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Demarest Elementary School

Public | K-6 & ungraded | 484 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 10, 2014

My daughter has been in Demarest Elementary for five years now, I have found her teachers to be very involved with their students, concerned with their progress, and willing to push them in the right direction. I feel comfortable with the overall curriculum. The Principal, Mrs. Todaro, appears to care very much about the direction of the school, bullying is not tolerated here at all. It would have been nice for this school to have been able to keep their Spanish teacher rather then utilize Rosetta Stone. I believe interaction with an actual teacher to be the best form of instruction. I also wish there were more options with regard to their the Music program (i.e. the school doesn't provide piano instruction as an option, etc.). Also, the aftercare program, which is conveniently located in the basement, courtesy of the YMCA, is rather expensive and doesn't seem to provide the structured-extra curricular activities a parent would expect - - overall it seems to be a good school with good teachers and a caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

My daughter attended Demarest for 7 years (K-6). We loved this school. The teachers and staff are open to communication and very responsive. Everyone involved at this school creates a warm, inviting atmosphere. Parental involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

My son has studied for 2 years at Demarest. Overall it is a good school. The teachers are doing their best with what they have. The downsides are that the music teacher has no classroom. There is no Spanish teacher due to the budget cuts, kids have to watch movies in Spanish with no explanation. Breakfast and lunch programs are terrible, food is nasty. Plan to pack your own food every day. Aftercare is pretty bad, held by YMCA. Looks like most councellors have just finished an elementary school themselves! No discipline there. It is a zoo. But it is not Demarest's fault, not sure who chooses an aftercare provider. As far as academics go, I do not have any complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2012

I am very happy with the school and the way it is being run. I was worried about sending my daughter here but she is now in 1st grade and is doing very well. I have been happy with the teachers she has had so far. My only complaint is the lack of communication from the specialty teachers. But each time I had addressed that with the teacher, but don't feel I should have to have been the one to reach out. But it's my daughter and I will do what is needed to help her grow in anyway that she needs. My biggest concern with the school is the lunch menu. I really hope they will do something about that soon. It's not the healthiest I've seen. I also am glad they have the before school breakfast program. It so helps us parents who work. It's sad that they had to cut down on the arts/phys ed classes in order to concentrate more on the academic and tested type classes. I think the education community should think about making the school day a little longer and allowing the kids the arts/culture classes that they enjoy. Just glad the school is doin well and it's rating has increased. Overall I am happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

I am a parent who does not know good English and with the help of google will show my anger to the director of this school. My son has made school here, but never am not satisfied. before my son came to this school was high and exemplary results we bring. as the new director came this change because it's always managed to condemn as not to like school. condemn only this and the next child if left free this .. it only quarrel with it much more condemning is not like school. but we did not know where to talk about because they did not know English. has a year that is gone and I am satisfied with the school that has now been very polite and higher grades .. thanks god that was left out there ...I don` t like ...rey mother
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2011

Demarest is great school! My oldest son has been there for 4 years now and loves it there. He has had wonderful, caring teachers. They have been easy to talk to and offer suggestions on how to improve his performance in school. He has received extra help (e.g., speech therapy and tutorial for the NJ ASK) and has done well. My daughter is in kindergarten now and just loves going to school. We are lucky to have the full day program --- a big help for working parents! Mrs. Todaro, the principal, is great. She is always out there to make sure the kids are safe. Under her leadership, I think Demarest school will get even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

This is an exceptional school. The teachers are excellent, the principal seems to be a caring person and very concerned about the overall expectation of each child. You can contact her at any time and she is always there to listen to your concerns. I lived in New York City all my life and lived in many other states and my children love this school like no other. Bullying is not tolerated in this school and the children are so well behaved and polite.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

I can't believe that Demarest only has a rank of 4 out of 10. Both of my children go here and I couldn't be happier with the school, faculty, and the programs/activities. I suppose the rank is based mostly on standardized test scores, but there's more to learning than just one big test every year! The half-day kindergarten program is a little weak, but all the grades after that are top-notch. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

My daughter came from a private school to Demarest and I though that the change was going to be difficult, but the teachers and the principal has made it easy for her to adapt. My daughter enjoys going to school at Demarest. The only cavoit I have is with the afterschool program. It is sponsored by Montclair YMCA and they only accept monthly membership of $220 for aftercare and $100 per month for before care. Some parents may need this service for an hour or several days a week and the cost is steep. The cost is literally the same for private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

I presently have 2 children that attend Demarest. This school is amazing and the teachers are AWESOME! They go above and beyond their duties. I love that there are so many extracurricular activities the children can participate in. I also love that the children take so many 'special' classes. I couldn't ask for a better school for my children, I just wish there was a full day kindergarten program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Demarest has surpassed my expectations as a good elementary school. The community of teachers, parents and principal are supportive and welcoming. I am further impressed by the extracurricular activities offered and the opportunities for the children to take on extra learning. At the first HSA meeting the parents - leaders were helpful and encouraged feedback and suggestions from the parent body. The teachers that I have encountered are respected and seem to care deeply about the child's emotional well being as well as how they fare educationally. A positive experience from the start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2006

This is an excellent school. They offer magnet programs for 3-6 grades. The only disadvantage is there is no morning care (7am) for working parents. However, there is aftercare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

All three of my children have gone to this school since Kindergarten. They enjoy going and seem to like most of the teachers. They have a lot of friends and always welcome the new children to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2004

Excellent school with wonderful leadership! The principal puts the safety and well being of the children and their families first. The teachers are caring, well educated and work well together as a group. I know my children are safe and happy at this school!
—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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

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 59% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

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 66% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

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

All Students72%
Female82%
Male63%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education55%
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female90%
Male66%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education55%
General education84%
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 Students60%
Female70%
Male51%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
White72%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special educationn/a
General education71%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant60%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students86%
Female83%
Male89%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students94%
Female87%
Male100%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
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 Students79%
Female86%
Male73%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
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 Students73%
Female66%
Male80%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students91%
Female88%
Male94%
Black93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant91%
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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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
White 43% 51%
Hispanic 25% 22%
Black 22% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 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 20%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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