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Racial Diversity, Economic Advantage Varies In Brick Schools

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Over the next week, Brick Shorebeat will be examining the state School Performance Reports, which provide a glimpse into the township’s school district. Today, we begin with our first story, examining some vital statistics about our township’s young people. The reports are part of our ongoing Brick by the Numbers series.

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Brick Township Memorial High School (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Township Memorial High School (Photo: Daniel Nee)

It’s no surprise: Brick Township’s student population is overwhelmingly white and overwhelming speaks English. Most students will ultimately graduate from high school, though some will face disciplinary issues along the way. But some schools are significantly more diverse than others, and students in certain schools – on average – come from families with an economic advantage over their peers across town.

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Data from the state Department of Education, by way of the department’s School Performance Reports, were released Jan. 30 and provide a glimpse into the academic achievement, college and career readiness and other factors that contribute to the climate in the township’s school district.

The data was calculated based on the 2013-14 school year.

Racial Diversity

While the overwhelming majority of Brick’s students were white, some of the township’s elementary schools showed a more diverse array of racial and ethnic groups, often reflecting the neighborhoods which send students to each school. On average, white students made up about 80 to 85 percent of the population across the board.

Emma Havens Young Elementary School was the township’s most diverse school during the 2013-14 school year, and had the smallest percentage of white students. While the student population was still 72.9 percent white, 17.6 percent of students were Hispanic. Asian students made up 4.2 percent of the population and black students represented 3.6 percent of the population.

The least diverse schools in the district were Midstreams Elementary School and Herbertsville Elementary School, which had student populations that were 90.8 percent and 90.4 percent white, respectively. In both schools, the second-largest group of students were Hispanic, making up 5.8 percent of the Midstreams student population and 3.8 percent of the population at Herbertsville.

After white students, Hispanic students made up the next-highest group across the board. Though it was not the most diverse school overall, Osbornville Elementary School boasted the highest percentage of Hispanic students, at 18.6 percent.

At the township’s two high schools, a good indicator of the overall racial makeup of students district-wide, Brick Township High School was slightly more diverse, with 78.6 percent of students identified as white, 14.8 Hispanic, 3.3 percent black and 2.7 percent Asian. The remainder of students, fractions of percentages of the population, were Pacific Islander and American Indian. At Brick Memorial, 82.8 percent of students were white, followed by 8.4 percent Hispanic, 5.5 percent black and 2.6 percent Asian.

Economic Indicators

Schools had widely-varying percentages of students considered economically disadvantaged, ranging from 15 percent at Herbertsville Elementary School to 47.9 percent at Osbornville Elementary School.

Education officials define an economically disadvantaged student as a student who is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Eligibility is dictated by income in relation to family size. For a household of two people, the income limit is $29,101. For three people, it is $36,612, and for a four-person household, the income limit is $44,123.

From least to most, here’s the percentage of students considered economically disadvantaged in each Brick Township school:

  • Herbertsville Elementary: 15 percent
  • Midstreams Elementary 17.2 percent
  • Brick Memorial High School: 22.9 percent
  • Primary Learning Center (no longer exists): 25.3 percent
  • Veterans Memorial Middle School: 26.7 percent
  • Lanes Mill Elementary School: 29.8 percent
  • Drum Point Elementary School: 30.7 percent
  • Brick Township High School: 33.9 percent
  • Veterans Memorial Elementary School: 35.4 percent
  • Lake Riviera Middle School: 40.8 percent
  • Emma Havens Young Elementary School: 41.3 percent
  • Osbornville Elementary School: 47.9 percent

Other Statistics

Regardless of race or income disparity, the vast majority of Brick students will graduate high school, while only a very small percentage will drop out before graduation.

The overall graduation rate at Brick Township High School was 87 percent, a significant percentage though enough for just the 27th percentile statewide and 49th percentile among peer schools, which the state defines as schools that have similar grade configurations and that are educating students of similar demographic characteristics. At Brick Memorial High School, 90 percent of students graduate.

The dropout rate at both schools was low – 1.1 percent at BTHS and 1.7 percent at BMHS.

At BTHS, 11.9 percent of students were suspended at some point during the 2013-14 school year, while 12.5 percent of BMHS students were suspended.

After graduating, 73 percent of both BTHS and BMHS students were enrolled in either two or four year colleges. At BTHS, 56 percent of students who went to college attended a two year school within 16 months of graduating and 43.8 percent attended a four year school. At BMHS, 55 percent of post-secondary students attended a two year college and 45 percent attended a four year school.


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  • Rich Lau

    Dan , phenomenal statistics, not a lot of surprises, but food for thought. Thanks for publicizing.

  • Frank Rizzo

    People want to live among there own kind where they share culture and feel comfortable. There is nothing wrong with it. Stop feeling guilty about it. This has gone on for centuries and continues to go on through out the world.

