Thomas A Edison Elementary School

Summary:

Thomas A Edison Elementary School is a public elementary school in Union City, New Jersey, serving 839 students in grades PK-6. The school has a predominantly Hispanic student population, with 94.52% Hispanic students.

While the school's Hispanic and English Language Learner (ELL) students perform relatively better compared to the overall school performance, the school's overall academic performance is concerning. Only 30.3% of 3rd-grade students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 42% statewide and 45.7% in the Union City School District. The school's math proficiency rates are also lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels. Additionally, the school's Special Education students and Low Socioeconomic Status (SES) students perform below the state average.

Interestingly, the nearby Sara M. Gilmore Academy, another school in the Union City School District, significantly outperforms Thomas A Edison Elementary School on standardized tests. This suggests that there may be opportunities for Thomas A Edison Elementary School to learn from the practices and strategies employed at higher-performing schools within the same district. Additionally, the school's high rate of chronic absenteeism, which has increased from 7.2% in 2016-2017 to 28.5% in 2021-2022, is a concerning trend that warrants further investigation and intervention.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 507 West St
       Union City, NJ  07087-2811


(201) 348-5965

District: Union City School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
843rd of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,005 Help


Students who attend Thomas A Edison Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Union City High School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.3 Help
Number of students:  839

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
94.5%
African American:
2.6%
White:
1.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  91.7% Help


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Compare Details Thomas A Edison Elementary School ranks worse than 62.8% of elementary schools in New Jersey. It also ranks 7th 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 37.01. (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 (94.5%), African American (2.6%), White (1.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 91.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Union City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Thomas A Edison Elementary School is 10.3, which is the 2nd best among 9 elementary schools in the Union City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Thomas A Edison Elementary School is $10,005. 6 elementary schools in the Union City School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Thomas A Edison Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Thomas A Edison Elementary School 843rd of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Thomas A Edison Elementary School 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 Thomas A Edison Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Thomas A Edison Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 9.40 1068th 1204 11.3%
2004 6.60 1205th 1298 7.2%
2005 11.24 1181st 1303 9.4%
2006 23.15 1113th 1314 15.3%
2007 28.74 1078th 1329 18.9%
2008 18.04 1164th 1338 13.0%
2009 27.06 1096th 1346 18.6%
2010 38.26 976th 1354 27.9%
2011 28.00 1079th 1360 20.7%
2012 13.22 1204th 1363 11.7%
2013 21.11 1136th 1367 16.9%
2014 15.02 1188th 1363 12.8%
2015 11.26 1228th 1357 9.5%
2016 17.22 1144th 1346 15.0%
2017 20.98 1096th 1352 18.9%
2018 27.25 1040th 1353 23.1%
2019 28.46 1006th 1360 26.0%
2021 15.04 1118th 1317 15.1%
2022 35.15 864th 1345 35.8%
2023 37.01 843rd 1342 37.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Thomas A Edison Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.18 171st 434 60.6%
2019 49.80 199th 463 57.0%
2021 43.37 173rd 411 57.9%
2022 58.22 137th 489 72.0%
2023 66.92 119th 499 76.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Thomas A Edison Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.44 655th 1001 34.6%
2019 14.72 893rd 1007 11.3%
2021 16.09 772nd 868 11.1%
2022 25.58 681st 949 28.2%
2023 33.76 572nd 958 40.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Thomas A Edison Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.68 395th 942 58.1%
2021 45.98 415th 839 50.5%
2022 63.87 239th 863 72.3%
2023 71.52 179th 910 80.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Thomas A Edison Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.45 962nd 1333 27.8%
2019 30.27 964th 1331 27.6%
2021 19.89 1036th 1290 19.7%
2022 41.66 754th 1326 43.1%
2023 42.64 744th 1318 43.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Thomas A Edison Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.55 1017th 1334 23.8%
2019 28.83 974th 1335 27.0%
2021 12.78 1134th 1297 12.6%
2022 29.46 917th 1324 30.7%
2023 32.83 868th 1315 34.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Thomas A Edison Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.68 426th 870 51.0%
2019 47.30 455th 899 49.4%
2021 31.76 647th 896 27.8%
2022 56.15 345th 953 63.8%
2023 58.23 343rd 982 65.1%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Thomas A Edison Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 142 19 61 1047 0 n/a n/a 0 1269
1989 140 15 56 1053 0 n/a n/a 0 1264
1990 115 17 58 1091 0 n/a n/a 0 1281
1991 119 12 46 1141 0 n/a n/a 0 1318
1992 111 22 42 1222 0 n/a n/a 0 1397
1993 108 29 44 1296 0 n/a n/a 0 1477
1994 124 27 41 1355 0 n/a n/a 0 1547
1995 88 30 50 1535 0 n/a n/a 0 1703
1996 88 30 50 1535 0 n/a n/a 0 1703
1998 83 19 50 1490 0 n/a n/a 0 1642
1999 88 27 40 1513 0 n/a n/a 0 1668
2000 84 31 44 1644 0 n/a n/a 0 1803
2001 78 23 29 1604 0 n/a n/a 0 1734
2002 51 20 20 1548 0 n/a n/a 0 1639
2003 51 20 20 1548 0 n/a n/a 0 1639
2004 37 20 19 1341 0 n/a n/a 0 1417
2005 35 16 15 1296 0 n/a n/a 0 1362
2006 33 15 12 1302 0 n/a n/a 0 1362
2007 24 13 11 1262 0 n/a n/a 0 1310
2008 33 12 14 1186 0 n/a n/a 0 1245
2009 23 17 8 1185 0 0 1 0 1234
2010 16 15 11 965 0 0 2 0 1009
2011 25 17 20 946 1 0 2 0 1011
2012 23 14 20 1047 0 0 0 0 1104
2013 21 21 15 1090 0 0 0 0 1147
2014 20 17 16 1141 0 0 0 0 1194
2015 7 15 19 1172 0 0 0 0 1213
2016 12 15 13 1099 0 0 0 0 1139
2017 12 11 11 1057 0 0 0 0 1091
2018 13 14 13 1029 0 0 0 0 1069
2019 18 9 11 981 0 0 0 0 1019
2020 16 14 12 942 0 0 0 0 984
2021 16 12 11 849 0 0 0 0 888
2022 12 17 12 797 0 0 0 0 838
2023 14 22 10 793 0 0 0 0 839

