Island Heights Elementary School

Summary:

Island Heights Elementary School is a small public elementary school serving grades PK-6 in the Island Heights School District in New Jersey, with a student population of 131 as of the 2022-2023 school year. The school stands out for its consistently high academic performance, low student-teacher ratio, and low chronic absenteeism rates compared to nearby schools.

Island Heights Elementary School consistently outperforms the state and district averages in standardized test scores across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, the school had significantly higher proficiency rates in NJSLA English Language Arts and Mathematics compared to the state and district averages. The school also has a very low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 8.3 to 9.8 students per teacher over the past few years, which is significantly lower than the nearby Hooper Avenue Elementary School, Beachwood Elementary School, and other surrounding schools. Additionally, the school has relatively low chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 3.2% to 11.6% over the past few years, which is lower than the nearby schools, which have chronic absenteeism rates ranging from 11.8% to 28.1%.

The demographic makeup of Island Heights Elementary School is significantly different from the nearby schools, with a much higher percentage of White students (83.97%) and lower percentages of minority students. This may be due to the demographics of the local community, which appears to be more affluent than the surrounding areas, as evidenced by the school's low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 2.29% to 2.48% over the past few years, compared to the nearby Toms River Regional School District, Berkeley Township School District, and Ocean Gate School District, which have free and reduced lunch rates ranging from 17.31% to 54.76%.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 115 Summit Ave
       Island Heights, NJ  08732-0329


(732) 929-1222

District: Island Heights School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
265th of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,138 Help


Students who attend Island Heights Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Central Regional Middle School
High:    Central Regional High School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.8 Help
Number of students:  131

Racial breakdown:

White:
84.0%
Hispanic:
9.9%
Two or more races:
4.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  2.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Island Heights Elementary School ranks better than 80.3% of elementary schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 80.47. (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 (84%), Hispanic (9.9%), two or more races (4.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 2.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Island Heights Elementary School is 9.8. (See more...)
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Compare Island Heights Elementary School employs 13.3 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Island Heights Elementary School is $14,138.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Island Heights Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Island Heights Elementary School 265th of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Island Heights Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Island Heights School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Island Heights School District 128th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Island Heights Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Island Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 86.80 67th 1204 94.4%
2004 66.12 551st 1298 57.6%
2005 67.10 528th 1303 59.5%
2006 86.97 5th 1314 99.6%
2007 85.28 10th 1329 99.2%
2008 87.34 7th 1338 99.5%
2009 81.90 157th 1346 88.3%
2010 84.20 96th 1354 92.9%
2011 86.81 40th 1360 97.1%
2012 83.47 118th 1363 91.3%
2013 82.26 172nd 1367 87.4%
2014 78.03 289th 1363 78.8%
2015 34.07 929th 1357 31.5%
2016 57.68 607th 1346 54.9%
2017 46.60 775th 1352 42.7%
2018 81.05 245th 1353 81.9%
2019 86.67 148th 1360 89.1%
2021 56.42 507th 1317 61.5%
2022 84.80 212th 1345 84.2%
2023 80.47 265th 1342 80.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Island Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.42 216th 1333 83.8%
2023 28.65 937th 1318 28.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Island Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.83 267th 1334 80.0%
2023 87.84 138th 1315 89.5%
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Rank History for White students at Island Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.79 245th 1022 76.0%
2021 40.93 563rd 964 41.6%
2022 75.88 206th 976 78.9%
2023 69.46 277th 975 71.6%
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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.

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 Island Heights Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 126 1 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 129
1989 128 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 130
1990 128 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 130
1991 121 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 123
1992 122 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 123
1993 134 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 134
1994 126 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 126
1995 127 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 127
1996 127 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 127
1998 133 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 133
1999 136 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 136
2000 132 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 132
2001 130 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 130
2002 113 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 113
2003 113 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 113
2004 105 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 105
2005 102 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 103
2006 100 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 102
2007 110 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 114
2008 107 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 110
2009 103 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 108
2010 106 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 112
2011 108 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 113
2012 106 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 109
2013 118 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 120
2014 106 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 108
2015 116 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 119
2016 115 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 118
2017 122 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 126
2018 116 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 120
2019 119 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 124
2020 105 2 0 3 0 0 2 0 112
2021 112 1 0 7 0 0 8 0 128
2022 101 1 1 12 0 0 6 0 121
2023 110 1 1 13 0 0 6 0 131

