Nelsen Middle School

Summary:

Nelsen Middle School is a public middle school in Renton, Washington, serving 904 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Renton School District, which is ranked 139 out of 249 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Nelsen Middle School consistently ranks in the bottom half of Washington middle schools, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past several years. The school's performance on state assessments, such as the SBAC and WCAS, is significantly lower than the state and district averages across all grades and subject areas. However, the school has a diverse student population, with a racial makeup that is roughly evenly split between White, African American, Hispanic, and Asian students. Additionally, Nelsen Middle School has a high percentage of students from low-income families, with around 60% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, as well as a higher percentage of English Language Learners and Special Education students compared to the state and district averages.

When compared to nearby middle schools, such as Meridian Middle School, Glacier Middle School, and Mill Creek Middle School, Nelsen Middle School generally performs worse on academic measures, despite having a more diverse student population. This suggests that factors beyond just student demographics, such as school leadership, teaching quality, and resource allocation, may be contributing to the school's underperformance. Addressing these challenges will require a comprehensive, data-driven approach to improve instructional practices, provide targeted interventions, and ensure equitable resource allocation.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 2403 Jones Ave S
       Renton, WA  98055-4304


(425) 204-3000

District: Renton School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
423rd of 539 Washington Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,359 Help


Students who attend Nelsen Middle School usually attend:

High:    Lindbergh Senior High School

Feeder schools for Nelsen Middle School:

Elementary:    Benson Hill Elementary School
    Cascade Elementary School
    Renton Park Elementary School
    Tiffany Park Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  20.1 Help
Number of students:  904

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
25.3%
Hispanic:
25.3%
White:
21.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  60.5% Help


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Compare Details Nelsen Middle School ranks worse than 78.5% of middle schools in Washington. It also ranks 3rd among 4 ranked middle schools in the Renton School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.12. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Nelsen Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Renton School District. Student population at Nelsen Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Asian (25.3%), Hispanic (25.3%), White (21%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 60.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Nelsen Middle School is 20.1. 2 middle schools in the Renton School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Nelsen Middle School is $17,359, which is the 2nd highest among 4 middle schools in the Renton School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Nelsen Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Nelsen Middle School 423rd of 539 Washington public middle schools. (See Nelsen Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Renton School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Renton School District 139th of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Nelsen Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 48.67 226th 421 46.3%
2005 36.98 293rd 425 31.1%
2006 39.97 288th 449 35.9%
2007 38.89 303rd 463 34.6%
2008 44.29 271st 466 41.8%
2009 39.41 303rd 476 36.3%
2010 49.96 243rd 483 49.7%
2011 52.35 233rd 492 52.6%
2012 53.00 227th 497 54.3%
2013 50.33 244th 498 51.0%
2015 53.63 197th 445 55.7%
2016 48.18 223rd 443 49.7%
2017 43.53 245th 435 43.7%
2018 39.77 265th 437 39.4%
2019 25.64 394th 512 23.0%
2021 23.79 406th 529 23.3%
2022 22.51 430th 541 20.5%
2023 23.12 423rd 539 21.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 13.48 227th 246 7.7%
2021 36.31 160th 250 36.0%
2022 21.99 212th 257 17.5%
2023 19.49 210th 244 13.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.32 45th 135 66.7%
2019 22.28 81st 100 19.0%
2022 19.73 56th 63 11.1%
2023 23.44 40th 57 29.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.42 167th 268 37.7%
2019 10.44 230th 231 0.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.34 205th 349 41.3%
2019 23.67 368th 448 17.9%
2021 27.87 349th 458 23.8%
2022 21.91 416th 475 12.4%
2023 21.71 382nd 463 17.5%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 19.16 54th 59 8.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.52 237th 376 37.0%
2019 25.01 360th 452 20.4%
2021 26.66 352nd 469 24.9%
2022 22.75 378th 479 21.1%
2023 27.16 350th 464 24.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.86 233rd 371 37.2%
2019 25.53 347th 453 23.4%
2021 21.96 372nd 476 21.8%
2022 21.35 391st 480 18.5%
2023 17.87 403rd 470 14.3%
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Rank History for Asian students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.31 73rd 123 40.7%
2019 37.66 98th 152 35.5%
2021 18.66 127th 149 14.8%
2022 18.33 141st 161 12.4%
2023 22.64 109th 145 24.8%
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Rank History for African American students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.63 42nd 66 36.4%
2019 17.22 102nd 111 8.1%
2021 21.26 93rd 106 12.3%
2022 10.98 103rd 104 1.0%
2023 8.27 94th 96 2.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.47 165th 259 36.3%
2019 21.23 289th 344 16.0%
2021 26.49 255th 353 27.8%
2022 23.76 290th 360 19.4%
2023 21.76 274th 336 18.5%
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Rank History for White students at Nelsen Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.72 210th 325 35.4%
2019 24.15 378th 470 19.6%
2021 19.96 408th 480 15.0%
2022 24.30 392nd 488 19.7%
2023 26.06 369th 488 24.4%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, 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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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Open Quote can i just say for to many reasons, this is the worst school ever. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Nelsen Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 648 102 80 22 11 n/a n/a 0 863
1989 578 96 95 20 9 n/a n/a 0 798
1990 579 132 102 19 12 n/a n/a 0 844
1991 600 142 102 31 15 n/a n/a 0 890
1992 574 150 111 33 15 n/a n/a 0 883
1993 601 169 112 33 10 n/a n/a 0 925
1994 629 198 142 36 9 n/a n/a 0 1014
1995 547 215 154 31 15 n/a n/a 0 962
1996 547 215 154 31 15 n/a n/a 0 962
1997 529 231 170 35 9 n/a n/a 0 974
1998 626 130 158 21 10 n/a n/a 0 945
1999 615 126 164 32 11 n/a n/a 0 948
2000 625 133 159 37 13 n/a n/a 0 967
2001 641 129 173 47 13 n/a n/a 0 1003
2002 606 154 190 63 13 n/a n/a 0 1026
2003 606 154 190 63 13 n/a n/a 0 1026
2004 596 169 202 69 22 n/a n/a 0 1058
2005 574 190 217 79 15 n/a n/a 0 1075
2006 537 228 237 116 11 n/a n/a 0 1129
2007 489 220 263 135 10 n/a n/a 0 1117
2008 462 199 269 154 13 n/a n/a 0 1097
2009 428 223 261 155 19 n/a n/a 0 1086
2010 397 218 258 153 11 n/a n/a 0 1037
2011 409 213 240 157 14 0 5 0 1038
2012 377 187 256 183 12 2 18 0 1035
2013 337 190 264 157 14 6 26 0 994
2014 295 178 281 171 7 8 31 0 971
2015 313 189 262 191 7 14 51 0 1027
2016 282 176 248 207 5 15 59 0 992
2017 294 175 241 191 2 16 83 0 1002
2018 265 174 251 199 1 17 102 0 1009
2019 250 150 240 230 8 24 101 0 1003
2020 237 170 236 219 6 23 116 0 1007
2021 237 173 243 237 3 21 113 2 1029
2022 190 152 225 214 2 17 110 0 910
2023 190 154 229 229 1 16 85 0 904

