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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.