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Irvington, New Jersey
Essex County
Irvington Public School District
Berkeley Terrace Elementary School is a public school located in Irvington, New Jersey with 491 students in grades Pre-K-5.
Highlights
We host a “Back to School Night” which is an opportunity for parents to receive information on facilities, curriculum and instruction. Berkeley hosts a minimum of two monthly parent workshops.
We held “Friday Night Lights” which is a multicultural event for staff, students, and parents to experience ethnic food, cultural dance, and music that represents the diversity of our scholars.
We co-sponsor Parent Academies with local agencies. During these academies, parents engage in workshops in the areas of curriculum, assessment, and life skills.
Awards

Berkeley Terrace School has received many accolades and awards in recent years. Berkeley is home to several outstanding teachers who have produced winners in the many district sponsored essay contests in grades 3 through 5. We also have received recognition and donations from numerous organizations in Irvington and surrounding towns. The Berkeley Terrace Basketball Team placed number one in our division.

Location
787 Grove Street
Irvington, NJ 07111
Contact
Principal: Ms. Sean Evans
973-399-6852
sevans@irvington.k12.nj.us
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Grades
Pre-K-5
White 0%
Black 72%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 26%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1%
Multiracial 0%
School size
491
students
Female 48.7%
Male 51.3%
Economically disadvantaged students 76%
Students with disabilities 13%
English learners 33%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
70
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 10%
48
Kindergarten 16%
80
1st Grade 17%
84
2nd Grade 14%
69
3rd Grade 14%
68
4th Grade 16%
79
5th Grade 13%
63
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English & language arts proficiency
26%
of students

Math proficiency
23%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.8
Incidents per year
Violence 3
Weapons 0
Vandalism 1
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 4
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
68%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 6%
1 to 5 days 40%
6 to 10 days 22%
11 to 15 days 12%
Over 15 days 21%
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English 59.5%
Spanish 21.2%
Other 6.9%
Haitian 5.9%
Twi 3.5%
Igbo 3.1%
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Learn more about Berkeley Terrace Elementary School.

Mission

The mission of Berkeley Terrace Elementary School is to foster an environment that is learner-centered, positive, caring and intellectually stimulating for our students. Our staff collaborates to develop a superior educational program for all of our students. We work diligently to provide our students with a sound foundation that is comprised of highly engaging instruction and rigorous learning experiences. Our motto is “Berkeley-Where Every Child Succeeds.

Academics

Berkeley Terrace is committed to providing a quality education in order to ensure that our scholars are well-prepared for college and 21st century careers by the end of high school. We offer a print-rich, language and literature-based English Language Arts curriculum utilizing SmartBoards and Chromebooks to support our scholars' love of learning. In mathematics, acquisition of essential skills is enhanced by online assessments, engaging real-world mathematics scenarios, and data-driven instruction.

Sports

Cheerleading (Girls), Soccer (Coed)

Clubs

We offered an array of clubs and after school program choices for our students. Students in grades 3-5 were able to participate in our after school enrichment or our skills enhancement programs. Students in grades 4 and 5 were able to participate in our Student Council. Students in grade 2 and 3 were able to join the Homework club. The school also offered Yearbook, Soccer, Basketball, and Play Unified clubs as well.

Programs

At Berkeley Terrace School, we have an I-Ready After School Program that gives our scholars additional time to improve their comprehension skills. The program is data-driven and sequential. For students who need support in mathematics and problem solving, we offer I-Ready instruction after school as well. We also sponsor an Enrichment Program for scholars who enjoy English Language Arts and Mathematics. In this Enrichment Program, the focus is to spend quality time engaging and discussing rigorous academic problems and developing real-world standard based projects.

Teachers

Staff members are provided with various professional learning choices. Every content area supervisor provides a list of after school professional development sessions offered throughout the year. The school allows teachers to choose out of district workshops to attend and submit for administrative approval. Berkeley provides additional learning choices at faculty meetings, common planning, and after school workshops.

Health

The Health and Safety Committee provide workshops for students to promote healthy habits.

Parents

Berkeley has a Parent Coordinator who plans many events for parents. She offers demonstrations on how to utilize the Parent Portal and she also assists the parents with accessing the Home/School areas in our Reading Wonders and EnVision programs. She has forged partnerships with area businesses that offer our families services and support. She also advocates for our parents and gives them helpful information on voting, parental rights, and community affairs.

Facilities

Berkeley Terrace facilities have received various upgrades including new lighting, tiling in certain rooms, and bathroom fixtures for staff and students. State of the art water fountains have been installed in the school. A new gymnasium divider door has been installed, which has enhanced our physical education program.

School safety

The School Safety Team meets monthly to design strategies to ensure that the school physical plant meets or exceeds state standards.

Early childhood

Berkeley Terrace offers a preschool program for children between the ages of three and four years old. Our preschool program, under the Direction of the Department of Early Childhood, provides a rich full-day curriculum to scholars using the Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum, one of the four State approved programs, provides for positive interaction, social emotional competencies, constructive play and teacher-family interactions. The curriculum is comprised of a comprehensive collection of daily practice and knowledge building.

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The dedicated staff members of Berkeley Terrace are committed to providing our culturally diverse student body with the highest quality educational experience possible. Our teachers strive to increase our scholars’ levels of academic performance. Teachers refine their lessons to enhance their instruction in order to raise the level of academic achievement. Teachers incorporate a balance of whole class, small group, and individualized instruction to meet the needs of all scholars. As a collaborative team of parents and educators, we seek to provide our scholars with an environment that is stimulating, safe, and productive. Our goal is to maintain an academic setting that stimulates curiosity and sensitizes scholars to the world they live in. To achieve these objectives, there are many shared opportunities in all aspects of the teaching/learning process. All of the members of our educational community share an important role in providing our scholars with programs and services that will encourage and enrich their love of learning. Scholastic achievement and social development are cultivated and fostered through authentic and meaningful educational experiences. At Berkeley Terrace School, we want our scholars to understand that learning is a lifelong process that starts in the classroom, but can be taken wherever they go. Berkeley Terrace Elementary School celebrates diversity infused with creativity, recognizing the uniqueness of each scholar. Parental involvement is integral to a scholar’s success. Our parents are encouraged to be involved at Berkeley Terrace by joining the PTA and/or the School Leadership Council (SLC); attending school assembly programs and Back to School Night; and chaperoning field trips. With the continued support and commitment of all parents, families, and staff, Berkeley Terrace Elementary School will succeed in giving our community's future leaders a rewarding educational experience. At Berkeley, we believe all students will succeed.

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