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Midtown Community No.8 Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 38 students

 

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Posted March 14, 2014

There are some very caring teachers in the school and we have lucked out with quite a few, but I agree with the last parent's review. Whenever gym class is cancelled (which is frequent), they have the kids watching a movie. My kid watches more TV at the school than at home. Why don't they take them to the library? Also, the student reviews are sweet but the fact that they all keep spelling "principal" the wrong way concerns me. It's not a bad school, but there are certain things that really should not be overlooked. I'm hoping that the teachers and princiPAL look through these reviews to better their school program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2014

Parents who are so proud to have your students at Midtown School, be sure to ask the about the library they're not allowed to use for any purpose except on occasion for the book fair, where they can buy books but not use any of the library's facilities. And when physical education class is cancelled, be sure to ask them the plot of the same Sponge Bob cartoon or Eyegor movie they're forced to watch time and time again while crammed into the same hallway. Education at its finest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2013

My son started Pre-K in Midtown Community School last year and I must say that from day 1, I was so impressed with the school. I went from feeling uncomfortable leaving my first born at school, to looking forward to seeing his face as he was so proud to tell me what he learned and share his day with me. The teachers are excellent and stay in contact with the parents and really, truly care about their students. I witnessed many great things happening at Midtown and I happy that my son is part of such an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

Midtown Community School is the best. I was part of the first graduating class of 1993. This school has became a part of a lot of our own children. The teachers are caring and loving. Mrs. Mercun is best. I still travel 1800 miles away to visit the school as well as Mrs. Mercun, twenty years later she is the same loving individual. This school could not ask for a better principal.


Posted June 28, 2012

This school is truly amazing! I have been a part of the Midtown family since grade 4. This school has a fantastic principal, Mrs. Christina Mercun and an outstanding vice principal, Mrs. Patricia Dzuibeck. They care about the students like crazy! The staff is amazing also! As a graduate of Midtown's class of 2012, I can truly say that this school has changed me. I used to be an average student academically, but now I am a suceeding student that gets honor-roll ever marking period since fourth grade, and has gotten accepted into Holy Family Academy school. If it wasn't for the amazing school and staff, I know I wouldnt be where I am today. I will miss this school dearly, but at least I know that the Midtown magic will forever stay in my heart. I recommend this school to everyone! Sincerely, a Midtown graduate of 2012


Posted October 24, 2011

This School is horrible, I wouldn't recommend it to ANYONE. They won't even let my responsible sibling carry his cell phone for emergency calls. This school is more of an investment for money than education for the children of our future leaders. If I were to recommend a school for your kids, it would be Mary J. Donohoe # 4 school. Anything else besides this school, I warned you.


Posted April 13, 2010

this is one school that goes above and beyond. my children have excelled because of the way this school comes together and cares for each child it might be a big school but each and every child is cared for and no one is forgotten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Midtown Community School is a diverse population and the Principal there is so in-tune with all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

My son is in the 5th grade. Mrs. Antice is a wonderful teacher. Excellent staff! We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

The midtown school was one of the better schools until the new principal arrived about 5 years ago. It useds to be a shchool that cared more about the sutdents growth but now its more about making the school look good. Bailey's middle school is located in a smallbuilding thats practically fallIng apart however it has a higher rating than Midtown. This shows you that just because you throw money into a brand new school, does not gurantee the best education. Whats truly important are faculty members who care about students growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2007

My experience at this school has been wonderful. I have two children in the school - ages 8 and 9. We moved to Bayonne from the city three years ago and I was concerned about the quality of education. To my surprise, it has been every bit as challenging as NY schools and I feel that the extra space allows for a greater number of activities. I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2007

I have been to this school ever since 1st grade and I will never go to a diiferent school.I enjoy the students,teachers & principles.Mrs.Mercun is the best principle and I won't want a diiferent principle.I love you!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2007

Im writing this to tell you that you are the best principle but sometimes i feel bored in school the teachers are great but one he is very boring i dont get anything he says but other then that midtown is the best!W hen I go to bhs next year i would say I am from mcs with pride and succeed my goals because of midtown. Not only am I going to mcs but the teachers have encouraged me that I can be the best and I can be what I dream of being! you are the best principle anyone can ask for! but you do need more dances
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2005

This school is a very nice school to have your children go to. The teachers and other staff are all very well trained and very organized when it come to the education and well being for the children. I have leaned this first hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Two of my children have attended midtown community school. My eldest began in the first grade and my middle child is now in the second grade. For the most part I have had nothing but positive experiences with the staff and faculty of midtown. The climate of the school is positive and geared towards the overall growth of our children. Whenever I have had any concerns they have been met with equal concern from both the teachers and administration. I appreciate the learning environment fostered by this dedicated staff. The success of our students is their priority. It is appreciated. Thank you.
—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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

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 65% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

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

All Students55%
Female68%
Male43%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant55%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students60%
Female70%
Male51%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant60%
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 Students50%
Female63%
Male39%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
White56%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special educationn/a
General education62%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant50%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students70%
Female74%
Male66%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
White68%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special educationn/a
General education74%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education60%
General education91%
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 Students39%
Female46%
Male32%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
White41%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Special education14%
General education47%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant39%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former27%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students71%
Female70%
Male73%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education59%
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant71%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former69%
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 Students67%
Female73%
Male61%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant67%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education48%
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant78%
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 Students54%
Female62%
Male46%
Black64%
Asian55%
Hispanic46%
White59%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special educationn/a
General education62%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant54%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students58%
Female57%
Male59%
Black73%
Asian64%
Hispanic46%
White66%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education29%
General education68%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant58%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former50%
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 Students72%
Female81%
Male60%
Black62%
Asian67%
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education38%
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students40%
Female43%
Male36%
Black29%
Asian50%
Hispanic36%
Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Special educationn/a
General education46%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant40%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students65%
Female74%
Male53%
Black52%
Asian75%
Hispanic69%
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education29%
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant65%
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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48%
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26%
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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
Hispanic 41% 22%
White 40% 51%
Black 11% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 75%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Christina Mercun

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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550 Avenue A
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Phone: (201) 858-5984

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