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Alpha School

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Posted October 13, 2010

My son has attended Alpha School, now in 6th grade there. He does not live with me; he lives with his mother in Alpha. I want my son to have the best education possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Not very happy with the school, especially not having Mrs Hammerstone there. Parents are very disappointed on whats going on in our childs school Mrs Hammerstone went above and beyond for our children in her 34 years there and it was all taking away from her by an administroator that has only been there a year. Its a true shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2006

I currently have to move out of the area and am sadden to have to remove my child from this school system. Teachers and all staff have been such an asset to my child's start of education. He has developed such a love of learning that he has asked to be home schooled on his days off from school. I commend the employees of Alpha Public School system for all the hard work and love they give to our children. I am having a hard time finding a school system that is going to benifit my child the way I feel Alpha does now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2004

I also want to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to one of the most friendliest,caring librarians i've known.She has encouraged my children to read more,and for that also,i am grateful. Heres my opinion on the foreign language implemented in alpha.My children dearly miss an experienced asset to the alpha school{mrs. Lueshner} and the wonderful french language she taught so well.The mandate to change from french to spanish {without any warning}has left them saddened,confused with accents,and now basically uninterested period. At first the spanish was taught with the understanding it was only for 5th grade and above.'The children will be exposed to more languages and make a better informed choice instead of just french' i was told.Now exactly one year after that 'implementation' it is the complete opposite! spanish only, and now? No french ! without warning or parental involvement,my children now are forced to learn spanish ! thats wrong !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2004

My son's experience thus far indicates that the teachers are willing to go above-and-beyond for the students. The school librarian is extremely dedicated. The parents are very active; recently a cultural arts program was added, with parents seeking sponsors to pay for the performances. There is a positive learning environment. I am concerned about the high emphasis on sporting activities by many parents; they seem to be more aware of sports than academic issues. The longstanding principal (20 years) has just retired, so it will be interesting to see what happens in that regard. There is presently an 'interim' principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

My children were so enthusiastic about learning the french language and now this has changed as they are now required to learn spanish. Otherwise a good all around school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 59% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 65% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 82% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students71%
Female75%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant71%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students58%
Female58%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special educationn/a
General education70%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant58%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students57%
Female62%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White50%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special educationn/a
General education57%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant57%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students74%
Female85%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant74%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant100%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students63%
Female64%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
General education65%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant63%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant91%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students71%
Female81%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant71%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students65%
Female84%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White68%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students59%
Female79%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant59%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students86%
Female93%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students64%
Female53%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant64%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students83%
Female93%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 51%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Two or more races 7% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Greg Mcgann

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Alpha, NJ 08865
Phone: (908) 454-5000

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