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Port Elizabeth, New Jersey
Cumberland County
Maurice River Township School District
Maurice River Township School is a public school located in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey with 407 students in grades Pre-K-8.
The Maurice River Township School District offers a full day preschool program for three and four year old students. Â Using Creative Curriculum, students learn by exploring the world around them.
The MRT offers a variety of after school clubs for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th including interscholastic sports. Â Students may participate in programs that teach skills in technology.
Middle school students at MRT may choose up to three elective courses including, but not limited to: robotics, stress management, music appreciation, genealogy, theater, cosmetology, and Cyberpatriot.

The students and staff members of MRT have been recognized by various organizations for their accomplishments. MRT is proud to share that two 8th grade students were awarded full tuition, room, and board four-year college scholarships through the Give Back Foundation. Â Other students have qualified for elite programs such as the Tech Trek at Stockton University and the First Star Academy at Rowan University. Faculty and staff have also been recognized by the 12th of Never Foundation and through the Governors Educator of the Year program.

3593 Rt 47
Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348
Principal: Mr. Walter Kappeler
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White 80%
Black 4%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 11%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 3%
School size
Female 47.4%
Male 52.6%
Economically disadvantaged students 39%
Students with disabilities 20%
English learners 0%
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 11%
Kindergarten 7%
1st Grade 9%
2nd Grade 10%
3rd Grade 11%
4th Grade 9%
5th Grade 11%
6th Grade 11%
7th Grade 11%
8th Grade 10%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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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 2%
1 to 5 days 23%
6 to 10 days 31%
11 to 15 days 23%
Over 15 days 21%
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English 100.0%
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Learn more about Maurice River Township School.


The mission of the Maurice River Township School District is twofold. First, we are committed to helping each child to learn and to achieve success. Second, we strive to provide significant opportunities for learning suited to the age and abilities of the student by way of a challenging curriculum. The goals of our mission are to create an environment where all children are made to feel unique and special and where staff believes that all children can learn. This environment is promoted by high expectations of the staff for all pupils in a goal-oriented atmosphere with students’ success as its end. Our philosophy is that “Everybody is special. We believe it and we live it.” The students and staff are told just how special they are every day. We provide a safe, caring, and nurturing environment for our students to learn and grow.


Our standards based instructional programs are integrated with authentic learning experiences that include hydroponics, robotics, gardening explorations, astronomy, mock trials, and field experiences within our local community organizations such as the Bayshore Center. Â Additionally, we offer school-wide Response to Intervention and enrichment opportunities allowing us to personalize learning. Gifted and Talented Art, advanced math, and Algebra are among the course selections. The curriculum is supported using Envision Math 2.0, Mystery Science, Glencoe Science, Pearson Social Studies, Fundations, Making Meaning, and Being a Writer.


Basketball (Coed), Cheerleading (Coed), Soccer (Coed)


The Maurice River Township School offers a dynamic music and drama program. Â The choir and band have performed at a variety of venues including the Wells Fargo Center for the Philadelphia 76ers and the philadelphia phantoms as well as Six Flags Great Adventure. Â The drama team has performed musicals such as the Little Mermaid, Jr. and the show for 2019 will be Shrek, Jr.


The Maurice River Education Foundation provides before-care and after-care services (Eagles Nest) for students of Maurice River Township School. Â This service is designed to provide a safe haven for students of families with special circumstances requiring students to be at school prior to the opening bell and after dismissal. Â The foundation hires qualified caretakers to monitor students while attending the program. Eagles Nest is open to all students in grades preschool through 8th grade.


The faculty and staff of MRT are committed to lifelong learning as evidenced by their participation in professional development opportunities and professional learning communities. Â Teachers attend state and national conferences offered by their various associations as well as the NJEA teachers convention. Teachers also participate in workshops relevant to their content specialty. Â While in professional learning communities teachers collaboratively plan lessons, develop authentic assessments, and share best practices in the industry. Many of the faculty members at MRT have advanced degrees and continue to pursue graduate work at local colleges and universities.


MRT has adopted a Response to Intervention (RtI) philosophy. Â All students in grades K-8 are benchmarked three times each year to identify areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. Â Students performing below grade level are offered additional support through an interventionist utilizing data to provide targeted interventions. Â Classroom teachers work collaboratively with interventionists to provide foundational skills to students in need. Other student services provided to students with differing abilities include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and counseling.


Student health and wellness is a major concern for our district. Â MRT offers a full-time school nurse who provides daily care to students in need, regular health screenings, and training to staff. Â The school nurse coordinates services such as the Tooth Mobile, the annual coat drive, and food drives throughout the year. Students are offered breakfast and lunch daily through the food services department and students in all grades have at least 20 minutes of recess daily as well as 150 of physical education weekly.


Community involvement is essential to student success. Â The parents, caregivers, and community members of MRT are heavily involved in the life of the school. Â The PTA contributes greatly to the life of MRT by raising funds, hosting a variety of events and activities for students and families, and by sharing information with the community. Â The PTA coordinates community events such as Read Across America, holiday dances, and the Scholastic Book Fair. The Municipal Alliance plays a meaningful role at MRT by providing opportunities for students to hear about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. They have provided financial resources, sound equipment, and purchased recess equipment for all grade levels. Â MRT has also secured a partnership with the Family Strengthening Network to offer monthly family activities covering topics such as financial literacy, internet safety, and the Family Day of Service.


Meeting the needs of the 21st Century Learning requires access to the latest technology. Â All students in grades 3rd through 8th have access to Google Classroom through their ChromeBooks as MRT prepares to embark on a 1:1 initiative in the near future. Â Students in grades preschool through 2nd have access to desktop computers in the classroom as well as access to the computer lab for specials. MRT also has a MacBook lab thanks to the generous contributions of the MRT Education Foundation. Â Our school library also features desktop computers and a green screen for television recording. Students are given the opportunity to participate in STEAM courses through their elective period including classes such as robotics, engineering, and gardening.

Early childhood

The New Jersey Department of Education provides MRT with the necessary funding (Preschool Education Aid) to offer a free full day preschool program for students who are three and four years of age.  Utilizing Creative Curriculum, students learn through exploration and play. Teaching Strategies Gold provides a digital platform to capture special moments in students’ learning. Class sizes are limited to 15 students per class and instructional aids provide support to the classroom teacher. Registration for our preschool program begins in late March.


The Maurice River Township School District is one of a kind. Â As a School of Choice, MRT prides itself on providing a rigorous academic program in an environment where everyone is special. Â Anyone interested in applying for acceptance into the Choice program can find an application and timeline on our website:

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