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West Orange, New Jersey
Essex County
West Orange Public Schools
Mount Pleasant Elementary School is a public school located in West Orange, New Jersey with 344 students in grades KG-5.
Highlights
Curriculum includes Readers & Writers Workshop, the Fundations phonics program, EveryDay Math, and science curricula aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Technology is integrated into daily instruction as part of the district's 1:1 Chromebook Program.
Mt. Pleasant was given an award by Public Review as being one of the most diverse schools in the nation.
Awards

Mt. Pleasant was recognized as being one of the most diverse schools in the nation. Ten schools were selected out of all public and private schools in NJ at all levels and Mt. Pleasant was one of them. Every state had ten schools named and these students were recognized as one of the most diverse schools in the United States. When asked, Mt. Pleasant Families will often say that the thing that they love the most about our school is the diversity.

Location
9 Manger Road
West Orange, NJ 07052
Contact
Principal: Ms. Julie DiGiacomo
973-669-5480
jdigiacomo@westorangeschools.org
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Grades
KG-5
White 19%
Black 33%
Asian 9%
Hispanic 31%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1%
Multiracial 7%
School size
344
students
Female 48.5%
Male 51.5%
Economically disadvantaged students 25%
Students with disabilities 10%
English learners 5%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
57
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 16%
54
1st Grade 16%
56
2nd Grade 15%
53
3rd Grade 18%
63
4th Grade 17%
58
5th Grade 17%
60
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English & language arts proficiency
74%
of students

Math proficiency
72%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.0
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 0
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
82%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 7%
1 to 5 days 40%
6 to 10 days 35%
11 to 15 days 12%
Over 15 days 6%
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English 83.1%
Spanish 11.6%
Other 4.1%
Chinese 1.2%
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Learn more about Mount Pleasant Elementary School.

Mission

The mission is to ensure that all students' needs are met socially, emotionally and academically.

Academics

In June 2017, the West Orange Board of Education adopted National Geographic's Exploring Science Program in order to effectively implement the Next Generation Science Standards for implementation in September 2017. Exploring Science provides opportunities for students to explore natural phenomena, design investigations, gather and analyze data, and read about careers and engineering.

Clubs

Mt. Pleasant has a social responsibility club called, "Woot." This club has fourth and fifth grade club perform multiple service projects throughout the year. Mt. Pleasant also has a student council that consists of fifth graders. These leaders promote all types of programs and activities throughout the year. Fifth grade students that are gifted in art can participate in Studio Art. Studio Art meets every week and focuses on challenging gifted artists to expand their artistic abilities.

Programs

Mt. Pleasant has two enrichment cycles that are offered after school across severl weeks. A variety of club offerings are offered such as: coding, weird science, tae kwon do, art, etc. The selection of clubs vary cycle to cycle, year after year. The Mt. Pleasant Families and students really enjoy these clubs and programs since they extend the curricula.

Teachers

Our staff engages in rich and collaborative professional learning opportunities across the content areas through professional learning communities, grade level meetings, collaborative planning, district professional development, and workshops. This school year, our professional learning priorities focus around Reading, Science, and using data to inform small group and individual instruction.

Supports

Students are provided with programs and services in accordance with each student's individual needs, program placement and/or IEP.

Health

Being healthy is promoted at Mt. Pleasant. Students are only allowed to bring in daily snacks that are healthy. Teachers stress the importance of eating well. The cafeteria staff also is mindful of offering several healthy lunch options daily for breakfast and lunch. The physical education teachers at Mt. Pleasant promote exercise and wellnes through their physical education units. Students are encouraged to exercise at recess when the weather permits it.

Parents

The PTA at Mt. Pleasant has an active membership and a Board of leaders that help to facilitate numerous activites and events for our Mt. Pleasant Families. Some of the highlights include: Family Game Show Night, Trunk or Treat, Valentine's Dance, BINGO Night, Book Fair and Ice-Cream Social. Each month an event is offered for families to promote community building and fun!

More

At Mt. Pleasant, we promote collaborating with the West Orange Community. We partner with the Jewish Community Senior Center to promote a love of reading. Senior citizens visit our school weekly to read to our kindergarten, first and second graders. The children love their "Reading Buddies!" In addition, the West Orange Rotary Club visits each year to present our third graders with personal dictionaries. This is a long-standing tradition. The West Orange Police and Fire Departments work closely with the school to review safety procedures and protocols. The West Orange Police also teach a LEAD Program promoting healthy, drug-free choices. During Career Day, we have lots of members from the community visit Mt. Pleasant to share the details of their profession and talk and teach the children about various career options. Lastly, the third grade visits the West Orange Town Hall every year to meet with the Mayor and discuss details related to local government.

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