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Layton, New Jersey
Sussex County
Sandyston-Walpack Consolidated School District
Sandyston Walpack Consolidated School is a public school located in Layton, New Jersey with 131 students in grades KG-6.
Highlights
Comprehensive and engaging curriculum taught in the workshop model across all subjects.
Small class size, comprehensive student supports, and attention to individual needs.
Strong community spirit and parent participation in school activities.
Awards

Sandyston-Walpack School is ranked second in Sussex County based on the state markers for English language arts growth, math growth, progress toward English language proficiency, English language arts proficiency, math proficiency, and chronic absenteeism. Students outperformed their peers in the county on the NJSLA with the highest passing rate in ELA in 2019, with 100% of 5th graders demonstrating proficiency on the written expression subtest.

Location
100 Route 560
Layton, NJ 07851
Contact
Principal: Dr. Jeanne Apryasz
973-948-4450
japryasz@sandystonwalpack.org
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Grades
KG-6
White 88%
Black 2%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 5%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
131
students
Female 59.1%
Male 40.9%
Economically disadvantaged students 7%
Students with disabilities 20%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 2%
Students in foster care 2%
Military-connected students 1%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
19
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 10%
13
1st Grade 11%
15
2nd Grade 12%
16
3rd Grade 17%
22
4th Grade 14%
18
5th Grade 14%
18
6th Grade 22%
29
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English & language arts proficiency
80%
of students

Math proficiency
59%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
2.3
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 3
Total incidents 3
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
71%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 34%
6 to 10 days 35%
11 to 15 days 19%
Over 15 days 11%
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English 100.0%
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Learn more about Sandyston Walpack Consolidated School.

Mission

Sandyston-Walpack School strives for excellence with dedication to diverse educational opportunities. Students are challenged to maximize their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical potential and are nurtured in a partnership with family and community. Learning takes place in a positive environment that respects individual strengths and differences. Our school offers dynamic and developmentally appropriate programs, and a commitment to lifelong learning in an ever-changing global society.

Academics

We adopted the workshop model across the curriculum where differentiation, problem-solving, and peer-to-peer interaction are core elements in all subjects. Our program resources in the core areas include Reading-Writing Workshop, Go Math, Kids Discover, and Stemscopes. The program of studies offers students a variety of learning experiences in technology, art, music with band and chorus, physical education, health, and Spanish. Our general education, gifted & talented, and special education programs provide individualized instruction for students with varied needs and interests.

Clubs

We offer extra curricular programs in Student Council, Primetime News, and TREP$. The school also serves as a center of community activity led by the Sandyston-Walpack PTO and local groups (e.g., Scouts). The school also enjoys connections with the other regional sending districts to Kittatinny Regional High School, such as the Pinwheel G&T academic bowls and activity nights.

Programs

We offer after school small-group tutoring to students in our Response to Intervention and special education programs.

Teachers

The faculty and staff participate in numerous, ongoing professional development programs throughout the year, including training in Reading-Writing Workshop and Conquer Math. Teachers attend workshops in-house and at outside venues, addressing a variety of topics, such as literacy and math instruction, HIB, STEAM, assessment of learning, and character education. Regional curriculum teams review and update the curriculum and teachers collaborate within the school and across the sending districts to ensure horizontal and vertical articulation in the curriculum.

Supports

Our students enjoy learning in relatively small classes, with additional instructional support offered in each homeroom, enabling every student to receive a considerable amount of individual attention. The Response to Intervention Team and Child Study Team work collaboratively with families to address a variety of academic, social-emotional, behavioral, and physical issues that students may experience. The Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists also provide additional support to classified students.

Health

We believe in educating the whole child. Our curriculum, services, and personnel address individual and group needs as they learn and grow in a healthy, stimulating, and well-rounded educational environment. Physical education and recess are important parts of our school days. Social-emotional learning is promoted daily with a focus on core competencies of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, and relationship skills. Weekly character education classes explicitly teach these competencies and explore monthly school-wide themes, such as respect, gratitude, empathy, and kindness. Students and staff enjoy monthly pep rallies where we celebrate the positive community spirit and our school mascot, the bobcat, makes a special appearance.

Parents

Parents join in school activities with their children, including secret reader, the annual pumpkin run, holiday sing along, class trips, and field day. Several family nights are scheduled throughout the year where parents and their children participate in reading, math, and science activities together. The school community is well served by the local Parent-Teacher Organization and the Sandyston-Walpack Educational Foundation. The two groups provide scholarships, teacher grants, assembly programs, and special activities. The PTO sponsors numerous activities throughout the year, such as the chili and cupcake cook-off, cookie walk, science fair, bingo night, monthly pizza lunch, and school store.

Facilities

Our meticulously maintained building is recognized for its beauty and is surrounded by a vast amount of public land, including the Delaware Water Gap and Stokes State Forest. We are modernized with technology, such as wireless access, LED lighting, a renovated media center, and science lab. Students enjoy learning in fully equipped classrooms, gymnasium, art and music rooms, playground, and several ball fields. The building is secure with a camera system and card-access entry system.

School safety

Our school is secured with card-access entry and widespread camera system. The front vestibule is locked with a double door entry. Visitors must sign in and have an appointment to gain entry into the building. Parents can drop off student items in the vestibule without entering the main hallway.

Technology

In addition to regular math and science courses, students have weekly technology classes where they learn about coding, robotics, 3-D printing, engineering, and other STEM-related topics. Literacy is infused in these classes as students research, write, and reflect on their projects. Students learn to work in a team environment and build their communication and collaboration skills.

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