School Details

Mount Vernon Elementary School

142 Mount Vernon Pl, Newark, NJ 07106
(973) 374-2090
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 & ungraded 662 students 13 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

51%
42%
66%
68%
50%
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
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
31%
59%
53%
49%
78%
85%
69%
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
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
31%
61%
70%
52%
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
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
35%
66%
75%
53%
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
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
33%
65%
49%
33%
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
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
56%
82%
68%
42%
69%
71%
50%
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
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mount Vernon Elementary School is a public middle school in Newark. The principal of Mount Vernon Elementary School is Ms Bertha Dyer and can be contacted at bdyer@nps.k12.nj.us. 662 children attend Mount Vernon Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Mount Vernon Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 83% of the 662 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Mount Vernon Elementary School is 13:1. University Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 59% 53%
Hispanic 24% 38%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 1%
Asian 14% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 85%
Limited English proficiency 11% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children that attend this school and it is by far the best public elementary school in newark. The administratrators and teachers are very hard-working and dedicated towards children learning and becoming productive citizens as the grow and move on. Mt. Vernon deserves an A.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is very unique. I'm new to this school yet I feel like I've been here for a long time. So parents coming from a kids point of view I recommend that u let the kid visit and see the class their going to it will make their decision easier. and parents this school has so many different ethnicities that your child will blend right in its not a all that all this school. I hope you enjoyed my message!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    As a former parent - my experience with this school has been disheartening. A very cold disrespectful and uninviting climate exists at the door. The administrators were virtually invisible to parents & if surveyed you will find the upper grades are never engaged by them. The older students feel neglected overall. I'm reminded of this year's 8th grade graduation; besides students at the auditorium door passing out programs there was no hospitality extended to parents by an administrator or staff member. At the close of the commencement a random announcement was made to "wait for your child at the front of the school-they must pick up their diploma in the library" Thank you for coming. No administrator or staff member greeted the parents- in fact the administrators immediately returned to their respective offices as if there weren't 50-60 parents standing in the 95 degree heat on the front stairs. Theres a very cold disconnected and uninviting climate that exists here for students and parents alike. This shouldn't be. Manners are free.

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended Mt. Vernon from the 2nd Grade to the 8th. The school in general is ok. Many of the teachers I had were good and they had a zeal for teaching. I'm a sophomore in high school now and as I attend other schools Mt.Vernon really need to step up. Personally I wouldn't recommend anyone to go to Mt. Vernon. Many of the good teachers left the school and many of the functions that go on are unorganized. You would think that when you go to the main office the clerks would be friendly and helpful they are rude and do not address needs. Mt. Vernon is in need of a change. Like I said I went to this school and passed all my classes with the honor roll but I just don't like the way things are run here. A good principal Ms. Malloy is at another school.

  • (3 years ago)

    THIS SCHOOOL IS AWESOME I LOVE BECAUSE I WENT TO THE SCHOOL i HAD A GREAT TIME ATTENDING IT AND LEARNING VARIABLE LESSONS ALSO THEY HAVE A GREAT EDUCATION SYSTEM

  • (4 years ago)

    I would like to know if this year preperation for the 2011 grduation is going to be different from last year. I feel that you did not start earley enough preparing for all the thing that go into graduation. I hope you don't do what you did for last year graduation. As a parent that have to put out the money I think we ned more than a week notice for pictures rings and wait less than three month of the school year to prepare a yearbook they have not receive. I came over to the school in January to offer my help. Now I offering my help again to start looking for these things they will need . There are a lot of people out of work lets think about them.

  • (4 years ago)

    My school years at Mount Vernon have been some of the most disagreeable in my academic career. Incompetent leaders administrators and teachers feed negativity into the educational environment by arguing with one another and often venting their feelings of personal frustration on students with condescending remarks. This debases the character of the educational process which is meant to cultivate individuals who should feel comfortable to ask questions and express their ideas and concerns. It also adds hostility into an area that should focus on learning. I found financial priorities out of balance as the school received two automated employee attendance tracking machines while students lacked the sufficient number of science books to accommodate the number of students in the grade. Programs are underfunded classes are overcrowded the curriculum teaches below the standard of nation wide schools and it is nearly impossible to speak with the leader positions of the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of a pupil in kindergarten at Mount Vernon in Newark NJ. When I first enroll my child in that school I have to say that there was anxiety on my part... I love my daughter's teacher she is very involve and care about the academic progress of my child; she would tell me about her misbehavior and her progress regularly. However sometimes I can see a lack of organization on the part of the administration staff. For instance they canceled the photo day at the beginning of the year and waited about the day before to let us know about the new date for the next photo shoot!!!! My daughter had a trip in New York and they waited the day before to let the parents know about it (they had to dress nice with dressy clothing).

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is not active enough with their students teachers or staff...one day of observation made me realise that my child would be leaving

  • (6 years ago)

    mt vernon school is a great school. i love the teachers. the administrators office is alot to be desired the front office does not make you feel welcome at all. be ready to stand in the office before someone acknowledges you and ask if they can help you. the school prinicipal ms dyer is not the friendliest person but she does i have to admit has control of the school. i want to personnal thank the teachers at mt vernon you deserve high honors you do show you care about the children. thank you

  • (6 years ago)

    I like the school it's Principal and Teachers continue the super job all of you are doing.

  • (7 years ago)

    Mt Vernon Elementary School in Newark NJ has good homeroom teachers. Gym teachers are good. But some of the other special teachers need more training and supervision. Overall academics are good. I liked the writing program. However the principal leaves a lot to be desired. She does not relate well to parents. Ms. Pinkney is the best (vice principal). If it were not for her the ship would sink. Safety is questionable in cafeteria and definitely on the playground because security guards have been seen on cell phones and not on the job. Playground has too many fights. In the classroom children are well educated but who wants to risk the safety of their child on an unsupervised playground. But you won't get an appointment with the principal because her secretary (body guard) does not allow it. She avoids answering to parents when things go wrong. Shame shame shame!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    Mount Vernon is an awesome school; apart from its lack of violin classes needed for mathematics. As there has not been a violin class/after school activity in the past five years. As a parent the school is not as cordial as it could be; but academics are high. The principal Mrs. Dyer although I often disagree with her methods of dealing with parents verbally/on paper is a phenomenal administrator for our children. She has given Mt. Vernon for so many years a phenomenal academic structure for success. All of my sons have attended Mt. Vernon with one left; and academically I couldn't be happier with their progress. The teachers and the administrators really do care about our children; but equally as important as parents we too must care about what it is we want for our children academically speaking as well. And the bottom line is we want a solid foundation.

  • (7 years ago)

    A very great school for kids. Good Teachers Great extra curricular activites.Great Basketball program

  • (9 years ago)

    This is my child's first year at Mount Vernon (Kindergarten). So far so good. She loves her cafeteria her Spanish teacher her art class and gym class. Her teacher Mrs. Guinta is so wonderful! I'm glad she ended up being her teacher for the year. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that they re-opened school after the holidays (January 2nd) and there were hardly no teachers present. If I had known this was going to be the case I would have kept my daughter home and sent her back to school on the 3rd. But other than that I love the school. No real problems have occured and I hope it stays this way.

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