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John Ruhrah Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 610 students

 

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Posted December 9, 2013

I have 3 children attending this school and I like it very much the teachers and staff are super good and very understandable on anything that concern parents. The reason why I give it 4 stars is because I will like to see more after school programming for the English speaking children as much as they have for the Spanish speaking children!Dont get me wrong i think it's fantastic that the school has a alot if help for the none speaking Spanish students, and I am Hispanic with non Spanish speaking children and I think they should have the same right as everyone else!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

This school is fortunate enough to have a wonderful ESL program and some very dedicated and valuable teachers who will ensure that second language learners have a bright and well-developed education which will help fuel the future of this country.


Posted December 31, 2007

This shool is awesome and offers children all required knowledge to move on to the best middle schools and high schools!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

I think the entire staff is a credit to the education of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2003

i am proud of the staff at john ruhrah and the parent involvement...keep up the great work.


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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 74% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
28%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
48%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 59% 12%
White 28% 42%
Black 10% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: (410) 396-9125

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