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Manasquan, New Jersey
Monmouth County
Manasquan School District
Manasquan Elementary School is a public school located in Manasquan, New Jersey with 547 students in grades Pre-K-8.
Extensive STEM initiatives are integrated in Grades K-8.
Guided Reading & Guided Math are implemented in Grades K-5.
Grades 6-8 utilize 1:1 touch-screen laptops & the Canvas Learning Management System.

Our students have been recognized for a variety of accomplishments, including: Jersey Shore MakerFest winners, Chorus and Band recognition (Music in the Parks Festival), an All Shore Band inductee, World Language Essay contest winners, Geography Bee winners, a NJ Playwright essay contest winner, a national organization contest winner, and Shore Consortium G&T "Poetry Slam" winners. Our students' art work has also been recognized as part of the NJ State YAM Exhibit and the NJ PAC Exhibit.

168 Broad Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Principal: Mrs. Colleen Graziano
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White 84%
Black 1%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 14%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 48.3%
Male 51.7%
Economically disadvantaged students 13%
Students with disabilities 20%
English learners 4%
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 6%
Kindergarten 8%
1st Grade 7%
2nd Grade 8%
3rd Grade 9%
4th Grade 11%
5th Grade 13%
6th Grade 12%
7th Grade 14%
8th Grade 12%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 5
Weapons 0
Vandalism 1
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 7
Total incidents 12
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 45%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 15%
Over 15 days 8%
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English 89.9%
Spanish 9.5%
Other 0.5%
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Learn more about Manasquan Elementary School.


Manasquan Elementary School empowers all students by providing a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment where continual growth, perseverance, and rigorous academic standards are balanced with extensive extra-curricular opportunities and rich tradition through partnership with the community. Exploration, innovation, creativity and problem-solving are constantly encouraged in a collaborative and enthusiastic learning environment.


All curricula are aligned to the NJSLS. A balanced literacy program is implemented, including Wilson Fundations & the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Program. STEM Education is across all grade levels, aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. World language instruction is taught in Spanish, French & Italian. An accelerated class is available in Grade 6, as well as major subject area Honors Classes in Grades 7&8. High school level Algebra & Geometry classes are available for identified 8th graders.


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Field Hockey (Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls)


Our students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and other extra-curricular activities, such as: Student Council, Fine Arts Clubs, Junior and Senior Chorus, Junior and Senior Band, Jazz Band, Rock Band, Cheerleading, Newspaper, Yearbook, Drama, Mathematics, STEM, Technology, Video Production, Road Runners, Environmental, History, ELL, Homework Club, and the National Junior Honor Society. Identified students also participate in a variety of G&T enrichment activities and competitions.


A Before Care and After Care Program are both available for students. A variety of after school PTO-sponsored enrichment opportunities are also available for students, including Chess, Robotics, Orchestra, Rock Shop, Kidz Art, Yoga, Mad Science, Lego Bricks for Kids, and Hip Hop


Through quality professional development, our educators increased their effectiveness to promote high student achievement. PLC meetings are held weekly and Vertical Articulation meetings are held once every month for on-going communication and collaboration. K-3 teachers continued Wilson Reading Fundations training and K-5 teachers have been provided with training focusing on Guided Math strategies. All K-8 teachers participated in on-going training relating to implementing STEM Education. Our K-5 teachers continued their collaborative language literacy professional development sessions with our sending districts focusing on tiered interventions and differentiation of instruction, writing instruction, and enhancing comprehension through identifying and citing text evidence. A summer program with lead teachers and monthly articulation meetings introduced novice teachers to the school's culture, policies and procedures, as well as instructional practices.


Our Child Study Team and Intervention & Referral Services Team collaborate to meet the needs of students experiencing learning, social, and/or behavioral issues. Teachers provide extra help for their individual students. A Peer Leader Program allows for peer tutoring to provide students with academic support and social interventions. An after school Homework Club is available for additional assistance. Support services for students are also available for our English Language Learners, as well as support for their families.


The importance of fitness in our daily lives is promoted in our Physical Education and Health classes. Students also enjoy physical fitness during their daily recess times or as part of one of our many athletic teams. All students are welcome to participate in our "Road Runners" Club that meets every Wednesday morning to walk and run together as well as participate in physical fitness stations for increased exercise before the start of the day. An Annual Health Fair has been held to promote healthy habits involving nutrition and exercise. In addition, mindfulness lessons are integrated throughout the grade levels.


