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Hackensack, New Jersey
Bergen County
Hackensack School District
Jackson Avenue is a public school located in Hackensack, New Jersey with 487 students in grades Pre-K-4.
Highlights
We deliver data-based instruction that attends to the individual needs of our students.
We are a technologically progressive school. We have a Chromebook cart in every classroom used to enhance learning in all subjects.
We use a Mindfulness Approach to teach the Whole Child and provide training and community building to our families.
Awards

With one hundred percent of its staff being highly qualified, Jackson Avenue School is a Professional Learning Community. The school continues to work towards meeting the States performance targets as a result of teachers, administrators, the special services team, para-professional educators, parents, and the support staff working collaboratively to create and sustain an optimal learning environment for the whole child.

Location
421 Jackson Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact
Principal: Mr. Christopher Moran
201-646-7990
cmoran@hackensackschools.org
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Grades
Pre-K-4
White 7%
Black 7%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 84%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
487
students
Female 53.0%
Male 47.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 52%
Students with disabilities 26%
English learners 22%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
81
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 18%
86
Kindergarten 15%
72
1st Grade 15%
72
2nd Grade 17%
83
3rd Grade 16%
78
4th Grade 20%
96
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English & language arts proficiency
42%
of students

Math proficiency
44%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
1.9
Incidents per year
Violence 2
Weapons 0
Vandalism 2
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 5
Total incidents 9
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
75%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 42%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 12%
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Spanish 60.0%
English 38.2%
Other 1.8%
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Learn more about Jackson Avenue.

Mission

The Jackson Avenue School community believes that all students can succeed every day in a safe, respectful, collegial, and nurturing learning environment. The Jackson Avenue School community has as a mission to empower all students to thrive and achieve to their highest capacity by teaching with full commitment so that students can learn with motivation and ownership.

Academics

All subjects are aligned to the NJSLS. Both Math and Literacy instruction focus on small group instruction. The science curriculum focuses on hands-on instruction and STEM. Our Social Studies program is Pearson My World. Our Performing and Visual Arts program is culturally-responsive. Our Physical Education Curriculum focuses on students’ physical and mental well-being. Digital Learning and technology serve to prepare students for College and Careers.

Clubs

We offer an after-school enrichment club, tutorials, a Lego League, Chorus, Green Team. Our students participate in several art competitions. They perform in evening Winter and Spring Concerts. Mindfulness and Yoga are school-wide initiatives.

Programs

Our Family Friendly Center includes courses in Tesselations, soccer, Mindfulness and Yoga, literacy and math intervention, tutorials, health, fitness, and nutrition, art enrichment, and Performing Arts. We also offer a Tutorial program. The YMCA offers aftercare services at a fee for interested parents.

Teachers

Our instructional staff participates in job-embedded professional development that responds to student performance data and teachers’ individual professional development plans. We embed professional learning in all our grade level meetings, staff meetings, data meetings, and formal and informal class observations. Teachers also attend professional learning sessions outside the district.

Supports

We offer Student Support services through our I&RS, Bilingual and Special Education, with related services provided by a Speech Therapist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, a Social Worker, a School Behaviorist, and a School Psychologist. Our Title I grant funds are used to provide services and materials for all students who are struggling academically and for parents to support them at home.

Health

Social-Emotional Learning is an essential part of the curriculum at Jackson Avenue. We use a Mindfulness Approach to instill in students that when their mind is calm we do our best work; when our thoughts are positive we are kinder to others and to ourselves; and when lessons are challenging, social, and interactive, we put our best efforts forward. Our after school program incorporates Health and Nutrition into their curriculum. We have a full-time school nurse on staff.

Parents

We have an active PTA that meets regularly and sponsors a wide variety of activities for parents and children. Parents are trained on the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, New Jersey Student Learning Standards, and New Jersey Student Learning Assessment. All communication to parents is sent home in both English and Spanish to accommodate a large Spanish-speaking population. Administration and Office Staff are multilingual.

Facilities

Our school sits on four acres of land with an expansive Great Lawn at the disposal of the whole school community. We offer visitor parking amenities for parents that are dropping off, picking up, meeting with staff, or volunteering. Our building is fully air conditioned. We have a new gymnasium floor with the Jackson Logo. We have new mats on the four walls of the gymnasium for the safety of our students. We continually review security needs of the buildling and make facility upgrades as needed.

School safety

Jackson Avenue follows all NJ State mandated regulations for monthly drills. First responders along with school administrators review the outcomes of all safety drills and continuously revise procedures to create an optimally secure environment for student safety.

Technology

STEM is integrated in our Science programs which are aligned to NextGen standards. Our teachers infuse STEM activities in content area instruction. We participate in Hour of Code. Our staff meeeting include digital instructional and presentation tools. We will be following an unconference self-directed PD model in at least two of the school based Professional Learning sessions.

Early childhood

Our Pre-School Disability classes follow the Creative Curriculum program. The classroom environment is equipped with new furniture and materials for our youngest learners. Oral language development, early literacy, and early numeracy are at the heart of the program goals.

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Jackson Avenue School is renowned for the love of children and service to our community that our caring staff provides. We steadfastly work toward becoming one of New Jersey’s Future Ready learning institutions and a place where our students receive an education that will prepare them for a prosperous life. Our beautiful school stands inside of four acres of stunning school grounds, a suburban setting that our students use for recreation, experiential learning, community-wide events, and exercise! At Jackson Avenue School, we educate the whole child, attending to academics, social-emotional learning, and career goals for our students. Our school community is enriched by the cultural, socio-economic, and linguistic diversity of our families, which our teachers use to create deeper connections to learning. At Jackson Avenue School, our administrative team and teachers are technologically-savvy and academic risk-takers, willing to do whatever it takes for the success of our students. We think out of the box, innovate, and use a wide array of instructional approaches to make content accessible to our students. Many of our classrooms offer students flexible seating and grouping. Our staff is diligent in their practice of differentiation, rigor, student choice, and using data to plan for instruction. Our teachers even attend professional training during their own time and bring back new practices into the classroom. At Jackson Avenue School, our leadership is shared and inclusive. We understand that a school is transformed when professionals are empowered to do their best work in service of high expectations for all students and when each child and staff member is valued as an individual. Jackson Avenue School is a happy school where we work hard, achieve our goals, and celebrate together!Christopher J. MoranPrincipal201-646-7991cmoran@hackensackschools.orghttp://www.hackensackschools.org/Jackson.cfm?subpage=239365

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