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Brookside Elementary School

Public | 6-7 & ungraded | 7 students

 

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Posted May 28, 2014

Love this school! The staff is amazing! We transferred here after our move and my child went from failing grades to running a B+ average. Not only is he learning he also loves going to school now! The PTO is fantastic, so much better than our other school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

As a parent, I found this school lacking, academically and socially. My daughter is persistently bullied and the administration offers no help. The curriculum is inadequate, almost to the point of boredom. When these issues are brought to the attention of the administration, they blame the parent and community. The principal actually told me the "diversity" of the school student body causes the school to perform low academically. There are inappropriate assignments, for instance, first graders were made to memorize the song "Somebody that I used to know" for their concert, and the students complained, but again the teachers and administration turn deaf to the opinions of the community. Here's the warning: send your children somewhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I Think Brookside is an excellent school and I am very pleased with the principal and the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

I think Brookside is a wonderful school for the children. The current principal is very good with the children, always trying to improve. Programs are always available to students (but with limitations of students getting in). Teachers are young and enthusiastic and willing to work with you. Children learn skills to move onto the Jr. High and I think it is great prep. I never liked 'no mark ups for spelling', but under the new principal Spelling is being looked at much closer... more improvments are sure to follow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

Brookside has a new principal as of July 1, 2007. His leadership has changed the school greatly. The school is much more academic focused. The music department influence in the school has also been cut back. The focus of this school is now on teaching the children not making artsy book reports and other projects. There are many great teachers and some very poor ones at Brookside. Receiving a Star School award a few years back has allowed a few teachers think that they run the school. The open classroom setting of no walls and 75 students in a huge classroom reminds one of the failed attempts at this form of education in the 1970s. The new principal needs to clean out these teachers which will improve overall teacher morale. Overall Brookside is a great school. The new principal is always available to work with students and parents. The whole school district is working very hard to improve its academic performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

Horrible setup for academics right out the gate, even though the administration claims all the groups are equal. Virtually no homework is given it was impossible to check progress, teachers were unavailable for extra help or feedback to parents. Only when there was a problem i.e. comprehension, was a parent notified. If homework was given, progress could be followed. Too many involved artsy projects, not enough focus on math basics. The math program used was very confusing. Too much focus on socializing and trips. Principal was not available, concerns were ignored and parents made to feel as though they were a nuisance. We are considering switching to parochial school for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

Too much focus on the music program which only caters to kids with talent rather than teaching the children who actually need help. Academics fall by the wayside. The teachers seem to want to entertain the children, not teach them. Parent involvement is discouraged, not in words but in action. It's Star school status was earned more than six years ago, but it's not a Star school by any means.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

Too many art oriented curriculum projects. Good caring teachers Little or no parent involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

Great environment, curriculum and staff. We are very pleased with the quality of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2004

I have one child at Brookside. It thrills me to see how she has become confident and organized. The teachers have been nothing but great. Brookside truly is a star school!
—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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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87%

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2010

 
 
84%
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 65% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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78%

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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 Students85%
Female92%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic39%
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant85%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic57%
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
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 Students76%
Female86%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic58%
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students67%
Female71%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic54%
White68%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant67%
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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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 Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 80% 51%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Black 3% 16%
Two or more races 1% 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 8%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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