Westby Middle

Summary:

Westby Middle is a public middle school in Westby, Wisconsin, serving 295 students in grades 5-8. The school is part of the Westby Area School District, which is ranked 242 out of 424 school districts in the state.

Westby Middle has a predominantly white student population, with 94.24% of students identifying as white, compared to the state average for Wisconsin middle schools. The school has shown a mixed academic performance, performing well in certain subjects like 8th-grade Social Studies and Science, but lagging behind the state average in English Language Arts. However, Westby Middle has demonstrated strong performance for its special education and low-socioeconomic status (SES) student populations, ranking among the top 25 middle schools in the state for these groups.

Compared to the nearby La Farge Middle and Viroqua Middle, Westby Middle generally performs better academically, with higher proficiency rates in most subject areas. However, La Farge Middle has a significantly lower student-teacher ratio of 8.7, compared to Westby Middle's 12.6. Westby Middle also faces challenges with higher-than-average chronic absenteeism rates, which may contribute to its academic performance.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 206 West Ave S
       Westby, WI  54667


(608) 634-0200

District: Westby Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
208th of 640 Wisconsin Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,505 Help


Students who attend Westby Middle usually attend:

High:    Westby High

Feeder schools for Westby Middle:

Elementary:    Coon Valley Elementary
    Westby Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  12.6 Help
Number of students:  295

Racial breakdown:

White:
94.2%
Hispanic:
3.1%
Two or more races:
2.7%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  32.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Westby Middle ranks better than 67.5% of middle schools in Wisconsin. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 63.32. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (94.2%), Hispanic (3.1%), two or more races (2.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 32.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Westby Middle is 12.6. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Westby Middle is $12,505.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Westby Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Westby Middle 208th of 640 Wisconsin public middle schools. (See Westby Middle in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Westby Area School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Westby Area School District 242nd of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Westby Middle

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Rank History for all students at Westby Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 69.24 116th 366 68.3%
2008 76.64 58th 519 88.8%
2009 69.85 133rd 521 74.5%
2010 69.91 138th 539 74.4%
2011 62.60 219th 549 60.1%
2012 62.56 228th 559 59.2%
2013 64.12 183rd 569 67.8%
2014 57.75 273rd 585 53.3%
2015 65.14 188th 612 69.3%
2016 48.82 334th 609 45.2%
2017 52.65 296th 612 51.6%
2018 48.46 329th 579 43.2%
2019 62.97 200th 594 66.3%
2021 74.45 112th 613 81.7%
2022 77.04 103rd 617 83.3%
2023 63.32 208th 640 67.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Westby Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.36 233rd 417 44.1%
2019 62.12 106th 414 74.4%
2021 36.72 295th 437 32.5%
2022 81.42 25th 421 94.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Westby Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.98 333rd 489 31.9%
2019 45.85 266th 487 45.4%
2021 61.79 134th 499 73.1%
2022 85.03 23rd 522 95.6%
2023 58.13 174th 525 66.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Westby Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.75 283rd 551 48.6%
2019 62.70 195th 557 65.0%
2021 68.33 142nd 574 75.3%
2022 80.52 69th 576 88.0%
2023 69.11 142nd 579 75.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Westby Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.86 317th 551 42.5%
2019 62.61 186th 557 66.6%
2021 77.96 73rd 572 87.2%
2022 72.48 112th 577 80.6%
2023 58.89 231st 591 60.9%
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Rank History for White students at Westby Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.72 289th 375 22.9%
2019 50.56 193rd 382 49.5%
2021 70.47 85th 393 78.4%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department 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.

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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Westby Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1997 252 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 253
1998 251 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 253
1999 250 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 250
2000 264 1 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 267
2001 263 0 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 266
2002 245 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 247
2003 245 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 247
2004 307 0 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 311
2005 310 2 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 317
2006 268 2 3 1 1 n/a n/a 0 275
2007 324 2 2 1 1 n/a n/a 0 330
2008 314 4 1 4 1 n/a n/a 0 324
2009 297 3 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 304
2010 299 1 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 306
2011 310 1 0 4 0 0 2 0 317
2012 329 0 1 9 0 0 2 0 341
2013 332 1 1 7 0 1 4 0 346
2014 326 0 1 8 0 1 1 0 337
2015 314 0 4 10 0 1 9 0 338
2016 323 1 2 6 0 1 14 0 347
2017 299 2 2 3 0 1 14 0 321
2018 300 3 2 3 1 1 15 0 325
2019 299 3 0 5 3 1 14 0 325
2020 282 1 0 5 1 0 13 0 302
2021 291 3 0 5 1 0 9 0 309
2022 278 0 0 5 0 0 7 0 290
2023 278 0 0 9 0 0 8 0 295