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 Nelsen Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 863 40.0 21.5 0
1989 798 37.0 21.5 n/a
1990 844 40.0 21.1 0
1991 890 42.5 20.9 n/a
1992 883 40.4 21.8 n/a
1993 925 41.8 22.1 n/a
1994 1014 43.2 23.5 n/a
1995 962 46.5 20.7 n/a
1996 962 46.5 20.7 n/a
1997 974 45.5 21.4 n/a
1998 945 43.3 21.8 n/a
1999 948 43.6 21.7 n/a
2000 967 41.2 23.5 n/a
2001 1003 47.6 21.1 n/a
2002 1026 49.6 20.7 33.8
2003 1026 49.6 20.7 33.8
2004 1058 52.0 20.3 41.3
2005 1075 51.6 20.8 43.3
2006 1129 52.8 21.4 47.5
2007 1117 51.8 21.6 41.5
2008 1097 55.0 19.9 40.6
2009 1086 55.0 19.7 40.5
2010 1037 51.5 20.1 52.9
2011 1038 51.6 20.1 55.5
2012 1035 52.1 19.8 54.6
2013 994 50.6 19.6 59.4
2014 971 n/a n/a 58
2015 1027 46.0 22.3 61.1
2016 992 48.0 20.6 60.7
2017 1002 48.9 20.4 60.2
2018 1009 46.6 21.6 56.8
2019 1003 50.3 19.9 57.4
2020 1007 49.4 20.3 56
2021 1029 50.4 20.4 56.2
2022 910 47.4 19.1 54.7
2023 904 44.8 20.1 60.5

