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Terrill Middle School

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Posted April 18, 2014

Terrill is a great school. Teachers and principal are very supportive. Excellent teaching. My kids love their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

An excellent example of what a per-high school should be. The staff and Dr. Holloway, are incredibly easy to reach and communicate with. My son fell behind due to only his own fault and every single teacher he had and Dr. Holloway himself, took the time to daily, and I mean daily, work with him to make sure he was caught up. A fabulous place to send your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2012

Terrill has supportive teachers and a great band program. However, the inside of the school is in pretty terrible condition


Posted April 2, 2012

Unfortunately there was a major disconnect between the staff and the parents, in particular the principal. He was not always present at school functions and was always very distant. When issues arised he referenced the books and rules and said everything was done strictly by the books. My daughter was very unhappy there to the point I had to transfer to a different school. Overall we had a very bad experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

My daughters have blossomed here, the previous principal spent too much time managing meetings and administration and was generally weak. Yes the new principal can be a bit of a pain, but he hasn't allowed parents to ride roughshod over children's placements. There has also been a huge improvement in how they teach writing, and several of the weakest teachers have been moved around. Overall I am much happier, I don't expect him to be my friend, but the atmosphere at the school has improved during his tenure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

TMS has some fabulous teachers, notably Mr. Christopher, who runs the after-school art club; Ms. Baxter, whose 8th-grade Social Studies class is challenging and engaging; Mrs. Dharmi, a very dedicated science teacher; & Mme. Emanuel for 8th-grade French, who's absolutely wonderful. There are some teachers, however, who seem woefully inexperienced or to be phoning it in. My daughter, who is in honors math and English, has not had her needs met in math this year. I've tried unsuccessfully to discuss this with her guidance counselor and the principal, who has been unresponsive so far (several calls and emails not returned). I do love the friendly and diverse student body at TMS. My daughter feels safe in school and has made so many good friends. Bullying does not happen at TMS, as far as I can tell, and it is OK to be exactly who you are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

This school has many wonderful teachers, who really are 'hands on' with your education (especially if you perform well). However, this school lacks a great principal. He is mediocre and tends to pick on the 'goody goodies' and not the ones who are really causing obstruction.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2008

Review by my child: Mrs. Cagnassola is a teacher who is tough but softens up as the year goes on, teaching important skills not only for the 5th grade but also to prepare you for years to come. My review: Many dedicated teachers on staff. A few teachers resting lazily on their tenure. My children scored well enough to enter honors classes in high school, which is indicative of the quality of education at Terrill. The Principal is unconventional and tends to alienate staff and parents. SPF is great community if you get involved and establish a support network. As with any school, you should be your child's advocate and arrange team conferences if anything arises, e.g., bullying or if you encounter intolerant teachers that you need to hold to task. Parents who 'drop and go' might want to consider sending their child to a boarding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2005

My child loves his classes and afterschool activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

It's a last resort! My child says she doesn't learn anything. When I went to the school the teachers were rude. At the school social I was the only one there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

This school should be your last choice. The only children that matter to the faculty are the children who are easy to teach! Bullying is an ongoing issue, This school is unsafe!
—Submitted by a teacher


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 61% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

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 66% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students73%
Female82%
Male66%
Black32%
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special education51%
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students93%
Female96%
Male91%
Black63%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special education77%
General education96%
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%
Female91%
Male89%
Black75%
Asian95%
Hispanic81%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Special education67%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Black81%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special education75%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
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%
Female89%
Male89%
Black54%
Asian93%
Hispanic71%
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education36%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Black54%
Asian100%
Hispanic50%
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education41%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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 Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
Black62%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education43%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female82%
Male85%
Black48%
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special education41%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students87%
Female85%
Male89%
Black48%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special education49%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
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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48%
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26%
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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
White 74% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
Black 8% 16%
Hispanic 7% 22%
Two or more races 2% 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 4%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1301 Terrill Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Phone: (908) 322-5215

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