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Elizabeth, New Jersey
Union County
Elizabeth Public Schools
Nicholas S. Lacorte-Peterstown School No. 3 is a public school located in Elizabeth, New Jersey with 749 students in grades KG-8.
2016 State School of Character and 2019 National School of Character
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
New Classrooms Teach To One Math

Nicholas S. Lacorte is recognized as a 2016 State School of Character. This school will hold the award for three years. We have also been awarded by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture the Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program. This program affords our students the opportunity to try fruits and vegetables fostering an understanding about healthy eating.

700 Second Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Principal: Ms. Jennifer Campel
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White 4%
Black 12%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 84%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 47.3%
Male 52.7%
Economically disadvantaged students 81%
Students with disabilities 15%
English learners 29%
Homeless students 1%
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 11%
1st Grade 14%
2nd Grade 10%
3rd Grade 11%
4th Grade 13%
5th Grade 12%
6th Grade 11%
7th Grade 9%
8th Grade 10%
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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 6
Weapons 4
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 6
Total incidents 16
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 38%
6 to 10 days 33%
11 to 15 days 17%
Over 15 days 10%
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Spanish 65.2%
English 32.6%
Portuguese 1.6%
Other 0.7%
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Learn more about Nicholas S. Lacorte-Peterstown School No. 3.


We are committed to promoting a love of school and lifelong learning by developing self-discipline, working cooperatively, decision-making and problem-solving skills, appreciation of individual differences, and respect for the environment. We are dedicated to developing the child by providing authentic experiences that encourage risk-taking, utilizing technology, adapting to different learning styles, and reinforcing democratic values to foster responsible citizens for the ever-changing world.


Our school follows the district’s curriculum and pacing guide for all subject areas. Students in grades K-3 utilize Reading Street and grades 4-8 follow the LEADS Model. Students in grades K-5 utilize Everyday Mathematics while students in grades 6-8 are participating in a 1:1 personalized learning program, Teach to One. Our science curriculum is a hands-on approach that integrates the Next Generation Science Standards at all grade levels through the Foss Program.


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)


Students are provided with a variety of clubs and activities during the school day. Clubs and activities include: National Junior Honor Society, student council, chorus, instrumental band, Little Kids Rock, annual science fair, fine and performing arts electives, WE Schools, service learning projects, Play 60, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement), and JA Biz Town (Junior Achievement of New Jersey).


Nicholas S. LaCorte offers an After School Enrichment program that include activities in literacy, mathematics, art, music, drama, physical education and technology. The after school program is open to all students in grades 1 through 8. Morning tutoring is also offered through Title I Funds .


"To establish a solid professional learning community, staff development remains a strong focus in our school. Team members constantly enhance their understanding of successful teaching practices by actively participating in professional development that target research based instructional methods and strategies. Our Instructional Leadership Team/ScIP solicits input from team members, parents and community members which together help to facilitate the school’s operational plan. "


Students and parents have access to a guidance counselor and a social worker, both of whom serve on the school’s Crisis Intervention Team as well as the Response to Intervention Team. Each provides services and incentives inside and outside of the classroom to the school community and our parents. Students are provided with academic support through reading interventionists, ESL and bilingual support staff, special education resource teachers, and a full time child study team on site.


All students are offered breakfast and lunch daily. Through the USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grant, students are given fresh fruits and vegetables three times a week. Students are provided with healthy eating tips and an agricultural lesson associated with the fruit or vegetable of the day. Students participate in outside recess on a daily basis weather permitting.


We acknowledge the important connection between the school and the home. Parents are encouraged and welcome to take an active role in their children’s education. It is our school's goal to have more parental involvement within our school and PTO. Parent workshops are created based on the needs of our students and their families’ academic, health, and family resource needs. Parents have 24/7 access to PowerSchool's Parent Portal to monitor and access student academic progress.


Nicholas S. LaCorte Peterstown School No. 3 opened in 1983. Our building is a beautifully constructed, handicap accessible, air conditioned facility that is an active and vibrant place where children are challenged to learn and grow.


"We recognize the importance of Character Education and have established four core values: Teamwork, Trustworthiness, Acceptance, and Effort. We have implemented a “Social Skills” program that recognizes students who are demonstrating positive behaviors both in school and the community. Students receive certificates explaining their positive action. At the end of the month students are given an incentive to reward their positive efforts. All students complete the Stand Up and Say No/Bully-Buster Curriculum: Six Essential Lessons for grades K through 12 in September as well as Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation. Students also have the opportunity to participate in service learning projects at every grade level. School No. 3 is also a one-to-one school. All Students in grades 2 through 8 have an HP 11G2 touch laptop. All students have access to Microsoft Office 365 Production Suite which includes professional applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, One Drive, Sway. Team members have the flexibility to go paperless with two learning management systems Blackboard Learn and Microsoft Teams. In closing, we value the educational process, partnering with parents, and believe in its ability to empower and prepare our children to assume their roles as contributing members of society. Moreover, we hold with great resolve the district’s promise …to provide an innovative and personalized learning environment that ensures that every child achieves excellence. "

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