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Avenel Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 602 students

 
 

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Posted March 28, 2014

Great school, teachers are very attentive and the principal is great too! My child is new to the school and I have had a great experience so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

I am the student from 2013-2014. People say that Avenel middle is a horrible school but it is not. It is actually in my mind a awsome school and the teachers might be strict but they are polite and nice and strict teachers always teach good. Kids want very fun, fun teachers but if you get teachers like that you won't be learning anything at all except learnet how to eat junk all day. Avenel middle teachers always teach correctly and don't play and make kids eat junk all day. They are strict teachers and sometimes they do be funny to cheer the students up. I think that if they raise money a little bit more we could get even better things and materials. So if I win this $6,000 offer they would be really proud and will have a really good impression on me. What I think people are thinking badly about this school is wrong because they are probably non- listening students, so thats why probably the teachers are being a little more strict with those students which those students don't want. Avenel middle is going to be one of the most remembered school in my 100 years or century life. Sincerley to write this: Geetika Padala


Posted September 19, 2011

I was a student at this school from 2003-2004 and it was the worst educational experience I ever received. The teaching was mediocre, they had no grasp on disciplinary actions towards their students, and did not have an effective anti-bullying program.The bullying that was performed on me was so severe (and the faculty didn't do anything to stop it) I eventually moved to where there was a better educational system. When I switched Middle schools my GPA rose significantly and comparing the two schools I feel the teachers at Avenel rushed through their lessons. This may have changed over the years, but I would never recommend this school to any parent.


Posted July 23, 2011

Avenel Middle School, is is not a great school academically, or structurally my son attended this school and I was very disappointed. The staff do not address issues that needs to be address with the students such as inappropriate behavior in the hallways, lunchroom, and while they are waiting for the bus. However, they are quick to send a student to the principal's office for laughing in a classroom. I am glad that my son no longer attend this school, poor structure. The worst school in woodbridge township. In addition the students should be wearing uniforms, and maybe they will concentrate on their education more, such as Wms, Ims, Cms and Fms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

Avenel Middle School is one of the worst run schools in a township known for poorly run schools. Out of 5 middle schools in Woodbridge Twp., AMS has the lowest (by far) percentage of teachers with advanced degrees. The school is run like a prison with the principal and assistant principal not being in touch with the needs of the students. The only way to improve the school would be to fire both of these people and replace them with more qualified people. They also need better qualified teachers. I am happy that my child will be out of this school in June.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

very good school !! there are alot of nice people and good teachers , i love this school so much
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2009

School was horrible. Never did anything to improve the school. They took action without asking the board.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

I am very very disappointed with the standard of the school. We are new to this school and district. The girls in the school are unruly, indisciplined and most important the school, the faculty nor the Vice Principal is doing anything to improve this unruly behavior. Things happen right in front of their eyes and teachers conveniently chose to ignore the whole situation. There is indiscipline, cursing, etc. etc happening in the school bus, the classroom, and the school. The Principal, the vice Principal and the teachers must take action towards this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2007

This school is alright. My daughter went there and just graduated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

This was a good for my son academically I found the teachers to be qualified. Although they sometimes lacked in supplies. They had a good music department and athletic department. I found it to be a safe school in comparison to some other schools in the inner city such as Linden, Elizabeth and Newark, NJ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2005

Good school but less space.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 21, 2005

Avenel Middle School provides a quality education for my child. I wish he was closer to home but AMS is a more modern facility. The teachers are qualified and are supportive. So is the guidance and health department. There is a homework hotline where all teacher assignments are available as well as an attendance hotline. If my child, for whatever reason, does not show up at school, I will be contacted. There is also an after school detention and late bus, parents are given 24 hours notice when their child has to attend. Administration is tough, but fair. If a child wants to act out because there's a substitute, they WILL be in detention until 4:00! I do wish that there were more appealing after school activities, especially involving sports.Breakfast/Lunch is expensive but unusually appealing to the middle school child, so it's worth the cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students65%
Female73%
Male58%
Black49%
Asian65%
Hispanic68%
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Black74%
Asian85%
Hispanic90%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education58%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
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%
Female69%
Male61%
Black46%
Asian83%
Hispanic65%
White67%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students68%
Female73%
Male64%
Black56%
Asian89%
Hispanic58%
White72%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant68%
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 Students83%
Female86%
Male79%
Black76%
Asian93%
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education41%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
Black58%
Asian93%
Hispanic66%
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Black70%
Asian90%
Hispanic74%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant81%
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.

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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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48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below 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 43% 51%
Hispanic 21% 22%
Black 18% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Woodbine Avenue
Avenel, NJ 07001
Phone: (732) 396-7020

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