Valley Road School

Summary:

Valley Road School is an elementary school serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade in Clark, New Jersey, which is part of the Clark Township Public School District. This high-performing school has consistently demonstrated strong academic outcomes, low chronic absenteeism, and a relatively affluent student population.

Valley Road School has consistently ranked in the top 30% of New Jersey elementary schools, with a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's academic performance is particularly noteworthy, with higher proficiency rates compared to the state average in both English Language Arts and Mathematics across grades 3-5. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's 5th-grade students achieved proficiency rates of 78.2% in ELA and 51.9% in Math, significantly outperforming the state averages of 53.2% and 40.1%, respectively. The school has also shown strong performance for specific student subgroups, such as Hispanic students and special education students, who rank among the top elementary schools in the state.

While Valley Road School generally outperforms the Rahway Public School District schools, it lags behind the higher-performing Cranford Public School District schools, such as Hillside Avenue School and Livingston Avenue School, which have stronger academic outcomes and lower chronic absenteeism. However, Valley Road School's consistent high performance and relatively low chronic absenteeism rates suggest it is providing a high-quality education to its students.


Detail:

Public K-5

 150 Valley Road
       Clark, NJ  07066


(732) 388-7900

District: Clark Township Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
421st of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,631 Help


Students who attend Valley Road School usually attend:

Middle:    Carl H. Kumpf School
High:    Arthur L. Johnson High School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.7 Help
Number of students:  395

Racial breakdown:

White:
73.2%
Hispanic:
16.2%
Asian:
7.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  3.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Valley Road School ranks better than 68.6% of elementary schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 70.26. (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 Racial makeup is: White (73.2%), Hispanic (16.2%), Asian (7.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 3.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Valley Road School is 11.7. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Valley Road School is $10,631.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Valley Road School:

SchoolDigger ranks Valley Road School 421st of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Valley Road School in the ranking list.)

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Clark Township Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Clark Township Public School District 238th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Valley Road School

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Rank History for all students at Valley Road School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 69.65 448th 1204 62.8%
2004 75.09 324th 1298 75.0%
2005 76.89 259th 1303 80.1%
2006 76.30 297th 1314 77.4%
2007 66.26 578th 1329 56.5%
2008 59.64 686th 1338 48.7%
2009 58.47 679th 1346 49.6%
2010 65.37 566th 1354 58.2%
2011 67.67 545th 1360 59.9%
2012 65.87 569th 1363 58.3%
2013 71.83 447th 1367 67.3%
2014 73.03 412th 1363 69.8%
2015 69.72 432nd 1357 68.2%
2016 73.91 382nd 1346 71.6%
2017 78.50 309th 1352 77.1%
2018 78.15 296th 1353 78.1%
2019 79.73 280th 1360 79.4%
2021 84.06 182nd 1317 86.2%
2022 79.32 298th 1345 77.8%
2023 70.26 421st 1342 68.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Valley Road School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.53 186th 1001 81.4%
2019 84.06 114th 1007 88.7%
2021 69.22 179th 868 79.4%
2022 73.43 184th 949 80.6%
2023 81.68 124th 958 87.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Valley Road School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.21 317th 1333 76.2%
2019 76.69 302nd 1331 77.3%
2021 85.53 147th 1290 88.6%
2022 78.12 298th 1326 77.5%
2023 67.99 433rd 1318 67.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Valley Road School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.44 277th 1334 79.2%
2019 80.77 234th 1335 82.5%
2021 76.45 259th 1297 80.0%
2022 77.76 292nd 1324 77.9%
2023 71.26 379th 1315 71.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Valley Road School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 96.97 25th 953 97.4%
2023 68.00 253rd 982 74.2%
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Rank History for White students at Valley Road School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.11 299th 1022 70.7%
2019 71.55 255th 1023 75.1%
2021 71.86 209th 964 78.3%
2022 57.70 402nd 976 58.8%
2023 52.59 460th 975 52.8%
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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.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Valley Road School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 321 0 12 3 0 n/a n/a 0 336
1989 312 0 20 6 0 n/a n/a 0 338
1990 346 0 17 7 0 n/a n/a 0 370
1991 347 0 19 13 0 n/a n/a 0 379
1992 364 0 12 6 0 n/a n/a 0 382
1993 357 0 14 6 0 n/a n/a 0 377
1994 336 0 14 9 0 n/a n/a 0 359
1995 357 0 14 12 0 n/a n/a 0 383
1996 357 0 14 12 0 n/a n/a 0 383
1998 379 0 15 12 1 n/a n/a 0 407
1999 400 0 8 6 0 n/a n/a 0 414
2000 418 0 11 11 1 n/a n/a 0 441
2001 416 0 11 13 0 n/a n/a 0 440
2002 394 0 6 9 0 n/a n/a 0 409
2003 394 0 6 9 0 n/a n/a 0 409
2004 415 4 3 15 0 n/a n/a 0 437
2005 397 1 7 19 1 n/a n/a 0 425
2006 422 1 15 23 1 n/a n/a 0 462
2007 418 3 14 24 2 n/a n/a 0 461
2008 412 4 15 20 0 n/a n/a 0 451
2009 375 3 8 23 0 7 0 0 416
2010 389 2 10 21 0 5 0 0 427
2011 391 2 13 18 0 3 1 0 428
2012 392 1 12 19 0 0 1 0 425
2013 376 1 12 26 0 0 1 0 416
2014 407 1 9 24 0 0 1 0 442
2015 401 0 11 27 0 0 1 0 440
2016 403 1 8 22 0 0 1 0 435
2017 404 1 12 31 0 0 0 0 448
2018 408 0 18 35 0 4 0 0 465
2019 405 1 21 38 0 4 0 0 469
2020 367 0 18 44 0 5 1 0 435
2021 336 0 23 44 0 5 1 0 409
2022 302 2 24 55 0 5 1 0 389
2023 289 5 28 64 0 4 5 0 395

