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Mahala F. Atchinson Elementary School

Public | PK-3 & ungraded | 51 students

 

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Posted August 10, 2014

My 4 y/o attends the special needs program @ MFA. She previously attended the pre k program at Monmouth HS, and that teacher FOUGHT tooth & nail FOR my daughter to help her, when she knew she was having learning & behavior issues. Tinton Falls is a great district.. Mahala school, the Teacher & Teachers Aide, are a God Send. They even do home visits on Friday if they or you feel its needed. Theyre very hands on, communicate every day via a notebook. I also have 3 nieces and nephews in this school and they're doing great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2010

I am extremely pleased with MFA. As we are 2 parents who attended catholic schools for 12 years, we struggled with the decision to go in that direction. We went on the advise of 2 educators outside the district ( 1 being a principal ) and many others ,saying that MFA is excellent. After 3 years, it has exceeded my expectations . My sons teachers have been beyond excellent. I am very involved in the school and I have found an overwhelming amount of parents who are also very involved. I am very happy with every aspect of this school.
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Posted October 15, 2010

As the grandmother, I am disappointed in the school. In less than 2 months, a very energetic, eager to learn kindergartner is being turned off to school. It appears that the teachers are NOT TEACHING. Rather, they prepare homework assignments and direct the parents to teach the children words and how to read. The only evidence of learning at school so far is DUCK DUCK GOOSE. If the teacher is unable or unwilling to TEACH, and merely expects HOMESCHOOLING, why bother to send a child to be turned off by the process.


Posted May 28, 2009

I have not been very happy and after see thestest scores my concened are not unfounded. I have decided to move my child into a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

I have three kids in this school and I am very pleased with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2005

I am the grandparent and guardian of my 7-year-old grandson and, as a former student, I am still extremely impressed with MFA. The namesake, Mahala F. Atchison was my mother's best friend, whom she cared for until Mrs. Atchison's death. I also had Mrs. Atchison for a teacher when the school first opened. Her legacy is alive and well at MFA, and I'm proud to send my children there. When my grandson was a kindergartner, I had to let him continue at the Goddard School of Tinton Falls because of MFA's half-day program. Now that the kindergarten enrichment program will be coming this fall, I will now be able to send my granddaughter! I love this school and have a deep abiding respect for Mr. Hallman, Connie and Terry, who have helped me navigate through the school year, and of course, Mr. Morrows, who is an 'outstanding' teacher. Bravo to MFA!
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Posted February 7, 2005

My child has attended this school for 3 years and has enjoyed the experience. The teachers are willing to work with the children to bring out their potential. I have always felt I could speak with the teachers concerning my childs progress and that they are actually listening. I am very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Other ethnicity75%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education62%
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students86%
Female83%
Male89%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicity81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education68%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 51%
Hispanic 13% 22%
Black 8% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 9%
Two or more races 7% 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 18%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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961 Sycamore Avenue
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Phone: (732) 542-2500

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