    • onioneye

      Speak for yourself. I wish our schools were more diverse.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Then move…why do you live here and not Neptune. Why do you complain about Saw Mill then. Move to a more diverse landscape and embrace it.

      • onioneye

        Wow, you certainly are narrow minded, or a troll. Let me guess… Fox News?

      • Frank Rizzo

        You demented liberals all go back to Fox News while your own organ grinders spew lies at MSNBC and carry the water for the ultra rich elites of the Democrat party. Glad you are helping Reid and Pelosi stay in office who are so rich beyond your beliefs and out of touch with the common man they claim to represent. Walk the walk and move to a more diverse city, but leave mine as it is. Indians all live in Edison and Woodbridge and most of Middlesex County because that is what is comfortable for them. Why is it bad for whites to be comfortable and among their own.

      • onioneye

        I’m white sir, but you are certainly not “my own.” Not by a long shot. Why don’t you move somewhere the KKK is still active so you can stay nice and comfy a bit longer as the rest of the world evolves.

      • Frank Rizzo

        And you sir are not mine either. There is nothing wrong with protecting your own culture and traditions. When other races or cultures do it you demented liberals all praise it. When whites do it you call them racist and deny them the right to work and slander them because you think you are above all. Yet you live here. Yet you married or date your own races, your own religion and will never adopt a child from black heritage.

    • Brandy the Dog

      …and what kind would that be, Frank? I have to believe you put up these ridiculous statements because you enjoy getting people to react to them, like I am now, I’ve tried to ignore some of yours but this one is so out of touch with reality!

      • Frank Rizzo

        Do you think blacks want whites teaching their children or running their cities. Guess again and ask anyone who is white and works for the City of Detroit or Camden or Newark.

      • JW P

        It’s time for your nap now, Archie.

      • Brandy the Dog

        I don’t think African Americans mind being taught by non African Americans. As far as running cities with a higher population of blacks, it wasn’t until 1970 that Newark had an African American mayor (Kenneth Gibson). The mayor before him was Hugh Addonizio, who on the heels of the 1967 riots, led to a discovery that Addonizio and other city officials were taking kickbacks from city contractors. He was prosecuted and convicted of corruption after leaving office.
        As far as Camden. the first African American mayor was Randy Primas in 1981. The mayor before him was Angelo Errichetti who was indicted in the Abscam Scandal.
        Whites have controlled most of the political offices in this country, even in many of the areas where blacks dominate the population, it’s only in the past 40-50 years that we’ve seen African Americans holding higher political office.

    • Trevor

      *their

  • Brian Mirsky

    The only real surprise in here to me was the nearly 12% rate of suspension at the high schools in the 2013-14 year. That seems very high to me, and I’d love to know more about the types of suspensions – ie, is it strictly due to the changing of policies to zero-tolerance, or is behavior really that radical and truly warrants it in all cases. Otherwise, terrific article, great stats – just not many surprises to me personally. Thanks for sharing.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Discipline in our schools is paramount given the economic diversity that Brick has.
      There are many lower class people living in our apartments and rentals that do not have two parents and some who have parents that think too weak. Once our schools are not safe or reported not to be safe then it is all over. You all have the ability to live in Asbury, or Neptune or any other place in NJ. You chose here…you always choose a school system that is safe and “good”. This is the veil of racism you all hide under. Plenty of cheap housing in Essex County, or Jersey City or Elizabeth.

  • Betty Ann Fuller

    Dan, you know my son passed away in 2007. He was a 1999 graduate of BHS. Every year since, I provide a scholarship to a music student, sometimes more than one. I have approached the towhship about the Rock & Roll Forever Foundation, started by Steve VanZant. The entire program was written by him, he provides the instruments, and all the music teachers need to do is teach it. it is FREE. These numbers are more telling than I have been told. I’ve been told that this township does not qualify for this free program. Whereas, the RRF tells me we are. It keeps music in the classrooms when budgets get cut, and we all know that music and/or sports are one of the first things to get cut in school/township budgets. I wish there was a way to convince the school system/board of education to try this program. We have nothing to lose. BA

    • Mindy Murray Moich

      That would be a wonderful program to get in. We have many talented children in our schools. Would love to see it come in.

      • Betty Ann Fuller

        Ok how do we get it to the right ears in town?

      • Mindy Murray Moich

        Not sure. If you can inbox me info I will bring it up at a BMAC meeting.

  • Trevor

    Why are almost half the students at Osbornville economically disadvantaged? Drum Point is a relativity nice area when you don’t count Waterside so I don’t really understand that shocking statistic. This really has me puzzled.

  • Marceline

    Aren’t all the ESL classes at Osbornville? That would explain the high rate of Hispanic students there.

    • Mindy Murray Moich

      Just a few years ago ESL classes were at Drum Point. Then moved to Emma. Not sure how long the money comes in for ESL students. When it stops in one school they move the children to another.