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Rutherford High School

Public | 9-12 | 1219 students

 

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Posted February 11, 2013

I as a student love rutherford, everyone is friendly, our IB and ComTech Programs are great, ive seen so many students in IB go to big colleges such as LSU, FSU, UF etc..our athletics are great, the school does need a bit tidying up a bit but no school is perfect, yes there are a few bad crowds there but you can choose to stay away from them and the school is fine, i honestly don't think there is a better school in bay county with an academic program like them, outside of IB is average, average students making average grades just trying to pass, most things people hear are rumors other than that rutherford is a great school with great caring staff, anyone would fit in at this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2012

My son is a 9th grader this year.coming from a very bad middle school.He has always made good grades but was bullyed in school.So far Rutherford we find is a great school.Perhaps the classes he is taking is making a differance.He is taking much pride in the JROTC program and is friends with some great kids and staff.GO RAMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

I graduated from Rutherford in 2008 and I can honestly say that it is an excellents school. Rutherford has a variety of programs, such as IB and HOSA, that other area high schools do not. Also, the education that I recieved at Rutherford definetely prepared me for college.


Posted June 14, 2009

I'm going to be a junior this upcoming school year, and I really think Rutherford is a great school. Lots of people say negative things about Rutherford, but the same problems are at other schools also. No high school is going to be perfect. We don't have that many fights either. Walking the halls is not scary. In fact, I've never been afraid since I first started as a freshman. I'm in the IB program, but I do have my elective classes with average students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2009

As a parent of a Jr., I find some personel unprofessional. When I had a concern of my childs attendance, tardiness, and grades, I felt my concerns were pushed to the wayside. I spoke with a particular person within the school who I thought was genuinely concerned about my child, but it turns out that person did not follow through with our conversaton to take care of this matter. So basically, I have kept my distance because it is a waste of time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

As a former student from 79 and also have a child that attends Rutherford I am a very satisfied in Rutherford then and now. The teachers for the most part go beyond the call of duty, There are some changes in the administration that should be fixed. All children however, are treated equal whether IB, Com Tech, sports are whatever. One teacher mentor has got to be recognized very highly. Coach Rivers that is a great Coach he goes by the book as for grades, GPA, and disciplinary. My son tells me he sends an email out every so often to find out if his boys are be up standing boys if not he gets on their behinds about it. He does discipline on the field that makes them think about what they did wrong. Go Rams you will always be number 1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

as a student that goes to rutherofrd high school i would firdt off like to point out that all the things the person below me has written is not entirely true. second off what you see at RHS is pretty much what youll see at any other high shcool. its my last year at RHS and i am proud to say i am very happy at rutherford. the teachers are amazing for the most part and the deans and our principle is magnificant. and we do have SRO's but then again so does every school in bay county...its required. and as for the fights, we have very little, no more than the neighboring schools, and i would also like to point out that rutherford was ranked to have some of the best behavior out of all the high schools. and by the way im non-IB
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2008

I agree with the former student. I very recently made the decision to leave Rutherford. The student behavior at Rutherford affect the education of others and most teachers are too afraid to do anything. Walking through the halls of Rutherford reveals such a use of profanity that it should be illegal. There are so many fights and dangers at that school that they have full time police officers circling the school. And even then, I have seen possession of switchblades,lighters, and even pencils and pens being used as weapons. I feel that some parents who wote this school with more thatn one star may not know the dangers that surround this school. Most students are threatened to keep quiet or to avoid it all,just transfer schools.Even though there are alot of teachers who truly care about their students,I highly recommend to anyone considering Rutherford look over their options again.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2008

As a former student i can honestly say Rutherford is not worthy of the high rankings it has received. The IB program is a positive part of the school but the students who are not a part of IB fade into the background. The classrooms are rowdy and for the most part teachers either can't or won't gain control. A lot of the teachers don't seem to care and just want to get through the day so they can get out of there. If you are in IB it is a fine school to go to but if you do not plan on joining the IB program then don't go to Rutherford because the stuff that goes on outside of the IB halls and office and the band room isn't worth it. Just go check out the bathrooms and notice all the gang graffitti all over the walls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

The International Baccalaureate program offered at RHS is the finest public school college prep program in the county - hands down. Its comprehensive curriculum challanges a student and creates a school within a school atmosphere that is special.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 28, 2006

Rutherford faculty are great. The diversity on the RHS campus offers students the chance to experience other cultures without ever leaving Florida. The programs offered by the school give students the opportunity to feel like they are a part of a large school. They can be a big fish in a big pond or be part of one of the programs and be a big fish in a little pond that is part of the big pond.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2005

I praised the staff earlier in August but must say that I agree with comments read. I will only say this Mr. Bulloch is sorely missed by many students and especially parents. As the school year progresses he is missed more and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2005

My child is an IB student. He has had the best of teachers and equipment available to him to further his education. The IB program encourages him to reach out beyond his boundaries. On the down side, this public school has the usual to distract students. The teachers, however, are the best in the county and have earned the rank of the school being in the top 1000 schools in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

The adademics at Rutherford are A+, and the majority of teachers honestly care about the students - Highly recommended for the acedemics. However, administration is extremely over the top with their desire for authority, allow no leeway for teenage expression and make no attempt to understand the needs of the students.
—Submitted by a former student


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

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

362 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
49%

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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

251 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
71%
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 84% in 2012.

331 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
94%

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

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

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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
77%
Biology I

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

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 55%
Black 28%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 5%
Hispanic 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 195%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 21%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 76%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%63%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 15%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. COY PILSON
Fax number
  • (850) 872-4827

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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