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Washington Elementary School

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 13, 2014

My son has been here for one year and so far so good. Lots of parent involvement. No issues with the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

As a parent of a second greater, I'm very displease with the school. I feel the school doesn't provide much help for disable students. As per daughter current teacher. She's very rude, and very impatient with my daughter's condition. I also feel that the teachers don't have a hands on approach with parents. I would like to receive a weekly or a bi-weekly report of my child's academic. If my child needs more help I would like to know. For example, My daughter's grades went from and A to a C-. The teacher never contacted me or suggested my daughter's grades were decreasing. The school needs more involvement with the students as well as the parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

Washington doesn't have it easy. Location doesn't help but they have done their absolute best to improve! Their scores were overall best in Kearny! give credit where credit is due! go Washington!! SPEAK UP TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS!!!!!! BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

The greatest!! Teachers work hard along with the students to keep a good academic level. Unfortunately its infrastructure is outdated in comparison with the others in town, what i don't understand since we all pay taxes as well as in the other areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Studenta Got the best score in kearny schools this year! They are working hard to keep thw students grades!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

After they change the Principal and Vice I'm very happy with the attention always listening and trying to change whatever was wrong from the past administration ,i'm a very picky parent...and is hard to pleased me but so far I have to say they try the best to listen to me as they Kids in the school is sad the teacher's don"t have a magic wand to change them parents have to help too...Curtis Brack Vice is always outside listening to parents...hear so many bad things about this school before but let me tell you even the people in front Desk are nice not like Fra.... school....Parents should get more involved in their kids live they are great teachers Mrs. White 3 grade teacher love her!Mrs.Barboza...don't have any big complains,Happy to this change!new staff (principal and Vice)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

As a former student of Washington school and a sister of two students who still attend this school I find these reviews to be completely ridiculous. Many people tend to discriminate against Washington school kids because it's not the "rich" part of Kearny or because there's a large number of Hispanics that attend the school. The teachers are great and very dedicated, Washington school students also happen have the highest state test grades in the town. So what if the secretary is rude, get over yourself.


Posted September 19, 2012

Well my daughter just start her first yr. at washington school. all i'm hoping is the best... I taught her how to behave I also told her even mom and Dad is not aroung but Jehovah is watching over. so she needs to be on her best behavior at all the time...as far as the lady in the front office i didnt like the first impression i had with her..the only thing we can do as parent just train our kids right at home and let the rest into God hand....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2011

The lady in the front office is rude, she is disorganized, and they take forever to help everyone issue. One day I was there just to fill out a form it took her 45 minutes to assist me. My son teacher Mrs Benati she was the worst teacher ever dealing with children with ADHD she was so cooky and snotty. She didnt seem to be working with him at all. She requested tutoring one time and one time she forgot about the tutoring i ask her what time the tutoring was and she never got to me. I think this needs emails for the teacher so the parents can keep in contact with the students and set up online accounts so parents can pay for lunches it will be so much easier that way. Some school systems my child attend are on paypams and parent-teacher meetings too but never one was offer either. This school is horrible i agree with the student as well if the student sees this school fail what you think others dont see the school failing JMO...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2011

I'm a student from washington school and I've only read 3 reviews of my school. So far, my predictions were correct. I've seen a ton of kids misbehaving, on the ineligible list or not applying themselves to their education. This is a disgrace to Kearny because of its lack of discipline and respect for the educational system, People unfortunately don't see washington school this way. The students have a lack of respect to the school, the educational system and Kearny as well. If this keeps up, Washington School will be closed around 2015 or 2016. I might be a student but I deeply care about my school.


Posted February 10, 2009

I agree. Children leave this school using a whole lot of slang language and not academically equipped for future schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

There is no way i would believe that washington school is a disgrace to kearny. This school has the finest teachers and the best administration that kearny has ever seen. Now with Mary costello this school has respect not only for the parents but the kids also have respect for people now. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else. And if your child has a disipline problem maybe you should look at your parenting instead of the school. Kids are what us parents teach them it's the teachers who educate them. Washington school is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

This school is a disgrace to Kearny. Not only is it the worst academically, but the students there are not taught good discipline/behavior. My son who went there was wholly unprepared for high school.
—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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students70%
Female61%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education25%
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education58%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant90%
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%
Female56%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
General education70%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students80%
Female77%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students97%
Female95%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant97%
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 Students47%
Female59%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education57%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant47%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students69%
Female72%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant69%
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 Students53%
Female51%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
General education62%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant53%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students77%
Female71%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant77%
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 Students57%
Female62%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
White53%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant57%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students80%
Female84%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education54%
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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 Students77%
Female85%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students62%
Female74%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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

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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Math growth at this school

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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 68% 22%
White 24% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
Black 3% 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 50%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr Jon Zimmerman

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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80 Belgrove Dr
Kearny, NJ 07032
Phone: (201) 955-5110

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