85 Perkins Street
Peabody, MA 01960
Rating
4/
10
Bottom 50%
J Henry Higgins Middle School serves 1,443 students in grades 6-8.
J Henry Higgins Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Massachusetts for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 28% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 37%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 36% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 49%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is higher than the Massachusetts state level of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 43% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 1,443 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 26%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in MA
  • Math Proficiency
    : 28% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 36% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

School Overview

J Henry Higgins Middle School's student population of 1,443 students has grown by 7% over five school years.
The teacher population of 73 teachers has declined by 22% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
1,443 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
73 teachers
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School Rankings

J Henry Higgins Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,667 schools in Massachusetts (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of J Henry Higgins Middle School is 0.42, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
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State Level (MA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1144 out of 1667 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
(20-21)
28%
37%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
(20-21)
36%
49%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
12:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
2%
7%
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Hispanic
17%
22%
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Black
5%
10%
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White
74%
57%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.42
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
28%
36%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
3%
4%
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School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

28% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 37% MA state average), while 36% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 49% MA state average).

How many students attend J Henry Higgins Middle School?

1,443 students attend J Henry Higgins Middle School.

What is the racial composition of the student body?

74% of J Henry Higgins Middle School students are White, 17% of students are Hispanic, 5% of students are Black, 2% of students are Asian, and 2% of students are Two or more races.

What is the student:teacher ratio of J Henry Higgins Middle School?

J Henry Higgins Middle School has a student ration of 20:1, which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 12:1.

What grades does J Henry Higgins Middle School offer ?

J Henry Higgins Middle School offers enrollment in grades 6-8 (offers virtual instruction).

What school district is J Henry Higgins Middle School part of?

J Henry Higgins Middle School is part of Peabody School District.

School Reviews

5   9/1/2010
great academic programs, parents are involved a lot, and good facilities. the music and arts extracurricular are amazingly great. sports are good although coming from my opinion i think that there should be more sports on the female part of the school. I mean boys get soccer and not too many boys play soccer and I know a lot of girls who play soccer and they to say that they wish there was more sports for the female part. But this school is still an amazing place. Thank you!
- Posted by Student/Alumni - littl

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 1,443 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 26%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 28% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 36% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

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