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Summer Hill/Ruffin Road Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 495 students

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Posted May 6, 2010

I'm quite appalled at some of the reviews here. Considering my experiences at Summer Hill, I'd have to say I'm discouraged at the lack of parents wanting to help better the school's environment for their children. I am not saying that the school is perfect, as there are many things (like any other school you'd put your child in) that could be improved upon, some of which are getting better even now. The fact is that you put into your child's education what you get out of it. If you feel there is something missing in the school, you could at least offer options to help with academic improvement. I know for sure the instructional leaders, teachers, and staff would love to work with parents that are more enthusiastic about helping the school prosper and not putting it down without so much of a helpful suggestion.


Posted March 20, 2010

I am a parent of a child that is in attendance at this school and I too agree that this is one of the WORST schools that I have encountered. The lack of colorful attributes that should be implemented in an elementary school is evident. The office staff are less than professional, including the administrative personnel that are the first people you see that should set the tone when entering the school is less than desirable. I was very discouraged that this school was the school my child has to go to because we purchased a home without researching how it would impact our child's education. The classroom size is horrible, and a lack of positive elements to help the children excel. I am SOO disappointed and afraid for my child's future. We are now trying to put him in private school so he does not have to return next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

All schools have positive and negative attributes, and Summer Hill is no exception. While I know that there are areas which can be improved upon, I believe that this school, in no way, is deserving of the written 'flogging' of the parent review I just read. Summer Hill has more than its fair share of dedicated, caring teachers, staff, and administrators. The parent who authored that poor review could not begin to know about the truly outstanding individuals at Summer Hill who could easily find positions elsewhere, but choose to commit themselves to the betterment of children in the inner city. Summer Hill is an urban school. There is no getting around that. But from the principal and assistant principal right on down to the support staff, everyone takes rigorous interest in the success of our children and continuing improvement of our school.
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Posted July 17, 2009

This is the worst school my kids have ever been too. It is unorganized and chaotic to say the least and the amount of kids that were in my son's class was terrible. I was up the school so much for issues during the school year that I should have been a member of the staff and this school is the reason I decided to leave Richmond school district and come to Chesterfield. I wouldn't recommend this school to teach my dog let alone my kids so needless to say I will not be moving back to this school zone ever again.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students34%
Female students42%
Male students27%
Black students19%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English32%

Math

All Students41%
Female students49%
Male students34%
Black students27%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English41%

Science

All Students72%
Female students70%
Male students74%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students34%
Female students39%
Male students27%
Black students34%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficient students28%
Proficient in English36%

Math

All Students61%
Female students69%
Male students50%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students34%
Female students44%
Male students26%
Black students32%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%
Limited English proficient students10%
Proficient in English40%

English: Writing

All Students42%
Female students50%
Male students34%
Black students35%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English42%

Math

All Students55%
Female students57%
Male students53%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students53%
Female students55%
Male students52%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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  • Mrs. Sheleta R. Crews

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2717 Alexander St
Richmond, VA 23234
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