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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C
Rafael Hernandez School is a public school located in Newark, NJ. It has 788 students in grades PK, K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 13% of students are at least proficient in math and 19% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
19%
Percent Proficient - Math
13%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$35,542
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,099
National
$949
Median Home Value
$235,315
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
788
Free or Reduced Lunch
95%
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Preschool

Annual Cost
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Starting Age
3
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
Schedule Options
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  • Offers Full Day
  • Offers Part Day

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$76,011
Teachers in First/Second Year
56.5%
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2 reviews
I think it's 100% unacceptable that this school is failing. They have a principal, and 3 vice principals and the lack of discipline filters into the low test scores and unpreparedness for high school, let alone college.

This is supposed to be a "school of the arts", but it's a joke, these kids should have the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic down before bringing in other elements. I'm so disappointed with the administration. A teacher shouldn't have to spend 15 minutes each hour disciplining, enforcing uniforms, checking homework.

Since the vice principals have so much time on their hand, they should be at the door, upon entrance, taking some of this burden off of the teachers so INSTRUCTION TIME, can be effected. I'm anxiously awaiting to take my child out of this school. It begins at the top and I hold the principal responsible for this failing school.
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I went to Rafael Hernandez School from 5th to 8th grade. In 5th grade, I learned how to play the flute which was very exciting because I've always wanted to play an instrument. There were many electives and I chose to be in art because I find that art is always surrounded by me whether if i'm at a museum or seeing graffiti. I've always felt comfortable in that school because it was diverse. There were students from different ethic backgrounds and.