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John H. Walker Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 628 students

 

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Posted September 1, 2011

My daughter is entering 8th grade Sept. 2011. She is in the Fine Arts Class and this year will also be in Concert Choir. She loves to sing. Mr. Cundari is a Wonderful Music Teacher along with Ms. Monte also! All her classes give her a challenge which is great! She is always on honor roll with A and B's. I believe the teachers in Nutley take their job serious. The town really cares about the kids and the vice principal, Mr. Callichio and his staff are very helpful and concerned for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2010

My daughter is a 7th grader and she likes this school. She has made a decent amount of new friends. Of course you will stumble upon those people who are not the kindest of all people but you will have to deal with it through your whole life...Also changing in the locker rooms can make a boy/girl insecure or awkward but after a few days everyone is comfortable. The classes have a good amount of challenges. My daughter is in all vector and she is challenged a decent amount. She received honors this marking period, so so far she is doing great. The school also has a big gym a nice library and it is pretty sanitary. The only thing is that the lockers are very small and there is only one top shelf and the bottom of the locker...i think there should be a more spacious middle shelf so the children are not always kneeling on the floor to pick their books and essentials...the principal is an okay man and the vice principal is on the edge with me...the kids seem to be disciplined with every little thing they do.... overall this school is a great school for education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

This school prepares very well for even the most challenging high school programs. Teachers (especially math) and guidance counselors are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

My children attended this school and recieved a great education preparing them well for high school and beyond. The school has been newly renovated with science labs, a beautiful library, cafeteria, music wing for its award-winning music programs, and outstanding gymnasium.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

I have a daughter attending this school and I am completely satisfied with not only the quality of teachers, but the curriculum and, not to mention, the principal is outstanding. The school now has been renovated and looks fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

I'm currently an 8th grade student at Franklin Middle School. This year I'm taking all vector classes, excluding math. Instead of math, I'm taking algebra, the next step up from vector. Franklin School also offers a geometry class for eighth graders which is held in the local high school across the street. I'm very satisfied with most of my classes, and find that they're challenging enough for my skill level. There's also a wide range of electives including musical, instrumental, language, and art programs. There are also computer skills classes which can be taken half of the year. Up to two full-year electives can be chosen. Besides these there are also many after-school clubs which can be joined, ranging from 4-H to pet care. Overall I'm pretty satisfied with Franklin School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2005

I am an 8th grade student in FMS and I think this school needs work. There is very little space. Teachers teach in the Auditorium, cafeteria, library, and many other places. There may be some bad things about this school, but the Teachers are wonderful, especially Ms.DeBonis the 8th grade english teacher. She treats you like your an adult not a kindergardener. I love FMS and I love Nutley! Maybe its because Ive lived here all my life but if you are concidering to move Nutley has wonderful schools and exelent neighbors and classmates!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2004

I'm a student at FMS.This school needs a lot of improvement. First of all, the science lab have no tools necessary for our experiments. We only have goggles and gloves.In addition, our lunch is only 20 minutes long!And the lines,they're unbelieveable.It takes the student 10 minutes in the line and the food is very expensive.A can of WARM Iced Tea is 1.25.That's not good.We need a lot of improvement.Other than that, some teachers are really good,especially Mr.Kocum, 7th grade English teacher.He's a fun teacher and gives the right discipline when needed.Overall, this school could be better.
—Submitted by a student


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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 65% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

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.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students67%
Female75%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Hispanic58%
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Special education24%
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant67%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students66%
Female65%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian76%
Hispanic58%
White68%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Special education22%
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant66%
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 Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanic81%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special education52%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students72%
Female71%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Hispanic69%
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special education28%
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanic79%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Special education48%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant86%
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
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Non-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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 52%
Hispanic 14% 22%
Asian 10% 9%
Black 2% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mr Keith Cortright

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325 Franklin Ave
Nutley, NJ 07110
Phone: (973) 661-8869

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