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Community Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 22 students

 

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2013:
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Posted May 22, 2014

My child attended Community Middle School and I am very happy with my child's progress. The staff is helpful, there are many extracurricular acitvities for the kids and their Arts Department is one of the best I've ever seen. Community provides great education, socialization and experience for their students. Our family couldn't be happier- the 10 out of 10 rating is well-deserved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

Community Middle School is a fantastic school. Every teacher\staff member is assiduous, diligent, and they love their students. Students collaborate with each other. CMS is an active school where not only do the students learn, they have fun and meet new friends. What I like about this amazing school is that students get to have a variety of choices for electives, sports, clubs, & languages. The schedules are neatly organized where students have enough time to go from class to class. The students in each class are benevolent and amicable to each other. CMS probably doesn't need more improvement, the people in this school have integrity, and it's an exemplary school.


Posted April 22, 2014

Outstanding middle school with nice teachers and good curriculum! Great school for kids to get good exposure to different competitions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

This is a great school for students there parents and community in general. Caring and professional staff, dedicated to students. The community team, is just not focused on bookish development of budding generation but wholesome development that gives them eyes and ears to the society around. Community canteen, clothing drive and many such examples. I must say they do there work diligently, innovatively and foremost with all inclusiveness. Salute to this teachers and staff members.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2014

my school is THE BEST .Its a place I don't want to take a vacation from.My teachers are my older brothers and sisters who can get annoying and instructive but only for my good , someone who is so important to you and you care and love from deep within .there's nothing I want to trade my school for. I love everything about it.


Posted April 20, 2014

Our school really is like it's own "CommUnity". Teachers, Parents and Administration work together with our students to establish a positive team atmosphere. Every student is made to feel like a part of our team. Our teachers and administration really care about our student's well being, and are always helpful. The results speak for themselves, we have a great group of students. We have very diverse cultures here at Community, and it's what makes us unique. Everyone brings something new to the table and we teach each other about our diverse backgrounds. We don't have discrimination or prejudice, we have diversity and we celebrate it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

The teachers here are so helpful and genuinely care about every student. The students are fairly nice but there is quite a "popular contest" here. The lunch is delicious. The lockers are really small but they are decent. Bathrooms are terrible period. This school has its own ups and downs. There is a wide variety of electives to take for your specific interests.


Posted June 27, 2012

CMS maintains a very creative environment for students to develop their acadamy skills and to explore different aspects of interests. The school is safe, clean. Teachers are nice and responsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2011

The school is above average based on the student population that is driven to succeed and the parents that provide the impetus for them to succeed. The teacher quality is only average and has a high degree of variance even within each grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2010

This school is a great school and the curriculum helps students that are advanced and the students who are at the normal grade level. i would recommend this school to anyone who has a child who's always bored in class because they know everything. the curriculum here is very high compared to other schools. it's great :)


Posted June 23, 2010

Good school with lots of programs for varied interests - much more than I can recall as a student. This is an excellent school for students who are academically inclined and for those with unique challenges. I dropped one star off because I think the average student can sometimes be overlooked, especially since the school is very competitive and there are many there who function at the higher extreme of academic talent.


Posted April 19, 2010

Excellent teachers and very good environment for children to learn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

this school is awesome. there are so many opportunities at this school for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2007

We just moved from Trenton NJ, where frankly the school system was not all that good. My daughter and I moved to West Windsor and found out the school she would be going to was CMS.....from day 1, the counselors, teachers and staff were understanding of my concerns for my daughter. They sat down w/ me to come up w/ a agenda to help my daughter catch up. My daughter was never interested in learning, she went to school for the social aspect of it.....but now you can see a difference in her and she is interested in the academic part of the school. I am so impress w/ how promptly the teachers reply back to me (via email)....I wish that we could've moved when she was much younger, but I have a very good feeling that CMS will help prepare my daughter for High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

My daughter came from a private school with less students that her entire 5th grade. She and I were terrified to put her into the public school system. I had some concerns about her curriculum and sent an email to the Principal and within 12 hours, I received a call from him and three other specialists. I was floored by the quick and concerned response (I didn't even get this in the private school). They quickly put into action a plan for my daughter and we are both feeling much more at ease with her education. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

excellent special education department...blue ribbon
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

The teachers are amazing and the academic program is diverse and well rounded.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 14, 2005

This public high school is overall very great academically, providing that there is a wide variety of clubs, and classes to choose from. The music department sponsors free music lessons, and the sports center is open to everyone. The academic programs have both Gifted, Advanced, Basic, and Challenged.
—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.

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.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students90%
Female94%
Male85%
Black69%
Asian95%
Hispanic78%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Special education40%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
Black78%
Asian99%
Hispanic78%
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education56%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant93%
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 Students90%
Female93%
Male86%
Black69%
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education43%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students89%
Female89%
Male90%
Black58%
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education43%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant89%
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 Students92%
Female96%
Male90%
Black82%
Asian96%
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special education57%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students87%
Female89%
Male86%
Black69%
Asian95%
Hispanic71%
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education38%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black80%
Asian98%
Hispanic94%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education66%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant94%
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
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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How schools in the state rate:

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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 54% 9%
White 34% 51%
Black 8% 16%
Hispanic 4% 22%
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 6%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Gerard Dalton

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95 Grovers Mill Road
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Phone: (609) 716-5300

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