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Cranford, New Jersey
Union County
Cranford Public School District
Hillside Avenue School is a public school located in Cranford, New Jersey with 696 students in grades KG-8.
Highlights
Hillside Avenue School was awarded a $5,000 BASF Science Grant in a highly competitive field.
HAS was awarded a Climate and Culture Transformation grant from Rutgers University in partnership with the State. This 3-year initiative focuses on promoting a positive school culture and climate.
Last year Hillside Avenue School Peer Leaders and Student Council members, along with their families and some staffmembers packed over 10,000 meals for children in Nicaragua.
Awards

Hillside Avenue School is proud of the accomplishments of its students and staff. Several teachers have been recognized at the local and state level for their professionalism. The school has also been the beneficiary of 12 grants, the most prominent being the BASF Science Grant. Our students have also been recognized for many accomplishments, including a student who visited the White House as the NJ representative in the National Healthy Lunch Challenge as well as seven students being named All-State Music.

Location
125 Hillside Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Contact
Principal: Dr. Curt Fogas
908-709-6229
fogascurt@cranfordschools.org
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Grades
KG-8
White 73%
Black 6%
Asian 5%
Hispanic 13%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 3%
School size
696
students
Female 48.0%
Male 52.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 7%
Students with disabilities 22%
English learners 2%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
77
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 6%
39
1st Grade 6%
39
2nd Grade 6%
42
3rd Grade 7%
48
4th Grade 10%
67
5th Grade 7%
46
6th Grade 20%
137
7th Grade 20%
139
8th Grade 20%
139
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English & language arts proficiency
72%
of students

Math proficiency
56%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.9
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 1
Vandalism 0
Substances 2
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 3
Total incidents 6
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
74%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 40%
6 to 10 days 30%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 9%
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English 95.7%
Other 2.4%
Spanish 1.9%
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Learn more about Hillside Avenue School.

Mission

Hillside Avenue School is a student-centered, multicultural environment reflecting an active partnership between students, parents, staff and the community. The six pillars of good character are modeled and learned: fairness, respect, responsibility, truthfulness, caring and citizenship. These initiatives help Hillside Avenue School students to accept and respect each student as an individual of worth and dignity, celebrate differences, and encourage creativity and freedom of expression.

Academics

In order to align our students’ needs with the NJSLS, we have ongoing curriculum review cycle. Standard Based Report Cards were developed to enhance student learning. Leveled instruction is used to guarantee personalized learning. The 8th grade offers advanced classes in ELA, math, science, and social studies. Our world language department offers 5 languages: French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.

Clubs

Hillside Avenue School in partnership with the Township of Cranford, provides a vast number of interscholastic athletics and co-curricular activities available for students. We are proud that 91 percent of our student body participates in one or more school-sponsored extra-curricular activity.

Teachers

One of the cornerstones of our school is professional development. Staff receives annually PD in Personalized Learning, Readers/Writers workshop, Data analysis, NGSS, and Math. We are also proud to be one of the Charter Professional Development Schools, which partners Hillside Avenue School with Seton Hall University to help train future teachers, and to provide our own teachers with ongoing support and skill enhancement.

Supports

Every student in our school has a network of supportive, caring educational professionals dedicated to helping them succeed. Grade-level teams of teachers collaborate to meet the needs of our students in a number of areas within and beyond the scope of academics. Special Education, Gifted and Talented, English as a Second Language and Basic Skills services are available to our students.

Health

Health and wellness is promoted on an ongoing basis through a variety of programs, including competitive and non-competitive athletic activities available after school. Health and physical education programs promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Parents and teachers participate in our Mighty Miler Program and support our elementary students during recess with running, walking, skipping, jumping and dancing laps. The music gets the students excited while earning rewards as their miles add up.

Parents

An active parent/teacher organization at Hillside Avenue School helps to maintain and strengthen the bond between home and school. Parents play an active role in the school community volunteering for many classroom and school-wide activities. Together with teachers and administrators, parents share in the decision-making that affects our children.

Facilities

Hillside Avenue School was constructed and opened in 1963 and as we approach our 55th anniversary the school remains in excellent shape. Attention to maintenance and upgrades including new boilers, roof, security and technologically infrastructure has helped us maintain an outstanding healthy, safe, learning environment for our students, staff and community members who use our school.

School safety

Each school in Cranford Public School District shares a common Crisis Clipboard that has been co-developed with the assistance of Cranford Police Department. In addition each school has a personalized Emergency Response Template as well as a 91 Elements guide to serve as additional crisis management resources. Monthly security drills and fire drills are held with support and direct oversight from the corresponding community agencies. Ongoing professional development and training is conducted on a monthly basis for all staff.

Technology

Hillside Avenue School, in conjunction with the PTA, hosts STEM Nights for all elementary grade levels.

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In addition to the regular instructional program, other school-wide initiatives help to build a strong learning community. At Hillside Avenue School, the six pillars of good character are modeled and learned: fairness, respect, responsibility, truthfulness, caring and citizenship. We have initiatives to help eliminate bullying behavior, and we strive to create an environment where all children can and do learn. Students learn conflict resolution skills, and student mediators assist in this process. Hillside Avenue School accepts and respects each student as an individual of worth and dignity, celebrates differences, and encourages creativity and freedom of expression. Hillside Avenue School’s mission is to create a learning environment that encourages individual as well as interpersonal growth, a love of learning, and a commitment to improving and caring for the community. Our annual school-wide theme unites us to work together toward achieving our common goal: “Making today’s learners tomorrow’s leaders.”

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