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James Madison Intermediate Elementary School

Public | 3-5 & ungraded | 596 students

 

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Posted November 2, 2014

The principal does not listen carefully to the parent's comments. He makes his own rules. Especially in the area of bullying he does not take a neutral stand and looks at both sides of the story before making a decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

My 5th grader and 3rd grader are doing well in school. The teachers are good; they expect the best from and challenge their students when they see that the students are capable. The principal is pretty down to earth, and acts promptly if there is a problem. The school handles bullying and other issues pretty well, and follows the zero tolerance policy. The curriculum is also good: aside from regular classes, there are Music, Arts, Gym, and Spanish classes. Kids can also get into the G&T program, which my 2 kids are part of. There is differentiated instruction from the teachers, so students work at their own level but are being challenged at the same time. The clubs, most, teacher-organized and some, parent-organized, are very well-attended. They are Student Council, Odyssey of the Mind, Mad Science, Paw Pals, Band, Choir, Math, Robotics, Memory Book , Newspaper, Chess, Art, Sports, and Drama Clubs. The PTO is very involved in school. They organize a lot of the activities and fund-raisers, some of which are Science Fair, Cultural Night, Book Fair, Thanksgiving Lunch, Chinese New Year celebration, Diwali celebration, among others. Field trips are also funded in part by the PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

This school is amazing! Last year i had just started attending 4th grade and i couldn't love this school any more. I love this school so much that i don't want to graduate! The teachers are so friendly! they understand the students and act as a role model for them. This school also has many assemblies and festivities. It also includes many clubs such as ... art club, memory book club( design memory book), odessy of the mind and robotics club. All students attending this school are satisfied with the classes and curriculum this school features. I don't know a person who'd hate this school because it has so much to offer. If you are looking for a school to attend, JMI is the place to go! I know you won't make the wrong decision!


Posted February 14, 2014

This School Is AWESOME! the principle is very nice he Stops bullying a soon it happens! He was there for the Halloween Trunk or treat and dressed up perfect and always allows clubs (Like The odyssey of the mind etc) They are very fun He loves the students and take part in MANY activities Involving the PTO we just had a science Fair he was there taking pictures with the kids and handing out certificates he has Lunch with the principle every month For The Pillars He lets the students ask any question and he"ll answer it the teachers are amazing and give special attention to the kids if they need hep the teachers will help the students individually and they are not that strict and they don't scream at the students they will just talk nicely and if they get mad they will just punish the kids like no recess or do it when we are having a party - Submitted By a Student


Posted August 22, 2013

This school has a good standardized testing curriculum. Teachers make the students work hard for standardized tests. But, some teachers do not make the students feel comfortable at school, which is discouraging. It would be much better if the teachers were concerned about the students' feelings.


Posted April 8, 2011

This school is terrible the principal is the most ignorant person that you would ever want to come in contact with. The teachers basically run out of the school at 3:20. They promote bullying by pretending as though it does now happen. If you can avoid this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

This is a wonderful school!Teachers are so nice.The principal is very kind too.Many programs that include classes,grades and even the whole school.It is a perfect school for new children and kids wils love the play ground.The gym teachers keep kids in shape.I would recomend this school for anyone.My years of being in this school(3 years) had been very fun.Also,a primary school is right next door so smaller sibiling can go there,.Thta to is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2008

I love this school! teachers are wonderful, hardworking, really go the extra mile. plaenty of tutoring opportunities as well. Extra curricular activities are limited, but you have to pick and choose your battles!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

Fabulous teadhers and staff. Hard working students, great friends of my sons. Teachers are dedicated to working after hours with chldren. Plenty of tutorng oppotunities. I heard it is expanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

The academics are above average and good for an elementary school. However, there are few extracurricular activities. The school asked children to donate balls for recess. Basketball hoops are missing nets. The large field has many bumps and depressions which makes it easy to twist an ankle. The teachers keep good records of students' progress and appropriately challenge them. Overall, a very good school academically. PTA seems to be cliquish.
—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.

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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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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91%

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87%

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81%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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94%

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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 59% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
84%

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85%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

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

All Students89%
Female90%
Male89%
Black67%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female92%
Male97%
Black67%
Asian98%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education85%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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 Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Black44%
Asian90%
Hispanic82%
White74%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Black63%
Asian95%
Hispanic82%
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education59%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Black88%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education88%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant97%
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%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education55%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant93%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian99%
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant96%
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

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 79% 9%
White 12% 51%
Black 6% 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 10%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Michael Duggan

Programs

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  • Spanish
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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