Russell Byers Charter School

Summary:

Russell Byers Charter School is an elementary school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serving 701 students from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade. The school is part of the Philadelphia City School District, which is ranked 544 out of 606 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Russell Byers Charter School has a significantly higher percentage of African American students (96.43%) compared to nearby schools, and consistently ranks in the bottom 10-15% of Pennsylvania elementary schools, with proficiency rates in PSSA Math, Science, and English Language Arts well below state and district averages. The school has a very high percentage of students (100%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage, and a relatively high student-teacher ratio of 16.3.

When compared to nearby public schools, such as Greenfield Albert Middle School, which is less than half a mile away and has significantly higher proficiency rates and a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger, it becomes clear that the issues at Russell Byers Charter School are not solely due to the challenges faced by the broader Philadelphia City School District, but rather specific to the charter school itself. The lack of racial diversity and high poverty levels at Russell Byers Charter School suggest that significant interventions and support may be needed to improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 1911 Arch St
       Philadelphia, PA  19103-1403


(215) 972-1700

District: Russell Byers Charter School

SchoolDigger Rank:
1385th of 1,534 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,882 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  16.3 Help
Number of students:  701

Racial breakdown:

African American:
96.4%
White:
1.6%
Hispanic:
1.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Compare Details Russell Byers Charter School ranks worse than 90.3% of elementary schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 8.6. (See more...)
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Compare Details Russell Byers Charter School ranks worse than 81.1% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 15.75. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (96.4%), White (1.6%), Hispanic (1.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Russell Byers Charter School is 16.3. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Russell Byers Charter School is $16,882.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Russell Byers Charter School:

SchoolDigger ranks Russell Byers Charter School 1385th of 1534 Pennsylvania public elementary schools. (See Russell Byers Charter School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Russell Byers Charter School 724th of 893 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See Russell Byers Charter School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Russell Byers Charter School 544th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Russell Byers Charter School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Russell Byers Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 3.21 1238th 1299 4.7%
2006 11.33 1414th 1545 8.5%
2007 19.95 1355th 1555 12.9%
2008 19.16 1354th 1551 12.7%
2009 24.57 1322nd 1549 14.7%
2010 32.39 1274th 1579 19.3%
2011 45.05 1123rd 1597 29.7%
2012 56.52 918th 1599 42.6%
2015 30.21 1103rd 1474 25.2%
2016 37.17 1104th 1554 29.0%
2017 33.53 1134th 1547 26.7%
2018 21.26 1230th 1530 19.6%
2019 21.56 1237th 1544 19.9%
2021 10.24 1254th 1433 12.5%
2022 11.94 1312th 1534 14.5%
2023 8.60 1385th 1534 9.7%
See the entire list of Pennsylvania Elementary School Rankings!

Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Russell Byers Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 13.55 1251st 1414 11.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Disabled students at Russell Byers Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 18.56 902nd 1043 13.5%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Russell Byers Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 35.52 274th 437 37.3%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Russell Byers Charter School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Russell Byers Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 13.74 737th 891 17.3%
2021 10.60 714th 797 10.4%
2022 12.56 753rd 883 14.7%
2023 15.75 724th 893 18.9%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Russell Byers Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 23.74 672nd 874 23.1%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Russell Byers Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 19.91 584th 660 11.5%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Russell Byers Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 42.35 210th 421 50.1%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Russell Byers Charter School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 19 182 3 16 0 n/a n/a 0 220
2003 19 182 3 16 0 n/a n/a 0 220
2004 24 251 4 19 0 n/a n/a 0 298
2005 30 280 5 19 0 n/a n/a 0 334
2006 21 353 5 24 0 n/a n/a 0 403
2007 25 345 10 20 0 n/a n/a 0 400
2008 40 345 9 18 0 n/a n/a 0 412
2009 40 344 8 17 0 n/a n/a 0 409
2010 48 342 10 16 0 n/a n/a 2 418
2011 49 343 13 11 0 0 1 0 417
2012 46 356 17 21 0 0 2 0 442
2013 53 395 12 20 0 0 1 0 481
2014 56 396 11 21 0 0 2 0 486
2015 57 397 10 22 0 0 2 0 488
2016 45 400 8 22 0 0 2 0 477
2017 40 409 9 21 0 0 1 0 480
2018 32 520 11 15 0 0 1 0 579
2019 25 657 8 10 0 0 2 0 702
2020 25 652 8 9 0 0 2 0 696
2021 22 673 9 5 0 0 1 0 710
2022 15 668 10 5 0 0 1 0 699
2023 11 676 3 10 0 0 1 0 701

