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Village Charter School

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 358 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $120,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,180.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 6, 2014

Village charter school provide a family oriented environment. The teachers are always in contact with the parents and involve us in our children's education. Village Charter School offer after school programs and a student enrichment program for several months during the school year. It does take a village to raise a child and I'm honored to have my child attend V.C.S
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

I do not like this school because they will not teach your child what they need to know because they need money from the state. They will pass the child when they know the child is not ready for the next grade. So they don t loss the grant from the state. In return your child will have an Individualized Education Program ( IEP ) team that's just a nice way of saying Specical Education. Which mean your child has a leaning disable? Because the school didn t do their job from the start my child started in kindergarten at this school. I don't like this school ! Do not send your kids to this school they have bad teachers. Hire better teachers and a new principal also new Case Manager.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

I currently have two children attending VCS, one in 1st grade and one in 3rd grade. They have both attended since kindergarten. I am very pleased with their progress as VCS. Their test scores are very high, far above the national median. They enjoy their classes, they attend art, music, computer and Spanish classes once a week. The school is constantly striving to improve, partnering with many corporations and educational resources to provide an enriched curriculum to their students. The staff is phenomenal - you can tell they truly care about their kids. Socially, it's a little tough because as a charter school it draws children from all the neighborhoods on Trenton so there may not be anyone in your neighborhood that attends the school. However, the school hosts a number of activities throughout the year where parents and chlldren can interact. Parent involvement is low and I'm not sure why. I think parents need to reach out to the school and the school needs to reach out to the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

I currently have one child at VCS and two more that will soon attend. I feel the teaching staff is professional; they are very creative in finding way to reach today s kids. The Administration is fantastic. They keep working hard to give our kids every advantage that students only get if you pay $20,000 + a year to send them to private school. The only issue is the overall lack of Parental involvement; I wish we had a stronger PTA... But I feel things are going in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

I have 2 children attending this school because unfortunately it is better then the local public school for our area, so we feel we have no choice - but we want to get them out as soon as we possibly can. We have experienced 3 teachers so far - one was horrendous, one is average and one is excellent - it's a crap shoot what teacher you will get. Many are inexperienced and lack creativity to the extreme. There was a lot of boring photocopied sheets posing as 'work'. Opportunities for parental involvement are rare - feels like a jail to get in there to see your kids class. They have appalling approaches to gifted programs for students. You will only know such a program exists if your child is invited to join one. Dreadful school - but better than the local alternatives sadly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

I have one child that presently attends village charter school and I had another child who started there from k-8. i would like to thank the teachers, the principal, the school nurse and the guidance counselor for caring and teaching and pushing my child to the best of their ability, when my kids are at school i feel very pleased because that's like a second home to them, and i know that there getting a good education from staff that care!!!!! Lisa Logan-Willis
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2007

I have two children in VCS and they are doing very well. This was a hard adjustment for them because we came form New York. The teachers care deeply about maintaining a stable incline in my children's reading, math, and social skills. I would strongly suggest this school to anyone. Thank you VCS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2007

My child is finishing her first and last year at Village. I completely hate the school. There is a lack of support from the administration as well as a lack of concern. I would never in my life recommend VCS to anyone, not even as a punishment. I'm at a loss of words.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

I have 2 children that attend VCS, a 6th grader and a third grader, my 11 year old started VCS in 2nd grade I watched his reading level climb from below average to a 10th grade reading level. Atmosphere at this school is very warm and inviting, all staff cares about each and everyone of the students that are enrolled. Would defenitly advise other parents to check this school out if they want a free quality education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2003

This school now goes to 8th grade and there are now 2 separate buildings. Great school for character education thus far.
—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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
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 61% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
53%
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 65% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
21%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 82% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students53%
Female57%
Male47%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
General education53%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant53%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students63%
Female67%
Male58%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
General education64%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant63%
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 Students30%
Female39%
Male23%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special educationn/a
General education41%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant30%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students75%
Female78%
Male73%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education91%
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant75%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students70%
Female67%
Male73%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education46%
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
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 Students38%
Female37%
Male35%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education41%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant38%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students55%
Female58%
Male50%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education59%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant55%
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 Students33%
Female38%
Male28%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Special educationn/a
General education34%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant33%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students64%
Female72%
Male56%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant64%
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 Students58%
Female64%
Male50%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education62%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant58%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students43%
Female46%
Male39%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education46%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant43%
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 Students64%
Female69%
Male61%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education71%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant64%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students54%
Female56%
Male52%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education60%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant54%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students59%
Female38%
Male74%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant59%
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.

2013

 
 
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

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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 91% 16%
Hispanic 6% 22%
White 2% 51%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 51%N/A51%
Female 49%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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101 Sullivan Way
Trenton, NJ 08638
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Phone: (609) 695-0110

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