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 Valley Road School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 336 23.0 14.6 n/a
1989 338 23.0 14.6 n/a
1990 370 23.0 16.0 0.3
1991 379 23.0 16.4 0.3
1992 382 23.0 16.6 n/a
1993 377 23.3 16.2 2.4
1994 359 24.5 14.7 2.8
1995 383 28.0 13.7 1.3
1996 383 28.0 13.7 1.3
1998 407 26.0 15.7 1
1999 414 26.0 15.9 1
2000 441 27.0 16.3 3.4
2001 440 27.2 16.2 3.4
2002 409 26.5 15.4 3.9
2003 409 26.5 15.4 3.9
2004 437 25.0 17.5 3.2
2005 425 26.0 16.3 n/a
2006 462 24.0 19.3 6.1
2007 461 29.0 15.9 n/a
2008 451 26.0 17.3 4.7
2009 416 37.4 9.9 5.5
2010 427 28.0 15.2 8.4
2011 428 25.5 16.7 7.5
2012 425 33.8 12.5 8.2
2013 416 34.5 12.0 8.9
2014 442 33.0 13.3 7.5
2015 440 33.0 13.3 5.7
2016 435 31.0 14.0 5.1
2017 448 33.0 13.5 6.9
2018 465 32.0 14.5 4.7
2019 469 33.0 14.2 3.8
2020 435 36.5 11.9 3.2
2021 409 38.5 10.6 3.7
2022 389 34.5 11.2 2.6
2023 395 33.5 11.7 3.8

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 Valley Road School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 336 23.0 14.6 n/a
1989 338 23.0 14.6 n/a
1990 370 23.0 16.0 0.3
1991 379 23.0 16.4 0.3
1992 382 23.0 16.6 n/a
1993 377 23.3 16.2 2.4
1994 359 24.5 14.7 2.8
1995 383 28.0 13.7 1.3
1996 383 28.0 13.7 1.3
1998 407 26.0 15.7 1
1999 414 26.0 15.9 1
2000 441 27.0 16.3 3.4
2001 440 27.2 16.2 3.4
2002 409 26.5 15.4 3.9
2003 409 26.5 15.4 3.9
2004 437 25.0 17.5 3.2
2005 425 26.0 16.3 n/a
2006 462 24.0 19.3 6.1
2007 461 29.0 15.9 n/a
2008 451 26.0 17.3 4.7
2009 416 37.4 9.9 5.5
2010 427 28.0 15.2 8.4
2011 428 25.5 16.7 7.5
2012 425 33.8 12.5 8.2
2013 416 34.5 12.0 8.9
2014 442 33.0 13.3 7.5
2015 440 33.0 13.3 5.7
2016 435 31.0 14.0 5.1
2017 448 33.0 13.5 6.9
2018 465 32.0 14.5 4.7
2019 469 33.0 14.2 3.8
2020 435 36.5 11.9 3.2
2021 409 38.5 10.6 3.7
2022 389 34.5 11.2 2.6
2023 395 33.5 11.7 3.8

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Valley Road School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $105 (1.0%) $10,526 (99.0%) $10,631

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Valley Road School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 280th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 421st of 1342 Elementary schools
 10.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Valley Road School)6046.6
 13.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Clark Township Public School District)55.749.1
 6.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Valley Road School)73.457.7
 15.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Clark Township Public School District)67.758.9
 8.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Valley Road School)81.660
 21.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Clark Township Public School District)79.867.3
 12.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Valley Road School)57.949.4
 8.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Clark Township Public School District)64.354.8
 9.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Valley Road School)84.578.2
 6.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Clark Township Public School District)72.474.7
 2.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.953.2
 4.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Valley Road School)74.151.9
 22.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Clark Township Public School District)6548.6
 16.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)46.840.1
 6.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students469395
 15.8%
African American15
 400%
American Indian00
Asian2128
 33.3%
Hispanic3864
 68.4%
Pacific Islander44
White405289
 28.6%
Two or More Races05
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3.8%3.8%
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Frequently Asked Questions about Valley Road School

Students who attend Valley Road School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Carl H. Kumpf School
High : Arthur L. Johnson High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 395 students attended Valley Road School.

Students at Valley Road School are 73% White, 16% Hispanic, 7% Asian, 1% African American, 1% Two or more races, 1% Pacific Islander.

Valley Road School ranks 421st of 1342 New Jersey elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the New Jersey Department of Education.

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