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Sampson G Smith School

Public | 5-6 & ungraded | 37 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 4, 2014

Im a 6th grade student at this school and I think it's amazing. The teachers are nice and helpful and always care about their students. the only thing is that many kids arnt the nicest. Every one can make friends at this school.


Posted January 5, 2014

This a great school. The teachers genuinely care about the students. The school has rules in place to ensure that the students are safe at all times. They communicate with parents in an efficient manner and are always happy to address any concerns that parents may have. My son loves his school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

I would recommend that the principal should have a little talk with the securities staff. Most of them are not NICE (toward students and parents). They act like they are somebody who running school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

I have mixed feelings about this school. On the one hand, my daughters teacher is absolutely amazing, he motivates, educates and cares deeply about teaching his students. On the other hand, there are many children here from deprived and undisciplined homes and unfortunately the discipline here just isn't adequate. The head believes in second, third and even 15th chances and this means that the teachers have no authority to affect change. Without consequences, why should kids behave. It's a shame, the potential is there and the school could be so much more. The arts programs here are great and the kids put on some shows that demonstrate real enthusiasm and willingness to participate. Hats off to the staff that makes these things happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2012

This school is neutral. The students here cause lots drama and extra thiings to the class. i would know that because my son has told me all about. But what keeps the school at 2 stars are the amazing teachers who give lots of help and support.


Posted June 29, 2009

I had a bad experience troughout the 5th grade .My son was constantly tormented by a group of bullies,and though several students testified for it there was no concrete steps taken to prevent it,from he school authorities.The counseller in fact at one point suggested tat I talk to the bullie's parents ! What keeps it going for the school is the excellent teaching staff.particularly a 6th grade teacher ,Mr.Alfred Raya,who was fortunatley my son's teacher.A fine teacher and an excellent motivator.
—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 61% in 2013.

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

578 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

578 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students49%
Female54%
Male45%
Black41%
Asian80%
Hispanic33%
White66%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Special education18%
General education58%
English language learners10%
Non-migrant49%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former24%
Limited English Proficient Former32%

Math

All Students72%
Female72%
Male73%
Black67%
Asian91%
Hispanic61%
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special education39%
General education82%
English language learners33%
Non-migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former55%
Limited English Proficient Former69%
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 Students55%
Female66%
Male45%
Black54%
Asian80%
Hispanic42%
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Special education15%
General education65%
English language learners18%
Non-migrant55%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former21%
Limited English Proficient Former23%

Math

All Students68%
Female75%
Male62%
Black65%
Asian95%
Hispanic60%
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Special education25%
General education78%
English language learners36%
Non-migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former53%
Limited English Proficient Former61%
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
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

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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
Black 43% 16%
Hispanic 26% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 9%
White 15% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Ms Eileen Brett

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1649 Amwell Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
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