Our Student Government allows our first through fifth grade students to assume leadership roles in the school community and complete several service projects throughout the year. Food drives for the local food pantry, fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association and other student-selected charities, and providing holiday gifts/meals for families in need represent just a few of the service projects completed throughout the year.
|White|| 72% |
|Black|| 4% |
|Asian|| 7% |
|Hispanic|| 15% |
|American Indian or Native Alaskan|| 0% |
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander|| 0% |
|Multiracial|| 3% |
|Female|| 47.8% |
|Male|| 52.2% |
|Economically disadvantaged students|| 16% |
|Students with disabilities|| 19% |
|English learners|| 5% |
|Homeless students|| 0% |
|Students in foster care|| 0% |
|Military-connected students|| 0% |
|Migrant students|| 0% |
|Grade||Percent of total students||Students|
|Kindergarten|| 12% ||75|
|1st Grade|| 18% ||106|
|2nd Grade|| 17% ||100|
|3rd Grade|| 16% ||95|
|4th Grade|| 20% ||120|
|5th Grade|| 17% ||105|
|Incidents per year|
|Days absent||Percent of students|
|0 days|| 3% |
|1 to 5 days|| 36% |
|6 to 10 days|| 37% |
|11 to 15 days|| 15% |
|Over 15 days|| 8% |
|English|| 85.9% |
|Other|| 5.0% |
|Spanish|| 4.1% |
|Russian|| 4.0% |
|Polish|| 1.0% |
Learn more about Taylor Mills School.
Taylor Mills School is a community of learners. The mission of Taylor Mills School is to ensure that students can meet the challenges of our changing global society by providing high quality, well-rounded educational opportunities. To that end, our goal is for our students to make progress to meet and/or exceed the NJSLS, develop the six pillars of character, and build the skills necessary to be life-long learners and productive citizens of our community and world.
Our balanced literacy approach includes a number of programs such as Project Read, Making Meaning, and the Teachers' College Units of Study. Supplemental programs such as RAZ Kids, Achieve3000, and Study Island enhance student learning and engagement in the literacy block. The enVisions 2.0 math program is the foundation of our math instruction. Study Island, Reflex Math, IXL Math, and ST Math further engage our learners and enhance mathematics instruction. The NJSLS Science standards are addressed in a hands-on approach through Mystery Science. Individual student needs are addressed via the enrichment or intervention activities assigned to them based on multiple data points gathered throughout the year.
Band, chorus, and orchestra programs encourage our budding musicians to participate in the arts. Our TM TV Studio offers our children the opportunity to work with broadcasting equipment and hone their presentation skills. Our student government welcomes students in grades 1-5 to participate in community and service learning opportunities as they hone their leadership skills. Courses presented by our art, physical education, music, and media teachers during our W.I.N. period allow students to explore subject matter outside the formal curriculum based on their strengths and interests.
Taylor Mills School offers beyond the school day reading, writing, and math intervention opportunities. Additionally, Project Achievement provides close reading analysis and writing opportunities to advance student progress in all curricular areas. After school groups include the use of technology to increase student achievement via programs such as ST Math, Reflex Math, and Study Island.
Through our Professional Learning Communities, our teachers work together to pool their collective resources to meet the challenges of the NJSLS while recognizing the unique needs of each learner. These collaborative teams work diligently to identify student needs using a variety of formal and informal data, research best practices to meet those needs, implement SMART goals, and carefully monitor student growth toward those goals. Teachers are provided time in the morning during our six day cycle to analyze student data and make actionable instructional decisions to increase student achievement.
Taylor Mills School embraces the 3 Tier RTI & Problem Solving Team Model to support the academic progress of all students. Within each tier, student supports are designed to personalize instruction to meet each students' educational needs in the academic and social/emotional realms. As a magnet school for district ELL learners, our school operates under the SIOP model of instruction.
We encourage parental participation in the Library/Media Center and within individual classrooms. Our active and extremely supportive PTA sponsors excellent assembly programs and numerous events for the children and their families, bringing our school community even closer together. Our Parent Workshop Series helps parents to foster their children's success at home. Welcoming our police officers, firefighters, Community Alliance, and library system into our schools regularly further connects our school to our community. Finally, our annual Parent University event offers over 30 workshop opportunities in every subject to enhance parents' knowledge of our programs and curriculum. Taylor Mills teachers are regular presenters at this event.
Opened in 1968, Taylor Mills School has evolved into a 21st century school with a state of the art computer lab, a TV studio, a budding MakerSpace within the library, a 1:1 Chromebook initiative in 3rd, 4th, 5th grade, and an air-conditioned physical education environment. Each classroom boasts SmartBoards, projectors, and document cameras. Our Learning Garden serves as an outdoor classroom space as well as a living science environment to study plant and biological life.
At Taylor Mills School, we are committed to challenging our students academically. Our students participate in Continental Math League, the National Spelling Bee, and the National Geography Bee. In addition to contest opportunities, each of our grade levels has a special unit devoted to in-depth study of a particular subject and culminating in a memorable event. Such events include Physics Day, Poetry Day, and 100th Day. We take pride in events that allow our students to share their knowledge with their peers and extend their education through meaningful research. Another source of continual pride for our school is our strong character education program designed to help our students develop an understanding of how to work cooperatively with one another and handle conflicts appropriately. An integral part of this program is our Ã¢ÂÂCaught Filling a BucketÃ¢ÂÂ reward system. Based on the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, good student behavior and simple acts of kindness are recognized and rewarded every day, encouraging a sense of community within the school. Our Student of the Month program recognizes childrenÃ¢ÂÂs efforts to consistently demonstrate positive character traits. This message is positively reinforced in our lunchroom and throughout each classroom in our building. During this school year, we continued one of our most beloved character education initiatives with our Positive Partners program, matching our younger students with mentors from our upper grades. As it has been in the past, one of our comprehensive goals is to build self-confidence and self-assurance in the children. Through all of our character programs and the daily curricular work in each class, we strive to teach all students to believe in themselves and to learn that all goals are attainable through hard work, effort, dedication, and positive thinking. Backed by a network of caring parents, educators, and community members, our goals are well within our reach.