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School leader:  Ms Maria Merlo
205 Lafayette St
Newark, NJ 07105

(973) 465-4860
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Submitted by a community member · April 28, 2014
I am a 7th grade student attending Lafayette street school i am very proud to be called a falcon . I believe that the school is very advanced and organized my only concern is that we are lacking a library and art teacher also that the school... more

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Submitted by a parent · November 01, 2010
this school is a very good school academical . I'm impressed that with the teachers, and students performance even with the small resources they have they deserve this money so they can buy more computers for their students and help with... more

Submitted by a community member · October 10, 2010
I love Lafayette St. School. I have had the privilege of attending this marvelous school for the past 10 years. I am an 8th grader and i have to say that I would never want to leave this wonderful school. We have great activities actually. We have... more

Submitted by a parent · June 23, 2009
I am a Lafayette St. School Alumni and my children have been attending since Kindergarten. Information is very unorganized and/or sent in an untimely fashion. Most of the teachers seem to care about student progress, which is a plus. The majority... more

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Lafayette Street School is a landmark school and was established in 1848 three years prior to the creation of the Board of Education. Lafayette has served as the educational and social center for an immigrant/bilingual population in the Ironbound Community of Newark. The populations have varied, but all bring with them rich cultrual backgrounds that have and continue to have an impact that enriches the history and climate of the school. lafayette is among a select group of Newark Public Schools that lead the city in measured standardized assessment results, and student/teacher daily attendance rate. Our students' achievements compare very favorable to comparable surburban student accomplishment. All school components address the academic progress/achievement and social balance/well being of all our students. The message stressed daily is one that promotes honesty, integrity, responsibility, and quality education. Administrators, teachers, and staff constantly review and revise instruction based on assessment data in alignment and support of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards through district curriculum/initiatives, and instructional approaches. All eyes are on the prize from day one of the school experience - student success through academic and social achievement! This is accomplished through a tiered system comprised of professional development, grade level/vertical meetings, and innovative teaching methods that incorporate differentiated instruction, interdisciplinary units of learning, problem-solving strategies, collaborative project-based techniques and best practices that promote the ability of the student to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information. Student work is constantly and consistently reviewed and data analysis a daily occurrence based on both formal and informal evaluation. Teachers report student progress on a monthly basis utilizing progressive data analysis; then pinpoint priority areas to align instructional techniques based on teacher professional development that address student needs. Based on our Title I Unified Plan, Literacy (both reading and writing) is our priority. Our goal is to make life-long readers, writers, and learners of our students that will assist them to facilitate wonderful positive life choices in the future. It is the primary goal of each and every administrator that has walked the halls of Lafayette to garner greater student achievement from year to year. The school and staff have received innumerable awards, citations, and accommodations, but the one award that lingers is that of the successes of our students. Lafayette recognizes the worth in all children and instills in them the sense of values, principles, and morality that will carry them through a lifetime into 21st century learning.

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Last modified: June 6, 2016
Last modified Lafayette Street Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.