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Hazel Avenue Elementary School

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Posted December 15, 2013

Truly fantastic school with amazing principal! It has a lot to offer for the children and is very safe. Art program is great, the music teacher is fantastic, gym teacher is young and fun with a lot of new ideas. School garden is beautiful! We are happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

Hazel Elementary school has a family atmosphere. There is no bussing, which allows families to get to know each other and makes parents feel more connected. The principle is amazing and has such care and concern for our children and a passion for what he does. There are so many ways for families to get involved in the school . My 2 children have thrived and love their school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Hazel Avenue School is a small school with great leadership and a very strong sense of community. The diversity here is embraced and the parents are very involved. I am thankful that we didn't go to Gregory, as many friends of mine aren't having nearly as great an experience as we are. Hazel is a true gem in the West Orange community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

Hazel Elementary is a fantastic school, a gem in the Valley section of West Orange. Hazel has great teachers and an absolutely outstanding principal who is truly in touch with the community. Parent involvement is improving year after year, as are test scores due to programs implemented by our principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2012

This is a great school with a very dedicated faculty and staff. The PTA works tirelessly and the principal is incredible! What a great community-we are so happy that our son is here. Our school has an extensive gardening program, a wonderful enrichment program, a Wellness Committee, and many more parent/teacher/PTA run programs and all within walking distance of our house!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

I love Hazel Ave. school because the great students, the wonderful teachers and a very enthusiastic principal and hard working PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

This school is a gem. Our new principal is phenominal. He's intelligent, innovative, approachable, and passionate about learning. His energy and commitment have inspired a new wave of parental involvement. Hazel is truly a neighborhood school; everyone walks to and from with their children. My friends in surrounding schools and towns are jealous that we leave our house 5 minutes before school starts, don't have to worry about long lines of cars at pick-up and drop-off, and that the children get to play afterwards with their friends in the playground or field or schoolyard. We also have our own Rainbow Garden, complete with student plantings and an outdoor classroom. For families looking for a vibrant, diverse, foot-friendly community school, this is a great fit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

I agree with comment that this school is overshadowed by the Gregory school. This school is fabulous!!!. Strong PTA, great administration and a very close knit school community makes this school wonderful. The teachers are dedicated, caring and professional educators. The low rating is not reflective of poor teaching but rather a higher percentage of ESL students that are zoned for this school which negatively impacts the scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

Often overshadowed by the popular Gregory school located in the same area, Hazel is an excellent school with caring teachers in a great neighborhoold. Teachers and curriculum is excellent and more importantly the children are happy with ltheir earning environment. Parents are very involved and the principal is dedicated to the success of the school which is evident by the school's recent honor of receiving Blue Ribbon award.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

This school does a very good with the students. They are interested in the children accomplishing their goals. The school works in conjunction with the parents to ensure a productive end result.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

Our only interaction with the school so far has been registering our child for kindergarten, attending the new student orientation and having an impromptu meeting with the principal. In that short amount of time, my husband and I were extremely impressed with the respect and caring that was given to us. Especially since our son won't start there until September. The fact that the principal, Mrs. DeCarlo granted us an unexpected meeting that lasted almost an hour, was truly amazing. She even took notes and made copies of our son's homework so that they can refer to them when trying to make placement decisions over the summer. Not at all what I expected.
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
73%

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 59% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students74%
Female79%
Male71%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Special education46%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant74%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former39%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special education36%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant82%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former62%
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 Students57%
Female61%
Male53%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Special educationn/a
General education67%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant57%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students82%
Female87%
Male78%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant82%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students87%
Female90%
Male83%
Black84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 Students61%
Female80%
Male45%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant61%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students93%
Female89%
Male98%
Black91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special education92%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant93%
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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48%
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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
Hispanic 43% 22%
Black 38% 16%
White 14% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
Two or more races 2% 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 57%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr Edwin Acevedo

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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45 Hazel Ave
W Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 669-5448

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