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River City Science Academy

Charter | 6-12 | 750 students

Our school is best known for our strong academics and math-science focus

 
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5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 24 ratings
2012:
Based on 12 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted yesterday

This is a terrible school. I would not recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a good education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2014

We were very excited for the lottery.We are very lucky to be accepted. Heard nothing but good things from my friends. I believe my son will do his best among the other good students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

This school is awful. I've been a student since the second year it has been open and it's literally so unorganized and unprofessional. The teachers are great, don't get me wrong, but the administration is so haywire and all over the place. I will NOT be returning for my senior year because I now have to fix my grades and everything that this school has screwed up along the way due to their mistakes.


Posted February 25, 2014

This school is great, the teachers are very friendly. My kids love their school. You don't have to worry about bullies at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

Best school good teacher and staf very helpful .Kids are happy to go to this school every day .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

Everybody who comes here is amazed how friendly and calm the kids are. One can feel the atmosphere of integrity here. I am very happy with my son's teachers and the school in general. Thanks, RCSA. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

We are like a family here. It's very difficult to find this safe environment in other schools. Happy to be at RCSA.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 9, 2013

This school is Amazing! They are so focused on having their students achieve the very best, and their expectations on the kids is very high which is wonderful. The entire school is focused on excellence. They are truly top-notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Excellent academic program. Great to have a school that focuses primarily on academics rather than sports. Students are held accountable for their work. Students are encouraged to participate in Science Olympiad, County Science and History fairs and AP classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

RCSA has been a blessing to my family since they've opened their doors! They are the most compassionate, enthusiastic and genuine bunch of teachers I've ever met. They truly care about their students and giving them all the tools and opportunities to succeed. Love them! Both my girls go there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

River City Science Academy is a wonderful school my son has been a student there since 6th grade and is now in 9th grade, the Teachers and staff care about the kids, there is nice programs after school for students to attend free of charge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

THIS SCHOOL HAS EXCELLENT ENVIRONMENT FOR ITS STAFF, STUDENTS AND PARENTS. SERVERS GREAT MINDS. GO ROCKETS!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 3, 2013

Sometimes there may be a bad apple in the bunch! I must admit that one of my kid s teachers is Awesome. On the other hand there is another teacher has no passion in what she does. Her class work is for daycare students! This is FAR BELOW my expectations of an A . It s good to have a friendly environment but its better with the kids are actually learning. I no longer believe all the hype I see posted on the reviews!!!! Yes the staff is GREAT but this Teacher needs another Job!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

Hi! My son is a new 5th grade student at RCSA this year and he has come home every day so far telling our family how much he loves it here! He had trouble at his last school with one teacher mostly, and a few of the children. The first day at RCSA, he came home saying, "I love it here! I made some friends, the kids are nicer and a lot better behaved! And I like my teachers a lot!". Boy, that warmed my heart! My son even said that the days just fly right by because he's having such a good experience. We are so pleased and can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings! Thanks River City!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

My son had E grades in reading and math in kindergarten at another school, but U in behavior. He did NOT like going to school. First word out of his mouth after Day 1 in first grade at RCSA was "Awesome, and I stayed on green all day!" (good behavior). Second day, he was so excited to go to school that he forgot to give us a kiss as he raced from the car to school. His teacher is supportive and attentive. We hope the rest of the year will go as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

River City is an excellent school with teachers and staff who truly care for students education and overall development. I would highly recommend this school to any family in Jacksonville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

I am impressed with the level of expectations for the students at RCSA. The teachers staff and students are all dedicated to learning and challenging themselves each day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 23, 2013

I am so excited to be joining the staff at River City Science Academy. The faculty and staff are very kind, caring, and dedicated. I am also so impressed by the students and parents. Everyone is genuinely dedicated to the education of children!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 23, 2013

RCSA has been a great fit for my children and our family. My kids are challenged and love the staff. This is our second year attending for both of our children and we have been very happy with the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

I feel blessed to have been informed about RCSA because the teachers and the staff are excellent. The additional guidance and assistance they provide to the students are by far the best. Also, they push the kids to think outside of the box, focusing on the future ahead of them. I love them.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
45%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

153 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
49%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 42%
Black 22% 23%
Hispanic 12% 29%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school public schools
private schools
home schooling
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Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 84%65%61%
Master's degree 16%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 18%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Korean
Russian
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • High Performing Charter School Award (2012)
  • First Place in Science Olympiad (2012)
  • Service Learning Leader School (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Service Learning Leader School (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dogan Tozoglu
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • http://rivercityscience.org
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
250
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
600
Students typically come from these schools
public schools
private schools
home schooling

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
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7565 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32216
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Phone: (904) 855-8010

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