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Thomas R Grover Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1100 students

 

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Posted August 20, 2013

This is an amazing school with great programs, teachers, students, and a wonderful location. This schools test scores are close to perfect and the students work hard and productive each day in class without wishing they weren't in school. The staff are perfect and very respectful to the students; as the students are in return. This school deserves to win this because they and a 11/10 in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

The person below me obviously has never been to this school, nor has he/she ever bothered to learn about the school records. Behold, the results of the American Diploma Project Test of 2011 in math: 7% of New Jersey has received an "advanced proficient" rating in Algebra 1, yet 30% of the entire school population received that same rating (675 or above out of 800). If those standards are low, then so is the IQ of the below reviewer. Has any other school walked away with trophies each year in orchestra competitions for about 9 years in a row? The Thomas R. Grover Middle School 8th grade orchestra has consistently received the highest cumulative scores in such competitions out of all age groups (high school, middle school, etc) and group types (band, orchestra, choir, etc). If such a school is considered "unruled" and "libertine" (obviously the below parent has never attended a school before), then everything else probably is. Although my opinion of the school may be slightly biased because I am a student at it, the facts speak for themselves.


Posted December 28, 2011

This school is way over rated. It has a very low standards curriculum especially math. No challenge for the students, The teachers and counselours are not helping as they should and worse no dress code very unruled and libertine environment. No wonder this country is famous for bad schools and not smart students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2011

I am a graduate education student, my children attend Grover, and I substitute here. I am thoroughtly impressed by how each teacher I've encountered is teaching in the most research-correct manner. My graduate colleagues and professors are always impressed with the Grover stories I share in the graduate classroom. Learning is inquiry-based, behavioral support is positively framed, and staff seems to understand that middle schoolers are developmentally between children and adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

The School has wonderful teachers, a great learning potential and and friendly community. The teachers are deticated, and fun.


Posted July 22, 2011

Grover is so great! All the teachers and principals, and all the rest of the staff is so kind, and really helped me. Grover offers some leadership roles within the school, and one outside of the school. All the students are very nice, and the teachers are excellent at conveying information to them in a fun way. For kids who are very advanced, they have an advanced math program, and for kids who might not learn as quickly, they have a program for that too. This school does not ignore your student's special needs and how they learn. Grover encourages students to use their indvidual learning patterns to learn and teaches the students how they can use some of the skills taught in school in the real world. Grover has a great music program, their orchestra winning Music in the Parks 1st place every year. While Grover challenges the students academically, they do have fun activities such as team days, spirit days, and school dances. All students are also encouraged to join school clubs, academic teams, and sports teams.


Posted August 1, 2010

The teachers at this school are amazing and always ready to answer questions about the subject and assist with assignments. The Special Education program is good. Many after school activities are offered, including clubs and sports. Students have a choice in course(s) in seventh and eighth grades. Academically, the school is very challenging and demanding. The homework given is tedious and hard, and may take hours. However, it is a good learning environment. I would recommend Thomas R. Grover Middle School.


Posted January 7, 2010

Honestly, I am new here and I hate most of this school. The schedule is disastourous, many of the teachers are to normal and arent into what they are teaching. The curriculum is lame, the gym equiment is horrible (the badminton rackets are all, all, plastic) and there is really no choice in what you do. The students and principal is/are very nice. The system of how they work just doesnt make sense at all! And whats worst is they have a RECESS! That means that kids are still at an elementary age. I dislike GMS. Well atleast compared to my other school in Bellevue (Seattle), WA, which by the way is Odle Middle School, where it is amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2009

I have just finished up my student teaching experience at Grover this past week and I have nothing but great things to say about the students, the staff and the administration. I couldn't have felt more welcomed when I arrived every morning. Every staff member was always friendly and asked me how my experience was going. The students were wonderful to work with and I never once had a discipline problem. I am genuinely very sad that I have to leave Grover, because the quality of students and staff there is second to none. I would highly recommend Grover Middle School and the West Windsor-Plainsboro district to anyone looking for a good school district for their child.


Posted December 7, 2009

Hi. I was alittle shakey abut starting a new school in the middle of the year, but boy I love it! This school is the best school I have EVER went to. Everyone is soo nice. There are no evil people in this school. People showed me where everything was and I felt like I been at this school for years. In the beginning you will feel like Tomas R Grover is such a confusing school but after a week you will be going to school like you been going there for years. So, yeah! Tomas R Grover RULEZ!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2009

For a large school, it has a small school feel
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2009

This is the best school ! My kid fit in right in the middle of the school year. The teachers are excellent and highly dedicated. The best programs in Music and Choir. It is a blessing to have my kids in Grover.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

It is the best school in New Jersey the teachers are really nice and they help and kids with troubles and the principal is awesome.There a lot of after school activeties
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2008

GMS was disappointing. I recall contacting the new principal and sharing a concern, however the professional courtesy of feedback (as I was promised) was never received. Next, the school has a very diverse population and needs more emphasis placed on tolerance and acceptance of everyone because my child endured racial harassment in the form of name-calling in the classroom. There was a lot of profanity on the school bus too. In addition, while the inclusion of parents is encouraged for PTA activities, exclusion is encountered (starting with the department supervisor) when it comes to visiting the classroom during instructional time, except for one day during American Education Week. Most of the teachers are knowledgeable but I observed some difficulty in the transferring of that knowledge to the students effectively in a lesson. Student's learning styles and multiple intelligences should matter and daily and homework should connect!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

I go to Grover Middle School and it's really an awesome place. There are barely of the problems that other schools have, like bullying, severe 'popularity' issues, and incompetent teachers, and us students are encouraged to take risks and become better people every day. If someone needs help, there is always at least one person to help them out, whether it's a teacher or a fellow peer. Everyone at Grover encourages social interaction, physical activity, and good grades. There are a lot of programs and ideas flowing around GMS, and I personally think it's one of the best schools out there with some of the best kids too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2007

great school best school districe I truly reccomend. this school is truly the best school in nj I can say that because i been to many other school in nj by far grover is the best and i am a student who atends grover middle school SO why not take a take my reccmondation on this school. go jags
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2006

The highest quality in the start bar-none! The entire West-Windsor Plainsboro school district is the most demanding and challenging school district for students. It's the school where being smart is cool, very cool. The atmosphere makes you feel like every day your on vacation. Everyone will be behind you 120%! This is truly the place were memories can be made and never forgotten.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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84%

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86%

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Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2010

 
 
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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.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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97%

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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93%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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96%

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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 Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Black71%
Asian96%
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black81%
Asian98%
Hispanic95%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education82%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant96%
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 Students89%
Female90%
Male89%
Black78%
Asian93%
Hispanic79%
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male92%
Black82%
Asian97%
Hispanic67%
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education54%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant91%
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 Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black78%
Asian98%
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicity77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education86%
General education97%
English language learners36%
Not migrant94%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former36%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female89%
Male92%
Black72%
Asian98%
Hispanic71%
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Other ethnicity71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education57%
General education96%
English language learners54%
Not migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former54%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students95%
Female92%
Male97%
Black83%
Asian97%
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicity79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education81%
General education97%
English language learners62%
Not migrant95%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former62%
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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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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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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 55% 9%
White 35% 51%
Black 5% 16%
Hispanic 4% 22%
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 5%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr John Bach

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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10 Southfield Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Phone: (609) 716-5250

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