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Bayberry Elementary School

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 6 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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Posted July 2, 2014

great school and academics. Daughter attended kindergarten. The school should move to provide private service catering everyday vs only once a week. It currently leverages PTO for lunches but a consistent service 5 days a week would be so much better and appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

Great school, very friendly staff and very high standards of education. My son attends kindergarten and he is very happy to go school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

This is a great school, with very friendly teachers and staff. My son has been studying in this school from past 1 year and he really enjoys going to school everyday. The teaching methodologies and resources used by the teachers is excellent. It is very modern and technology oriented. I like the way they incorporate technology in day to day teaching. I also like their evaluation process and they give very constructive feedback which helps parents to know areas where their kid needs improvement or areas where their kids needs more encouragement. All in all a great school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2013

Great School very well manged. We have our son in the kindergarten program and we specially moved to Watchung for this School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

Bayberry School took on two little boys who were truly a mess from being in a bad foster home. The couldnt read, write or speak properly. Now it was not one boy it was two boys. They are now getting B's and A's in a matter on one year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

As a current teacher for Bayberry, I am so proud of all the children. The 2005-2006 NJASK scores were superb. It is in no doubt to the teacher expertise, the parent involvement, and the district's ability to listen to and respond to the needs of their teachers. I was surprised at the previous teachers comments on memorization and worksheets as math instruction. I cannot speak for the entire school, but I know in my grade level students are grouped by ability for most activities, thus allowing all students to work at his/her level. Reading instruction is guided as well as whole class. Science is hands-on, inquiry based. Despite some teacher turnover, the ones who have stuck around have seen many changes and have risen to the numerous challenges of teaching every day. When it comes down to it, Bayberry teachers are hard workers who deserve respect.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 31, 2006

Excellent teachers, supportive school board, energetic principal and staff. Many extracurricular activites with parents as volunteers; Very active Parent Teacher Organization involves in supporting and encouraging young student activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2005

Superb program for my kindergartener - looked at private schools in area and this surpassed them. For reading, children are separated into smaller groups based on ability and this has allowed my son to excel. They have spanish, music, art, gym, etc - all run by teachers who put lots of thought into each day's lesson. Facilities are new and beautiful. Children's library can't be beat. Program is well run and staff are kind and understanding. Mrs. Boggs is fabulous (very conscientious, energetic, happy and fun) but I understand all the kindergartener teachers are excellent. Parent support is very strong. Overall, topnotch school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

This school is located on a quiet street. A great school with fresh teachers. Only downfall is the math: dittos and memorization. These children can memorize the material but can't apply the knowledge. Good for test taking, but not good for their future. Besides the math curriculum, the school is good.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2010

 
 
92%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
87%

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83%

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89%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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100%

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94%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students92%
Female98%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Special education81%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special education75%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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

Language Arts Literacy

All Students79%
Female87%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Special education37%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female87%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Special education79%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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

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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 72% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 9%
Black 6% 16%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Bayberry Lane
Watchung, NJ 07069
Phone: (908) 755-8184

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