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West Essex Middle School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 594 students

 

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Posted October 24, 2009

I found some of the teachers are not getting back to the parents. They are not offering enough help to the students, not take the 'ownership' of educating the young people. There are a lot of disconnections there. Private schools are much more promising.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

I think they try there best to prepare you but the facility is not the best due to the lack of funding. Most of the kids are good but they got their fair share of problems like pregnant teenagers,fights, and bullying. The facilty definitly needs to be improved; you do not even want to deal with some of their teachers. Newark Academy or MKA is a much better choice for a good future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

We moved away for awhile and my kids couldn't wait to get back to West Essex. I am very pleased w/ West Essex, the faculty, and the whole community. They give great positive reinforcment. I wouldn't want my children anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

This school is filled with problemed kids. Lots of bullying, basic lack of community. I hate having to send my kids to this school, but can afford anything else. I went to school here back in the 70's and early 80's...what a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2006

We have three grandchildren who live in fairfield and two of them attend west essex - one a junior and one in the eight grade, the younger one still attends a fairfield school. My wife and i attend most functions held at the schools that they attend and we are so pleased with west essex, not only for academic reasons (both children are on the honor list) their both involved in every sport available and the girl in music, also very involved in extracular activities. Level of parent involvement - the best - when any school affair going on you better get there early if you want a good seat. We can' say enough about the school, we're so happy that they attend west essex. Sincerely, mr. John balz, grandparent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Overall very satisfied with school . Too many PBL's in classroom, sports fields poorly maintained - safety issue.
—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 65% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

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

All Students83%
Female87%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Hispanic71%
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanic79%
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant78%
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 Students94%
Female97%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant94%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female88%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students93%
Female96%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant93%
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.

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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

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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
White 89% 51%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Black 2% 16%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Dave Montgomery

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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65 West Greenbrook Rd
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 228-1200

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