Nathan Hale Elementary School

Summary:

Nathan Hale Elementary School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-4 in Carteret, New Jersey, part of the Carteret Public School District. The school has a diverse student population, with a majority Hispanic enrollment and significant Asian and African American representation.

Despite its small class sizes, with a student-teacher ratio of 10.5, Nathan Hale Elementary consistently ranks in the bottom quarter of New Jersey elementary schools. Its academic performance, as measured by proficiency rates on state assessments, is significantly below state averages across all grades and subjects. For example, in 2022-2023, only 21.2% of 3rd graders and 37.6% of 4th graders were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to state averages of 42% and 51.3%, respectively. The school also faces challenges with high chronic absenteeism rates, increasing from 5.3% in 2018-2019 to 22.2% in 2021-2022, which is much higher than the state average.

When compared to other elementary schools in the surrounding districts, such as the higher-performing Private Nicholas Minue Elementary School in the same Carteret district, Nathan Hale Elementary School generally performs worse academically. Additionally, the school's per-student spending of $5,184 in 2018-2019 is lower than the nearby Linden and Woodbridge districts, which spend $9,886 and $6,230 per student, respectively. These factors suggest that Nathan Hale Elementary School faces significant challenges and may benefit from targeted interventions and additional resources to improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-4

 678 Roosevelt Avenue
       Carteret, NJ  07008


(732) 541-8960

District: Carteret Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1103rd of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,184 Help


Students who attend Nathan Hale Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Carteret Middle School
High:    Carteret High School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.5 Help
Number of students:  438

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
65.1%
Asian:
15.1%
African American:
8.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  77.2% Help


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Compare Details Nathan Hale Elementary School ranks worse than 82.2% of elementary schools in New Jersey. It also ranks last among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Carteret Public School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 19.06. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Nathan Hale Elementary School has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Carteret Public School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (65.1%), Asian (15.1%), African American (8.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 77.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Carteret Public School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Nathan Hale Elementary School is 10.5, which is the lowest among 3 elementary schools in the Carteret Public School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Nathan Hale Elementary School is $5,184, which is the highest among 3 elementary schools in the Carteret Public School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Nathan Hale Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Nathan Hale Elementary School 1103rd of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Nathan Hale Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Carteret Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Carteret Public School District 519th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Nathan Hale Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 18.91 988th 1204 17.9%
2004 37.83 953rd 1298 26.6%
2005 32.51 1014th 1303 22.2%
2006 35.26 1007th 1314 23.4%
2007 48.95 883rd 1329 33.6%
2008 47.11 886th 1338 33.8%
2009 31.41 1049th 1346 22.1%
2010 32.90 1037th 1354 23.4%
2011 32.31 1039th 1360 23.6%
2012 36.47 999th 1363 26.7%
2013 48.94 837th 1367 38.8%
2014 41.48 929th 1363 31.8%
2015 43.93 797th 1357 41.3%
2016 35.96 900th 1346 33.1%
2017 36.11 903rd 1352 33.2%
2018 30.22 997th 1353 26.3%
2019 24.48 1056th 1360 22.4%
2021 21.00 1006th 1317 23.6%
2022 23.70 1023rd 1345 23.9%
2023 19.06 1103rd 1342 17.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.29 177th 434 59.2%
2019 48.79 200th 463 56.8%
2021 43.21 174th 411 57.7%
2022 42.49 224th 489 54.2%
2023 35.55 300th 499 39.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.79 419th 1001 58.1%
2019 35.55 578th 1007 42.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.85 351st 942 62.7%
2019 33.31 632nd 948 33.3%
2021 53.93 303rd 839 63.9%
2022 52.04 348th 863 59.7%
2023 39.41 524th 910 42.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.87 988th 1333 25.9%
2019 29.69 976th 1331 26.7%
2021 29.55 868th 1290 32.7%
2022 24.77 981st 1326 26.0%
2023 20.91 1033rd 1318 21.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.55 953rd 1334 28.6%
2019 22.49 1052nd 1335 21.2%
2021 17.44 1053rd 1297 18.8%
2022 24.45 982nd 1324 25.8%
2023 19.68 1046th 1315 20.5%
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Rank History for Asian students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 0.76 333rd 370 10.0%
2019 2.83 329th 370 11.1%
2021 7.08 320th 339 5.6%
2022 7.50 303rd 348 12.9%
2023 10.35 302nd 346 12.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 24.01 444th 522 14.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Nathan Hale Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.21 434th 870 50.1%
2019 39.22 546th 899 39.3%
2021 30.97 660th 896 26.3%
2022 31.47 642nd 953 32.6%
2023 23.42 770th 982 21.6%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Nathan Hale Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 129 67 106 221 0 n/a n/a 0 523
2003 129 67 106 221 0 n/a n/a 0 523
2004 136 78 124 229 0 n/a n/a 0 567
2005 116 92 117 253 0 n/a n/a 0 578
2006 94 83 144 266 0 n/a n/a 0 587
2007 87 78 143 243 0 n/a n/a 0 551
2008 79 90 145 269 0 n/a n/a 0 583
2009 59 98 128 251 0 0 0 0 536
2010 55 84 129 266 1 0 0 0 535
2011 52 84 136 254 0 0 4 0 530
2012 42 81 151 258 0 0 5 0 537
2013 51 60 144 263 0 0 4 0 522
2014 51 62 130 258 0 0 7 0 508
2015 48 58 142 265 0 0 10 0 523
2016 45 64 131 247 0 0 6 0 493
2017 39 61 132 262 0 0 6 0 500
2018 38 57 126 259 0 0 7 0 487
2019 37 56 107 271 0 0 9 0 480
2020 32 52 97 293 0 0 11 0 485
2021 34 41 96 273 0 0 10 0 454
2022 30 46 82 289 0 0 13 0 460
2023 33 39 66 285 2 0 13 0 438