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 Thomas A Edison Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1269 78.0 16.2 n/a
1989 1264 78.0 16.2 n/a
1990 1281 79.0 16.2 54.3
1991 1318 79.0 16.6 64.1
1992 1397 77.0 18.1 70.2
1993 1477 86.0 17.2 77.2
1994 1547 90.6 17.1 80.9
1995 1703 88.6 19.2 81.8
1996 1703 88.6 19.2 81.8
1998 1642 103.6 15.8 84.8
1999 1668 105.0 15.9 78.2
2000 1803 110.0 16.4 85.2
2001 1734 110.3 15.7 89.9
2002 1639 124.0 13.2 97.3
2003 1639 124.0 13.2 97.3
2004 1417 116.0 12.2 94.1
2005 1362 115.0 11.8 n/a
2006 1362 107.0 12.7 98.1
2007 1310 103.0 12.7 96.7
2008 1245 88.0 14.1 95.6
2009 1234 107.2 9.5 96.7
2010 1009 63.0 16.0 98.4
2011 1011 59.0 17.1 94.5
2012 1104 72.4 15.2 92.9
2013 1147 74.0 15.5 95.6
2014 1194 68.0 17.5 97.7
2015 1213 73.0 16.6 95.9
2016 1139 119.0 9.5 96
2017 1091 76.7 14.2 96.4
2018 1069 77.5 13.7 95.9
2019 1019 74.8 13.6 95.9
2020 984 76.2 12.9 98.6
2021 888 79.0 11.2 n/a
2022 838 81.0 10.3 88.1
2023 839 81.0 10.3 91.7

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 Thomas A Edison Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1269 78.0 16.2 n/a
1989 1264 78.0 16.2 n/a
1990 1281 79.0 16.2 54.3
1991 1318 79.0 16.6 64.1
1992 1397 77.0 18.1 70.2
1993 1477 86.0 17.2 77.2
1994 1547 90.6 17.1 80.9
1995 1703 88.6 19.2 81.8
1996 1703 88.6 19.2 81.8
1998 1642 103.6 15.8 84.8
1999 1668 105.0 15.9 78.2
2000 1803 110.0 16.4 85.2
2001 1734 110.3 15.7 89.9
2002 1639 124.0 13.2 97.3
2003 1639 124.0 13.2 97.3
2004 1417 116.0 12.2 94.1
2005 1362 115.0 11.8 n/a
2006 1362 107.0 12.7 98.1
2007 1310 103.0 12.7 96.7
2008 1245 88.0 14.1 95.6
2009 1234 107.2 9.5 96.7
2010 1009 63.0 16.0 98.4
2011 1011 59.0 17.1 94.5
2012 1104 72.4 15.2 92.9
2013 1147 74.0 15.5 95.6
2014 1194 68.0 17.5 97.7
2015 1213 73.0 16.6 95.9
2016 1139 119.0 9.5 96
2017 1091 76.7 14.2 96.4
2018 1069 77.5 13.7 95.9
2019 1019 74.8 13.6 95.9
2020 984 76.2 12.9 98.6
2021 888 79.0 11.2 n/a
2022 838 81.0 10.3 88.1
2023 839 81.0 10.3 91.7

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 Thomas A Edison Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $572 (5.7%) $9,433 (94.3%) $10,005

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Thomas A Edison 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 1006th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 843rd of 1342 Elementary schools
 11.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Thomas A Edison Elementary School)39.530.3
 9.2%
   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 (Thomas A Edison Elementary School)43.132.8
 10.3%
   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 (Thomas A Edison Elementary School)51.955.5
 3.6%
   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 (Thomas A Edison Elementary School)27.830.1
 2.3%
   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 (Thomas A Edison Elementary School)44.743.6
 1.1%
   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 (Thomas A Edison Elementary School)29.931.6
 1.7%
   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 (Thomas A Edison Elementary School)52.556.6
 4.1%
   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 (Thomas A Edison Elementary School)22.426.4
 4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Union City School District)30.129.1
 1%
   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 Students1019839
 17.7%
African American922
 144.4%
American Indian00
Asian1110
 9.1%
Hispanic981793
 19.2%
Pacific Islander00
White1814
 22.2%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients95.9%91.7%
 4.2%


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Students at Thomas A Edison Elementary School are 95% Hispanic, 3% African American, 2% White, 1% Asian.

Thomas A Edison Elementary School ranks 843rd of 1342 New Jersey elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Thomas A Edison Elementary School usually go on to attend:

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

In the 2022-23 school year, 839 students attended Thomas A Edison Elementary School.


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