Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Summary:

Ralph M. T. Johnson School is an elementary school serving grades 3-5 in the Bethel School District in Connecticut, with a student population of 682. The school has consistently earned a 3-out-of-5-star rating from SchoolDigger and stands out for its strong academic performance, diverse student population, and socioeconomic factors.

Academically, Ralph M. T. Johnson School consistently outperforms the state average in SBAC/English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments across grades 3-5. In 2022-2023, the school had over 50% of students proficient or better in these subjects, compared to the state averages of 45.5% to 51.3%. The school's performance in NGSS/Science for 5th grade is also strong, with 66% proficient or better, compared to the state average of 51%. Additionally, the school ranks exceptionally well for its Hispanic and English Language Learner (ELL) student populations, indicating its ability to effectively serve these subgroups.

Regarding diversity and socioeconomic factors, Ralph M. T. Johnson School has a more diverse student population compared to the nearby Frank A. Berry School and Anna H. Rockwell School, with a lower percentage of free/reduced lunch recipients than the Danbury School District schools. This diversity and socioeconomic mix may contribute to the school's overall strong academic performance, as research has shown that diverse learning environments can benefit student outcomes.


Detail:

Public 3-5

 500 Whittlesey Dr.
       Bethel, CT  06801-1518


(203) 794-8700

District: Bethel School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
185th of 492 Connecticut Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,931 Help


Students who attend Ralph M. T. Johnson School usually attend:

Middle:    Bethel Middle School
High:    Bethel High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.7 Help
Number of students:  682

Racial breakdown:

White:
52.5%
Hispanic:
26.4%
Asian:
8.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ralph M. T. Johnson School ranks better than 62.4% of elementary schools in Connecticut. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 64.88. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Ralph M. T. Johnson School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Bethel School District. Racial makeup is: White (52.5%), Hispanic (26.4%), Asian (8.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 25.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ralph M. T. Johnson School is 14.7, which is the highest among 3 elementary schools in the Bethel School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ralph M. T. Johnson School is $14,931, which is the lowest among 3 elementary schools in the Bethel School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ralph M. T. Johnson School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ralph M. T. Johnson School 185th of 492 Connecticut public elementary schools. (See Ralph M. T. Johnson School in the ranking list.)

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Bethel School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Bethel School District 68th of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ralph M. T. Johnson School

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Rank History for all students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 78.48 111th 570 80.5%
2007 78.21 116th 568 79.6%
2008 76.01 144th 565 74.5%
2009 79.74 87th 566 84.6%
2010 78.12 124th 579 78.6%
2011 79.32 102nd 565 81.9%
2012 79.01 95th 564 83.2%
2013 74.91 166th 557 70.2%
2015 75.20 164th 551 70.2%
2016 68.32 185th 518 64.3%
2017 68.33 179th 519 65.5%
2018 71.80 173rd 532 67.5%
2019 63.85 209th 522 60.0%
2021 60.21 229th 538 57.4%
2022 59.97 204th 490 58.4%
2023 64.88 186th 491 62.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 79.22 3rd 34 91.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 63.69 118th 371 68.2%
2023 47.53 3rd 4 25.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 58.36 22nd 60 63.3%
2021 71.74 60th 302 80.1%
2022 64.87 17th 70 75.7%
2023 61.83 20th 72 72.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.31 119th 259 54.1%
2019 60.85 113th 242 53.3%
2021 53.25 215th 455 52.7%
2022 51.01 131st 234 44.0%
2023 53.46 127th 230 44.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 42.76 10th 22 54.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.99 122nd 262 53.4%
2019 51.59 143rd 247 42.1%
2021 57.96 187th 445 58.0%
2022 51.19 141st 232 39.2%
2023 54.15 131st 231 43.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.97 4th 101 96.0%
2019 84.27 8th 112 92.9%
2021 80.57 19th 173 89.0%
2022 84.43 6th 99 93.9%
2023 88.31 6th 108 94.4%
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Rank History for White students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.22 159th 296 46.3%
2019 34.94 218th 295 26.1%
2021 32.68 240th 327 26.6%
2022 33.80 195th 252 22.6%
2023 33.83 198th 262 24.4%
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Data source: test scores: Connecticut Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Ralph M. T. Johnson School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 666 8 16 11 0 n/a n/a 0 701
1989 705 11 14 12 0 n/a n/a 0 742
1990 669 5 24 18 n/a n/a n/a 0 716
1991 679 5 30 13 0 n/a n/a 0 727
1992 500 4 34 12 0 n/a n/a 0 550
1993 552 7 22 14 0 n/a n/a 0 595
1994 549 6 19 22 0 n/a n/a 0 596
1995 495 10 22 11 0 n/a n/a 0 538
1996 495 10 22 11 0 n/a n/a 0 538
1997 454 9 28 9 2 n/a n/a 0 502
1998 461 5 18 15 1 n/a n/a 0 500
1999 467 7 24 25 0 n/a n/a 0 523
2000 508 12 37 14 0 n/a n/a 0 571
2001 456 6 47 19 0 n/a n/a 0 528
2002 441 9 25 39 2 n/a n/a 0 516
2003 441 9 25 39 2 n/a n/a 0 516
2004 433 7 24 45 1 n/a n/a 0 510
2005 394 13 28 53 1 n/a n/a 0 489
2006 386 10 28 56 1 n/a n/a 0 481
2007 389 4 27 48 0 n/a n/a 0 468
2008 368 9 28 49 0 n/a n/a 0 454
2009 358 9 39 48 0 n/a n/a 0 454
2010 349 8 36 42 0 n/a n/a 0 435
2011 346 10 28 60 0 0 8 0 452
2012 333 10 30 59 0 0 15 0 447
2013 316 7 37 66 0 0 17 0 443
2014 299 9 39 61 0 1 8 0 417
2015 276 10 27 65 0 2 6 0 386
2016 312 9 27 72 0 1 5 0 426
2017 336 10 29 94 1 0 9 0 479
2018 352 15 31 97 5 0 16 0 516
2019 323 15 32 86 6 0 22 0 484
2020 299 12 30 95 7 0 23 0 466
2021 430 24 49 153 9 2 28 0 695
2022 384 32 51 176 9 2 25 0 679
2023 358 38 60 180 12 3 31 0 682

