After each marking period, students are able to receive awards: First Honor Roll, Second Honor Roll, Citizenship, Principal's Award and Perfect Attendance. Our students participate in the many district public school and private school competitions and most often come in first or second place. Three years ago we tied for first place in the Academic Challenge. We have always been successful in the Math Olympiad, and two years ago one of our students placed first in the individual competition of the Math Olympiad and three of our students tied for second place also in this competition.Website Facebook Twitter
|White|| 42% |
|Black|| 8% |
|Asian|| 12% |
|Hispanic|| 35% |
|American Indian or Native Alaskan|| 0% |
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander|| 0% |
|Multiracial|| 3% |
|Female|| 50.3% |
|Male|| 49.7% |
|Economically disadvantaged students|| 46% |
|Students with disabilities|| 13% |
|English learners|| 0% |
|Homeless students|| 0% |
|Students in foster care|| 0% |
|Military-connected students|| 1% |
|Migrant students|| 0% |
|Grade||Percent of total students||Students|
|Pre-K|| 6% ||32|
|Kindergarten|| 12% ||68|
|1st Grade|| 10% ||58|
|2nd Grade|| 9% ||51|
|3rd Grade|| 11% ||64|
|4th Grade|| 10% ||60|
|5th Grade|| 8% ||48|
|6th Grade|| 12% ||71|
|7th Grade|| 9% ||52|
|8th Grade|| 12% ||69|
|Incidents per year|
|Harassment, intimidation, and bullying||3|
|Days absent||Percent of students|
|0 days|| 4% |
|1 to 5 days|| 33% |
|6 to 10 days|| 32% |
|11 to 15 days|| 17% |
|Over 15 days|| 14% |
|English|| 81.7% |
|Spanish|| 6.6% |
|Arabic|| 6.6% |
|Other|| 4.0% |
|Urdu|| 1.0% |
Learn more about Horace Mann Community School.
The mission of the Horace Mann Community School is to provide a respectful, quality, educational environment for all our students in order to foster academic, social and emotional growth that will lead to a strong love of learning and a strong sense of personal responsibility to self, to family, and to the community.
Horace Mann Community School follows the district curriculum in all major subject areas - Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. All curriculum is reviewed annually and revamped as needed. Pacing guides help keep teachers with where they need to be at any given time. The one curriculum area that is developed in-house is the content, process, product and affective activities included in our Raising Expectations Above Children's Horizons (REACH) Program. Teachers are asked to create a course 1. Where the content is a new body of knowledge or is an extension of the regular curriculum; 2. Where the process is inquiry and discovery using research; 3. Where the product is original and inventive; 4. Where the affect encourages positive, healthy behavior; and 5. Where the assessment may use a rubric or be outlined in a contract. At the beginning of the marking period, students are given a brochure of the various courses offered. Students get to select their course.
Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Football (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls)
Academic Challenge, Art Club, Chess Club, Yearbook, Student Council, Cleaner & Greener Club, Band & Choir, Math Olympiad, Color Guard, 8th Grade Peer Leadership, Forensics, Fire Quiz Bowl, Project Innovate, Lego Robotics Club, National Junior Honor Society, Spelling Bee and Geography Bee, Community Education Afterschool Enrichment Courses.
Horace Mann Community School offers child care both Before and After school. Several Community Education Courses are offered as well. As part of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, (MTSS) the After School Reading and Math (ARMS) Program for students in grades 3 through 8 in both Math and ELA, AM Tutorial in Math for students in grades 3-8, and 100 Book Challenge for students in grades K, 1, 2, are also in place.
Teachers and Teacher Assistants have fulfilled the district requirements regarding the completion of webinars on various topics using SafeSchools. They have also attended Staff Training and Development Days where guest speakers or in-house sessions on pertinent topics are presented. Also, many teachers request Professional Days - out of district - on topics that are relevant to their content area.
There are some teachers in the process of acquiring their Masters Degree, their Administrative Certification, and their Doctorate Degree.
Support services are provided through Title 1, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Guidance Counseling. Our Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Committee reviews student referrals and composes action plans or 504 plans as needed. We also have the opportunity to refer students to the Child Study Team for a full evaluation if we detect learning disabilities may be present.
