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Aaron Decker Elementary School

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 369 students

 

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Posted September 13, 2014

my school is the best. my child is in kindergarden and his teacher he just loved and talked about her the whole time we walked home from the bus stop. he actually cried when he had to miss school for a day due to sickness. he enjoys not only his classmates and the teacher assistant but raves about the staff espically the awesome, kind experienced principal Scala. i also feel so comfortable, no worries, and excited every day when he attends class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2014

Aaron Decker is a great school. The staff is good. Teachers are helpful. My kids are doing very well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2014

My sons have attended Aaron Decker for the past three years and have been so happy there. Everyone we've interacted with--teachers, office staff, bus drivers--has been wonderful. I'm especially impressed by how much my children are learning in math, reading and writing. We have also loved participating in jog walk, Bouncing Bulldogs, a recorder ensemble and the track program--all free of charge. I am so glad my children get to go to school in such a nurturing positive community. I whole-heartedly recommend Aaron Decker!
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Posted November 19, 2013

We have moved to Butler NJ and my son has just recently transferred to Aaron Decker from another school in Morris County NJ. He is also has an IEP/Special Needs and attends preschool. I could not be happier with Aaron Decker. His teachers are wonderful and he has settled in so Nicely. I also have an open line of communication with his main teacher and I think she is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

I have 6 children, they have all attended Aaron Decker. Wonderful atmosphere. I couldn't ask for better teachers. My one son is autistic and I agree with the mom who said you may have to fight administration for your child's needs. That said, his needs were met, and his teachers were amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

School is mediocre. Needs a new principal. Academics are low level and parents capable of help are discouraged to do so unless the principal likles them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

The admisitration of this school is top rate. The principal is availalble to any parent, at any time. The staff follows his lead and is terrific. Feel safe knowing that your child will be well taught and taken care of at Aaron Decker. My 3 kids enjoyed going to school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

Wonderful school, excellent teacher to child ration. Wonderful curriculum with excellent test scores
—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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

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

All Students57%
Female66%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special educationn/a
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant57%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
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 Students59%
Female63%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education14%
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant59%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female84%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education64%
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant78%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students90%
Female97%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education57%
General education98%
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

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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

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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 86% 51%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
Black 1% 16%
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 17%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs Virginia Scala

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98 Decker Road
Butler, NJ 07405
Phone: (973) 492-2037

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