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Ford Avenue Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted October 18, 2013

My son is in second grade, we've been at School 14 since K. Great teachers so far. Class sizes have been fortunately small - 16 this year, 17 last year. The minus -- the AM drop-off situation is a nightmare -- wish the township could get a handle on that. Lots of homework, challenging curriculum, good communication from the teachers... good school nurse, good after care. I wish they had a playground, but I don't think my son cares -- he loves it there, he's in with a good set of kids. The PTO is a great group of folks too, lots of engaged parents here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

The teachers are outstanding. They work very hard and are wonderful with the children. Most parents are cooperative and very supportive. Some are always complaining. They worry more about their child getting chocolate milk for lunch than if their child can read. Class trips would be wonderful, but they cost money and without the support of parents in fundraisers, money is not raised. It is always the same faces working hard at School 14 and it is always the same people complaining, but you never see the complainers supporting the school or the teachers. School 14 has a heart. It is a small school. It is a family. It is a great place to learn and I am proud to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 14, 2012

My daughter started attending this school last year, 2010, and expected better. I can say that I'm not pleased w/ the fundraisers. They lack effort in getting the kids to be more involved, but they have fundraisers where they purchase bad and unhealthy foods. What happened to trips, and plays, doing art projects; things that children need to do and to grow! I feel that the school is too much w/ their academics when the children need to learn from environment, and w/ play. I expected more from this school especially as a tax payer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

I agree with everyones complaints that as tax payers we should get much more out of this school. The school is very disorganized. I noticed that from the beginning. I am most bothered by the way the pfg runs their fundraising. I understand that they need as much help from the parents as possible but they should be attempting to have more student involvement and do things that we as families will be interested in. Taking the easy route in selling junk foods is a horrible idea and sets a bad example for the kids. Parents are getting turned away from this and want little involvement. I speak for myself and many other moms from this school when I say this school needs fresh, new ideas and people that are more health, body and mind conscious
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

My children have been attending this school for a few years and it due to the atmosphere, lack of respect shown and the fact that I need to have them go to Sylvan I am putting them in private school this upcoming year. It really makes my husband and I angry that we are paying taxes in this town and we do not have a say in how our children are being treated in their own school. Sadly I have not reported any of these complaints as I do not want my child or myself targeted by the principal but I will voice myself once the school year comes to an end. Until then, I will do what I can to keep an eye on things and hope the remainder of the days go by without without incident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

I am not posting as an individual parent, but as a group of very disappointed moms. At one time this was an amazing school. I can not say the same now. Parents are not welcome into the school, fundraising has gone down dramatically due to lack of volunteers, and even the quality of teachers has changed, and not for the better. 2010/2011 will possibly be the last year this school will be open, and as sad as it is for our children, it will be a welcome event for most of us! We will make sure the transition will be ok for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

I must unfortunately agree with what was written about this school. The environment in this school had really gone down hill. There have been so many issues with this school that have been ignored and I just do not understand why. I truly wish someone would step in and listen to the parents....and children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Great teachers, and parents. All enjoy teaching and getting involved with the fundraisers when my children went to the school. Will always be #1 in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

Last year was my kids first year at Fords elementary. I am pleased to say that they joined a family not just a school. They have a great system of keeping parents informed and involved. The pricipal was always willing to answer my questions in person or on the phone. The PTO welcomed me and appreciated my participation. Its a shame my son is already moving to the middle school.
—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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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78%

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93%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

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 59% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%

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 Students77%
Female86%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students94%
Female100%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 Students65%
Female88%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
General education71%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female94%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students95%
Female100%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
General education94%
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 Students70%
Female54%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students85%
Female77%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant85%
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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
White 56% 51%
Hispanic 20% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 9%
Black 9% 16%
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 21%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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186 Ford Avenue
Fords, NJ 08863
Phone: (732) 417-5414

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