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William J. McGinn Elementary School

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 12 students

 
 

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Posted March 11, 2013

We just moved to Fanwood from another country. My 5 year old daughter is attending their Kindergarten program and she have shown a lot improvements. The teachers and the principal are very supportive. My youngest child can't wait to join her sister in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

My 2 older children went to McGinn and overall, we loved it- with some less-than-great experiences along the way: a short-lived principal who was less than impressive, a particular kindergarten teacher who was not well-suited for working with kids of that age, and some parent politics that I didn't much enjoy. Now my youngest is finishing kindergarten as the vibrant new principal, Dr. Slocum, finishes up her first year at the school. Wow! What a difference she has made. Dr. Slocum knew every kid's name the first week of school. She's always accessible, full of energy and enthusiasm, loved by kids, parents and teachers alike. I'll never forget hearing about how Dr. Slocum dressed as the Cat in the Hat and walked on the school roof to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday! What a contrast to the previous principal (whom many parents never even saw). Many fine teachers, lots of school spirit, a new chess program for 2nd and 3rd graders... I am very happy with the direction in which McGinn is going, and so glad my youngest will be able to benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

McGinn has the most amazing teachers! They are committed and caring!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

My son went to this school and now is in 5th grade at Terril . He is so overly qualified for 5th, because he had such excellent and stimulating teachers at Mcginn. Ms.Cassidy the principal runs a fabulous school. She is extremely involved with all teachers and students. I am quite impressed with her. She runs the school like a private school. You cannot ask for a better elementry education then Mcginn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2006

Our 3rd Grade son loves McGinn. The Teachers are very involved and his progress has been fantastic. It seems to be a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

I currently have 2 children at Mcginn. It is a very good school, with highly professional staff members. We have not been disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

You don't know quite how good you have it at one school until you move & are forced to try a different school! My kids are now at their 3rd elementary school and McGinn by far was the best. The dicipline was exceptional. Parent involvement controlled perfectly. Ellen Earl the greatest gift.
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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82%

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86%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%
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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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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69%

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82%

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76%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students84%
Female88%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special education47%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
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%
Female87%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special education45%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education89%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special education89%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant97%
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.

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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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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below 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 80% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Black 4% 16%
Two or more races 3% 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 3%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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