Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Summary:

Sara M. Gilmore Academy is an exceptional elementary school in Union City, New Jersey, serving 390 students in grades 1-8. This school consistently outperforms the Union City School District and the state of New Jersey in academic achievement, ranking among the top elementary schools in the state.

Key factors that set Sara M. Gilmore Academy apart include its outstanding academic performance, with 90.7% of 3rd graders proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to just 45.7% for the district and 42% for the state. The school has maintained a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger and has been ranked as high as 4th out of 1,360 elementary schools in New Jersey. This success extends across diverse student subgroups, including Hispanic, English Language Learner, and low-income students, demonstrating the school's commitment to equity and inclusive education.

When compared to nearby schools like Hudson Elementary, Robert Waters Elementary, and Thomas A. Edison Elementary, Sara M. Gilmore Academy stands out as a high-performing institution, with significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics. While the school has generally low chronic absenteeism, a spike in the 2021-2022 school year is an area for potential improvement.


Detail:

Public 1-8

 1700 Kerrigan Avenue
       Union City, NJ  07087


(201) 348-5851

District: Union City School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
20th of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,311 Help


Students who attend Sara M. Gilmore Academy usually attend:

High:    Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Union City High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.6 Help
Number of students:  390

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
77.7%
White:
11.5%
Asian:
8.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  57.4% Help


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Compare Details Sara M. Gilmore Academy ranks better than 98.5% of elementary schools in New Jersey. It also ranks first among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Union City School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.82. (See more...)
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Compare Details Sara M. Gilmore Academy ranks better than 98.1% of middle schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.97. (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: Hispanic (77.7%), White (11.5%), Asian (8.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 57.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Union City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sara M. Gilmore Academy is 15.6, which is the highest among 10 elementary schools in the Union City School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sara M. Gilmore Academy is $11,311, which is the 3rd highest among 9 elementary schools in the Union City School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sara M. Gilmore Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Sara M. Gilmore Academy 20th of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Sara M. Gilmore Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Sara M. Gilmore Academy 14th of 748 New Jersey public middle schools. (See Sara M. Gilmore Academy in the ranking list.)

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Union City School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Union City School District 283rd of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sara M. Gilmore Academy

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 88.47 32nd 1204 97.3%
2004 82.44 128th 1298 90.1%
2005 74.22 356th 1303 72.7%
2006 78.36 224th 1314 83.0%
2007 77.85 212th 1329 84.0%
2008 69.37 479th 1338 64.2%
2009 82.07 155th 1346 88.5%
2010 85.36 64th 1354 95.3%
2011 83.07 131st 1360 90.4%
2012 82.42 146th 1363 89.3%
2013 84.85 103rd 1367 92.5%
2014 88.89 17th 1363 98.8%
2015 83.61 217th 1357 84.0%
2016 93.83 38th 1346 97.2%
2017 95.83 7th 1352 99.5%
2018 94.53 26th 1353 98.1%
2019 96.60 4th 1360 99.7%
2021 77.06 267th 1317 79.7%
2022 92.17 94th 1345 93.0%
2023 95.82 20th 1342 98.5%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.26 7th 434 98.4%
2019 99.42 4th 463 99.1%
2021 83.07 46th 411 88.8%
2022 97.46 25th 489 94.9%
2023 99.35 9th 499 98.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.90 2nd 942 99.8%
2019 99.92 3rd 948 99.7%
2021 98.64 8th 839 99.0%
2022 99.99 2nd 863 99.8%
2023 99.98 2nd 910 99.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.59 30th 1333 97.7%
2019 96.34 5th 1331 99.6%
2021 75.12 260th 1290 79.8%
2022 90.64 98th 1326 92.6%
2023 94.18 36th 1318 97.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.14 38th 1334 97.2%
2019 94.65 18th 1335 98.7%
2021 76.62 257th 1297 80.2%
2022 92.81 70th 1324 94.7%
2023 96.40 16th 1315 98.8%
See the entire list of Best New Jersey Elementary Schools for Male Students!

Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.27 8th 870 99.1%
2019 99.66 2nd 899 99.8%
2021 94.09 48th 896 94.6%
2022 99.66 5th 953 99.5%
2023 99.70 5th 982 99.5%
See the entire list of Best New Jersey Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Sara M. Gilmore Academy

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Rank History for all middle school students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 72.99 182nd 574 68.3%
2004 73.31 196th 588 66.7%
2005 63.24 295th 599 50.8%
2006 85.74 38th 615 93.8%
2007 82.82 61st 631 90.3%
2008 83.60 67th 640 89.5%
2009 88.33 12th 664 98.2%
2010 85.66 56th 677 91.7%
2011 79.64 127th 684 81.4%
2012 83.16 94th 677 86.1%
2013 84.21 76th 704 89.2%
2014 88.06 23rd 717 96.8%
2015 92.58 17th 713 97.6%
2016 93.97 8th 713 98.9%
2017 96.60 1st 712 99.9%
2018 94.64 6th 716 99.2%
2019 97.45 2nd 745 99.7%
2021 83.93 87th 652 86.7%
2022 96.12 10th 745 98.7%
2023 93.97 14th 748 98.1%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.88 2nd 522 99.6%
2019 99.90 2nd 541 99.6%
2021 94.11 11th 467 97.6%
2022 99.93 2nd 549 99.6%
2023 99.91 3rd 568 99.5%
See the entire list of Best New Jersey Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for middle school Female students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.81 20th 680 97.1%
2019 95.68 2nd 703 99.7%
2021 81.06 91st 625 85.4%
2022 95.78 14th 726 98.1%
2023 90.55 41st 720 94.3%
See the entire list of Best New Jersey Elementary Schools for Female Students!

Rank History for middle school Male students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.02 13th 675 98.1%
2019 97.06 11th 697 98.4%
2021 82.29 90th 635 85.8%
2022 95.71 22nd 730 97.0%
2023 96.24 15th 718 97.9%
See the entire list of Best New Jersey Elementary Schools for Male Students!

Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.22 3rd 504 99.4%
2019 99.63 1st 524 99.8%
2021 94.36 11th 480 97.7%
2022 99.70 2nd 591 99.7%
2023 99.10 5th 587 99.1%
See the entire list of Best New Jersey Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

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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Data source: New Jersey Department of Education

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by a citizen
Sunday, May 16, 2021

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by a parent
Thursday, October 5, 2017

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Enrollment information for Sara M. Gilmore Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1999 43 6 16 309 0 n/a n/a 0 374
2000 50 5 16 318 0 n/a n/a 0 389
2001 40 4 15 297 0 n/a n/a 0 356
2002 30 6 13 339 0 n/a n/a 0 388
2003 30 6 13 339 0 n/a n/a 0 388
2004 21 4 11 319 0 n/a n/a 0 355
2005 18 5 12 290 0 n/a n/a 0 325
2006 18 2 8 297 0 n/a n/a 0 325
2007 16 5 10 285 0 n/a n/a 0 316
2008 18 7 10 279 0 n/a n/a 0 314
2009 18 10 12 289 0 0 0 0 329
2010 25 9 11 280 2 0 0 0 327
2011 31 8 12 293 0 0 2 0 346
2012 27 11 11 309 0 0 0 0 358
2013 28 11 16 333 0 0 0 0 388
2014 32 11 16 317 1 0 0 0 377
2015 28 11 15 315 1 0 0 0 370
2016 30 7 18 309 1 0 0 0 365
2017 30 6 22 310 1 0 0 0 369
2018 30 7 23 336 1 0 0 0 397
2019 26 9 22 341 1 0 0 0 399
2020 25 9 22 332 1 0 0 0 389
2021 31 11 27 313 1 0 0 0 383
2022 44 11 29 295 0 0 0 0 379
2023 45 10 32 303 0 0 0 0 390

