School Details

Redwood Elementary School

75 Redwood Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 669-5457
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 574 students 8 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

70%
75%
66%
84%
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
  • West Orange Public Schools average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
70%
59%
94%
87%
78%
100%
95%
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
  • West Orange Public Schools average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
70%
61%
94%
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
  • West Orange Public Schools average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Redwood Elementary School is a public elementary school in West Orange. The principal of Redwood Elementary School is Mrs Barbara Kivlon, who can be contacted at bkivlon@woboe.org. 574 students go to Redwood Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Redwood Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 22% of the 574 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Class size at Redwood Elementary School is 18, and the ratio of students to teachers is 8:1. Pleasantdale Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 8%
Asian 8% %
Black, non-Hispanic 35% 43%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 26%
Hispanic 20% 22%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.09%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 31%
Limited English proficiency 3% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Redwood Elementry is the school with HEART. Every day they show it. The teachers are very helpful and accomodating. I have one daughter who is entering college this fall and one more left in Redwood for her final year. We are looking forward to another great year and progress as always.

  • (3 years ago)

    I agree with several of the parents. The administration and many of the staff members are unresponsive to the cultural needs of the diverse student population. They claim that they embrace diversity but all they do is "tolerate" it as their motto states. What they do is very condescending and amounts to nothing more than history month celebrations and potlucks. Little if anything is done in the curriculum or in the hiring practices to really show that they respect and value the diversity in the student population. They have a sheer ignorance in understanding that academic needs are connected to cultural needs and this is why their scores are a disgrace for a suburban school with so much potential. Change the admin and we may see improvement.

  • (4 years ago)

    Redwood School shows H.E.A.R.T and is a great elementary school. The academic standards are strong and the teaching staff is outstanding. It is a place that thrives on the diversity and has been a wonderful start to all four of our children's academic success.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have nothing but great things to say about Redwood. We have two children who attend Redwood. They love school. The teachers and staff are dedicated and outstanding in their field. We continue to be impressed with the parental involvement as well. The class sizes are very small and the students are motivated. The principal has done a terrific job to foster an environment that is both caring and academically challenging.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers and a great deal parental involvement makes this school one of the best in the area.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is in 1st grade and absolutely loves Redwood school! She can't wait to be there everyday. She has excelled and is more than Par with other kids I know in other school districts/towns. The teachers are great with communicating with parents and even the Principal is amazing and caring for every child.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is a current student at Redwood. At first I was reluctant to try the school based on my first impression (we were coming from a private-school environment) however after meeting Principal Kivlon (outstanding) and the teaching staff (outstanding) and talking to many other current and former Redwood parents and hearing their glowing reviews and most importantly after seeing the quality education that my child is receiving I have become a huge fan of the school. If you do a comparison of student test scores in reading and math class size level of education and experience of teachers you will find that Redwood is on par with the most highly ranked public elementary schools in NJ. If you want your child to receive a quality education in a caring nurturing environment with experienced teachers you won't go wrong with Redwood.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both my sons attended this school; I was PTA president for two years; amazing staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children have had a very positive experience at Redwood School. They have excelled academically and socially and I credit their teachers for helping facilitate their growth in these areas. The school is rich with diversity and we have not found the environment to lack tolerance or respect for diversity. There is a great deal of parental involvement in the PTA and many extracurricular activities for the children to enjoy. Most of all I find that my children come home happy and excited about the things they have learned at school. As a parent I couldn't ask for more.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child has attended Redwood school for the past 2 years so far (K and 1 st grade). The teachers have been very responsive the principal is very accessible and safety is high priority in and around school property. I'm disappointed however in the lack of extracurricular activities and enrichment programs for the younger grades.

  • (7 years ago)

    Test scores are down every year and the administrator thinks we are doing good. I don't with whom she is comparing us to. I agree we need better leadership for sure.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very poor. Leadership is lacking and the school is not at all geared toward families with working parents. My child has been at Redwood for one year. If my child's teacher is not better this year then I will pull my child from this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Quality is mediocre test scores are dropping and needs administration changes. Parental involvement is high however school does not encourage it.

  • (10 years ago)

    The staff here is caring and helpful the facility is beautiful safe and their class sizes are small with at least two teachers so every child has individual attention. The standards are high. They offer extra curricular activities and as well as arts i.e. art music and drama class! They even have a language class. They have a great mix of cultures as well. I am very happy with them.

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