School Details

Central Middle School

4857 Bloom Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 653-2888
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 935 students 18 students/teacher (MN avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

66%
62%
57%
72%
65%
61%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • White Bear Lake School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
58%
57%
67%
60%
56%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • White Bear Lake School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
70%
60%
76%
67%
56%
64%
58%
45%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • White Bear Lake School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central Middle School is a public middle school in North Oaks. The principal of Central Middle School is Noel Schmidt, whose e-mail is nnschm@wbl.whitebear.k12.mn.us. 935 students go to Central Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 21% of the 935 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Central Middle School is 18:1. St Pius X School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 81%
Asian 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 27%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I'm impressed with the level of parent contact and communication at middle school! Wow! Our child is enthused about school and we have really noticed a high level of student engagement and involvement here. Would happily recommend Central to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was surprised to see the negative reviews but it looks like many of them are from a while back. My family's experience would be similar to the other review from February 2013. The principal has done some great positive outreach and I think the IB program gives a very positive focus for the school. We hope they bring IB to the high school. The music and art classes are very strong. There are so many energetic committed teachers and most teachers are quick to respond to questions.

  • (1 year ago)

    We're very happy with central. Some great teachers and a strong focus on character development.

  • (2 years ago)

    Classrooms are over crowded. Teachers and staff struggle to maintain control and use ineffective methods. Struggling students just drop out of sight with little concern for improvement. Counselor does not follow through her job.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is horrible there is no discipline in the school what so ever. The kids can do whatever they want and the teachers have no control. The principal was never there and made the vice Principal do everything. I never saw the principal there. The students there did not treat the teachers well at all. The school had fights in it every day and the students were rude to the teachers. I remember seeing stundents swearing and yelling at the teachers. Lots of bullying at this school as well. The teachers also have to waste a lot of time in class to deal with all the bad kids. So that means like the teachers have to spend half the class period on discipline. Do your children a favor and send them some where else. They will thank you later.

  • (2 years ago)

    Central Middle School is the worst school that my son has ever been too. My son was bullied so much that every day he would come home crying because he was bullied every day by so many people. Both my son and I contacted his teachers to tell them what was going on so many times and nothing happened. I feel like the teachers and the office just don't care about my son. My son also tells me that there is a lot of violence there and lots of drugs. He sees fights in the hallways and my son says the principial is never there and shows very little leadership. My son will definitely not be attending this school next year.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a 6th grader at Central and we have been so pleased with all her classes and teachers. I'm certain that the negative comments posted by students from 4 - 9 years ago were not completely true at the time and even if they were partially true then that was so long ago and that is not the case today. My daughter and her friends (some are 7th and 8th graders) have never seen fights drugs or been unhappy with how a teacher treats them. I find it interesting that none of the negative posts by parents are first hand. It's always what they heard; it's always what some other kid said. The principal of Central has pleaded with parents to visit the school hallways attend school meetings attend parent/teacher meetings and notify him when they hear rumors so that he and the staff can investigate. They will investigate and share the resolution so that the truth is spread - not rumors. I also find it interesting and sad that all the negative comments have grammar errors. If you're reading this and and have had a positive experience with WBL schools and Central Middle School please post so people have a more accurate - not to mention recent - view of our school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with most comments my son is a 7th grader this year and I love White Bear but Central Middle School has been disappointing. I know my son isn't perfect but Central doesn't seem to bring out the best in students- his choir teacher this year told the whole class that they are the worst class she's ever had- and that's not the first teacher that has said similar things. This makes me wonder- are these teachers really passionate about teaching this age group when they are at a pivitol place in their life especially with their attitude about learning? I don't feel like the teachers do enough to help the students that are struggling-they just let them slip through the cracks even when they have a good academic history of high test scores. There is A LOT of room for improvement.

  • (2 years ago)

    After reading all of the comments as a parent I really agree that Central is not helping the kids in White Bear. I've heard things from other people who's kids attend the school. Like kids getting bullied drugs boy crazy girls discipline is not fairly administered. My kids attended Central' but got into alot of trouble.Principal is unfair unjust and un accountable. We went new school and everything changed for my son I think Central needs alot of help they need better leadership better discipline better teachers. Kids need to love school friends and find peace and happiness in life. Kids need to enjoy learning. I think central is not providing a enjoyable learning environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    umm.. well they need more control... im pretty sure most of the 8th graders do drugs...and it is an unhealthy environment for kids... very rude and mean...would not recommend it...

  • (5 years ago)

    kids constantly get into fights afer school and im sure teacher hear about it but don't do anything lots of swearing kids and the teacher's don't care bad environment...bullies and teacher take sides with the more 'popular' kids.the teaching is kinda poor and it seems like teacher just want their and don't care about us. some do but most don't. we get parties and lunch is pretty good but the lack of discipline is just awful.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's an okay school but the teachers are not the best... they don't act like they actually want to teach kids. the students there are not really disciplined and the teachers act like kids and only really talk or call on the more 'popular' children. library is nice. some teachers are very good and really do care for the kids. school is pretty clean and it's an okay school...

  • (6 years ago)

    Central is so awesome! The teachers are great! I enjoy school a lot. The teachers and staff make it fun! (Lunch is way better than any other school's too!)

  • (6 years ago)

    I thought Central was a very good school but they don't take discipline seriously so a student is always being disruptive and that takes away time from the class. The teachers are very nice and helpful. I think over all the school is very average

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter will be a 7th grader at Central this fall and is already looking forward to going back to school. She really enjoyed all of her sixth grade teachers. I felt that the school was inviting encouraged student participation provides a family access system that lets parents access their student's information (you can follow up on assignments that have not been turned in etc.) and has a great teaching staff that encourages parent communication. It is all what you make of it - how you personally help your student transition and enjoy school assist them with homework etc. If you as a parent are actively involved in your child's school/community/life they will have a positive and healthy experience at this school and will enjoy it as much as my daughter does.

  • (7 years ago)

    Some teachers are excellent and encourage a student to learn and make learning fun. Seventh grade history lady teacher one of the best. The office is very unfriendly. There is no customer service given in a friendly manner. The principal is not well liked by many parents in the district. A lot of the teachers don't follow up with a student to see if homework is turned in. No contact is made with the parent until mid-terms come home. Excellent sport coaches.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think Central is very good school and you should send your child there. I love going to school. there are great teachers and staff. the people there are very nice.

  • (10 years ago)

    Central is not a very good school. This comes from someone who recently attended the school. The teachers never really paid attention to failing grades and if someone was harrassing someone else they said they would look into it but they never did. If you are thinking about enrolling your child into Central I beg of you not to. You will and your child will regret it.

  • (11 years ago)

    Poor school principle lacks leadership. Teachers belittle students. More worried about there sport teams then there students. Principle asks parents to leave office when they come in to discuss childs problems.

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