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 Island Heights Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 129 9.0 14.3 n/a
1989 130 9.0 14.4 n/a
1990 130 9.0 14.4 3.1
1991 123 9.0 13.6 9.8
1992 123 8.0 15.3 8.9
1993 134 10.1 13.3 13.4
1994 126 10.1 12.5 22.2
1995 127 10.6 12.0 5.5
1996 127 10.6 12.0 5.5
1998 133 10.4 12.8 4.5
1999 136 10.7 12.7 8.8
2000 132 10.7 12.3 13.6
2001 130 12.2 10.7 16.9
2002 113 10.7 10.6 9.7
2003 113 10.7 10.6 9.7
2004 105 10.7 9.8 10.5
2005 103 11.2 9.2 n/a
2006 102 10.9 9.4 8.8
2007 114 9.5 12.0 8.8
2008 110 7.0 15.7 10
2009 108 10.8 10.0 10.2
2010 112 9.0 12.4 7.1
2011 113 10.6 10.6 11.5
2012 109 12.8 8.5 14.7
2013 120 11.5 10.3 0
2014 108 12.7 8.4 7.4
2015 119 14.0 8.5 11.8
2016 118 14.0 8.4 11.9
2017 126 12.6 9.9 7.9
2018 120 12.6 9.4 9.2
2019 124 13.1 9.4 8.9
2020 112 12.9 8.6 2.7
2021 128 15.2 8.3 2.3
2022 121 14.0 8.5 2.5
2023 131 13.3 9.8 2.3

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 Island Heights Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 129 9.0 14.3 n/a
1989 130 9.0 14.4 n/a
1990 130 9.0 14.4 3.1
1991 123 9.0 13.6 9.8
1992 123 8.0 15.3 8.9
1993 134 10.1 13.3 13.4
1994 126 10.1 12.5 22.2
1995 127 10.6 12.0 5.5
1996 127 10.6 12.0 5.5
1998 133 10.4 12.8 4.5
1999 136 10.7 12.7 8.8
2000 132 10.7 12.3 13.6
2001 130 12.2 10.7 16.9
2002 113 10.7 10.6 9.7
2003 113 10.7 10.6 9.7
2004 105 10.7 9.8 10.5
2005 103 11.2 9.2 n/a
2006 102 10.9 9.4 8.8
2007 114 9.5 12.0 8.8
2008 110 7.0 15.7 10
2009 108 10.8 10.0 10.2
2010 112 9.0 12.4 7.1
2011 113 10.6 10.6 11.5
2012 109 12.8 8.5 14.7
2013 120 11.5 10.3 0
2014 108 12.7 8.4 7.4
2015 119 14.0 8.5 11.8
2016 118 14.0 8.4 11.9
2017 126 12.6 9.9 7.9
2018 120 12.6 9.4 9.2
2019 124 13.1 9.4 8.9
2020 112 12.9 8.6 2.7
2021 128 15.2 8.3 2.3
2022 121 14.0 8.5 2.5
2023 131 13.3 9.8 2.3

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 Island Heights Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $293 (2.1%) $13,845 (97.9%) $14,138

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Island Heights Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 148th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 265th of 1342 Elementary schools
 8.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Island Heights Elementary School)91.747.7
 44%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Island Heights School District)91.747.7
 44%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Island Heights Elementary School)91.752.4
 39.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Island Heights School District)91.752.4
 39.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Island Heights Elementary School)7791.6
 14.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Island Heights School District)7791.6
 14.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Island Heights Elementary School)69.375
 5.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Island Heights School District)69.375
 5.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Island Heights Elementary School)88.368.8
 19.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Island Heights School District)88.368.8
 19.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.953.2
 4.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Island Heights Elementary School)64.756.3
 8.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Island Heights School District)64.756.3
 8.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)46.840.1
 6.7%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Island Heights Elementary School)91.377.8
 13.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Island Heights School District)91.377.8
 13.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)56.149
 7.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Island Heights Elementary School)52.272.2
 20%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Island Heights School District)52.272.2
 20%
   6th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)40.634.3
 6.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students124131
 5.6%
African American21
 50%
American Indian00
Asian01
Hispanic213
 550%
Pacific Islander00
White119110
 7.6%
Two or More Races16
 500%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients8.9%2.3%
 6.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Island Heights Elementary School

Students at Island Heights Elementary School are 84% White, 10% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 131 students attended Island Heights Elementary School.

Students who attend Island Heights Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Central Regional Middle School
High : Central Regional High School

Island Heights Elementary School ranks 265th of 1342 New Jersey elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 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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