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Mary J. Donohoe No. 4 Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded

 

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Posted April 18, 2014

My child is an honor student at MJ. I think they are ok. She is learning. But sometimes it maybe just the minimum, I would have to compare curriculums with another sch. I do believe the teachers sometimes uses their authority just to hand out detentions over foolishness. There is a new principal. He is ok but I think he can handle some situations better. I think he got the job because of a relative. I believe he was a gym teacher before he started.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

Mary J Donahue school is a great school to teach our kids. The teachers work together to help all students. They have gone far and wide to make sure my kids get everything they need and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

My daughter will be going into the first grade this year. She learned so much in kindergarten and if it's any measure of the rest of the grades, she'll be getting a very good education at Mary J. Her K teacher, Mrs.LoRe was excellent and my daughter enjoyed going to class every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

Great school I loved it when I was there I felt it didn't push me enough and the Principal is a little to strict


Posted May 17, 2012

so my child attends this school but i find that the teachers ad principal make very inappropriate comments to the children. The principal called a child names and her teacher told the class they were lucky she had 3 children to take care of because she wouldn't be teaching.. All because they couldn't answer some math problems. unprofessional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

this is a great school and has a marvelous staff and great teachers. my children are challenged to reach the full potential every day. and as far as discipline goes this school is very understanding for the most part.


Posted January 5, 2012

this school is ok.. my daughter is an honor student there so that's good. however, i find that the teachers are very petty and so is the principal. they try to micromanage the children too much. kids will make mistakes and they have to learn from them and i feel sometimes they go overboard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

that is the worst school in Bayonne. my daughter was at nursery day care three years for full time before she attend to this school and she has loved the school and the teacher and learned a lot on the other hand she is not happy moreover she does not want to go to the school . the teacher does not care about the kids as well as her job . for example she never challenges the kids and never checks the homework. i am going to move my daughter as soon as possible.please keep a way from that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2010

I'm a 6th grade student in Mary J. Donohoe School and have been here long enough to know that this is a wonderful school. The principal is firm and gives fair punishment, and she also has a very funny sense of humor. The teachers are very nice and fair. Not one teacher in the entire school has a reputation as a bad teacher or unfair. The school staff is very nice and is very helpful towards the students. Every student in the school is very welcome and generous. You don't have to worry about your child when in school. I receive great education from this lovely school and I know your child will too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2009

Mary J. have been an exceptional school for my daughter who is in the 8th Grade. She transferred over to the school when she was in the 7th grade and Mary J. offered her so much more than HEH. Mary J. recognizes her speacial skills in education and in art
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2008

There's nothing more rewarding than hearing your child say that he/she enjoys going to school. That is actually the experience my child is having right now. I believe that if your child enjoys going to school, he/she will do very well not just in school but I believe throughout their lives. MJD is a fantastic school. The teachers and principal are very dedicated. The kids are all well behaved. The curriculum are challenging. We are glad we are part of MJD - the place where children learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

i think mary j. is a great school. The principal is really dedicated to making the school safe and that all rules apply. If a child does something wrong she tries to find out what happened and why. If the child is truly at fault she tries to give a fair punishment. The teachers work really hard with the students. Most have a sense of humor. As long as the child is trying the student gets high marks. I am glad my child went to mary j...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

the school challenged my daughter well enough and now she is a senior in bayonne high getting honors. thank you mary j.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

Mary J Donohoe is an excellent school. The teachers are fantastic and the principal is dedicated. She knows each and every child by name and genuinely cares about their academic success. Any parental concern is immediately addressed. The curriculum is challenging, as I have 'A' students in the school and they work hard to maintain their grades. The teachers work well with the children and I feel that when I drop my children off in the morning they are being cared for, educated, well fed, and they are in a safe learning environment- everything important to a mommy. The school also has a superb nurse that really cares about the kids. Couldn't ask for a better school. Proud to be a Mary J Mom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

This school is one of the worst schools I ever had my children in. My children did not recieve enough challenges while they was there. The principal is quick to be in your home business calling it the best intrest for the child. Stay away from Mary J.
—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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

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

All Students76%
Female82%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students68%
Female70%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
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 Students63%
Female70%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant63%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female74%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant94%
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 Students55%
Female57%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education59%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant55%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students82%
Female86%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant82%
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 Students61%
Female77%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special educationn/a
General education65%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant61%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
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%
Female66%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education18%
General education67%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant57%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students40%
Female41%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
White48%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special education27%
General education43%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant40%
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%
Female92%
Male74%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students47%
Female58%
Male37%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special educationn/a
General education47%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant47%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students71%
Female79%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant71%
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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 47% 51%
Hispanic 32% 22%
Black 12% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Two or more races 3% 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 58%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms Nancy Ruane

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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38 Dodge Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Phone: (201) 858-5969

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