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Branch Brook School

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 170 students

 

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Posted December 14, 2011

This school is wonderful. It pushes students to do their best. The level of motivation from the teachers, staff and principal is amazing. I love this school, no other school compares. There is constant communication between parent and teacher to help your child along. This school values its students and staff and that is what makes it a great place to study. I have 2 children here and they are happy never complain about their school work (and they get quite bit of work to bring home). The children get recognize for their achievements and the music teacher is so loving and patient with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

Branch Brook school is like everyone says it's the 'Little School that COULD.' I have worked at this school for for 5 years now and I personally have seen many, many changes. The teachers are a great influence to every student that enters and moves on from this wonderful little school. To many of us we don't judge the school by it's size, but by all the love, care, and support that we make sure gets to each and every student whether it be a student from pre-k, our special but 'smart' education students or our other grades. Looking at the way these students smile each day really does make a difference to all of the teachers,staff and most of all that 'Great Principal',Mr. Demetroulakos (aka) to all of us 'Mr.Dee.'
—Submitted by a staff


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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
92%

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 Students77%
Female85%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
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%
Female82%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant64%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students75%
Female73%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant75%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students89%
Female82%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
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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48%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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
Hispanic 82% 22%
Black 13% 16%
White 4% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 76%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Joseph Cullen
Fax number
  • (973) 483-5916

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Parent volunteer parent liaison home and school association
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  • We have an open door policy
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