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Howard M Phifer Middle School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 819 students

 

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Posted March 6, 2013

this school is amazing they have a great curriculum a lot of things to do at this school from band to basketball. there is nothing really bad about this school there is racism and a little bullying but from my experience i would recommend this school because they challenge u the teacher's care about u learning, the principal is very involved with the school and that a student should remember to study, do ur homework, and to pay attention in class.


Posted January 1, 2013

I am an 8th grade student at Phifer Middle School. All my life I have attended a high end Catholic school, until last year. My time in Catholic school was terrible. I came to this school last year, this school honestly has an extensive amount of things to offer for a Middle School. You will be challenged a lot, and learn. There is only one problem with this school, racism and bullying. I have seen and heard so many hurtful and degrading things go on in this school. But I can honestly say through my experiences that I would recommend this school. But be open-minded and ready to learn because if your not you will fail. I learned this from my own mistakes. I wish this school luck in the future.


Posted August 22, 2012

this school is very intelligent! And very awesome so is Mr, Logan! I am a student at the school (7th grade) even though its my first year things are coming out pretty nice i recommend this school for any one who is in newjersy


Posted November 3, 2009

Hi, I am a student at Phifer Middle School. I'm currently in 7th grade. Even though this is my first year in the school I have already learned so much! This school provides so much activities and gives me and other students more responsibility! There is a great amount of teachers who put there heart into their job. I would reccomend this school to all students beacuse it provides so much. Yours Truly, Annomyous
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2009

The teaching staff is excellent !!!! They really care !! The curriculum is tpo notch when applied by stutdents ! Mr Logann and his team of admins really care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2006

I beleve it is the best school in all new jersey and that it is a privallage to go there
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2004

In my opinion this school is not measuring up to what it could amount to.I was in a class where the students were running it.And no education was being taught whatsoever.I think teachers should not ignore the disruptive kids but get rid of them to make it better.The extracurricular activities are great but I do think girls and boys should be able to play on the same team and I do think kids who do the activities should get a break in gym. As I see it not many parents are involved in school problems or issues because in all honestly they don't care. There should be more safety for all kids. When I go to school I see kids getting picked on. Some even hurt. where is the safety in that. Last,students should be able to get heard like teachers. The good thing about this school is the adults are very caring and hard working.
—Submitted by a student


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 65% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

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46%

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50%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students46%
Female54%
Male40%
Black43%
Asian77%
Hispanic42%
White56%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special educationn/a
General education59%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant46%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students56%
Female59%
Male54%
Black52%
Asian86%
Hispanic53%
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant56%
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 Students72%
Female79%
Male65%
Black70%
Asian82%
Hispanic69%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education37%
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students62%
Female64%
Male60%
Black55%
Asian91%
Hispanic58%
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education30%
General education71%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students68%
Female70%
Male67%
Black67%
Asian82%
Hispanic64%
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education35%
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant68%
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

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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48%
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26%
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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
Hispanic 40% 22%
Black 36% 16%
White 16% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 9%
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 69%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr Monroe Logan

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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8201 Park Ave
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Phone: (856) 662-8500

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