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Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic County
Atlantic City School District
Sovereign Avenue School is a public school located in Atlantic City, New Jersey with 730 students in grades Pre-K-8.
Highlights
NJ Benchmark School for two consecutive years; Blue Ribbon School recommendation; Reward Grant recipient of $100,00.00
SAS lead the Atlantic City School district with its highest achieved attendance rate. Students with perfect attendance are recognized.
Jr. National Honor Society; Chorus, Yoga/Mindfulness, Orchestral Academy, Asian & Latino Clubs, VPA; Yearbook Club; Girl Power Club; Art Club; Fun and Fitness Club
Awards

Recognized for our students' successes, we had been a NJ Benchmark School for two consecutive years. We were also nominated as a Blue Ribbon School by the Federal Government- NCLB. Sovereign Avenue School was the proud recipient of one of 26 NCLB School Reward Grants awarded by the State of New Jersey in the amount of $100,000.00 in the 2009-2010 school year. Sovereign Avenue School was awarded with a 4-star banner for their high-quality preschool program based on the Grow NJ Kids Grant expectations. Sovereign's Preschool Program scored a 5-star for meeting ECERS-R requirements based on the following indicators: physical environment, personal routines, interactions, interest areas, and program structure.

Location
3205 Arctic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Contact
Principal: Ms. Medina Peyton
609-343-7260
mpeyton@acboe.org
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Grades
Pre-K-8
White 2%
Black 4%
Asian 23%
Hispanic 68%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2%
Multiracial 1%
School size
730
students
Female 51.8%
Male 48.2%
Economically disadvantaged students 97%
Students with disabilities 14%
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
73
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 8%
56
Kindergarten 8%
57
1st Grade 9%
67
2nd Grade 8%
55
3rd Grade 9%
68
4th Grade 11%
79
5th Grade 12%
91
6th Grade 13%
95
7th Grade 12%
84
8th Grade 11%
78
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English & language arts proficiency
46%
of students

Math proficiency
37%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.3
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 1
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 2
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
74%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 43%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 13%
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Spanish 58.2%
English 17.7%
Bengali 11.5%
Vietnamese 5.8%
Other 5.2%
Urdu 1.6%
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Learn more about Sovereign Avenue School.

Mission

Sovereign Avenue School is a professional learning community with the mission of collaborating for the academic, emotional, and social growth of each student through quality and purposeful educational experiences in and out of the classroom. The school and community share in the responsibilities of nurturing students along the path to thrive as productive life-long learners in a culturally rich world.

Academics

Sovereign provides a sound and rigorous elementary curriculum as well as providing interventions such as: Reading Recovery, Read180, System 44, Leveled Literacy Intervention , Accelerated Reader. Title I & Title III After-School programs for Reading/Writing/Math, Bilingual/ESL and Math and an intensive Title I summer school program are also provided.

Clubs

After School Chorus, Art Club, Asian Club, Girl Power, Latino Club, Yearbook Club, Green Team, Academic Competition Club, and Jr. National Honor Society are a few of the clubs that are available. Our 7th and 8th grade students participate in Stockton University's College Bound program on Saturdays. Our Orchestral Academy for our 7th and 8th grade musicians, is a feeder program for the high school.

Programs

Early Childhood Before and After Care. After School Title I & Title Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics and yoga/mindfulness Saturday STEM and VPA City of Atlantic City after school Recreation Program

Teachers

Sovereign Avenue School's teachers are prepared and ready to elevate students' achievement. The District provides on-going professional development for all school staff. Focus areas are assessment and data, critical and creative thinking and technology training. Our teachers share and exchange ideas with colleagues that promote the use of the most successful strategies in the classroom.

Supports

Our Guidance Counselor offers academic, social and emotional support through daily interactions, 1-1, small and large group counseling. 8th grade students are also assisted with course selections for high school. With the well-rounded child in mind, they offer programs such as Week of Respect, Red Ribbon activities, and anti-bullying and anti-drugs classroom lessons and assemblies. SAS incorporates ELL Supports for Language Acquisition, Reading/Writing Skills, Transitioning from Native Language to English, Scaffolding class instruction for struggling students. Also, System 44 and Read 180, through the use of 21th Century materials and software, increase students' literacy via rigorous reading and writing instruction builds student confidence with grade level material. The ESL program incorporates the NJSLS as well as the WIDA English language proficiency standards so that students are learning and language and content simultaneously.

