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Number 28 Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 33 students

 

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Posted January 27, 2014

When we went in for a 504 meeting with the school, everyone in the room was on the defensive. It really seemed like they cared more about covering their butts than helping my child. I've since looked into other options for my child's education. I would not recommend PS 28 for children with special needs. The school is out of its element there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

We heard over and over again that this was the best school in Jersey City and we were lucky to send our daughter here. Maybe it is a great school for average students, but if your child needs additional help because of a learning disability or because they happen to be gifted this school is not the place to foster his or her mind. The teachers have HUGE classes to manage. Our child is one of 28 first graders with one teacher in the classroom! The staff as a whole is very defensive and would rather defend their way of doing things than work as a team with a child's parents. If your child needs special accommodation, the school will do only the bare minimum of what is required of them and no more. Children are cooped up with only 2 recesses for the entire week and the schools test scores continue to slip. As an involved parent the word that most often comes to mind with the staff is incompetent. Look at the GreatSchool's rating - it speaks volumes! This school may have been the best in JC at one time but it is a shadow of that today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

I posted a review a few years ago and feel the need to update it. School was great for my child up until third grade, last year. She is special needs, and everything changed for her that year. She is not getting the services she needs to be successful, and as a result she is failling school, acting out and depressed. The curriculum is as unimaginative and dull as it gets, and any children who are gifted or 2E will not be challenged or engaged sufficiently (especially if, due to their special needs, they are not being invited to join extracurriculars). Often my child has done extra credit projects or put her heart into her work and it goes unnoticed. Other parents I know of special ed kids at this school also report the same very negative focus or unresponsiveness to their different learning styles as they enter the higher grades. The staff is patronizing, teachers have not always been personal and friendly, and a lot of the teachers do not even know how to spell... they leave lots of errors on my child's homework, including once misspelling the name of a major continent and ocean in a geography lesson! I am tired of fighting the system here and ready to just move OUT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

PS #28 is a great school. Dr Elder the current prinicpal is very effective and gets things done for the children and the school. Staff seem to really care about the kids. They follow school policies very strictly, therefore you don't see children out of control, or causing disruptions, and any inappropriate behaviour by students is handled appropriately and they involve the parents right away. The PTA could be a little stronger in getting parents involved, but they do reach out. Overall, I would say it's one of the top schools in JC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

Though the facility is clean & classrooms are spacious, the most impressive aspect is the staff. I was a student many moons ago & now my child attends this school. The teachers and principal are actively involved in the betterment and development of the students. Above all, my child feels as part of a family, in which any and every teacher is always willing to assist him with his academic. The after school program is also very good. Overall I am extremely pleased with the school. Thank you all for your continuous hard work and dedication to our future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2008

This school has all that it needs to be a good school. That is great, dedicated, and ambitious staff working with them. This staff would do anything in its power so that your child not only learns but understands and enjoys the school work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2006

this school is great, i've been there since 1998 and that school has challenged me so that i can raise my grades up to an A, and now i am an honor student.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
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 66% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students48%
Female53%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education51%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant48%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students59%
Female55%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education65%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant59%
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 Students38%
Female49%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
General education44%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant38%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students77%
Female81%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students80%
Female88%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special education46%
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant80%
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 Students36%
Female43%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
General education40%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant36%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students74%
Female80%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant74%
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 Students62%
Female61%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Special educationn/a
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students76%
Female73%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant76%
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 Students50%
Female58%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged47%
Special educationn/a
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant50%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students49%
Female47%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
General education62%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant49%
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%
Female82%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education52%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students66%
Female68%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Special education29%
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant66%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students73%
Female78%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special education29%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant73%
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.

2013

 
 
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
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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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
Hispanic 75% 22%
White 12% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 9%
Black 6% 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 83%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms Janet Elder

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167 Hancock Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Phone: (201) 714-4360

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