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Orange, New Jersey
Essex County
Forest Street Elementary School is a public school located in Orange, New Jersey with 399 students in grades Pre-K-7.
Exceeded the State Average in English Language Arts on the NJSLA for 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th grade.
Recognized by OPS District school for an increase of 10% growth in Mathematics on the NJSLA on every tested grade level.
2018 National ESEA Distinguished School.

Received Superintendent recognition for exceeding the state average in ELA on the NJSLA assessment in 3rd,4th, 6th and 7th grades and averaging more than a 10% growth on the NJSLA in mathematics in grades 3-7. Our students have participated in several enrichment experiences with local college and universities over the past four years. These opportunities provide our students with experiences that support their academic coursework during the school year, on weekends and during summer recess.

651 Forest Street
Orange, NJ 07050
Principal: Dr. Yancisca Cooke
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White 1%
Black 54%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 44%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 56.4%
Male 43.6%
Economically disadvantaged students 81%
Students with disabilities 4%
English learners 14%
Homeless students 2%
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 9%
Kindergarten 13%
1st Grade 11%
2nd Grade 12%
3rd Grade 13%
4th Grade 13%
5th Grade 10%
6th Grade 9%
7th Grade 12%
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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 1
Total incidents 1
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 43%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 11%
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English 41.9%
Spanish 40.1%
Haitian 11.8%
Other 5.3%
Igbo 1.0%
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Learn more about Forest Street Elementary School.


At Forest, we believe that we must educate the mind, motivate the body, cultivate the spirit and teach with the heart. Through the full collaboration of school personnel, parents and the community, we are committed to nurturing a generation of formidable global competitors and leaders. Our students are inspired to achieve and to walk with integrity, confidence and compassion. We encourage each student to exceed their own expectations as every child is an achiever.


Curriculum includes Eureka Math, Illustrative Math, EL Education Language Arts, LETRS, Read Aloud Project, My World Interactive, Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Curriculum, FOSS Science and Next Generation Science Standards.


During the 2018-2019 school year, our students were able to participate in a number of afterschool programs; Project Achieve, Performing Arts club, Girls on the Run, Gardening club, Robotics club and Debating club.


Morning academic support and technology access is provided for all students at parent's request. In addition, there are mandatory intervention programs offered Monday for identified students. Our Project Achieve program is a mandatory after-school program for students in grades three through seven that extends the academic school day. The program focus is on differentiated small group instruction to provide intensive instruction of identified standards in English Language Arts and Math.


Instructional staff participate "Collegial Walk-throughs" where a team of teachers are provided with an opportunity to observe their colleagues during the instructional period with a specific focus in mind. This practice is solely for the instructional staff. As a result of the walk-through findings the teaching staff develops and facilitates peer professional development where applicable. Additionally, there is ongoing school based and district professional development.


We conduct student and Parent conferencing throughout the year, as we believe parent support is vital to the learning process. Students recommended for Intervention and Referral Services are provided with a time sensitive plan of action that is collaboratively developed with all stakeholders. Child Study Team maintains communication with classroom teachers to monitor progress and adjust programs as needed. English Language Learners receive continued support after exiting the ESL Program.


Health and wellness is promoted through our Foodcorp/AmeriCorps partnership as we have a full time service worker who promotes good nutrition and gardening. Our students plant and harvest vegetables which are shared with the parents and community. In addition, our students are exposed to new and healthy food choices as they participate in taste test surveys.


Our Parent Teacher Organization has worked very closely with our Community School Coordinator and Family Liaisons to ensure there is ongoing communications with all stakeholders. The parents and staff work collaboratively to celebrate and highlight students through our Back to School Kick-off, Multicultural Feast, Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, Hispanic Heritage Celebrations, African American History Tributes, Career Day, Shadow Day, Spring and Winter concerts and many other smaller events.


Technology remains a focus and we are incrementally preparing our classrooms for 21st century learning. Currently every classroom is equipped with two to four Dell desktop computers. In addition, there is a technology lab with twenty-three Dell computers and our Library Media Center was recently upgraded with a Promethean Interactive LCD monitor and a Chromebook cart containing 25 Chromebook. We have approximately two hundred and sixty chromebooks on hand (one mobile lab per grade level for second through fourth grade and we have one-to-one availability for fifth through seventh grade students). There are twenty-five Acer Touch screen Chromebooks tablets available for our first grade students. An audio/visual presentation system has been installed in the multi-purpose room to enhance all students' performances and school based events. Through our wireless network, students can participate in Google Classroom activities, individual projects and for research. We continue to use our digital signage as a tool to inform parents of activities and community events.

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