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Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May County
Cape May City School District
Cape May City Elementary School is a public school located in Cape May, New Jersey with 144 students in grades Pre-K-6.
The District has been named a Lighthouse District by the NJ Dept. of Education.
The District implements the Green Dot Anti-Bullying Program that received the NJ State Board of Ed. Award.
The District has received two top honors in the first round of the NJ Sustainable Schools Award maintaining Silver Status.

Partner in Education (P.I.E.) with U.S. Coast Guard; NJ Sustainable Schools Award; NJ State Board of Education Award for Green Dot Anti-Bullying Program; School Choice Program; Universal Free Breakfast Program; NJDOE Lighthouse District (2017 cohort).

921 Lafayette Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
Principal: Mr. Zachary Palombo
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White 59%
Black 7%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 30%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 58.3%
Male 41.7%
Economically disadvantaged students 60%
Students with disabilities 22%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 54%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 18%
Kindergarten 14%
1st Grade 12%
2nd Grade 11%
3rd Grade 15%
4th Grade 12%
5th Grade 8%
6th Grade 10%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
of students

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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 4
Total incidents 4
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 0%
1 to 5 days 39%
6 to 10 days 27%
11 to 15 days 25%
Over 15 days 9%
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English 96.5%
Spanish 2.8%
Other 0.7%
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Learn more about Cape May City Elementary School.


Mission Statement: To achieve excellence in partnership with family and community.


Basic Skills, Gifted & Talented, Focus Art, Adaptive P.E.; Swimming Instruction; Technology Instruction using Smartboards, 1:1 chrome books, touch screen, full day Preschool & Kindergarten Programs; Preschool Tools of the Mind; Go Math; MindUP; Project Wisdom; NJSLA Analysis & Application, School Safety Team.


After School Clubs: Earth, Homework, Computer, Yearbook, Athletics, Student Council, K-Kids, Conversation Comrades, Youth Arts Programs, annual Triathalon.


Before and after school child care programs (CREW); Summer School with free breakfast & lunch.


The District has ScIP, PLCs which include technology, student engagement, Student Learning Assessment Preparation, Classroom Management, STEM, Flipped Faculty Meetings, webinars, in and out of district workshops and conferences, visitations to other school districts.


Support in ESL; Child Study Team; Paraprofessionals, I&RS, PIRT, Guidance Counselor, Basic Skills, Brain Train, MindUP, Adaptive PE, Volunteer Tutoring.


Healthier U.S. School Challenge, Free Breakfast-Food for Thought Program, free breakfast & lunch for Summer School Programs.


Volunteer Program including Volunteer of the Year, Curriculum Committee, PTC Parent Program, Kiwanis Club Volunteer Program, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) Historical Presentations, Cape May Garden Club adopted Cape May City Elementary School as part of their "Beautification Program", Center for Community Arts (CCA) provides weekly after-school Art Club for grades 4-6 and a Dance Program during school hours for grades 3-6, staff members participate in "Operation Fireside" in which members of the Coast Guard attend holiday meals and celebrations, Community Organizations for student needs, education programs and special interests.


School was built in 1965; addition for computer lab & Gifted & Talented in 1996; new aquatic facility and locker rooms in 2017. Air conditioning in all rooms; universal wi-fi, upgrades to security system; a Green School, brand new playgound & park facility, wind turbine, nature trail, school garden.

School safety

A safe learning environment is our highest priority. Security procedures are in place for the protection of the school community. School safety protocols are enforced and practiced in conjunction with local authorities. Armed School Resource Officer on site.


The district Science curriculum includes STEMscopes which engages students in cross-curriculum connections in Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, as well as Language Arts Literacy and Art. The program combines digital resources, supplemental print, and hands-on kits. The students at Cape May City Elementary School are learning how to effectively use technology to promote individual student learning. Technology gives students the tools and resources necessary to become competitive and productive members of society. The educational technology program at Cape May City Elementary School is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and is integrated with the ELA, reading, social studies, and mathematics curriculum.

Early childhood

Early Childhood Education at the Cape May City Elementary School provides children with a high quality and hands-on learning environment. The curriculum, “Tools of the Mind”, is aligned with NJDOE Learning Standards and allows the students to create their own “Play Plan” incorporating subject areas such as, Language Arts Literacy, Math, and Science. Our youngest students also learn self-regulation skills during developmental play.


CMCES is a thriving learning center with a community abounding with local resources to enrich the educational opportunities for Preschool to 6th grade students. We are proud to be the resident school to the families of the United States Coast Guard Cape May base. Groups of staff, parents, Board members, administration, and community members work as a team in the school's decision-making process.

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