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Fairmount Elementary School

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 34 students

 

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Posted October 19, 2013

Fairmount is a great school with teachers, staff and parents dedicated to the success of the students. The PTA is also engaged and committed to the school and kids, sponsoring activities to foster a school community. I would say that the test scores do not represent the full story at Fairmount.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

This school is horrible!!!! Sending my child here was the worst thing I could have ever done. The kids are so disrespectfull and the teachers let them run wild. The school is filty it smells like urine when you walk in by the lunch room and there is litter on the floors in the stairways. The children even write curse words on the bathroom walls. The concerts are so un-organized and the children are realesed at the end of the day to anyone.They do not seperate speacial needs kids from regular students which causes problems. Also the after school program is a bunch of teenagers who could careless about the kids and dont even watch them. I would not recommend this school for anyone. I feel bad for the home owners in this area who have no choice but to send there children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2011

My son has been a student at Fairmount since Kindergarten and is now in 4th grade. The PTA is very involved and promotes student/family activities. There is amble opportunity for your child to partake in band, music, dance or drama clubs, which all culmminate in shows for student assemblies and parental after school concerts. My biggest concern however is the discipline procedures. when students are sent to the office for infractions that, at times warrant an apology or detention, suspension notices are written up and students "interrogated" without parental contact. The principal is a very personable and likable man, and has an open door policy. I believe that more males need to be present as there are too many female staff members. Academically Fairmount prepares the students well. The teachers use varying teaching strategies to educate the students. My son was appropriately challenged and pushed academically to achieve above the status quo. The nurturing and charter building staff members provide was of great help. There is a strong sense of family and community involvement here. Overall I find my son's experience to be more up than down. Def. a good starting point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2011

Fairmount Elementary School has provided my child a great education. Not only do I have high regards for the principle & assistant principal but I do admire the teachers of this school. I am a happy parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2011

The Principal, Vice Principal and Teachers are extremely hard working and completely devoted to the children. The Principal is honest passionate about allowing the children to have well-rounded educations there, not just Test-Taking educations. My kids have shown tremendous growth in their time there and love the learning atmosphere as well as the extra curricular activities. I can't imagine my kids being any where else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

I am a proud Fairmount School parent. My 3 children attended Fairmount. They are well rounded individuals who not only received an excellent education but left there with a strong sense of community and pride. My family is a stronger family thanks to the lessons we have all taken away from Fairmount School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers are amazing and now in our 5th year (K-4th), my son has had nothing but positive experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

This school has a lot of great activities for the students and over all a caring dediccated staff. However I find that they do not really listen to parents who are very vested in their child's education or if they brigns an issue to the table. Administratively they tend to 'nod and wave' then do what they want in their own time. Even fi what was suggested months before was not accceptable because they did not 'think ofit first'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

I was impressed since I went to the orientation night this September. The teachers are so enthusiastic about learning. I was very impressed with the writer's workshop. I have love my son's teacher and assistant teacher. My son is learning so much. The PTA is very involved and a great advocate for our children. Both the principal and vice principal are enthusiastic and advocates for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2005

I have had two children attend Fairmount School in Hackensack. The previous principal seemed to have more of a handle on things than the current principal. I have had meetings concerning my child where suggestions that were supposed to be implemented never were. The teachers are basically okay. This school is mediocre at best. I feel that new programs need to be implemented - something is stale about the formula here. My son's teacher has sent home work that she has corrected where she has mispelled the words. Not good. The music program seems to be pretty good. My daughter was in the glee club, which has nice performances. I can not recommend this school, he attends because this is in our district, but it's not recommended.
—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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2010

 
 
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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

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
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67%

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
79%

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84%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
89%

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88%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students71%
Female77%
Male64%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant71%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
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 Students69%
Female75%
Male63%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant69%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students75%
Female73%
Male77%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant75%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students92%
Female89%
Male95%
Black91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant92%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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
Hispanic 52% 22%
Black 34% 16%
White 9% 51%
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 56%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Joseph Cicchelli

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105 Grand Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 646-7890

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