Sessums Elementary School

Summary:

Sessums Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Riverview, Florida, serving grades PK-5 with a student population of 942. The school is part of the Hillsborough County School District, which is ranked 47th out of 67 districts in Florida and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Sessums Elementary has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with a higher percentage of Hispanic (35.03%) and African American (23.78%) students. However, the school faces several challenges, including a significantly higher chronic absenteeism rate (30.2%) and generally lower academic performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics compared to the Hillsborough County and Florida state averages. Despite higher per-student spending ($10,461) than nearby schools, Sessums' statewide ranking has steadily declined over the past decade, from a high of 601 out of 2,029 Florida elementary schools in 2012-2013 to its current ranking of 1,202 out of 2,240 in 2022-2023.

The nearby charter schools, such as Riverview Academy of Math and Science and Southshore Charter Academy, generally outperform Sessums Elementary in terms of test scores and statewide rankings, which could indicate that parents in the area are seeking alternative educational options. The school and district should focus on identifying and implementing targeted interventions to improve student outcomes and address the key areas of concern, such as high chronic absenteeism and the diverse needs of the student population.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 11525 Ramble Creek Dr
       Riverview, FL  33569-2042


(813) 672-5230

District: Hillsborough

SchoolDigger Rank:
1203rd of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,461 Help


Students who attend Sessums Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Rodgers Middle Magnet School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.0 Help
Number of students:  942

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
35.0%
White:
29.5%
African American:
23.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  48.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sessums Elementary School ranks worse than 53.7% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 72nd 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 45.38. (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 Sessums Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (35%), White (29.5%), African American (23.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 48.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sessums Elementary School is 15, which is the 79th best among 178 elementary schools in the Hillsborough School District. (See more...)
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Compare Sessums Elementary School employs 62.5 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sessums Elementary School is $10,461. 96 elementary schools in the Hillsborough School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Sessums 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 Sessums Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 64.73 601st 1688 64.4%
2007 65.13 658th 1786 63.2%
2008 70.80 512th 1789 71.4%
2009 64.02 691st 1847 62.6%
2010 62.57 760th 1919 60.4%
2011 64.46 743rd 1985 62.6%
2012 66.42 657th 1984 66.9%
2013 68.99 601st 2029 70.4%
2014 63.90 714th 2064 65.4%
2016 53.93 960th 2087 54.0%
2017 47.41 1116th 2112 47.2%
2018 57.00 877th 2118 58.6%
2019 45.63 1185th 2182 45.7%
2021 42.77 1243rd 2247 44.7%
2022 46.42 1150th 2219 48.2%
2023 45.38 1202nd 2240 46.3%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Sessums Elementary School Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Sessums Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 558 135 16 259 4 n/a n/a 0 972
2005 682 159 23 304 5 n/a n/a 0 1173
2006 391 72 12 159 1 n/a n/a 0 635
2007 445 117 29 189 5 n/a n/a 80 865
2008 406 131 24 241 6 n/a n/a 97 905
2009 388 140 21 247 4 n/a n/a 87 887
2010 379 163 22 240 4 n/a n/a 85 893
2011 347 140 28 274 7 0 51 0 847
2012 317 145 28 268 6 1 55 0 820
2013 325 133 25 256 4 1 53 0 797
2014 331 145 28 254 3 1 45 0 807
2015 375 168 22 321 2 2 61 0 951
2016 406 188 19 354 3 3 78 0 1051
2017 440 183 22 393 4 1 74 0 1117
2018 402 195 25 394 2 0 69 0 1087
2019 348 193 20 378 1 3 54 0 997
2020 322 226 18 327 2 6 75 0 976
2021 285 226 20 329 2 4 75 0 941
2022 290 239 25 360 1 3 75 0 993
2023 278 224 34 330 1 2 73 0 942

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 Sessums Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 972 46.0 21.1 49.3
2005 1173 62.0 18.9 42.8
2006 635 40.0 15.9 40.2
2007 865 49.0 17.7 43.1
2008 905 71.0 12.7 47.6
2009 887 66.3 14.1 51.9
2010 893 63.0 14.1 55.7
2011 847 63.6 13.3 53.1
2012 820 64.0 12.8 58.3
2013 797 61.0 13.0 56.2
2014 807 64.0 12.6 60.1
2015 951 70.0 13.5 61.7
2016 1051 77.0 13.6 58.4
2017 1117 86.0 12.9 55.5
2018 1087 77.0 14.1 59.2
2019 997 64.5 15.4 58.8
2020 976 62.5 15.6 61.4
2021 941 64.0 14.7 64.5
2022 993 67.0 14.8 53.7
2023 942 62.5 15.0 48.1

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 Sessums Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 972 46.0 21.1 49.3
2005 1173 62.0 18.9 42.8
2006 635 40.0 15.9 40.2
2007 865 49.0 17.7 43.1
2008 905 71.0 12.7 47.6
2009 887 66.3 14.1 51.9
2010 893 63.0 14.1 55.7
2011 847 63.6 13.3 53.1
2012 820 64.0 12.8 58.3
2013 797 61.0 13.0 56.2
2014 807 64.0 12.6 60.1
2015 951 70.0 13.5 61.7
2016 1051 77.0 13.6 58.4
2017 1117 86.0 12.9 55.5
2018 1087 77.0 14.1 59.2
2019 997 64.5 15.4 58.8
2020 976 62.5 15.6 61.4
2021 941 64.0 14.7 64.5
2022 993 67.0 14.8 53.7
2023 942 62.5 15.0 48.1

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 Sessums Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $426 (5.6%) $7,185 (94.4%) $7,611
2019 $369 (4.6%) $7,730 (95.4%) $8,099
2020 $455 (5.6%) $7,737 (94.4%) $8,192
2021 $1,065 (12.0%) $7,777 (88.0%) $8,842
2022 $1,188 (12.9%) $8,046 (87.1%) $9,234
2023 $1,985 (19.0%) $8,476 (81.0%) $10,461

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sessums Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1185th of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 1202nd of 2240 Elementary schools
 0.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sessums Elementary School)5644
 12%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Hillsborough)5249
 3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Sessums Elementary School)5154
 3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Hillsborough)5456
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Sessums Elementary School)5863
 5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Hillsborough)5555
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Sessums Elementary School)5957
 2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Hillsborough)5760
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Sessums Elementary School)5249
 3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Hillsborough)5452
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Sessums Elementary School)5347
 6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Hillsborough)5454
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Sessums Elementary School)5438
 16%
   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 Students997942
 5.5%
African American193224
 16.1%
American Indian11
Asian2034
 70%
Hispanic378330
 12.7%
Pacific Islander32
 33.3%
White348278
 20.1%
Two or More Races5473
 35.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients58.8%48.1%
 10.7%


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

Middle : Rodgers Middle Magnet School

In the 2022-23 school year, 942 students attended Sessums Elementary School.

Students at Sessums Elementary School are 35% Hispanic, 30% White, 24% African American, 8% Two or more races, 4% Asian.

Sessums Elementary School ranks 1203rd of 2242 Florida elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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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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