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Seth Boyden Elementary School

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Posted August 1, 2013

The Seth Boyden Demonstration School was established to meet the needs of a diverse student population reflecting the integrated communities of South Orange and Maplewood. Dedicated to a multiple intelligence approach to learning, (Howard Gardner's theory of different learning styles), the faculty strive to find learning modes that work best for each individual child and to build on their strengths. The school serves as a district-wide resource for staff development. The school attracts similarly-minded families who appreciate the diversity. Seth Boyden has an excellent art and music program. And the fifth graders put on a spring musical each year. The PTA is very strong and active.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

This school ranking is not reflective of the school. This school is exceptional and should be ranked 9.5 or 10. The leadership is awesome and it's shows in the staff as well.


Posted November 8, 2012

Two of my three children already graduated from Seth Boyden. What a fantastic school. Very involved principal, great school community, very active PTA. My kids got a great start!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2007

Seth Boyden is a terrific elementary school. My two children have thrived there. All of their teachers have been wonderful- both classroom and specials teachers. There is a very strong feeling of community at the school. Parents are welcome and really add to the environment. Parents run a fall and spring Garden Detectives program and winter recess clubs, with clubs, such as knitting, drawing, and legos. Teachers teach the curriculum through thematic units that get the children excited about learning. Class performances, which include acting, movement, and music are common. There is a wonderful school garden. Last year, my kindergartner did a unit on Peter Rabbit, where they planted and grew a Peter Rabbit Garden. During the monthlong activity, they studied language arts, science, and math. It ended with a wonderful Peter Rabbit Picnic on a beautiful June day.
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Posted August 19, 2005

My son completed the 1st grade at Seth Boyden under Mrs. Bates, and boy what an improvement! He really likes learning and he tries very hard at learning new things. He's always quoting Mrs. Bates on what she had told them in class. I wish she could be his teacher all the way to the 5th grade, but I know there are plenty of excellent teachers at Seth Boyden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2005

The teachers are great and the principal is very involved with everyday life at school which was great to see. My daughter had mrs murphy's afternoon kindergarten class and what a blessing to us she was. She was so great with the kids and the all loved her so. They encourage family involvement with the school which makes it feel like a big family. I love this school! mrs brooks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

Very good school evolving into excellent school. Multiple intelligence based learning. Very inclusive and supportive environment for students AND parents. Strong PTA. Receptive faculty. Great principal.
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students82%
Female86%
Male77%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant82%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students74%
Female71%
Male77%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant74%
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 Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 Students69%
Female74%
Male63%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant69%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female79%
Male89%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
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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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
Black 54% 16%
White 34% 51%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Two or more races 3% 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 33%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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274 Boyden Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (973) 378-5244

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