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Garfield Elementary School

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Posted February 8, 2013

Public Schools in Kearny area 20 years ago was great, with wonderful well educated loving teachers,now Garfield School is under the tirany of new teachers without vocation,only working for benefits,and Vacations,no patience, no love for the kids or any kind of compassion.It is sad that the only option that people have is taking their attitude or sacrifice a lot to send kids to private schools.They do have loving teachers there but they are from the old school.The rest of the parents have to accept the 60% of young teachers without experience..it is SAD....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

I like the teachers my children have had so far, they are very dedicated to the children. The principal is also nice and very respectful. I just think that the parents should be more on top of their kids, some kids push other kids around but it is controlled by the teachers in school but it is the parents responsibility for their behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

I like the school teachers special the principal is very good gentleman to walk around the school yard to see all children in the play ground to see if the kids plays safety. I am a parent like to see my child to succeed in school and at home. I will do anything to help my child special with the homework that she brings from school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

The teachers in this school are wonderful. They are all dedicated and want our children to succeed. I have had two children go through Garfield and I have two in there at this time and never had any problems with it at all. The only problem that I am now starting to see is that some of the students are bullying -- a few years ago they had a program that centered around that and I think we should bring it back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

Recently the school seems to have taken a turn for the worse. Homework is extremely light (10 min. four times a week for lower levels) and classroom work fails to challenge the students. Many parents seem to comment on problems with the administrative staff although there are some very dedicated teachers.
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

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 66% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students71%
Female76%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant71%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students82%
Female78%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant82%
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 Students32%
Female34%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
White33%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Non-economically disadvantaged46%
Special educationn/a
General education40%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant32%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students60%
Female61%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
White53%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
General education74%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant60%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant81%
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%
Female45%
Male31%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
White43%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Special educationn/a
General education46%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant38%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students68%
Female57%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
White63%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
General education74%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant68%
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 Students59%
Female64%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant59%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students57%
Female59%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant57%
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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26%
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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
Hispanic 57% 22%
White 38% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
Black 2% 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 36%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Robert Wasilak

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360 Belgrove Dr
Kearny, NJ 07032
Phone: (201) 955-5090

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