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Dover, New Jersey
Morris County
Dover Public School District
North Dover Elementary School is a public school located in Dover, New Jersey with 692 students in grades Pre-K-6.
Interactive Promethean Boards are in every classroom to enhance a 21st Century blended learning approach to instruction.
Student usage of technology is inclusive of all students having access to MacBookAIrs inclusive of a one to one ratio in grades 3-6.
The G&T program provides enrichment to address students who have displayed an academic penchant for learning.
51 Highland Avenue
Dover, NJ 07801
Principal: Mr. Patrick Pandolfo
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White 3%
Black 3%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 92%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 49.7%
Male 50.3%
Economically disadvantaged students 74%
Students with disabilities 11%
English learners 23%
Homeless students 3%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 3%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 11%
Kindergarten 14%
1st Grade 13%
2nd Grade 14%
3rd Grade 12%
4th Grade 15%
5th Grade 11%
6th Grade 11%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 4
Weapons 1
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 4
Total incidents 9
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 40%
6 to 10 days 34%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 9%
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Spanish 81.8%
English 15.5%
Other 2.7%
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Learn more about North Dover Elementary School.


North Dover School is a place where students, teachers, parents and community members work collaboratively to provide an optimum and productive learning environment in order for students to achieve their maximum potential. TEAM means Together Everybody Achieves More!


To address the varied learning styles of our students, North Dover teachers implement current empirically proven instructional strategies in conjunction with a blended learning approach that allows our teachers to differentiate. The Interactive Promethean Board that adorns every classroom is a 21st century tool that allows for various modalities of instruction inclusive of a plethora of teacher-made flipcharts that keep students on-task and truly actively engaged throughout each lesson. Being the ESL magnet elementary school for the district an infusion of ESL strategies are embedded in aspects of instruction.


Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts plan on using the facility to serve our student population. Dover Recreation uses the gym that serves as the facility for their youth basketball program.


Title One Extended Day Programs include students in grades one through six working in small groups after school scaffolding classroom concepts. In addition, Saturday morning classes that take place in the winter focus on students augmenting their critical thinking skills as they prepare to take the state assessments. After school child care, Project Safe sponsored by Morristown Neighborhood House uses the facilities to provide parents an option with after school support.


North Dover teachers are as talented as they are kind. Our teachers participate in numerous professional development opportunities that not only include content-based learning, but workshops that focus on the infusion of technology in instruction, ELL/ESL strategies and meeting the needs of the Special Needs population. Teachers also use common planning periods to collaborate on best practices so vertical and horizontal articulation create a ubiquity of synergy throughout the school. Every teacher uses multiple sources of data in creating and participating in at least one PLC so a focus on data driven instruction is at the center of student learning.


North Dover houses the district Bilingual program K-6. Instruction takes place in both English and Spanish. ESL instruction is also provided to strengthen competency in both languages. A PLD class, Two Resource Rooms,a speech pathologist, and mainstreamed special education students have their CST case manager on site. Speech, OT, and PT are also services that support IEP's. The I&RS committee handles referrals and suggests interventions for struggling regular education students.


All students are instructed within the guidelines of Physical Education, Health and recess. Breakfast After the Bell ensures all students are provided breakfast at the beginning of the school day. Cafeteria programs include free or reduced lunch for those that are eligible. In addition, students are provided a healthy snack consisting of a fruit or vegetable several times a week. A healthy focus on character education concepts is embedded within the school culture to ensure a positive school experience for all.


Parents support various aspects of the educational process through open channels of communication, supporting a strong academic program at home and by attending a multitude of events including, but not limited to: American Education Week Classroom Visitations, Parent Advisory Council meetings, multi-cultural luncheons/fiestas at various grade levels, Family Literacy Nights, Read Across America programs, vocal and instrumental concerts, parent-teacher conferences and Back to School Night. Our Parent Advisory Council meets at specific points in the year to discuss parent concerns about our school and/or offer suggestions to enhance the academic experiences of our children. The school is always striving to improve parental involvement through PTA participation and membership. Partnership with the community include Costco and Home Depot.


North Dover School’s original building was erected in 1954 which included 14 classrooms and a multi-purpose room that was used as a gym and a cafeteria. In 1994, renovations included a media center, which houses the school’s computer lab, and two new classrooms. In 1999, a major renovation included 20 new air conditioned classrooms, a cafeteria, and an art room. The first floor of the two floor addition included classrooms specifically designed for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten.

School safety

Protocols are in place to ensure the safety of students and staff. The School Safety, Climate, and Character Team meet periodically to ensure that all protocols are being implemented.


Our multiple mobile MacBook Air carts, as well as the use of the Inter-Active Promethean Boards are the anchor for student technology usage. In fact,all students in grades 3-6 are assigned their own computer for school usage. Every classroom is equipped with Internet connection for educational use for staff and students.. Personal MAC laptops are provided to all teachers for their professional use as well as to drive their use of the interactive board in their classroom. In addition a cross curricular approach of instruction focuses on segmented lessons that infuses cross-curricular content across disciplines such as science and mathematics. The school participates annually in the Hour of Code, but also uses Ozbot coding robots as well as apps and various websites as an infused part of student learning. The varied websites not only allow for students to learn with multiple modalities, but also provides teachers with instantaneous data to drive instruction to meet individual student ne

Early childhood

North Dover is the home to the new district's full day Pre-K program which is one of varied sites that is used in conjunction with community partners. The program focuses students on learning through interactive play inclusive of literacy and numeracy concepts that enhances Kindergarten readiness. The Kindergarten is also a full day program that focuses on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards so skills articulate to the academic challenges that students will face in future grade levels.


Regular school hours are 8:15-2:40(The Preschool runs from 8:15-2:15), while a delayed opening has instruction beginning at 10:00. The school communicates its messages in both English and Spanish. A weekly "menugram" flyer is sent home each Thursday that includes important school information and happenings. In addition, the principal sends out a weekly phone message through the Honeywell system and Facebook and Twitter provides parents with a visual of events that take place in the school.

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