School Details

South Mountain Annex

444 West South Orange Ave, S Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 378-5216
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 & ungraded 623 students 15 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

83%
83%
66%
88%
84%
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
  • South Orange-Maplewood School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
79%
59%
91%
85%
78%
99%
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
  • South Orange-Maplewood School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
79%
61%
86%
89%
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
  • South Orange-Maplewood School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Mountain Annex is a public elementary school in South Orange. The principal of South Mountain Annex is Ms Augustina Lehn and can be contacted at tlehn@somsd.k12.nj.us. 623 students attend South Mountain Annex and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 7% of the 623 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at South Mountain Annex is 15:1. Jefferson Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 48%
Multiracial 6% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 40%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers are mediocre - depends on who you get. Had a great teacher in Kindergarten and then a horrible teacher in 1st. Not too impressed w/ the 2nd grader teacher either. Principal seems overwhelmed and not easy to track down. School is terrible in dealing with children that sit at the far ends of the bell curve so if your child has issues you will not be happy at this school. I know of several parents that have pulled their kids out of this school and I'm considering doing the same. I've asked for help from my child's teacher for 5 months and all I got was a shrug of the shoulders. I had to hire expensive help from the outside just to get my child the help she need's. For the taxes I pay in this town I expect more from the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    The principal is fantastic and the teachers are amazing. They provided us support whenever needed and went out of their way to assist our kids. Couldn't ask for a better environment.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been a parent at South Mountain for over 5 years and have 3 children in the school. My children and I have had a wonderful experience with the school teachers and parent community. This does not mean we haven't had some issues over the years and a couple were serious but they were worked through and addressed. Most of my children's teachers have been absolutely wonderful and strong professionals but...... one or two that were substandard but this is definitely not the norm. Overall the curriculum and academic standards are excellent and continue to improve each year with the leadership of the principal superintendent and school board. This is a neighborhood school with a nurturing environment and strong parent involvement which only helps to makes a school great!

  • (3 years ago)

    A great school if your child is already motivated academically. If they need extra attention or assistance they can get lost in the shuffle. The teachers are mostly good. Communication with the principal's office is pretty bad (they often just don't return calls) and the disciplinary approach of the principal is inconsistent.

  • (3 years ago)

    This elementary school is wonderful. My son had a terrific experience and the teachers were kind and nurturing. He has made leaps and bounds in both language arts and math.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter loves the school... we love the principal and teachers. All of our children will go to the Annex if we can help it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Both my daughter and I have loved all her teachers at South Mountain particularly her second grade teacher. She is a very good student and when I've worried she wasn't being challenged enough each of her teachers have worked with me to find additional more advanced work for her. In addition to that I've seen various ways in which they teach to the individual child's level whether it's varying difficulty of spelling words or books to read or being able to pick when they are ready to take a math test on multiplication tables. This year she is in an inclusion class (meaning there are special needs kids in her class). That has been a bit of a challenge because she is a good student and quiet so I was worried she would be overlooked. I couldn't have been more wrong. Her teachers are very tuned in to all the students and while I'm not sure I would choose that structure again for her I think it's been a real learning experience in how to deal with many different learning styles. Nothing is perfect of course but she is learning and excelling in ways I couldn't have predicted. I'm very happy she is there.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school basically failed my son. He's a challenging kid--bright and curious but likes to learn in his own way--self-directed and independent. They don't know how to deal with that. He got into trouble a lot because he was bored and ended up hating school and feeling bad about himself. They talk a lot about "teaching to the child" but it doesn't happen. One of the worst days was when during a lockdown drill he made noise and was told in front of the entire class that he could have gotten everyone killed. If your child learns the way most people do s/he will be fine otherwise probably not the best choice.

  • (5 years ago)

    My sons both went to South Mountain Elementary and it is the one school that has left the most impact on them. The teachers were their teachers friends and parents all in one with their guidance and effort.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school has become the most magical and most wonderful place for growing children. The new principal is absolutely wonderful and the new teachers are just fantastic! I am so happy my child has the experience of learning and growing in such a warm friendly risk free environment. As a teacher myself I couldn't be happier with this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am extremely happy with the South Mountain elementary school. The principal is very involved and knows how to manage the school; all of my daughters' classmates come from grounded and open minded homes. I'm very happy with the type of education my child is getting.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our new principal is wonderful - very caring always approachable and very experienced. My 1st and 3rd grader are getting an excellent eduation and have lots of fun too. The music arts and phys ed are really well done. Great local school with lots of involved parents.

  • (9 years ago)

    Lacks leadership. Interim principal to take reins soon. Parents are concerned over this. Safe school but misdirected.

  • (9 years ago)

    Very disappointed in the teacher quality and general political tension in the school during the past year. I really feel that the tension between the teachers and principal has effected the children-- children sense tension and discourse.

  • (9 years ago)

    Involved parents many teachers have been in the district for many years diverse student body would highly recommend

  • (9 years ago)

    I find the annex to be a perfect environment for the younger students. It almost has a private school feel. The overall academic program as based on the district's design is not the most demanding of the surrounding communities but I feel my children are learning and most importantly enjoying school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great diverse population of fantastic kids nurtured by caring and top-notch teachers. Parent involvement is high. Availability of extracurricular activites could be higher.

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