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About This School

First Avenue Elementary School is a public middle school in Newark. The principal of First Avenue Elementary School is Ms Kathy Duke-jackson, whose e-mail is kjackson@nps.k12.nj.us. 1,082 children attend First Avenue Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 9% of the First Avenue Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 89% of the 1,082 students here are paying reduced lunch prices.The average class size at First Avenue Elementary School is 25, and the student to teacher ratio is 20:1. Abington Ave. Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 82% 34%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 0.8%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 57%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 0.1%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89% 82%
Limited English proficiency 9% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    i do not like this school. i have been there for three years sinse 2nd grade and has found multiple problems in this school. bullying is a major part of this and very disrespectful teachers to. On the rare years that we do get a good teacher s/he will usually quit within the first few months. terrible school with an endless list of problems.

  • (1 year ago)

    SIt is a fabulous school. My son had very low grades and had no care for school until he began attending this school. He was assigned to a teacher by the name of Mr. Chaimowitz also known as Mr.C. he is an outstanding teacher. My sons grades shooted up to A'c and B's and is very eager to go to school. He comes home on a daily basis talking about there class room assignments and how awsome his teacher is. I can't thank this teacher enough for all the hard work and dedication he contributed to his class. Thankx to this great school my son has been accepted to technology high. That school rated 2nd best in the United States. Thanks to First Avenue School my son is lucky enough to attend that school. I hope both my daughter's have the privilege to have Mr. C. As one of there teachers in the future. Even though all the teachers are wonderful. Thank you so much First Avenue School. You all are the best...

  • (2 years ago)

    THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SCHOOL FOR MY CHILD. GREAT SCORES GREAT TEACHERS GREAT AREA FOR THE KIDS.

  • (2 years ago)

    EXCELLENT SCHOOL I AM A VERY PROUD PARENT TO HAVE MY SON ASSISTING 1ST AVE SCHOOL. MY CHILD COMES HOME WITH THE BEST GRADES ALL BECAUSE THE TEACHERS TAKE THERE TIME IN HELPING MY CHILD. ALSO THIS SCHOOL AREA IS GREAT ALWAYS HAVE THE POLICE OUT THE SCHOOL TO WATCH FOR THE KIDS.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am sorry to say but this school is not great at all. The principle is rude and the teachers well I have my reservations too. My sons teacher stated that he will pass all students who show effort. I'm sorry but children should not be pass/recieve a passing grade for efford. You cannot pass the NJASK or your SATs by showing efforts. Then there is the basketball coach (very irresponsible). The music teacher discouraged my son from playing because he missed a note (my son has been playing for 3 years). Teachers do not have the patients in this school and it seems the leadership is lacking. My son told me how the principle screamed at the teachers (in front of the students). If you don"t have money to pay for private school you child is stuck in less than mediocre education.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is the best school my children have ever attended. The teachers are so caring and so attentive. I have to say when I first met the principle I didn't like her we exchanged a few words which I thought were very inappropriate coming from a principle. It's been two years and I've learned her way. She really cares for the children and their education and the whole entire staff. We have to remember she is just ONE person in charge of so much. I think she's doing a great job and so are the rest of the staff.

  • (2 years ago)

    This School is HORRIBLE!!!! The principal lacks professional skills and a lot of the teachers have no idea what they're doing. My daughter complains that when she asks for help with her math material they refuse to help her. They give her attitude and then she comes with homework and has no idea what she's doing. The principal is NO HELP!! I think it's time for a new administration and teachers that want to teach and see these students succeed!

  • (3 years ago)

    I KNOW FIRST AV SINCE MY TWINS GIRLS STAR 2002 NOW THEY ARE IN 8th GRADE AND I NEVER HAVE ANY COMPLAINT ALL THE TEACHERS ARE GOOD SO I HOPE THAT FIRST AV. COULD WIN.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is horrible. Till this day my son cant read. They don't care about your children's education. Its sad to know that they laid off all these teachers and kept the bad ones. The principal actually laughed at me while I was pouring my heart to her about my concerns with son. Who to turn too.....please help!

  • (4 years ago)

    I think that the teachers do not care what becomes of the children. Of course I only have experience pertaining to one class where my child is so maybe it cannot be generalized. However my own experience is that we have struggled through this year. They do not give the children homework. Why do parents have to ask all the time that they should give homework to our children? I thought this was a good school at the beginning but I have been truly disappointed. I wish there had been a way to have known that this school is a failure.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is truly something special. Our school received the National Change Award and we are very proud of it. I am a student here and I've been here since Kindergarten. I'm garaduating in 6 days. I really like this school.

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