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Alan B. Shepard Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 282 students

 
 

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Posted July 12, 2011

Oh how we are going to miss Dr. Hoeker as she moves on to another elementary school. Our school was recognized nationally for character education. This school is completely bully-free. My daughter was struggling with her studies. The attention she received from the teachers and principal to bring her up to speed is unheard of in other districts. You don't have to beg for help....they come to you. They want your kid to succeed. A great school with a caring staff. They really want the kids to thrive! I love this school and am fortunate my kids get the opportunity to get a great education here. Also, parent involvement is very high at this school. I just can't say enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

The entire school, from Dr Hoeker to every teacher my son were fantastic. Devoted to helping our son learn and achieve goals. We are very fortunate to have this school in our education system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

Our school promotes character education. The six pillars of charcter are used on a daily basis at our school by if not all but most of our students. We have great teachers, principal staff and students who are dedicated and deserve only the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

Shepard is a wonderful school with great teachers and a principal that has the kids best interests at heart. I couldn't disagree more about the last remarks made about the principal. Does she run a tight ship & play by the rules? Yes. Are there some parents that don't like that? Yes. But when you know that she is doing everything in her power to keep our children safe and striving to be their best, isn't that what matters the most? The Character Counts program is key to everything that happens in the school & this year they are focusing on self-esteem. In the less than 2 months we've been in school you can see a marked difference in the students. The teachers are very involved as well and are very enthusiastic! I know my child is getting the best education possible at Shepard!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

I'm pleased with the schools' cleanliness & safety. However, I disagree with the assessment that the principal is approachable. I find her to be quite snobbie & aloof.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

The Principal of this school is very involved and is very approachable which makes for great openness in childs education. Most of the teachers go out of their way to extend help and answer questions/concerns. School has a terrific atmosphere that really gets the kids motivated. Academically , I am very pleased with the approach taken by the staff to teach all that the State of NJ demands with the amount of kids in some classes they do an excellent job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

Academic programs are very good if your child can learn in that way. New programs have proved better success with test scores and how children learn differently in today's world. Musical instruments start in 4 and 5th grade and art is a nice program, children learn many different things with patterns, color schemes and 3-D and nice projects. Many parents are involved in the school on a day-to day basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Alan B. Shepard is an intimate environment where each student and their family is treated in a warm and respectful way. Students and their parents are generally known by all the staff and faculty personally. The school is presently undergoing renovations which will increase the size by approximately 50%. We look forward to an enhanced program that may afford our children with some diversity with the increase in size.
—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.

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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.

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79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
94%

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 Students79%
Female78%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students74%
Female78%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
General education88%
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 Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students85%
Female68%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students98%
Female95%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant98%
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 Students70%
Female76%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education27%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female86%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education46%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

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
White 68% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 9%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Black 6% 16%
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 14%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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