School Details

Ruskin Elementary School

101 E College Ave, Ruskin, FL 33570
(813) 671-5177
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 986 students 16 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

38%
54%
58%
32%
56%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hillsborough average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
57%
61%
38%
59%
60%
88%
87%
83%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
88%
85%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hillsborough average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
54%
55%
35%
58%
60%
40%
52%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hillsborough average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ruskin Elementary School is a public elementary school in Ruskin. The principal of Ruskin Elementary School is Ms. Lisa Amos. 986 students go to Ruskin Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 41% of the Ruskin Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 986 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ruskin Elementary School is 16:1. Apollo Beach Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 21%
Hispanic 67% 33%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 38%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.09% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 57%
Limited English proficiency 41% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    The school staff is very helpful. Everyone goes out of their way to make sure my child is successful. My child loves her teacher and the principal Ms. Amos. My daughter comes home excited about what happened that day.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great teachers have a great experience there. I have two boys one in 2nd grade and another in 4th grade. The teachers are in constantly in contact with parents so we know what is going on and how to help our children better.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ruskin Elementary is an up and coming school. This is my sons second year there and all of the teachers are very friendly. The one complaint I have about my child going to Ruskin Elementary is you can not drop off before 7 30am and there are not any before school care providers that I have found that will take him to school for those of us that start work at 7am.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attended Ruskin Elementary for 2 years now and the communication at this school is below poor. The school believes in letting a child fail before getting the child assistance to further develope. This is unacceptable. I have asked the school what scales they use who's method they are using in the classroom etc. I still have not been given an answer. If you send your child here be ready for a whole lot of "I don't know's" from this team. Sickning that our schools have come to this.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school and great teachers! Its my girl's first year here and she was very happy. The service communication and support to the parents is outstanding.

  • (3 years ago)

    Today was my sons first day of school at Ruskin Elementay school. Everything seemed to be going well at first I took him to school to sign him up for class and walked him to class to meet his teacher. My son was supposed to ride the bus home in the evening so I waited. 20 min after the bus was supposed to arrive I called the school to see what was going on and they said they had to do a head count to make sure all of the children were on the bus so it was running late. When the bus finaly did show up my son did not get off the bus. I went up to the school to have them check to see if maybe he got on the wrong bus. No come to find out he never got on any bus he was still on campus with some teacher. This was about 3 30 they found him with the teacher on campus. The school never called me to let me know my son was even on campus and when I got to the school they did not know he was even there. My son just started the first grade it would have been his first time riding the bus.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a teacher at Ruskin. This is my first year teaching here and I love it already! The teachers and staff are very helpful and friendly. The school is clean and appears organized and well-run. I love going to work!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a child in 4th grade and he is miserable. The racial divide is so great that he is kicked pushed spit at for being 'not a Mexican'. Those were the exact words the student said in front of the principal and myself in justifying his actions. It is actually common after speaking to other parents about this. The teacher has never taken action against any of this. It took my child coming home bruised and scratched and going to the Asst. Principal to get this matter addressed! Eventually two of the kids did get a three day suspension.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son started pre-k two yeras ago and he has learn alot. The teachers are great to comunicate with one as a parent.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is now in 4th grade. She came here during the 1st grade year and has had excellent teachers along the way. Last year Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Auciello were especially caring and helpful.

  • (5 years ago)

    seems as though they cater to people who do not speak english. lacking behind compared to other hillsborough county schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school my son went there from Kindergarden to 5th grade. Now my daughter is attending. The principal and the staff are wonderful.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am proud that my child attends Ruskin Elem. in Ruskin Fl. This school kicked it up a noch from earning a B in 2006-2007 to earning an A 2007-2008. This is a great accomplishment considering the year they earned the A the school had a student population of approximately 1 200 students in the K-5 school. The staff is dedicated and works hard to provide a quality education for each student.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter attended kindergarten here and will continue. The curriculum is wonderful; however your pockets need to be deep. Besides tuition seems every few weeks they were demanding more money. All in all it beats the alternative of Ruskin elementary.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love this school. my daughter went there last year for the first time and everyone there helped her and our family out the best. I cant wait for this year when both of my kids go there. BRAVO Ruskin. Proud parent and a PROUD PTA member.

  • (9 years ago)

    Ruskin is a great school. It is the only elementary school in the district that currently has an elementary band program. The teachers seem varied between being educational experts and at best mediocre. I'm sure that in time this will improve. Ruskin has just had a great turnover in staff and is about 50% new this year. I'd personally like to see more activities available for students with music art and PE. The administration and staff of Ruskin are the nicest people on the planet and it is always a joy to talk to any one of them. I think Ruskin is on the right track. They should be proud to be a 'B' school considering their heavy migrant population and the inability of many parents to help with their children's learning. Bravo Ruskin!

  • (9 years ago)

    Ruskin is a great school with many dedicated teachers that maintain high expectations for each child. They go the extra mile to ensure that each student in their class is sucessful in their individual level.

  • (10 years ago)

    I went to elementary school here and all the teachers were very nice and friendly. I had Mrs. Craft for a teacher and she was the greatest teacher i ever had!

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