School Details

Union County Teams Charter School

515 517 West Fourth Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 754-9043
NR

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-11 & ungraded 279 students 13 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

38%
38%
66%
63%
63%
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
  • Union Co Teams Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
55%
59%
65%
65%
78%
70%
70%
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
  • Union Co Teams Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

32%
32%
61%
53%
53%
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
  • Union Co Teams Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
34%
66%
46%
46%
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
  • Union Co Teams Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
39%
65%
26%
26%
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
  • Union Co Teams Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
80%
82%
45%
45%
69%
68%
68%
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
  • Union Co Teams Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
85%
92%
69%
69%
80%

High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA 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. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Union Co Teams Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
44%
58%

New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess high school students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it
  • This school in 2013
  • Union Co Teams Charter School average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Union County Teams Charter School is a charter high school in Plainfield. The principal of Union County Teams Charter School is Mrs Sheila Thorpe, whose e-mail is sthorpe887@aol.com. 279 students go to Union County Teams Charter School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 63% of the 279 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Union County Teams Charter School is 13:1. Plainfield High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 86% 86%
Hispanic 14% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 63%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    This school is not a safe environment for children to learn. My children will not be returning next year. The regular public schools are safer. I would strongly advise against sending your child here. I strongly recommend that the State Department of Education or the group with jurisdiction over this institution conduct a thorough investigation of this school. This school is not at all what it pretends to be. They will have to answer for the many children who have been negatively impacted because of attendance here while they have turned a blind eye. I am truly disheartened because I sent my children here thinking it was a good school and instead they have been bullied and have learned many negative behaviors which I will have to work at undoing over the summer. Send your children elsewhere!

  • (1 year ago)

    I find it disheartening that individuals feel the need to come this site to make a public complaint with very inaccurate information. The community needs to realize what Charter Schools are up against and truly understand that there is always a way to resolve a matter. Become apart of the solution as opposed to undermining and demeaning the work of educators who spend countless hours working to ensure that students receive a quality educaiton. For every complaint listed here there are certainly 10 parents who can offer positive feedback. My experience has been wonderful. Every school has its ups and downs but I can certainly say that every teacher and staff member in this school has a heart for kids. They arrive early stay late and work on Saturdays. Administration is available and return phone calls and emails immediately. Attend a meeting come to an event see the good in what is done instead of working to tear apart an institution that upholds student safety has a priority. Visit the school for a day. On May 28th the school is having a Teacher For A Day program I encourage to walk a day in the shoes of a teacher and I am certain you will have a greater appreciation.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is in the fourth grade and started in the kindergarten. My child will no longer attend this school. My husband and I are very involved parents and this school just do not live up to what they say they are. Out of the five years my child was there two of the teachers were exceptional! However they are no longer there. In order to talk to anyone at the school you have to make an appointment even if something serious happend to your child. The things my child learned at this school from other kids that included bad habits are ridiculous. I can control my child but not other kids or what they learn at home. It is not in a safe environment at all. The children do not go outside and play to blow off steam. The staff turns a deaf ear when something happens to a student but when addressed they say they care. NOOOOOOO they do not.........This school is terrible but I tried to give them a chance. Not anymore. The school has progressively worsened thru the years and I only see it getting worse. UC teams really needs to go back to the drawing board and start over.

  • (1 year ago)

    I think the state needs to come in and close the doors on that terrible school! IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION DON'T SEND THEM TO UC TEAMS!!!!!!! YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN MORE AND PERFORM BETTER ON THE STATE TEST BY ATTENDING PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS! UC TEAMS IS DEFINITELY OVERRATED!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    UC TEAMS is a top ranked school and well-deserving of its ranking! My son is currently a student in the K-2 program and he has grown tremendously in character education and academics. Although there are a few new teachers they are mentored and consistently perform professional development and training almost daily. I have personally and professionally seen the growth in the administration and teachers and I am so proud of their First Graduating Class!! Every student earned COLLEGE CREDITS while at UC TEAMS for 2 years at UCC and 100% went on to colleges (some 4-year and some 2-year institutions). I want my children to be there for high school and participate in this REAL college-prep program. No other high school around can compare to this college program only offered at UC TEAMS!!! Keep up the good work!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I strongly think that parents should think seriously before putting their child in this school. It is a big joke. Look at their first graduation rate! How many of their students have been accepted into prestigious colleges? Parents I warn you think before sending your child to this school. They should be investigated!

