Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

Summary:

Roberta T. Smith Elementary School is a public elementary school in Rex, Georgia, serving 781 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Clayton County School District, which is ranked 170 out of 201 districts in Georgia and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Roberta T. Smith Elementary School faces significant challenges, including a significantly higher percentage of African American students (68.12%) compared to nearby schools, consistently underperforming the Clayton County and Georgia state averages on standardized tests, and ranking in the bottom quarter of Georgia elementary schools with a 1-star rating. The school also has an extremely high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 90.52% to 93.04%, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

While the nearby schools in the Clayton County district also struggle academically, Roberta T. Smith Elementary School consistently performs worse than its peers, such as Haynie Elementary and James Jackson Elementary. Additionally, the school's statewide ranking has steadily declined over the past decade, suggesting that its academic performance is not improving and may be worsening relative to other schools in the state. However, the presence of higher-performing nearby schools, such as Morrow Elementary and Thurgood Marshall Elementary, suggests that there may be opportunities to learn from and emulate successful practices in the district.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 6340 Highway 42
       Rex, GA  30273


(770) 960-5750

District: Clayton County

SchoolDigger Rank:
1104th of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,256 Help


Students who attend Roberta T. Smith Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Rex Mill Middle School
High:    Morrow High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.2 Help
Number of students:  781

Racial breakdown:

African American:
68.1%
Hispanic:
24.3%
Two or more races:
4.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  90.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Roberta T. Smith Elementary School ranks worse than 88.8% of elementary schools in Georgia. It also ranks 24th among 36 ranked elementary schools in the Clayton County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 14.03. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (68.1%), Hispanic (24.3%), two or more races (4.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 90.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Roberta T. Smith Elementary School is 12.2, which is the 2nd best among 36 elementary schools in the Clayton County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Roberta T. Smith Elementary School employs 64 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Roberta T. Smith Elementary School is $8,256. 30 elementary schools in the Clayton County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Roberta T. Smith Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Clayton County:

SchoolDigger ranks Clayton County 170th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 10.11 1041st 1101 5.4%
2007 20.39 978th 1125 13.1%
2008 16.27 1030th 1134 9.2%
2009 12.52 1051st 1133 7.2%
2010 24.92 993rd 1183 16.1%
2011 24.94 1009th 1212 16.7%
2012 13.72 1088th 1201 9.4%
2013 22.35 1024th 1225 16.4%
2014 16.83 1080th 1231 12.3%
2015 22.48 981st 1240 20.9%
2016 26.55 900th 1233 27.0%
2017 29.62 846th 1205 29.8%
2018 42.96 668th 1209 44.7%
2019 37.08 759th 1234 38.5%
2022 12.65 1115th 1244 10.4%
2023 14.03 1103rd 1242 11.2%
See the entire list of Georgia Elementary School Rankings!

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

Roberta T. Smith Elementary School Test Scores
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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

