Ruskin Elementary School

Summary:

Ruskin Elementary School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-5 in Ruskin, Florida, with a student population of 781. The school is part of the Hillsborough County School District, which is ranked 47th out of 67 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger. Ruskin Elementary has a predominantly Hispanic (64.79%) student population, followed by African American (17.67%) and White (13.7%) students.

Ruskin Elementary faces significant challenges, including consistently high chronic absenteeism rates (44.4% in 2022-2023), significantly lower academic performance compared to the Hillsborough County and Florida state averages, and an extremely high percentage of students (77.34%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch. Despite spending $10,413 per student, which is higher than most nearby schools, the school's academic performance remains significantly lower than the surrounding schools, such as Belmont Elementary, Doby Elementary, and Apollo Beach Elementary.

The high chronic absenteeism rate and racial disparities in academic performance at Ruskin Elementary suggest that there may be systemic inequities or challenges that disproportionately impact minority students. By learning from the successes of nearby high-performing schools and targeting the root causes of the school's challenges, Ruskin Elementary has the potential to improve student outcomes and provide a high-quality education for all its students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 101 E College Ave
       Ruskin, FL  33570-4703


(813) 671-5177

District: Hillsborough

SchoolDigger Rank:
2185th of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,413 Help


Students who attend Ruskin Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Shields Middle School
High:    Lennard High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.5 Help
Number of students:  781

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
64.8%
African American:
17.7%
White:
13.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  77.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ruskin Elementary School ranks worse than 97.5% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 170th among 178 ranked elementary schools in the Hillsborough School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 6.76. (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 Ruskin Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (64.8%), African American (17.7%), White (13.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 77.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ruskin Elementary School is 17.5. 151 elementary schools in the Hillsborough School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Ruskin Elementary School employs 44.5 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ruskin Elementary School is $10,413. 98 elementary schools in the Hillsborough School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Ruskin Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Hillsborough:

SchoolDigger ranks Hillsborough 47th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ruskin Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 32.40 1180th 1688 30.1%
2007 20.84 1490th 1786 16.6%
2008 21.87 1483rd 1789 17.1%
2009 38.95 1221st 1847 33.9%
2010 20.84 1609th 1919 16.2%
2011 23.16 1629th 1985 17.9%
2012 15.89 1753rd 1984 11.6%
2013 15.66 1828th 2029 9.9%
2014 18.31 1792nd 2064 13.2%
2016 18.20 1781st 2087 14.7%
2017 10.26 1995th 2112 5.5%
2018 10.73 1984th 2118 6.3%
2019 12.66 1997th 2182 8.5%
2021 12.20 2066th 2247 8.1%
2022 6.01 2171st 2219 2.2%
2023 6.76 2183rd 2240 2.5%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Ruskin Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 454 71 1 385 0 n/a n/a 0 911
1989 499 75 1 405 1 n/a n/a 0 981
1990 456 85 0 428 0 n/a n/a 0 969
1991 472 92 1 406 0 n/a n/a 0 971
1992 360 97 1 311 0 n/a n/a 0 769
1993 315 98 2 310 0 n/a n/a 0 725
1994 332 81 4 329 2 n/a n/a 0 748
1995 307 72 3 355 1 n/a n/a 0 738
1996 307 72 3 355 1 n/a n/a 0 738
1997 314 7 3 373 3 n/a n/a 0 700
1998 307 9 3 431 2 n/a n/a 0 752
1999 289 7 2 456 4 n/a n/a 0 758
2000 259 10 3 494 3 n/a n/a 0 769
2001 261 10 3 502 3 n/a n/a 0 779
2002 227 15 3 547 4 n/a n/a 0 796
2003 227 15 3 547 4 n/a n/a 0 796
2004 191 15 2 604 3 n/a n/a 0 815
2005 204 17 2 599 1 n/a n/a 0 823
2006 182 15 1 649 3 n/a n/a 0 850
2007 191 35 5 737 5 n/a n/a 41 1014
2008 225 66 14 786 1 n/a n/a 57 1149
2009 190 47 5 585 2 n/a n/a 41 870
2010 191 54 5 586 1 n/a n/a 27 864
2011 217 56 10 641 3 0 18 0 945
2012 235 72 9 659 1 2 20 0 998
2013 228 73 6 659 1 2 17 0 986
2014 237 95 9 732 1 2 16 0 1092
2015 160 71 4 611 1 0 15 0 862
2016 170 64 3 605 1 0 19 0 862
2017 137 83 3 675 1 0 17 0 916
2018 129 93 8 586 1 0 18 0 835
2019 129 93 5 541 0 1 26 0 795
2020 99 99 0 535 0 0 22 0 755
2021 103 101 1 507 0 2 18 0 732
2022 100 121 4 497 0 2 17 0 741
2023 107 138 3 506 0 3 24 0 781

