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Mine Hill, NJ
Students enrolled: 417

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42 Canfield Avenue
Mine Hill, NJ 07803

(973) 366-0590
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June 22, 2014
Excellent school. My daughter just graduated 6th grade and her class going to 4 different area schools. All the kids have been placed into either G&T programs or placed in advanced level math and science. This is only because of the commitment of their teachers in elementary school. The culture of the school is also respectful and inclusive. Although I think these kids are a bit too sheltered compared to area schools. But, I cannot complain...my kid is very well prepared for middle school. Lets see how she does in middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
Administration is a joke. They do not do anything to solve the problems with the students in the school. There is no discipline. Seems pretty fishy that the superintendent is related to the principal. Talk about job security. This school is behind other schools when it comes to student growth. Students are not learning as much/as well as other districts. Do not send your kids here if you truly care about their education.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
The teachers are excellent, the upper grades are challenging and the teacher expectations are right on the mark for most kids. The lower grades could use a little more focus and guidance from the admin. The new principle and superintendent have made changes that are very welcome and frankly about time. Kids love their school, can't wait to get there, join every club, every musical opportunity and every sport they have to offer. The camaraderie and excitement is palpable and a welcome change from the moaning that has taken over american education. These teachers roll up their sleeves and get on with it and they have all the support they want from admin and parents. Extremely lucky that we landed here!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
This is a great elementary school. The staff is very caring and very well trained. I was surprised by the comments regarding not knowing where Title 1 $ is being spent because I received this. It is true BSi is done during the day but that is at most schools. This BOE and administration are always open to new ideas and trying new things. Some work, some don't and they keep looking. The parents involvement has been dropping off and that is effecting the school. New principal is starting up clubs and I can't wait to see what they are.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
First of all, a note to Canfield Avenue School Staff. "Please don't change what you're doing." You are already the BEST! Through a series of circumstances, we enrolled our child in the Canfield Avenue School. My family has never been the same since. Our child wants to go to school and has taken a genuine interest in his academics and has done very well in his favorite subject, Science. Canfield Avenue School is top notch from the principal, office staff, nurse, teachers etc. They are very caring and know kids. They treat kids as individuals taking into consideration that not all kids learn the same and they encourage respect, responsibility and good study habits. They help every student achieve their full potential by working with families. They do their best to create a safe, happy environment where kids want to learn. I have never rated a school although I've had the opportunity. But Canfield Avenue School has far exceeded my child's and my family's expectation of what a true learning experience should be like. I felt compelled to let others know that in my book, this school earned an A++. Canfield Avenue School, we love you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2012
I am a parent of 2 girls at CAS and am very impressed by the quality of the teaching staff, the personalised help that the kids get and the expectation of success from the school administration and teacher. I have no qualms recommending this school as a choice.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
Website comments for Canfield Avenue School are outdated. I am not happy with this school. There is nepotism in the school & teacher/teachers aid competency is in question. Teachers aids MUST have minimum 2 year college degree per the No Child Left Behind Law (NCLB) - do they have it? Many of the teachers aids are parents of children in school. School "clicks" leave parents/kids out. Lots of back-stabbing in the school has been witnessed. According to the NCLB Law parents must be informed of faculty education, school State/Nationwide scores but, this has never given it parents. The school must provide options to parents with children who have trouble in reading/math & how they can help. This school only offers Basic Skills Intervention (BSI) pulling your child out of a regular school day classes. This waste-of-time program, doesn't help the child & humiliates them (classmates see them pulled out of class). The class/subject they miss is NOT made up by the teacher- parents are given the materials to teach their child! You have to write a letter to the Principal to opt-out of the failing BSI Program. You are NOT offered any other help/Tutoring after school as the NCLB Law states.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2011
Parents are not told how much money the Federal/State government has given this school towards NCLB/ BSI Program and how the funds are being used. this opens up many opportunities to use the funds to send the faculty to conferences to enhance them but, not to help the children. A teacher that takes advantage of this extra training at the expense of the NCLB funds can decide to take their FREE education to another school and the children do not benefit from anything. Sometimes, these classes are teacher/Principal enrichment programs that have little to no impact on improving the education of the children. The Principal listed in this website is no longer at Canfield Avenue School for quite some time now. The new Principal is Gregory Hobaugh. I urge this website to get more updated information about this and other schools so that this website serves the communities in a useful way. Old information will not result in a fair and honest rating or comparison of the school with others in the community, State, or Country

