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Posted September 2, 2013

As a current student at the CACS I feel the need to let the world know what they will find upon entering my school. For starters, the students themselves disappoint me. Most of my classmates are better off at CCMS or WWMS, they rarely participate and cause more harm than good. There are bullies and the only way to control them is by suspension. There are only really a handful of students that stand to the reputation of CACS. There really isn't a sense of respect. Plus the lunch sticks. Though, I won't say that I regret attending Classical Academy, it has made me grow stronger. I look up to my teachers and the secretary feels like family. The teachers get to know you and watch you grow. They tell stories about your siblings. CACS gave me opportunities I couldn't have gotten elsewhere. It has its flaws but it's like home. Unless you're a serious learner don't come to CACS we have enough "class clowns " as it is. If you want a fun and strange learning experience then come to us. Oh and watch out for the occasional wild turkey or chipmunk in a classroom. ;)


Posted August 26, 2011

I just graduated from CACS like 2 months ago. And i transfered their from Christopher Columbus Middle School in the 7th grade. Even though i hated this school going their every day i have to admit that it a lot. The transfer was hard because it was a big difference between these schools at CCMS i didnt do any work but obtained As' and Bs' but at CACS even though i did work my grades were not all As' and Bs' surprisingly i did very well on the NJ ASK and i passed the Algebra one test. Along with this i got Honors classes for Biology and Algebra 2. I know its going to be a lot of work but CACS prepared me for it.For the parents if your child does not like to work and likes to fool around dont send them to CACS because they are gonna have so much trouble and if they dont do their work their grades will be very bad. But if u know your child works hard this is the perfect school to send them to.


Posted June 13, 2011

Classical Academy has done wonders for my child. He is constantly challenged with class work as well as homework. The level of education is higher than the current grade level. The teachers and the Principal are very professional and very qualified. My son was hungry for challenging education and he got it at Classical Academy. What I've found excititng is teacher comments and remarks on every sentence of his homework or tests, which all public schools lack..."Teacher involvement". I recommend this school to all parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

In the City of Clifton, Classical Academy has managed to achieve the "Blue Ribbon" award for obtaining an excellent rate in the number of students proficient in the NJASK state assessment tests. Classical Academy does practice regularly and throughout the year to prepare the children for this exam (unlike public school that does not prepare until the spring week of the exams) this hard effort seems to be paying off. Some of the more stimulating classes include Latin, Literature, Algebra, Middle school math, science and English. This school emphasis academics and will help discipline your child for honors courses in High School. This school is a place for serious learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

Not all students are classical academy material. The "self driven child" is ideal in this school and can easily succeed with the encouragement of teachers, parents and peers. This school molds the students into future leaders. Entrance to this school is based on a lottery system mandated by all state of NJ Charter schools. However I leave it up to the parent to determine whether or not their child has what it takes to accomplish the intense curriculum this excellent school provides. I end my remarks by commenting that in order to achieve the blue ribbon status real school tactics like serious studying...class work...homework...Old fashioned discipline, respect and obedience ...reviewing both at home and in school must be fulfilled. Also a school can be successful without the tremendous cost of per student spending as seen here. The magic is within the individual will of the child, parent and school as a team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

I agree with the previous reviewer. I pulled my child out and sent it to a private school. When you are at Classical, they embed in you that the education level is great. I found out when I moved to St. Clare's that the level at Classical is not what they tell you. My daughter is now receiving TRUE great education and not one just based on getting As on standardized tests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

This used to be a good school but it has gone downhill in the last two years, and that is why I've left. They started to get very troubled students. Academics have taken a dive too. I can't recommend it any longer... Sorry!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2005

My daughter attended this school and it was a great experience. Because of their great academics program she is now in a private High School with all Honors classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2005

it is a very good school with great teachers . my child is learning so much a t a fast rate. i love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2004

I was a student at CACS during the time period of 2001-2004 and I personally believe that those were the best 3 years I've had in my life. I enjoyed the school very much, all of the staff were great and caring. I had a close bond with all my teachers and they helped me graduate from 8th grade. If I could I would go back to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to relive all the great times I had. All you have to do is work hard in this school and trust me, you'll have the greatest time in school...that you wouldn't ever want to be absent, not even one day. Eventually, all the students in the school grow as a family by 8th grade, so if you're attending this school right now...be glad because coming to this school was one of the smartest decisions I've ever made in my;life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 23, 2004

The principal and teacher are also available to answer any question or take care of any situation. The class have between 12 - 15 students. This helps the student receive equal attention for any help they may need.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 65% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 82% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students90%
Female83%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Hispanic94%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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Math

All Students100%
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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 Students79%
Female80%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Whiten/a
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Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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Math

All Students95%
Female92%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant100%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
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General education100%
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Non-migrant100%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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Science

All Students100%
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Male100%
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Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
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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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA 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. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

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Math

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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 High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA 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. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. 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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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
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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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 59% 22%
White 23% 52%
Asian 17% 9%
Black 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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