In order to promote health and wellness for all students, Horace Mann Community School participates in the Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) and lunch programs on a daily basis. Our school nurse regularly checks students and contacts parents if there is a health concern. Students are also given physicals and eye exams by doctors hired by the district. Students participate in physical education classes for eighty minutes per week and have a daily 20 minute recess period during lunch.
The PTA at Horace Mann is an integral part of school life. Planning for school events begins in June for the following year. On the first day of school, black and orange balloons and flags welcome our students, celebrating the beginning of a new school year. Some of the activities they host are the Weekly Supply Cart, Book Fair, The Brain Show, Trunk or Treat, Better Than Broadway, Family Ice Skate Night, Movie Night, Garlic and Gaelic Night, Rutgers Science Bus, Holiday Bazaar, and Tiger Pride Assembly. They also provide refreshments for the Ring Ceremony, and the Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony.
The corner stone of Horace Mann School reads 1923. While no new additions to this old building have been done, the mid-point exterior was retro-fitted to include a ramp leading to an elevator to insure handicap access. We have thirty-five classrooms, one renovated auditorium that is now a multipurpose room, one gymnasium, a main office suite, an office for the Assistant Principal, an Occupational and Physical Therapy room, one faculty room, one nurse's office, a guidance office, a library, an office for the District Home Instruction Coordinator, two computer rooms, one band room, one Science Lab, one STEM lab, one Title 1 office, and two lunch rooms.
The safety and security of our staff and students are of prime importance. All exterior doors are locked at all times and access to the school is limited to the front door where a reception aide screens visitors with the help of a metal detector and a wand. The Horace Mann Safety Committee meets once a month and reviews all safety measures. One lockdown drill and two fire drills are held each month. An armed, retired police officer is on duty daily, Walkie Talkies are used to communicate with administration and city-wide personnel. A weekly radio check is done throughout the district to make sure all equipment is in good working order.
Technology is incorporated into the learning activities of all students at Horace Mann. Students in Kindergarten use Asus Chromebook Flips, and all students in grades 3-8 have their own personal Chromebooks. Last year, a major focus on STEM activities was done. Our faculty will be conducting model STEM lessons again at faculty meetings. We will also be offering a course - Girls Who Code - for students in Grades 3-5. This is a six week course and will be launched the last week in January.
Horace Mann currently offers five full day Pre-Kindergarten classes and three each of Grades K, 1, 2, and 3. The High Scope Curriculum which is play-based and uses active learning has been adopted for use in our Pre-Kindergarten classes. The district curriculum is followed in Grades K - 3 for all major subject areas - ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science. Last year, the Fundations Program was adopted for use in Grades K, 1, and 2. This is a phonics based program that uses active learning techniques, Also, last year, the i-Ready Diagnostics was given to students in Grades K, 1, 2 three times and an analysis of the results helped teachers pinpoint the instructional level of all students and in turn informed teachers so that they wee able to formulate small groups for focused instruction. The Early Childhood classes celebrate the Week of the Young Child doing fun activities each day for that week. They also recognize Dr. Seuss' Birthday in March.
We try to instill in our students that it is important to contribute to our community and we carry out activities that show how we can do this. Under the direction of our Physical Education Teachers, our students raised over 7,000 dollars each year for the past three years for the American Heart Association by participating in the Hoops for Heart Program. Our school collects Halloween Costumes and Winter Coats and sends them to the shelters in our area. Last year our Cleaner and Greener Club collected plastic bags and gave them to the TREX Company where they are recycled into composite decks and railings. For the past two years, our Show Choir was asked to perform in the Uptown Tree Lighting Ceremony during the holidays and they were the hit of the show. Our school sponsored Horace Mann Fights Hunger where 99 bags of food items were collected to stock the food pantries in town. We'll be honoring our Veterans later this year when we collect Find-A-Word Books, Crossword Puzzle Books, and various Games that will be given to the Veterans' Hospitals. This will be the ninth year that our Peer Group will sponsor a Senior Citizens Social where students interact with the Seniors in games and entertainment on a morning in January or February. The Seniors receive gifts and are always thrilled to participate.