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Alexander Hamilton Elementary School

Public | 3-5 & ungraded | 14 students

 

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Posted February 5, 2014

The school is mediocre at best. They recently fired all full time aides and hired multiple part times aides for special Ed kids whose IEP states that they are entitled to an aide. So therefore there are multiple aides throughout the day and shared amongst multiple children which does not meet the needs of a special needs child. The attitude of the principal is a " my way or the highway" attitude. They also mix behavior problem kids in with special needs kids which is disruptive. There is also very little followthrough in terms of the IEP. There are a lot of promises made regarding what a special need child is entitled to under the law yet it never happens. For the amount of money paid in taxes one would expect the school to be much better. This school is the sole reason why we are considering moving to another district as we have multiple children who will need to attend it if we stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

All three of my children attended this school and received excellent instruction even with very different learning needs and styles. Staff is enthusiastic, competent and caring. My son says the only bad thing was having to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

The principal, teachers, and staff are all wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

my granddaughter goes there and their programs are most innovative and challenging for her, which is a good thing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2007

The principal is fantastic and his enthusiasm for teaching trickles down to every staff member. My kids loved learning there. Instead of blaming the kids for not learning, the staff focused on how they could be more effective in reaching the kids. I can't tell you how many times a teacher went the extra mile to help my kids and even me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

I love this school! My daughter had a tremendous experince her, and the staff is the most committed one in the district. The principal does a fabulous job, but best of all is a staff who truly cares about each and every child. Wonderful academic program, especially in the 4th grade.
—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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students65%
Female68%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education46%
General education79%
English language learners24%
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former29%
Limited English Proficient Former36%

Math

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education62%
General education89%
English language learners29%
Not migrant75%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former43%
Limited English Proficient Former64%
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%
Female70%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female80%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education80%
General education89%
English language learners23%
Not migrant78%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former39%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education92%
General education90%
English language learners62%
Not migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former56%
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 Students61%
Female66%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant61%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students77%
Female73%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education69%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former39%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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48%
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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 59% 51%
Hispanic 26% 22%
Black 10% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
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 32%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms Josephine Noone

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