luther King Junior Middle, struggle academically, highlighting the disparities in educational outcomes between different school districts.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 8021 Lee Davis Road
       Mechanicsville, VA  23111


(804) 723-2260

District: Hanover County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
109th of 422 Virginia Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,459 Help


Students who attend Bell Creek Middle usually attend:

High:    Mechanicsville High

Feeder schools for Bell Creek Middle:

Elementary:    Battlefield Park Elementary
    Cold Harbor Elementary
    Laurel Meadow Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  12.3 Help
Number of students:  934

Racial breakdown:

White:
72.5%
African American:
10.7%
Hispanic:
7.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  36.7% Help


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Compare Details Bell Creek Middle ranks better than 74.2% of middle schools in Virginia. It also ranks 3rd among 4 ranked middle schools in the Hanover County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 72.78. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (72.5%), African American (10.7%), Hispanic (7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 36.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bell Creek Middle is 12.3, which is the 2nd best among 4 middle schools in the Hanover County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Bell Creek Middle is $8,459, which is the lowest among 4 middle schools in the Hanover County Public Schools District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Bell Creek Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Bell Creek Middle 109th of 422 Virginia public middle schools. (See Bell Creek Middle in the ranking list.)

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Hanover County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Hanover County Public Schools 15th of 131 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Bell Creek Middle

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Rank History for all students at Bell Creek Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 71.49 84th 340 75.3%
2006 58.07 135th 383 64.8%
2007 47.55 218th 387 43.7%
2008 55.90 158th 391 59.6%
2009 57.94 135th 390 65.4%
2010 59.39 138th 408 66.2%
2011 55.34 163rd 413 60.5%
2012 55.31 158th 413 61.7%
2013 53.27 163rd 416 60.8%
2014 61.24 122nd 416 70.7%
2015 61.54 134th 412 67.5%
2016 64.40 105th 409 74.3%
2017 63.71 107th 415 74.2%
2018 69.65 80th 413 80.6%
2019 68.20 95th 424 77.6%
2021 73.41 64th 419 84.7%
2022 62.37 134th 415 67.7%
2023 72.78 109th 422 74.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Bell Creek Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 66.94 73rd 231 68.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Bell Creek Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 74.71 88th 411 78.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Bell Creek Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 51.80 113th 278 59.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Bell Creek Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 69.36 119th 409 70.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Bell Creek Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 66.36 89th 298 70.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Bell Creek Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 75.53 50th 275 81.8%
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Rank History for White students at Bell Creek Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 60.89 155th 402 61.4%
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Data source: test scores: Virginia 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 Bell Creek Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 992 992
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1022 1022
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 860 860
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 882 882
1993 862 87 8 3 1 n/a n/a 0 961
1994 889 81 7 3 1 n/a n/a 0 981
1995 962 83 8 5 1 n/a n/a 0 1059
1996 962 83 8 5 1 n/a n/a 0 1059
1997 1018 85 7 4 1 n/a n/a 0 1115
1998 1068 85 8 3 1 n/a n/a 0 1165
1999 1098 105 14 4 1 n/a n/a 0 1222
2000 1155 104 11 11 1 n/a n/a -4 1278
2001 1159 111 11 12 2 n/a n/a 0 1295
2002 1059 112 7 15 3 n/a n/a 0 1196
2003 1059 112 7 15 3 n/a n/a 0 1196
2004 1115 117 8 16 6 n/a n/a 3 1265
2005 1081 119 9 18 6 n/a n/a 6 1239
2006 1056 125 13 26 3 n/a n/a 10 1233
2007 1000 138 16 46 9 n/a n/a 14 1223
2008 1017 105 19 41 6 n/a n/a 18 1206
2009 976 120 18 30 7 n/a n/a 15 1166
2010 992 123 16 25 6 n/a n/a 20 1182
2011 965 120 11 22 12 1 15 0 1146
2012 980 134 13 28 10 1 20 0 1186
2013 965 122 24 32 6 0 28 0 1177
2014 919 113 24 40 4 1 32 0 1133
2015 880 103 26 40 2 1 42 0 1094
2016 882 101 23 44 2 1 48 0 1101
2017 887 99 21 49 4 0 50 0 1110
2018 864 101 21 44 3 0 45 0 1078
2019 819 99 21 47 4 0 55 0 1045
2020 825 116 19 57 3 0 55 0 1075
2021 790 108 19 62 1 0 49 0 1029
2022 729 112 17 61 2 1 55 0 977
2023 677 100 24 65 3 0 65 0 934