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 Ruskin Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 911 52.0 17.5 67.5
1989 981 54.0 18.1 68.6
1990 969 60.0 16.1 55.4
1991 971 58.0 16.7 69.2
1992 769 46.0 16.7 63.3
1993 725 53.0 13.7 68.3
1994 748 54.0 13.9 70.3
1995 738 52.0 14.2 73.3
1996 738 52.0 14.2 73.3
1997 700 51.0 13.7 74.1
1998 752 53.0 14.2 79.5
1999 758 53.0 14.3 84.4
2000 769 54.0 14.2 88
2001 779 56.0 13.9 89.7
2002 796 49.0 16.2 89.1
2003 796 49.0 16.2 89.1
2004 815 51.0 16.0 90.1
2005 823 59.0 13.9 90
2006 850 60.0 14.2 89.2
2007 1014 59.0 17.2 88.6
2008 1149 82.0 14.0 87.7
2009 870 74.7 12.3 86.7
2010 864 71.0 12.1 88.4
2011 945 74.0 12.7 87.3
2012 998 77.0 12.9 82.4
2013 986 74.0 13.3 87.1
2014 1092 87.0 12.5 87.5
2015 862 68.0 12.6 90.8
2016 862 67.0 12.8 90
2017 916 70.0 13.0 89.8
2018 835 66.0 12.6 90.1
2019 795 52.5 15.1 90.2
2020 755 53.0 14.2 88.7
2021 732 53.5 13.6 92.1
2022 741 46.0 16.1 85.6
2023 781 44.5 17.5 77.3

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 Ruskin Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 911 52.0 17.5 67.5
1989 981 54.0 18.1 68.6
1990 969 60.0 16.1 55.4
1991 971 58.0 16.7 69.2
1992 769 46.0 16.7 63.3
1993 725 53.0 13.7 68.3
1994 748 54.0 13.9 70.3
1995 738 52.0 14.2 73.3
1996 738 52.0 14.2 73.3
1997 700 51.0 13.7 74.1
1998 752 53.0 14.2 79.5
1999 758 53.0 14.3 84.4
2000 769 54.0 14.2 88
2001 779 56.0 13.9 89.7
2002 796 49.0 16.2 89.1
2003 796 49.0 16.2 89.1
2004 815 51.0 16.0 90.1
2005 823 59.0 13.9 90
2006 850 60.0 14.2 89.2
2007 1014 59.0 17.2 88.6
2008 1149 82.0 14.0 87.7
2009 870 74.7 12.3 86.7
2010 864 71.0 12.1 88.4
2011 945 74.0 12.7 87.3
2012 998 77.0 12.9 82.4
2013 986 74.0 13.3 87.1
2014 1092 87.0 12.5 87.5
2015 862 68.0 12.6 90.8
2016 862 67.0 12.8 90
2017 916 70.0 13.0 89.8
2018 835 66.0 12.6 90.1
2019 795 52.5 15.1 90.2
2020 755 53.0 14.2 88.7
2021 732 53.5 13.6 92.1
2022 741 46.0 16.1 85.6
2023 781 44.5 17.5 77.3

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Ruskin Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $812 (9.9%) $7,403 (90.1%) $8,215
2019 $1,145 (12.8%) $7,817 (87.2%) $8,962
2020 $1,425 (14.2%) $8,583 (85.8%) $10,009
2021 $1,637 (17.4%) $7,794 (82.6%) $9,431
2022 $1,696 (18.3%) $7,573 (81.7%) $9,268
2023 $2,967 (28.5%) $7,446 (71.5%) $10,413

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ruskin Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1997th of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 2183rd of 2240 Elementary schools
 5.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ruskin Elementary School)2820
 8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hillsborough)5249
 3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Ruskin Elementary School)4122
 19%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hillsborough)5456
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ruskin Elementary School)3936
 3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hillsborough)5555
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ruskin Elementary School)4028
 12%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hillsborough)5760
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ruskin Elementary School)3115
 16%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hillsborough)5452
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Ruskin Elementary School)4022
 18%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hillsborough)5454
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Ruskin Elementary School)3020
 10%
   5th Grade Science (Hillsborough)5147
 4%
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students795781
 1.8%
African American93138
 48.4%
American Indian00
Asian53
 40%
Hispanic541506
 6.5%
Pacific Islander13
 200%
White129107
 17.1%
Two or More Races2624
 7.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients90.2%77.3%
 12.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ruskin Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 781 students attended Ruskin Elementary School.

Students at Ruskin Elementary School are 65% Hispanic, 18% African American, 14% White, 3% Two or more races.

Ruskin Elementary School ranks in the bottom 2.5% of Florida elementary schools.

Students who attend Ruskin Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Shields Middle School
High : Lennard High 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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