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Monongahela Middle School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 655 students

 

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Posted August 20, 2013

Other people should know how caring the staff is, and understanding of the needs of the students. They go out of their way to obtain everything that the studends might need to be successful not only at our school, but in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

I worked here and had to listen to over payed teacher complain that didn't make enough money- they even said it to the students! Unprofessional and uncaring teachers more worried about their bmw then the students. Special education is a joke, students are bullied, can't use the bathrooms and all extra like science labs are taken away from them. Tons of money spent on iPads, iPods and smart boards that don't work or locked in a closet. I was actually shocked that their rating was so high on this site! I asked a special education teacher how did her former students transition to high school and her answer was "why would I care?"
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 25, 2012

This administration will put up smoke screens in order to hide their incompetence. The bullying issues get handled, simply because they have to -- NJ state law. They DO NOT always get handled properly. This school turns a blind eye to bullying especially if the bullies are on a sports team! They have 0 tolerances for bullying and yet if the victim fights back their attacker they get punished; it doesn t matter if the victim was bullied over and over again by their attacker. It s a 1 Size Fits ALL mentality. The administration is part of the problem not the solution. For a middle school, the staff has little or no understanding how to handle this age group. These children are not treated with respect by the administration; therefore they do not respect their peers or the authority. The ones that are respectful get overlooked and slip through the cracks, because the administration is busy dealing with the problem kids. Academically this school teaches to the standardized tests because their test scores are low. This school wants little or no feedback from the parents. I DO NOT recommend this school. You have a choice. http://www.nj.gov/education/choice/
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2011

I have to say this school has some quirks and stuff but has much improved. I have to say with the law that Governor Christie passed on bully it has much helped. I am over weigh and have been teased when i went to a near by school, Good Intent. I never really got help with it but In Monongahela, I've had that problem disappear. Also, There teaching staff is good. Not great nor bad. Some teachers are ridicioulous on their rules and some know how to get kids to learn something. I would recommend this school to any student going into the grades 7-8.


Posted October 16, 2011

The kids in this school are under the care of incompetent teachers and administration. They have ridiculous rules and yet the kids come out of the school completely unready for high school. All this school cares about are the standardized test scores, and even then they aren't that good. I would not recommend this school to anyone that is interested in enrolling their children.Special Education needs to be improved immensely. I know many other parents feel the same way and yet the board does nothing. It's a shame that the few good teachers get mixed in with the rest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

Parents concerns are swept under the rug. The staff and especially the administration can do no wrong. The teachers are not available for extra help even when asked over and over again. They learn about long ago civilization yet do not no anything about the Constitution and country we actually live in. We have to fill in the gaps and yet the teachers complain about contracts. The kids do not come first. The administration will do whatever they have to on order to cover up inconsistencies in their actions and words. Unfortunately, I have to agree with the other reviews. In a heartbeat I would switch schools if we had any other options. I truly wish that the teachers up to the superintendent cared about the kids first and not just how they look to others!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2011

I rate this school 1 star for having the school door open. Overall there is no control in school. Students are violent and the school administration cover up all the attacker actions. Worst part the school deliberately violates and refuse to comply with American Disability Act. I am surprise the state has not step in to review the school records. No superintendent willing to stay to clean up the problem. There has been no permanent superintendent in this district to stay. The school principals govern and cover up everything. I agree with the comment below.


Posted April 6, 2009

Personally, this school is the best place to send your child. The teachers and staff are exceptional, the students always come out everyday learning something new. Also, besides learning they offer fun filled spirit days for your child to express themselves. I must say, this school is fantastic.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

As you can see from the Special Needs scores, the learning disabled are almost forgotten. The program at this school is the worst I have ever had the misfortune to deal with. My son wasted 2 years at this school. My son had the SAME reading level going into this school as when he came out.
—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 65% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

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 Students65%
Female76%
Male56%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education18%
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students69%
Female77%
Male63%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
White74%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education33%
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant69%
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 Students85%
Female84%
Male86%
Black77%
Asian93%
Hispanic70%
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students76%
Female76%
Male77%
Black64%
Asian100%
Hispanic57%
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students82%
Female80%
Male84%
Black67%
Asian100%
Hispanic65%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant82%
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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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
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

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

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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 68% 51%
Black 21% 16%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
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 39%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Arthur Dietz

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890 Bankbridge Rd
Sewell, NJ 08080
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