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Clinton Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 11 students

 

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Posted June 20, 2014

We bought our house in this district thinking we would upgrade to a "better" elementary when we had kids. We ended up staying in our house, sending our daughter to Clinton and I am so glad we did. Graduating this week, she has been at Clinton all 6 years of elementary school. The community at Clinton can't be beat. Admin, teachers and parents are engaged in the emotional and academic growth of all children. My daughter is a good student, well behaved and performs well academically. I was worried she would get lost in the public school system since she is quiet and neither extreme. However, she has lots of support and encouragement to expand into involvement in student government, a love of art, music and theater and getting accepted into a competitive summer science program at a local college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

This school is the best kept secret in Maplewood. The staff and teachers are so creative and caring. The curriculum is rich. The community is amazing. It is like a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

The most amazing community of Administrators, Teachers, Parents and Families make Clinton School a 5 star educational institution. I love this school, I currently have a 1st grader, who is able to be himself and he is learning so much more than I expected in a very strutured, comfortable environment. Keep up the Great Work Clinton
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

I am surprised that I am the first to refute the 5th grade 'bullying' episode as our school doesn't have (nor did it have in 2010) a male 'guidance counselor and this episode, I fear, did not happen as the poster has reported. In our experience at Clinton for the past 5 years, any bullying, 'mean girl' or other social issues are dealt with swiftly and effectively - especially when parents choose to partner with rather than presume an antagonistic relationship with our dedicated, professional, and talented staff and teachers. Our sons have had a variety of both younger and more experienced teachers and have made wonderful friends at Clinton. The school nurse, social worker, administrative team, parents, and teachers work hard to create and support great learning environments for all children. My sons love going to school, are engaged and enthusiastic readers and thinkers, are encouraged by their teachers every day to wonder and explore, and are truly learning how to be lifelong learners. The school's environment is one of high standards, best practices, and warmth and caring for all of our children and we are proud to be part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

Clinton is a nurturing, child-centered, and professionally run elementary school. The educational methods are WONDERFUL, and my kids reading, writing, math and logic have exploded to impressive levels each year. There are social events throughout the year, and an active award-winning PTA. The school also puts great efforts into developing cultural maturity, while recognizing that these are also children who want to have fun. Clinton is a diverse school in many ways: a wide range of languages, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and areas of expertise/professions. Part of the diversity is due to Clinton being the English Language Learner school for the district. This may contribute to Clinton s lower scores on greatschools . But there is a high level of involvement, and I have met and become friends with many other parents. The principal is fantastic, seems to know all kids and parents, and works hard to unify the school while embracing individuality. There are many wonderful facets that make this school greater than the sum of its parts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

Love it! Realtors may look at the 'greatschool' rating without understanding it, and try to steer you away. But Clinton is a 'parent favorite' in the district, and those of us who have kids attending know it is amazing. The educational methods are top-notch, and my kid s reading, writing, math and logic have exploded to impressive levels each year. There are social events throughout the year, and an active award-winning PTA. The school also puts great efforts into developing cultural maturity, while recognizing that these are also children who want to have fun. Clinton is a diverse school in many ways: a wide range of languages, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and areas of expertise/professions. Part of the diversity is due to Clinton being the English Language Learner school for the district. This may contribute to Clinton s lower scores on greatschools . But there is a high level of involvement, and I have met and become friends with many other parents. The principal is fantastic, seems to know all kids and parents, and works hard to unify the school while embracing individuality. There are many wonderful facets that make this school greater than the sum of its parts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2011

Clinton School was a great environment for us as a new to New Jersey family and for our daughter as a Kindergartener. The principle is an amazing woman who really cares about the students and the school. Our daughter's teacher was wonderful and nurturing. We think that the PTA provides great support and resources to the school and helps parents become more involved in their child's education. One of Clinton's greatest strengths is it's international student population as the English as a Second Language magnet school for all South Orange and Maplewood Elementary School students a multitude of languages and cultures are shared. As the ESL school obviously standardized testing scores do not reflect the true value of the Clinton experience so don't let them dissuade you from joining this great community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

Clinton is a nurturing, child-centered, and professionally run elementary school. My kids have both had amazing experiences during their time at Clinton. In addition to an incredibly awesome and pro-active principal and assistant to the principal, the teachers are outstanding and the school community is exceptionally dedicated, creative, and passionate about their school. Contrary to what the poster below has said, I have found a no-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying and have seen situations dealt with directly and successfully. The PTA is also one of the most active you will ever find. The events and programs the PTA has created are amazing and the parent involvement is huge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

Clinton offers a kind, nurturing environment for all the kids. The principal, asst. principal, and all the teachers really care about each child and their success. It is a neighborhood school which brings the community together for wonderful events. And best of all: my children don't complain about going to school. I am very saddened to read the review on 4/5. I hope that you and your child find a good fit in your new place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

Since her first day of 5th grade my daughter was confronted by children within her grade who decided that she was the perfect target for daily threats and bullying. As school became more and more terrifying for her I repeatedly tried to no avail to have action taken by the school staff. One girl in particular made my daughter so terrified that she would not use the bathroom for fear of being attacked while alone. The male guidance counselor I was referred to said this sort of bullying behavior is 'usual school-age stuff...and that we should prepare ourselves for it to get worse in middle school.' Finally when my daughter was thrown into a wall in front of a lunch aid and no action was taken I withdrew her from Clinton and we've now moved out of state in hopes of finding the safe learning environment she deserves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2007

My experience at Clinton has been and continues to be very positive. People may be misled by the test scores which tend to be skewed by the high number of ESL students. Interestingly enough, at Clinton, our take on this is never negative. I am impressed by the way the staff, administration and parent community embrace the diversity at our school and incorporate it into the learning experience as much as possible. There is a tremendous amount of school spirit which accounts for how happy my kids have been there, and overall, I find the teachers to be engaging, motivating and caring. The PTA is very active and has provided funds for incredibly enriching programs that my children might not have gotten elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

Clinton Elementary is a wonderful school and has a very active PTA. Don't judge a school by test scores alone! Clinton is the ESL magnet school for the district, meaning if English is not your native language, regardless of what school you are zoned for, your child will attend Clinton. All students are given the same standardized tests (in English only) and while the ESL students may skew the results downward, they enrich the school in a variety of other ways. Clinton is the most multi-cultural elementary school in the district. Luckily many people who move to Maplewood/South Orange (a lot from NYC/Brooklyn) value that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2007

I love Clinton elementary, it has made a great place to learn for my children and i went there and it is still amazing to this day
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

Clinton is a wonderfully warm neighborhood school with an incredibly involved parent population. Clinton also hosts the districts ESL program which provides a true international atmosphere to the school.
—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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

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 59% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
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%
Female81%
Male64%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male77%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
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 Students64%
Female72%
Male57%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Special education15%
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant64%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female78%
Male77%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special education46%
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education62%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 Students72%
Female72%
Male71%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female79%
Male90%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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

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of schools in the state are Below average
48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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
White 47% 51%
Black 35% 16%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
Two or more races 4% 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 24%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Ms Patricia Oneill

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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27 Berkshire Rd
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (973) 378-7686

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