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 Russell Byers Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 220 13.0 16.9 0
2003 220 13.0 16.9 0
2004 298 18.0 16.6 0
2005 334 19.0 17.6 0
2006 403 26.0 15.5 0
2007 400 25.0 16.0 0
2008 412 26.0 15.8 n/a
2009 409 27.5 14.9 n/a
2010 418 26.0 16.0 67.3
2011 417 27.5 15.1 65
2012 442 28.0 15.7 86.2
2013 481 28.5 16.8 88.4
2014 486 30.5 15.9 87.4
2015 488 29.0 16.8 91
2016 477 28.0 17.0 96.6
2017 480 39.5 12.1 n/a
2018 579 35.3 16.3 n/a
2019 702 38.3 18.3 97.2
2020 696 43.0 16.1 n/a
2021 710 46.0 15.4 99.6
2022 699 46.0 15.1 99.6
2023 701 43.0 16.3 100

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 Russell Byers Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 220 13.0 16.9 0
2003 220 13.0 16.9 0
2004 298 18.0 16.6 0
2005 334 19.0 17.6 0
2006 403 26.0 15.5 0
2007 400 25.0 16.0 0
2008 412 26.0 15.8 n/a
2009 409 27.5 14.9 n/a
2010 418 26.0 16.0 67.3
2011 417 27.5 15.1 65
2012 442 28.0 15.7 86.2
2013 481 28.5 16.8 88.4
2014 486 30.5 15.9 87.4
2015 488 29.0 16.8 91
2016 477 28.0 17.0 96.6
2017 480 39.5 12.1 n/a
2018 579 35.3 16.3 n/a
2019 702 38.3 18.3 97.2
2020 696 43.0 16.1 n/a
2021 710 46.0 15.4 99.6
2022 699 46.0 15.1 99.6
2023 701 43.0 16.3 100

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 Russell Byers Charter School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,545 (10.6%) $13,049 (89.4%) $14,594
2020 $1,632 (10.7%) $13,682 (89.3%) $15,314
2021 $1,220 (8.5%) $13,085 (91.5%) $14,305
2022 $4,684 (27.7%) $12,197 (72.2%) $16,882

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Russell Byers Charter School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1237th of 1544 Elementary schoolsRanks 1385th of 1534 Elementary schools
 10.2%
Ranks 737th of 891 Middle schoolsRanks 724th of 893 Middle schools
 1.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Russell Byers Charter School)20.323.7
 3.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Pennsylvania)5651.7
 4.3%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Russell Byers Charter School)39.222.3
 16.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)61.954
 7.9%
4th Grade Math (Russell Byers Charter School)42.57.5
 35%
   4th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)46.246.5
 0.3%
4th Grade Science (Russell Byers Charter School)7333.3
 39.7%
   4th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)77.874.1
 3.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Russell Byers Charter School)66.619.7
 46.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)63.651.8
 11.8%
5th Grade Math (Russell Byers Charter School)4.14.1
   5th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)4342.7
 0.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Russell Byers Charter School)24.727
 2.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)58.553.6
 4.9%
6th Grade Math (Russell Byers Charter School)1.46.6
 5.2%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Russell Byers Charter School)39.726
 13.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
7th Grade Math (Russell Byers Charter School)6.77.5
 0.8%
   7th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)38.233.2
 5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Russell Byers Charter School)44.734.4
 10.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.554.5
 6%
8th Grade Math (Russell Byers Charter School)5.94.5
 1.4%
   8th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)32.226
 6.2%
8th Grade Science (Russell Byers Charter School)23.530.3
 6.8%
   8th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)58.257
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Russell Byers Charter School)33.335.4
 2.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)57.952.8
 5.1%
All Grades Math (Russell Byers Charter School)14.49.2
 5.2%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (Russell Byers Charter School)52.831.8
 21%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Russell Byers Charter School)41.527.3
 14.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.953.8
 7.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students702701
 0.1%
African American657676
 2.9%
American Indian00
Asian83
 62.5%
Hispanic1010
Pacific Islander00
White2511
 56%
Two or More Races21
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients97.2%100%
 2.8%


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Students at Russell Byers Charter School are 96% African American, 2% White, 1% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 701 students attended Russell Byers Charter School.

Russell Byers Charter School ranks in the bottom 9.7% of Pennsylvania elementary schools.


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