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Upper Twp Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 6 students

 

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Posted August 10, 2013

Excellent school with the extremely dedicated teachers. Teachers love teaching here and ut shows in the way they treat the students. My daughter goes here and has excelled with the guidance of the wonderful staff. If you are considering the area i would recommend observing a class or talking to other area parents. This is truly a special school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

My school is fantastic! I'm so grateful to be getting a wonderful education! Also the school is a great environment and fun to be in. We have clubs and activities for everything! I truly love my school!


Posted December 13, 2011

All three of Upper Township School DIstrict's schools are Certified Wild School Sites by the NJ DEP Division of FIsh and WIldlife. These schools have had landscape enhancements installed by students as part of their study of NJ curriculum content standard 9 - 21st Century Life and Career skills. Working with the kitchen staff, students also redirect an average of 10 lbs of kitchen scraps out of our municipal waste stream composting rich soil for use in the school's pollinator and vegetable gardens. The middle school professional staff of educators use hands on learning opportunities that supplement instruction for the full spectrum of abilities from special needs through regular ed and exemplary students. I think this makes Upper Township Middle School an especially good and above average school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

UTMS is an excellent school. Both of my children attend this school and are getting an excellent eduction. Dedicated teachers and great parental involvement make this an excellent school. It is much better than many of the other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

ASK scores show proficient level in math at 11% for math special ed and 42% for literacy. My child goes to this school and needs special education services, but never receives any help. They don't know the first thing about special ed. - it's like we are back in the 1970s. . This is NOT a good school if your child is in special ed. The Child Study Team is not knowledgeable about programs They write objectives and then just blow it off when your child doesn't meet them. They must know some special education teachers are not performing effectively in the classroom, particularly with these scores, but they don't do anything about it. Why aren't they using interventions in special ed if their scores are this low? I have not seen anything done to intervene and help the special ed students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2011

The teachers in this school use whatever reading or writing program they want to use. My daughter went a whole year and then I found out the teacher never taught writing, not one day the entire year. In one reading class they listen to a book and don't even read it., If there was a private school or a charter school near here, I would go there instead. Teacher training is very poor. Parents support their children, this is why the students are successful. They pay for tutors or study with their own children when their children fail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

we recently move to marmora n.j. my son attends middle school, I can't begin to tell you what a pleasure it is to be apart of this wonderful school the teachers and staff are kind ,professional and really care about the children that are intrusted to them my son struggled in his last school in just one year, they found the areas in which he needed help and provided us with the option to improve his reading and comprehension skills this is a 5 star school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

Nice friendly atmosphere!
—Submitted by a staff


Posted May 25, 2005

I speak as the parent of a 6th grade student who has attended other district schools. My child has been challenged, and stimulated to succeed especially in the area of math with the help of an outstanding blend of well educated, knowledgable teachers and guided by Mr. Vincent Palmeri the Principal who is EXCEPTIONAL. The district is suffering due to poor leadership and vision but, that is changing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2004

As a parent of an 8th grade student at UTMS, I am quite pleased with the quality of education my child is receiving. My child has attended other school districts and I feel the quality of her education at UTMS has far surpassed what she was taught in the other districts. There may be problems with the school district as a whole, but I am quite confident that my child will be properly prepared for high school at the end of this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

This school suffers because of an overall lack of leadership by the Superintendent and the school board. Many fine programs such as the Impact and Gifted and Talented programs have been watered down because of weak administration. At the same time academic programs are suffering, they increase the sports extracurricular activites. At the same time, they can't afford new text books. Go figure!
—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 66% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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 65% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education44%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education59%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
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 Students77%
Female78%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education41%
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students63%
Female60%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant63%
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 Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant93%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female79%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant90%
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
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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25%
of schools in the state are Below average
48%
of schools in the state are Average
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 93% 51%
Hispanic 4% 22%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
Black 0% 16%
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 13%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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525 Perry Rd
Petersburg, NJ 08270
Phone: (609) 628-3500

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