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Joseph H. Brensinger No. 17 Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 27 students

 

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Posted March 17, 2012

I went to P.S 17 from K-3rd grade! I loved the time I spent there. It was a great learning experience. I wish to have come back but I'm already in High School. My favorite teacher ever was Mrs. Sanchez! I miss her so much! My music and art teacher were great there too! If I could contact them again, I'd love it with every bit of my heart!


Posted February 13, 2012

This s a terrible school , a true nightmare !!!!. If you have kid n this school please remove him or her immediately, they are very disorganized nobody helps you there ,I have been trying to request a transfer to another school but denied will have to get legal help to advocate for a simple transfer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

There is no real pre-k criteria, students are generally being observed not taught. My child everyday informs me that she naps, sings and plays with blocks and on the contrary I believe students should be taught how to identify & write their letters, numbers; learn the pronounciation of these letters etc...these are pre-kindergarten activities. In daycare my child was taught her colors and how to write. I feel as if she is still in daycare minus the learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

The reason to recommend this school for education is because of the consistent discipline, and the educational facilities provided to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

The teachers at this school are very nice and are always willing to help out. The principal however is a completely diffrent story. She does not listen to you and talks over you. She wants everything done her way. I'm very glad that I now deal with the vice principle. It can't always be done my way but at least she listens to what you have to say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

This school is very disorganized I'm so happy my son is done and my daughter is going to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

I think that this school is very well put together/organized. My daughter feels very comfortable here. That makes me feel comfortable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

My son just started. Its was a mess. Disorganized, I was lost. No one helped me. Not helpful at all. We'll see how and if things progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

This school is very nice. It's convenient for commuters via Light Rail. Drop-off/Pickup is fairly easy as well. They have nice teachers, and encourage a lot if artwork and computer educational exercises, which are very stimulating for the students. My children very much enjoyed the programs there.
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Posted June 26, 2004

Having four children in grades 5,6,7,and 8 I know each has had a good look at the school. I have been told by my children that the school is great and they never want to leave. I know my kids are in good hands beacause I have met their teachers and they are all very good with children and teaching. I love it!
—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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Black76%
Asian77%
Hispanic72%
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education75%
English language learners65%
Not migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former68%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students83%
Female85%
Male82%
Black83%
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education84%
English language learners80%
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former85%
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 Students48%
Female54%
Male43%
Black44%
Asian63%
Hispanic49%
White41%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education25%
General education59%
English language learners32%
Not migrant48%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former40%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male81%
Black78%
Asian90%
Hispanic76%
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education85%
General education86%
English language learners64%
Not migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former71%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students80%
Female80%
Male79%
Black74%
Asian95%
Hispanic76%
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education60%
General education93%
English language learners57%
Not migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former68%
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 Students48%
Female58%
Male37%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
White30%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education19%
General education56%
English language learners27%
Not migrant48%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former22%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students79%
Female78%
Male80%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education67%
General education85%
English language learners50%
Not migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former68%
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 Students44%
Female48%
Male41%
Black43%
Asian62%
Hispanic38%
Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Special education27%
General education52%
English language learners26%
Not migrant44%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former33%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students71%
Female69%
Male72%
Black75%
Asian79%
Hispanic67%
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special education82%
General education75%
English language learners46%
Not migrant71%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former53%
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 Students40%
Female40%
Male40%
Black41%
Asian69%
Hispanic37%
White23%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education48%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant40%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students29%
Female17%
Male39%
Black26%
Asian46%
Hispanic28%
White21%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education34%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant29%
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 Students64%
Female70%
Male57%
Black59%
Asian64%
Hispanic65%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education47%
General education71%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant64%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former29%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students56%
Female52%
Male60%
Black45%
Asian82%
Hispanic49%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education59%
General education54%
English language learners55%
Not migrant56%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former47%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students52%
Female46%
Male57%
Black52%
Asian55%
Hispanic51%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education29%
General education60%
English language learners27%
Not migrant52%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former27%
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
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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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 38% 22%
Black 31% 16%
White 15% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 89%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr Robert Brower

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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600 Bergen Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Phone: (201) 915-6120

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