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Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic County
Atlantic City School District
Uptown School Complex is a public school located in Atlantic City, New Jersey with 540 students in grades Pre-K-8.
Highlights
Before and After School Programs - Title I Before and After School Programs are offered Mon-Friday.
Courses, Curriculum, Instruction - District units of study are utilized to integrate standards.
Parent and Community Involvement-Parent Resource Center provides resources through workshops and trainings.
Awards

Our school recognizes our students for: Attendance, Report Card Success, Academic Growth, and Character Education. We also recognize our staff for: Teacher of the year, Educational Service Professional of the Year and attendance. In addition, 100 percent of the staff at Uptown School Complex are highly qualified with many having advanced degrees.

Location
323 Madison Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Contact
Principal: Dr. Ananda Davis
609-344-8809
adavis@acboe.org
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Grades
Pre-K-8
White 0%
Black 57%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 39%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 2%
School size
540
students
Female 48.1%
Male 51.9%
Economically disadvantaged students 98%
Students with disabilities 14%
English learners 8%
Homeless students 2%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
54
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 9%
51
Kindergarten 10%
54
1st Grade 13%
68
2nd Grade 12%
65
3rd Grade 8%
44
4th Grade 10%
55
5th Grade 10%
56
6th Grade 9%
46
7th Grade 11%
59
8th Grade 8%
42
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English & language arts proficiency
14%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
8.5
Incidents per year
Violence 37
Weapons 5
Vandalism 1
Substances 2
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 46
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
39%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 15%
6 to 10 days 21%
11 to 15 days 19%
Over 15 days 42%
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English 80.6%
Spanish 18.7%
Other 0.7%
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Learn more about Uptown School Complex.

Mission

The vision of the Uptown School Complex is to develop a community of life-long learners by working collaboratively with all stakeholders while promoting a consistent, safe and nurturing environment focused on enhancing student achievement and preparation of students for the global society. School Motto: If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together.”

Academics

Curriculum: Determined by New Jersey Student Learning Standards; district-wide units of study utilized to implement curriculum and integrate standards. Highlighted Courses: Language Word Study, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Specials (World Language, Health, Art, Music, Physical Education). Gifted & Talented and Algebra 1 programs for advanced students. Textbooks: Math- Pearson (eBook), Social Studies- Pearson.

Clubs

The following clubs offered are: Pre-K Morning Enrichment, 3DU Mentoring, Boys to Men, National Junior Honor Society and STEM Club. Competitions include: District-wide Oratorical Contest, Battle of the Books and Science Fair.

Programs

Title I Before and After School Programs offered are as follows: Pre-K Morning Enrichment, STEM, Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), Extended After School and After School Academy for students ages 3 to 14. Additionally, After-School Recreational Program is offered through Police Athletic League (PAL).

Teachers

Staff professional learning includes PLC’s, and initial and ongoing literacy training and select grade level cohorts in order to develop instructional design, unit development, and data collection and analysis. In addition, Digital Implementation Specialists build staff capacity for digital learning to move towards becoming a Future Ready School. Select staff members received additional training in Sphero, Project Lead The Way including Launch and Gateway STEM programs. Afterschool program staff received i-Ready software training.

Supports

Student Supports & Services offered are as follows: ESL services for all English Language Learners; Special Education: In-Class support and Self-Contained teachers; BSI instructors service all grade levels to support students that are struggling; Intervention programs for students struggling in ELA; Responsible Thinking Classes for students struggling in academic settings; Full-time on-site nurse.

Health

Breakfast program offered to all students regardless of income. Dinner program offered to all students who participate in the After-School program. Health and physical education classes and recess for all students from grades PreK-8. Grant-funded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) offered to all students.

Parents

Parent Resource Center-provides resources through workshops and trainings. Parent Advisory Committee-bring parents and staff together to accomplish goals to benefit the children’s needs and build relations in the community. Activities: Holiday Food Drives; Clothing Drives. Parents access Living Tree and PowerSchool (which provides detailed student academic and attendance records). Mentoring program for at-risk males. Local collaboration with Fire and Police (e.g. coat drive).

Facilities

Uptown School Complex has two floors with a separate gymnasium and in-ground pool. It is equipped with basketball courts, children's playground equipment and a preschool area on its outdoor playground. In addition, the school is equipped with an announcement system that permits the administration to communicate with staff and students outside the building.

School safety

Uptown School Complex holds monthly drills. Exit routes have been developed and are posted. Teachers and students are aware of the procedures and follow the procedures per the demands of the drill. Support personnel assist with Preschool, Kindergarten and First grade students to provide additional safety while moving throughout the building. Uptown School Complex is housed with a camera system which provides surveillance in and out of the building. Security officers are strategically housed on every floor of the building to provide security.

Technology

We believe that digital learning is an essential part of teaching and learning. Through the use of digital tools we provide students with equitable access to technology in order to create personalized learning opportunities. Digital tools are used to support student learning which is scaffolded through differentiation and individualization, as well as competency-based learning to ensure all students attain mastery. To provide a pathway to high school computer science, USC offers an after school STEM program for K-8 students.

Early childhood

Teachers demonstrate a high-quality level of curriculum implementation with training on Creative Curriculum and GOLD. Parents are informed daily of growth and activities through letters, flyers and informal conversations with teachers.

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Other Information includes: School Day Structure: The school day PreK-8 structure is block scheduling determined by subject. School Safety Information: Yearly New Jersey state-mandated safety drills are practiced (i.e. Shelter in Place, Bomb Threat (Evacuation), Active Shooter (Lock down), Test Communication System. Technology: hardware (Chromebooks, Desktop Computers) software (Compass Learning, Reading Inventory, Brain Pop). Committed to becoming a 1:1 school. Communications: School to home communication includes phone, written notices, and website postings. Intervention Programs: Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-one tutoring for low achieving first graders. Students receive a 30 minute lesson for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained teacher. The goal of Reading Recovery is to dramatically reduce the number of first graders who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write. Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a small group, supplementary intervention designed for children who find reading and writing difficult. The LLI systems have been designed to bring children to grade level. Each lesson is comprised of reading, writing and word work. The goal of the intervention is to bring the children to grade level achievement. READ180 is an intensive reading program for students who are reading below grade level. The program is designed to meet the needs of older struggling readers by providing individualized instruction through teacher-directed lessons, adaptive software, age-appropriate nonfiction and fiction texts, and data-driven differentiation. System 44 Next Generation is designed to offer the most challenged readers and their teachers a comprehensive system for mastering the foundational reading skills and moving students toward independence. It is research based and provides direct instruction in phonics, decoding, reading, and writing skills, and builds comprehension of increasingly complex text.

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