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Ventnor, New Jersey
Atlantic County
Ventnor City School District
Ventnor Elementary School is a public school located in Ventnor, New Jersey with 377 students in grades Pre-K-4.
Highlights
Technology used daily school wide, prescriptive technology focused on meeting individual student needs, wireless one to one devices in grades 2-4. Implementation of interactive TVs/ Smart Boards.
Social Emotional Learning is emphasized to assist in students applying strategies to enhance academic focus.
Innovative use of new ELA and Mathematics materials to promote differentiation and engage students.
Awards

School staff actively seeks grant funding. Continued Preschool Expansion to full day preschool for three and four year olds . Awarded the Target Education Grant several years in a row, Look for the Good Grant, three years of the Philadelphia Zoo Unless Grant, New Jersey School Boards Association Innovations in Special Education Award for TEAM (Teaching and Education with Authentic Methods) Program

Location
400 North Lafayette Avenue
Ventnor, NJ 08406
Contact
Principal: Dr. Carmella Somershoe
609-487-7900
csomershoe@veccnj.org
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Grades
Pre-K-4
White 44%
Black 4%
Asian 10%
Hispanic 37%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
377
students
Female 46.9%
Male 53.1%
Economically disadvantaged students 62%
Students with disabilities 18%
English learners 5%
Homeless students 2%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
63
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 15%
58
Kindergarten 16%
61
1st Grade 16%
61
2nd Grade 17%
63
3rd Grade 16%
62
4th Grade 19%
72
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English & language arts proficiency
39%
of students

Math proficiency
39%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.3
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 1
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
54%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 24%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 20%
Over 15 days 26%
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English 71.6%
Spanish 17.5%
Other 5.8%
Bengali 2.4%
Gujarati 1.6%
Pashto 1.1%
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Learn more about Ventnor Elementary School.

Mission

In partnership with our children, families and community, the Ventnor Elementary School is a positive environment dedicated to a superior education by providing quality instruction and challenging learning experiences in a safe and orderly environment.

Academics

Academic and computer assisted instructional programs include language arts literacy, math, science, social studies, and writing. The related arts offered starting in kindergarten include physical education, health, art, music, computer instruction, library, world language, and STEM. Additional programs include instrumental music lessons, gifted and talented, basic skills, ESL, and special education. Technology online programs include Razkids, Freckle, Smarty Ants and Achieve3000.

Clubs

Clubs and activities include Academic Afterschool Skill Builders grades 1-4, Reading Room and Chorus for grades 3-4, Safety Patrol and Band for grade 4, School Attendance Matters (SAM) pals school wide

Programs

The district runs a before and after care program that serves students ages 5-12. Parents are charged a fee for students to attend the program. Program hours are for 7:30-8:15 and 3:15-5:30.

Teachers

Professional learning for teachers and administrators is provided in technology, curriculum and instructional strategies, NJ required trainings, job embedded literacy coaching, data analysis and application to closing the achievement gap to meet student needs. PD is provided through common planning PLC meetings, vertical and horizontal articulation, faculty meetings, model lessons, shared documents, graduate and doctoral coursework.

Supports

The Intervention & Referral services committee serves to design interventions for students with learning, behavioral or health difficulties. Basic skills push in ELA & Math. Supplemental reading and math are offered as intervention for students with difficulties. Academic afterschool is offered for extra help with academics. English Language Learners support is provided by certified ELL teachers. Students with disabilities are served in the least restrictive environment.

Health

Breakfast and lunch meet federal regulations with regard to the school nutrition standards. Students engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity each physical education class. Students set goals based on health and skill related fitness components. Each class includes a variety of exercises and movements during warm- up, main activity, and cool down that promote healthy lifestyles. Health curriculum is provided for all students. The school has a full time nurse.

Parents

Ventnor Home and School Association, Ventnor Educational Foundation, English Language Learners Advisory Group, Early Childhood Advisory Committee, Title One Parent Advisory Committee, Ventnor Recreational Association. Event highlights: Educational Expo, Spring Recital, Parent Visitation, Career Day, Fire Prevention, Concerts,Conferences, Pancake Breakfast, Movie Night, Community based field day

Facilities

Recent renovations include new roof, new playground, renovation of the auditorium including new sound system, new HVAC units. Facilities include reading room, leveled book room, computer lab, STEM lab, mobile computer carts, gyms.

School safety

All visitors entering the building are scanned through the Eyemetrics database of registered sex offenders. Visitors are required to wear badges upon entry. A drop off window is provided for easy drop off of items. Board approval is required for all individuals volunteering in the building.

Technology

Technology- tablets, smart boards, computer lab, tablet carts, Office 365 available for student and parent download. Interactive TVs piloted in several classrooms. School website access to student and parent resources. Global connect parent communication. STEM cycle classes provided to K-4 students.

Early childhood

Early childhood grant awarded to the district for the 17-18 school year for expanded full day preschool for 3-4 year olds. Registration in early spring, waiting list used if necessary. Multiple classes for three and four year olds in district and one partnership class with Headstart located right in the elementary building. Creative Currciulum used in all classes.

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Action room including indoor swings, indoor rock climbing wall, and diverse activities provided to meet student needs with respect to gross motor coordination, frequent breaks, and sensory needs.

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