Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Summary:

Howard B. Brunner Elementary School is a public elementary school serving 425 students in grades PK-4 in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, which is part of the highly-ranked Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District.

This school consistently outperforms the state average in both English Language Arts and Mathematics on the NJSLA assessments, with 65.3% of 3rd graders and 69.1% of 4th graders proficient or better in ELA, compared to the state averages of 42% and 51.3%, respectively. In Mathematics, the school had 77.8% of 3rd graders and 72.6% of 4th graders proficient or better, compared to the state averages of 45.9% and 44.3%. Howard B. Brunner Elementary School ranks in the top 15% of New Jersey elementary schools and has a strong 4- or 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's performance is particularly noteworthy for its African American and Hispanic student subgroups, as well as its special education program.

While Howard B. Brunner Elementary School had a relatively low chronic absenteeism rate of 3.4% in 2018-2019, this increased to 11.1% in 2021-2022, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is still lower than the 26.4% rate at Emerson Community School, a nearby school in the Plainfield Public School District. Additionally, Howard B. Brunner has a low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch at 3.76%, significantly lower than the rates at nearby schools like Emerson Community School (78.98%) and Frederic W. Cook Elementary School (73.01%).


Detail:

Public PK, KG-4

 721 Westfield Road
       Scotch Plains, NJ  07076


(908) 889-2148

District: Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
193rd of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,968 Help


Students who attend Howard B. Brunner Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Malcolm E Nettingham Middle School
High:    Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.2 Help
Number of students:  425

Racial breakdown:

White:
53.9%
Hispanic:
16.5%
Asian:
13.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  3.8% Help


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Compare Details Howard B. Brunner Elementary School ranks better than 85.6% of elementary schools in New Jersey. It also ranks 4th among 5 ranked elementary schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 85.7. (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 Student population at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (53.9%), Hispanic (16.5%), Asian (13.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 3.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School is 12.2, which is the 2nd best among 5 elementary schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District. (See more...)
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Compare Howard B. Brunner Elementary School employs 34.8 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School is $8,968, which is the 2nd highest among 5 elementary schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Howard B. Brunner Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Howard B. Brunner Elementary School 193rd of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Howard B. Brunner Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District 127th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 81.21 197th 1204 83.6%
2004 72.52 384th 1298 70.4%
2005 66.37 548th 1303 57.9%
2006 76.73 286th 1314 78.2%
2007 75.11 292nd 1329 78.0%
2008 75.76 312th 1338 76.7%
2009 74.63 346th 1346 74.3%
2010 82.35 143rd 1354 89.4%
2011 76.32 325th 1360 76.1%
2012 76.80 315th 1363 76.9%
2013 77.57 304th 1367 77.8%
2014 77.75 300th 1363 78.0%
2015 93.85 40th 1357 97.1%
2016 88.52 119th 1346 91.2%
2017 83.16 211th 1352 84.4%
2018 79.85 269th 1353 80.1%
2019 87.51 132nd 1360 90.3%
2021 61.74 444th 1317 66.3%
2022 79.67 292nd 1345 78.3%
2023 85.70 193rd 1342 85.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.48 164th 1001 83.6%
2019 90.76 67th 1007 93.3%
2021 58.00 273rd 868 68.5%
2022 98.37 13th 949 98.6%
2023 89.40 63rd 958 93.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.13 307th 1333 77.0%
2019 90.55 63rd 1331 95.3%
2021 60.01 456th 1290 64.7%
2022 87.59 144th 1326 89.1%
2023 85.49 168th 1318 87.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.43 229th 1334 82.8%
2019 82.08 209th 1335 84.3%
2021 62.33 421st 1297 67.5%
2022 69.10 407th 1324 69.3%
2023 83.48 217th 1315 83.5%
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Rank History for Asian students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 22.34 283rd 339 16.5%
2022 38.39 236th 348 32.2%
2023 36.23 241st 346 30.3%
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Rank History for African American students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 94.96 17th 463 96.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.76 222nd 870 74.5%
2019 88.79 62nd 899 93.1%
2021 75.85 141st 896 84.3%
2022 86.03 94th 953 90.1%
2023 84.20 116th 982 88.2%
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Rank History for White students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.44 177th 1022 82.7%
2019 84.27 101st 1023 90.1%
2021 45.17 503rd 964 47.8%
2022 66.17 313th 976 67.9%
2023 78.17 164th 975 83.2%
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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 Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 234 40 22 2 0 n/a n/a 0 298
1989 247 45 18 8 0 n/a n/a 0 318
1990 255 46 23 7 0 n/a n/a 0 331
1991 250 43 17 5 0 n/a n/a 0 315
1992 285 39 16 3 0 n/a n/a 0 343
1993 282 44 20 5 0 n/a n/a 0 351
1994 279 43 23 4 0 n/a n/a 0 349
1995 330 58 33 17 0 n/a n/a 0 438
1996 330 58 33 17 0 n/a n/a 0 438
1998 352 58 36 11 1 n/a n/a 0 458
1999 349 49 34 13 0 n/a n/a 0 445
2000 368 55 33 11 0 n/a n/a 0 467
2001 359 49 37 17 0 n/a n/a 0 462
2002 301 32 29 13 0 n/a n/a 0 375
2003 301 32 29 13 0 n/a n/a 0 375
2004 316 34 35 18 0 n/a n/a 0 403
2005 321 32 37 13 0 n/a n/a 0 403
2006 343 39 43 24 0 n/a n/a 0 449
2007 357 44 43 24 0 n/a n/a 0 468
2008 339 52 45 22 2 n/a n/a 0 460
2009 347 48 52 14 2 0 0 0 463
2010 310 34 46 14 3 0 0 0 407
2011 305 34 47 14 1 1 8 0 410
2012 285 34 49 19 1 1 8 0 397
2013 287 36 54 30 0 1 9 0 417
2014 296 35 44 34 0 1 7 0 417
2015 278 29 46 39 0 3 5 0 400
2016 306 35 46 47 0 2 6 0 442
2017 282 37 32 33 0 1 7 0 392
2018 264 33 35 38 0 1 12 0 383
2019 265 32 51 42 1 1 22 0 414
2020 245 32 48 61 1 2 27 0 416
2021 217 30 47 47 1 1 26 0 369
2022 229 34 46 62 2 1 26 0 400
2023 229 40 56 70 2 1 27 0 425

