Recognized as a Future Ready School; Recognized as one of the top 25 schools in New Jersey based on the School Performance Report
|White|| 80% |
|Black|| 1% |
|Asian|| 7% |
|Hispanic|| 10% |
|American Indian or Native Alaskan|| 0% |
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander|| 0% |
|Multiracial|| 2% |
|Female|| 49.9% |
|Male|| 50.1% |
|Economically disadvantaged students|| 7% |
|Students with disabilities|| 16% |
|English learners|| 0% |
|Homeless students|| 0% |
|Students in foster care|| 0% |
|Military-connected students|| 0% |
|Migrant students|| 0% |
|Grade||Percent of total students||Students|
|1st Grade|| 19% ||96|
|2nd Grade|| 20% ||104|
|3rd Grade|| 17% ||88|
|4th Grade|| 21% ||105|
|5th Grade|| 23% ||118|
|Incidents per year|
|Harassment, intimidation, and bullying||5|
|Days absent||Percent of students|
|0 days|| 4% |
|1 to 5 days|| 42% |
|6 to 10 days|| 36% |
|11 to 15 days|| 13% |
|Over 15 days|| 5% |
|English|| 92.8% |
|Other|| 4.5% |
|Russian|| 2.7% |
Learn more about Clark Mills School.
Clark Mills School is a first through fifth grade school committed to providing an outstanding educational program for all students so that they will be prepared to help lead our country in an ever-changing, global society. Our teachers place students at the center of the learning process and the staff regards our 21st century learners as their primary focus. A bond between home and school has been established in order to champion common goals and educational advancements.
In grades 1-5 we use the Envision 2.0 math program and utilize a variety of resources in language arts such as Project Read, Making Meaning and TC Units of Study for writing during our balanced literacy block. A variety of technology programs and websites are utilized to enhance lessons and engage learners. RTI is used to remediate struggling learners' needs and special subject enrichment is available to qualified students in grades 2-5.
Clark Mills School offers a variety of school clubs for our students. Students engage in coding activities during our after school Coding Club. Student Council participates in community-based learning experiences and promotes a positive school culture. Other after school activities include band, chorus, orchestra, and STEAMTank Challenge. We offer are a plethora of activities for our students.
Response to Intervention groups for reading and math are offered before and after school to students who need additional support in these areas. Project Achievement, a program focused on close reading of informational text, is also offered for students needing additional support in this specific area. Targeted intervention plans are created for students and interventions run for 12 weeks. Data is collected to assess student growth from these programs.
Professional development needs are obtained through a survey developed by our ScIP Committee. Teachers are a part of Professional Learning Communities where they get to discuss professional literature, student data, and instructional strategies, which assists them in meeting the diverse needs of our students. Developing teacher leaders was an area of continued focus through the implementation of Pineapple Charts, Lesson Studies and Microteaching. Profesional development also focused on High Effect Size Instructional Strategies.
At Clark Mills, we offer a variety of support services to meet the academic and social well being of our students. We utilize a problem-solving approach to identify students' needs and create intervention plans to target areas of focus. A school counselor, school psychologist and school social worker offer guidance on the emotional, social and behavioral needs of our students. A variety of special education programs and intervention services are available to students when necessary.
Our students participate in physical education class twice during a six day cycle and also participate in recess daily. In many classes, brain breaks are also incorporated during transition times. Family Life lessons are taught and the teachers and counselor work together to teach students lessons about character education, anti-bullying, and social thinking. The counselor and school psychologist also offer small social groups on a variety of topics to assist students.
A collaborative bond between home and school has been established by parents, teachers, and the administration. We have an extremely active PTO who offers parents a lot of ways to get involved in our school community. They also provide a variety of fun events for our students. In addition, parents are also a part of our School Safety Team where we review procedures and programs for anti-bullying. Parents have the opportunity to participate in workshops during our Parent University.
Clark Mill School has been educating students since its opening in 1957. Since its opening, the school has had four major additions including a new cafetorium in 2002 and the addition of the John I Dawes Early Learning Center in 2007. The two classrooms in our new wing have air conditioning as well as the cafetorium, gym, media center and computer labs.
At Clark Mills, safety is our number one priority. We use a visitor management system so that we are aware of who is visiting our school at all times. Safety drills and procedures are built in as part of the classroom/school routine each month; and we continue to practice the required schools drills so that our staff and students know how to respond calmly and more efficiently
Technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 have their own chromebook that they frequently use throughout the day. Google Classroom is utilized as a way for teachers and students to communicate with each other regarding assignments and lessons. Clark Mills School has two Apple computer labs and the students are provided with technology instruction every other week by a technology teacher. A variety of technology such as ipads, Smartboards, document cameras, and educational websites are utilized to enhance lessons. Technology is also used for parent communication. We use an electronic backpack and a school website to provide information to parents and the community. In addition, the Media Makerspace offers students the opportunity to participate in STEAM lessons and to tinker and explore.
Clark Mills School is a first through fifth grade school, which houses approximately 511students. Students enter our building every day ready to "Step up to Learning." The atmosphere at Clark Mills School is one in which learning is a challenging, rewarding, and exciting experience for our students. We want our students to view Clark Mills as their home away from home. At Clark Mills School, we recognize that we have a responsibility to set challenging goals, design innovative lessons, and engage students in meaningful, relevant instruction. It is throughthis process that we continue to develop motivated students who understand that, with hard work, determination, a growth mindset, and perseverance they have the ability to achieve high levels of success. In addition, our Response to Intervention model affords us the opportunity to identify students who need further language arts, math, and behavioral supports early on. We have an active Problem Solving Committee who works closely with school administration, teachers, students, and parents to reinforce the elements of good character and conflict resolution strategies. Students are recognized each month from each class for being an outstanding role model. Through a united effort of staff, parents, and administration, all of our expertise and resources are utilized to provide each child with a first rate education in order to prepare them for college and career readiness.