Southern Middle School

  • Southern Middle School serves 646 students in grades 6-7.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 5% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 45%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 19% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 63%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Southern Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Pennsylvania for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the Pennsylvania state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 96% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 34%.

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School Overview

  • Southern Middle School's student population of 646 students has grown by 12% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 39 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 6-7
Total Students646 students
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Total Classroom Teachers39 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Southern Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,820 schools in Pennsylvania (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has increased from 15:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Southern Middle School is 0.27, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (PA)
Overall School Rank#2774 out of 2820 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
5%
45%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
19%
63%
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Student : Teacher Ratio17:115:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
n/a
4%
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Hispanic
85%
11%
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Black
9%
15%
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White
4%
66%
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Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Southern Middle School. This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in PA.
Diversity Score0.270.53
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Eligible for Free Lunch
100%
44%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
3%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Southern Middle School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Pennsylvania by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameReading School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

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