- PTA School of Excellence 2018-2020- Bronze Award - Pennies for Patients Student Series- Offer of Candidacy for Accreditation with the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools- Highlighted in the NJ DOE Digest Episode, "Skills for the Future - Infusing SEL into Classrooms and Schools"- 1996 Blue Ribbon School
|White|| 72% |
|Black|| 2% |
|Asian|| 3% |
|Hispanic|| 19% |
|American Indian or Native Alaskan|| 0% |
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander|| 0% |
|Multiracial|| 4% |
|Female|| 51.1% |
|Male|| 48.9% |
|Economically disadvantaged students|| 17% |
|Students with disabilities|| 31% |
|English learners|| 3% |
|Homeless students|| 0% |
|Students in foster care|| 0% |
|Military-connected students|| 1% |
|Migrant students|| 0% |
|Grade||Percent of total students||Students|
|Pre-K|| 33% ||76|
|Kindergarten|| 33% ||76|
|1st Grade|| 34% ||77|
|Incidents per year|
|Harassment, intimidation, and bullying||0|
|Days absent||Percent of students|
|0 days|| 4% |
|1 to 5 days|| 29% |
|6 to 10 days|| 32% |
|11 to 15 days|| 21% |
|Over 15 days|| 14% |
|English|| 92.1% |
|Other|| 2.6% |
|Spanish|| 2.6% |
|Arabic|| 2.6% |
Learn more about G Austin Schoenly Elementary School.
As reflected in the District Mission statement, we provide our students with a nurturing, innovative learning environment where curiosity is sparked, risk taking is encouraged and problems are viewed as opportunities for growth. We empower students to become independent thinkers and problem solvers. We inspire and challenge our students to achieve their full potential academically, socio-emotionally, and physically. All stakeholders collaborate to deliver needs-based instruction for every child.
The Schoenly Preschool Program has adopted the Tools of the Mind curriculum to develop problem solving skills and encourage personal growth in our young learners. In kindergarten and first grade, teachers use balanced literacy, the GoMath! program, and hands-on learning in science and social studies in order to engage each child in the classroom. Students are encouraged to construct understanding of content through active and cooperative learning. We also embrace Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a schoolwide community. Our goal as a school is to provide a nurturing and productive educational environment that supports students as they develop the skills, abilities, and attitudes needed to succeed in school and in life. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is embedded throughout the school day and in all content areas.
At this primary level, extra curricular activities center around strengthening ties both inside and outside of the school community. Students have multiple opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community from showing appreciation to first responders to running several fundraisers throughout the year. Our C.A.R.E.S. Before and After School Program provides supervision and enrichment for our students outside of the typical school day. The program encourages social interaction and incorporates various developmentally appropriate recreation activities to do so. Our school also engages in several activities with Spotswood High School and Memorial Middle School students to provide our young learners with mentorship and positive role models.
Students may participate in the Spotswood C.A.R.E.S. program, a structured before and after-school environment where students have the opportunity to engage in educational and recreational activities. First grade students may participate in Kids Create, an after-school art enrichment program led by Spotswood High School volunteers. The Spotswood PTA offers enrichment and recreational activities for our students and their families throughout the school year.
Schoenly staff members are lifelong learners. They have multiple opportunities to participate in professional development. Teachers may learn and collaborate in monthly PD Academy sessions, Professional Learning Communities, Focused Professional Learning Cohorts (FPLC), Inservice trainings, and peer observations. New teachers participate in a four year Induction Program aligned with our Stronge+ Evaluation rubrics and research of best practices in education.
Schoenly''s Child Study Team (CST) provides consultative, evaluative, and prescriptive service to teachers and parents with regards to students who are experiencing school challenges. Services provided to eligible students include speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, social skills and ESL. Classroom settings vary including general education, self-contained, resource room, and in-class support in order to provide the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for students.
Students in kindergarten and first grade are provided with two sessions a week of physical education and 22 minutes every day for recess. Additionally, classrooms often use kinesthetic learning to keep our students moving throughout the day.In October, students celebrate "Healthy Choices Week" where students are encouraged to stay active, eat well-balanced meals, and take care of their bodies. Annually, a pediatric dentist presents to students about maintaining good dental hygiene.
The PTA is incredibly supportive of our school. The annual Teacher Wish Lists provide over $18,000 in donations. The PTA plans various activities for students and staff to celebrate our community. The Spotswood Education Foundation (SEF) provides grants for teachers to advance student learning. To date, the SEF has granted teachers throughout the district over $89,000. Our school also forms strong ties with our community through special events such as the Spotswood Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The G. Austin Schoenly School building is nestled in a residential neighborhood in Spotswood, New Jersey. The building was initially built in 1958 and later expanded in 1974 and 2004. In 2016, the HVAC system was upgraded, and the entire school is now air conditioned. The school utilizes a large All-Purpose Room, a media center, 20 multi-purpose classrooms, an outdoor courtyard, and a fenced in playground area.In the summer of 2019, a secure vestibule was installed at the main entrance of the building to provide a single point of entry for all visitors. Upon entering the secure vestibule, all visitors are required to check in via the Lobby Guard Visitor Management System.
Spotswood School District understands that the health and safety of our students is paramount in creating an environment in which all of our members feel safe and secure. To ensure this, the Spotswood School District utilizes a comprehensive approach to school safety and security with a focus on the following areas:* Security Coordination* Communications and Alerts* Training and Drills* Plan Review/Climate Assessment.The administration of the Spotswood School District works closely with the Spotswood Police Department through our School Resource Officer, who works with all school administration. Additionally, monthly meetings are held to review all district security matters with District and Spotswood community leaders.
At G. Austin Schoenly School, we encourage our students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers through exploration and project based learning. At this early childhood level, we encourage student inquiry and experimentation as they create meaning of the world around them. In our curriculum, we dedicate ample time for students to play, create, build, and explore. These experiences prepare our young learners for future scientific discovery and independent thinking. We utilize various technological resources to meet the needs of our diverse learners including the use of iPads in preschool, Chromebooks in kindergarten and first grade, and interactive projection software for each classroom. Furthermore, various educational applications are used to deliver and enrich instruction. Teachers embrace technology throughout the entire educational process to keep instruction innovative and engaging.
Our school is home to a full-day preschool program offering a transitional, a self contained, and five integrated classrooms. Our preschool is funded both locally and by tuition. We utilize the Tools of the Mind curriculum to promote cognitive development, self regulation, socio-emotional skills and a strong foundation in academics. Students also receive weekly instruction in visual arts, performing arts, yoga, and physical education to enrich their educational experience.
We are known as "The Little School with the Big Heart" because of the nurturing learning environment that we provide for our young learners. We have a staff of incredibly dedicated and passionate individuals who make our school a home for each child that walks in our doors. As a primary school, we recognize the importance of providing students with a strong foundation and confidence to achieve lofty goals. We understand that for many students, Schoenly School is their first experience with school. We strive to make this first impression one that will make them fall in love with learning for many years to come.