Howard M Phifer Middle School

  • Howard M Phifer Middle School serves 778 students in grades 7-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 29% (which is lower than the New Jersey state average of 40%) for the 2015-16 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 34% (which is lower than the New Jersey state average of 50%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Howard M Phifer Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in New Jersey for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the New Jersey state level of 12:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is higher than the New Jersey state average of 54%.

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • Howard M Phifer Middle School's student population of 778 students has declined by 5% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 72 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 7-8
Total Students778 students
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Total Classroom Teachers72 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Howard M Phifer Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,236 schools in New Jersey (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Howard M Phifer Middle School is 0.68, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.43. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (NJ)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
29%
40%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
34%
50%
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Student : Teacher Ratio11:112:1
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Asian
12%
10%
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Hispanic
44%
26%
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Black
33%
16%
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White
11%
46%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Howard M Phifer Middle School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in NJ.
Diversity Score0.680.43
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Eligible for Free Lunch
58%
33%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
11%
5%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Howard M Phifer Middle School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in New Jersey by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NamePennsauken Township Board Of Education School District
Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, NJ Dept. of Education

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I am a 8th grade student attending Phifer. And I would never in a million years recommend this school to anyone. Most teachers do not care about the work and most students don't care also. Phifer is full of rowdy, uneducated children!! Also, some teachers give very little homework or tests.
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