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Pleasantdale Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 110 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 1, 2014

Pleasantdale has the kindest and most caring group of teachers in town. Dr. Pollara has set a tone and an environment that all students are nurtured and cared for in a safe place. Pleasantdales principal has a doctorate in education with an emphasizes on special needs. We feel blessed to have such an amazing administrator and friend. By all accounts Pleasantdale is the best kept secret in town, with a rich cultural diversity. We couldn't be happier as a new family to the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2014

There is simply NO WAY this school could possib;y be considered higher than the 4 that it received last year from Great Schools. The administration and teachers are in no way representative of the diverse culture that is West Orange, NJ. The principal is well past her prime when it comes to dealing with minority students and has no idea how to handle talent. We pulled our child and moved him into a much better school. It is too bad.. the people of West Orange, NJ deserve better.


Posted September 26, 2013

My school is very good place with lovely teachers and stuf that always are caring for the students .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

MY school is very nice place to study, lovely teachers ,the kids love it !!!.........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

Great school in an awesome district. Teachers couldn't be more caring and supportive of individual student needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

We came to Pleasantdale two years ago. My daughter was entering first grade. She was a year behind all the other kids because the school she attended in Kindergarten was so bad. She could barely read and write. Her first grade teacher (Ms.Carsillo) and supporting staff worked wonders with her. By the end of first grade she had caught up and was were she needed to be academically. She is now in second grade and is excelling! She loves reading and is above average in Math. The teachers here are amazing. They are a tight knit group that put their kids first. I don't know if she would be where she is now if it had not been for the excellent skills and support she received.I am a volunteer at the school and I am at the school constantly. As an insider I can say that you couldn't ask for more in an elementary school, especially with Ms. Pollara leading the school as principle. As far as the 2009 posting about lack of parent involvement, I agree that had been the case when I entered in 2010, however I feel the tide changing. Within the last year there have been more events and ways for parents to be involved with the school and they are responding and taking part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2011

My son started in kindergarten this year. I have so far been thoroughly pleased with Pleasantdale Elementary. The teachers are fantastic, the environmnent is nurturing and there is a clear sense of caring and community. My son is academically challenged to an appropriate level. He is excited about learning new things and has a positive attitude toward school. I'm impressed by the level of work the kindergarten students are doing. The curriculum seems well thought out and coordinated and well executed. The relative new principal, Ms. Pollara, is doing a great job with the school and the student body. I'm very grateful to have my son attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2009

I believe Pleasantdale is the best kept secret in West Orange. I have 2 children presently in the school (1st and 5th grade). They have both been challenged since their first day of school. The teachers are the heart and soul of this school. Pleasantdale is recognized mostly for it's phenomenal Spec Ed program, but the regular mainstream program is outstanding. The curriculum is competitive at all levels. The only thing lacking is the parental involvement, but with so many children being bussed in I feel that they do the best they can. Don't miss out on this wonderful educational experience for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I agree with you mom my son (darion moss) went there for 2yrs in the speical ed program ms. sadler and ms.McMahon did wonders for my son. he has autism and with the work of the speical ed team you will never know my son main stream to reg ed. this past sept. and i was so sad because i didn't want my son to leave the school. he went on to gregory and what a diff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

This is a great school! I have two sons at the school and I just love it. The academic program is great. Starting of in K with three levels on Language arts and Math (only school in WO that starts in K) They have Spanish from K as well. The staff are all great. The principal is available when you need him. A wonderful enrichmenprogram and a great PTA. The school is so diverse. It is great for my children to have the ability to go to such a diverse school. We have all th especial ed for all of West Orange and that is a part of the diversity. The school could use some more parent involvement but which school isn't like that. Also, parking could be better. But that has nothing to do with the academic ability of the school. Me and my kids love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

Excellent preschool program and I am not only a very picky parent, but former educator. My daughter is in her 2nd year of preschool in the inclusion class and could not be happier with her teachers (especially the aide Lisa O'kyle). She also had THE BEST PSD preschool teacher ever - Karen Johnson, who with her team of Karen and Lynn changed my daughter's life. Great SBST - Maddie & Theresa are great too. Have not heard great things about the regular elementary grades. But, if your child needs support services or is fortunate enough to land a spot in the lottery - GRAB IT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

My daughter goes for 2nd. year to Pre-k, the Especial Ed is outstanding.Mrs. Eileen McMahon and what I call the 'Dream team' Mrs. Nancy, Mrs. Donna, Mrs. Maddie Werner, Mrs. Garrison, Ms. Alexis deCarlo can't be better, I leave my baby with close eyes in their care, they are loving, caring, understanding, is like they are extending part of my home for my baby. She love them and she is improved so much since she started. Mrs. Judy is a sweetheart, don't know the principal really, but the rest has all my gratitude & respect forever. I will recommend Mrs. McMahon & remember her forever,Thank you for all what you guys do in such marvelous way,your help and friendship mean the whole world to me and my family. God Bless you and millions of thanks again, and again. You are all the best! Alex, a mom of two!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

Medium quality of academics Available Music, Art, and Sports but poor Marginal level of parent involvement
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 25, 2007

The preschool, special ed, and inclusion pre-Ks programs are first rate. Teachers work together; good principal; very friendly front office staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2005

Both of my children are enrolled in the school. There are some wonderful teachers, and some teachers that have got to go--they are past their prime!! What I find really disappointing is the quality of the principal. He is very unpolished, contradictory, and has made some ignorant comments with regard to religious/cultural background.
—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.

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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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
60%

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64%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
61%

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69%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students70%
Female82%
Male54%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students68%
Female64%
Male73%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant68%
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 Students45%
Female50%
Male40%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special educationn/a
General education54%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant45%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male65%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
General education74%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
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 Students66%
Female72%
Male61%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant66%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female83%
Male75%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant78%
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%
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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
Black 38% 16%
Hispanic 32% 22%
White 22% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 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 37%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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555 Pleasant Valley Way
W Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 669-5452

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