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 Nelsen Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 863 40.0 21.5 0
1989 798 37.0 21.5 n/a
1990 844 40.0 21.1 0
1991 890 42.5 20.9 n/a
1992 883 40.4 21.8 n/a
1993 925 41.8 22.1 n/a
1994 1014 43.2 23.5 n/a
1995 962 46.5 20.7 n/a
1996 962 46.5 20.7 n/a
1997 974 45.5 21.4 n/a
1998 945 43.3 21.8 n/a
1999 948 43.6 21.7 n/a
2000 967 41.2 23.5 n/a
2001 1003 47.6 21.1 n/a
2002 1026 49.6 20.7 33.8
2003 1026 49.6 20.7 33.8
2004 1058 52.0 20.3 41.3
2005 1075 51.6 20.8 43.3
2006 1129 52.8 21.4 47.5
2007 1117 51.8 21.6 41.5
2008 1097 55.0 19.9 40.6
2009 1086 55.0 19.7 40.5
2010 1037 51.5 20.1 52.9
2011 1038 51.6 20.1 55.5
2012 1035 52.1 19.8 54.6
2013 994 50.6 19.6 59.4
2014 971 n/a n/a 58
2015 1027 46.0 22.3 61.1
2016 992 48.0 20.6 60.7
2017 1002 48.9 20.4 60.2
2018 1009 46.6 21.6 56.8
2019 1003 50.3 19.9 57.4
2020 1007 49.4 20.3 56
2021 1029 50.4 20.4 56.2
2022 910 47.4 19.1 54.7
2023 904 44.8 20.1 60.5

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.

6th Grade Immunization Rates

Nelsen Middle School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201888.6%0.6%1.5%0.6%2.4%97.6%90.4%98.2%96.4%97.0%91.3%
201978.0%0.7%0.6%0.4%0.7%92.0%81.7%92.4%92.0%92.0%82.0%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201981.5%0.4%0.6%1.5%98.9%98.3%99.0%98.5%98.8%98.4%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Nelsen Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $696 (4.4%) $15,291 (95.6%) $15,988
2020 $421 (4.3%) $9,422 (95.7%) $9,844
2021 $1,140 (7.6%) $13,953 (92.4%) $15,093
2022 $1,258 (7.2%) $16,100 (92.8%) $17,358

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Nelsen Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 394th of 512 Middle schoolsRanks 423rd of 539 Middle schools
 1.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Nelsen Middle School)46.935.9
 11%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)49.338
 11.4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.847.9
 9.9%
6th Grade Math (Nelsen Middle School)35.323.8
 11.5%
   6th Grade Math (Renton School District)40.129
 11.1%
   6th Grade Math (Washington)47.738.1
 9.6%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Nelsen Middle School)54.740.7
 14%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)59.242.9
 16.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)6252.1
 9.9%
7th Grade Math (Nelsen Middle School)39.224
 15.2%
   7th Grade Math (Renton School District)48.232.3
 15.9%
   7th Grade Math (Washington)49.938.6
 11.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Nelsen Middle School)42.634.8
 7.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)51.341.1
 10.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)59.651.3
 8.3%
8th Grade Math (Nelsen Middle School)36.420.1
 16.4%
   8th Grade Math (Renton School District)42.729.5
 13.2%
   8th Grade Math (Washington)47.234.4
 12.8%
8th Grade Science (Nelsen Middle School)34.734.5
 0.2%
   8th Grade Science (Renton School District)4537.6
 7.5%
   8th Grade Science (Washington)53.143.9
 9.3%
All Grades English Language Arts (Nelsen Middle School)48.137.1
 11.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Renton School District)55.245.7
 9.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Nelsen Middle School)3722.5
 14.5%
   All Grades Math (Renton School District)47.237
 10.2%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Nelsen Middle School)34.734.5
 0.2%
   All Grades Science (Renton School District)47.841.6
 6.2%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students1003904
 9.9%
African American150154
 2.7%
American Indian81
 87.5%
Asian240229
 4.6%
Hispanic230229
 0.4%
Pacific Islander2416
 33.3%
White250190
 24%
Two or More Races10185
 15.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients57.4%60.5%
 3.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Nelsen Middle School

Students who attend Nelsen Middle School usually go on to attend Lindbergh Senior High School

Nelsen Middle School ranks in the bottom 21.5% of Washington middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 904 students attended Nelsen Middle School.

Students at Nelsen Middle School are 25% Asian, 25% Hispanic, 21% White, 17% African American, 9% Two or more races, 2% Pacific Islander.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction.

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