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Marie V. Duffy Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 20 students

 

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Posted August 25, 2014

Duffy & MacKinnon Schools in Wharton- *The Wharton district has brought the tech position back in house and now employs a full and part time IT person. *The Wharton district is proud to announce that ALL classroom settings are now equipped with SMARTBOARDS and a Windows 7 teacher workstations. * The Wharton district has purchased 400 Chrome Books to enhance instruction in the classroom. * There are now 24 laptops for every two classes. They will be equipped with Google Apps for Education. *The Wharton district has added an additional server and wireless hubs in each room to improve internet speed and connectivity. The technology lab in the TLC has also been upgraded with new computers as well. That is action! In my opinion, it is not a matter what a school is rated and where, but the effort, enthusiasm, heart and soul of administration, staff and parents. Wharton makes a strong showing in all of the above. Wishing all a great school year. Enjoy those fleeting summer moments and hug your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

Marie V. Duffy School is a K- 5 Elementary School with the middle school connected. The schools share their special teachers and the cafeteria. So it is not unusual for students who are in 8th grade to see their kindergarten or 1st grade teachers. The teachers in Marie V. Duffy school give it their 100 % when it come to the students. My children attended Marie V. Duffy school and graduate 8th grade from the Mackinnon Middle School They have always love going to school and I believe that it came from their elementary school teachers.. The teachers are creative in presenting the material so they always want to learn. Do this day my daughter who is older will remember something she learned in Kindergarten. The school has many opportunities for the students especially if they are struggling or even if they are bright. They have homework clubs, gifted and talented program. They have kept up with the technology and have the students work on laptops, computers, smart boards. This allows them to learn how far technology has gone and that they can accomplish anything. The teachers are friendly, caring, loving and make an impression on all their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

Nice small community oriented elemenrary school. I am happy with the way my child is being prepared for her future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

A great school system!!! The teachers are caring and committed!! For them, its not just a paycheck, they truly care for our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

We love our teachers and administrators. We cannot say enough positive things about our new Superintendent, Chris Herdman. My kids love the school, which is the most important thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I was nervous when my son entered Kindergarten as I did not know anyone. Almost a year later, He loves school, I have met wonderful parents and feel at home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Our school is a small elementary school...each grade level has approx 80-100 kids. Our town is also a mixed community with a high percentage of hispanic families and a relatively low income base. For our size and budgetary constraints, we offer so many activities, programs and things that other, richer, larger schools can offer, from a full music/arts program, a gifted & talented program, ESL program, full child study team for special needs and/or kids with learning issues, school sports programs, PTA that provides numerous activities and programs, to many extra educational help programs. There are always field trips, special recognition days, plenty of fun, educational assemblies, etc. Our kids come out of the schools with a healthy, unbiased view of different cultures and races, which isn't always the case with more upscale towns/schools. I'm happy to say my caucasian son's best friends are black and hispanic! We may not have the BEST test scores; however what indicator is that really of a good school? Our small school offers every parent an opportunity to be involved in helping out at the school and getting to know the teachers and administrators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

My son started at this school with the PRIDE program. He had a few delays. The school has done a great job. All of his teachers have been wonderful. I couldn't of asked for better teachers. They are so patient with him. The teachers are always encouraging him and try to get the most out of him. All supporting staff is great too. They do their best to make our school the best. When my kids started at the school I didn't know anyone. Now I have made friends with my kids classmate parents. I am so happy with my experience so far with the school and staff. From the janitors to the Superintendent. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Excellent faculty and staff. Wonderful Superintendent. PTA does so much for the kids. Both my children have excelled and are consistently on honor roll. Very happy with the school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

The Wharton Boro School system has grown by leaps and bounds. There is a very dedicated faculty at both Duffy and McKinnon. The teachers are hard working and of high caliber. The community is diverse and allows for our children to understand reality of the world while learning in a loving and supportive environment. Full day kindergarten allows for children to have a head start at excelling in the classroom setting - which proves that Wharton is ahead of the game (finally!) The current principal of Duffy is very hands on and involved with parents and children. You rarely find her in her office as she is actually involved with the students! She is professional yet kind with an approachable persona. The superintendent is equally active with the students. Having numerous encounters(positive) with him in only a few weeks of school is comforting that he has my child's interests at hand. Having a VISIBLE administration is something you will not get in other towns with fancy tax rates. My children are getting a wonderful education while we are living in an affordable town rich with history and cultural diversity.
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Posted August 31, 2013

We have had a wonderful experience at Duffy Elementary! We now have a full time superintendent/principal, who is phenomenal. The teachers are fantastic and the classrooms are stocked with the latest technology. I am very happy to be a part of the Wharton Borough School District!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

I feel the school is doing a great job for children with special needs or if your kid is average but if your child is gifted and talented forget it. Nothing extra this is a struggling school. Thank god for the handful parents that are involved
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Posted March 10, 2005

My children both love Duffy school. They have great teachers and feel very comfortable and safe at their school. They have many extracurricular activities and the parents are very involved. As a parent it's important to me that my kids are learning and feel good about going to school everyday and I am happy because my kids never complain that they don't want to or hate going to school. That says alot about the school they attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2005

I have been talking with my third grader about relocating - she is adamant about staying in Wharton so that she can continue to attend 'her' school. She refuses to entertain any ideas about going to a new school. This speaks volumes about how secure and well-adjusted she is to her peers, school environment and most of all her teachers.
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Posted September 28, 2004

Their test scores are great and prepare students for MacKinnon, high school and beyond. My child graduated Salutatorian three years ago from this school system and is now at the top of her class, applying to schools such as Univ. of Virginia, Univ. of Miami & Florida State. With the program she is currently in at Morris Hills, she's currently enrolled at NJIT. I have nothing but great things to say about this school system, which my daughter has been in since kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

i think duffy school is a wonderful school, my son has had nothing but wonderful teachers and has been in the gifted and talented program and has been a high honor student. along with teachers , parents need to be there for there children also.....
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students44%
Female52%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special education13%
General education54%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant44%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former23%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students58%
Female52%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education33%
General education68%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant58%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former31%
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 Students48%
Female57%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
White56%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special education19%
General education57%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant48%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students68%
Female63%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
White72%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education57%
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students84%
Female83%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education62%
General education91%
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 Students52%
Female61%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Special educationn/a
General education59%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant52%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant75%
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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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
Hispanic 61% 22%
White 30% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
Black 4% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Pamela Blalock

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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137 East Central Avenue
Wharton, NJ 07885
Phone: (973) 361-2506

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