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205 Lafayette St
Newark, NJ 07105

(973) 465-4860
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June 15, 2015
amazing school ever! I would totally recommend someone to come to this school! GOING TO STAY IN THIS SCHOOL UNTIL I GRADUATE!

- submitted by a student

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 lunch is very unhealthy the food is never in good conditions but other than that the administration and technology i pretty good!

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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 the lunch the lunch unfortunately is very crappy ( words of the kids ) that the principal should do something about it . but they are working hard to address all the problems A+++++ 5 STARS

- submitted by a parent

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 boys & girls soccer, softball, volleyball (sometimes), chorus, debate, National Junior Honor Society, the newspaper comity, Yearbook comity, & Student Council. I would never want to change anything about this wonderful school :D

- submitted by a community member

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 of the staff I consider to be courteous and friendly. Administration would benefit from a more hands-on approach to bullying, since I had first-hand experience with that as early on as grade K. But I feel that the bigger problem is NOT the school, but rather the parents. Too many of the parents are not involved and do not seem to have regard for rules. It's definitely a different culture from when I was a student. I will never forget one night when students were invited to the Liberty Science Center with their parents, and many who had RSVP'd to go never showed up. Waste of our tax $!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 10, 2009
There's no diversity in this school. It's overcrowded and extremely unorganized. Security officers are distracted. Bullying is a huge issue that is simply not addressed by administration. It's lacking in extra activities and good teachers with a command of the English language. It feels like a school you would find in a third world country.

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2007
Being an alumni of lafayette, I must admit that there has been major progress. Some parents may see the down side of this school but from a diferent view, there has been a lot of work accomplished. As a parent of a student of three years, I have been recieveing the notices, flyers, any events given. Because of that, I was able to participate when asked to volunteer. For my child i feel safe in lafayette environment. I believe we need to step in a lot more as a bundle because I do agree with one of the comments made previously .Where is the money going? More extra activities are needed because not all families can afford outside activites form the school and it is always safer to keep it within the school the child goes to.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2007
I attend Lafayette and I must say this definitly isnt my favorite school. To begin with, there isnt a lot of activities. There is only really the necessary that every school has, gym,art,etc. So there is a lot of things that are bad at this school.

- submitted by a student

January 07, 2007
I am in agreement with Angie. As compared to other schools the academic aspects are of higher quality. Standing alone, Lafayette still needs improvement. My children currently attend the school. Extracurricular activities are insufficient. Other than official parent/school conferences, parents are not regularly advised of the child's progress or lack thereof. Homework assignments do not reflect daily progression of classroom work/teaching. I share other parents' concerns with the lack of effective disciplinary practices regarding inter-student offenses, e.g. bullying. The monthly menus are not timely distributed. As a parent, I need to know about my children's regular progression in time for me to take remedial action.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2006
The teachers at this school need to communicate better with the parents. As a parent of a child who graduated I never knew what was going on. They do not have control of the older kids. They also need to have more extracuricular activities. I know that the Board of Ed provides funds for this but where is the money going? Also they are not good about sending home notices. ie Lunch menus, some children are allergic to certain foods and parents need to know what is on the menu ahead of time.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2006
I think is a great school but Teachers should be more involve with the parents. I know that teachers are busy teaching but they should also take time to send weekly or bi-weekly reports sent home in order for parents to help thier child with school work. Also they should have more activiy for the children at school. If parents cant make it to meetings they should send home what was talk about so they could get a chane to participate. They are parents that have young childrens at the home that they cant get to go to meetings and its not fair for the parents not to get notify if they cant make it. If they try to to do some of these things It would be even a better school. Don't get me wrong Its a great school! Pricipal Merlo is also great!!!

- submitted by a parent
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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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Lafayette Street Elementary School
205 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ  07105
(973) 465-4860
Last modified Lafayette Street Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lafayette Street Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top