Bluefield High School

Summary:

Bluefield High School is a public high school serving grades 9-12 in Bluefield, West Virginia, with a student population of 608. The school is part of the Mercer County Schools district, which is ranked 34 out of 55 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Academically, Bluefield High School faces some challenges. The school's proficiency rates on the West Virginia Assessment are generally below the state and district averages, with only 15% of students proficient in Mathematics, 36.7% in English Language Arts, and 18.3% in Science. Bluefield High School's statewide ranking has fluctuated, ranging from 47th out of 113 high schools in 2020-2021 to 91st out of 112 high schools in 2022-2023, placing it in the bottom half of West Virginia high schools. The school's performance also varies significantly across different student subgroups, with White students performing relatively well but African American students and students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds lagging behind.

Compared to nearby high schools in the Mercer County district, such as Pikeview High School and Princeton Senior High School, Bluefield High School generally performs worse academically. The school's academic performance has also declined over the past few years, with proficiency rates in Mathematics and English Language Arts dropping significantly. To address these challenges, Bluefield High School and the Mercer County Schools district may need to implement targeted interventions, provide additional resources and support for struggling students, and explore strategies to improve overall academic outcomes.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 535 W Cumberland Rd
       Bluefield, WV  24701-4654


(304) 325-9116

District: Mercer County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
91st of 112 West Virginia High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,350 Help


Feeder schools for Bluefield High School:

Elementary:    Bluefield Intermediate School
    Brushfork Elementary School
    Mountain Valley Elementary School
Middle:    Bluefield Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.3 Help
Number of students:  608

Racial breakdown:

White:
66.3%
African American:
24.7%
Two or more races:
7.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  59.4% Help


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Compare Details Bluefield High School ranks worse than 81.3% of high schools in West Virginia. It also ranks 3rd among 4 ranked high schools in the Mercer County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.99. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (66.3%), African American (24.7%), two or more races (7.2%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bluefield High School is 17.3. 2 high schools in the Mercer County Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Bluefield High School is $11,350, which is the 2nd highest among 4 high schools in the Mercer County Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Bluefield High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Bluefield High School 91st of 112 West Virginia public high schools. (See Bluefield High School in the ranking list.)

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Mercer County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Mercer County Schools 34th of 55 West Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Bluefield High School

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Rank History for all students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 56.52 46th 111 58.6%
2010 37.87 78th 112 30.4%
2011 35.70 84th 113 25.7%
2012 31.88 83rd 113 26.5%
2013 52.25 51st 114 55.3%
2014 48.65 45th 115 60.9%
2015 40.21 71st 117 39.3%
2016 54.19 47th 119 60.5%
2017 61.71 40th 122 67.2%
2018 17.93 101st 115 12.2%
2019 30.88 81st 114 28.9%
2021 55.66 47th 113 58.4%
2022 47.73 53rd 112 52.7%
2023 23.99 91st 112 18.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 43.92 34th 62 45.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 28.94 23rd 38 39.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 45.77 62nd 118 47.5%
2018 32.79 69th 103 33.0%
2019 17.34 77th 85 9.4%
2023 39.86 52nd 89 41.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 74.79 18th 121 85.1%
2018 25.43 91st 112 18.8%
2021 53.37 52nd 111 53.2%
2022 40.05 73rd 109 33.0%
2023 15.24 96th 107 10.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 57.39 50th 119 58.0%
2018 14.32 102nd 111 8.1%
2019 22.61 93rd 109 14.7%
2021 36.14 70th 110 36.4%
2022 44.60 61st 108 43.5%
2023 26.38 84th 108 22.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 47.34 38th 84 54.8%
2022 43.19 52nd 91 42.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 62.54 38th 122 68.9%
2018 25.92 84th 111 24.3%
2019 44.15 64th 109 41.3%
2021 67.57 31st 110 71.8%
2022 50.04 56th 108 48.1%
2023 23.92 89th 108 17.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 58.50 21st 82 74.4%
2018 21.56 27th 31 12.9%
2019 18.60 21st 23 8.7%
2021 38.45 11th 16 31.3%
2022 28.86 14th 18 22.2%
2023 7.22 15th 15 0.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 56.64 18th 59 69.5%
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Rank History for White students at Bluefield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 75.04 22nd 122 82.0%
2018 35.80 72nd 113 36.3%
2019 63.20 39th 112 65.2%
2021 73.55 26th 113 77.0%
2022 66.48 34th 111 69.4%
2023 40.79 65th 112 42.0%
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Data source: test scores: West 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.

