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Wenonah, New Jersey
Gloucester County
Deptford Township Public School District
Oak Valley Elementary School is a public school located in Wenonah, New Jersey with 376 students in grades 2-6.
Highlights
Oak Valley is proud of its work with the community and parents and strives to provide a positive and nurturing learning environment.
Technology is not only emphasized in their Technology class, but also in homeroom and class time and recommended for use at home.
An emphasis on learning, aligned with the standards, sets the basis for success.
Awards

At Oak Valley Elementary School, students are regularly recognized for their achievements in both academic and non-academic areas. Students of the Month, Honor Roll, Principals List, Lunch with the Principal, Presidential Awards and Good Character recognition are just a few examples. Projects to raise money for child-related charities and community support are conducted throughout the school year. A musical program is offered to all students. This includes a performing choir for fifth and sixth graders and two levels of performing band – beginner and intermediate.

Location
525 College Boulevard
Wenonah, NJ 08090
Contact
Principal: Mr. John Schilling
856-415-9218
schilling.j@deptford.k12.nj.us
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Grades
2-6
White 71%
Black 16%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 10%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 1%
School size
376
students
Female 48.4%
Male 51.6%
Economically disadvantaged students 32%
Students with disabilities 26%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
75
Grade Percent of total students Students
2nd Grade 19%
70
3rd Grade 18%
68
4th Grade 18%
66
5th Grade 22%
82
6th Grade 24%
90
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English & language arts proficiency
53%
of students

Math proficiency
46%
of students

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Incidents per year
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
84%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 6%
1 to 5 days 49%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 11%
Over 15 days 4%
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English 97.6%
Spanish 1.6%
Other 0.8%
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Learn more about Oak Valley Elementary School.

Mission

Oak Valley Elementary has been an important part of its community for more than 50 years. The original Oak Valley School, built in 1955, was only a four-room structure. Today, Oak Valley is a comprehensive elementary school designed to meet the needs of its diverse student body of approximately 400 students. Oak Valley Elementary is responsible for the educational programs, including character education, of children in grades two through six.

Academics

A standard-based curriculum that is consistent throughout the district is present. Our curriculum and tech provide tools for students to grow. Reading programs, including Reading Street and Pearson, address all learning styles. The GoMath and Big Ideas programs emphasize hands-on lessons with a focus on the skills that are necessary throughout life. The science curriculum stresses discovery. Programs reach the needs of diverse learners and include enrichment and intervention.

Clubs

A variety of clubs and activities are available for students to participate at Oak Valley Elementary School. Students can take part in Art Club, OV Community Kids, Safety Patrol, PE Club, Office Helpers, Tech Club, Choir and Band.

Programs

The Deptford Twp. School District offers the Spartan Care Program both before and after school at Oak Valley Elementary School.

Teachers

Staff are provided with Professional Development opportunities throughout the year. Professional Development focuses on strengthening teaching skills, collaboration among staff and gaining an understanding of the standards and a positive environment for the students.

Supports

Students at Oak Valley are provided various settings that meet the needs of students’ with disabilities and students requiring interventions such as Basic Skills. E/I teaching blocks are provided along with staff push-in class settings. CST members, I&RS Team, Basic Skills Teachers, and a School Guidance Counselor are available for student support. Oak Valley offers special area classes for art, music, instrumental lessons, library, technology, physical education, and Spanish for 5th and 6th graders.

Health

Students at Oak Valley are provided Health and Physical Education. Breakfast is provided as students arrive and a school nurse is on site and not only is present for medical needs, but to also provide lessons with the guidance counselor to classes addressing student health, growth and development.

Parents

An active Parent Teacher Organization supports the school in many ways including student recognition and school-wide student activities. Students are recognized for their achievements in both academic and non-academic areas at PTO events. Community service and fundraising take place throughout the school year. Our PTO is always striving to find productive and meaningful ways to support the students and staff.

Facilities

Oak Valley Elementary School is located in the heart of the community. Oak Valley currently serves the needs of its community teaching grades 2-6 designed to serve the diverse needs of its learners. We offer a Spartan Care before and after school care program for the Oak Valley School community for a low cost.

School safety

Oak Valley''s staff members are trained for emergency situations. The staff along with the students practice various drills monthly and collaborate on effective techniques. The District Security Officer & SROs assists the school administration in maintaining a safe and secure environment. School administrators as well as staff benefit from the DSO & SRO''s training, knowledge, and experience in handling situations.

Technology

Our technology program focuses on and teaches students many of the 21st century skills needed to succeed in today’s Information Age. From basic computer & technology literacy skills such as keyboarding, online safety, and online research, to productivity tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, and publications, our students learn how to navigate proficiently in today’s digital world. Many of our cross curricular projects and activities foster creativity, and allow students to use their strengths and interests to collaborate with their peers and enhance their schoolwork. The program also exposes our students to the latest in educational technology, such as computer science and coding, graphic design, digital photography and film, allowing them to explore careers in the ever evolving field of technology.

More

Parents are kept informed though websites, email and phone blasts, Remind, Twitter and newsletters. Over the years, Oak Valley Elementary has worked to achieve its technology-rich learning environment. Today, all classrooms are equipped with several computers, Chromebooks, a SMART board, and most have an Elmo document reader, which projects documents and images on a SMART board. The Media Center boasts more computers, a SMART board, a wall-mounted television, as well as a computerized catalog system to allow for electronic circulation of all materials. In addition, mobile computer labs with Chromebooks are utilized throughout the building. The school is networked to provide Internet access to every classroom, office, and Media Center. Technology is a powerful tool in the classroom and has paved the way for Oak Valley students to access information and programs that reaches beyond the boundaries of their classroom walls. A School Improvement Panel works to provide input into the formulation of school improvement goals and to develop an action plan to meet those objectives. An effective educational program in drug and alcohol resistance (DARE) is offered to fifth graders. An enriching assembly program, that supplements the curriculum, is given to students in all grades. An extensive character education program teaches students the essential qualities of good character. An anti-bullying program endeavors to make the school a safe and caring environment for all.

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