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A. Russell Knight Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted April 17, 2013

I think A. Russell Knight is a great school. I think most of,the teachers are happy in their jobs and their dedication is apparent. I think the principal is doing a great job. I do not think he is too stiff. The kids like and respect him. He has addressed every concern of mine quickly and fairly. I feel lucky every day that we are part of ARK. Every parent should be an advocate for their child/children, but most importantly you should teach your child how to be respectful, kind and act with a degree of humility. If our children come to school prepared to learn, and treat others how they want to be treated...life would be a breeze for these kids. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their own actions and for the behavior of their children. Basically, check the attitudes at the door. With all that said, the community at ARK is full of really good people and we are glad to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

As a mother of three chidren, I often read the Great Schools ratings, and the parents' comments (in particular) in order to determine if a school might be an appropriate match for my child. As an English teacher, I am dismayed by the criticisms (such as a "stiff Principal" or "parrent") that are so poorly written. Please edit properly, so that your criticism -which may be fair- will be taken more seriously.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 27, 2013

I had a wonderful schooling here and the greatest teachers there - Mrs. Saunders, Mrs. Teefey, Mr. Smiler, Mr Callahan, Mrs. Reeves and Miss Ruggieri and my art teac her and music teacher - Mr. Strockbine were all wonderful and caring people and the best additions were Hot dog Day and playing with the kickballs and parachutes in gym and the History class of Mrs. Reeves made me want to stay all day and listen to her lovely voice, loved the school and still do!!!


Posted March 26, 2013

Unlike the other reviews here I've had great experiences at ARK in the 9 years my children have been going to this school. The teachers are excellent and really did a great job preparing my oldest for Middle School. I believe that neither of my children would be Honor Students without their direction. My only complaint is I feel the Principal is too much like a higher education Administrator than someone for elementary school. The Principal at the Middle School is excellent, but not as stiff as this guy! I hear the teacher's love him because he addresses their needs, but a Principal is supposed to be their for the children and parents and I just don't think he is. I have yet to meet another parent that likes him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

It is a wonderful school with hard-working teachers and a great community of parents. Thanks to budget cuts, many special education students who used to be placed out of district are now being kept in the home schools. Don't blame the school because your child is not getting the real help he/she should probably be getting in a different setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

I would NOT recommend that any parrent send their special needs child to ARK school or any other school in the Cherry Hill School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

Formal correspondence and special education homework assignments are sent home on post-it notes and illegible scribbled in the margins of planners. In my opinion, the Cherry Hill School System, and especially the Russell Knight School, has not adequately addressed the educational need of my child. If at all possible, I would suggest that you send your child elsewhere.
—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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students89%
Female96%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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 Students80%
Female85%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students91%
Female88%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant91%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students90%
Female95%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students97%
Female97%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant97%
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
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Non-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

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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 81% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Black 4% 16%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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140 Old Carriage Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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