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Lopatcong Elementary School

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 12 students

 

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Posted March 17, 2014

Many people voice concerns about this school being below par. There is a lack of leadership and an overall dismissive attitude about challenging the children academically as they seem OK with the children doing the bare minimum that is required. Discipline is almost non existent as well and it seems the teachers and students realize this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2014

My daughter went through lopatcong elementary. They failed her so badly that I had to homeschool her for 2 years. Now, she is in honors classes-no thanks to them. I have a son on the autism spectrum there now. I have had to fight tooth and nail to get him what he needs with the child study team. Many times I was denied my requests for him only to find out that he should have received the services I requested according to state law. In addition the school called DYFS on us because he was missing so much school due to his disorder. I know of three other families in my neighborhood they have done the same thing to. I believe they have DYFS on speed dial. We are moving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

I am a special education teacher and we moved to Lopatcong last summer. I resigned from my teaching position in Warren Township (Somerset Cty.) to stay home full-time with our daughter. I have become very involved in the community. Lopatcong Elementary is not held in high regard by most of the younger students' parents. It is my understanding that Lopat used to be the cream of the crop in Warren Cty. I am not sure what happened, but it no longer holds that standing. I find that the district does not have high standards. I am a stickler for grammar and spelling and I cringe at some of the things I receive from the school. They even have Phillipsburg misspelled on the website! The Child Study Team violated state and federal regulations and the case was accepted by the NJ DOE Office of Special Services. I pray that a new Superintendent comes in with little tolerance for apathy and holds the staff accountable for higher standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Excellent Staff and curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

A school that values the 'old fashioned' fundamentals of academics - Reading, Writing, Arithmetic. Great sense of community, with award winning student council. The music department was once great, but has suffered with the frequent changeover in teachers. Sports are a priority in the high school and Lopatcong has great feeder programs, although the sports are not administered by the school district (Lopatcong Atheletic Association is used instead).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2004

I totally agree with the 2/04 review. I have 2 children in the Lopatcong Elementary School who are so afraid of the administration that they are unwilling to participate in any classroom. In the past 5 years I have had to reteach my kids what they are supposed to be learning in the classroom. Whenever I approach the faculty and administration I am always told that they don't have time. They're too busy preparing for State Testing to be sure to get their funding that they don't have time to teach our children the foundation which they need for reading and arithmetic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2004

After having 5 children go through this school system I have seen it deteriorate. Discipline is out of control at the middle school and those children that really need the help and encouragement of the staff administration and staff have to struggle for help. Creativity and individuality is not encouraged. Students are discouraged to express their viewpoints. This has gone from a very fine school full of life and the voice of the students to the voice of the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

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70%

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65%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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87%

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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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 59% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

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48%

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74%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students64%
Female71%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Special education43%
General education67%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant64%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students86%
Female84%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special education57%
General education91%
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

Language Arts Literacy

All Students58%
Female66%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White62%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Special education25%
General education63%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant58%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students87%
Female89%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special education92%
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

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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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48%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 79% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 9%
Hispanic 7% 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 12%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs Noelle Kondikoff

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263 Route 57
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
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