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Central Jersey Arts Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 371 students

 

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Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014

UPDATED REVIEW TO A PREVIOUS ONE .... in regards to the cjacs website. Again, you can tell how well this school is ran by the it projects itself to the public. The website is NOW just screenshots. With a link to staff web mail, and summer board meeting dates (not important items from the meetings or an agenda, just the dates). Very informative, they really sell themselves to the community, or maybe they are just realizing how horribly the school is ran. things that make you go .... Hmmmm
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 2, 2014

A new Principal last year and a renewed focus with has really improved the school. We are very happy with the focus on academics and care they show are daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2014

This school is finally heading in the right direction. The staff and caring and make time to meet with parents. The students are respectful and enjoy going to school. Like any school in this country problems will arise but when problems surface at this school corrections are made promptly. Overall this school is school is a good option for the families in Plainfield.


Posted August 26, 2014

Quite possible the worst school. The management Company - Renaissance School Services have no idea how to run a school. This place should be taken over by the department of education and fixed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 6, 2014

You can tell how well this school is ran by visiting its website. When do you think is the last time it was updated? It looks like for an arts school they don't have much going on .... The calendar is a photocopy of the calendar from the first day of school (NO updates). For a school that boasts about an "arts" infused curriculum, It would be nice to see any sort of proof of the techniques used on a day to day basis while visiting the site. (The photos/ artwork is from what .....2011???). Also .... Why have a Facebook page if the last post on it is from last year. Guess this "school" doesn't have much of anything going on this year. I wonder how many new teachers will be listed on the staff directory next year (that is if someone finds the time to update it). Who would want to send their child to a school who starts something but doesn't maintain/finish it?


Posted January 11, 2014

Wow!!! I must say that this school has sparked my interest. I recently had the opportunity to your the school. Immediately the staff was helpful, the principal was eager to speak with me and the teacher's were engaged with the students while touring the school. As an Educator who has taught for almost a decade, this school literally "knocked my socks off"! I recently began the application process, I am crossing my fingers and hoping that they are accepted! This school is an excellent alternative to public schools in Union County.


Posted November 11, 2013

I am not comfortable with this school it has too many turn over in principals and also teachers . In grade 1&2 my child was doing much better in her grades ,because those teachers took time out to teach those children and make sure they understand. My child is in 3rd grade whether they understand or not the kids move on to the next subject.This is not fair to these children how can a child who was always a A student ends up getting fs i will be moving my child to publc school cause it does'nt make no sense .The teachers are lazy and does'nt care if the child learn as long as they get a check.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

CJACS is a great alternative to a public school education in the Plainfield area.


Posted February 20, 2009

i love the school,staff and children i enjoy to hear that my kids are happy and confortable as long as they are happy so am I and I feel my children are safe .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

Central Jersey Arts Charter School is a great school. My child is thriving there. The teachers are patient and well trained. The arts program is exciting. I applaud this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

This school does well in putting on a 'good show,' for the parents, that is. Once you leave your child at their doorstep, anything goes. Discipline is practiced in a very un-even handed way, and the students are well aware of this. There is no gymnasium, so outside recess is out. While some of the teachers are caring, the ones I have dealt with are nasty and condesending. The administration is worse. The school is currently on it's 5th or 6th principal, Mr. Fox, and he is difficult to deal with for a parent, and definitely difficult for a child who has problems. Bullying is a major issue in this school, and although they claim to have a manual in place, they use it when it suits them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

This is a horrible school as a parent who invested time and effort into the school...I took my child out for a better education somewhere else. Go behind the doors and see what this school is really like.
—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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
23%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
20%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
45%
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 66% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
27%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
39%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
18%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
50%
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 Students28%
Female32%
Male22%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education31%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant28%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education60%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant51%
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 Students13%
Female13%
Male13%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education15%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant13%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students39%
Female33%
Male47%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education47%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant39%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students44%
Female46%
Male41%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education50%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant44%
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 Students33%
Female27%
Male41%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education36%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant33%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students52%
Female50%
Male56%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education50%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant52%
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 Students32%
Female44%
Male22%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education36%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant32%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant78%
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 Students26%
Female29%
Male22%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special educationn/a
General education31%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant26%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students17%
Female17%
Male17%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic11%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education20%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant17%
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 Students61%
Female65%
Male57%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
General education64%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant61%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students32%
Female24%
Male38%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special educationn/a
General education31%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant32%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students39%
Female41%
Male38%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Special educationn/a
General education42%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant39%
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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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 57% 16%
Hispanic 41% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
White 1% 51%
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
Male 46%N/A51%
Female 54%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs Veronica Gerald
Fax number
  • (908) 753-0032

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1225 South Ave
Plainfield, NJ 07062
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