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ralph M. T. Johnson School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 701 36.0 19.4 n/a
1989 742 41.5 17.8 n/a
1990 716 39.0 18.3 n/a
1991 727 38.3 18.9 n/a
1992 550 32.5 16.9 n/a
1993 595 36.7 16.2 0
1994 596 38.0 15.7 5.9
1995 538 36.8 14.6 6.3
1996 538 36.8 14.6 6.3
1997 502 35.4 14.2 4
1998 500 35.4 14.1 5
1999 523 33.4 15.7 7.6
2000 571 39.4 14.5 8.8
2001 528 37.3 14.2 n/a
2002 516 35.7 14.5 10.3
2003 516 35.7 14.5 10.3
2004 510 37.0 13.8 0
2005 489 32.1 15.2 n/a
2006 481 30.5 15.8 6.9
2007 468 29.5 15.9 9.4
2008 454 35.2 12.9 12.3
2009 454 36.1 13.3 14.5
2010 435 34.7 12.5 16.1
2011 452 35.3 12.7 15.5
2012 447 35.3 12.6 18.1
2013 443 33.4 13.2 19.9
2014 417 31.4 13.2 18
2015 386 29.0 13.3 22
2016 426 29.0 14.6 20
2017 479 31.6 15.1 20.7
2018 516 34.1 15.1 21.1
2019 484 31.4 15.3 28.9
2020 466 29.5 15.7 32.2
2021 695 45.8 15.1 33.8
2022 679 46.4 14.6 30.5
2023 682 46.3 14.7 25.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Ralph M. T. Johnson School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 701 36.0 19.4 n/a
1989 742 41.5 17.8 n/a
1990 716 39.0 18.3 n/a
1991 727 38.3 18.9 n/a
1992 550 32.5 16.9 n/a
1993 595 36.7 16.2 0
1994 596 38.0 15.7 5.9
1995 538 36.8 14.6 6.3
1996 538 36.8 14.6 6.3
1997 502 35.4 14.2 4
1998 500 35.4 14.1 5
1999 523 33.4 15.7 7.6
2000 571 39.4 14.5 8.8
2001 528 37.3 14.2 n/a
2002 516 35.7 14.5 10.3
2003 516 35.7 14.5 10.3
2004 510 37.0 13.8 0
2005 489 32.1 15.2 n/a
2006 481 30.5 15.8 6.9
2007 468 29.5 15.9 9.4
2008 454 35.2 12.9 12.3
2009 454 36.1 13.3 14.5
2010 435 34.7 12.5 16.1
2011 452 35.3 12.7 15.5
2012 447 35.3 12.6 18.1
2013 443 33.4 13.2 19.9
2014 417 31.4 13.2 18
2015 386 29.0 13.3 22
2016 426 29.0 14.6 20
2017 479 31.6 15.1 20.7
2018 516 34.1 15.1 21.1
2019 484 31.4 15.3 28.9
2020 466 29.5 15.7 32.2
2021 695 45.8 15.1 33.8
2022 679 46.4 14.6 30.5
2023 682 46.3 14.7 25.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Ralph M. T. Johnson School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $13,404
2019 $14,189
2020 $14,780
2021 $14,931

Data source: Connecticut Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ralph M. T. Johnson School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 209th of 522 Elementary schoolsRanks 186th of 491 Elementary schools
 2.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ralph M. T. Johnson School)64.356.8
 7.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Bethel School District)64.356.8
 7.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)54.648.8
 5.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ralph M. T. Johnson School)64.661.4
 3.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Bethel School District)64.661.4
 3.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)52.548.3
 4.2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ralph M. T. Johnson School)65.161.8
 3.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Bethel School District)65.161.8
 3.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)58.151.3
 6.8%
5th Grade Mathematics (Ralph M. T. Johnson School)54.951.3
 3.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Bethel School District)54.951.3
 3.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)46.541.8
 4.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students484682
 40.9%
African American1538
 153.3%
American Indian612
 100%
Asian3260
 87.5%
Hispanic86180
 109.3%
Pacific Islander03
White323358
 10.8%
Two or More Races2231
 40.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients28.9%25.7%
 3.3%


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Students who attend Ralph M. T. Johnson School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Bethel Middle School
High : Bethel High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 682 students attended Ralph M. T. Johnson School.

Students at Ralph M. T. Johnson School are 52% White, 26% Hispanic, 9% Asian, 6% African American, 5% Two or more races, 2% American Indian.

Ralph M. T. Johnson School ranks 185th of 492 Connecticut elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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