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West Milford, New Jersey
Passaic County
West Milford Township Public School District
Apshawa Elementary School is a public school located in West Milford, New Jersey with 241 students in grades KG-6.
Highlights
National School of Character as named by Character.org
New Jersey State School of Character as named by Character.org
Awarded Promising Practices as named by Character.org - Character Club and Philip the Fill-Up Cart
Awards

Apshawa School is very proud of all student accomplishments and achievements. We are particularly proud to announce that Apshawa School received the award of National and New Jersey School of Character by Character.org. We also received a Promising Practice awards for our Character Club and Philip the Fill-Up Cart from Character.org. Each year, we are enhancing our programs which involve the entire school community to serve others.

Location
140 High Crest Drive
West Milford, NJ 07480
Contact
Principal: Dr. Elissa Scillieri
973-838-6515
elissa.scillieri@wmtps.org
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Grades
KG-6
White 85%
Black 1%
Asian 4%
Hispanic 8%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 2%
School size
241
students
Female 49.4%
Male 50.6%
Economically disadvantaged students 18%
Students with disabilities 21%
English learners 2%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
34
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 14%
34
1st Grade 12%
30
2nd Grade 15%
37
3rd Grade 15%
35
4th Grade 10%
24
5th Grade 17%
42
6th Grade 16%
39
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English & language arts proficiency
64%
of students

Math proficiency
53%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.8
Incidents per year
Violence 2
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 2
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
79%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 48%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 8%
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English 92.5%
Other 3.3%
Spanish 2.9%
Polish 1.2%
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Learn more about Apshawa Elementary School.

Mission

Apshawa School is a family and child centered community driven by compassion, collaboration and commitment. Our mission is to educate and develop responsible citizens who are innovative, confident, competent lifelong learners. We provide a safe, responsive learning environment filled with rich experiences and challenging opportunities. The collegial partnerships between families, Apshawa School and the community are critically important to the continued success of our students.

Academics

Apshawa School offers a full complement of differentiated learning opportunities based upon the NJSLS and values essential learning for all students. At Apshawa School, we work collaboratively to analyze student work to inform instruction. Teachers assess student learning using a variety of formative and summative measures. Differentiated learning experiences address students' needs and encourage all children to engage in rigorous activities to strengthen and broaden their minds.

Clubs

Apshawa School offers a variety of clubs and activities for students such as: TREP$, Student Council, Character Club, Sunset Scholars and Intramurals. Each grade level at Apshawa has the opportunity to participate in at least one club per year. We also offer Family Literacy and Numeracy Nights to enhance our curriculum where families come together to celebrate Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Programs

The West Milford Public Schools offers a School-Aged Child Care (S.A.C.C.) program that provides before and after school care for working parents. Students complete homework, socialize, and participate in service-learning projects.

Teachers

Teachers and related staff participate in a wide-range of professional learning opportunities that are provided at the district level and are reflective of our district and school student learning goals. Current initiatives include Readers and Writers Workshop, Mathematics Best Practices, Differentiated Instruction, Meaningful Technology Integration, and Character Education.

Supports

Students have access to a School Counselor at Apshawa School. Additionally, our students with the need for additional academic supports receive instruction from the Literacy Specialist, Encore teachers, and/or Special Education teachers. Child Study team members work to utilize school and district resources to tailor an appropriate program for children with specialized learning needs.

Health

Student health and wellness are a strong core value at Apshawa School. Each student participates in physical education classes and recess. These encourage movement, team building and active physical engagement. Students are also exposed to mindfulness strategies to further self-awareness. Apshawa School has a full time certified nurse/health educator on staff. This professional provides instruction for all students in all areas of health, establishing a proactive approach to wellness.

Parents

Apshawa has a very active and strong community connection. Our parents, PTA, and community are active supporters and our partnership is critically important to the success of the school. The positive, strong connection between home and school is what helps our students reach their full potential. Apshawa PTA supports and provides enriching programs such as assemblies, clubs and holiday events.

Facilities

Apshawa School just celebrated its 50th birthday. Our building is maintained to the highest standard.

Technology

The media center is equipped with a computer lab that also has additional Chromebook carts for students and faculty use. This year our PTA donated an audio-visual system for our all purpose room which has rear projection and high-tech choral microphones for assemblies and family movie nights.

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