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 Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 298 19.0 15.6 n/a
1989 318 20.0 15.9 n/a
1990 331 21.0 15.7 3.9
1991 315 20.0 15.7 3.8
1992 343 21.0 16.3 3.2
1993 351 21.0 16.7 2.8
1994 349 22.0 15.9 2.3
1995 438 26.5 16.5 3.2
1996 438 26.5 16.5 3.2
1998 458 27.5 16.7 7
1999 445 28.0 15.9 3.6
2000 467 30.5 15.3 3
2001 462 30.7 15.0 3.7
2002 375 24.0 15.6 1.9
2003 375 24.0 15.6 1.9
2004 403 23.5 17.1 1.5
2005 403 23.5 17.1 n/a
2006 449 25.6 17.5 2.9
2007 468 27.0 17.3 2.1
2008 460 19.0 24.2 2.2
2009 463 39.3 10.1 5.6
2010 407 26.0 15.6 5.2
2011 410 27.6 14.8 6.1
2012 397 26.4 15.0 8.3
2013 417 31.3 13.3 8.2
2014 417 30.1 13.8 8.6
2015 400 32.0 12.5 9
2016 442 30.0 14.7 8.4
2017 392 30.8 12.7 7.1
2018 383 31.6 12.1 7.3
2019 414 31.1 13.3 3.9
2020 416 33.0 12.6 3.4
2021 369 32.7 11.2 4.3
2022 400 34.2 11.6 3
2023 425 34.8 12.2 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 Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 298 19.0 15.6 n/a
1989 318 20.0 15.9 n/a
1990 331 21.0 15.7 3.9
1991 315 20.0 15.7 3.8
1992 343 21.0 16.3 3.2
1993 351 21.0 16.7 2.8
1994 349 22.0 15.9 2.3
1995 438 26.5 16.5 3.2
1996 438 26.5 16.5 3.2
1998 458 27.5 16.7 7
1999 445 28.0 15.9 3.6
2000 467 30.5 15.3 3
2001 462 30.7 15.0 3.7
2002 375 24.0 15.6 1.9
2003 375 24.0 15.6 1.9
2004 403 23.5 17.1 1.5
2005 403 23.5 17.1 n/a
2006 449 25.6 17.5 2.9
2007 468 27.0 17.3 2.1
2008 460 19.0 24.2 2.2
2009 463 39.3 10.1 5.6
2010 407 26.0 15.6 5.2
2011 410 27.6 14.8 6.1
2012 397 26.4 15.0 8.3
2013 417 31.3 13.3 8.2
2014 417 30.1 13.8 8.6
2015 400 32.0 12.5 9
2016 442 30.0 14.7 8.4
2017 392 30.8 12.7 7.1
2018 383 31.6 12.1 7.3
2019 414 31.1 13.3 3.9
2020 416 33.0 12.6 3.4
2021 369 32.7 11.2 4.3
2022 400 34.2 11.6 3
2023 425 34.8 12.2 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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Howard B. Brunner Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $35 (0.4%) $8,933 (99.6%) $8,968

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Howard B. Brunner Elementary 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 132nd of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 193rd of 1342 Elementary schools
 4.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Howard B. Brunner Elementary School)78.565.3
 13.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District)69.263.1
 6.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Howard B. Brunner Elementary School)8177.8
 3.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District)75.373.3
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Howard B. Brunner Elementary School)7869.1
 8.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District)7672.7
 3.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Howard B. Brunner Elementary School)7572.6
 2.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District)71.171.9
 0.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students414425
 2.7%
African American3240
 25%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian5156
 9.8%
Hispanic4270
 66.7%
Pacific Islander11
White265229
 13.6%
Two or More Races2227
 22.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3.9%3.8%
 0.1%


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Students who attend Howard B. Brunner Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Malcolm E Nettingham Middle School
High : Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

Students at Howard B. Brunner Elementary School are 54% White, 16% Hispanic, 13% Asian, 9% African American, 6% Two or more races.

Howard B. Brunner Elementary School ranks 193rd of 1342 New Jersey elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 425 students attended Howard B. Brunner Elementary School.


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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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