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Harriet Tubman Elementary School

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Posted November 4, 2009

Harriet Tubman is a National Blue Ribbon Public Elementary School located in the inner city of Newark, NJ. The school has a reputation of high performance. There is a constant waiting list to be accepted into this school. The principal Mrs Terrell and her staff work very hard to keep our children safe and focused on acheivement. They treat the children as though they were their own. All of the students that attend this school go on to attend Magnet High Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

Harriet Tubman is a great school. Wonderful staff and parent involvement is superb.. Most of all the principal is outstanding. She supports her teachers and students. What is school without great support from the leader. Thank you for being apart of my childs life. I love you all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

Well organized learning environment. Teachers and principal work closely togethere to achieve high results in student academics. Friendly and caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

My son has attended Harriett Tubman since Pre-K. He is now in 1st Grade and I must say that I am extremely glad that he is a student. The faculty is excellent and everyone from security to teachers including the principal is very active in the daily lives of the students. Ms. Ramos, Thomas, and Ms. Kilgore were and still are very inspirational in my son's education both academically and psychologically. One of the greatest asset of the school is the feeling of safety and security that it expels. The parent liasion Ms. Benet and the school nurse Ms. Richardson are also wonderful assets to this great school. I am truly impressed and thank-ful for everyone at Harriet Tubman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2005

My son attended Harriet Tubman for the 2004-2005 school year. He was a student in Ms. Copprue's 2nd grade class and I have nothing but good things to say about the school and Ms. Copprue in particular. [My son] left home every morning ready to excited and eager to begin his day. Ms. Copprue was extremely patient and she was able to help bring out the best in [him]. Ms. Coppru was also excellent at providing feedback regarding how we could all help move [our son] to the next learning level. Put simply, Ms. Coppru is awesome! My family recently relocated to Summerville, SC. I pray that I find more teachers like Ms. Copprue.[My son] misses her. He talks about what he learned in her class and what fun he had with her as his teacher and mentor. -Mrs. Sheronda Parker
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Posted July 23, 2003

Harriet Tubman is a wonderful school for any child to attend. It's unfortunate that you must live in the area to attend. Not only are the teachers concerned about the children's education but also the principal, Ms. Terrell. It makes you feel good when your child receives his/her report card (be it good or bad) and there are comments on it from the principal. My daughter has been a part of the Harriet Tubman family since 1999 and she has really progressed academically. They also understand that the children need an outlet so the security guards coach some of the extracurricular activities. Now, doesn't it feel really good to know that you have involvement from the teachers, principals and security guards.
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Posted April 22, 2003

I love Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Newark, NJ. I had such a bad experience with my child's former school. I always wondered if my child had received the best education from her former school. I transfered her in October of 2002 to Harriet Tubman and I have been happy ever since. The dedication and academic excellence is out of this world. My child's teacher Mrs. Constance Clark has impressed me more than words could ever say. She constantly encourages parent and teacher communication and involvment. Her day as a 'teacher' does not end at 3pm with school, she truly has an 'open door/phone' policy. She always encourages us to call with questions or concerns about homework and/or our children well being. Ms. Clark made breakfast for Black History month and invited all the parents to come to the classroom in celebration of Family. It was a wonderful experience for the children and the parents. I am very comfortable in trusting my child will receive the best education and instruction from Ms. Clark. I think she should be teacher of the year! I'm truly grateful that my daughter is in a school where it's more than a 'job' for the teachers and principal. It's our children's futures that are more important to them. I would give Harriet Tubman, the principal and all the staff an 'A+'!


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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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
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 66% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students42%
Female52%
Male28%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education43%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant42%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students61%
Female68%
Male50%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education62%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant61%
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 Students44%
Female42%
Male47%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education49%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant44%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students62%
Female58%
Male67%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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 Students38%
Female44%
Malen/a
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education35%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant38%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students79%
Female75%
Malen/a
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
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 Students50%
Femalen/a
Male54%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education67%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant50%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students70%
Femalen/a
Male62%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
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 Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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 98% 16%
Hispanic 2% 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Italian
Spanish
Arabic, Creole, Portuguese, Phillipino, Patois
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Blue Ribbon School (2007)
  • Newark Public Schools Brass Ring Award (2007)
  • National Center for Urban School Transformation (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic, Creole, Portuguese, Phillipino, Patois
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 2:55 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Deborah Terrell
Fax number
  • (973) 733-8628

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic, Creole, Portuguese, Phillipino, Patois
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • bowling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • bowling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • School leadership council, parent teacher organization, parent volunteers & parent academy, classroom parents, special education resource parent, parent workshops, new parent reception, principal's cafe, grade level meet & greets, two parent/teacher conferences, parent e-board
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  • Children are our first priority. The school provides students with a safe environment that promotes academic excellence. The school's tradition for high expectations and academic excellence is reflected in the quality of the students that Tubman nurtures.
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