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Redwood Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 574 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 13, 2014

We have nothing but wonderful things to say about Redwood Elementary. We moved our kids midyear from a local Blue Ribbon School. We were surprised to find that both of our kids were behind in math, but were able to catch up with help from their caring teachers. The educational resources (reading/language, math, counselors) that Redwood (and the West Orange public schools) have to offer are amazing. We were also happy that Redwood encourages science and lots of hands on projects. In addition, Redwood is lucky to have such a dedicated principal. Our children have excelled in the short time that we have been at Redwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Redwood Elementry is the school with HEART. Every day they show it. The teachers are very helpful and accomodating. I have one daughter who is entering college this fall and one more left in Redwood for her final year. We are looking forward to another great year and progress as always.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

I agree with several of the parents. The administration and many of the staff members are unresponsive to the cultural needs of the diverse student population. They claim that they embrace diversity, but all they do is "tolerate" it, as their motto states. What they do is very condescending, and amounts to nothing more than history month celebrations and potlucks. Little, if anything, is done in the curriculum or in the hiring practices to really show that they respect and value the diversity in the student population. They have a sheer ignorance in understanding that academic needs are connected to cultural needs, and this is why their scores are a disgrace for a suburban school with so much potential. Change the admin, and we may see improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Redwood School shows H.E.A.R.T and is a great elementary school. The academic standards are strong and the teaching staff is outstanding. It is a place that thrives on the diversity and has been a wonderful start to all four of our children's academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

We have nothing but great things to say about Redwood. We have two children who attend Redwood. They love school. The teachers and staff are dedicated and outstanding in their field. We continue to be impressed with the parental involvement as well. The class sizes are very small and the students are motivated. The principal has done a terrific job to foster an environment that is both caring and academically challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

Great teachers and a great deal parental involvement makes this school one of the best in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

My daughter is in 1st grade, and absolutely loves Redwood school! She can't wait to be there everyday. She has excelled and is more than Par with other kids I know in other school districts/towns. The teachers are great with communicating with parents, and even the Principal is amazing and caring for every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

My daughter is a current student at Redwood. At first, I was reluctant to try the school based on my first impression (we were coming from a private-school environment), however, after meeting Principal Kivlon (outstanding) and the teaching staff (outstanding) and talking to many other current and former Redwood parents and hearing their glowing reviews, and most importantly, after seeing the quality education that my child is receiving, I have become a huge fan of the school. If you do a comparison of student test scores in reading and math, class size, level of education and experience of teachers, you will find that Redwood is on par with the most highly ranked public elementary schools in NJ. If you want your child to receive a quality education in a caring, nurturing environment with experienced teachers, you won't go wrong with Redwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2009

Both my sons attended this school; I was PTA president for two years; amazing staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

My children have had a very positive experience at Redwood School. They have excelled academically and socially, and I credit their teachers for helping facilitate their growth in these areas. The school is rich with diversity and we have not found the environment to lack tolerance or respect for diversity. There is a great deal of parental involvement in the PTA and many extracurricular activities for the children to enjoy. Most of all, I find that my children come home happy and excited about the things they have learned at school. As a parent, I couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

My child has attended Redwood school for the past 2 years so far (K and 1 st grade). The teachers have been very responsive, the principal is very accessible, and safety is high priority in and around school property. I'm disappointed, however, in the lack of extracurricular activities and enrichment programs for the younger grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2007

Test scores are down every year and the administrator thinks we are doing good. I don't with whom she is comparing us to. I agree we need better leadership for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

Very poor. Leadership is lacking and the school is not at all geared toward families with working parents. My child has been at Redwood for one year. If my child's teacher is not better this year then I will pull my child from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Quality is mediocre, test scores are dropping and needs administration changes. Parental involvement is high however school does not encourage it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2004

The staff here is caring and helpful, the facility is beautiful, safe and their class sizes are small with at least two teachers, so every child has individual attention. The standards are high. They offer extra curricular activities and as well as arts i.e. art, music and drama class! They even have a language class. They have a great mix of cultures as well. I am very happy with them.
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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81%

2011

 
 
75%

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82%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

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 59% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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%
Female73%
Male67%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education50%
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education56%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
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 Students85%
Female93%
Male76%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students94%
Female91%
Male98%
Black94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant94%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant100%
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 Students79%
Female81%
Male78%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant94%
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

Above 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
White 34% 51%
Black 32% 16%
Hispanic 24% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 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 28%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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75 Redwood Ave
W Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 669-5457

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