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Arbor Elementary School

Public | 4-5 & ungraded | 13 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

My son starts this school this year. And he likes it. Teachers are helpful and they have extra activities that help improve children learning ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2013

The school is awful. It's cold, hard and sterile. The principal Suzanne Westberg is a professional bureaucrat and has no real people skills. The only reason she keeps her job is because Arbor is a two year school so the students & parents endure the pain. She should/needs to be replaced. Parents: Look for a private school for two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

My daughter just started the 4th grade here and has been doing ok. No afterschool sports or activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2007

All my 4 kids went to Arbor, and they did very well. They join school orchestra which has been conducted Ms Lee, top 5 violinist of New Jersey with music degree from Rutgers Univ, and graduate degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music at Baltimore MD. My kids set the math competition of the school, and later set the biology record at Piscataway High School, and won #1 in Physics Science League competition in NJ win over all other high schools. His business plan team also won #1 in FBLA NJ competition and won the national metal at Chicago in 2007. Other alumni from Arbor including who won #1 in FBLA Economics competition of NJ 2007, at FBLA Business Computation ...etc. This is best school. They built lots of new classrooms and facilities in recent years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2007

No problems. All three of my kids went through Arbor and did well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

My daughter is in 5th grade and she is doing great. The teacher takes extra efforts to see that each and every student is doing well in his/her studies. The school's Gifted and Talented Program is really good. My daughter goes to gifted and talented chorus, spanish and math, science and technology and she enjoys it very much. I am personally very happy with the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

We have been disappointed in the quality of education and the level of saftey and discipline at Arbor School. My wife and I spent 2-4 hours per night with our child working in Math and English. The academic level at Arbor is lower than surrounding districts. There are discipline problems and the teachers seem oblivious. Our son was bullied and began to come home with bad language and poor attitudes learned from classmates. We elected to send our child to a private school this year, regardless of cost and inconvenience. This should indicate our level of commitment.
—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 59% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

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

All Students57%
Female60%
Male55%
Black43%
Asian80%
Hispanic49%
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Special educationn/a
General education63%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant57%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Former32%

Math

All Students80%
Female78%
Male83%
Black75%
Asian93%
Hispanic75%
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special education52%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former48%
Limited English Proficient Former53%

Science

All Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Black84%
Asian96%
Hispanic89%
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special education82%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former67%
Limited English Proficient Former84%
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%
Female76%
Male62%
Black49%
Asian79%
Hispanic70%
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Special education21%
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former33%
Limited English Proficient Former42%

Math

All Students87%
Female85%
Male89%
Black76%
Asian95%
Hispanic89%
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special education58%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former89%
Limited English Proficient Former92%
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%
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
Black 32% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 28% 9%
Hispanic 21% 22%
White 18% 51%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 33%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Suzanne Westberg

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1717 Lester Place
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (732) 752-8652

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