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Elizabeth, New Jersey
Union County
Elizabeth Public Schools
Elmora School No. 12 is a public school located in Elizabeth, New Jersey with 682 students in grades Pre-K-8.
AVID National Dmeonstration School
National Junior Honor Society
After School Enrichment Program

We are an AVID National Demonstration School, the first K-8 urban school in the state of New Jersey to achieve this recognition. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and we are diligently preparing our students for college and post secondary careers. We have a National Junior Honor Society for middle school students who have averages of 90 or above.

638 Magie Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Principal: Mrs. Melissa Kulick
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White 5%
Black 10%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 82%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 46.6%
Male 53.4%
Economically disadvantaged students 75%
Students with disabilities 12%
English learners 27%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 2%
Kindergarten 13%
1st Grade 12%
2nd Grade 10%
3rd Grade 11%
4th Grade 11%
5th Grade 9%
6th Grade 10%
7th Grade 10%
8th Grade 11%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 11
Weapons 2
Vandalism 1
Substances 10
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 24
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 35%
6 to 10 days 35%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 12%
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Spanish 61.7%
English 32.3%
Other 3.1%
Haitian 1.8%
Portuguese 1.2%
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Learn more about Elmora School No. 12.


Our Vision Statement states that Elmora School 12 will be one of the best performing schools in the Elizabeth School District. We utilize the district's Strategy Map focusing on six key elements which are Academic Excellence, Achievement Focused Workforce, Innovation and Technology, Parent and Community Engagement, Safe and Caring Environment and Organizational Effectiveness. We are an AVID National Demonstration School preparing students for college and careers. We are a school where students Soar. Our high expectations and warm inviting school makes students and parents feel welcomed.


We offer the district curricula for all elementary schools with blocked language arts and math classes. STEM science and LEADS program for social studies are in our school. We also offer intervention classes as needed or enrichment classes such as chess, band, journalism and Lego Robotics. Eighth graders all take Algebra I as a class. There are AVID elective intervention classess in grades 5-8. All Pre-K to 8thGrade CLassess use AVID stratagies and the AVID System is infused in the entire school.


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Coed), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Football (Boys), Golf (Coed), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys)


Our middle school students can choose an enrichment after school class such as Chess, advanced technology and or Journalism. Our elementary students have the opportuiity to be in our AFter School Enrichment Program which includes dance, singing, band and acting classses. Our National Junior Honor Society Program is involve din community servies and also assit students durign After School in tutorial sessions. Students in the National Junior Honor Society are also leaders and role models to other students in the buildijng. Our School Safety Patrol i samd eup of 5th and th graders. These students demonstrate to have positive attitudes and assit with arrival and dismsall procedures. We have a HISPA Role Model Program where succesful career individuals come to our school and provide students with their stories of how they became succesful.


Before the start of our regular scheduled day we offer a tutoring program for students in grades 4-8 along with breakfast for all our students. After school programs include a YMCA program and a BRIDGE Friday Evening program which enhances learning and skills for all grade level students. Area schools also use our gym with some of our students as well as a sports program called At Heart's Length.


Our teachers receive a myriad of professional development opportunities in content subject areas, data dives, NJSLA, Danielson Model, HIB law, crisis and security drills, dyslexia, special education, bilingual education and many many more. Our teachers and admiistartors meet bi-weekly in professional learning communities allowing them the opportunity to develop goals and work together to support their students.

Post high school

AVID is a system used to help students prepare for college. It provides with with opportunities to visit colleges and universities, enjoy listening to prominent guest speakers who grew up in an urban town, visit college fairs, take the PSAT in grade 8, and do many other activities surrounding financial and academic knowledge and readines about college. Teachers that teach AVID are trained to teach students collge readiness skills and stratagies HISPA is a program where Hispanic successful college graduates serve as role models and come and talk to our middle school students about their hardships. They are living proof to our students that hard work does pay off and remind them that no matter where they come from, or no matter what their financial staus is, they can make it and graduate college.


We have approximately 220 English language learners and 70 special education students. We have certified staff that work with the students in a variety of settings such as self contained classes, inclusion settings, Autism classes, and even a 50 50 model where higher performing special education students are with general education students and the class is taught by two teachers. The school has a case manager for all special education students and all state requirements are met for both groups.


All students take physical education and health classes as prescribed by the State of New Jersey. We are a Bronze Designation in the state's Healthy Alliance program. We offer breakfast to students and lunch for purchase and free and reduced lunch. Recess is given every day for our students in all grades and there is an annual field day for the entire school.


There is an active PTO in our school, and their is a SEPAC as well with representatives from the entire district. Parents are also a part of our School Safety Team. We use Power School and all parents have usernames and passwords to check their childs'progress. Many workshops are given throughout the year for parents which include topics such as HIB, Power School, Study Skills, AVID, and Social and Emotional development of their children. Parent/Teacher conferences are planned as well. For the past three years, the school community has worked tiredlessly to raise awareness and money for areas in need. Through our WE Program the school community has raised awarenss about hardships and diseases aroudn the world. The School raised ovr $4000.00 for a water well in Africa, over $10.000.00 for the Make A Wish Foundation and this year we are raising awareness and money for Lymphoma.


Our building is 111 years old. It is old but well kept. We have a Library, Art Room, gymnasium, Music Room stage, and Science Lab Classrooms. All teachers have laptops and there is a desktop computer in every classroom and office. All students in grades 2-8 have their own personal laptops. There is air-conditioning in the offices and several classrooms. All facilities are always checked and in code with our custodians and our Plant and Property district department.

School safety

School Safety is our number one priotity. Students book bags are checked daily. All visitors must enter through the front main door and metal detector. Visitors and parents must sign in and are walked to the office or teacher they are visiting. Parents may not meet with a teacher or staff member without going through security first. Our Saftey Patrol assists students durign recess, during arival and dismissal. These selected students demonstrate positive behaviors and are role models for all of our students. The Saftey Patrol students also hold doors, walk students that are injured to the nurse, assist teachers with organizing safe games while students are at recess. The Safety Team meets once a month to discuss any safety concerns. The Safety Team consists of the principal, vice principal, guidance couselor, social worker, a teaher, parent and police officer.


This school year we joined a partnership with the Lymphoma Society to raise awareness about blood cancers. This partnership comes with a Science Curriculum with the STEM theme. The curriculum includes six Science Lessons that also touch on the topic of Health. The STEM Program also focuses on young women working in the field of medicine and Science.

Early childhood

We have a Pre-K program for students that are four years old. Students have a rigerous curriculum that includes Math, Science and Lanauge Arts. Students in the Pre-K Program also build on social skills. Students are taught by a cetified teacher and a CDA. The clasroom is maximized at 15 students.


We have a strict uniform policy and a cell phone policy. Students are expected to come to school daily in school uniforms. Students are also told to keep their cell phones or any electronics in their lockers. We make daily announcements every day to students abut the days events that include a quote and word of the day. Our correspondence to parents go out in several languages through letters, flyers and Honeywell Calls. We have an alert system which allows us to send messages to all our school families. Our students are exposed to many field trips, interesting and educational assemblies, a summer reading program with area libraries, community-based programs, special programs for parents, and fundraising for civic and school events. We take pride in our Honor Roll Assemblies and we challenge students to meet a certain number every marking period.

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