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Elizabeth, New Jersey
Union County
Elizabeth Public Schools
Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No. 27 is a public school located in Elizabeth, New Jersey with 983 students in grades Pre-K-8.
Implementation of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program
Technology is a part of each school day, with students utilizing 1:1 personal laptops starting in Grade 2.
Proud Member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Pantoja School No 27 is one of the schools chosen to receive a grant called, Union County Kids Dig In. Through this opportunity students were able to build and maintain a garden. A portion of the produce from the garden is donated to people in our community.

505 -517 Morris Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Principal: Mrs. Veronica Alvero
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White 5%
Black 19%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 74%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 49.2%
Male 50.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 74%
Students with disabilities 16%
English learners 30%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 10%
Kindergarten 9%
1st Grade 11%
2nd Grade 10%
3rd Grade 9%
4th Grade 10%
5th Grade 8%
6th Grade 13%
7th Grade 9%
8th Grade 9%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 46
Weapons 3
Vandalism 6
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 3
Total incidents 56
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 7%
1 to 5 days 46%
6 to 10 days 32%
11 to 15 days 8%
Over 15 days 6%
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Spanish 58.4%
English 31.0%
Haitian 6.5%
Other 3.0%
Portuguese 1.1%
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Learn more about Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No. 27.


"We believe that ALL students will achieve at great levels and become life-long learners socially, emotionally and academically, enabling them to become productive members of society. To ensure this, every school community member will set high expectations and provide the necessary, individualized tools and guided feedback needed for each learner. The school community will collaborate to ensure the environment is student-centered with a focus on each student's growth. "


Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No 27 boasts a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum which is completely aligned to the NJSLS. We implement a research-based literacy program which incorporates grade-appropriate social studies themes. Science and math curricula have recently been realigned; all students in Grade 8 take Algebra I. For further enrichment, students are provided visual and performing arts education. Technology is integrated in daily lessons and all content areas.


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Coed), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Football (Boys), Golf (Coed), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys)


Junior National Honor Society, Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID), Yearbook Club, Growth Mindset Scholars, Leaders of Technique, First Ladies, and Jr. NBA: Character Building Programs; WE Partnership (WE Scare Hunger, WE Rise Above, WE Read Together, etc.), U.C. Kids Dig In Grant- Pantoja Gardens


School No. 27 houses programs such as Catapult, offering students in Grades PreK-3 before and after school care. A district program is offered for enrichment for students in grades K-8. Curriculum and instruction is themed and includes technology, cultural awareness, character building, ESL, mathematics and much more. Students are afforded the opportunity to display visual and performing arts work at our winter and spring concerts. Additionally, we host various evening events for students and families.


School and district sponsored professional development is provided on various days throughout the school year. Each teacher is responsible for creating his/her own plan based on data. In addition, Professional Learning Committee (PLC) meetings are held at least once, sometimes twice per month. These PLC meetings were created to address the needs in meeting our school's goals.

Post high school

Our district goal is to support every child in becoming college prepared, career ready and to accomplish 'on time' graduation. To promote this, our school implements the AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) for interested students in grades 7-8. AVID is only offered to students who have satisfactory citizenship, good attendance, and a GPA of 2.0 or higher. AVID's mission is to develop a sense of hope for personal achievement, gained through hard work and determination.


English Language Learners are supported via a Sheltered English approach as well as a focus on native language skills. Additionally, students with different abilities are supported via an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP): inclusion, resource and self-contained classes, which allow for the least restrictive learning environment. The Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) process, targets students experiencing challenges with learning, behavior, and/or health.


School No. 27 ensures to teach the "whole child", including social-emotional development supported by guidance counselors and a social worker. Topics that are addressed include student home & family life, school environment, peer mediation, anti-bullying and good decision making . The S.H.A.R.K. mascot (Set goals, Hard-working, Academically focused, Respectful & Resilient, Kindhearted) is used to exemplify model behavior. Also, school nurses conduct regular screenings of the students.


School No. 27 embraces a strong partnership between home and school. Pantoja Parents participate through our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), as well as individually, to enhance the education of our students. The PTO has brought many stimulating programs to our children during the school day and after school hours. PowerSchool is the parent portal used for review of student grades, attendance, etc.


"School No. 27 is one of the newer educational facilities of the Elizabeth Public Schools. The facility includes a media lounge including a full complement of books and resources. The music wing includes a vocal music room, and sound-proof practice rooms. The art studio is fully equipped with a kiln for those working on clay sculptures. There are seminar rooms for small group instruction as well as two science labs which include space for demonstrations and classroom instruction. "


"School No. 27 is a neighborhood school that serves students in grades PreK-8. Our students arrive at school in their uniforms, daily. The school-wide infusion of Carol Dweck's, ""Growth Mindset"" plays a role in the improvement of all aspects of educating our children at all grade levels. Guiding students through the use of valuable feedback, to set their own goals, be resilient and make better choices, through valuable feedback is a key focus while using ideas of growth mindset. As an (AVID) Advanced Via Individual Determination School we also embrace and foster independence and determination in our students. We teach them to use applicable tools to be academically successful and take charge of their own learning as well. Teachers are working to provide feedback to students based on common assessment data, in order to make students resilient in learning. School No. 27 partners with Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA), which is a role model program that inspires students to pursue a higher education and reach for their goals. The program consists of six visits by HISPA role models, who provide presentations about their stories, cultural backgrounds, professional careers and the educational experiences that helped them achieve their goals. We believe in a high quality education and the value of good citizenship at Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No. 27. Our philosophy is that ALL children are able to learn and achieve at high levels as long as such expectations are set and appropriate tools are provided. Together as a school community we will support students' social and emotional development and make a positive impact on their academic growth. One of our goals is to ensure they successfully reach college and career readiness. The entire Dr. Antonia Pantoja family is working together to provide all students with the best education possible so they may be life-long learners who excel in whatever they dream to do in life. "

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