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Roy W Brown Middle School

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Posted December 10, 2013

This school is not bad. Great teachers and a very nice library. However the administration is rubblish. They are no help what-so-ever. If you ever lose something, they barely care. Not only that, but they have a lost and found bin in room 216. IT'S A COMPLETE MESS! All they do is just throw the things on a desk and shove things in a shelf. As for the cafeteria.. it's horrendous. The room is packed and it is flithy. I feel bad for the custodian. But the timing to eat.. terrible. ONLY 20 MINUTES TO EAT AND 20 MINUTES TO READ OR DO MATH. How dumb. If you're coming to this school i'd suggest finding another


Posted December 3, 2012

This school is fine for learning and the teachers (well, most of them) that I have had are great. However: The administration is TERRIBLE - they are all RUDE, and none of them are afraid to yell at the students. And - WHAT is up with lunch!? 20 minutes to eat and then 20 minutes to READ? That is insanity - I can't wait for high school.


Posted March 26, 2012

Out of all the Bergenfield schools, I performed the best academically in this middle school. The whole school district has a prestigious music department. Academically, it's not a bad school as some may say since many students here were accepted to Bergen Academies which is one of the top 10 high schools in the entire country. My teachers were always on top with the student's schoolwork. Most of the complaints coming from parents and students is the administration, which really needs to improve since this has always been a huge ongoing issue. The only trouble I've had was arriving school 5 minutes late and getting detention for it, which I thought was unfair. But I can understand that some of the students are a nuisance. The facilities need renovation and possibly fund for some extensions.


Posted January 7, 2012

My child started here in September. I was concerned because of what I've heard, but..the work is challenging, she loves her classes, loves her teachers, and has been getting all As. According to her, the only problem is that the halls are very crowded between classes, but what are you going to do? She gets to class on time. I go to PA meetings and there are 10 parents there, in a school with 900 kids. that is so bizarre to me. Kids are friendly, teachers are accessible and GREAT at posting grades in a timely manner to Infinite Campus. Very pleasantly surprised with RWB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

THIS SCHOOL IS OKAY. The teachers, students are okay. But the administrarive office is horrible. If you get in triuble, you are never proven innocent. They don't get much witnesses. They just get the people who are invovled with it.The only thing that i like is the music department. It has great teachers and nice equipment. Even I'm in it and half the school is in it too. We also have interesting instruments the athor districts don't have such as the Barisax. Also the renovated the school a bit. The bathromms are new.


Posted September 5, 2011

This school has some very nice teachers in most classes. Unfortunately the administration in this school is terrible and the guidance office is completely useless.Also very dirty. The cafeteria is ok but the food is complete trash and some of the staff is quite rude. If you get anything stolen in this place then don't expect to have these people even try to investigate it. A lot of the students are rude and lack manners but the school doesn't seem to care. They also have security cameras in the halls but when trouble occurs in the halls they don't bother to look at the recordings. I hated this place but thankfully it had some great teachers.


Posted July 23, 2011

I am a former Roy W. Brown Student going into 8th grade in September. Honestly I have to Admit that the school should be renovated. Their are cockroaches crawling on the stair cases, ants in the hallways, EVEN Termites in the band room which were apparently "exterminated" during spring break. The Music Department is strong, clubs are also there but more students need to be active in school. As far as sports go more kids need to participate either in gym or joining the team. The staff is fine, but teachers in RWB need to come up with more creative ways to teach students the work. The Hallways are VERY crowded, meaning your shoulder to shoulder with strangers dragging your way across trying to get up the stairs. The new wing that has been upgraded should have an elevator so students with needs or injuries can get their safely. The cafeteria is fine, but the food is cold and tastes like puke. The 2 gyms are fine but should be cleaned more than once a year. The bathrooms so BAD. they have words written all over paint peeling off, dirty floors and toilets. The students are very mean to each other and to staff. And guidance does nothing. If your planning to come to Rwb, DONT! - student


