Somerset Academy Bethany

Summary:

Somerset Academy Bethany is a public charter elementary school serving 339 students in grades K-5 in Port St Lucie, Florida, which is part of the St. Lucie School District. While the school has some positive attributes, its overall performance and metrics indicate room for improvement, particularly in addressing chronic absenteeism, improving test scores, and ensuring equitable access to high-quality educational opportunities for all students.

One key area of concern is Somerset Academy Bethany's high chronic absenteeism rate of 26.6% in 2022-2023, which is significantly higher than the St. Lucie district average of 34.4% and the state average. The school's test scores are also mixed, with 4th and 5th grade English Language Arts performance exceeding the district and state, but 3rd grade ELA and all math grades performing lower. Additionally, the school's 5th grade science proficiency rate of 17% is significantly lower than the district (47%) and state (51%) averages.

When compared to other nearby elementary schools in the St. Lucie district, such as Allapattah Flats K-8 and West Gate K-8 School, Somerset Academy Bethany generally performs below average in terms of test scores, chronic absenteeism, and school ranking. Despite spending more per student than the district average, the school's performance lags behind, suggesting a need to re-evaluate how resources are allocated to better support student learning and achievement.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-5

 500 SW Bethany Dr
       Port St Lucie, FL  34986


(772) 301-1716

District: St. Lucie

SchoolDigger Rank:
1473rd of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,568 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  17.8 Help
Number of students:  339

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
38.9%
White:
30.1%
African American:
21.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  59.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Somerset Academy Bethany ranks worse than 65.7% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 21st among 29 ranked elementary schools in the St. Lucie School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 35. (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 Somerset Academy Bethany has the smallest elementary school student body size in the St. Lucie School District. Student population at Somerset Academy Bethany is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (38.9%), White (30.1%), African American (21.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 59.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Somerset Academy Bethany is 17.8. 20 elementary schools in the St. Lucie School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Somerset Academy Bethany employs 19 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Somerset Academy Bethany is $11,568. 15 elementary schools in the St. Lucie School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Somerset Academy Bethany was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

St. Lucie:

SchoolDigger ranks St. Lucie 49th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Somerset Academy Bethany

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 32.06 1508th 2219 32.0%
2023 35.00 1472nd 2240 34.3%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Somerset Academy Bethany

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2021 10 4 0 17 0 0 0 0 31
2022 59 43 0 72 0 0 18 0 192
2023 102 74 7 132 0 0 24 0 339

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 Somerset Academy Bethany

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2021 31 2.0 15.5 41.9
2022 192 9.0 21.3 52.1
2023 339 19.0 17.8 59.6

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 Somerset Academy Bethany

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2021 31 2.0 15.5 41.9
2022 192 9.0 21.3 52.1
2023 339 19.0 17.8 59.6

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 Somerset Academy Bethany

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2022 $1,936 (20.5%) $7,498 (79.5%) $9,433
2023 $162 (1.4%) $11,405 (98.6%) $11,568

Data source: Florida Department of Education


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Somerset Academy Bethany ranks 1473rd of 2242 Florida elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 339 students attended Somerset Academy Bethany.

Students at Somerset Academy Bethany are 39% Hispanic, 30% White, 22% African American, 7% Two or more races, 2% Asian.


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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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