School Details

James F. Murray No. 38 Elementary School

339 Stegman Parkway, Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 915-6620
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 & ungraded 915 students 10 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

44%
53%
66%
66%
67%
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
  • Jersey City School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

48%
41%
59%
73%
73%
78%
87%
81%
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
  • Jersey City School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
44%
61%
81%
73%
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
  • Jersey City School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
47%
66%
71%
67%
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
  • Jersey City School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

48%
48%
65%
34%
43%
64%

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
  • Jersey City School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
64%
82%
63%
55%
69%
62%
57%
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
  • Jersey City School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James F. Murray No. 38 Elementary School is a public middle school in Jersey City. The principal of James F. Murray No. 38 Elementary School is Ms Sandra Jones, who can be contacted at sjones@jcboe.org. 915 children attend James F. Murray No. 38 Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 3% of the James F. Murray No. 38 Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 78% of the 915 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at James F. Murray No. 38 Elementary School is 10:1. ABC Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 11%
Black, non-Hispanic 46% 34%
Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 17%
Asian 23% %
Hispanic 21% 38%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 1%
Multiracial 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 77%
Limited English proficiency 3% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    School provides a diverse environment to learn and have a great amount of discipline. Lunch is much better compared to other schools. Teachers encourage students to learn. Love the extracurricular activities and their involvements with them.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a 3 children attending this school. The Pre-K teachers has been on short-term leave for so long without even informing parents. Substitute come and go - it does not create a love for learning for my kids. Luckily my eldest is above average thanks for KUMON and a lot of preparation at home. It seems like it lacks challenge work to students who are getting bored... school is more after exceeding the standard test score and being out of the "Need for more improvement ..." title. Private school options around the area is limited. Because public school is free I spent money on better after school program and extra-activities that supplements their learning. My Pre-K child will be moving to a charter school hopefully it's better there!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have a child that use to be in 38 and one who is currently in 38. My one in high school got skipped on her first day of high school. My 6th grader is smarter then her. All I can say is this school is the best coming from this school myself.

  • (9 years ago)

    The course curriculum of the school was very diverse. I know the district demands it follows a path leading up to standardized testing but a lot of the 'common knowledge' topics that make up our culture today are lost on these children and as a parent you have to make sure you are covering those topics at home. The music program that provided instruments was a great benefit. I was disappointed at the lack of after-school program availability for grades 5-8. For children with parents that work it's a struggle being children can't be at home alone until they reach age 12/13. The only option is the Boys/Girls club which serves all districts. Also notices of shool events rarely came home.

  • (11 years ago)

    I've have had 2 children in this school. One is currently in 7th grade the other is graduating HS. We have found PS#38 to be a very good school with a dedicated staff and exceptional teachers. My only worries is with the state and federal government emphasizing standerized testing that some of the basic subjects and extracurricular activities are being lost or underfunded.

  • (11 years ago)

    Having four kids in Grades 4 6 8 and pre-k we can say that PS 38 has given the opportunity for all our children to explore and enhance their talent. This would only be possible with the motivation and assistance of their teachers. We have found it fulfilling that we can discuss with their teachers the progress they have been making thus both teachers and parents can collaborate towards the child's development.

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