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Mahwah, New Jersey
Bergen County
Mahwah Township Public School District
Joyce Kilmer School is a public school located in Mahwah, New Jersey with 435 students in grades 4-5.
Educational & Performing Arts experiences for students: Instrumental/Choral Music & Gifted Program for academics and art
80 Ridge Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Principal: Mr. Billy Bowie
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White 61%
Black 3%
Asian 17%
Hispanic 11%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 8%
School size
Female 45.5%
Male 54.5%
Economically disadvantaged students 10%
Students with disabilities 16%
English learners 2%
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
4th Grade 46%
5th Grade 53%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 1
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 39%
6 to 10 days 36%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 7%
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English 85.5%
Other 6.4%
Spanish 4.1%
Hindi 1.4%
Chinese 1.4%
Arabic 1.1%
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Learn more about Joyce Kilmer School.


Joyce Kilmer School selects a theme each year to guide instructional focus while inspiring the students in the school. The theme this year is CommUNITY. Our 4-5 intermediate school receives students from three diverse K-3 primary schools, and we wanted to stress the importance of coming together and working together as one school community. Our mission as a new administrative team is to reach out to our town community and to collaborate and highlight all of the resources that Mahwah has to offer to assist with fostering our children in academics and social/emotional areas.


The Language Arts Curriculum aligns with the Columbia University's Teacher College Workshop Approach, emphasizing just-right books, author study, and writing. Everyday Math is our instructional math program. The Discovery Education online program allows technology to be infused into Science. Primary source documents drive instruction for Social Studies. The Special Area teachers align their practices to meet the standards set by the state.


Students are afforded the opportunity to take part in Instrumental Music (Band/Orchestra) as well as Choral Music.


At the K-5 schools, the Wyckoff YMCA run morning and aftercare programs. Joyce Kilmer School offers Math Magic and Future Problem Solvers. Both programs focus on STEM-type activities and problem-based learning.


Mahwah is committed to providing professional development that improves teaching craft & student learning outcomes. We have in-house professional development opportunities on varied topics and have started our teachers teaching teachers academies where teachers have a chance to lead professional development workshops. Teachers also participate in Professional Learning Communities once a month. Through their PLCs, teachers do action research in their classrooms and report on their findings.


We have 5 days a week classes for ELL students. We offer general ed, resource room, in-class resource, and self-contained settings through special education. Students are offered OT/PT, and behavioral therapies, if applicable. We have 504 and health plans in place that support our students. We provide support in reading, multi-sensory reading, and math, and have I&RS plans in place to assist general education students, as needed. Social workers conduct small groups to address social skills and other identified needs. We support with the Responsive Classroom program during morning meetings, Mindful Mondays. All teachers are certified in the corresponding specialized area.


All students have PE class once each week and 30 minutes of game time twice each week. Our health and fitness teacher implements a health curriculum focused on healthy eating and students learn how to keep themselves fit and healthy. We offer a balanced lunch through Pomptonian food service that ensures that the offerings comply with all state and government mandates. The Mahwah Police Department sponsors the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) program. This 10-lesson program is designed to promote positive, pro-social attitudes and behaviors, while fostering healthy relationships, resistance to substance abuse and conflict, and resistance to negative peer pressure and influence.


Parents are an integral part of Joyce Kilmer School. Our HSO sponsors numerous events to raise money for assemblies, field trips, Team Building Day, Socials, The Color Run, and Field Day, all which provide school-wide enrichment. Our teachers seek mini-grants to fund innovative curricular projects through the Mahwah Schools Foundation, which is a volunteer group of parents and community members who are supported by local businesses and fund-raising efforts.


Our centrally air-conditioned school has Wi-Fi access points in every hallway that allows us to use over 200 wireless laptops throughout the building for instructional purposes. Every classroom is equipped with a multimedia presentation system that is connected to the Internet. Our Media Center, as well as three other computer labs, are hubs equipped with 28 computer workstations that students and teachers may utilize during the school day.

School safety

Two drills a month are held in the school and drills are reviewed throughout the year with the staff. A safety presentation is provided to all staff members in the beginning of the year by our Police Department and our school safety team meets twice a year to stay updated on the proper practices and procedures.


Joyce Kilmer School serves as the bridge between the K-3 schools and the middle school. The staff follows the Responsive Classroom model which instills a strong social and emotional learning experience for our students. The staff is committed to infusing 21st-century learning while embedding technology and innovation in the classroom.

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