School Details

Rucker Elementary School

325 Santa Clara Avenue, Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-6471
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 499 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

51%
55%
56%
70%
69%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
47%
46%
56%
70%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
67%
65%
62%
75%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
61%
60%
65%
65%
65%
61%
54%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rucker Elementary School is a public elementary school in Gilroy. The principal of Rucker Elementary School is Janet Boehme and can be contacted at janet.boehme@gusd.k12.ca.us. 499 students go to Rucker Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic, Asian, and Multiracial. 45% of the Rucker Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 57% of the 499 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Rucker Elementary School is 19:1. Antonio Del Buono Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 67% 67%
Asian 4% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 22% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 11280%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.4% 8%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 58%
Limited English proficiency 45% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Best school in town. GATE program is OUTSTANDING! Newly renovated awesome full-time theater program field trips and experienced teachers make Rucker Elementary a complete package!

  • (1 year ago)

    Awesome school. Could not be happier to be part of the Rucker community. The GATE program is superb. Teachers staff and student body is amazing.

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers are always willing to help. Great GATE program. Good after school program. Go COUGARS

  • (3 years ago)

    I absolutely agree even still till this day I pulled my daughter and decided to home school her bc they ignored all signs of bullying and the clicks are ridiculous never thought I would be dealing with these HS games in elementary including love triangles this school needs to be reevaluated ms yard duty teachers need to go through more exstensive training. If you don't have the heart and patience to teach our young children do us all a favor and don't TEACH!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Rucker has the best teachers!!! They care. They're involved! Rucker has great parent participation. They give their time! Rucker has great students...they are curteous kind and caring. The Rucker Way!

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a very quaint little rural school where kids from all walks of life come to learn. The staff are engaged and truly dedicate themselves to educate the next generation of children. As with all schools our little school is suffering and in desperate need of the essentials. Thank you Marti Wyatt Anshutz

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very pleased with the gate program at Rucker.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very dissapointed in the principle the teachers the staff in general...except Sam... Most of the yard duties are very rude to the children..Ghetto rude.. The teachers when they do yard duty are rude. All of the staff need to be reminded that they are there to guide the children to be a contributing member of society not...it is a dog eat dog world out there everyone is out to get you! No one takes the time to listen to a child or a parent with concerns They come up with some paloozi of a story and can not get off it.. There are deffinate clicks..If you are not in then neither is your child...which also means the child will lack in education. There are second graders that have no clue what the alphabet is...can not recognize the letters of the alphabet! No special help for themleft behind!

  • (6 years ago)

    Both the new principal and the new district leads have brought great changes to this school. The parents are given a full update on what the kids will learn full year plan and then month to month updates. There is a feeling of competency that is beginning to really show through. The school runs a encapsulated GATE program which really gives the more advanced students an opportunity to excel. While this is not an impressive school from the outside it shines from within with all the hard work the teachers and students put in.

  • (7 years ago)

    The new principal is a source of great frustration for both the parents and staff. From day one she has been trying to get rid of the Theatre Arts program and now that the 'honeymoon' period is over test scores are down slightly. Because of it's location Rucker has largely been unaffected by problems commonly found at other schools. The teachers are wonderful excellent educators with outstanding longevity. They do the best with what they are given even with a principal like this even the best educators suffer. I give the teacher 5 stars and the principal 1 - for being a warm body.

  • (7 years ago)

    Yes school has just started but....Rucker is off to a great start with us! They are totally into giving our kids the best possible learning experience with out forgetting other activities the kids need to be kids.

  • (8 years ago)

    The last 2 years have been extremely tense. The new principal may be what we needed to pick up the spirits of not just the children but the educators as well as the parents. We are looking to a brighter year 2006/2007.

  • (9 years ago)

    Rucker is great if your child speaks only Spanish. Students that are from English speaking homes suffer because classes are intermixed so children from English only speaking homes suffer in learning as the teacher takes time translating.

  • (9 years ago)

    My time at Rucker Elementary was a great part of my life. Great teachers from whom I learned all of the basics very well great administration who were always my friend first and a nice safe environment all contributed towards a very well-rounded and happy elementary school experience. Under kind and knowledgable musics directors I learned to play the clarinet while at Rucker and have continued with my music ever since even though I play the tuba now. Recess and other organized activities were always fun and safe. Lastly my parents were always invited and encouraged to be a part of school functions. Rucker was a great place when I attended.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter attended Rucker throughout elementary school and received an excellent education. Teachers are very helpful. I highly recommend this school to anyone.

  • (10 years ago)

    All of my children attended Rucker School and we have had a wonderful experience there. The staff is outstanding from kindergarten through fifth grade. My kids were in the GATE program and it was wonderful for our family. I think all of the teachers are wonderful classroom teachers. We have never had a problem with the staff we love the smaller size and there are a nice mix of kids and families who are loyal to Rucker School. GHS students who went to Rucker are highly successful. I have not been happy with the current principal.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended Rucker Elementary School from 2nd through 6th grade (1988-1993) and absolutely loved my experience there. I would highly recommend the GATE program to any parent as I felt the program did an excellent job of preparing me for junior high high school college and beyond. It made the gap between elementary school and higher learning much more manageable. Thank you Mrs. Krahenbuhl Mr. Hentschke Miss Rubio Mrs. Oteri and all of the staff at Rucker. You were a part of some wonderful times in my life.

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