Health

To address the health and nutritional needs of our students and their families, our school nurse, health and physical education and several classroom teachers head our participation in AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids Program. Our students also participate in the district breakfast and dinner programs as well as lunch.

Parents

Our parents can become involved in the many activities sponsored by our Parent Center, such as ESL, Citizenship, GED and Driver’s Ed preparation classes, just to name a few. We are very successful in getting our parents to attend the monthly P.A.C. (Parent Advisory Council) meetings where we provide information that will help them help their children be successful. At these meetings, we also provide topics and speakers of interest.

Facilities

Sovereign Avenue School has been Media Center, Art Room, Science Labs for Middle School students and Gymnasium. It also houses two computer labs one MAC and one PC. SAS is equipped children's playground equipment on our back playground and a preschool area in front of the school. In addition, the school is equipped with an announcement system which permits the communication with staff and students outside of the building.

School safety

Sovereign Avenue School holds monthly drills....1 fire and 1 safety. Escape routes have been developed and are posted. Teachers and students are aware of the procedures and follow the procedures per the demands of the drill. Security officers are strategically housed on every floor of the building to provide security and are assigned to lunch/recess periods. Our full time nurse conducts required screenings, reviews immunization records, meets with parents, students and staff to give health updates and encourages healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness/relaxation activities, hand washing, etc. SAS also has a school Safety Team, which includes the school administrators, school nurse, head custodian, secretaries, security officers and several teachers. The Safety Team meets on a monthly basis and/or as needed basis, to review security procedures, discuss concerns, etc.

Technology

Sovereign Avenue School supplies its students with a large array of digital resources that can support student learning both within and beyond the walls of the classroom anytime of the day or night. They include, BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, BrainPOP Jr, BrainPOP ELL, edConnect NJ, Fraction Nation, IXL, i-Ready, Pearson Successnet, Readworks, System 44, Britannica School, DestinyQuest, Epic! Reading, Learning.com, PowerSchool, Discovery Education, FASTT MATH, NBC Learn and READ 180. SAS has a Media Center featuring 20,000 titles and twelve Internet connected research stations. The students at Sovereign Avenue School have been afforded the opportunity to be exposed to a one-to-one ratio of Chrome Books. ipads are utilized for Project Lead the Way activities.

Early childhood

Serving no more that 15 students per classroom, each PreK classroom teacher has a full time paraprofessional to assist with daily routines. Sovereign Avenue School was awarded with a 4-star banner for their high-quality preschool program based on the Grow NJ Kids Grant expectations. Sovereign's Preschool Program scored a 5-star for meeting ECERS-R requirements based on the following indicators: physical environment, personal routines, interactions, interest areas, and program structure. Teachers demonstrate a high-quality level of curriculum implementation with training on Creative Curriculum and GOLD. Parents are informed daily of growth and activities through letters, flyers and informal conversations with teachers. Parent Workshops support parents in assisting the students in their social, emotional and academic growth. Children are given the opportunity to exercise their self-independent skills while enjoying a family-style lunch with their peers and teachers.

More

Sovereign Avenue School is operating in it's 15th year as a Kindergarten through 8th grade elementary school. PreK-3 and PK-4 classes have been added. The school is located in the heart of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Co-existing with the casino industry, Sovereign Avenue School has become a haven for children of immigrant parents seeking new employment opportunities. Sovereign Avenue School boasts a rich and diverse multicultural background. We currently have approximately 26+ languages spoken and also American Sign Language. Our first floor hallways are adorned by flags from each of the 40+ countries that our students and their families represent. The Sovereign Avenue School family is proud to reflect the current, culturally diverse face of America! Sovereign Avenue School rallies under the banner of “Smarter and Stronger”. Our school/ community climate and culture is continuously sustained by the Sovereign Avenue School’s 4R’s: being Respectful, Responsible, Ready, and making Right Choices. Each parent, teacher and student is committed to being a vital part in the success of our school community. In fact, our mission emphasizes our commitment to fully embrace our diversity while coming together as a cohesive group that focuses on the whole child. Students are nurtured by a caring faculty who encourages them to believe that all things are possible. Students are taught that their achievements, extracurricular or school-related, bring honor and pride to themselves and the community. As first generation children from immigrant households, our students are drawn toward succeeding in their new country.

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