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Thomas Sharp Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 5 students

 

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Posted December 17, 2013

I am also having a very positive experience at Sharp School. I have found the administration to be very positive and helpful with my child's needs. It seems like everyone agrees that the teachers are very dedicated. Also my experience with the PTA has been that they are extremely receptive to any parent who would like to volunteer to help out. All you need to do is ask. Oh and BTW, I am parent not a staff member.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

This last review is just not true. Joining the PTA or gettting involved is easy and the PTA president is very approachable, also always looking for help. So if you tried to join the PTA all you had to do was join and tell them when you are willing to help and they will gladly encourage and accept your input. also not gossipy at all so I have no idea what you are talking about. Instead of complaining get involved, instead of judging lend a helping hand. This school has some of the best teachers and I'm not one of them or staff. Also I'm a member of the PTA been to meetings have you?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

My child is attending through the 2013-2014 school year. The teachers seem to really care about the kids. However if a child doesn't fit the cookie cutter plan the administrative staff isn't as welcoming. To get involved with the PTA is like pulling teeth, normal gossipy group that give others a bad name. The teachers from what we have seen are good. As far as the low scores I dont know since its our first year here but it doesn't surprise us to be honest. The leadership really needs retraining or a serious overhaul. This is the closest school to us however we are looking to change and suggest that you really look at all the schools in the district before settling for this one. When we compared and went to the other schools it was like night and day! We hope there is no issue with getting our child into a different school. If we cannot get a different school within the district we will be trying private or home schooling. I would venture to say some of these other comments are from staff and not parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Great school, dedicated teaching staff & the best principal! I highly recommend Sharp Elementary School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

The teachers & principal truly care about the students and push them to excel. Also there is a great group of involved parents. I agree with the previous parent's review about the ratings and test scores not telling the full story. However the scores on this site are out dated. I believe that the 2013 score will be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

I am very happy with Thomas Sharp. My child is currently in Kg and his teacher Mrs. Phillips is amazing. She is very supportive, encouraging and easily available to the parents. The principal greets the students at the door every morning and is highly involved with the school PTA and the teachers. I can't wait for my little guy to start school there soon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

We have 2 kids at Sharp, and have been very happy. The teachers genuinely care about the kids, and have been great about understanding and adjusting to my children's individual learning and social styles. The parent community is strong and active, and there is a nice diversity in the classroom.
—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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

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 59% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students62%
Femalen/a
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education65%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students74%
Femalen/a
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant74%
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 Students23%
Female25%
Male21%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White36%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education33%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant23%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students69%
Female67%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant69%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students88%
Female92%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
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 Students40%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant40%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students59%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
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

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How schools in the state rate:

25%
of schools in the state are Below average
48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 47% 51%
Black 26% 16%
Hispanic 19% 22%
Two or more races 6% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 56%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Joseph Gurcsik

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400 Comly Ave
West Collingswood, NJ 08107
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