School Details

J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

16 Kevin Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 757-7555
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-4 511 students 12 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

78%
82%
66%
92%
91%
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
  • Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
78%
59%
94%
95%
78%
93%
96%
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
  • Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School is a public elementary school in Scotch Plains. The principal of J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School is Dr Deborah Evans, who can be contacted at devans@spfk12.org. 511 students go to J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 3% of the 511 students here get reduced lunch prices. Class size at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School is 20, and the student to teacher ratio is 12:1. Frederic W. Cook Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 75%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 11%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 8%
Asian 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.06%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    We love Coles Elementary. It's a school with a dedicated and caring staff. It's a safe and child friendly setting. Not on a main road but easily accessible from Terrill Road. There's a playground at the back of the school and a field to the left of the school for sports and games. There's a path behind the school that connects with Allenby Lane so children from the cul-de-sacs off Cooper road can walk to school without having to go all the way around via Terrill Road. It is surrounded by fine homes on one acre properties. The school is exceptionally well maintained the classes and hallways are always spotless and nicely decorated with student work and art. Coles Elementary is wonderful!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has attended Coles now for two years and is currently a third grader. I am very pleased with Coles in every respect. The teachers are great and my son is having a wonderful year. We feel very fortunate to be connected with Coles and could not ask for a better school for our third grader. Submitted by a parent

  • (7 years ago)

    Our child's experience at Coles in second grade has been a dramatic improvement over last year. With the benefit of hindsight the issues we previously had with the school were probably teacher-specific. His current teacher Ms. Gallagher is new but energetic and up to the challenge of varying her day to day instruction to engage her students. We did place our 5 year old in kindergarten there as well and are very happy with his teacher Ms. Mendenko and the progress he has made. The kindergarten is half-day which is the perfect duration for him. All in all Coles is living up to its reputation as a highly rated public school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Coles School gets our highest rating. The interaction between teachers school staff and children is very warm and respectful. We love this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter went to this school for the 2004-2005 session (1st grade) in Mrs. Prato's class. I must say I was very happy with the academics and the extra curricular activities at this school. Mrs. Parto is an excellent teacher and I think most other teachers with whom I had an oppurtunity to interact are also very good. Overall a good school.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have been so impressed with Coles School. Personal attention is given to students in a very warm and involved atmosphere.

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(based on 6 ratings & reviews)

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