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Samsel Uppper Elementary School

Public | PK, 4-5 & ungraded | 944 students

 

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Posted November 10, 2014

Great school! Awesome teachers! Very high education standards! Love this school! I would recommend Sayreville school district to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

The Samsel Upper Elementary School tries very hard to prepare their students for the middle school and still keeps in mind that they are only 4th and 5th graders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2012

my son was here for a short while and his teacher then was ms.Heather.she really took out her time in helping my child and i must say she was a very good teacher.Nice and welcoming environment,my son always loved to go to school...A school i would recommend to anyone who wants the best for the child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

The administrators and teachers expect these 9, 10 and 11 year olds to act like adults! There is no fun, ability to socialize or act like a child...not even at lunch. At lunch, they are forced to sit quietly and read, if stuck indoors! They are also yelled at constantly, even by some of the lunch aides. It is a stressful environment, to say the least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2008

Sayreville Upper Elementary is an outstanding learning environment. The School is just a few years old which provide students with really nice surroundings. The School has state of the art technology equipment & the Principal has an awesome sense of vision. The Assistant Principal is hands on and promotes an open door policy to families. There are a number of enrichment opportunities for the children. However, as a new parent to Sayreville, I found it difficult to learn all the school had to offer until my 4th grader began attending the school. I was just told repeated that UES was a great school...not enough for parents who need specifics. I would hope the school does more to work with families in this area. There are so many great aspects of this school! There are 3 after school programs on site. Each operates independent of each other. This is great, but confusing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

My son had trouble adjusting to the scheduled classes that start here in the fourth grade. They have to carry books and assignments from class to class but he did get the hang of it. The staff is very professional, the principal has a great personality, and there are some cool after school activities. They need a playground or some type of play field.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students65%
Female70%
Male60%
Black48%
Asian89%
Hispanic54%
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students80%
Female79%
Male82%
Black70%
Asian96%
Hispanic76%
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education72%
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black93%
Asian99%
Hispanic95%
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education94%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant95%
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 Students68%
Female74%
Male63%
Black61%
Asian84%
Hispanic62%
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Black74%
Asian93%
Hispanic84%
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education53%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
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

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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 46% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 9%
Hispanic 18% 22%
Black 13% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms Stacey Maher

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298 Ernston Road
Parlin, NJ 08859
Phone: (732) 525-5200

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