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Harmony Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 499 students

 

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Posted June 25, 2013

This is my first year with Harmony. My child entered the first grade and his teachers were outstanding. My child had attended a Catholic school in the past and was completely behind when he entered Harmony. The teachers were supportive, caring and made sure that my child would be caught up by the end of the year. I had more involvement with the first grade teacher, who kept me informed of everything, than I ever did it at any school. The teachers also made sure that my child was included during the play. I have to say that I am extremely impressed and these this teacher set the bar very high! Yes, there could be improvements but I believe Mr. Paulson will bring Harmony where it needs to be. He really cares about the kids that attend this school. Parent involvement is limited but there are ways to be involved. It is adjustment especially when you have little ones that do not attend school they are not allowed at any of the events and this is just difficult for some. The school community is pretty tight, we all know and love the principal and fought for him to continue his job as principal. I am optimistic that things will change within the Middletown school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

Unsure how much state funding it receives but the PTO is extremely active and coordinates many fundraisers, (good thing) State test results could improve, but the faculty encourages the students to learn. Due to budget constraints the librarian and technology teachers were dismissed: the parents volunteered school library, which is small. The fact that MTPL closed the doors on several of their local branches doesn't help either. The environment is somewhat cliquey, but parents are not ignored. The principal seems interested in his students' success and gained favor with the parents, as recently witnessed with protests against the BOE's initial decision to no re-hire the prinicpal. Recently emphasis has been given to green efforts and a garden will be maintained by the students. The students are exposed to some technology. The school has a multi-purpose room, dubbed the Hawk's Nest, after the school's mascot, which serves as gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium. The school has a very safe and family-oriented atmosphere. Overall, the school is a welcoming place for both student and parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

Harmony is a great school with loving teachers and staff. I know my son is well cared for there. he is challenged daily with work appropriate for his grade level. He is given great homework that reinforces his school work. He is encouraged to work hard- and he does!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2006

We have been in Harmony school for five years. Acaademics are very good and my children have done well and have always seemed happy there. Music program is good. Same parents involved all the time. The school is big and staff seems to keep parents at a distance. Kids eat lunch in their classrooms. Harmony lacks that warm and fuzzy feeling. Overall, Middletown township Board of Education has too many problems that I don't think will ever be resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

We are just starting Harmony and the biggest problem I see is they still have half a day kindergarten. This is crazy. Considering all they have to do to be ready for 1st grade, a mere 2.5 hours a day doesn't give them much time at all. The class enviornment has to be rushed many times they hardly have enough time to eat their snacks because of time. The actual cirriculum seems good including spanish and regular trips to the library. The kindergarten should be extended to a full day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2005

My daughter has been in harmony school for 5 years and yes maybe they don't have a lunch room but the teachers are great and the kids are getting a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

My daughter has been in Harmony school for 2 years. There is no lunch room, they eat in the classrooms. The school libary is about 9 x 9 very small. The classrooms are over crowded. Middletown township does not care about education. I could go on and on about how bad this school is. There is no auditorium. They put folding chairs in the gym when the school has events or plays. I would suggest a private school or not moving into this district. There are no reading programs. My daughter found a knife on the playground. The lunch teachers do not watch the kids on the playground. They stand in a circle chatting! But the BOE braggs about how much money they saved per student in middletown this year... Makes you wonder!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

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

All Students72%
Female82%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Special education43%
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students85%
Female90%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Special education50%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant85%
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 Students66%
Female69%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White66%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Special education27%
General education74%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant66%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Special education73%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant91%
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
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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 Students63%
Female68%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White62%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant63%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant88%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 52%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Asian 2% 9%
Black 2% 16%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mr Erik Paulson

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