Posted December 11, 2010

I am a former student of Roy W. Brown, and I absolutely disliked my experience. The school has a great music program, quite a few excellent teachers, a wonderful foreign language program, and so many interesting clubs. You, the reader, might wonder "Why would the author of this comment be so unhappy with a school that offers such great opportunities?" The answer is simple. Terrible administration. While in middle school, one particular girl who disliked me did everything in her power to make my life miserable, with attacks ranging from verbal insults to hurtful rumors. She would often encourage her friends to join in the act. The administration, however, handled the issue with a slap on the wrist. The girl gave an apology to me in front of the administration. As soon as we left that office, she was back to bullying me. She hurled much crueler insults for getting her into trouble. I've also known friends who had their stuff stolen from them, but the administration did not care to investigate these cases. They would make excuses such as "You shouldn't have had something that expensive on your persons in the first place," or "You just can't accuse a bunch of people of this act."


Posted March 18, 2010

Roy Brown has more challenges that it seems able to handle. The programs are strong, but the administration is not. Many of the teachers are unengaging and do not challenge the students, let alone seem equipped to handle their individual needs. The school is overcrowded and underbudgeted. The caliber of its students is very concerning. I would strongly caution parents of grammar school aged children before enrolling their child in RWB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

roy w brown is fun!!! i am a sixth grader there and i love it!!! the teachers are nice and the kids who go there are not as bad as everyone thinks............even eighth graders help us out!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2009

i love this school. this school teaches you in a fun way. even though the textbooks are old they are still good. this school doesn't need ac. almost every teacher has a fan in their room and it doesn't even get hot in the room.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

Roy W. Brown has an excellent music program, caring and knowledgeable teachers and a supportive and nurturing administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

Our school is awesome and we have a lot of fun here. Im am a 6th grader who is graduating in 2 days and i can't wait for 7th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2009

Roy w. brown is a bad school the programs are good and all but the school it self is not. The school rather spend money on an office than the bathrooms or books or ac. I am a student the and i don't really like the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2008

Kids here have more fun and learn better because of not just the great teachers but because of the fact that everyone knows everybody. Bergenfield is a very small town where someone always knows someone else. That makes the middle school even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

The school honestly has some major issues. Overcrowded, lack of desperately-needed janitors, old books, small lockers...the list goes on. The water is filthy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2006

My husband and I are very involved parents and we do see the hard effort the principle and guidance conselors attempt.We do agree that some work needs to be done to clean up the schools appearance and we feel strongly about the very weak work load that are give to the students.As for the
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2005

This school is horrible. From dirty to overcrowded. The kids are out of control and are vicious to each other. No support programs to help the kids deal with peer pressure and many other issues. It has a great music program but unfortunately not all students are interested in music. This school needs some real help. The Principal and Guidance counselors are very good but again its not enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2005

To describe Roy W. Brown in one word, it would be bad. it's bad because everything in that school is falling apart. The windows are cracked, the walls are unbearable, the doors creak, everything is old, and if ther is something to be repaired- nothing gets done about it until the following year, if that. The books are very hidious and the school lunches go up every year. The lockers are filthy and are very easy to jump. Most of them don't even close properly. The clubs are fairly oriented and parent involvment is low. To sum it all up. Roy W. Brown so get thier act together and work hard to improve the well - being of that school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2005

Roy W. Brown Middle School is bad. It is so dirty that there are dust balls in the gym. the lead paint on the walls are pealing. The students have to use 20 years old textbooks binded with tape because they are so old. Even the teachers complain about this and nothing is being done.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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%
Male57%
Black50%
Asian81%
Hispanic58%
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education19%
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former46%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
Black70%
Asian94%
Hispanic71%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education42%
General education87%
English language learners67%
Not migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former67%
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%
Male62%
Black55%
Asian82%
Hispanic61%
White61%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education16%
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant67%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
Black38%
Asian86%
Hispanic56%
White76%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education23%
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant67%
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 Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Black71%
Asian95%
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education31%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former53%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students77%
Female78%
Male75%
Black62%
Asian88%
Hispanic74%
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education31%
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former63%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students83%
Female79%
Male87%
Black71%
Asian92%
Hispanic78%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education45%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
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

Biology I

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

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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
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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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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 39% 22%
Asian 33% 9%
White 19% 52%
Black 9% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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130 S Washington Ave
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Phone: (201) 385-8847

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