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East Orange, New Jersey
Essex County
East Orange School District
Whitney E. Houston Academy is a public school located in East Orange, New Jersey with 371 students in grades Pre-K-8.
A PreK - 8 creative and performing arts school in Essex County
Administration and staff combine academics and performing arts to reach and teach all students
Students are offered instrumental music, vocal music, dance, drama and art in every grade and Algebra is available for select students

Our teachers and administrators have ammassed numerous awards, honors, and educational recognition including: Whitney Houston Academy Teacher of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, Distinguished Educator Award of Reneissance Learning, EOEA Teacher of the Year, East Orange (E.O.) Outstanding Educator Rotary Club Award, Governor's Educational Support Award, Thomas Giblin Association Community Service Award in Education, Certificate of Recognition for National Youth Leardership Forum: Explore S.T.E.M. Whitney Houston Academy has also launched three new clubs: Girl Power, Girls Who Code, and Young Men of Excellence.

215 Dodd Street
East Orange, NJ 07017
Principal: Mr. Henry Hamilton
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White 0%
Black 92%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 8%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 50.9%
Male 49.1%
Economically disadvantaged students 84%
Students with disabilities 16%
English learners 0%
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
Pre-K 4%
Kindergarten 5%
1st Grade 11%
2nd Grade 7%
3rd Grade 9%
4th Grade 7%
5th Grade 12%
6th Grade 18%
7th Grade 14%
8th Grade 13%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 4
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 5
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 20%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 23%
Over 15 days 26%
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English 94.1%
Spanish 4.9%
Other 1.1%
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Learn more about Whitney E. Houston Academy.


Our mission is to develop young boys and girls with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage of their beliefs. We stress the total child's moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Our vision is to promote a quality educational environment that affords all students the opportunity to acquire the skills to become life long learners and to be competetive in the 21st Century.


Houston Academy’s course offerings for students in grades Pre-K through 8 are theoretical instructional approaches that are commensurate with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). These courses integrate language arts, math, social studies, science, Spanish, physical education, and most essentially technology, thereby underscoring its increasing demand of advances and infusion with all subjects. As a performing arts school, we offer training in visual art, dance, drama instrumental and vocal music.


Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls)


Co-Curricular Clubs: Girls Who Code, Girl Power Club, Middle School Book Club, Houston Newsletter, National Junior Honor Society & Student Council Arts Programs/Competitions: Our students participate in numerous local and national competitions including County Oratory Competitions, EOSD Spelling Bee, Pride in Education Art Competition, Port Authority Holiday Showcase, American Young Voices, Spoken Word/Poetry MLK Celebration, All City Arts Competition, and Annual Spring Showcases. Volunteer Opportunities: Members of the National Junior Honor Society and Student Council volunteer at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The students spend time packing and sorting food for needy families.


We offer after school clubs for performing arts and an after school tutoring program. There are also independent after school providers available on-site for parents needing aftercare options for their family. As a performing arts school, we also have frequent student performances (open to the community) throughout the year along with a Career in the Arts Program that we offer once a year, inviting professionals in the arts to hold classes in their discipline to parents and students district-wide.


Professional learning communities collaborate during staff meeting break-out sessions, in-service workshops and lunch time PLCs throughout the school year. During these sessions, teachers and administrators discuss instructional strategies in differentiated learning, small group instruction, assessment data and classroom management. Common planning meetings are facilitated weekly by instructional coaches. School administrators and instructional coaches provide classroom-based support and training. Staff members are encouraged to attend professional conferences and workshops, and the East Orange School District mandates professional development tutorials through Global Compliance Network (GCN) Internet-Based Training.


Students with disabilities and /or deficiencies are provided with after-school tutoring and extra support in the classroom. Our intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) team works with the teachers to ensure struggling students receive the support they need with learning, behavior and health difficulties. Our Guidance Counselor and Social Worker oversee the following activities annually: New Jersey Child Abuse Prevention Program (NJCAP), Anti-Bullying Team, Group Counseling, Individual Counseling, Suicide Prevention


Free Breakfast is provided daily. Free lunch is also provided for qualifying students. Weekend “Backpack Program” provided in conjunction with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for students who are food deprived. Nutrition class for grade 5 provide by NJSnap & CFBNJ Free vision screening Free dental screening


Whitney Houston’s PTO is operational. Our community partnerships include: NJSnap - nutrition classes Community Food Bank of NJ-Back Pack Program Christian Pentecostal Church-Aftercare Program East Orange Recreation-Aftercare Program Montclair State University Rutgers University’s School Climate Transformation Project


Each instructional area is equipped with either a Smartboard or Promethean Board. Each Promethean classroom (8) is equipped with 30 handheld activates, 1 active slate and 1 document camera. Each classroom grades (3-8) has at least 15 or more laptop/desktop computer combinations. The building has 1 science lab/classroom (servicing grades 6 -8) and 1 computer lab/classroom (servicing grades k-8) Our Pre-K classroom has 10 Ipad tablets. Students in grades 7 - 8 can choice an additional class of technology within their schedule. “Girls who Code” clubs are offered for girls in grades 3-5 and 6-8. All students are required to submit one math project and one technology project to submit in the school and district STEM Fair.

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