School Details

Unity Charter School

1 Evergreen Place, Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 292-1808
8

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 195 students 9 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

82%
82%
66%
86%
86%
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
  • Unity Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
86%
59%
71%
71%
78%
100%
100%
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
  • Unity Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
83%
61%
78%
78%
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
  • Unity Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
77%
66%
92%
92%
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
  • Unity Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
100%
82%
93%
93%
69%
100%
100%
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
  • Unity Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Unity Charter School is a charter middle school in Morristown. The principal of Unity Charter School is Carolyn Mungo and can be contacted at carolyn.mungo@unitycharterschool.org. 195 students go to Unity Charter School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the 195 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Unity Charter School is 9:1. Regional Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 68% 72%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 10%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    What I have learned about Unity Charter School Pros caring environment many committed teachers focus on social-emotional skills zero-waste vegetarian lunch program Cons uneven implementation of key aspects of educational program. - multi-age class configurations inconsistently applied and changed often (challenging for teachers to adjust curriculum) resulting in some kids missing key units - curriculum not yet fully developed in middle school - class size is not small as advertised - inexperienced administration - larger number of special needs kids in the middle school - soft on bullying Bottom line Unity s educational program was innovative when the school first began. But now most public schools have adopted experiential education differentiation multiple intelligences social-emotional focus environmentalism/school gardens as part of recognized good general teaching practice. Unity remains a nice free option for those residing in a poor school district or for kids who need a small school environment and extra focus on social emotional skills. Otherwise your local school district will provide all of this but with better funding support and facilities.

  • (10 months ago)

    I posted a review on 10/18/13 but it was removed. Although it wasn't too positive it was honest. The main points weak academics which I didn't realize until after we left. Everyday Math seemed awful until we went to our local school where it's great. Weak teachers - we had 1 amazing teacher 1 who was okay but not great & not well-liked & 1 who was pretty sweet & loved by the kids but could not teach nor communicate well w/parents. Can't keep good art & music teachers due to low pay & bizarre schedule offered. Lip service to sustainability with teachers & the director regularly using disposable water bottles while bragging about their fancy water fountain that kids use to not be wasteful. In the name of "zero waste [@ school] lunch" families often felt forced to take snacks out of packaging & put them into washable containers to bring to school. The director is unresponsive to complaints & concerns including bullying & issues w/enrichment program. Most of the families are great & quite involved but the familiarity w/director (for families as well as BoT) & no separate superintendent means there's no pushback or accountability. Their priority on outdoor time is nice.

  • (1 year ago)

    I think the Director's comments are telling - she has nothing better to say about the school. My kids were happy at Unity as they promote a feel-good atmosphere and attract some lovely families/kids. However bullying is rampant and nothing is ever done to help the victims I believe because it would make the school look bad. For the rest it's a pleasant place with little learning no grades an over-priced nutritionally questionable lunch program and just not enough space considering the possibilities Morris County offers. As a commuter school that draws from far and wide parental involvement by non-Morristown residents is slim and no effort is made to rectify this. The teachers are generally adequate but the admin is unresponsive and detached. If you live in a bad district this might be a good choice for you but it really doesn't offer anything better than any decent district. I'd love to find out about Unity alums' success in HS but the director declined to try to set up an alumni night for kids to come back for us to talk to.

  • (1 year ago)

    I hesitate to say it but Unity is Morris County's best kept secret. We have attended since 2010 and have had a wonderful experience. The teachers are kind dedicated and they form excellent relationships with the students. The entire school follows the principles of "Positive Discipline" which encourages students to problem solve any behavior issues. As a result the students learn emotional intelligence and mutual respect. This is not a punitive environment with the yelling that we observed at other schools. With an eco-centered mission the students learn to be good world citizens. Diversity in backgrounds and learning styles is respected. There is a Special Learning Needs Counselor on site instead of a rotating staff. The Principal and Vice Principals are exceptional- kind open to parent involvement and feedback and just generally great people. The students love them and feel very valued each day. As a result our son loves school. Add in a healthy lunch menu an organic garden great elective classes and seasonal overnight trips and you have an amazing school that manages to exceed state expectations again and again.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children currently attend Unity and we all love it here. We switched them out of a school district which is one of New Jersey's "Choice Districts" because we felt their needs were not met. My middle schooler is a Mensa member and at Unity he is challenged according to his academic level and taught to be an autodidact while learning social and environmental responsibility. My younger son a 3rd grader was severely depressed prior to attending Unity because of how he was treated at the other school. When I ask him these days how school was he shouts "Fun fun fun" and bubbles over with excitement. His grades are improving and he is now such a happy child again. The teachers and staff are just beyond awesome. They truly care and put all their energy into raising academically and emotionally strong children. I can honestly recommend this school to anybody.

  • (1 year ago)

    In the past I had good things to say about Unity but I have changed my mind after 3 years there. My first complaint is that the stated student teacher ratio is not 9 1. They come up with that number based on all staff and in class aides (the aides are not supposed to help any student other than the one to whom they are assigned.) Second the IEPs are poorly written and would not stand up in court. Third their application of Special Ed services is inconsistent and they do not always follow the law regarding Special Ed. Fourth the idea of multi-age classrooms sounds like a great theory but it doesn't work in practice. One age group or the other will always suffer. I would recommend this school only if the local district is too bad to even consider otherwise stick with your home district.

  • (1 year ago)

    My family has been attending Unity for 4 years now and are thrilled with our experience. The staff has been very nurturing and has encouraged my shy kids to be more confident and secure in who they are. My daughter is going into middle school next year and the school took the time to answer my questions and hers and provided a Q & A to set expectations. The teachers work diligently to focus on individual needs and work to the strength of each child. My kids love school and would stay through the summer if they could.

