Forrestdale School

Summary:

Forrestdale School is a high-performing public middle school in Rumson, New Jersey, serving 525 students in grades 4-8. The school is part of the Rumson Borough School District, which is ranked 2 out of 615 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Forrestdale School consistently ranks among the top middle schools in New Jersey, with a statewide ranking between 5-12 out of 745-748 middle schools over the past 6 years. The school's students outperform the state and district averages in both English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments, with proficiency rates ranging from 89.1% to 96.4% in ELA and 72% to 91.6% in Mathematics. Forrestdale's exceptional performance extends across various student subgroups, including female students, male students, white students, and special education students, ranking among the top 1-31 middle schools in the state for these groups. Additionally, the school maintains a low chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 2.4% to 5.3% over the past 5 years, significantly lower than the state average.

When compared to nearby middle schools, such as Long Branch Middle School, Forrestdale School stands out with its significantly higher academic performance and unique student demographic profile. For example, Long Branch Middle School has a much more diverse student population (only 22.8% white) and lower academic performance, with proficiency rates ranging from 22.7% to 34.1% in ELA and 4.1% to 12.9% in Mathematics. Forrestdale School's exceptional Algebra and Geometry performance, with 100% proficiency rates, also highlights the school's strength in advanced mathematics courses.


Detail:

Public 4-8

 60 Forrest Avenue
       Rumson, NJ  07760-1681


(732) 842-0383

District: Rumson Borough School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
7th of 748 New Jersey Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,265 Help


Students who attend Forrestdale School usually attend:

High:    Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Feeder schools for Forrestdale School:

Elementary:    Deane-Porter Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.1 Help
Number of students:  525

Racial breakdown:

White:
92.4%
Hispanic:
3.4%
Two or more races:
3.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  0.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Forrestdale School ranks better than 99.1% of middle schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 96.59. (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 (92.4%), Hispanic (3.4%), two or more races (3%). (See more...)
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Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Forrestdale School is 9.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Forrestdale School is $10,265.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Forrestdale School:

SchoolDigger ranks Forrestdale School 7th of 748 New Jersey public middle schools. (See Forrestdale School in the ranking list.)

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Rumson Borough School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Rumson Borough School District 2nd of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Forrestdale School

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Rank History for all students at Forrestdale School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 83.33 82nd 574 85.7%
2004 82.72 86th 588 85.4%
2005 87.21 34th 599 94.3%
2006 89.19 7th 615 98.9%
2007 82.32 66th 631 89.5%
2008 82.77 76th 640 88.1%
2009 83.59 64th 664 90.4%
2010 88.10 23rd 677 96.6%
2011 86.93 29th 684 95.8%
2012 88.05 27th 677 96.0%
2013 86.31 43rd 704 93.9%
2014 83.91 80th 717 88.8%
2015 75.89 137th 713 80.8%
2016 77.74 127th 713 82.2%
2017 91.63 16th 712 97.8%
2018 92.55 12th 716 98.3%
2019 94.65 7th 745 99.1%
2021 98.32 5th 652 99.2%
2022 97.19 7th 745 99.1%
2023 96.59 7th 748 99.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Forrestdale School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.86 50th 471 89.4%
2019 96.23 10th 492 98.0%
2021 89.75 13th 401 96.8%
2022 94.88 13th 535 97.6%
2023 85.56 31st 505 93.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Forrestdale School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.98 12th 680 98.2%
2019 94.78 8th 703 98.9%
2021 99.17 1st 625 99.8%
2022 97.83 6th 726 99.2%
2023 98.20 4th 720 99.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Forrestdale School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.88 20th 675 97.0%
2019 96.77 15th 697 97.8%
2021 95.34 14th 635 97.8%
2022 97.66 8th 730 98.9%
2023 96.85 13th 718 98.2%
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Rank History for White students at Forrestdale School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.33 16th 497 96.8%
2019 94.68 9th 504 98.2%
2021 97.86 5th 435 98.9%
2022 97.23 9th 512 98.2%
2023 96.64 6th 509 98.8%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Forrestdale School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 370 0 6 0 0 n/a n/a 0 376
1989 353 1 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 359
1990 357 1 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 363
1991 364 4 5 2 0 n/a n/a 0 375
1992 376 3 6 3 0 n/a n/a 0 388
1993 382 2 9 4 0 n/a n/a 0 397
1994 387 4 7 2 0 n/a n/a 0 400
1995 462 3 9 2 0 n/a n/a 0 476
1996 462 3 9 2 0 n/a n/a 0 476
1998 508 3 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 515
1999 561 1 6 1 0 n/a n/a 0 569
2000 584 2 6 1 0 n/a n/a 0 593
2001 606 0 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 611
2002 615 1 4 7 0 n/a n/a 0 627
2003 615 1 4 7 0 n/a n/a 0 627
2004 595 0 2 11 0 n/a n/a 0 608
2005 587 1 2 5 0 n/a n/a 0 595
2006 577 0 3 11 0 n/a n/a 0 591
2007 549 0 3 7 0 n/a n/a 0 559
2008 551 0 4 3 2 n/a n/a 0 560
2009 545 0 10 6 0 0 0 0 561
2010 535 0 9 7 0 0 0 0 551
2011 531 0 12 8 0 0 0 0 551
2012 553 0 8 4 0 0 0 0 565
2013 555 0 9 6 1 0 0 0 571
2014 551 3 5 3 1 0 0 0 563
2015 468 2 8 4 1 0 0 0 483
2016 544 2 9 5 1 0 0 0 561
2017 575 3 8 6 1 0 5 0 598
2018 605 2 6 7 0 0 5 0 625
2019 582 0 8 10 0 0 8 0 608
2020 567 2 8 16 0 0 7 0 600
2021 542 3 7 17 0 0 9 0 578
2022 506 4 7 20 0 0 14 0 551
2023 485 2 4 18 0 0 16 0 525