Review counts

All ratings (Avg rating: 4.7)
67%

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Reviews:
by a parent
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Open Quote Roberta T Smith is an awesome school. My three chldren have all attended this school and have excelled. The leadership is great. The principle expects nothing but the best from the educators, students, parents and the community. The teachers provide a challenging learning experience for the students. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Open Quote My son went to Smith for kindergarten years ago. I was impressed with his teacher and the school in general. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2000 362 340 10 37 1 n/a n/a 0 750
2001 349 486 12 49 0 n/a n/a 0 896
2002 275 631 11 126 0 n/a n/a 0 1043
2003 275 631 11 126 0 n/a n/a 0 1043
2004 164 641 14 98 0 n/a n/a 0 917
2005 103 665 16 118 0 n/a n/a 52 954
2006 84 649 18 111 0 n/a n/a 60 922
2007 74 670 15 114 1 n/a n/a 63 937
2008 69 700 23 125 1 n/a n/a 51 969
2009 84 661 28 120 1 n/a n/a 53 947
2010 66 649 28 135 1 0 35 0 914
2011 57 597 26 141 2 1 29 0 853
2012 56 628 33 174 2 1 36 0 930
2013 44 650 34 188 2 0 39 0 957
2014 37 649 24 191 4 1 24 0 930
2015 34 658 25 197 3 1 35 0 953
2016 42 659 27 198 4 1 38 0 969
2017 42 659 20 203 3 4 31 0 962
2018 33 670 26 219 3 3 36 0 990
2019 33 678 23 210 4 1 33 0 982
2020 27 667 17 218 3 1 39 0 972
2021 26 563 21 192 2 0 29 0 833
2022 16 555 14 201 0 0 40 0 826
2023 10 532 16 190 1 0 32 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 Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 750 39.0 19.2 45.6
2001 896 47.0 19.1 45.6
2002 1043 55.0 19.0 54.4
2003 1043 55.0 19.0 54.4
2004 917 54.0 17.0 54.5
2005 954 60.0 15.9 64.9
2006 922 61.7 14.9 70.1
2007 937 60.0 15.6 73.8
2008 969 63.0 15.4 76.8
2009 947 69.0 13.7 80.3
2010 914 63.0 14.5 81
2011 853 59.0 14.4 81.9
2012 930 57.5 16.1 84.3
2013 957 54.3 17.6 88.4
2014 930 53.8 17.2 99.7
2015 953 56.0 17.0 95.5
2016 969 54.0 17.9 99.5
2017 962 58.0 16.5 99.5
2018 990 62.0 15.9 99.5
2019 982 61.5 15.9 92.9
2020 972 59.5 16.3 93
2021 833 59.0 14.1 93
2022 826 62.0 13.3 n/a
2023 781 64.0 12.2 90.5

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 Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 750 39.0 19.2 45.6
2001 896 47.0 19.1 45.6
2002 1043 55.0 19.0 54.4
2003 1043 55.0 19.0 54.4
2004 917 54.0 17.0 54.5
2005 954 60.0 15.9 64.9
2006 922 61.7 14.9 70.1
2007 937 60.0 15.6 73.8
2008 969 63.0 15.4 76.8
2009 947 69.0 13.7 80.3
2010 914 63.0 14.5 81
2011 853 59.0 14.4 81.9
2012 930 57.5 16.1 84.3
2013 957 54.3 17.6 88.4
2014 930 53.8 17.2 99.7
2015 953 56.0 17.0 95.5
2016 969 54.0 17.9 99.5
2017 962 58.0 16.5 99.5
2018 990 62.0 15.9 99.5
2019 982 61.5 15.9 92.9
2020 972 59.5 16.3 93
2021 833 59.0 14.1 93
2022 826 62.0 13.3 n/a
2023 781 64.0 12.2 90.5

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $773 (9.2%) $7,661 (90.8%) $8,434
2018 $637 (7.3%) $8,051 (92.7%) $8,689
2019 $629 (7.6%) $7,628 (92.4%) $8,256

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

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 759th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 1103rd of 1242 Elementary schools
 27.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Roberta T. Smith Elementary School)30.613.1
 17.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Clayton County)26.918.1
 8.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Roberta T. Smith Elementary School)46.322.3
 24%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Clayton County)35.923.7
 12.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Roberta T. Smith Elementary School)34.314.5
 19.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Clayton County)26.518.2
 8.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Roberta T. Smith Elementary School)43.817
 26.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Clayton County)29.223.4
 5.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Roberta T. Smith Elementary School)30.219.6
 10.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Clayton County)30.422.9
 7.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Roberta T. Smith Elementary School)34.917.4
 17.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Clayton County)23.215.6
 7.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Roberta T. Smith Elementary School)26.310.5
 15.8%
   5th Grade Science (Clayton County)26.517.1
 9.4%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students982781
 20.5%
African American678532
 21.5%
American Indian41
 75%
Asian2316
 30.4%
Hispanic210190
 9.5%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White3310
 69.7%
Two or More Races3332
 3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients92.9%90.5%
 2.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 781 students attended Roberta T. Smith Elementary School.

Roberta T. Smith Elementary School ranks in the bottom 11.2% of Georgia elementary schools.

Students at Roberta T. Smith Elementary School are 68% African American, 24% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 1% White.

Students who attend Roberta T. Smith Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Rex Mill Middle School
High : Morrow High School


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