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Ruth N. Upson Elementary School

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Posted April 29, 2014

Good School needs more parent involvment. Could have a strong PTA with a solid parent membership. Only set back is too much change but Teachers care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

The environment in the office at Ruth N Upson has completely changed. Mrs Hancock was never as rude and snotty as the women are in the office now. This year has ruined my opinion of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

This is absolutely the worst school my children have ever attended! If you don't mind peoples pets being on the PTA rather than parents than send your child here. I will move if I have to just so my children wont have to attend another year at Ruth N Upson. My daughter recieved a lower grade than what she earned due to the fact that she had to use the bathroom! My son was told he couldn't use the bathroom which resulted in him going in his pants. The teachers will interupt the lesson to make students sit outside due to them not having their shirts tucked in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

My family loves this quiet, neighborhood school. We could not ask for a better education! Our child loves going to school and amazes us with the things she learns at Ruth Upson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2009

This by far is the best elementary school yet. It is so great that I get a special assignment for my daughter to go there! It's an 'A' school for sure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

My son is now in the third grade at Ruth Upson and the staff just gets better and better each year. His 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Randish was the teacher of the year! His 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Mc Larty should be next year! We always knew they were an 'A' school, but now they have the grade to prove it! After school activities sponsored by the Cathedral Arts Program are outstanding. They offer art, violin, dance, and drama! You really can not beat this community school! Everyone from the principal (Ms. Kring), after school staff (especially Ms. Abrahams, Ms. Hill, and Ms, Umstead)), and environmental services are top notch! Thank you all for your caring attitudes toward all students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

I really am disappointed in the way that the principal and Lynne Rind handle the academic and disciplinarian actions at Ruth Upson elementary. They do not provide the students with the quality education that they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

Great school , MR. Young is awesome very understanding and helpful my now 6th grader says she would love to have another year with him wonderful caring teacher five stars from this family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

We moved into this community 7 years ago and we have our 3rd child currently enrolled in Ruth Upson. We have always had a positive relationship with this school and our children have grown academically as well as socially. We will be moving at the end of October and my son is completely devastated that he has to leave Ruth Upson. I'd like to take this time to tell all of the staff how wonderful and enriching they have been. Thank you for all you do and keep up the great job! Ms. Strong...we love you and will greatly miss you... I'm so glad you were a part of Jacks life. Nancy Ellis
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

We have been disapointed in this school. They have been unable to challange our child academicly so he has lost intrest in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

Teachers are commited to provide the children with an adequate education. The topographic location of Ruth N. Upson contributes a lot to the lower percentage scored. My daughter has been attending this school since the beginning of this school year and feels at ease, her academic progress has increased, plus she now looks forward to going to school. The level of parent involvement is sufficient, extracurricular activities are offered and in my book, this school is a wonderful elementary school with hard working teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

Ruth Upson is a great neigborhood school with a caring staff and a great enviroment for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2005

I love this school..My oldest son went here and my other two attend here now. The teachers are very nice..My son has a wonderful teacher by the name of Ms Myers shes 3 rd grade...she is a great teacher, very nice and very helpful to the children..the kids seem to have alot of fun while learning...The office staff are wonderful also..I help out as much as possible so I can keep an eye out just to see how things are, and I've never had a problem..I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

Academically upson provides quality teachers that are invested in the students. Parental involvment is lacking as are the music, p.e., and art program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

Ruth Upson is a nice quiet area...the office personnel are very friendly and helpful. There are no sports to be played, and the playground was kinda scarey they had to go across the street to play. My younger child had a great teacher Ms Crouch she is great, very helpful.....Overall it is a nice school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

I love this school..the teachers are wonderful and very helpful..I have two children that attend this school...one in Second Grade and one in 5th and they lot it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2003

I just recently enrolled my 1st grader in Ruth N. Upson & I was wary at first but it has turned out to be a great school. I appreciate the teachers and the woman in the front office is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I must say I commend this school for their effort. They are very good at what they do. I have children that attend and I'm also grateful for all the time, they have invested in teaching and trying to reach them (the kids) on any level each & everyday. Keep up the good work. A Very Happy Mother.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Mr Price was an excellent principal, and will be missed terribly. Both of my children have( and are currenlty)attending Ruth Upson, and I have removed them from a private school, to let them attend this public school. Amazing as that may be, this school is one of a very motivated faculty,commited teachers and staff, and very involved community and parents. This school breeds an all around dedication by the community and parents, that then projects its positive message onto the children.......and everyone wins in an optomistic,well planned,educationally emphasized enviorment. I adore the staff and faculty there, and am dreading the day when my children have to graduate to middle school. I just hope and pray that the sheer desire and dedication these teachers have, will be reflective and emulated by the middle school faculty. It'll be hard shoes to fill. I have nothing negative to say in respects to Ruth upson. The entire 'team' is a winning combonation, and I am secure and proud my children have had them all as part of their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 58% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 63% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
51%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 81% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 "A".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 46%
White 45%
Hispanic 4%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%65%61%
Master's degree 31%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • DR. THERESA STAHLMAN
Fax number
  • (904) 381-3976

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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