St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms)

Summary:

St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms) is a public charter elementary school serving 116 students in grades K-6 in the highly-ranked St. Johns school district in St. Augustine, Florida.

While Sapms is part of a top-performing district, the school has some unique characteristics that set it apart from nearby public schools. Sapms has significantly lower proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Math compared to the district and state averages, with just 48% of 3rd graders meeting proficiency in ELA versus 72% in the district. The school also experiences high chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 0% to 44.8% in recent years, which is notably higher than the 13% to 30.8% rates at nearby schools like Otis A. Mason Elementary and Osceola Elementary. Interestingly, Sapms has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 5-9%, compared to 45% to 67% at surrounding schools.

The unique instructional approach at Sapms as a public Montessori school may contribute to its lower test scores, as the Montessori method emphasizes hands-on, self-directed learning that may not align as closely with standardized assessments. Additionally, the school's higher per-student spending, ranging from $9,400 to $11,700, suggests Sapms is allocating resources differently than nearby schools, which spend between $9,494 and $15,599 per student. Overall, Sapms appears to have some distinctive characteristics that differentiate it from the surrounding public schools in the St. Johns district.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-6

 7a Williams St
       St Augustine, FL  32084-2878


(904) 342-5350

District: St. Johns

SchoolDigger Rank:
1848th of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,700 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  123.0 Help
Number of students:  116

Racial breakdown:

White:
70.7%
Hispanic:
18.1%
Two or more races:
6.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  5.2% Help


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Compare Details St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms) ranks worse than 82.4% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks last among 26 ranked elementary schools in the St. Johns School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 21.74. (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 Racial makeup is: White (70.7%), Hispanic (18.1%), two or more races (6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 5.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms) is $11,700, which is the 6th highest among 26 elementary schools in the St. Johns School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms) was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

St. Johns:

SchoolDigger ranks St. Johns 4th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms)

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 48.46 1076th 2087 48.4%
2017 42.87 1213th 2112 42.6%
2018 53.55 955th 2118 54.9%
2019 56.45 931st 2182 57.3%
2021 61.49 820th 2247 63.5%
2023 21.74 1846th 2240 17.6%
See the entire list of Florida Elementary School Rankings!

Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms) Test Scores
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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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by a parent
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Open Quote Even though the school does not support testing, the FSA's scores are telling. The math curriculum is exceptionally weak. Each year the school scores have gone down. The school has become a dumping ground for kids who couldn't make it in a regular public classroom setting. There is too much turnover for not only the parents/children but also the administration. Classes are unbalanced in both boy/girl ratio as well as age/grade. This is not a true Montessori experience or education. Close Quote



Enrollment information for St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms)

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2013 33 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 35
2014 41 0 2 3 0 0 2 0 48
2015 50 1 3 4 0 0 2 0 60
2016 80 2 4 4 0 0 4 0 94
2017 81 1 4 8 0 1 5 0 100
2018 97 1 3 12 0 1 7 0 121
2019 137 2 3 14 1 2 8 0 167
2020 101 3 1 9 1 3 5 0 123
2021 89 3 0 13 1 3 7 0 116
2022 79 3 2 18 0 2 9 0 113
2023 82 2 1 21 0 3 7 0 116

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 St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms)

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 35 n/a n/a 0
2014 48 2.0 24.0 0
2015 60 1.0 60.0 0
2016 94 1.0 94.0 3.2
2017 100 n/a n/a n/a
2018 121 n/a n/a 2.5
2019 167 n/a n/a 1.8
2020 123 1.0 123.0 2.4
2021 116 0.0 n/a 9.5
2022 113 n/a n/a 5.3
2023 116 0.0 n/a 5.2

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 St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms)

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 35 n/a n/a 0
2014 48 2.0 24.0 0
2015 60 1.0 60.0 0
2016 94 1.0 94.0 3.2
2017 100 n/a n/a n/a
2018 121 n/a n/a 2.5
2019 167 n/a n/a 1.8
2020 123 1.0 123.0 2.4
2021 116 0.0 n/a 9.5
2022 113 n/a n/a 5.3
2023 116 0.0 n/a 5.2

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 St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms)

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $00 (0.0%) $7,970 (100.0%) $7,970
2019 $00 (0.0%) $9,287 (100.0%) $9,287
2020 $00 (0.0%) $8,760 (100.0%) $8,760
2021 $42 (0.4%) $9,358 (99.6%) $9,400
2022 $00 (0.0%) $10,932 (100.0%) $10,932
2023 $00 (0.0%) $11,700 (100.0%) $11,700

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

Impact of COVID-19 on St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms)

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 931st of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 1846th of 2240 Elementary schools
 39.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade Science (St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms))5750
 7%
   5th Grade Science (St. Johns)7369
 4%
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5348
 5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students167116
 30.5%
African American22
American Indian10
 100%
Asian31
 66.7%
Hispanic1421
 50%
Pacific Islander23
 50%
White13782
 40.1%
Two or More Races87
 12.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients1.8%5.2%
 3.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms)

Students at St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms) are 71% White, 18% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races, 3% Pacific Islander, 2% African American.

St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms) ranks in the bottom 17.6% of Florida elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 116 students attended St. Augustine Public Montessori School (Sapms).


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