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 Forrestdale School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 376 29.0 12.9 n/a
1989 359 31.0 11.5 n/a
1990 363 30.0 12.1 0.6
1991 375 31.0 12.0 2.1
1992 388 28.0 13.8 1.8
1993 397 29.9 13.3 0.3
1994 400 29.6 13.5 0.3
1995 476 34.5 13.8 0.2
1996 476 34.5 13.8 0.2
1998 515 37.5 13.7 n/a
1999 569 39.0 14.6 n/a
2000 593 43.1 13.8 0
2001 611 43.3 14.1 0
2002 627 45.4 13.8 0
2003 627 45.4 13.8 0
2004 608 44.6 13.6 1.3
2005 595 46.6 12.8 n/a
2006 591 45.6 13.0 0.7
2007 559 45.0 12.4 n/a
2008 560 37.0 15.1 n/a
2009 561 42.3 10.6 0
2010 551 46.0 11.9 n/a
2011 551 42.6 12.9 0
2012 565 45.1 12.5 n/a
2013 571 46.5 12.2 0
2014 563 51.0 11.0 0
2015 483 50.0 9.6 0
2016 561 49.0 11.4 0
2017 598 49.0 12.1 0
2018 625 48.1 12.9 0.5
2019 608 58.7 10.3 0.5
2020 600 55.2 10.8 0.5
2021 578 58.7 9.8 0.5
2022 551 54.5 10.1 0.5
2023 525 57.5 9.1 0.6

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 Forrestdale School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 376 29.0 12.9 n/a
1989 359 31.0 11.5 n/a
1990 363 30.0 12.1 0.6
1991 375 31.0 12.0 2.1
1992 388 28.0 13.8 1.8
1993 397 29.9 13.3 0.3
1994 400 29.6 13.5 0.3
1995 476 34.5 13.8 0.2
1996 476 34.5 13.8 0.2
1998 515 37.5 13.7 n/a
1999 569 39.0 14.6 n/a
2000 593 43.1 13.8 0
2001 611 43.3 14.1 0
2002 627 45.4 13.8 0
2003 627 45.4 13.8 0
2004 608 44.6 13.6 1.3
2005 595 46.6 12.8 n/a
2006 591 45.6 13.0 0.7
2007 559 45.0 12.4 n/a
2008 560 37.0 15.1 n/a
2009 561 42.3 10.6 0
2010 551 46.0 11.9 n/a
2011 551 42.6 12.9 0
2012 565 45.1 12.5 n/a
2013 571 46.5 12.2 0
2014 563 51.0 11.0 0
2015 483 50.0 9.6 0
2016 561 49.0 11.4 0
2017 598 49.0 12.1 0
2018 625 48.1 12.9 0.5
2019 608 58.7 10.3 0.5
2020 600 55.2 10.8 0.5
2021 578 58.7 9.8 0.5
2022 551 54.5 10.1 0.5
2023 525 57.5 9.1 0.6

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 Forrestdale School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $277 (2.7%) $9,988 (97.3%) $10,265

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Forrestdale School

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 7th of 745 Middle schoolsRanks 7th of 748 Middle schools
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Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
4th Grade English Language Arts (Forrestdale School)84.889.1
 4.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Rumson Borough School District)84.889.1
 4.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Forrestdale School)84.987.9
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Rumson Borough School District)84.987.9
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Forrestdale School)90.893.8
 3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Rumson Borough School District)90.893.8
 3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.953.2
 4.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Forrestdale School)90.789.3
 1.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Rumson Borough School District)90.789.3
 1.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)46.840.1
 6.7%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Forrestdale School)95.190.6
 4.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Rumson Borough School District)95.190.6
 4.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)56.149
 7.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Forrestdale School)83.791.6
 7.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Rumson Borough School District)83.791.6
 7.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)40.634.3
 6.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Forrestdale School)94.596.4
 1.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Rumson Borough School District)94.596.4
 1.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.855.7
 7.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Forrestdale School)7875.3
 2.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Rumson Borough School District)7875.3
 2.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)42.133.8
 8.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Forrestdale School)96.394
 2.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Rumson Borough School District)96.394
 2.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.955.3
 7.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Forrestdale School)7872
 6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Rumson Borough School District)7872
 6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)29.317.8
 11.5%
8th Grade Algebra I (Forrestdale School)100100
   8th Grade Algebra I (Rumson Borough School District)100100
   8th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)75.166
 9.1%
8th Grade Geometry (Forrestdale School)100100
   8th Grade Geometry (Rumson Borough School District)100100
   8th Grade Geometry (New Jersey)93.480.8
 12.6%
End of Course Algebra I (Forrestdale School)100100
   End of Course Algebra I (Rumson Borough School District)100100
   End of Course Algebra I (New Jersey)43.335.1
 8.2%
End of Course Geometry (Forrestdale School)100100
   End of Course Geometry (Rumson Borough School District)100100
   End of Course Geometry (New Jersey)32.251.2
 19%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students608525
 13.7%
African American02
American Indian00
Asian84
 50%
Hispanic1018
 80%
Pacific Islander00
White582485
 16.7%
Two or More Races816
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients0.5%0.6%
 0.1%


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Students at Forrestdale School are 92% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

Yes! Forrestdale School is one of the best middle schools in the state. It ranks 7th of 748 New Jersey middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 525 students attended Forrestdale School.


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