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Hillsborough Middle School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 20 students

 
 

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Posted February 6, 2013

My child is finishing her second year at HMS (8th grade). Our experience is that Hillsborough Middle School is a welcoming, safe and academically rich environment. Many clubs and events for the kids. Educational and rewarding field trips. The atmosphere is positive and surprisingly nurturing, at least from our viewpoint. It is a benefit that the 7th/8th graders are not mixed in with high schoolers, it helps retain a more innocent tone. Seems to be a lot of school spirit and overall every student I've asked says they love HMS. I think a few years ago perhaps it was different? It is a good training ground for high school - lots of variety, different teachers, hands on learning, opportunities for oral presentations and use of technology. Excellent music. Related arts such as Home Economics/Consumer Science, industrial arts ("wood shop") and world language education are exceptional and contribute to well rounded students who love going to school. Teachers respond quickly. It would be nice if they had more extensive outdoor areas but it is a very pleasant and cheerful physical environment. Colorful posters and student work adorn the walls. Many dedicated students and athletes attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

I have to agree with the last write, at woodfern elementary the teacher were exceptional but once we entered in the intermediate and middle school everything went down hill. Now my child is a straight A student but Hillsborough tries to be Montgomery class A school which we are not. It's sad how our taxes pay for a school district that harbors bullies and condems parents who actually care about their children. I hope that Gov. Christie really comes down on school districts we have to many Vice Principals who are lousy at their jobs and the Principals don't get invovled where they should. I rate Hillsborough Middle school an F. It's really sad that we don't have an exceptional school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

Overall, Hillsborough School district schools are blue ribbon. Classroom size varies, depending on honors/special education curriculum program; however is not exceedingly large for public schools. Excellent educational resource programs, with teachers who are extremely skilled in their designated fields of study. Principalship is of strong leadership. Disciplinary programs are strict. Many extra-curricular activites to choose from, ranging from academic clubs to recreational sports. Overall educational curriculum is good. Math and language arts curriculum is demanding and great measure of preparation for high school level.


Posted April 28, 2007

Hillsborough Middle School is the best middle school a kid could ever go to. The teachers are above phenmominal and help you every step of the way. There is something for every level ability whether it's education related, or sports. There are a wide variety of clubs and activities for a 7th or 8th graders looking for some fun. I believe that Hillsborough Middle School should win an award for its excellence.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2007

Actually, i am a 7th grade student, age 13. I love Hillsborough, and I love this school, as well as ARIS and Sunnymead Elementary, that I also went to. The middle school has alot of programs. sports include soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling, field hockey, lacrosse, and softball. and there are so many clubs i cannot even count. i havent joined a club i didnt like.. and our sports teams are amazing. each marking period for 7th & 8th grade theres woodshop, home ec, music, and art. good teachers, good projects too. and theres alot of languages you can take.. spanish, french, italian, and german. in high school you can do more, obviously. parents arent TOO involved, but for field trips theres class moms, parents sell stuff in the book fair, and they can have conferences with teachers to discuss their kid's grades, or just email them. HMS rocks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2007

I'm a student a 7th grader in school, and let me say its great. The lady who posted below is wrong. Well, it really depends on what teachers you get, but the ones I have are great. The best teams in 7th grade are Team A and Team E (my team.. or they call them pods, but not the drug!) Academically.. hmm its ok. just gotta work hard. I mean.. you learn alot, and its alot of fun. theres alot of bands and orchestras.. and the sports are soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling, softball, and lacrosse. quite alot. theres art, and you do alot with that too. you do more in art than in ARIS! eh.. parents are generally involved. not as much as in elementary school, because we're not little kids anymore.. duh. but sometimes parents come and do things, so its good I guess.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2005

I have been involved in the HSA since my children were in kindergarten at Woodfern School. I was very pleased in the elementary level, but I was exceptionally unhappy with the middle school. My children did well, but I can honestly say that the teachers were unavailable, the textbooks are outdated, and creative thinking was not encouraged at all. there were also a lot of discipline problems that as a parent involved in the school I was aware of. I really recommend that Hillsborough parents keep open communication about what is going on. Thank goodness this is my son's last year at HMS.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 65% in 2013.

564 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

564 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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82%
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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.

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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88%

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79%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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95%

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94%

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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

All Students83%
Female89%
Male77%
Black73%
Asian91%
Hispanic74%
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black68%
Asian92%
Hispanic74%
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant83%
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 Students97%
Female99%
Male95%
Black96%
Asian97%
Hispanic97%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special education88%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant97%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students83%
Female83%
Male84%
Black63%
Asian90%
Hispanic61%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special education46%
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black96%
Asian95%
Hispanic94%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education91%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

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

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 72% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 9%
Black 6% 16%
Hispanic 6% 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 8%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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260 Triangle Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Phone: (908) 874-3420

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