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PK-5 & Ungraded
Public district
Clayton, NJ
Students enrolled: 8

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300 West Chestnut Street
Clayton, NJ 08312

(856) 881-8704
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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

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
no rating
April 14, 2010
Needs a little help with funding for teachers and supplies

- submitted by a parent

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
no rating
January 09, 2009
Poor Disabled preschool program. Do your homework if you have a special needs child!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
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

September 09, 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

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

March 13, 2006
I love the school. The teachers are wonderful and my child progresses everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 04, 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

September 16, 2005
Great academics, lots of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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

June 05, 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

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
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Herma S Simmons Elementary School
300 West Chestnut Street, Clayton, NJ  08312
(856) 881-8704
Last modified Herma S Simmons Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Herma S Simmons Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top