School Details

Rafael Hernandez Elementary School

345 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104
(973) 481-5004
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 & ungraded 598 students 15 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

36%
41%
66%
57%
51%
76%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

21%
29%
60%
43%
45%
75%
68%
68%
89%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
29%
62%
55%
50%
80%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

24%
34%
67%
32%
51%
79%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

22%
31%
64%
24%
36%
67%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
51%
80%
33%
42%
72%
57%
48%
79%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rafael Hernandez Elementary School is a public middle school in Newark. The principal of Rafael Hernandez Elementary School is Mr Juan Carlos Ruiz, whose e-mail is jruiz@nps.k12.nj.us. 598 children attend Rafael Hernandez Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Rafael Hernandez Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 89% of the 598 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Rafael Hernandez Elementary School is 15:1. Robert Treat Academy Charter School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 71% 38%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 53%
White, non-Hispanic 0.7% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Asian 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89% 85%
Limited English proficiency 6% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    rafael hernandez school is changing me has a student do not agree with the changes.we have a new principal and vice principal and they want us to sit with our class in lunch.teachers say lunch is the time to talk with our friends but we cant even do that.i also think the kids that got restricted and got the trip took out should have another chance to change themselves.

  • (2 years ago)

    Academically this school is terrible. The children's education is not priority. My nephew had a teacher who was always negative on him On a report card day he walked ahead of his mom and his mother heard the teacher saying a smart remark to her son upon entering the room. Thankfully she moved to a better neighborhood and he is doing excellent on all subjects at his new school. When i attended the school a student used to hit the teacher and caused her to quite for the following 3 semesters of the school we had a substitute teacher on the subject of math This affected everyone in the subject of math that graduated on that class. I also know some teachers who left the school for the poor leadership and conduct. My younger sister used to be bullied there. Over the years there has been had little improvement. Very disappointing.

  • (4 years ago)

    Apparently the parents whose children attend this shool are not accustomed to 'better.' We found better following many incidents of biased behavior toward our child who is NOT Hispanic and for whom the school provided no protection from its predominantly Hispanic staff and student body. Lucky for us our child is now homeschooled where he has excelled to 12 grade levels on his CAT scores -- something unheard of at Rafael Hernandez.

  • (5 years ago)

    Rafael Hernandez School is a nice school to work at considering the students are great and the staff is very nice and friendly. When I started working here a couple of yrs ago everyone was very helpful and understanding.

  • (5 years ago)

    In our school the teachers are the best at working together.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Rafael Hernandez school because when I started here as a new teacher I was embraced by the faculty staff students and parents. I didn't find out until August that I was being transferred and so I was a little nervous. I showed up at RHS with a car full of belongings and right away the Parent Liason lent me a hand cart and key to the elevator to allow me to move my stuff in. As the school year went on many staff members stopped by my room to offer a kind word welcome and even to ask if there was anything I needed. THe energy at Rafael Hernandez is one of support. Everyone is on the same wavelength as far as what our goal is which is to ensure that our students succeed. I am a proud member of the Rafael Hernandez family.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our School is great we have a great debate team cheerleaders basketball team and great kids parents teachers and administration and a great music department I give them a 10

  • (7 years ago)

    Rafael Hernandez how gone thru alot this year 2007 & 2008 has made a big change to the better i've seen this school go threw alot from ok principals to the worst especially in 2006 to 2007 but this September a new principal came in and wow what a change he has brought into the school keep up the great work Mr. Ruiz Rafael hernandez school has been waiting for someone like you.

  • (9 years ago)

    RAfael Hernandez is not the best school in Newark some teachers are very disrespectful and there helpers are worst.

  • (9 years ago)

    This shchool here is the best school in Newark because it schows your kids the passion of arts as in drama class art class vocal class instrumental class and much more putting your child in this school will give your child a chance to become a superstar.How you ask this school has a special class which is called Arts Academy. once your child has a goo recomendation they can go to Arts High and continue their dreams to be a superstr in any way

  • (10 years ago)

    Very good school teachers are excellent.

  • (11 years ago)

    Rafael Hernandez was a great experience for my child who attended there for 4 years. The grade went up and we will miss the fun. Thank you.

  • (11 years ago)

    Rafael Hernandez Elementary School is one of the best schools in Newark. Being in that school makes you feel right at home because the people there are wonderful to you. Its a school that wants every child to succeed no matter what the odds are!

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