Bluefield Middle School

Summary:

Bluefield Middle School is a public middle school located in Bluefield, West Virginia, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 467 students. 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.

Bluefield Middle School has a more diverse student population compared to the nearby Pikeview Middle School and Princeton Middle School, with a student body that is 61.46% White, 27.62% African American, 1.07% Hispanic, and 9.42% two or more races. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by the percentage of students proficient or better on the West Virginia Assessments, is generally lower than the state and district averages. Bluefield Middle School's performance also varies significantly across different student subgroups, with the school performing relatively well for African American students but lower for White students and students with two or more races.

Bluefield Middle School faces several challenges, including a high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 63.62% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. The school's racial diversity has also become less diverse over the past few years, with the percentage of White students increasing and the percentage of African American students decreasing. While the school's academic performance has been somewhat inconsistent, it performs relatively well for students with special needs and homeless students compared to other West Virginia middle schools.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 2002 Stadium Dr
       Bluefield, WV  24701-3325


(304) 325-2481

District: Mercer County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
118th of 169 West Virginia Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,920 Help


Students who attend Bluefield Middle School usually attend:

High:    Bluefield High School

Feeder schools for Bluefield Middle School:

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

Student/teacher ratio:  12.6 Help
Number of students:  467

Racial breakdown:

White:
61.5%
African American:
27.6%
Two or more races:
9.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  63.6% Help


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Compare Details Bluefield Middle School ranks worse than 69.8% of middle schools in West Virginia. It also ranks last among 3 ranked middle schools in the Mercer County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 34.51. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Bluefield Middle School has the smallest middle school student body size in the Mercer County Schools District. Racial makeup is: White (61.5%), African American (27.6%), two or more races (9.4%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bluefield Middle School is 12.6. 1 middle 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 Middle School is $11,920. 1 middle schools in the Mercer County Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Bluefield Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Bluefield Middle School 118th of 169 West Virginia public middle schools. (See Bluefield Middle 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 Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 54.57 77th 171 55.0%
2010 51.00 79th 171 53.8%
2011 57.29 56th 171 67.3%
2012 49.23 86th 172 50.0%
2013 44.38 102nd 174 41.4%
2014 41.95 103rd 172 40.1%
2015 55.85 64th 173 63.0%
2016 39.53 107th 172 37.8%
2017 47.06 99th 176 43.8%
2018 33.16 124th 170 27.1%
2019 42.70 94th 171 45.0%
2021 39.73 99th 171 42.1%
2022 45.92 92nd 169 45.6%
2023 34.51 118th 168 29.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 44.69 65th 107 39.3%
2018 22.46 29th 34 14.7%
2019 10.89 20th 20 0.0%
2021 35.19 12th 20 40.0%
2022 50.62 12th 27 55.6%
2023 37.43 18th 28 35.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 46.00 87th 174 50.0%
2018 47.72 66th 142 53.5%
2019 28.45 109th 130 16.2%
2023 57.09 35th 132 73.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 56.38 67th 176 61.9%
2018 38.45 108th 165 34.5%
2021 46.99 79th 164 51.8%
2022 59.54 48th 162 70.4%
2023 43.47 92nd 162 43.2%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 41.54 8th 13 38.5%
2022 43.54 9th 15 40.0%
2023 66.16 6th 24 75.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 45.39 101st 174 42.0%
2018 27.12 137th 166 17.5%
2019 33.83 121st 162 25.3%
2021 38.12 98th 162 39.5%
2022 46.36 89th 164 45.7%
2023 36.46 107th 158 32.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 46.12 66th 129 48.8%
2022 53.27 39th 131 70.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 48.78 87th 176 50.6%
2018 44.98 92nd 164 43.9%
2019 53.30 69th 161 57.1%
2021 45.74 82nd 164 50.0%
2022 46.77 81st 161 49.7%
2023 35.30 105th 158 33.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 47.60 55th 124 55.6%
2018 31.37 31st 36 13.9%
2019 35.15 20th 27 25.9%
2021 46.88 10th 23 56.5%
2022 54.41 13th 26 50.0%
2023 40.79 19th 28 32.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 62.71 21st 97 78.4%
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Rank History for White students at Bluefield Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 56.70 69th 176 60.8%
2018 43.03 100th 167 40.1%
2019 56.59 63rd 168 62.5%
2021 57.60 61st 170 64.1%
2022 58.78 62nd 168 63.1%
2023 52.32 74th 168 56.0%
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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 Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 495 133 2 3 3 n/a n/a 0 636
1996 495 133 2 3 3 n/a n/a 0 636
1997 462 144 1 3 1 n/a n/a 0 611
1998 456 147 2 3 3 n/a n/a 0 611
1999 469 147 2 1 1 n/a n/a 0 620
2000 448 139 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 589
2001 418 126 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 547
2002 447 124 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 574
2003 447 124 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 574
2004 476 138 2 0 1 n/a n/a 0 617
2005 452 138 1 1 1 n/a n/a 0 593
2006 452 139 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 592
2007 439 129 1 1 2 n/a n/a 0 572
2008 435 134 1 4 2 n/a n/a 0 576
2009 425 128 1 4 0 n/a n/a 0 558
2010 422 139 0 3 1 0 0 0 565
2011 409 122 1 2 0 0 16 0 550
2012 404 120 0 4 1 0 19 0 548
2013 380 140 1 10 2 0 16 0 549
2014 395 156 1 9 1 0 13 0 575
2015 361 165 0 7 0 0 8 0 541
2016 346 140 0 5 0 0 9 0 500
2017 360 107 1 5 0 0 17 0 490
2018 320 93 1 2 0 0 28 0 444
2019 354 96 1 6 0 0 36 0 493
2020 354 117 2 7 0 0 36 0 516
2021 365 128 1 10 1 0 42 0 547
2022 340 119 1 7 0 0 39 0 506
2023 287 129 1 5 1 0 44 0 467