  • (1 year ago)

    It took me awhile to decide if I wanted to leave a comment espically after reading some of these replies. I didn't want to be the parent bashing any teacher because I understand that teaching has to be an enormous thankless job. I truly appreciate the efforts of every teacher including those at UC TEAMS. I think the bottom line is prents send their child/children to a charter school for the hope of something better. A better circulum a better atmosphere a better environment for their child. I mean isn't that why the waiting list is so long.....bc of the hope for something "better". I know that's why I choose this school and I have been very disappointed. I don't feel like this school lives up to the portrait it tries to display. I'm not pointing fingers but I'm choosing not to send my child back. I don't think he received a quality education last year and I don't think he was in a safe environment. My son told me of countless times of him being unsupervised and fights happening. How he felt nothing was offered to him and that teachers didn't care. I don't think his educational needs were met....if ur child needs any extra help please DO NOT SEND THEM TO UC TEAMS.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a teacher at this school and I am deeply disturbed by the comments I see on here. Every place of employment has its issues particularly at the administrative level particularly in a community where parents are socioeconomically disadvantaged. I come to work everyday positive and determined to help my students learn not only about content but about life love and happiness. I have spent weekends developing creative and engaging lessons for my students and gaining their respect and trust so I can carry out those lessons in a compassionate learning environment. I speak with the utmost confidence that I achieve this despite whatever issues or chastisements over dress or blah blah blah I receive from the administration. I do my job proudly. As for the educator who thinks their collegues come for a paycheck-- your severe misjudgement reflects upon a severe misunderstanding of the teaching profession. If I wanted a paycheck I would get a job at a real business a real corporation and be paid twice as much for half the stress. As for the parents learning starts at home. It's easy to place blame where one's own lack of endeavors falls fittingly short.

  • (1 year ago)

    I salute all the teachers and staff at UC TEAMS Ch rter School. I have volunteered on numerous occasions and have seen first hand how hard working the teachers are. It is not the Sol responsibility for a teacher to educate a child about his or her character. This is something that is instilled in a child at a very young age . So for those parents WHO are making all these comments ask yourself If you ever really took the time to volunteer and See for yourself all the wonderful accomplishments all the teachers made especially in the elmentary level!

  • (1 year ago)

    When you completely understand that learning is the number one priority you will then realize that this school is a top school worthy of praise for all of the positive contributions being made on a daily basis to the success of its students. ALL schools and students have issues. However focus and celebrate the positive! This school has great leadership and administration. With more parental involvement and positive support from EVERYONE (internally and externally) this school can be even greater! Keep up the great work and continue putting the students first! I applaud you!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is doing great things. I have a son who attends school here and he enjoyed every minutes of it in second grade. The teacher there went above and beyond for him. I'm so grateful for all she has done. Teachers work extremely hard and their job is a demanding one. I salute these teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    As an educator at UC TEAMS I must unfortunately agree with the parents who have said that there is a lot of room for improvement especially in the elementary grades. The environment lacks the level of attention and order necessary for youngsters to thrive. I became a teacher because I love working with children but many of my colleagues appear to be here just for the pay check. I would not allow my children to attend this school and I would not recommend it to parents with elementary age children.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attend UC TEAMS since K. I agree with previous reviews that this has been one of the worst school experiences EVER. The school has a huge issue when it comes to BULLYING yet it all goes ignored. This charter school is ran more like a BUISNESS than a place for education. This will be my son's last year with UC TEAMS and unfortunately I feel for him - this past school year was a waste. My only regret is that I didn't pull him out earlier. At this point I am 100% willing to take my chance with the Plainfield Public School system. I give them zero stars and I am far from a bitter uninvolved parent...I am solely a parent seeking the best for their child. At one point I considered this school a beacon of light and hope for Plainfield. Now after years of 1st hand experiencing I see it as a business across the street from the projects. It is a good question as to why the educators of this school send their children elsewhere. Parents be ware. It's sad because its the children who suffer the most.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have to remember that we can't solely depend on our teachers to it all they teach parent become social workers etc. Some parents need to experience the life of a teacher to fully understand the day to day activities as a teacher. Let's not throw the towel in on our teachers. Come and visit the school be involved have other parents do the same. School isn't a babysitting service. We must clearly understand that FIRST...

  • (4 years ago)

    I rate UC TEAMS Charter School as one of the best in Plainfield. The teachers make the effort to make the environment of learning. I hope the parents will appreciate more what the teachers are doing and become a team with them.

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