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Data source: West Virginia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Bluefield High School

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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 819 819
1990 599 146 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 746
1991 551 145 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 696
1992 522 124 3 1 2 n/a n/a 0 652
1993 523 129 1 0 1 n/a n/a 0 654
1994 490 131 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 625
1995 608 209 5 5 2 n/a n/a 0 829
1996 608 209 5 5 2 n/a n/a 0 829
1997 591 180 1 4 2 n/a n/a 0 778
1998 596 173 3 5 2 n/a n/a 0 779
1999 570 175 3 6 1 n/a n/a 0 755
2000 587 182 3 2 2 n/a n/a 0 776
2001 558 178 2 2 1 n/a n/a 0 741
2002 531 163 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 696
2003 531 163 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 696
2004 498 148 2 2 1 n/a n/a 0 651
2005 493 158 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 655
2006 487 166 3 1 1 n/a n/a 0 658
2007 494 161 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 659
2008 505 145 2 3 1 n/a n/a 0 656
2009 481 161 2 1 1 n/a n/a 0 646
2010 513 170 1 0 1 0 0 0 685
2011 517 166 1 2 6 0 0 0 692
2012 515 174 1 5 5 1 5 0 706
2013 539 170 1 8 2 0 14 0 734
2014 489 152 1 8 1 0 18 0 669
2015 492 159 0 9 3 0 27 0 690
2016 488 158 0 9 1 0 19 0 675
2017 452 185 0 5 1 0 19 0 662
2018 433 181 0 6 1 1 14 0 636
2019 415 175 0 6 1 0 12 0 609
2020 410 152 1 7 0 0 15 0 585
2021 414 148 1 8 0 0 28 0 599
2022 435 145 2 9 0 0 40 0 631
2023 403 150 1 10 0 0 44 0 608

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 Bluefield High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 819 46.0 17.8 n/a
1990 746 46.0 16.2 18.9
1991 696 44.3 15.7 21.8
1992 652 41.0 15.9 20.1
1993 654 39.0 16.8 29.1
1994 625 38.0 16.4 20.8
1995 829 47.0 17.6 31.4
1996 829 47.0 17.6 31.4
1997 778 45.5 17.1 31
1998 779 45.5 17.1 30.2
1999 755 46.0 16.4 31.1
2000 776 46.5 16.7 36.5
2001 741 48.5 15.3 37.2
2002 696 46.0 15.1 41.8
2003 696 46.0 15.1 41.8
2004 651 47.0 13.9 42.9
2005 655 49.0 13.4 44.6
2006 658 47.5 13.9 51.8
2007 659 47.5 13.9 51.9
2008 656 47.0 14.0 52.4
2009 646 48.0 13.5 54.5
2010 685 47.0 14.5 57.4
2011 692 46.6 14.8 63.3
2012 706 49.0 14.4 65
2013 734 49.0 14.9 63.5
2014 669 46.5 14.3 n/a
2015 690 43.0 16.0 42.8
2016 675 43.0 15.6 48.6
2017 662 45.0 14.7 47.1
2018 636 41.5 15.3 64.9
2019 609 38.0 16.0 60.1
2020 585 36.0 16.2 62.6
2021 599 36.0 16.6 59.4
2022 631 37.0 17.0 n/a
2023 608 35.0 17.3 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 Bluefield High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 819 46.0 17.8 n/a
1990 746 46.0 16.2 18.9
1991 696 44.3 15.7 21.8
1992 652 41.0 15.9 20.1
1993 654 39.0 16.8 29.1
1994 625 38.0 16.4 20.8
1995 829 47.0 17.6 31.4
1996 829 47.0 17.6 31.4
1997 778 45.5 17.1 31
1998 779 45.5 17.1 30.2
1999 755 46.0 16.4 31.1
2000 776 46.5 16.7 36.5
2001 741 48.5 15.3 37.2
2002 696 46.0 15.1 41.8
2003 696 46.0 15.1 41.8
2004 651 47.0 13.9 42.9
2005 655 49.0 13.4 44.6
2006 658 47.5 13.9 51.8
2007 659 47.5 13.9 51.9
2008 656 47.0 14.0 52.4
2009 646 48.0 13.5 54.5
2010 685 47.0 14.5 57.4
2011 692 46.6 14.8 63.3
2012 706 49.0 14.4 65
2013 734 49.0 14.9 63.5
2014 669 46.5 14.3 n/a
2015 690 43.0 16.0 42.8
2016 675 43.0 15.6 48.6
2017 662 45.0 14.7 47.1
2018 636 41.5 15.3 64.9
2019 609 38.0 16.0 60.1
2020 585 36.0 16.2 62.6
2021 599 36.0 16.6 59.4
2022 631 37.0 17.0 n/a
2023 608 35.0 17.3 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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Bluefield High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,108 (9.8%) $10,241 (90.2%) $11,350

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Bluefield High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 81st of 114 High schoolsRanks 91st of 112 High schools
 10.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade Mathematics (Bluefield High School)20.715
 5.7%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Mercer County Schools)24.118
 6.1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)2421.5
 2.5%
11th Grade English Language Arts (Bluefield High School)4336.7
 6.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Mercer County Schools)50.638.2
 12.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)51.849.9
 1.9%
11th Grade Science (Bluefield High School)20.718.3
 2.4%
   11th Grade Science (Mercer County Schools)28.518
 10.5%
   11th Grade Science (West Virginia)29.227.9
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students609608
 0.2%
African American175150
 14.3%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian01
Hispanic610
 66.7%
Pacific Islander00
White415403
 2.9%
Two or More Races1244
 266.7%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 608 students attended Bluefield High School.

Students at Bluefield High School are 66% White, 25% African American, 7% Two or more races, 2% Hispanic.

Bluefield High School ranks in the bottom 18.8% of West Virginia high schools.


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

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