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Elizabeth, New Jersey
Union County
Elizabeth Public Schools
iPrep Academy School No 8 is a public school located in Elizabeth, New Jersey with 421 students in grades KG-8.
iPrep Academy had 54 students in grades 6-8 inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
iPrep Academy is a certified AVID school. All students in grades K-8 take part in the AVID prgram.
iPrep Academy received a grant for the Union County Kids Dig In Program. This program goals for providing nutritional and educational benefits to our school community .

This past year, iPrep Academy continued as an AVID Elementary Certified Site for the third year in a row. We also had an increase in the number of students in the National Junior Honor Society increasing from 33 to 54. iPrep Academy implemented a student led safety patrol.

221-227 Court Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07206
Principal: Mr. Lawrence Roodenburg
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White 11%
Black 26%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 62%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 47.0%
Male 53.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 81%
Students with disabilities 11%
English learners 11%
Homeless students 0%
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
Kindergarten 10%
1st Grade 10%
2nd Grade 10%
3rd Grade 10%
4th Grade 12%
5th Grade 13%
6th Grade 14%
7th Grade 11%
8th Grade 11%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
of students

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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 2
Weapons 1
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 2
Total incidents 5
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 43%
6 to 10 days 33%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 5%
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English 46.8%
Spanish 45.4%
Portuguese 3.8%
Arabic 2.4%
Other 1.7%
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Learn more about iPrep Academy School No 8.


The mission of iPrep Academy, School Number 8, is to provide excellent educational experiences and services to inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, and to care. We will do this by integrating technology throughout the curriculum in order to make sure that every student is cognitively engaged at high levels. Our shared vision is to be one of the best performing schools in the state of New Jersey.


Classroom teachers utilize technology such as Reading Street Online, Everyday Math, Google Forms, EdConnect, MyAccess, Actively Learn, CMP Math and Actively Learning. We incorporate Unified Classroom by posting class content and lesson plans on it so that it is available to students and parents 24/7 while leveraging it in conjunction with Google Forms that give teachers immediate feedback on student learning.


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)


iPrep Academy offers the following for studetns, WE community projects, coding, comic book club, chess club, yearbook and safety patrol.


iPrep Academy offers afterschool activities for all student in grades K-8 in the following areas; coding, dance, sports, comic book club, band, art, chess, WE Schools community projects and yearbook. Students are also given the opportunity to take part in our lunch time homework club. National Junior Honor Society members are selected to take part in our volunteer peer tutoring program.


Professional development at the school level was provided to help teachers read and intepret student data in order to drive instruction.


English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities both receive in-class support for forty five minutes in both language arts and math. Students that need extra help are allowed to join the homework club where they are offered support three days per week in math, language arts and social studies. National Junior Honor Society students volunteer their lunch time to tutor students in grades K-4. We also had a Title I afterschool tutoring program for students in grades 3-8.


iPrep Academy offered a rigorous PE program for all students in grades K-8. We also had an After School Program for all students in dance and sports. All students participate in lunch recess for twenty minutes per day. IPrep Academy offers breakfast, lunch and afterschool snakes to all students in the afterschool program which are FDA approved. We have earned the Healthy Schools Silver Award from the Alliance for a Healthy Generation and the Bronze Award as a Healthy School from the USDA. iPrep Academy took part in Jump Rope for Heart, NY Jet Play 60 and the NJ Trooper Physical Challenge.


Parents and the community are involved at iPrep Academy in a multitude of ways. They help make up the PTO, School Safety Team and Title I Committee. Several parent workshops are offered throughout the year for parents including HIB, PowerSchool, taking the hassel out of homework and the dangers of technology. Parent portal communication includes PowerSchool, Class Dojo, the iPrep Academy Facebook page and twitter.


The school is composed of two buildings, one was built in 1880 and the other in 1907. The specialized rooms include the science lab, chorus room, band room, art room and iLeap Center. The iLeap Center is a specialized room where teachers and students have access to a SmartBoard, interactive TV, green screen and video recording equipment The buildings have air conditioning in select rooms including the main office, nurse’s room and our special education classrooms.

School safety

iPrep Academy utilizes School Safety Surveys that are sent out three times per year to all members of the school community. This past year, we also partnered with NJ Safe Links.


iPrep Academy is one-to-one school that utilizes technology accross the curriculum. Students can join the coding club and take part in the "Hour of Code".


"iPrep Academy is a magnet lottery school that is part of the Elizabeth Board of Education. Every student in the district in grades K-8 has the opportunity to apply. The school utilizes a one-to-one blended learning environment where every student has either a HP tablet or laptop. We incorporate Unified Classrooms by posting class content and lesson plans on it so that it is available to students and parents 24/7. School Number 8 is an AVID Elementary (AE) Certified Site. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID Elementary classes focus on WICOR, W-Writing to learn, I-Inquiry, C-Collaboration, O-Organization, and R-Reading to learn. Students focus on organization by using binders and note taking by using either 2-column, 3-column or Cornell Notes. High order questioning is a priority with AE which includes the way teachers and students create highly skilled questions and the way in which they are answered. AE is based on 4 essentials; Instruction, Culture, Leadership and Systems. iPrep Academy partnered with Future City Elizabeth in Estuary Day, 5th Grade Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (DARE) with the Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Kids Dig In, Jump Rope for Heart and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation was maintained. Our students participated in field trips to The Statue of Liberty, Kean University and Montclair State College. Other activities included Student of the Month each month, Ice Cream Socials, Spartan of the Month, Physical Education Day, Faculty vs. Students Basketball game, Scholastic Book Fairs, Honor Roll/Scholars celebrations, anti-bullying day at Madison Square Garden, Read Across America, American Education Week, Multicultural Parade and Door decorating contests, Poetry and Research Presentations, School Wide Gallery Walks, Holiday and Spring Concerts, Music in the Park at Great Adventure, Food and Coat drives, Student Talent Show and the Union County Teen Arts program. "

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