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South Mountain Annex

Public | K-5 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted February 8, 2014

Teachers are mediocre - depends on who you get. Had a great teacher in Kindergarten and then a horrible teacher in 1st. Not too impressed w/ the 2nd grader teacher either. Principal seems overwhelmed and not easy to track down. School is terrible in dealing with children that sit at the far ends of the bell curve so if your child has issues you will not be happy at this school. I know of several parents that have pulled their kids out of this school and I'm considering doing the same. I've asked for help from my child's teacher for 5 months and all I got was a shrug of the shoulders. I had to hire expensive help from the outside just to get my child the help she need's. For the taxes I pay in this town I expect more from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

The principal is fantastic and the teachers are amazing. They provided us support whenever needed and went out of their way to assist our kids. Couldn't ask for a better environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

I have been a parent at South Mountain for over 5 years and have 3 children in the school. My children and I have had a wonderful experience with the school, teachers and parent community. This does not mean we haven't had some issues over the years and a couple were serious but they were worked through and addressed. Most of my children's teachers have been absolutely wonderful and strong professionals but...... one or two that were substandard but this is definitely not the norm. Overall the curriculum and academic standards are excellent and continue to improve each year with the leadership of the principal, superintendent and school board. This is a neighborhood school, with a nurturing environment and strong parent involvement which only helps to makes a school great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

A great school if your child is already motivated academically. If they need extra attention or assistance they can get lost in the shuffle. The teachers are mostly good. Communication with the principal's office is pretty bad (they often just don't return calls) and the disciplinary approach of the principal is inconsistent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

This elementary school is wonderful. My son had a terrific experience and the teachers were kind and nurturing. He has made leaps and bounds in both language arts and math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

My daughter loves the school... we love the principal and teachers. All of our children will go to the Annex if we can help it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

Both my daughter and I have loved all her teachers at South Mountain, particularly her second grade teacher. She is a very good student, and when I've worried she wasn't being challenged enough, each of her teachers have worked with me to find additional, more advanced work for her. In addition to that, I've seen various ways in which they teach to the individual child's level, whether it's varying difficulty of spelling words or books to read, or being able to pick when they are ready to take a math test on multiplication tables. This year she is in an inclusion class (meaning there are special needs kids in her class). That has been a bit of a challenge because she is a good student and quiet, so I was worried she would be overlooked. I couldn't have been more wrong. Her teachers are very tuned in to all the students, and, while I'm not sure I would choose that structure again for her, I think it's been a real learning experience in how to deal with many different learning styles. Nothing is perfect, of course, but she is learning and excelling in ways I couldn't have predicted. I'm very happy she is there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

This school basically failed my son. He's a challenging kid--bright and curious but likes to learn in his own way--self-directed and independent. They don't know how to deal with that. He got into trouble a lot because he was bored and ended up hating school and feeling bad about himself. They talk a lot about "teaching to the child" but it doesn't happen. One of the worst days was when, during a lockdown drill, he made noise and was told in front of the entire class that he could have gotten everyone killed. If your child learns the way most people do s/he will be fine, otherwise probably not the best choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My sons both went to South Mountain Elementary and it is the one school that has left the most impact on them. The teachers were their teachers,friends and parents all in one with their guidance and effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2008

The school has become the most magical and most wonderful place for growing children. The new principal is absolutely wonderful and the new teachers are just fantastic! I am so happy my child has the experience of learning and growing in such a warm, friendly risk free environment. As a teacher myself, I couldn't be happier with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

I am extremely happy with the South Mountain elementary school. The principal is very involved and knows how to manage the school; all of my daughters' classmates come from grounded and open minded homes. I'm very happy with the type of education my child is getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2007

Our new principal is wonderful - very caring, always approachable, and very experienced. My 1st and 3rd grader are getting an excellent eduation, and have lots of fun too. The music, arts and phys ed are really well done. Great local school with lots of involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

Lacks leadership. Interim principal to take reins soon. Parents are concerned over this. Safe school but misdirected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

Very disappointed in the teacher quality, and general political tension in the school during the past year. I really feel that the tension between the teachers and principal has effected the children-- children sense tension and discourse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

I find the annex to be a perfect environment for the younger students. It almost has a private school feel. The overall academic program, as based on the district's design, is not the most demanding of the surrounding communities, but I feel my children are learning and most importantly, enjoying school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

Involved parents, many teachers have been in the district for many years, diverse student body,would highly recommend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

Great, diverse population of fantastic kids, nurtured by caring and top-notch teachers. Parent involvement is high. Availability of extracurricular activites could be higher.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

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

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

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

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

All Students83%
Female92%
Male76%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicity100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicity100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
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 Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male92%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant91%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black97%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant99%
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 Students80%
Female90%
Male71%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education14%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students86%
Female92%
Male80%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education29%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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

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26%
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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
White 61% 51%
Black 22% 16%
Two or more races 6% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
Hispanic 5% 22%
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 7%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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444 West South Orange Ave
S Orange, NJ 07079
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