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Rucker Elementary School

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted March 24, 2014

Best school in town. GATE program is OUTSTANDING! Newly renovated, awesome full-time theater program, field trips, and experienced teachers make Rucker Elementary a complete package!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

Awesome school. Could not be happier to be part of the Rucker community. The GATE program is superb. Teachers, staff and student body is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

Teachers are always willing to help. Great GATE program. Good after school program. Go COUGARS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

I absolutely agree even still till this day I pulled my daughter and decided to home school her bc they ignored all signs of bullying and the clicks are ridiculous never thought I would be dealing with these HS games in elementary including love triangles this school needs to be reevaluated ms yard duty teachers need to go through more exstensive training. If you don't have the heart and patience to teach our young children do us all a favor and don't TEACH!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Rucker has the best teachers!!! They care. They're involved! Rucker has great parent participation. They give their time! Rucker has great students...they are curteous kind and caring. The Rucker Way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

It is a very quaint little rural school where kids from all walks of life come to learn. The staff are engaged and truly dedicate themselves to educate the next generation of children. As with all schools, our little school is suffering and in desperate need of the essentials. Thank you, Marti Wyatt Anshutz
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

I am very pleased with the gate program at Rucker.


Posted May 16, 2009

I am very dissapointed in the principle, the teachers, the staff in general...except Sam... Most of the yard duties are very rude to the children..Ghetto rude.. The teachers, when they do yard duty, are rude. All of the staff need to be reminded that they are there to guide the children to be a contributing member of society, not...it is a dog eat dog world out there everyone is out to get you! No one takes the time to listen to a child or a parent with concerns, They come up with some paloozi of a story and can not get off it.. There are deffinate clicks..If you are not in then neither is your child...which also means the child will lack in education. There are second graders that have no clue what the alphabet is...can not recognize the letters of the alphabet! No special help for themleft behind!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

Both the new principal and the new district leads have brought great changes to this school. The parents are given a full update on what the kids will learn, full year plan and then month to month updates. There is a feeling of competency that is beginning to really show through. The school runs a encapsulated GATE program which really gives the more advanced students an opportunity to excel. While this is not an impressive school from the outside, it shines from within with all the hard work the teachers and students put in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

The new principal is a source of great frustration for both the parents and staff. From day one she has been trying to get rid of the Theatre Arts program and now that the 'honeymoon' period is over, test scores are down slightly. Because of it's location, Rucker has largely been unaffected by problems commonly found at other schools. The teachers are wonderful, excellent educators with outstanding longevity. They do the best with what they are given, even with a principal like this, even the best educators suffer. I give the teacher 5 stars and the principal 1 - for being a warm body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2007

Yes school has just started but....Rucker is off to a great start with us! They are totally into giving our kids the best possible learning experience with out forgetting other activities the kids need to be kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

The last 2 years have been extremely tense. The new principal may be what we needed to pick up the spirits of not just the children, but the educators as well as the parents. We are looking to a brighter year 2006/2007.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2005

Rucker is great if your child speaks only Spanish. Students that are from English speaking homes suffer because classes are intermixed so children from English only speaking homes suffer in learning as the teacher takes time translating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

My time at Rucker Elementary was a great part of my life. Great teachers, from whom I learned all of the basics very well, great administration, who were always my friend first, and a nice, safe environment all contributed towards a very well-rounded and happy elementary school experience. Under kind and knowledgable musics directors, I learned to play the clarinet while at Rucker and have continued with my music ever since, even though I play the tuba now. Recess and other organized activities were always fun and safe. Lastly, my parents were always invited and encouraged to be a part of school functions. Rucker was a great place when I attended.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 19, 2005

My daughter attended Rucker throughout elementary school and received an excellent education. Teachers are very helpful. I highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2004

All of my children attended Rucker School and we have had a wonderful experience there. The staff is outstanding from kindergarten through fifth grade. My kids were in the GATE program and it was wonderful for our family. I think all of the teachers are wonderful classroom teachers. We have never had a problem with the staff, we love the smaller size, and there are a nice mix of kids and families who are loyal to Rucker School. GHS students who went to Rucker are highly successful. I have not been happy with the current principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

I attended Rucker Elementary School from 2nd through 6th grade (1988-1993) and absolutely loved my experience there. I would highly recommend the GATE program to any parent, as I felt the program did an excellent job of preparing me for junior high, high school, college, and beyond. It made the gap between elementary school and higher learning much more manageable. Thank you Mrs. Krahenbuhl, Mr. Hentschke, Miss Rubio, Mrs. Oteri, and all of the staff at Rucker. You were a part of some wonderful times in my life.
—Submitted by a former student


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This school's
API score

805

Change from
2012 to 2013

+24

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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API score

805

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2012 to 2013

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4 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females56%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females75%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students44%
Females48%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students56%
Females64%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate22%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females63%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students62%
Females68%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Females77%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students65%
Females69%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students61%
Females64%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 67%
White 22%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
English language learners 45%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Janet Boehme
Fax number
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Gilroy, CA 95020
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