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Number 8 Elementary School

Public | K-6 & ungraded | 528 students

 

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Posted November 12, 2012

I just moved to Belleville and so far from what I have observed I think it was a mistake to enroll my kids in the Belleville school system. I have two kids one goes to school number 8 and the other one to the middle school. My daughter is in 4th grade I feel she brings home first grade level type of homework, I am disgusted. I don't feel there are preparing the kids for life, or bigger challenges. I hope the community starts open its eyes on this catastrophe that is taking place. a concerned father.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2012

MY daughter started her kindergarten in school #8. She never went to preschool.She didn't even speak English but now She is reading, writing and can believe it how much she learn. I'm really gratefull to the teacher Ms. Sacchiero.She really teached my daughter a lot and care all her student. She is a GREAT TEACHER!!!!!
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Posted September 29, 2011

My son started this school in the middle of his 1st grade year. He was previously at Demarest in Bloomfield. At Demarest my son was doing very poorly in every aspect. He started at School #8 in Mrs. Devito's class and within 2 weeks I could see his reading improve, his writing improve, his attention span improve. I was amazed. Mrs Devito is an exceptional educator!!! He is now in the 4th grade and I am excited, He is doing excellent especially in Math. I see nothing but my son being a success at School #8 and I thank the teachers for making him so. My daughter is here now too. She cames out of kindergarden reading like she is in the 2nd grade and now she is in Mrs. Devito's class so I know things will only get better. The principal, the teachers and myself are working and fighting hard for my children and we are succeeding!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

This school produces below average students. Some of the teaching staff play favorites, but when confronted, will always have an excuse ready. The administration strongly believes in 'passing the buck' a problem occurs, and the guidance staff have little knowledge about the students. they only promote the kids they feel is gifted and cares less about those that need teaching. I would not recommend any kids to go to Belleville Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

OMG.. I give alot of credit to those teacher,couselor and everyone that work at school #8.They work hard with their student in need.Especially with my son that has ADHD and Ms.casson had help him so much.Ms Casson has something that teaches kids how to improve themself and give them the confidence to believe in themself. Thank You everyone in school number 8 i see the improvement on my son.
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Posted December 3, 2008

Love this School(#8). Techers are awesome. Mr. Albanese, Ms. Casson, and Mrs. Delaney. Wow. My son has ADHD, School #8 quickly gave him the help he needed and my son has improved a lot since. Love this School. Thanks to everybody.
—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.

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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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students53%
Female58%
Male48%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education14%
General education61%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant53%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students60%
Female63%
Male58%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education29%
General education67%
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 Students57%
Female68%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant57%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education91%
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education91%
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 Students47%
Female62%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Special educationn/a
General education56%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant47%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students70%
Female72%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
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 Students44%
Female45%
Male43%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
General education48%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant44%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students74%
Female68%
Male80%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant74%
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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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 74% 22%
Black 12% 16%
White 9% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 56%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Joseph Vespignani

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183 Union Ave
Belleville, NJ 07109
Phone: (973) 450-3480

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