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John Adams Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 798 students

 
 

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Posted August 7, 2013

John Adams Middle School is an extremely academic-centralized school, with only about 1/80 students participating in dances and other fundraising events. Hoops for Heart and bake sales always make money, though. The teachers at JAMS are varied. Some, the best, are the greatest people. 2 current teachers are in the armed forces. One of them sent out a notice at Christmas time, asking for all money spent on gifts to him to instead be donated to charity, since he had all he needed. Others are absolutely out of their minds. Anyone who went/goes to JAMS knows what I'm talking about. JAMS is also rivals with Woodrow Wilson. Overall, John Adams is a great middle school.


Posted May 26, 2013

i actually go to jams and its prettty good. some teachers are really mean and rude while others are really helpful and kind. students here often dont follow directions..honestly, i have never gotten detention but im an average student. jams is fillled with wise and talented students


Posted October 13, 2012

JOHN ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A GREAT SCHOOL UNLESS YOUR CHILD IS A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD. THEY STICK ALL CHILDREN IN ONE CLASS TUCKED AWAY NEATLY NO MATTER WHAT THE ILLNESS. THEY HAVE ONE CLASS FOR DOWN SYNDROME , AUTISM, RETARDATION NO MATTER HOW MILD. ANY LEARNING DISABILITY, IN ONE CLASS WITH A TEACHER THAT IS NEW AND THEREFORE CAN NOT TEACH THEM ALL . IT IS A TRAVESTY AND I KNOW BECAUSE MY GRANDSON IS ONE OF THEM. THEY ARE USING HIM AS A SUCCESS STORY BECAUSE HE IS FAR MORE ADVANCE THAN THE REST OF THE CLASS. THE PROBLEM IS THAT HE WAS FAR MORE ADVANCED WHEN HE GO THERE BECAUSE HE HAS A DIFFERENT ISSUE. I HAVE BEEN DENIED HIS RIGHT FOR OUT OF DISTRICT PLACEMENT, AS WELL AS HIM BEING PLACED IN A MORE ADAPTIVE CLASS (WHICH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DOESN'T HAVE) IF YOU CAN CHOOSE ANOTHER SCHOOL DO SO. HOWEVER , IF YOU CAN AVOID EDISON ALL TOGETHER , IT WOULD BE YOUR BEST OPTION. I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW EDISON MADE IT TO GREAT SCHOOL SITES, BUT LOOK AT TALK TO SOME OF THE PEOPLE EDUCATED HERE AND YOU WILL SEE THAT IT WAS AN ERROR.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2011

My child went there from 7th grade to 8th grade. She absolutely loved it.. She mad so many friends that will last her a lifetime. The teachers were always there for her and had excellent teaching skills. Her grades went up after I put her in public school. The diversity of the school is great as well. The activities and opportunities available to the kids are outstanding. My daughter did not want to leave John Adams and move on to high school. She loved every moment of her middle school experience. I as a parent am happy too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

Very very good. Teachers are very knowledgable and students are disciplined in the right amounts. Very impressed with the overall quality of instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

So far I am impressed with the school and the academics. I know North Edison is a very competitive district, so I am waiting to see how much help is given to those falling behind. The student body itself is such that drives one to achieve. It's not an easy school by any means. The teachers are well aware of the student body abilities and seem to teach to the upper crust more. I looke at this as a positive challenge. Let's see!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

this school is great i have lived in edison my whole life and all of the edison schools are great but in john adams i have cracked my outer shell and i am much more outgoing, the teachers are always there and you can tell them anything you want and they will be there to help i love this school and i think it challenges you so you can reach the top!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2006

John Adams is a middle of the road school. There is nothing exceptional nor anything seriously lacking. The children are placed in appropriately challenging classes. The teachers follow each child closely as they should. Rules are strictly enforced (no cell phones, preparedness, etc.) Physical education is the only thing lacking, but the trend to reduce physical education is widespread in many schools. School spirit is missing. Few dances and school-wide activities. Everything is constrained by the school budget, so the PTA frequently asks for money from parents. PTA sponsors many extra-curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2006

The school had great teachers in Maths, Science and Scoial Studies. It also has a lot of clubs studnets can join. The studnents study in multi cultural environment and many international festivals are celebrated . Great School !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

The quality of the teachers is good, although their compassion for children who don't meet the above average mark is a bit to be desired. The school along with other Edison twsh school lacks programs that several other districts offer - like ROTC. This is a great program and would teach children a great deal about responsibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2005

I think that the learning program of this school isn't bad, but, I feel that some of the school officials are byist and/or racist. Also, some teachers are very nice but on the other hand, some teachers are cruel and in fair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

This school is amazing! There is a group of disciplined, smart kids. I have a 6th grade child here, and they love it already!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

I have a child in John Adams that is a special ed. kid and I guess if you are an average or above average kid the school would be really great. Hey I went there when I was a teenager, but a special child gets the push around and the staff is sometimes difficult to get to help. Well that's only one mother's opinion Good luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2004

John Adams is a great school. It has a lot of diversity between students and activities. For example, John Adams is the only middle school to have an Auditioned Choir [called Bel Canto] in the Edison district. The teachers are great and the school itself is just amazing. In my opinion [I know a few people from each middle school in Edison] it is the best middle school in Edison.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students87%
Female90%
Male85%
Black45%
Asian97%
Hispanic73%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students91%
Female92%
Male91%
Black65%
Asian99%
Hispanic55%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education45%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant91%
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 Students83%
Female89%
Male77%
Black53%
Asian95%
Hispanic46%
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education23%
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black35%
Asian95%
Hispanic39%
White76%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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

Language Arts Literacy

All Students93%
Female96%
Male91%
Black76%
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education67%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant93%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female86%
Male89%
Black56%
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education52%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Black79%
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education73%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant93%
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
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not 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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26%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above 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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 70% 9%
White 16% 51%
Black 11% 16%
Hispanic 3% 22%
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 13%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1081 New Dover Road
Edison, NJ 08820
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