River City Science Academy Innovation School

Summary:

River City Science Academy Innovation School is a public charter elementary school serving 761 students in grades K-8 in Jacksonville, Florida, which is part of the Duval school district, ranked 54 out of 68 districts in the state with a 1-star rating.

The school consistently outperforms the Duval district and the state of Florida in standardized test scores, with proficiency rates ranging from 49% in 3rd grade English Language Arts to 92% in Geometry. However, the school has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 12.1% in 2019-2020 to 32.8% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the district average of 44.1%. The school's student population is relatively diverse, with 34.95% White, 31.93% African American, 18.66% Hispanic, and 5.39% Asian students, and the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch has increased from 38.85% in 2021-2022 to 44.55% in 2022-2023.

River City Science Academy Innovation School outperforms nearby traditional public schools, such as Crown Point Elementary, Mandarin Oaks Elementary, and Beauclerc Elementary, in academic achievement, but its chronic absenteeism rate is higher than these nearby schools. The nearby charter schools, such as Seaside Community Charter School, Duval Charter School At Mandarin, and Duval Charter School At Southside, also demonstrate strong academic performance, with some metrics on par with or exceeding River City Science Academy Innovation School.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-8

 8313 Baycenter Rd
       Jacksonville, FL  32256


(904) 855-8010

District: Duval

SchoolDigger Rank:
645th of 2,256 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,468 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  17.2 Help
Number of students:  761

Racial breakdown:

White:
35.0%
African American:
31.9%
Hispanic:
18.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  44.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details River City Science Academy Innovation School ranks better than 71.4% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 21st among 119 ranked elementary schools in the Duval School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2024 the calculated Average Standard Score was 69.69. (See more...)
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Compare Details River City Science Academy Innovation School ranks better than 74% of middle schools in Florida. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2024 the calculated Average Standard Score was 71.56. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at River City Science Academy Innovation School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (35%), African American (31.9%), Hispanic (18.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 44.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at River City Science Academy Innovation School is 17.2. 69 elementary schools in the Duval School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare River City Science Academy Innovation School employs 44 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at River City Science Academy Innovation School is $9,468. 96 elementary schools in the Duval School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

River City Science Academy Innovation School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks River City Science Academy Innovation School 311th of 1196 Florida public middle schools. (See River City Science Academy Innovation School in the ranking list.)

Duval:

SchoolDigger ranks Duval 54th of 68 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for River City Science Academy Innovation School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 59.99 818th 2087 60.8%
2017 61.90 791st 2112 62.5%
2018 52.74 982nd 2118 53.6%
2019 59.69 845th 2182 61.3%
2021 67.31 704th 2247 68.7%
2022 48.64 1100th 2219 50.4%
2023 73.80 535th 2240 76.1%
2024 69.69 645th 2256 71.4%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for River City Science Academy Innovation School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 61.89 368th 1031 64.3%
2018 64.37 350th 1035 66.2%
2019 56.34 466th 1099 57.6%
2021 71.30 292nd 1136 74.3%
2022 61.80 396th 1148 65.5%
2023 72.06 297th 1177 74.8%
2024 71.56 311th 1196 74.0%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

River City Science Academy Innovation School Test Scores
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Enrollment information for River City Science Academy Innovation School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2014 59 38 14 17 0 0 16 0 144
2015 81 40 14 19 0 0 16 0 170
2016 178 100 15 46 2 1 15 0 357
2017 221 127 25 55 6 1 20 0 455
2018 250 170 37 55 4 1 25 0 542
2019 265 200 32 71 4 1 28 0 601
2020 266 186 34 74 3 1 34 0 598
2021 246 179 22 81 2 1 37 0 568
2022 269 229 25 115 5 3 49 0 695
2023 266 243 41 142 3 2 64 0 761

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 River City Science Academy Innovation School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2014 144 11.0 13.0 25
2015 170 10.0 17.0 5.9
2016 357 3.0 119.0 17.6
2017 455 n/a n/a 46.2
2018 542 n/a n/a 53.5
2019 601 29.0 20.7 48.9
2020 598 20.0 29.9 45.3
2021 568 25.0 22.7 45.6
2022 695 40.0 17.3 38.8
2023 761 44.0 17.2 44.5

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 River City Science Academy Innovation School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2014 144 11.0 13.0 25
2015 170 10.0 17.0 5.9
2016 357 3.0 119.0 17.6
2017 455 n/a n/a 46.2
2018 542 n/a n/a 53.5
2019 601 29.0 20.7 48.9
2020 598 20.0 29.9 45.3
2021 568 25.0 22.7 45.6
2022 695 40.0 17.3 38.8
2023 761 44.0 17.2 44.5

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 River City Science Academy Innovation School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $39 (0.6%) $6,624 (99.4%) $6,663
2019 $78 (1.1%) $6,844 (98.9%) $6,922
2020 $66 (0.9%) $7,262 (99.1%) $7,327
2021 $362 (4.5%) $7,612 (95.5%) $7,974
2022 $435 (5.3%) $7,794 (94.7%) $8,229
2023 $1,416 (15.0%) $8,052 (85.0%) $9,468

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

Impact of COVID-19 on River City Science Academy Innovation School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 845th of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 535th of 2240 Elementary schools
 14.8%
Ranks 466th of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 297th of 1177 Middle schools
 17.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (River City Science Academy Innovation School)5835
 23%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Duval)5147
 4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (River City Science Academy Innovation School)7652
 24%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Duval)6156
 5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (River City Science Academy Innovation School)5057
 7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Duval)5250
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (River City Science Academy Innovation School)6452
 12%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Duval)6458
 6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (River City Science Academy Innovation School)5764
 7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Duval)5047
 3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (River City Science Academy Innovation School)6357
 6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Duval)5750
 7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (River City Science Academy Innovation School)6366
 3%
   5th Grade Science (Duval)4948
 1%
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (River City Science Academy Innovation School)5746
 11%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Duval)4743
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5452
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (River City Science Academy Innovation School)6549
 16%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Duval)5141
 10%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5549
 6%
7th Grade English Language Arts (River City Science Academy Innovation School)4962
 13%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Duval)4442
 2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (River City Science Academy Innovation School)6356
 7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Duval)4741
 6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (River City Science Academy Innovation School)4961
 12%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Duval)4942
 7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (River City Science Academy Innovation School)5763
 6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Duval)3228
 4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (River City Science Academy Innovation School)2549
 24%
   8th Grade Science (Duval)4035
 5%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Biology 1 (River City Science Academy Innovation School)87100
 13%
   End of Course Biology 1 (Duval)6866
 2%
   End of Course Biology 1 (Florida)6763
 4%
End of Course Civics (River City Science Academy Innovation School)7872
 6%
   End of Course Civics (Duval)6963
 6%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (River City Science Academy Innovation School)8688
 2%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Duval)6055
 5%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students601761
 26.6%
African American200243
 21.5%
American Indian43
 25%
Asian3241
 28.1%
Hispanic71142
 100%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
White265266
 0.4%
Two or More Races2864
 128.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients48.9%44.5%
 4.4%


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River City Science Academy Innovation School ranks 645th of 2256 Florida elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at River City Science Academy Innovation School are 35% White, 32% African American, 19% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 5% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 761 students attended River City Science Academy Innovation School.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Florida Department of Education.

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