Our PTO remains very active, organizing events such as a Book Fair, Science Fair, an Organic Garden, an Art Appreciation Program, middle school dances, and a Summer Enrichment Program. A variety of parent workshops on relevant topics are organized through our Guidance Department. A Special Education Parent Advisory Group and an ELL Parent Advisory Group are both active. Our students all attend performances at our local community theater.


Our school includes 3 computer labs, an Art Studio, Music Suite, gymnasium, 2 science labs & a Media Center. The Media Center was recently renovated to include a fully-equipped STEM Lab. One K-4 cafeteria is utilized and a second multi-purpose cafetorium is utilized for Gr 5-8 lunches, basketball games, school events & performances. All areas of the building are air conditioned. Two outdoor classroom areas have been created, as well as an outdoor amphitheater area. Athletic fields, a primary playground, a middle school playground, and a preschool playground area are all in place.

School safety

Our building includes a security vestibule where visitors are screened using the T-PASS Visitor Management System before being allowed to enter. All visitors and substitute teachers are required to wear a designated badge. All doors throughout the building remain locked during the school day. An armed police officer is present in our building during the entire course of every school day. A District Security Officer is also in place for the on-going review of safety plans and procedures. All staff members are trained at the beginning of the school year regarding the implementation of our security plans, including all lockdown and evacuation procedures. On-going safety reviews occur regularly at every monthly faculty meeting.


Integrated into all K-8 curricula are inquiry-based STEM activities/projects that employ the Engineering Design Process aligned with the NGSS. Such projects are completed in our ActivBoard-equipped classrooms or in our newly renovated STEM Lab, which houses iPads, tablets, 3D printers, coding and robotic programs, as well as a variety of makerspace materials. In addition to all K-8 students being enrolled in a technology course, rotation classes in STEM Enrichment, Engineering & Design, & Multimedia Literacy are provided to students in Grades 5, 7, & 8. Among the areas of emphasis in these courses are coding, robotics, game design, & AV production. These courses are supplemented by clubs in video production, as well as PTO provided STEM enrichment opportunities. Our 1:1 technology program provides grades 6-8 students with Dell touch-screen laptops, while Grades 3, 4, & 5 each have dedicated tablet carts. All tablets use the Microsoft 365 web-based operating system and Canvas LMS.

Early childhood

Our school offers an integrated preschool program that includes preschoolers with disabilities, identified by the Child Study Team, attending programming with typical preschoolers who make application & pay tuition to attend. The district offers a 3-year-old program and a 4-year-old program. Both programs utilize the Tools of the Mind curriculum. Tools of the Mind is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum based upon a specific set of beliefs about how children develop & learn. The purpose of this curriculum is to support the development of cognitive & social-emotional regulation, areas that have been found to have a stronger association with school readiness than IQ or entry-level reading or math skills. Embedded in our integrated preschool program are speech, occupational therapy, & adaptive physical education classes. These classes are provided weekly to supplement the strong academic program being provided.


Our school holds classes for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8, as well an Integrated Preschool Program. Grades 6-8 operate as a departmentalized middle school & Grades Preschool-Grade 5 operate as an elementary school with self-contained classes. With regards to technology, interactive whiteboards are in every classroom. Two computer labs & a STEM Lab are available, as well as mobile laptop carts & a mobile i-Pad cart. Teachers have access to 3-D printers, document scanners, digital cameras, video equipment & a green screen. Students in Grades 6-8 are all issued a 1:1 touch-screen tablet. Middle School students take rotation classes in art, music, multimedia literacy, STEM, research/study skills, math enrichment, financial literacy, as well as technology & engineering design. The Canvas Learning Management System is utilized by our middle school teachers with their students to connect all digital teaching & learning tools in one place. The Genesis Parent Portal is utilized for student attendance, real-time gradebook access, electronic report card & interim report card distribution. Our school's Guidance Department coordinates a variety of character education, drug awareness & prevention programs, as well as school-wide anti-bullying initiatives, including cyberbullying programs. Our district therapy dog also visits our students. Each grade level participates in an educational field trip aligned with the curriculum & a walking trip to see a performance at our local community theater. Our students participate in a K-8 Interactive Art Show in which student artwork is displayed, students dress in costume playing the role of famous artists, & students demonstrate various art techniques at several stations, allowing parents & guests to participate in creating art. Our Fifth Graders present their annual Wax Museum portraying famous people in history & our Eighth Graders present their digital stories at our annual Eighth Grade Film Festivals.

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