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Herma S Simmons Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 8 students

 

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Posted August 22, 2013

This school is amazing in many ways. Over the years, I have watched it grow. I have had four generations attend the school system and the Herma S. Simmons Elementary School put students first! The teachers are awesome and very caring and at the same time help the students grow intellectually and as a person. It is amazing to see what they do with the the chiildren. The Kids are vey happy and love their teachers. Our Superintendent is awesome, as is our Principal and Vice Principal and they work each and every day to make it better and a safe place for a kids. The kids grow each year in our school and it makes everyone in the school feel good to see how much they grow in each grade. I see great advances every year for our school mainly because of the dedication of the teachers and administration. The money would help them continue their dreams for the school and the students to give them more tools to help them learn. Thank you.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 15, 2010

When I substituted for this school I thought it was one of the worst schools I had ever been to. The administration seemed weak and the students overall were horribly ill- behaved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Needs a little help with funding for teachers and supplies
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

This my daughters 3rd year here and all 3 years have been a great experience for all of us. Thank you for the dedication to my daughters future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

Poor Disabled preschool program. Do your homework if you have a special needs child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

I have two children temporarily enrolled here, while construstion is completed on our primary residence in another town. I can't believe how often we are asked to send in money for various activities/sales. There seems to be a fundraiser running at all times. Even the school picture packages are outrageously priced. The parking lot is ridiculous, completely chaotic, half of it is 'off limits', and I don't know why. (we live 'too close' for the children to be bussed) On the other hand, the secretery Sharon Pearce is wonderful. The pre-school program is stellar, the teachers devote countless hours of their own time to create an atmosphere of love and kindness for our children. I do however look forward to moving back to our primary residence where the bus system is efficiently run, and we're not nickel and dimed daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2007

Overall wonderful school. We're on our third year with two children in this school and our first year with the pre-K program, which is excellent as well. The parking has changed thanks to the new principal.Children are able to be dropped off in front of the building. Much safer than past years. There is not enough visitor parking. The teachers that we had first hand experience with are very caring and have gone out of their way. We had one teacher come to our home to tutor our son after school on her own time. I've had no issues with bullying as I have in other schools.The school has also implemented a new biometric fingerprint system for the students this year (2007) It has some kinks but I'm sure they will be worked out. Overall this is a wonderful school and it's a small hometown, close knit community feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2006

My One complaint about this school is there parking lot! They need a better way to drop off and pick up our children each and everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

I love the school. The teachers are wonderful and my child progresses everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

I wish that the school would start at 8:00 am. and the children woukd not have to wait outside in the cold until 8:40 to get indoor. Furthermore,it has been difficult when I have to drop my son or picking him up. The parking area is chaotic, and I have help him cross 2 lanes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2005

Great academics, lots of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

The academic programs and teachers are fabulous. Parents and community participate and know each other. There is an old fashioned small town feel with modern diversity . The major flaw and source of much contention is the superintendent and BOA who failed to renew the contract of the respected and loved principal, SAm Curio. The public outcry did not disuade them from their autocratic position. However, the community and parent involvement will show in the next election. All the children and parents I know are happy with the programs and love the teachers. The poor rating for principal entered below refers to the current replacement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2005

Our school is a disgrace. Not only do we not have enough money but our test scores are terrible. Not to mention we can't keep a principal in the school - we're on our 3rd principal in ONE year! I WISH I could afford private school because I most definitely would not send my child here. On a positive note, we have a handful of awesome teachers! Too bad the money isn't there to help our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2005

The teachers are wonderful. I would like to see more programs for the students that need extra help, the school does not really provide any. We do pay alot of money in taxes for an education that these students are not getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2004

The teachers are the best. The school administration needs alot of work. We are a very poor school which limits the tools to effectively teach our kids to the levels of other schools. I dont feel that our curriculum is up to par.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

Simmons is a good school. As with most school systems, I just wish they had the financial recources to include more 'extra help' programs for their students. The teachers here are exceptional. They really try hard to make every student count. This is my child's second year here and we are pleased.
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students41%
Female54%
Male28%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Special education12%
General education47%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant41%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students63%
Female66%
Male59%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Special education35%
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant63%
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 Students49%
Female54%
Male46%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White60%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
General education62%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant49%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special education38%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special education67%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 Students50%
Female64%
Male41%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White52%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Special educationn/a
General education61%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant50%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female78%
Male83%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special education43%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant81%
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%
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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 58% 51%
Black 21% 16%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Two or more races 6% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 48%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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300 West Chestnut Street
Clayton, NJ 08312
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