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

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Bell Creek Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 992 65.0 15.2 n/a
1990 1022 64.3 15.8 n/a
1991 860 62.1 13.8 n/a
1992 882 63.2 13.9 n/a
1993 961 64.2 15.0 n/a
1994 981 37.4 n/a 3.3
1995 1059 n/a 0.0 4.9
1996 1059 n/a 0.0 4.9
1997 1115 n/a 0.0 5.5
1998 1165 n/a 0.0 4.4
1999 1222 83.0 14.7 6.1
2000 1278 n/a 0.0 7.9
2001 1295 88.8 14.6 7.9
2002 1196 100.0 12.0 10.7
2003 1196 100.0 12.0 10.7
2004 1265 86.0 14.7 11.5
2005 1239 87.0 14.2 11.2
2006 1233 94.0 13.1 12.8
2007 1223 93.7 13.1 14.6
2008 1206 61.6 19.6 11.8
2009 1166 65.4 17.8 14.3
2010 1182 67.9 17.4 17.7
2011 1146 64.1 17.8 16.6
2012 1186 85.0 13.9 19.6
2013 1177 83.9 14.0 20.9
2014 1133 73.6 15.3 20.7
2015 1094 77.0 14.2 21.1
2016 1101 76.0 14.4 20.9
2017 1110 77.6 14.2 17.8
2018 1078 76.8 14.0 24.3
2019 1045 78.9 13.2 26.7
2020 1075 75.4 14.2 29.6
2021 1029 37.5 27.4 n/a
2022 977 59.1 16.5 32.5
2023 934 75.5 12.3 36.7

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 Bell Creek Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 992 65.0 15.2 n/a
1990 1022 64.3 15.8 n/a
1991 860 62.1 13.8 n/a
1992 882 63.2 13.9 n/a
1993 961 64.2 15.0 n/a
1994 981 37.4 n/a 3.3
1995 1059 n/a 0.0 4.9
1996 1059 n/a 0.0 4.9
1997 1115 n/a 0.0 5.5
1998 1165 n/a 0.0 4.4
1999 1222 83.0 14.7 6.1
2000 1278 n/a 0.0 7.9
2001 1295 88.8 14.6 7.9
2002 1196 100.0 12.0 10.7
2003 1196 100.0 12.0 10.7
2004 1265 86.0 14.7 11.5
2005 1239 87.0 14.2 11.2
2006 1233 94.0 13.1 12.8
2007 1223 93.7 13.1 14.6
2008 1206 61.6 19.6 11.8
2009 1166 65.4 17.8 14.3
2010 1182 67.9 17.4 17.7
2011 1146 64.1 17.8 16.6
2012 1186 85.0 13.9 19.6
2013 1177 83.9 14.0 20.9
2014 1133 73.6 15.3 20.7
2015 1094 77.0 14.2 21.1
2016 1101 76.0 14.4 20.9
2017 1110 77.6 14.2 17.8
2018 1078 76.8 14.0 24.3
2019 1045 78.9 13.2 26.7
2020 1075 75.4 14.2 29.6
2021 1029 37.5 27.4 n/a
2022 977 59.1 16.5 32.5
2023 934 75.5 12.3 36.7

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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Per Pupil Expenditures for Bell Creek Middle

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $268 (3.7%) $7,025 (96.3%) $7,293
2020 $267 (3.7%) $7,006 (96.3%) $7,273
2021 $390 (4.6%) $8,069 (95.4%) $8,459

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Bell Creek Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 95th of 424 Middle schoolsRanks 109th of 422 Middle schools
 3.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Bell Creek Middle)8873.8
 14.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Hanover County Public Schools)9076.7
 13.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)7857.8
 20.2%
6th Grade English Reading (Bell Creek Middle)8371.4
 11.6%
   6th Grade English Reading (Hanover County Public Schools)8579.1
 5.9%
   6th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7770.4
 6.6%
7th Grade Mathematics (Bell Creek Middle)8373.6
 9.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Hanover County Public Schools)7872.5
 5.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)7851.4
 26.6%
7th Grade English Reading (Bell Creek Middle)8271.6
 10.4%
   7th Grade English Reading (Hanover County Public Schools)8580.3
 4.7%
   7th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7970.3
 8.7%
8th Grade Writing (Bell Creek Middle)7369.8
 3.2%
   8th Grade Writing (Hanover County Public Schools)7366
 7%
   8th Grade Writing (Virginia)7055.5
 14.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (Bell Creek Middle)9382
 11%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Hanover County Public Schools)9277.3
 14.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)7748.4
 28.6%
8th Grade Science (Bell Creek Middle)8769.5
 17.5%
   8th Grade Science (Hanover County Public Schools)8777.1
 9.9%
   8th Grade Science (Virginia)7860.7
 17.3%
8th Grade English Reading (Bell Creek Middle)8375.5
 7.5%
   8th Grade English Reading (Hanover County Public Schools)8380.1
 2.9%
   8th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7670.7
 5.3%
End of Course Geometry (Bell Creek Middle)100100
   End of Course Geometry (Hanover County Public Schools)8886
 2%
   End of Course Geometry (Virginia)8380
 3%
End of Course Algebra I (Bell Creek Middle)100100
   End of Course Algebra I (Hanover County Public Schools)8986
 3%
   End of Course Algebra I (Virginia)8680
 6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students1045934
 10.6%
African American99100
 1%
American Indian43
 25%
Asian2124
 14.3%
Hispanic4765
 38.3%
Pacific Islander00
White819677
 17.3%
Two or More Races5565
 18.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients26.7%36.7%
 10%


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Students who attend Bell Creek Middle usually go on to attend Mechanicsville High

Bell Creek Middle ranks 109th of 422 Virginia middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 934 students attended Bell Creek Middle.

Students at Bell Creek Middle are 72% White, 11% African American, 7% Hispanic, 7% Two or more races, 3% Asian.


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

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