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Louise A. Spencer Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 118 students

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Posted August 22, 2007

My daughter was a 3rd grader at spencer. Her first teacher had a attitude problem, and was disrespecting my 9 year old. The second teacher was much nicer. Mr brown the princeable of the school seem to care a great deal for the students, as well as the parents concerns. They didn't bring enough homework home, and when they did it was so poorley printing the child couldn't even read it. There were no after scholl activites..Ie soccor baseball cheerleading, music..Etc. And they also had to many unnessary days off from school. I would not recomend to school to any parent no matter what the grade of ther child is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2006

I moved to pa. This year only to find out my daughter was so far behind. Its like she learned nothing. The principal was great. But you need more than that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

This so really needs a lot of work. To live in a neighborhood that is unsafe but to send your young child to this school is even worst. There is to much violence in this school most of the students are really out of control. And the Authority figures act just like the kids. How can a teacher come teach a class with cleavage hanging out of her blouse what kind of example are you setting for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2006

Prior to going to Louise A. Spencer, my son attended a nearby Charter School. While the Charter School did not meet my expectations, Louise A. Spencer exceeded what I expected. Mr. Brown the Principal is great; he has a good relationship with the students and seems to have a handle on what is going on within the school. While I had previously considered putting my son in another Charter School, I hesitate because I have not found one that offers any extracurricular activities. While education is important, socialization is equally important as well in raising a well rounded child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2004

This school was great for my son. he made alot of friends and even though I felt that his math teacher wasnt much help to him, but in the other subjects he did very well in. and also I love Mrs Bowman. thats my girl. I rate this school a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. thanks Spencer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Mr. Brown and his vice princs are grate. Mrs. Hankerson and Miss Powell was the best. They realy work my grandson and he came out with a lot more. I would rate them a 5 o n a scale of 1 to 5.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2003

Dumb unlicensed not certified teachers! A teacher there actually told my child that something had drawed up . Drawed? I thought it was drew or had drawn. Same teacher says a mice instead of a mouse. She actually has her own class!


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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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
18%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
30%
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

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
21%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
30%
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 65% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
19%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
17%
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 82% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students18%
Female12%
Male24%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education21%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant18%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students23%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education26%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant23%
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 Students15%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education22%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant15%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students35%
Female40%
Male29%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education37%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant35%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students45%
Female57%
Male29%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education18%
General education56%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant45%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education14%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students20%
Female22%
Male19%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education24%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant20%
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 Students16%
Female15%
Male16%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education20%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant16%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students28%
Female15%
Male37%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education32%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant28%
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 Students14%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black12%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education19%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant14%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students18%
Female20%
Male15%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education26%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant18%
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 Students43%
Female46%
Male42%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education52%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant43%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students22%
Female15%
Male25%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education32%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant22%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students43%
Female39%
Male46%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education48%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant43%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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
Black 84% 16%
Hispanic 14% 22%
White 2% 51%
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%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

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

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr Vacant Principal
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (973) 424-4371

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Parent-teacher association parent patrol fathers' group parent volunteer program
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  • Second Cup of Coffee Meetings School Leadership Council Meetings
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66 Muhammad Ali Avenue
Newark, NJ 07108
Phone: (973) 733-6931

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