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Califon, New Jersey
Hunterdon County
Tewksbury Township School District
Old Turnpike School is a public school located in Califon, New Jersey with 215 students in grades Pre-K-8.
OTS offers Algebra, STEM and Digital Literacy.
Technology is a way of life at OTS with 1:1 Chromebook student ratio and Project Lead the Way. Extensive sports programs are offered year round.
Professional development is crucial to the learning community. Staff have adopted Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as a vehicle to share expertise among colleagues.
171 Old Turnpike Road
Califon, NJ 07830
Principal: Dr. Michael Mitchell
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White 89%
Black 0%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 4%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 5%
School size
Female 53.0%
Male 47.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 3%
Students with disabilities 15%
English learners 0%
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
Pre-K 6%
6th Grade 29%
7th Grade 37%
8th Grade 28%
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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 0
Total incidents 0
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 1%
1 to 5 days 35%
6 to 10 days 38%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 10%
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English 97.7%
Other 2.3%
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Learn more about Old Turnpike School.


Old Turnpike School (OTS) serves as a middle school for grades 6-8. The staff at OTS focuses on preparing each child to become self-sufficient, to strive for academic excellence and to be prepared for future educational and life experiences. This is provided through a departmentalized format as well as having time in the day for enrichment.


OTS remains committed to the whole child. We offer accelerated classes Mathematics in grade 8. We also have classes in Visual Arts, Music, Band, Digital Literacy and a STEM program. Our Gifted and Talented program called “Aspire” is offered to all grade levels. Students in all grades have a 1:1 use of Chromebooks. Our teachers search for a wide range of field trips to enrich their classes.


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Cross Country (Coed), Field Hockey (Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Skiing (Coed), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Coed)


OTS offers an array of extracurricular activities. Art Club, Debate Team, Student Council, 8th Grade Play Production, Odyssey of the Mind, and Battle of the Books to name a few. The students also attend several dances during the year and assist the PTA in evening events.


The staff at OTS has an ongoing professional development schedule starting in August and continuing throughout the year. Teachers take ownership in learning and monitoring their growth through their professional development plan and professional learning communities. A number of staff members are working toward higher degrees in their field of study, and attend state and national conferences and workshops.


OTS has several layers of support services for our students. Our Child Study Team works closely with teachers, parents and students with disabilities. We offer in-class support, and a resource classroom. Other students are assisted with a 504 or I&RS support. Every student has a period of enrichment to work individually with their teacher or with student mentors.


A social emotional learning committee was formed and meets throughout the school year. The Committee is a group of staff members collaboraing to identify concerns, set priorities and design solutions in regard to the SEL health environment of the school.


Tewksbury has a very supportive community. The PTA is involved in providing volunteers and financial support for a number of class and school activities. The Tewksbury Education Foundation sponsors artists-in-residency programs, assemblies, mini-grants for teachers, funding for the STEM program and the 8th gr. trip to Broadway. The Tewksbury Athletic Association provides physical and social growth through recreational sports.


Old Turnpike School sits on 11 acres in beautiful Hunterdon County. The main building was built in 1969 with one addition in 1974 and the final addition in 1986. The grounds allow for two softball, one baseball and one soccer field. Additionally, there is room for our Cross-Country team to practice running. We have over twenty classrooms including four science labs, library, computer center and gym.


Old Turnpike School has a comprehensive STEM and Technology Program.

Early childhood

Tewksbury Township Schools offers a preschool program for children ages 3 and 4. Housed at OTS, our preschool program boasts lessons in Spanish and Art with our 8th grade students and a new preschool playground facility.


The Tewksbury School District and Old Turnpike School promote an atmosphere dedicated to learning and allowing intellectual curiosity to flourish. The environment must be safe, secure and caring for all students and staff. Tewksbury schools are supported by many community-based groups. The PTA supports teacher’s “Wish Lists”, and provide assembly programs and financial support for multiple school and class programs. The Tewksbury Educational Foundation sponsors artists-in-residency programs to enhance our curriculum in the arts. Additionally they give mini-grants to teachers for a Broadway show, and STEM education for our students.

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