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Toms River, New Jersey
Ocean County
Toms River Regional School District
Walnut Street Elementary School is a public school located in Toms River, New Jersey with 759 students in grades KG-5.
The NJDOE has recognized Walnut Street Elementary as a Showcase PBSIS School. This program is implemented as a means to promote positive behaviors among our entire student body.
Instruction aligned with the NJSLS; Common Instructional Frameworks are used to enhance levels of engagement and provide appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of all learners.
Walnut Street Elementary celebrates its diversity while providing Culturally Responsive Instruction using Sheltered English Strategies and infusing art and music into daily instruction.

Walnut Street Elementary has been recognized as a NJ PBSIS Showcase School. "Wildcats roar with pride when they are respectful, responsible and safe! Walnut Street Elementary is considered to be 'Future Ready' receiving the Bronze award from the New Jersey Institutue of Technlogy. Furthermore, Walnut Street Elementary has attained several grants. These include a grant throught the United Way that supports our Visiting

60 Walnut Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
Principal: Mr. Richard Fastnacht
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White 40%
Black 8%
Asian 6%
Hispanic 41%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 5%
School size
Female 45.8%
Male 54.2%
Economically disadvantaged students 53%
Students with disabilities 19%
English learners 9%
Homeless students 2%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 17%
1st Grade 19%
2nd Grade 15%
3rd Grade 17%
4th Grade 14%
5th Grade 19%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 0
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 35%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 19%
Over 15 days 12%
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English 64.3%
Spanish 29.4%
Other 4.7%
Arabic 1.6%
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Learn more about Walnut Street Elementary School.


Our school community will embrace our diversity while empowering ALL students to be successful in a safe learning environment. Roar with Pride! Respectful, Responsible, Safe


NJSLS aligned curriculum and instruction. A strong emphasis is placed on using the Gradual Release Instructional Model to help staff meet the many needs of our students. This framework for instruction allows our teachers to meet the many needs of our learners in English Language Arts. Teachers routinely assess students and provide targeted instruction through one to one conferencing, guided reading, and small group instruction. The addition of Ready Math has been a tremendous support in helping our teachers meet the rigors of the NJ Students Learning Standards for Mathematics. Furthermore, the iReady component allows for a diagnostic assessment to be provided in mathematics and students receiving an individualized educational math plan. Currently, Advanced Math is provided to our highest achieving grade five students, which provides a track for the completion of Algebra and Geometry at the middle level.


Walnut Street Elementary School values the arts. Each year, the Wildcat Players sponsor and produce a school play. This past year, a cast of 80 students successfully performed the play, "The Rockin Tale of Snow White" In addition, students in grades four and five have the opportunity to perform in band, orchestra and chorus concerts. Safety Patrol and School Ambassadors are offered to fifth-grade students that express interest in leadership. Through a grant, Big Brothers Big Sisters is offered to fourth and fifth-grade students. An Extended Day program is offered to students in grades 1 through 5 with emphasis on English Language Arts while building necessary Science and Social Studies content knowledge. Lastly, Walnut Street Elementary values their community partnerships that allow for a Homework Club to be offered students in grades 2-5.


Walnut Street Elementary is fortunate to continue to receive a grant from NJ Natural Gas sponsoring the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County provides after-school mentoring for students in Toms River. Students in grades four and five are involved in the program and are matched with a 'Big.' The 'Big' supports our 'Littles' in making positive choices to avoid risky behaviors, improve academic success, build self-confidence, and improve social skills. A partnership with local community members has been created to implement the Walnut Street Homework Club. Students in grades two through five are selected by classroom teachers to participate. Furthermore, students attend Garden Club, The School Play, and Chorus rehearsal before and after school. Walnut Street is fortunate to have staff and community partners to offer these amazing programs throughout the year!


The Walnut Street Elementary faculty firmly believe that the most promising strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement is developing the ability of school personnel to function as a professional learning community. This school year, our staff has placed a focus on collaboration and regularly have opportunities to meet with colleagues to discuss planning, student learning data, and strategies to meet the individual needs of all learners. Furthermore, Walnut Street Elementary has committed to be a part of the Connected Action Roadmap Pilot Program. CAR is endorsed by the NJ DOE and the Partnership for Collaborative Professional Learning. The program will continue to focus on strengthening the capacity of educators in New Jersey schools to work effectively in Professional Learning Communities.


Walnut Street Elementary offers ESL Instruction with FABRIC trained teachers to support English Language Learners. Students with disabilities (K-5) are provided a continuum of programs and related services based on individual needs.


All students at Walnut Street Elementary participate in the “Breakfast in the Classroom” program that is offered free of charge to all of our families. Students participate in Physical Education once per week and receive Health instruction daily. The Health curriculum in grades four and five includes a drug prevention program that addresses self-esteem, feelings, communication, decision making skills, drugs and alcohol, and healthy habits. In addition, the staff of Walnut Street Elementary have begun to incorporate Responsive Classroom strategies and routinely meet as class to communicate and discuss concerns that arise in the course of a school day. Lastly, Walnut Street Elementary has been recognized as a 'Showcase' PBSIS school and emphasizes the importance of students' emotional well being. Wildcats roar with pride when they are respectful, responsible and safe!


Walnut Street Elementary School believes that involvement of families is crucial to the academic success and general wellbeing of all students. Our school is committed to working with families of our students to foster a high regard for education by building self-confidence, striving for success, and being active and productive members of our community. Our Parent Teacher Organization is an active partner in this mission. Our PTO meets monthly to discuss a variety of topics and to celebrate the success of our students.


Walnut Street Elementary School was constructed in 1964. The site is also home to one of the elementary schools with a turf field which affords many various groups to utilize the site for their activities. This facility will benefit greatly with the passing of the referendum as new windows and full air conditioning of the building are scheduled.

School safety

Our office, along with our school security, including our Class III School Resource Officer provide a safe environment for students and staff. The main entrance has a remote locked door/video system that is opened only after checking the identification of the visitor. Upgraded security cameras have been added to the interior and exterior of the building. Monthly fire and security drills are conducted following state procedures. Annual safety procedures are reviewed with all staff at the beginning of the school year and reviewed as needed. Walnut Street Elementary takes great pride in our positive working relationship with the local police department, who meets with staff and students on a regular basis to educate all on current safety concerns.


Recent upgrades to the WAN backbone enable high speed 1 Gb connections to all locations and 10 Gb between two data centers, with resiliency from potential outages. Firewalls have been upgraded to provide improved cybersecurity. Walnut now has almost 470 shared computing devices. All classrooms have improved WiFi access. Every staff and student has Google accounts. All schools participate in Computers Science Education Week, NJ Makers Day, NJ STEM Week and Digital Learning Day. Staff training is provided by a district Ed Tech Supervisor and building web developers. Tech courses focus on computer applications, problem solving, the use of media and the maker mindset. Opportunities have been expanded and enhanced through grants and foundations, with more than 2/3 of raised in the 18-19 school year going to STEAM initiatives.

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