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 Sara M. Gilmore Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1999 374 25.6 14.6 49.7
2000 389 26.6 14.6 68.4
2001 356 26.9 13.2 82.6
2002 388 29.6 13.1 64.2
2003 388 29.6 13.1 64.2
2004 355 28.6 12.4 84.5
2005 325 29.6 11.0 n/a
2006 325 26.6 12.2 72
2007 316 25.0 12.6 75.6
2008 314 21.0 15.0 79.9
2009 329 35.0 7.7 73.9
2010 327 22.0 14.8 71.6
2011 346 21.6 16.0 73.1
2012 358 28.2 12.6 64.2
2013 388 21.6 17.9 68.6
2014 377 19.6 19.2 71.4
2015 370 23.0 16.0 61.9
2016 365 26.0 14.0 60.5
2017 369 26.0 14.1 56.4
2018 397 28.0 14.1 53.1
2019 399 26.0 15.3 56.6
2020 389 26.9 14.4 57.6
2021 383 24.0 15.9 46.2
2022 379 26.0 14.5 59.4
2023 390 25.0 15.6 57.4

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 Sara M. Gilmore Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1999 374 25.6 14.6 49.7
2000 389 26.6 14.6 68.4
2001 356 26.9 13.2 82.6
2002 388 29.6 13.1 64.2
2003 388 29.6 13.1 64.2
2004 355 28.6 12.4 84.5
2005 325 29.6 11.0 n/a
2006 325 26.6 12.2 72
2007 316 25.0 12.6 75.6
2008 314 21.0 15.0 79.9
2009 329 35.0 7.7 73.9
2010 327 22.0 14.8 71.6
2011 346 21.6 16.0 73.1
2012 358 28.2 12.6 64.2
2013 388 21.6 17.9 68.6
2014 377 19.6 19.2 71.4
2015 370 23.0 16.0 61.9
2016 365 26.0 14.0 60.5
2017 369 26.0 14.1 56.4
2018 397 28.0 14.1 53.1
2019 399 26.0 15.3 56.6
2020 389 26.9 14.4 57.6
2021 383 24.0 15.9 46.2
2022 379 26.0 14.5 59.4
2023 390 25.0 15.6 57.4

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 Sara M. Gilmore Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $157 (1.4%) $11,154 (98.6%) $11,311

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sara M. Gilmore Academy

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 4th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 20th of 1342 Elementary schools
 1.2%
Ranks 2nd of 745 Middle schoolsRanks 14th of 748 Middle schools
 1.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)93.290.7
 2.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Union City School District)45.145.7
 0.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)88.676.8
 11.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Union City School District)47.441.4
 6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)95.696.3
 0.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Union City School District)55.652.8
 2.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)91.190.8
 0.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Union City School District)40.737.7
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)91.896
 4.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Union City School District)50.356.3
 6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.953.2
 4.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)89.880
 9.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Union City School District)29.730.1
 0.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)46.840.1
 6.7%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)10094.3
 5.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Union City School District)58.459.1
 0.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)56.149
 7.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)78.163.5
 14.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Union City School District)30.129.1
 1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)40.634.3
 6.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)10096.1
 3.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Union City School District)67.966.5
 1.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.852.7
 10.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)78.966
 12.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Union City School District)36.130.7
 5.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)42.133.8
 8.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)10094.2
 5.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Union City School District)63.171.9
 8.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.955.3
 7.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Sara M. Gilmore Academy)88.473.1
 15.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Union City School District)46.435.9
 10.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)29.317.8
 11.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students399390
 2.3%
African American910
 11.1%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian2232
 45.5%
Hispanic341303
 11.1%
Pacific Islander00
White2645
 73.1%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients56.6%57.4%
 0.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sara M. Gilmore Academy

Students at Sara M. Gilmore Academy are 78% Hispanic, 12% White, 8% Asian, 3% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 390 students attended Sara M. Gilmore Academy.

Yes! Sara M. Gilmore Academy is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 20th of 1342 New Jersey elementary schools.

Students who attend Sara M. Gilmore Academy usually go on to attend:

High : Jose Marti STEM Academy
High : Union City High School


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