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Parlin, New Jersey
Middlesex County
Sayreville School District
Samsel Upper Elementary School is a public school located in Parlin, New Jersey with 1,105 students in grades Pre-K-5.
Many of our 4th and 5th grade students participate in the Special Olympics Unified Sports Program.
Students take part in altruistic events during the year, such as Change for Charity, Kindness Campaign, Student Ambassadors, Character Education Movie Night.
Guest speakers share their personal experiences of the Holocaust each spring with our fifth grade students, connecting real-life experiences with the curriculum.

Samsel Upper Elementary School was declared a Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School. We are so fortunate to part of such an outstanding program.

298 Ernston Road
Parlin, NJ 08859
Principal: Mrs. Stacey Coglianese
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White 39%
Black 16%
Asian 19%
Hispanic 22%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 1%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
Female 46.7%
Male 53.3%
Economically disadvantaged students 36%
Students with disabilities 28%
English learners 3%
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 11%
4th Grade 42%
5th Grade 47%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 12
Weapons 4
Vandalism 4
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 7
Total incidents 27
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 35%
6 to 10 days 34%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 11%
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English 72.6%
Other 13.9%
Spanish 6.5%
Urdu 2.5%
Gujarati 2.5%
Polish 1.9%
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Learn more about Samsel Upper Elementary School.


At Samsel Upper Elementary School, our mission is to create a safe community of academic excellence by preparing and motivating students to learn through challenging and differentiated instruction, which utilizes critical thinking skills and real world learning. Through parent involvement and a dedicated staff, our students will learn a set of social and emotional competencies, as well as academic competencies, which will allow them to be successful in and out of school.


Students’ classes are grouped in teams of two which alternate between the major subject teachers for Language Arts - Literacy/Social Studies and Math/Science. Additionally, students attend "Specials" :Physical Education, World Language, Art, Music & Technology. Media Arts, Talented and Gifted, Academic Support and English Language Learner classes are also offered to students.


Our Student Ambassadors are an integral part of the community and take part in activities such as food drives, parent-teacher conferences and 4th grade orientation. Our Willabees promote healthy drug free-living while learning how to make positive choices. Kids' Reading Café meets weekly to help one another improve reading strategies during their recess. The PTO sponsors programs such as Minecraft, STEM, Robotics, and School Newspaper.


SpringBoard is offered before and after school.


Staff are given the opportunity to attend professional development throughout the year. Opportunities include: professional development workshops outside of the district, Sayreville University (professional development within the district), Professional Development Day in November, PLCs, faculty and department meetings. The professional development opportunities within the district support our school or district initiatives.


Students needing support have the opportunity to attend a variety of classes. They include: English Language Learners, Language Arts and Math Academy tutoring sessions, pull-out Academic Support Instruction, and special education classes (ICS, POR, MD & BD) and related services (OT, PT & Speech). Our school counselors also meet with students for "Lunch Bunch" to foster social interactions and friendship.


Breakfast is provided for students who qualify and it is offered also to students for purchase. Students are enrolled in Physical Education classes, which meet every other day. Afterschool athletic programs are available for students who wish to participate in games and sports such as kickball, volleyball, badminton, bowling and floor hockey. Students are engaged in recess daily and use the Playworks program to help build valuable social and emotional life skills through the power of play.


The PTO is very active and involved at Samsel, sponsoring a school store, educational assemblies, holiday parties, book fairs, plant sale and Field Day. All parents are encouraged to join the PTO and volunteer at some of the many activities which are organized for the benefit of the children. A parent portal is available to all parents and guardians, and it is easily accessible by using the portal website, or the mobile app.


Samsel was a small elementary school for years before being rented out to the county. With an increase in district enrollment, the school was renovated and opened as an upper elementary school for all of Sayreville's 4th and 5th grade students in September 2004. The facility includes: a large gymnasium with A/C, stage & bleachers, cafeteria (A/C), media center/library (A/C), 3 computer labs (A/C), two science labs, auxiliary gym and classrooms with dividers to accommodate various settings.

School safety

Students participate in monthly drills. All visitors must first meet with the Campus Monitor before entering the building through the security vestibule. A Code of Conduct serves as a guideline for students.


Technology is incorporated on a daily basis through the use of Smartboards, Touch TVs, Chromebooks and/or I-Pads. Programs such as Achieve 3000, RAZ kids, IXL and STMath help to supplement the curriculum.

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