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Cranford, New Jersey
Union County
Cranford Public School District
Orange Avenue School is a public school located in Cranford, New Jersey with 743 students in grades 3-8.
Highlights
OAS was awarded a Climate and Culture Transformation grant from Rutgers University in partnership with the State. This 3-year initiative focuses on promoting a positive school culture and climate.
OAS led a “Volley for Heart” Fundraiser. Students, faculty and staff created awareness about heart health and raised funds to support the American Heart Association. Our school donated over $16,000.
OAS students regularly participate in technology-based personal and blended learning experiences.
Awards

OAS was awarded a character education grant - School Climate Transformation Project - from Rutgers University in partnership with the State. This three year initiative involves stakeholders from across our school community and focuses on character education, school climate, and the health/wellness of our students and staff. OAS also led a “Volley for Heart” Fundraiser. Students, faculty and staff worked together to raise awareness about heart health and raise funds to support the American Heart Association. Our school donated over $16,000.

Location
901 Orange Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Contact
Principal: Mrs. Lori Lubeski-Hutmaker
908-709-6257
lubieski-hutmaker@cranfordschools.org
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Grades
3-8
White 86%
Black 0%
Asian 5%
Hispanic 6%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 3%
School size
743
students
Female 47.8%
Male 52.2%
Economically disadvantaged students 2%
Students with disabilities 18%
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
124
Grade Percent of total students Students
3rd Grade 12%
90
4th Grade 11%
83
5th Grade 12%
87
6th Grade 20%
149
7th Grade 20%
146
8th Grade 25%
188
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English & language arts proficiency
80%
of students

Math proficiency
71%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.8
Incidents per year
Violence 6
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 6
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
75%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 0%
1 to 5 days 37%
6 to 10 days 38%
11 to 15 days 17%
Over 15 days 9%
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English 98.7%
Other 1.3%
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Learn more about Orange Avenue School.

Mission

At Orange Avenue School, we are passionate about promoting a respectful and safe learning community that values the academic, emotional, and social growth of every student. We are dedicated to preparing our students to become productive leaders in a global society. Our engine is driven by an amazing community of staff, students, and parents. As a school, we pride ourselves on a positive, personalized, and team based approach to learning.

Academics

In order to align our student needs with the NJSLS, we have an ongoing curriculum review cycle. Standard Based Report Cards were developed to enhance student learning. Leveled instruction is used to guarantee personalized learning. The 8th grade offers advanced classes in ELA, math, science, and social studies. Our world language department offers 5 languages: French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.

Clubs

Orange Avenue School, in partnership with the Township of Cranford, provides a vast number of interscholastic athletics and co-curricular activities available for students. We are proud that 91 percent of our student body participates in one or more school-sponsored extra-curricular activity. We also offer Golf, Yoga, and Volleyball through a Sustainable NJ Grant.

Teachers

Each monthly faculty meeting at Orange Avenue School is used as a professional development opportunity. Teacher led presentations are delivered to the larger staff in the areas of personal learning, blended learning, educational technology, data analysis, teacher evaluation, and student centered lesson planning. Professional development opportunities involve teacher voice and choice.

Supports

Every student in our school has a network of supportive and caring educational professionals dedicated to helping them succeed. Grade-level teams of teachers collaborate to meet the needs of our students in a number of areas within and beyond the scope of academics. Special Education, Gifted and Talented, English as a Second Language and Basic Skills services are available to all of our students.

Health

Student health and wellness is promoted on an ongoing basis through a variety of programs. Competitive and non-competitive athletic activities are available for students after school. Our health and physical education program promotes fitness, healthy living, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Our NJ Sustainable Health and Wellness grant supports “nontraditional” offerings such as volleyball, golf, and yoga.

Parents

An active parent/teacher organization at Orange Avenue School helps to maintain and strengthen the bond between home and school. Parents play an active role in the school community by volunteering for many classroom and school-wide activities. Together with teachers and administrators, parents share in the decision-making that affects our children.

Facilities

A portion of the school library has been converted into an elementary Makerspace. Students in grades 3-5 engage in collaborative problem based STEAM activities through several stations and an array of technology based resources. Those resources include Lego Mindstorms, Makey Makeys, Finch Robots, Ozobots, and computer coding through open source codeware, such as "Scratch". Attention to general building maintenance and upgrades has helped us maintain a healthy and safe learning environment.

School safety

Each school in Cranford Public School District shares a common Crisis Clipboard that has been co-developed with the assistance of Cranford Police Department. In addition each school has a personalized Emergency Response Template as well as a 91 Elements guide to serve as additional crisis management resources. Monthly security drills and fire drills are held with support and direct oversight from the corresponding community agencies. Ongoing professional development and training is conducted on a monthly basis for all staff.

Technology

Orange Avenue School, in conjunction with the PTA, hosts elementary STEM Nights where students and their families participate in activities and challenges. STEM experiences are integrated into the elementary media curriculum and in technology courses that are offered at the middle school level as well.

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Orange Avenue School is committed to promoting academic rigor in a warm and nurturing environment. Student success is facilitated through inquiry and active engagement in personalized, student centered learning experiences. Technology is seamlessly woven throughout the learning experiences of each student in ways that are clear and relevant.  Orange Avenue School celebrates each student as an individual of worth and dignity, celebrates differences, and encourages creativity and freedom of expression. Several school wide programs and initiatives are designed to promote a positive school culture and address Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying behaviors head on and to eliminate them in our school. Students learn conflict resolution skills, and student mediators assist in this process.  We are also proud to be part of Cranford's Professional Development Schools, which partners Orange Avenue School with Seton Hall University to help train future teachers and provide our own teachers with ongoing support and skill enhancement. Orange Avenue School’s mission focuses on promoting a respectful and safe learning community that values the academic, emotional, and social growth of every student. We are dedicated in preparing our students to become productive leaders in a global society. Our engine is driven by a dedicated community of staff, students, and parents. As a school, we pride ourselves on a positive, personalized, and team based approach to learning.

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