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About This School

Nellie K. Parker Elementary School is a public elementary school in Hackensack. The principal of Nellie K. Parker Elementary School is Ms Lillian Whitaker and can be contacted at l.whitaker@hackensackschools.org. 501 children attend Nellie K. Parker Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 4% of the Nellie K. Parker Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 50% of the 501 students here have subsidized lunches. Class size at Nellie K. Parker Elementary School is 16, and the ratio of students to teachers is 8:1. Maywood Annex is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 47% 48%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 31%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Asian 10% %
White, non-Hispanic 10% 14%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.06%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 50%
Limited English proficiency 4% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Concerns other should know about Nellie K. Parker Elementary School. Parker uses grade reading level to pick and choose who they want to promote and who they want to leave behind. I believe a child should not be left behind because of his or her reading level. Parker has a reading level in which they hold standards too great! Although they have these standards Parker should have a reading program that is bullet proof to support these standards. In which will guide the children to reach his or her full reading potential level and not fail or force a child to be left behind if the reading level is not met. Reading Academics is significant. I can appreciate Parker having strong intention for reading. What I do not agree with is the punishment of failing a child or retaining a child for a whole another year in the previous grade if the reading level is not met. Retaining a child can affect the child self-esteem and cause the child to not have confidents in his or her self-ability. The child may not feel he or she will be able to catch up with his or her right-age school s peers. A domino effect of failure can rear its ugly head in the child future.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child came from private school and was quickly embraced in every way at Nellie K. Parker. The leadership and teachers truly care about their students and are effective in every way.

  • (4 years ago)

    They are a fantastic school so involved with the students teaching through positive reinforcement having the students be independent and take responsibility for their actions while still nurturing the students coaching them guiding them and helping them to better themselves through academics and extracurricular activities.

  • (4 years ago)

    Students & parents feel like at home. We are a big family. High academic skills. Love my school!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are a family the teachers staff and parents are always there for the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent teachers and great environment. I would recommend everyone for their kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    This has been an excellent school for my son We had moved from India to United States and this school environment and supportive teachers made it very comfortable sailign for him. Staff is caring Great and are providing high attention.

  • (6 years ago)

    NKP is a really good school. My daughter has been there for 2 years and is comfortable in the learning environment. Although there appears to be great academic resources it does not appear that they are available to everyone. I think the school would benefit from a crossed grade style of teaching. If certain strategies for one teacher are produces superior resutls the other teachers should be encouraged to follow suit

  • (6 years ago)

    I think NKP is a good school but I totally agree with a previous post that the principal and teachers are only encouraging and supportive if the student doesn't have any problems. Therefore if you do not have a perfect child chances are your child will be penalized for it. They will also try their best to ship to child out of the school. I don't think the principal is fit for her position because she doesn't know how to handle children is various issues which is very sad. Her attitude is that 'she can't be bothered' I am talking from experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    Most of the teachers are great but a few bad apples... My son's current teacher can't seem to get control of her class and protests to the administrations falls on deaf ears Principle seems to be particularly out of touch with what is happening in and around the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent school. I am pleased with the entire staff. My son did not like school before and he attended Catholic school. I decided to pull him out and send him to Nellie K. I have not seen him this enthusiastic about school since he started Pre-kindergarten. He is now in 2nd grade and I only wish I checked out Nellie K first instead of listening to unfound rumors.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers are encouraging and supportive only if the student doesn't have any problems. It is almost impossible to get special services and the solution more often than not is to ship that child to a special school out of district. The attitude is that they simply 'cannot be bothered' with children who have difficulties in the classroom.

  • (7 years ago)

    Nellie k. Parker teachers are great! i definitely was nervous about sending my child to this school but she is now in her 2nd year & she is doing great! the teachers & staff are a very warm & caring group. Accelerated programs would be nice but overall a nice environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child started Kindergarten at the NKP School last year. Prior to entering she did not know how to read count or spell. By the end of year I was estatic My child could do it all and more! NKP is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader Thank you NKP for bringing out the best in my child and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter attended Nellie K. Parker for 2 years and it was the most delightful time ever. The teachers and academic programs were suited for her age group (Kindergarten and 1st grade). I relocated to New York and Miss Nellie K.

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