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West Amwell Township Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 244 students

 
 

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Posted October 18, 2014

Recently moved here. So far very, very impressed w the grade five teachers, staff, child services. One of first grade teachers very unapproachable, defensive, teaches to the curriculum NOT the child. Had a meeting w principal and first grade teacher who proved to be very unknowledgable. and was then told by the teacher that perhaps private or homeschooling would be appropriate for my child as she was advanced. Told that they dont do individualized plans for children at this age. Very misinformed and sadly uneducated teacher. The other first grade teacher is supposed to be fantastic. Sadly very disappointed and hoping our experience w the fifth grade teachers and staff is the norm at this school. My first grader who was a passionate kid in math and other subjects now very sadly turned off math... Unfortunately, will have to pull her out to homeschool as very little support for children in early grades that are advanced. Can't say enough wonderful things about the upper grade staff and teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2014

Initially my husband and I struggled with the public versus private school debate. We couldn't be happier with the decision we made for our daughter. She is happy, enriched and surrounded by caring and dedicated staff. We love West Amwell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

Thank You to all those who posted positive comments on our school. As both a parent of four and the current School Board President, I am very proud of our school. When we first moved to West Amwell my wife and I were concerned about the size of the school. However, it has been a blessing. The staff is passionate and the entire community is engaged. The Board is mostly comprised of Parents and not those seeking a political platform. From a full day kindergarten, to music, spanish, robotics, science fairs and multiple extra curicular activites everyone seeks to provide a life long learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

My daughter is in her 4th marking period at West Amwell, and I have only good things to say. West Amwell is one of the few districts in NJ with full day kindergarten - a definite plus! The class sizes are small, so each child gets a tremendous amount of attention. No child can go unnoticed/fly under the radar. This kind of attention is so critical during their early education. I have friends in larger districts who describe classes of 22+ in half day kindergarten classes, and I realize how lucky we are. In addition, everyone knows my daughter's name (secretary, gym teacher, music teacher, even special ed teacher - and my daughter does not require special ed!). It is a nurturing, positive environment where my daughter is flourishing. My only criticism would be the building, but I would not trade the quality of education we are receiving for state of the art facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2011

As a parent of a kindergarten student from overseas, I was a little anxious as to how our child would settle into a small and close knit community school. I needed to have no concerns as the quality of education (very high) is matched by the open, friendly nature of the faculty and PTO. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2011

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. I have one child graduated from this school and another is in the school. Both of them excelled academically and socially. The school administration, staff, and the PTO have done a great job. The education is great. Most importantly it provides a loving environment for the children. My children love all of their teachers, classroom helpers, principal, and superintendent. We just love this amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

What's not to love about West Amwell? This is a small, community-based public school with a private school 'feel.' I have had children in this school for 6 years now, and our family's experience has been tremendously positive. The students score quite well on state standardized tests are clearly well-prepared for middle school by the time they graduate. The teachers are enthusiatic, creative, and caring. Our school building may not look new, and we may not have all the 'bells and whistles' of larger districts, but in the end I don't feel that these are the most important things about a school. I feel my children have had an extremely positive, well-rounded experience in a very nurturing environment. The teachers and administrators KNOW my kids extremely well, and have been able to provide them well a great deal of individualized attention. My kids have thrived here, academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

Not sure why anyone would be disappointed in West Amwell Elementary School. It is a small, family oriented school with parents and faculty that are actively involved which makes for a wonderful environment for young children. The test scores are above other leading school districts in NJ -- higher than Princeton, Montgomery, etc. Don't let the little school fool you -- it's wonderful. It is an older building, but you certainly can't judege a book by it's cover!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

If you are looking for a quaint, close knit school that offers a great education, then West Amwell is the place! The administration is extremely professional, they know and care about each and every child and if a child has trouble, or some kind of challenge, administration and teachers come together to find what is best to solve the issue. We have an amazing parent support group, a strong BOE and the people who live here appreciate what we have. One of our children is through the school, two more remain, and we are thrilled with the experience we have had so far. I, for one, like to be able to call my child's school and identify myself by my first name and be known. How many parents can say that about their child's school in an enormously populated state like NJ?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

The administration at West Amwell is very unprofessional and my husband and I continue to be very disappointed in our child's education at this small district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2008

I'm a parent of two West Amwell students and can not say enough great things about it. The teachers and staff are second to none and being such a small school they know everyone, including us parents. For the three years that we have been at the school my children have exceeded all my expectations both socially and academically.
—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.

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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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

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

All Students92%
Female100%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education87%
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 Students89%
Female95%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female90%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant100%
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 Students70%
Female53%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White70%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education46%
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female90%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education82%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant95%
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 Students84%
Female86%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female86%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
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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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
White 88% 51%
Hispanic 5% 22%
Black 4% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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