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Explore 2000 Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded

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Posted January 14, 2014

This is a great program! The staff are always helpful and the principal is amazing. My kids love going to this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

I am currently a second year (7th grade) and i am very fond with this school. I am very fond about this school. I learn a lot and even though we don't have homework we still have projects. We have field trips 3 times a MONTH and we have to make so many GREAT projects. To the parents who said HORRIBLE thngs about this school: YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY WRONG THIS SCHOOL IS FABULOUS AND IS ALWAYS GIVING US CONTACT. I ALWAYS LEARN IN THIS SCHOOL AND I AM ALWAYS LEARNING SOMETHING DIFFERENT EVERYDAY AND I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. They also always have contact with us.


Posted July 6, 2011

Great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, greattt school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

I'm in eighth grade at this school and i think that it has definitely changed, and not for the better. the school used to be a really great one, where i felt like i was really being challenged and learning to my full potential. now, almost the entire staff has changed, and it's just not the same. we don't learn much and teachers allow the students to basically do whatever we want. the beginning of the school year started out better, but all of a sudden we're doing things like 'circle time' where we talk about feelings rather than using that time for our research. and then the teachers wonder why no one has met their deadlines. Explore 2000 needs a lot of work if it wants to get back to the great school it once was.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2009

Well I am a 8th grader here at Explore 2000 and i think the program is going downhill. We don't really do anything inside the classes but sit there and talk to our friends. The teachers don't really care what your do, as long as you show them anything about what you did that day its fine with them. I am very dissapointed about how this program is turning out. I was looking forward to my last year, but now I just can't wait to get pout of here. The teachers need to become more involved and need to challenge us! At this point I feel as I'm back in 7th grade again. PLEASE IMPROVE!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2009

First off I'm a current 8th grader at Explore 2000. Over the pass three years this school has not met my needs and what i had expected in this progran. Coming into this school with out much knowledge made me question wether their teaching method was right for me. I think that this school could do alot better and could step up and be the top school but now this school is at the bottom of my list. The teachers are fine but the way this school is run is not what i want. Many of the students have complained and some have even left i think if the want this school to be the best have will have to make alot of changes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2009

I love Explore 2000. My daughter is a new student and currently a 6th grader. He desire to learn is increasing everyday. As a educator I know the value of a good school, and Explore 2000 is at the top. Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

i am currently a third year(8th grader) at Explore 2000, and I think it is a great school. For the most part, the teachers really care about what we learn, not just academically, but in all aspects of our lives. With project based learning, we learn more than just school lessons. We learn life lessons. Also, because of the small class sizes and integrated learning, we are all like one big family. Everyone knows everybody, and it's a really nice atmosphere. We could get more extracurriculars such as sports, but this is an overall good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2009

We were very disappointed with this school for various reasons. A big reason was the reluctance to include parents in the teaching process. As pro-active parents of a 12 y.o, we expected the school to be much more accountable to us, and to value our role in our child's education. Very few memos were sent home about what our kids were doing, there were no events that included the parents, no contact info was given so we weren't able to contact other parents; website contains nothing of interest or value to parents except photos of the facilitators and students, no info about the facilitators or directors, no important dates like spring break or the last day of school. I believe my child learned a lot about being independent and doing research, and I think the program was very good at one time, but def needs improvement!
—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.

About these ratings

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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
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 65% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
65%
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 82% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students72%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students89%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
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 Students78%
Female91%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant78%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students72%
Female73%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
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%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant93%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students71%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant71%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students86%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
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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n/a

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not 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%
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Math growth at this school

Below 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
Black 39% 16%
Hispanic 35% 22%
White 17% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 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 57%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
Polish
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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Polish
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs Amy Lin-rodriguez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (201) 369-5562

Programs

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Polish
  • Spanish
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
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