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Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 397 students

 

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Posted February 11, 2013

Brunner has it all: professional leadership by the principal, fantastic teachers who work with both the children and the parents, and a diverse academic and cultural program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

Our family loves Brunner. The new principal is FANTASTIC! (in his second year now). The school is such a wonderful and supportive, child-focused environment. We have been extremely happy with the preschool and K program and are looking forward to more years to come! Parking is a pain, but they are making real efforts to remedy this- working with parents, local police and neighbors. It is a tricky location, different from the other schools in the district, as it's located on a busier road (Westfield Road) instead of being tucked back in a neighborhood. Though it's really frustrating at times, it's a small price to pay for such a great school. I am so thankful to live in the Brunner territory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

Preschool teachers and aids seem friendly enough towards students when I'm around. Teacher is matter-of-fact and not extremely friendly toward parents. My child said that one of the aids yells a lot. Learning level in Pre-K is average at best. Parking is ridiculous. Students and parents are required to park on the streets at least a block away and walk in all elements to the school (only staff is allowed to park in the parking lot-with the exception of a few volunteer spots that are generally full with teachers aids/volunteers); then parents and children stand outside (unless the news has declared a frostbite warning) and wait at pick up and drop off as the teachers are regularly 5+ minutes late (extremely inconvenient if you have other small children). This is the only school in the district that does not have a curbside student drop off/pick up and the school is doing little to nothing to solve the issue. I'm guessing that the issue would have been resolved by now if it were the teachers and staff walking a block and standing outside, rather than the students/parents! If you are looking to move within this district, I do not recommend living within the boundaries of H.B.Brunner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

My son recently finished Kindergarten here. I am very disappointed with the Kindergarten program. Because it is only half day, they try to cram everything in over the course of one day, meaning that some kids get left behind. If the class doesn't understand a math concept, they keep going anyway. The teacher had no time to give any kind of personalized attention because the day was so short and she had no aide. I also don't understand why a Kindergarten class of 20 students does not have an aide. Pretty much every other school I've seen does. The principal was very difficult to work with. She seemed to give into other parents all of the time and didn't stick by anything she said. I thought this was supposed to be a good school in a good district, but it is not. We are now considering private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

Brunner is a great school I have 2 boys there they love it. The teachers are awesome they do alot of the kids in needs. The jumpstart program is unbeliveable these kids learn so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

Brunner is an excellent school overall and offers students a very open and supportive environment. The Special Needs group is especially wonderful with the students. Brunner also offers very supportive and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

It's a great school with lot's of parent envolvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 13, 2004

In my opinion, Brunner is an excellent school. The teachers put their hearts into their work, and it shows. My children, for the most part, enjoy going to school because of their positive experience there. The teachers are approachable, and encourage parent involvement in their children's education. I like the overall feeling of professionalism that the school has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2003

This school is wonderful and parents are very involved which plan a major part in the success of this school!
—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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 59% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

All Students86%
Female83%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant92%
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 Students70%
Female77%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education45%
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students94%
Female92%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education80%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant94%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education85%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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

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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 72% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 9%
Black 9% 16%
Hispanic 5% 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 8%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Scott Bortnick

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721 Westfield Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Phone: (908) 889-2148

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