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Hillside Ave School

Public | K-8 & ungraded | 54 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

I am so pleased with this school i can't say enough good things about it. As a parent i am strongly encouraged to get involved. The teachers really try to get to know each and every student and meet their needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

I give this school a 5-star rating. The students are well disciplined and respectful, especially to authority. I'm very proud to be appointed as a crossing guard on the N. Lehigh Avenue tunnel-side. I would also like to express my appreciation to the Hillside Avenue PTA people for the kind gift and thank you card that was hand-delivered to me on duty. Thank you very much for everyone's kindness and appreciation. It's great to be back on-duty.


Posted March 25, 2012

This school is fantastic! The principal is among the best in the district and our kids have excelled and challenged themselves. The community involvement is extensive and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

This is my son's first year at HAS, 7th grade, and first time in public school. I am thrilled with my choice of schools. My son loves his new school and teachers. First day of school, he thanked me for sending him there! The principal is hands on and cares about the students! At the new student orientation, the principal gave us a personal tour of the facility and went over all the rules and answered any questions that we had. He also made sure that the new students knew where his office was located and told them that if they had ANY problems/questions to go to him directly. I had friends tell me that Cranford had an excellent school system. I totally agree with them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

Great school! Excellent teachers. Dedicated principal. Wonderful staff. Lot's of after school activites. Great parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Hillside Avenue School has a great group of Teachers that really care about the students and truely care about helping each student succeed and explore their individual talents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My son is in 4th grade and is an A/B student. I credit Mrs. Warren for her excellence in teaching and showing the kids good study habits. My son will take this with him to the next level. I hope my son gets the opportunity to get Mrs. Warren again. She deserves an award for outstanding teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

My son is currently in the second grade at Hillside and I must say I am very impressed with the work he is given and how involved and enthusiastic his teacher is. My daughter will start kindergarten next year and I'm confident she'll do well also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

I currently have 3 children attending HAS, an 8th grader, a 5th grader, and a 2nd grader. I have been very pleased with the teachers, administration, and overall education at Hillside. Everyone involved at this school have a common goal, to ensuring the education of every child. Even the support staff, maintenance staff, cafeteria workers and secretaries are outstanding. They also have an incredible assortment of after school clubs and sports. Their musicals, school choirs, and band and orchestra are so professional it's hard to remember that they are just kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2005

My son graduated from HAS last year and I was very impressed with the teachers and the staff. They are truly dedicated to the students. My daughter is currently in 6th grade and has a learning disability. HAS and the Special Ed teachers go out of their way to ensure that my daugther is getting the best education and that she is on the same level as those children mainstreamed. She is doing outstanding work and getting phenomenal grades thanks to everyone at HAS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2004

I have a seventh grader at Hillside Ave. School. I have been very impressed with the dedication of her teachers and the administration. She is a special education student, and all the children have been wonderful to her. Hillside Avenue provides a nuturing environment, many activities, and a great education. There are many opportunities to develop a well rounded student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

This is one of the best school in Union County. I have yet to see bettter.
—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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
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 65% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
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 82% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students68%
Female69%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female77%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant84%
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 Students73%
Female89%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Special education57%
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education93%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Special education93%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant98%
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 Students77%
Female93%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Special education55%
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students89%
Female93%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Special education82%
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant89%
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%
Female87%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special education42%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female93%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education77%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special education46%
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students80%
Female84%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant80%
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 Students89%
Female93%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special education59%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female77%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Special education47%
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Special education66%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
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.

2013

 
 
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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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 79% 51%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Black 6% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 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 6%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Curt Fogas

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125 Hillside Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Phone: (908) 709-6229

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