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Nathan Hale Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 523 29.0 18.0 54.1
2003 523 29.0 18.0 54.1
2004 567 34.0 16.7 54.1
2005 578 33.0 17.5 n/a
2006 587 33.0 17.8 65.2
2007 551 33.0 16.7 68.6
2008 583 29.0 20.1 68.8
2009 536 41.1 11.3 70
2010 535 35.0 15.2 70.7
2011 530 31.5 16.8 70.2
2012 537 35.6 15.0 78.4
2013 522 38.0 13.7 74.5
2014 508 38.2 13.2 71.9
2015 523 39.0 13.4 73.4
2016 493 38.0 12.9 80.9
2017 500 44.0 11.3 80.4
2018 487 43.7 11.1 81.5
2019 480 43.8 10.9 84
2020 485 44.0 11.0 82.1
2021 454 43.2 10.5 67.2
2022 460 41.8 10.9 72.8
2023 438 41.6 10.5 77.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Nathan Hale Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 523 29.0 18.0 54.1
2003 523 29.0 18.0 54.1
2004 567 34.0 16.7 54.1
2005 578 33.0 17.5 n/a
2006 587 33.0 17.8 65.2
2007 551 33.0 16.7 68.6
2008 583 29.0 20.1 68.8
2009 536 41.1 11.3 70
2010 535 35.0 15.2 70.7
2011 530 31.5 16.8 70.2
2012 537 35.6 15.0 78.4
2013 522 38.0 13.7 74.5
2014 508 38.2 13.2 71.9
2015 523 39.0 13.4 73.4
2016 493 38.0 12.9 80.9
2017 500 44.0 11.3 80.4
2018 487 43.7 11.1 81.5
2019 480 43.8 10.9 84
2020 485 44.0 11.0 82.1
2021 454 43.2 10.5 67.2
2022 460 41.8 10.9 72.8
2023 438 41.6 10.5 77.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Nathan Hale Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $429 (8.3%) $4,755 (91.7%) $5,184

Data source: New Jersey Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Nathan Hale Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1056th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 1103rd of 1342 Elementary schools
 4.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nathan Hale Elementary School)4621.2
 24.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Carteret Public School District)48.725.6
 23.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Nathan Hale Elementary School)52.426
 26.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Carteret Public School District)49.833.8
 16%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Nathan Hale Elementary School)38.537.6
 0.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Carteret Public School District)42.341.8
 0.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Nathan Hale Elementary School)25.818.3
 7.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Carteret Public School District)36.928.5
 8.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Nathan Hale Elementary School)40.933.9
 7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Carteret Public School District)44.936.4
 8.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.949.6
 8.3%
5th Grade Mathematics (Nathan Hale Elementary School)28.616.9
 11.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Carteret Public School District)31.923.4
 8.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)46.836
 10.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students480438
 8.8%
African American5639
 30.4%
American Indian02
Asian10766
 38.3%
Hispanic271285
 5.2%
Pacific Islander00
White3733
 10.8%
Two or More Races913
 44.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients84%77.2%
 6.8%


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Students who attend Nathan Hale Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Carteret Middle School
High : Carteret High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 438 students attended Nathan Hale Elementary School.

Students at Nathan Hale Elementary School are 65% Hispanic, 15% Asian, 9% African American, 8% White, 3% Two or more races.

Nathan Hale Elementary School ranks in the bottom 17.8% of New Jersey elementary schools.


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