  • (1 year ago)

    We sent our son for kindergarten this year and he was bullied physically several times by the same kid. The school refused to deal with it the right way--didn't document it to the state and they never even contacted the other child's parents to let them know their child was acting inappropriately. The administrators told my son that he will always run into people throughout life whom he doesn't get along with and they taught him avoidance strategies while the offender got a slap on the wrist. After more than one attempt to work with the school on this ongoing issue and being told repeatedly that the teacher didn't see any of it happen they then tried to turn it around and blame my son somehow. He lost a few kids in his class this year due to unresolved bullying issues. Also my son didn't bring home one single art project until February--at this age kids should be working with color texture light gluing cutting etc. He only ever brought home drawings on scrap paper. I am sorry I ever sent my son there--his first school experience was terrible and everything I feared.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been at this school for 4 years and it has gotten better every year! The staff are committed creative and caring. Parents have a chance to be involved in the school in many ways throughout the day. I had a child go through the traditional local middle school and once she was in 6th grade it was "hands-off" "parents-out". At Unity the staff are much more accessible and responsive to parent concerns!

  • (2 years ago)

    I find it extremely disturbing that this website has removed all negative comments regarding this "school". Even following the guidelines of not mentioning names honest feedback has been removed. It will be interesting to see if our comments will be allowed. We had great aspirations for this school and its mission of sustainability. Unfortunately our child was bullied endlessly. After bringing it to teachers' and administration's attention the lack of accountability was rampant and we have decided to not return next year. Protect your children and keep them out of this "school".

  • (2 years ago)

    Awesome School my children love it and do not want to go back to our district school. I bought my homes location because of the schools. Teaching staff is fabulous creative and inspires the kids to learn.

  • (3 years ago)

    We at Unity Charter School take great pride in our students staff and our community. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments via email. Have a great day.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have a kindergartener who adores math and science and a second grader who would be happy reading and making up stories all day. We all adore Unity. Before discovering the school we were considering moving out of the area. In this day and age of dittos rote memorization and teaching to the test Unity has a creative intellectual multi-disciplinary curriculum which still manages to emphasize drill where beneficial. My kids are learning about space via science research art and expository writing. They are becoming citizens of the planet--and their smaller worlds. They get to spend a fair amount of time outside learning about the environment while interacting with it physically. Unity teaches EQ as well. The staff is superb in terms of dealing constructively sensitively and intelligently with social disputes. The children's first impulse is to "talk things out". The high level of parental involvement means kids learn in special interest groups--costume design taught by someone from the Met karate by a sensei--and extends to community gatherings. I can't imagine a better place for my kids to be nurtured and grow when they are away from home.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our second year at Unity and I can't believe our good fortune to be part of this school. The teachers are supported are allowed to bring in activities that are specific to the interests of the children in their class. Don't underestimate the value of this. At our district school even the best teachers were mired in bureaucracy and it held them back. At Unity I consistently see the teachers engaged in the work of finding the way to get to MY kid. And what's happening is that my children are learning to learn--how to fall in love with a subject and how to slog through and do their best even when its not their thing. It's a slow process and I get impatient sometimes but the teachers here take the time to partner with you communicate what's going on in the classroom and listen and adjust when my child needs a little help. I didn't think this was possible in a public school--Unity sets a new standard.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers at Unity Charter School recognize my child's special skills and assign appropriate work to help her continue to develop.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have been at Unity for a number of years and this has been the best year by far. The school is over the growing pains of last year (jumping from 100 to 150 was a challenge) and has a strong committed teaching staff. Despite the increased size I still feel that the teachers know my children very well and are committed to challenging them academically as well as in areas of social-emotional growth. The Director is excellent and embodies the best of Unity and the addition of the Assistant Director this year has been great. There is a real sense of "commUnity" at the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a student here and I've been reading the comments and post about our great school. All of the teachers are amazing fun smart and make learning fun. I wish i could give this school 10 stars but the ratings only go up to 5. One of my favorite subjects is math and before i came to this school i hated math and didn't enjoy learning. For all of you that think there is bullying in this school think about every other school in the world and see if they have bullies but here there are no bullies and is a very safe enviroment to be your self. ) )

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our 4th year at Unity and we are very happy with the experience our children have had. They are at different places on the "academic spectrum" yet we are pleased that the teachers are able to enrich them where needed and able to provide the additional help and support where that is needed. We also like that sustainability is woven into all subject areas. I am very impressed with the character development program that they use - Positive Discipline. All children are treated with dignity and respect they learn to find their voice and they learn empathy for others. The Director is passionate about the students and I think she embodies the best of Unity.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am thrilled with both Unity's academic environment and its mission. My children have blossomed since attending Unity. My academically-inclined child is challenged daily; her teachers make sure there are always extra projects for her and her intelligence is viewed as a "positive" thing rather than a cause for bullying. For my child who is not as studious her teacher stays on top of the class ensures homework is being done and makes learning fun. The mission of sustainability reinforces what we teach at home and the positive discipline aspect creates an environment of kind considerate children who care about their peers. The lunches are healthy (amazing for a school!) and the kids eat with real dishes cups silverware napkins and tablecloths! The teachers are nothing short of fabulous and most importantly my children look forward to going to school each day.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a prospective parent at Unity I was very impressed with the new facility the students and the director. During a recent visit to the school she was knowledgeable compassionate and genuinely interested in every aspect of the school. The students spoke candidly about their learning experiences and how the administration supported them to be empowered. The school was peaceful and filled with excitement for learning. I am thrilled to have been selected in the lottery and look forward to becoming a part of this caring community.

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