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Montclair, New Jersey
Essex County
Montclair Public School District
Nishuane Elementary School is a public school located in Montclair, New Jersey with 429 students in grades KG-2.
60 Aesthetic and Creative I enrichment courses across various disciplines to explore their interests and aptitudes.
Children receive 80 minutes of Mandarin instruction each week and can participate in Mandarin Aesthetic courses.
Special Nishuane Arts Program includes school productions. Every child performs in a production each year.
32 Cedar Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Principal: Dr. Jill McLaughlin
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White 45%
Black 28%
Asian 4%
Hispanic 13%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 11%
School size
Female 49.4%
Male 50.6%
Economically disadvantaged students 20%
Students with disabilities 12%
English learners 0%
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 34%
1st Grade 31%
2nd Grade 33%
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Incidents per year
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 37%
6 to 10 days 38%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 8%
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English 93.5%
Other 4.0%
Spanish 2.6%
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Learn more about Nishuane Elementary School.


Mission Statement: Nishuane School provides students with the foundational skills to develop their talents and interests and ensure academic success in a diverse environment; actively engaging families and partnering with the community. Vision Statement: Nishuane School is a diverse school that develops creative, curious, and confident learners through academic exploration, healthy relationships, and exposure to the arts. Theme: Nurturing Minds While Nourishing Hearts


Language Arts Literacy: Balanced literacy utilizing the Collaborative Classroom program and Fundations program. Developmental Reading Assessment 2 (DRA2). Mathematics: Go Math develops conceptual understanding through daily problem-based interactive learning. Science: The Next Generation Science Standards guide our science instruction through the FOSS Program. PE, Art, Music, Technology, Mandarin, Enrichment, Drama and Library instruction.


Aesthetic and Creative I courses


Title I Extended Day "Ready Set Grow" Reading Program; before and after school PTA Explorers Enrichment courses


Our School Improvement Panel, comprised of staff and administration, work together to develop professional development opportunities for staff throughout the year aligned with district and school goals and also with the staff evaluation. Teachers learn together through study groups for predetermined topics. All teachers participate as a part of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that meet weekly, focused on essential questions about student learning, data inquiry and support I&RS.


Nishuane School is committed to providing a high quality, developmentally appropriate education for all students. Supports include 504, RtI and Individualized educational plans. Students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent appropriate. Additionally, students are supported prior to referral to the office of special service by the Intervention and Referral Service Team (I&RS) and Response to Intervention (RtI).


Health and Wellness is a part of our School Action Team for Partnership to promote the social, emotional and physical well being of children. Students have physical education and health each week and we offer a wide array of activities throughout the year for health and wellness including parent workshops, Walk to School Day, "I tried it", Healthy Eating Day, Health and Wellness Fair. We have school breakfast and lunch.


School Action Team for Partnership: Our School Action Team for Partnerships is driven by the diverse voices of our community to inform and support the School Improvement Plan. Our SATp has members from our family, staff and community partners including the NAACP and public library. PTA: Many opportunities to become involved in the PTA, including attending meetings, committee work, and volunteer at events—eg. Pancake Breakfast, Mayfair, Classroom/ School Volunteers.


Nishuane School was built in 1908 and has a full auditorium, library, gymnasium, dance studio, 2 art rooms, a technology lab and a music room. Newly repaved staff parking lot.


Nishuane School provides students with the foundational skills to develop their talents and interests to ensure academic success in a diverse environment; actively engaging families and partnering with the community. Our magnet program offers our children many opportunities to participate in a wide range of exciting areas of study. At Nishuane School, we believe that children learn best in a positive and supportive learning environment. As students develop their social skills through learning experiences and interactions with peers and adults, we emphasize aspects from Responsive Classroom (practices that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth) and Bucket Filling (a classroom program reinforcing kindness and respect among students) for our positive behavior model. The Special Nishuane Arts Program (SNAP) is an integral part of every child’s academic experiences. All students receive weekly instruction in music (vocal and instrumental), physical education, art, technology, drama, and library and every child at Nishuane School participates in a play each year. The classroom and SNAP teachers collaborate to select a play that integrates classroom learning with all areas of the show. All students at Nishuane School also participate in the Mandarin World Language Program. Aesthetic enrichment courses are designed to allow children to explore a variety of disciplines to see what they like and to cultivate their strengths and talents. Creative "I" courses provide enrichment for children who have shown special abilities and interest in one or more subjects. Students at Nishuane also participate in an academic enrichment program during their tenure based on Joseph Renzulli’s Gifted and Talented Model. Children receive additional instruction in large and small group settings to develop creative thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

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