Valley Ridge Academy

Summary:

Valley Ridge Academy is a highly-regarded public elementary and middle school in Ponte Vedra, Florida, serving 1,306 students in grades PK-8 and part of the top-ranked St. Johns County School District. This exceptional school consistently ranks among the best in the state, boasting exceptional academic performance, impressive test scores, and low chronic absenteeism rates.

Valley Ridge Academy's students demonstrate remarkable academic achievement, with 100% proficiency in Algebra 1 and Geometry End-of-Course exams, far surpassing the St. Johns district and state averages. The school's low chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 3.2% to 9.5%, is also significantly better than the state and district. Additionally, Valley Ridge Academy serves a relatively affluent student population, with only 7.97% to 14.47% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, and the school spends more per student than the state average.

When compared to other nearby schools, such as Timberlin Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary, and Ocean Palms Elementary, Valley Ridge Academy consistently outperforms them in academic measures, solidifying its reputation as an exceptional educational institution. The school's success can be attributed to its dedicated faculty, strong academic programs, and the support of its affluent student population, making it a valuable asset to the Ponte Vedra community.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 105 Greenleaf Dr
       Ponte Vedra, FL  32081


(904) 547-4090

District: St. Johns

SchoolDigger Rank:
98th of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,098 Help


Students who attend Valley Ridge Academy usually attend:

High:    Allen D Nease Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.3 Help
Number of students:  1,306

Racial breakdown:

White:
72.8%
Hispanic:
12.3%
African American:
5.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Valley Ridge Academy ranks better than 95.6% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 5th 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 92.9. (See more...)
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Compare Details Valley Ridge Academy ranks better than 93.6% of middle schools in Florida. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.78. (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 (72.8%), Hispanic (12.3%), African American (5.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 14.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Valley Ridge Academy is 16.3. 19 elementary schools in the St. Johns School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Valley Ridge Academy employs 79.8 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Valley Ridge Academy is $9,098. 16 elementary schools in the St. Johns School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Valley Ridge Academy was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Valley Ridge Academy 76th of 1185 Florida public middle schools. (See Valley Ridge Academy in the ranking list.)

St. Johns:

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

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Rank History for Valley Ridge Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 92.07 110th 2087 94.7%
2017 93.92 56th 2112 97.3%
2018 93.11 76th 2118 96.4%
2019 94.72 37th 2182 98.3%
2021 95.77 40th 2247 98.2%
2022 94.44 58th 2219 97.4%
2023 92.90 98th 2240 95.6%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Valley Ridge Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 91.22 61st 997 93.9%
2017 91.61 72nd 1031 93.0%
2018 90.09 90th 1035 91.3%
2019 91.58 61st 1099 94.4%
2021 92.33 59th 1136 94.8%
2022 91.88 64th 1148 94.4%
2023 90.78 75th 1177 93.6%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Valley Ridge Academy Test Scores
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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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Reviews:
by a student
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Open Quote This school is awful the teachers treat the students like toddlers and give me them no independence highly recommend another school! :( Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, January 23, 2017

Open Quote My Children have learned so much here, after moving from another county. VRA standards are high and the Teachers truly help each student reach their highest potential. My children have been in rolled for 2yrs. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Valley Ridge Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2015 837 43 68 96 1 5 23 0 1073
2016 1090 56 107 141 3 7 31 0 1435
2017 1238 60 111 144 3 8 35 0 1599
2018 1259 58 134 143 2 4 35 0 1635
2019 1057 55 116 132 3 3 40 0 1406
2020 1002 64 110 136 1 2 44 0 1359
2021 903 55 91 134 1 2 43 0 1229
2022 924 54 78 154 1 0 56 0 1267
2023 951 68 62 160 1 2 62 0 1306

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 Valley Ridge Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2015 1073 69.0 15.5 12.9
2016 1435 90.0 15.9 10.8
2017 1599 96.0 16.6 10.2
2018 1635 93.0 17.5 9.9
2019 1406 84.0 16.7 10.5
2020 1359 80.6 16.8 10.2
2021 1229 71.3 17.2 13
2022 1267 74.8 16.9 8
2023 1306 79.8 16.3 14.5

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 Valley Ridge Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2015 1073 69.0 15.5 12.9
2016 1435 90.0 15.9 10.8
2017 1599 96.0 16.6 10.2
2018 1635 93.0 17.5 9.9
2019 1406 84.0 16.7 10.5
2020 1359 80.6 16.8 10.2
2021 1229 71.3 17.2 13
2022 1267 74.8 16.9 8
2023 1306 79.8 16.3 14.5

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Valley Ridge Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $205 (3.0%) $6,637 (97.0%) $6,842
2019 $197 (2.8%) $6,964 (97.2%) $7,161
2020 $197 (2.6%) $7,250 (97.4%) $7,447
2021 $346 (4.2%) $7,868 (95.8%) $8,214
2022 $275 (3.3%) $8,102 (96.7%) $8,378
2023 $403 (4.4%) $8,696 (95.6%) $9,098

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Valley Ridge Academy

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 37th of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 98th of 2240 Elementary schools
 2.7%
Ranks 61st of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 75th of 1177 Middle schools
 0.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Valley Ridge Academy)9184
 7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7876
 2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Valley Ridge Academy)9087
 3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8280
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Valley Ridge Academy)8584
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7776
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Valley Ridge Academy)9693
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8281
 1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Valley Ridge Academy)8483
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7675
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Valley Ridge Academy)9086
 4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8076
 4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Valley Ridge Academy)8175
 6%
   5th Grade Science (St. Johns)7370
 3%
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Valley Ridge Academy)8479
 5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7470
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5452
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Valley Ridge Academy)8385
 2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)7474
   6th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5549
 6%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Valley Ridge Academy)7869
 9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7268
 4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Valley Ridge Academy)8880
 8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8074
 6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Valley Ridge Academy)8175
 6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7168
 3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Valley Ridge Academy)8769
 18%
   8th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)7862
 16%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (Valley Ridge Academy)7575
   8th Grade Science (St. Johns)7271
 1%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Civics (Valley Ridge Academy)9385
 8%
   End of Course Civics (St. Johns)9085
 5%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Valley Ridge Academy)10098
 2%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (St. Johns)8077
 3%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Valley Ridge Academy)100100
   End of Course Geometry (St. Johns)8177
 4%
   End of Course Geometry (Florida)5750
 7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students14061306
 7.1%
African American5568
 23.6%
American Indian31
 66.7%
Asian11662
 46.6%
Hispanic132160
 21.2%
Pacific Islander32
 33.3%
White1057951
 10%
Two or More Races4062
 55%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients10.5%14.5%
 4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Valley Ridge Academy

Students who attend Valley Ridge Academy usually go on to attend:

High : Allen D Nease Senior High School

Students at Valley Ridge Academy are 73% White, 12% Hispanic, 5% African American, 5% Asian, 5% Two or more races.

Yes! Valley Ridge Academy is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 98th of 2242 Florida elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,306 students attended Valley Ridge Academy.


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