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 06, 2008
Canfield Ave School is great. The prinicpal, Dan Blachford works with the students so they do not worry about state tests. They are free to learn. My children thrived!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
I am the parent of a choice student who is in his/her first year at Canfield. The quality of academics and faculty is far superior to our home district and extracurricular activities are abundant. A word of caution: If you come to this school as a choice student, be prepared to prove yourself to yourself and to the faculty/staff. The staff/administration take great pride in their school being a 'National School of Excellence' and they will not tolerate anyone not willing to keep it that way. Parents must be involved just as much as their children (as they should.) And for those whose children weren't prepared for the rigors of Canfield....not to worry. They will have you AND your child up to speed in no time :)

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
An excellent, innovative K-6 school that has earned several state and national awards for excellence. Small class sizes combined with highly motivated teachers and staff provide an enriched learning environment. Selected as the only 'Choice' school in Morris County, Canfield Elementary has become home to over 50 students from other districts whose parents feel they can get a mre fulfilling education outside their own district.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
Schools curriculum is very advanced, sometimes going too fast for the children to fully understand the concept being taught. They have a great new math program, with real world lessons. My daughter had a lot of homework in 2nd grade. She would get 22 spelling words a week. Her teacher was not very observant and always overworked and irritable. Her first grade teacher was great, just enough discipline mixed with genuine rewards for good behavior.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
Test scores do not tell the entire story, but Canfield Ave scores are consistently high. My older two children have moved on to challenging districts (1 middle school, 1 high school) and been extremely well-prepared and, typically, at the head of their classes. At Canfield, it is assumed that all children are high performers and treated as such; math and science programs are especialy advanced. These results are also possible due to low class sizes - 17 to 18 on average. The Special Ed program, I understand, is very good also because the emphasis is on inclusion wherever possible. Canfield s a NJ 'choice' school, which means parents from neighboring districts can send their children to Canfield at no charge. The success of this program is another indication of the school's overall success.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
I personally feel that the educators at Canfield Ave. school are wonderful and greatly dedicated to thier students. I believe them to give quality education while being creative at the same time. However, I do not feel the same about the principal, C. Dan Blachford. He seems to have no respect or understanding of what the educators at that school do for the children. I think if you want your children there for the education then you're chosing a good school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Canfield Avenue School provides a wonderful, nuturing environment for children in grades pre-k to 6. The children are exposed to a science lab at an early age and are provided with fabulous hands on experiences. The 'Algebra Project' was started a few years ago and is another great program for children. The parent envolvement helps make the school what it is. Without the parents, the children would not have access to all that they do. They have a strong PTA and it provides many extra programs for our children. Family science, math, music, art etc., are another academic addition that helps educate our children and parents alike, and keeps the bond between child and parent alive. The teachers are personable and understanding and help make the school the special place it is. They provide an open door policy and feedback goes beyond parent-teacher conferences. It is a fabulous environment, with unique opportunities!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2005
Canfield Ave school is an excellent environment for kids in early developement. Because of parent envolvement and the resources available in the classroom, students have an advantage over children in other schools. One of the best programs they offer is A.R. which is a large list of books that are assigned points based on length, and difficulty. This system is competative and rewards children for reading and obtaining points. I feel that the only thing that should change about Canfield is the parking situation. The limit of space and number of children going home at one time is a huge problem. Overall, Canfield is a great school that has friendly staff always willing to help your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
Canfield Ave school is Fantastic! My son was in this school for Kindergarten and some of First. We moved and are so sad not to be here anymore. They have a zero tolorance for bullying and children sign an agreement in the beginning og the year promising to do their homework. This forces the Parents to be involved in their childrens education. There is no lack of Parent involvement here and almost all the Parents know eachother and know eachothers children and look out for them. This is by far the greatest school, academically! There are many extra-curricular activities and concerts for the children to participate. This school is a replica of the small towns that existed years ago when everyone in the community came together to help eachother! The school in my eyes deserves an 'A' plus!

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Canfield Avenue Elementary School
42 Canfield Avenue, Mine Hill, NJ  07803
(973) 366-0590
Last modified Canfield Avenue Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Canfield Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top