Heights Elementary recognized as a top middle school in N.J. by U.S. News


SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Spring Lake Heights Elementary School has been recognized as one of the top elementary/middle schools in the state by the U.S. News and World Report. The school was ranked 261 out of 1370 elementary schools, and 81 out of 715 middle schools. 

The administration is proud, but not surprised that Spring Lake Heights is being recognized,” Spring Lake Heights Elementary Superintendent John Spalthoff told The Coast Star. “For the great work of our staff and dedication to our students.” 

U.S. News uses a number of different factors when ranking a school. The ranks in other factors are as follows; Elementary School Reading Proficiency Rank, #158; Middle School Reading Proficiency Rank, #31; Elementary School Math Proficiency Rank, #293; Middle School Math Proficiency Rank, #107 [tie]. 


The rank descriptions are as follows; Elementary School Reading Proficiency, somewhat above expectations; Middle School Reading Proficiency, well above expectations; Elementary School Math Proficiency, meets expectations; Middle School Math Proficiency, meets expectations. 

Standardized test scores also come into play with U.S. News’ ranking system. 

“At Spring Lake Heights Elementary School, 66% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 81% scored at or above that level for reading.” U.S. News’ study stated. “Spring Lake Heights Elementary School did better in math and better in reading in this metric compared with students across the state. In New Jersey, 57% of students tested at or above the proficient level for reading, and 49% tested at or above that level for math.” 

The study also evaluated the school’s enrollment statistics. According to the study, there is a 50:50 ratio between girl and boy students and a 10:1 student to teacher ratio. Also, the school has a 10 percent minority enrollment rate, as well as a four percent enrollment rate for economically disadvantaged students. 

Mr. Spalthoff is very proud of his administration, students and staff and feels this recognition “further identifies the quality education students receive in Spring Lake Heights.”

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