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Chester M Stephens School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 690 students

 
 

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Posted May 15, 2014

CMS has been an amazing environment for my children to be learning in. They have and are learning so much! The teachers are always caring and go well out of their way to help the kids develope a love for learning. My kids take school very seriously and always strive to do their best because it is noticed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

My daughter is very successful in CMS! They have the greatest teachers! We could not be happier with CMS! We can't wait for our son to start kindergarden at CMS next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

My two kids go to CMS as we have been involved with the school for 4 years. All the teachers have been excellent and parent group is very active. Nice and safe facility. I couldn't be happier about the education my kids are receiving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

great scool, safe, lots of extra's
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

i love it it is absoulutly safe and teches her great things definetly five star rated love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

My daughter has been at CMS for four years now and we couldn't be happier! Her teachers have been wonderful as well as the aides..... I would highly recommend this school to anyone who asks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

I am very pleased with CMS. My children are adapting very well and love the school. We moved from Jersey City to Budd Lake and many people say that it is a huge change for the family but couldn't be happier as well as the kids. The school they were attending in Jersey City was not helping them at all. Here at CMS they have been progressing much better and areas where my children have difficulty the teachers have pointed out to me and will be providing any assistance my child may need to be able to progress through out the school year. I am very satisfied with CMS and would recommend it to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

Great school. Great scores. It actually used to be a middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

This school has a wonderful, caring staff of energetic teachers. They have a special monthly progam called Friday Finale. The last Friday of the month, classes in every grade are invited to participate and sing a song, put on a short skit or tell a short story. It is a very special way all the children can appreciate everyone's work. The parent involment is high and encouraged.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted October 27, 2005

i have been at chester m. stephens since it opened as a primary school. my one son is in fifth and my youngest is in kindergarden. he was in the preschool handicap program for the past three years. i give the school two thumbs up
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

my daughter went here for 5th grade and loved it.. the teachers are extremely nice and the office staff is great also. she had no problems starting as a new student at this school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2004

My son is in a preschool disabilities class so far it has been great.
—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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

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

All Students86%
Female93%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanic89%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanic89%
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant90%
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 Students70%
Female78%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Hispanic39%
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female84%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanic62%
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant98%
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 Students88%
Female90%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanic77%
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female83%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanic92%
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
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

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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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 59% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 9%
Hispanic 12% 22%
Black 7% 16%
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 13%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Budd Lake, NJ 07828
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