School Details

Ramsey Fine Arts Elementary School

1 West 49th St, Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 668-4040
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 1039 students 18 students/teacher (MN avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

16%
52%
72%
16%
42%
57%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Minneapolis Public School Dist. average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
50%
71%
23%
39%
54%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Minneapolis Public School Dist. average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

22%
40%
60%
18%
44%
64%
9%
37%
60%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Minneapolis Public School Dist. average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

31%
38%
57%
29%
41%
59%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Minneapolis Public School Dist. average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
40%
56%
19%
40%
54%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Minneapolis Public School Dist. average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

26%
39%
59%
28%
38%
54%
23%
28%
44%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Minneapolis Public School Dist. average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ramsey Fine Arts Elementary School is a public middle school in Minneapolis. The principal of Ramsey Fine Arts Elementary School is Karen Hart, who can be contacted at karen.hart@mpls.k12.mn.us. 1,039 students go to Ramsey Fine Arts Elementary School and identify as Native American or Native Alaskan, Asian, and Hispanic. 87% of the 1,039 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Ramsey Fine Arts Elementary School is 18:1. Annunciation School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native American or Native Alaskan 4% 5%
Asian 4% %
Hispanic 39% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 35%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 17% 35%
Multiracial 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 64%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff seem to be very passionate. The love these kids and want them to succeed.

  • (5 years ago)

    Watching kids of different backgrounds learn through performance i invaluable.

  • (5 years ago)

    There are three reasons I love Ramsey. One is that it serves an ethnically diverse largely inner-city 'under-privileged' student population. Another is that it serves a high percentage of Latino students and approximately half the teaching staff is bilingual in Spanish which provides an encouraging environment for students and families who primarily speak Spanish as well as giving native English speakers the opportunity to learn Spanish. The other (and certainly not the least important) is that it offers a stringed instrument music program required for students in grades one through five and offered as an elective for grades six through eight. This program provides an incredible learning opportunity for all students and especially for those who might not ever be offered such an experience otherwise. For fifteen years I have watched many students benefit from the small group instruction a different kind of learning and the joy of the music. Many students who otherwise struggle in school often gain a new sense of accomplishment with this program and learn much about listening focus and working together as a group. Year after year the program is threatened by budget cuts as a 'secondary' or non-essential program. I want to see it continue to go strong and more than ever to be considered essential. It is one of the truly exceptional things about Ramsey of which I never tire of being a part.

  • (6 years ago)

    great staff. work hard to implement PBIS!

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter started here as a Kindergartener. There are 27 kids in her classroom and as near as I can tell there is no teachers aid to help out. I was not impressed by the staff -- both teachers and administration. I attempted to speak to administration about my concerns and it took me 10 minutes to have anyone actually acknowlege my presense at the front desk. I am transfering my daughter to another school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very dissapointed in Ramsey IFAC. They seem to be teaching to the lowest common denominator. When contacting the Administration about this problem there is little or no response. Our Daughter is above average and is completely bored! She will not be continuing at Ramsey next year. Discipline and safety is very bad. Look for another school!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 students at RIFA and I am grateful for the teachers at Ramsey. One of my students has experienced great difficulty this school year and I have been given genuine support and practical information above and beyond what is expected of a public school. In spite of the demands of the public school of today these people are working with limited funds or as in most cases no funds at all! On top of very little support from most parents increasing demands from public school bureaucy larger classrooms plus increasing concerns about child safety it is a wonder that they are able to teach anything dealing with all of these issues on a daily basis it is amazing they can teach anything at all. I believe it would be a better choice of time to find ways to help them and less time criticizing them.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter began as an 8th grader and has made friends but no close ones she's been harassed taunted and endured horrendous language at Ramsey. She's had her lock stolen off her locker repeatedly along with things out of it-- as well as things stolen from her binder during class. This is not a good experience and while the staff was both responsive and kind and did their best there seems to be no hope of any turn around at present. I also feel a fine arts school should offer more than one language and somewhat broader options for higher achieving students than does Ramsey.

  • (8 years ago)

    I feel the staff of Ramsey IFAC have great hearts and creative ideas for teaching children. I think they could benefit from stronger leadership. I am very concerned about the discipline and safety of children. I also wish we had after school activities for children in addition to the homework help and ALS programs. As a parent of two children that attend Ramsey I am disappointed by our Fine Arts piece. We have a strings program band and choir. I do believe some of the community schools in our area have the same programs. What makes Ramsey a Fine Arts Magnet? no dance theater (performance) visual arts or production? Not to mention no sports other than basketball. I have to say I have been disappointed by the choices of the Principal of Ramsey IFAC. I feel the direction of the school has been by his leadership.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a parent on nine children attending Ramsey International Fine Arts Center I have been through four principals voting on uniforms discipline policies and bussing concerns for many years. I strongly believe that the 'arts' is what it is all about. My boys now play instruments with some prooding of 'please practice' instead of breaking windows by throwing rocks at any car on the street and running. My girls now bring home homework and review with each other. All of them work hard in putting music art and drama into their studies as well as when they visit the Walker Art Center. They answer some of the questions that the musem guides ask. I am very proud of them. They did not do it alone they had great teachers too! Ramsey is what you make it. The family Art Nights are wonderful to have too. Ramsey is a great school.chp

  • (9 years ago)

    I am in the 7th grade and I feel that since Ramsey is a 'fine arts school' we should be able to express ourselves. Throughout uniforms we are unable to do so. The rules make everyone feel as if we are little elementary students when we are actually middle schoolers. The sports at Ramsey are not good. All we have is a basketball team. No football soccer baseball or hockey. Thats not real good considering this is a 'fine arts school.' I also feel that the principle needs to pay more attention to what goes on in the school rather then doing absolutely nothing. Up until the uniforms have started I actually thought Ramsey was a very nice school. Now to me it has all gone down hill! Stop paying so much attention to the clothes we wear and start focusing on our grades and behavior. Lets just say I am very dissapointed.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am in the 8th grade at Ramsey IFAC. I have been going here for 6 years now. It is so much fun. I love to play the cello and the flute and thatnks to Ramsey i can play both. There are so many things that you can do at Ramsey wheter its signing musicals crafts learning spanish and much more. Your kids will love you so much if you send them here.

  • (10 years ago)

    Wonderful it is a good invironment for the children but it did better when the children can dress freely and not in uniforms and express themselves but all together the system is great I neednt say more

  • (11 years ago)

    What great opportunities my children have had in attending this school. In a diverse population they have learned respect and fine musical skills along with the basics!

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