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Elms Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 758 students

 
 

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Posted February 11, 2012

We moved to Jackson 3 years ago, and Elms Elem. School was everything we had hoped. My son transitioned very well. The current principal does make himself available to all parents. I asked for an opportunity to speak to him personally and he was more than happy to hear my concern, and he addressed the issue well. The school itself is beautiful and well equipped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

Not a school I recommend. my daughter encountered her first bigotry here. it was blatant and ugly. The vice principle handled it well. Never heard from principle. Curriculum is good. Teachers on average inexperienced. My kids do not care for the school. It has room for improvement and in time could possibly be a true great school. But not currently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

We love Elms Elementary! My oldest child attended kindergarten the year Elms opened, and continued through 5th grade. I currently have 2 other children attending Elms. I've read some bad reviews of the school and have to disagree. We've been involved for 8 years and think the principal, guidance and faculty do a great job in communication with parents and resolving problems that may come up during year such as bullying. Very happy with school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2011

Unfortunately I cannot give this school a good rating. My child has attended this school since 1st Grade. The first three years were wonderful and we were quite impressed. The 4th and 5th grades have been horrible. From having to deal with a type of bullying mentality from some teachers to a lack of activities in this school - it fails on all levels. My husband and I have to deal with a child who made straight A's and loved school to a child who no longer wishes to go to school because of her teachers. Next year we will have our child homeschooled because of the experience with the teachers at Elms Elementary. I was warned about one of the teachers being "moody" but I did not want another parent to influence me. Well, they were correct - my daughter's teacher IS moody and is inappropriate with some of their "philosphies" regarding life. What is upsetting is that this teacher is influencing the way my child thinks. If it were not so close to the end of the school year, I would pull my child from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

The education has deteriorated since 2004. Mr. Baginski walks with his hands in his pockets, head down, hides in the corner at school functions, rarely talks to parents, and rarely displays any passion or enthusiasm. The teachers that my children have, rarely give out homework. There's no reinforcement of learning. Only a small ratio of teachers have over 5 yrs of professional education exp. A cost saving tactic to hire young teachers with no real professional experience and a young principal running the school. One teacher even goes to the extent of giving no homework if a football team wins. Forget about football and focus on having them excel in their studies. Credit to a small group of teachers and guidance counselor that really do care for the well being of the kids. They work tirelessly to see them succeed. Hats off to them for doing an exemplary job. I only wish the new teachers and Mr Baginski can learn from the experts on what true education is. Unfortunately, my children will have the effects of their botched learning as they mature.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Great teachers! Lots of fun activities always going on!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2006

I am a very busy working mom and was worried about my daughter attending a new school last year (kindergarten) at Elms. She flourished at this school, learning to read, working out social situations with the help of the guidance counselor and her teacher and even a letter back from the principal on one situation. I am extremely happy with Elms and we are very fortunate to have our daughter attend this wonderful school. Our daughter's teacher was fantastic (Mrs. Risley) and we are looking forward to another great year this year for our child. She learned to read books and learned complex sentences for her age range along with math and various art activities. Parents are allowed to come and 'volunteer' to help in class. Lot's of school activites too. This is an A+ school. I cannot say enough good things about it. My daugher even loves her bus driver!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2006

The teacher involvment is really something special. There are so many evening events for parents to attend. I always do and I think it is great to see so many staff memebers taking part in evening activities which they do because they care and want to and not because they have to. this is a sign of a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2006

I moved to jackson from Millstone and have to say, I'm so pleasantly surprised on how happy My husband and I with this school. My children who have a difficult time with school are doing fantastic. The staff is great too.
—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 66% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

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

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

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

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 Students90%
Female93%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education83%
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Special education89%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant98%
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 Students72%
Female79%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Special education43%
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female92%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special education86%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students77%
Female87%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special education68%
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Special education91%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant98%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 52%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Black 5% 16%
Asian 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Jackson, NJ 08527
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