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 Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 636 48.0 13.3 41.5
1996 636 48.0 13.3 41.5
1997 611 47.5 12.9 43.2
1998 611 50.0 12.2 48.3
1999 620 48.0 12.9 56.8
2000 589 49.0 12.0 63.2
2001 547 51.5 10.6 54.5
2002 574 48.0 12.0 59.1
2003 574 48.0 12.0 59.1
2004 617 48.0 12.9 64.7
2005 593 48.0 12.4 70.5
2006 592 48.0 12.3 69.9
2007 572 44.0 13.0 68
2008 576 43.5 13.2 70
2009 558 42.5 13.1 68.5
2010 565 42.0 13.4 68
2011 550 44.6 12.3 70.7
2012 548 46.0 11.9 71.4
2013 549 41.5 13.2 75.2
2014 575 43.0 13.3 n/a
2015 541 40.0 13.5 52.9
2016 500 46.0 10.8 57.4
2017 490 38.6 12.6 54.5
2018 444 38.0 11.6 71.4
2019 493 34.0 14.5 64.1
2020 516 35.0 14.7 61.2
2021 547 37.5 14.5 63.6
2022 506 36.0 14.0 n/a
2023 467 37.0 12.6 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 Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 636 48.0 13.3 41.5
1996 636 48.0 13.3 41.5
1997 611 47.5 12.9 43.2
1998 611 50.0 12.2 48.3
1999 620 48.0 12.9 56.8
2000 589 49.0 12.0 63.2
2001 547 51.5 10.6 54.5
2002 574 48.0 12.0 59.1
2003 574 48.0 12.0 59.1
2004 617 48.0 12.9 64.7
2005 593 48.0 12.4 70.5
2006 592 48.0 12.3 69.9
2007 572 44.0 13.0 68
2008 576 43.5 13.2 70
2009 558 42.5 13.1 68.5
2010 565 42.0 13.4 68
2011 550 44.6 12.3 70.7
2012 548 46.0 11.9 71.4
2013 549 41.5 13.2 75.2
2014 575 43.0 13.3 n/a
2015 541 40.0 13.5 52.9
2016 500 46.0 10.8 57.4
2017 490 38.6 12.6 54.5
2018 444 38.0 11.6 71.4
2019 493 34.0 14.5 64.1
2020 516 35.0 14.7 61.2
2021 547 37.5 14.5 63.6
2022 506 36.0 14.0 n/a
2023 467 37.0 12.6 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 Bluefield Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,618 (13.6%) $10,301 (86.4%) $11,920

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Bluefield Middle 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 94th of 171 Middle schoolsRanks 118th of 168 Middle schools
 15.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Mathematics (Bluefield Middle School)27.328.9
 1.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Mercer County Schools)37.829.6
 8.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)34.430.2
 4.2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Bluefield Middle School)38.139.4
 1.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Mercer County Schools)41.244.1
 2.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)45.345.4
 0.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Bluefield Middle School)32.924.3
 8.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Mercer County Schools)33.330.4
 2.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)36.830.7
 6%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Bluefield Middle School)34.234.3
 0.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Mercer County Schools)36.339.1
 2.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)42.638.8
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Bluefield Middle School)47.320.5
 26.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Mercer County Schools)50.628.9
 21.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)36.628.2
 8.4%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Bluefield Middle School)38.834.8
 4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Mercer County Schools)41.435.9
 5.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)43.942.7
 1.2%
8th Grade Science (Bluefield Middle School)32.621.3
 11.3%
   8th Grade Science (Mercer County Schools)27.623.5
 4%
   8th Grade Science (West Virginia)33.127
 6.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students493467
 5.3%
African American96129
 34.4%
American Indian01
Asian11
Hispanic65
 16.7%
Pacific Islander00
White354287
 18.9%
Two or More Races3644
 22.2%


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Students who attend Bluefield Middle School usually go on to attend Bluefield High School

Bluefield Middle School ranks 118th of 169 West Virginia middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 467 students attended Bluefield Middle School.

Students at Bluefield Middle School are 61% White, 28% African American, 9% Two or more races, 1% Hispanic.


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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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