School Details

Eleanor Van Gelder Elementary School

251 Undercliff Ave, Edgewater, NJ 07020
(201) 945-4106
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 632 students 10 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

68%
68%
66%
81%
81%
78%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Edgewater School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
71%
59%
94%
94%
78%
95%
95%
90%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Edgewater School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
66%
61%
82%
82%
80%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Edgewater School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
78%
66%
89%
89%
79%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Edgewater School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Eleanor Van Gelder Elementary School is a public elementary school in Edgewater. 632 students go to Eleanor Van Gelder Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 8% of the Eleanor Van Gelder Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 15% of the 632 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Eleanor Van Gelder Elementary School is 10:1. Number 4 Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 41% 41%
Asian 41% %
White, non-Hispanic 33% 34%
Multiracial 2% 1%
Hispanic 16% 16%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 14%
Limited English proficiency 8% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is growing too quickly. Newly created classrooms go without books for several months into the school year. Newly hired teachers are lost and disorganized. It takes teachers a month into the school year to get access to homework boards and start posting homework. Some classes in the same grade have spelling and vocabulary tests weekly. Others have them once in three months. Almost no work comes home and some teachers rarely respond to emails. I would pull my child out immediately if I could afford it. Some teachers are great but your child's experience will be highly dependent on the teacher.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is in the fifth grade at EVG. He has been here since his first grade. We have loved EVG for him. He has grown in ways we never imagined. He has always LOVED to go to school and hates to miss it! Ultimately a good school is determined by how good it's teachers are. A good teacher can raise your child's personal scores by two grades research shows. The years that my son has had good teachers he has been the happiest. We've had a mix of good and bad over the years but the new principal is ensuring the quality of teacher's above all else. She has instituted some marvelous literary programs from her Alma Mater Columbia Universtiy and has the teacher's trained in them. She has brought the school technologically up to age. In a school with a high ESL population we so needed the literacy initiatives. She has started NJ ASK prep because no matter how good the kids are they need to have exam prep skills. Maybe it will take a few years. This school will be bringing hordes into the NY bedroom community of Edgewater. It is one to watch out for! I am very optimistic about EVG beings one the best in time to come. The kids get to mix with kids of all cultures.

  • (1 year ago)

    School has many issues. Regular children are burdened with children with social and behavioral issues. Many children are below one grade level in class. School masks this deficiency by making students prepare for NJASK all year long. Not a lot of worldly learning only by the books. Parents are not allowed to be involved much in class. Class parents get to help ask for free supplies and update info on fundraising. No class involvement at all. Principle of school is very qualified on paper. Her credentials on paper speak better than her actions. Quality of students in this school is questionable. It will take a few year before EVG turns to a gem; however only if good families in the communities believe in the school and remain in public school. Chances are pretty slim..

  • (1 year ago)

    The two edgewater elementary schools divide student population so that K-2nd Grade is at George Washington and the 3-6 Grades are at EVG. There is a de-emphasis on mathematics and hardcore curricula at both school. Both schools place more value on language arts such as reading and writing but at the expense of math & science. This year alone 1st Graders lost 1 hour of math and 1 hour of science per week to accomodate writer's workshop principal's pet project. And that de-emphasis has been going on for a while. Class sizes are 20 kids or more in every grade don't know where the stat of 10 students per teacher came from. Overall this school may have been good once but it has not been for a while now.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school my kids love it. Lots of work but they have sufficient programs to keep children on track.....My daughter made high honor roll this year.

  • (2 years ago)

    some of the 5th and 6th grade teachers in this school are not good at math and science!One of the 6th grade teacher(she)is so arrogant and mean to kids. they spend least amount of time on math and science. If they can't handle math and science then they shouldn't even be teaching 5th and 6th graders! They got rid of science lab which is crucial for 5th and 6th graders. Their music curriculum dates back to 70s I'm sur they have been teaching the same stuff for ages. During their spring and summer concerts they perform the same old stuff every year. Talented kids never get a chance present music teacher always picks her favourite kid regardless of his or her ability to perform. Because of the teacher some of the kids dropped out of music class. This school is only good until 4th grade due to the fact that its not well equipped and staffed to teach 5th and 6th graders.

  • (3 years ago)

    Fantastic place to learn. Teachers are simply the best and the academic program is challenged.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school does not offer PK currently. They will in the future as they are building new facilities but not currently.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has finally started get with the times and adapt Readers and Writers Workshop instead of Round Robin Reading! The superintendent knows what she is doing. I don't know how the veteran teachers or the younger teachers will take to this change in teaching reading.

  • (4 years ago)

    If your child is gifted EVG is not the school for him/her. The school administration is excellent except for the curriculum coordinator. The curriculum is tailored to fit slow learners. The smart ones are not nurtured; they are punished by having to go through the same learning process. There is no program that allows them to develop their motivation for higher learning. The school population grows every year. As a result the science lab language room and the art room had to make way for additional classrooms. Each class has at least 24 kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in 4th grade at EVG Elementary. He came from an excellent public school in Baltimore (Mid Town Academy). EVG has turned out to be a wonderful surprise welcoming administrators who made the registration process work; engaged teaching staff who care and transfer their love for learning to my son; and afterschool program (YMCA) that takes care of his academic and recreational needs.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff is very friendly and helpful however the curriculum is not up to far with what schools need right now. I work in Glen Rock as a Reading Specialist and my child is in 2nd Grade at EVG. They are all still doing Round Robin Reading and using a basel. The Everyday Math Program is also not used the correct way leaving many gaps in my child's knowledge of math. I send her to Kumon to make up for it. They really need to switch to the Readers and Writers Workshop model to prepare them for Middle School and HS and to get their LA Test Scores up.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two children in EVG. I used to send my kids to private school. I was surprise that the quality of teachers are very good and they are very passionated with their students. I have no complain in this school so far.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 2 children attending this school and so far we have been very happy with the administration the extra- curricular activities and the level of support they provide parents. The area is nice and I like the small class size that they maintain. I think the school has made a big difference in my children's learning development.

  • (7 years ago)

    Since I've attended this school back in the 70's and thoroughly enjoyed it then I was happy to move back to Edgewater and have my children attend EVG. To my surprise EVG became a much better school with additional academics programs such as computer lab science lab French and Spanish classes. Since it's a small school their class size remains small. If your child needs extra help with reading or math they offer remedial classes during the day. Every day after school they have some type of extracurricular activity for the children such as singing violin homework club chess mentoring and many more. Now that two out of three of my children have moved on to middle and high school I must say that when my last child leaves EVG I will continue to support and volunteer my time at EVG because I feel so connected to the administration

  • (7 years ago)

    We are very happy with this school. The environment is on that has my daughter who is in second grade loves going to school. She has had music art gym spanish computer and science lab since kindergarten and was able to start taking violin this year. There is a very active Parent- Teacher organization. The school also has 2 after school performing arts programs. We will be leaving the area soon and our biggest regret is taking our daughter out of this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child is in first grade at this school and I am very happy that he is excited about going to school. The teachers are friendly and work hard to help the class.

  • (10 years ago)

    I currently have 2 children enrolled in school and so far so good. Its still a small school and I have gotten to know most of the faculty. They are all very dedicated to the students and are willing to do whatever it takes to improve.

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