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Cape May City Elementary School

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Posted April 2, 2014

Cape May City Elementary is a fantastic school. The teachers are fantastic and the ladies in the office are always helpful. This school is extremely secure and there is no way a stranger can just walk in and wander around like a previous school my son had attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

My kids love the school & so do I absolutely no complaints here. Plus you can't beat a great free preschool. 10 stars from me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

Speaking as a traveling family who has seen quite a few East Coast and Mid West school systems, we must give CMCE 10 out of 10 stars! Everything about the school is fantastic. The staff is fantastic, the curriculum is challenging and modern, and the facilities are above average. The children come first here, and it is evident in the pride our kids show, whether talking about classes, participating in activities or bringing home graded papers and tests. We love this school, the teachers and all of the staff. It's never easy to change schools, but here we feel right at home, and we are not concerned that our children are missing out, not included, or being left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

The stars say it all! Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

I have been reading all the comments posted and feel a need to comment myself. The teachers are truly amazing, along w/ the art, gym, and computer teacher and some others but I have to agree w/ the other comments. A few, maybe 2, of the other teachers really seem to put a damper on the school, to say it nicely. School at that age should be all about learning in a positive environment and having fun. I could not speak more highly about most of the teachers, as far as 2 of the teacher and the principal I am very unhappy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

We are locals here in town and always heard wonderful things about the school, but unfortunately that is not the case anymore! I could not agree more with the other comments about the principal, and without a great leader there is little room to follow! It is so unfortunate that a school that had so much potential has come to this over leadership qualities. The teachers are amazing!!! My heart goes out to them, having to deal with such a difficult situation. Needless to say, we are glad our daughter is no longer at the school, but very sad over leaving such a dedicated staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

CMCE used to be the ideal school, but that unfortunately is no longer the case! Overall the teachers are amazing with the exception of 2-3 teachers who really should not be in a elementary environment with their lack of patients and nurturing qualities. But the poor leadership from the principal REALLY effects the school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

When parents get involved they don't like it.All they want you to do is volunteer you time to them,but when you want to be involved in your childs education.Thats when you see the problem there is no communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

CMCES is a great small town school. Learning to bridge the gap w/parent / teacher communication, a work in progress. Caring teachers, small class sizes, fantasic art program, music, spanish, and a fabulous enrichment /gifted & talented program. The school NEEDS parent involvment, volunteers, school board needs to see the parents there supporting, asking questions. Being involved is the key in a small town school like cape may.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My daughter attended this school and got one of the best educations when compared to the elementary schools in the country. She went on to be accepted to 6 of the top 10 Universities in the US.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2009

The school is great for a small community. My kids have had a good education with some bumps along the way. Most of the teachers are quite caring about their students. Some do not know how to communicate with the parent's when asked. I would watch out for the principle. Her words are harsh, down grading and she is looking for something to stir up the anxiety level among the parents. I, personally, would not deal with her unless you absolutely had to. They do offer advanced classes, which have been wonderful for my oldest. They offer swim, guitar lessons, language, extra reading if needed as well. So, the help is there if the child needs it, but once again watch out because they tend to push parents in that direction (to get the extra help) even though the child does not need it. Goodluck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

The school itself is great. However is in under constant scrutiny for city budget due to its low attendance in such a summer time resort area. Parents are kept very informed if you inquire enough. Extra curricular activities are plentiful in the area, but not necessarily through the school due to the limited budget. The one thing that makes it all worth while is the small class sizes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

CMCE is an excellent school with many opportunities for all children and gifted children. It offers whole school and pull out enrichment classes and a focused art pull out program. The teachers are caring and dedicated. The school has its own swimming pool and weekly lessons begin in third grade. There are instrumental and vocal music classes as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

Wonderful school...was worried about school in small town, but no worries here! Been an extremly pleasant surprise. Kids are not only thriving but growing and succeeding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2004

This school is wonderful! The staff provides outstanding care to the students and teachers, their pre-k class is terrific and I'd recommend this school to anyone looking for their child to get a great education.
—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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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79%

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50%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
100%

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100%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
57%

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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
36%
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 Students80%
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General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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Math

All Students73%
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General education79%
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Not migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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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 Students50%
Femalen/a
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White54%
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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General education47%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant50%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
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White85%
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students100%
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White100%
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General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant100%
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 Students87%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant100%
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%
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 education58%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant60%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students67%
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 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

Biology I

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

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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
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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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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 68% 51%
Hispanic 23% 22%
Black 7% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 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 53%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mrs Victoria Zelenak

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921 Lafayette St
Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: (609) 884-8485

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