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 Westby Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 253 12.7 19.9 14.6
1998 253 15.2 16.6 16.2
1999 250 16.2 15.4 23.2
2000 267 16.1 16.6 21.3
2001 266 16.7 15.9 19.9
2002 247 16.8 14.7 23.5
2003 247 16.8 14.7 23.5
2004 311 22.9 13.6 26
2005 317 22.9 13.8 n/a
2006 275 21.0 13.1 n/a
2007 330 25.3 13.0 29.1
2008 324 23.2 14.0 29.3
2009 304 23.3 13.0 26
2010 306 23.3 13.1 26.5
2011 317 22.8 13.8 30.9
2012 341 23.3 14.6 33.1
2013 346 23.7 14.5 32.4
2014 337 22.4 15.0 34.4
2015 338 n/a n/a 33.1
2016 347 23.0 15.0 36.3
2017 321 24.2 13.2 32.7
2018 325 24.4 13.2 30.2
2019 325 24.4 13.3 33.2
2020 302 24.6 12.2 37.1
2021 309 24.5 12.6 37.9
2022 290 24.1 11.9 28.3
2023 295 23.3 12.6 32.9

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 Westby Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 253 12.7 19.9 14.6
1998 253 15.2 16.6 16.2
1999 250 16.2 15.4 23.2
2000 267 16.1 16.6 21.3
2001 266 16.7 15.9 19.9
2002 247 16.8 14.7 23.5
2003 247 16.8 14.7 23.5
2004 311 22.9 13.6 26
2005 317 22.9 13.8 n/a
2006 275 21.0 13.1 n/a
2007 330 25.3 13.0 29.1
2008 324 23.2 14.0 29.3
2009 304 23.3 13.0 26
2010 306 23.3 13.1 26.5
2011 317 22.8 13.8 30.9
2012 341 23.3 14.6 33.1
2013 346 23.7 14.5 32.4
2014 337 22.4 15.0 34.4
2015 338 n/a n/a 33.1
2016 347 23.0 15.0 36.3
2017 321 24.2 13.2 32.7
2018 325 24.4 13.2 30.2
2019 325 24.4 13.3 33.2
2020 302 24.6 12.2 37.1
2021 309 24.5 12.6 37.9
2022 290 24.1 11.9 28.3
2023 295 23.3 12.6 32.9

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 Westby Middle

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $487 (4.4%) $10,462 (95.6%) $10,949
2020 $394 (3.3%) $11,449 (96.7%) $11,844
2021 $772 (6.2%) $11,733 (93.8%) $12,505

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Westby Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 200th of 594 Middle schoolsRanks 208th of 640 Middle schools
 1.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Middle)40.328.8
 11.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Area School District)40.328.8
 11.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)40.939.2
 1.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Westby Middle)62.339
 23.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Westby Area School District)62.339
 23.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)47.848.4
 0.5%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Middle)46.926.7
 20.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Area School District)46.926.7
 20.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)41.740.6
 1.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Westby Middle)49.438.3
 11.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Westby Area School District)49.438.3
 11.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)43.542.6
 0.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Middle)41.241.2
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Area School District)41.241.2
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)45.541.1
 4.4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Westby Middle)38.239.3
 1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Westby Area School District)38.239.3
 1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)39.735.7
 4%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Middle)43.748.7
 5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Area School District)43.748.7
 5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)37.337.8
 0.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (Westby Middle)41.447.3
 5.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Westby Area School District)41.447.3
 5.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)36.531.8
 4.7%
8th Grade Social Studies (Westby Middle)60.970.3
 9.3%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Westby Area School District)60.970.3
 9.3%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)52.159.2
 7.1%
8th Grade Science (Westby Middle)6964.9
 4.1%
   8th Grade Science (Westby Area School District)6964.9
 4.1%
   8th Grade Science (Wisconsin)54.649.4
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students325295
 9.2%
African American30
 100%
American Indian30
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic59
 80%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White299278
 7%
Two or More Races148
 42.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients33.2%32.9%
 0.3%


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Students at Westby Middle are 94% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 295 students attended Westby Middle.

Westby Middle ranks 208th of 640 Wisconsin middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Westby Middle usually go on to attend Westby High


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