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PK-5 & Ungraded
Public district
W Orange, NJ
Students enrolled: 424

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555 Pleasant Valley Way
W Orange, NJ 07052

(973) 669-5452
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August 07, 2015
My son is in Miss Porter's special needs pre-k classroom, and I have never seen teachers with more dedication to the progression of their students than I have here. It is truly amazing how the teachers and therapists put all effort in recognizing individual needs, and creating programs to meet the needs of each student. Teachers communicate daily with me, which paints a clear picture of my child's day! I have absolutely no complaints, and feel really grateful to have my son in such good hands.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2015
I have had my kids at Pleasantdale for 9 years. They started in the lottery Pre-K class. I'm sad to say good bye this year as it is my youngest child's last year. My kids are minorities and there has never been a problem. A parent saying that there is segregation at this school has never been in the liunch room during lunch, on a class trip, in a class room, at a field day, or at recess. Not only is every ethnicity accepted but also special ed, different religions and faiths, same sex families etc. It would be hard to find a school that manages to make everyone fit in. The teachers and the administration is great! The Secretary knows the name of every child, knows their parents and grandparents. I feel blessed that this is the school that my kids have grown up in. I know that they are better people for it!

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2014
Please listen if you ask too many question about the quality of your child's education and it erks the teacher your child will suffer. I wholeheartly agree with the other parent that stated they do not nor neither want to deal with the diversity of the school. It's integrated segregation at this school so BEWARE!! Learn your child's teacher early and if you detect the slightest problem pull your child out.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2014
Pleasantdale has the kindest and most caring group of teachers in town. Dr. Pollara has set a tone and an environment that all students are nurtured and cared for in a safe place. Pleasantdales principal has a doctorate in education with an emphasizes on special needs. We feel blessed to have such an amazing administrator and friend. By all accounts Pleasantdale is the best kept secret in town, with a rich cultural diversity. We couldn't be happier as a new family to the district.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2014
There is simply NO WAY this school could possib;y be considered higher than the 4 that it received last year from Great Schools. The administration and teachers are in no way representative of the diverse culture that is West Orange, NJ. The principal is well past her prime when it comes to dealing with minority students and has no idea how to handle talent. We pulled our child and moved him into a much better school. It is too bad.. the people of West Orange, NJ deserve better.

- submitted by a community member

January 28, 2014
Es una maravillosa escuela.Is a wonderful school.Estamos muy contentos con la escuela.we are very happy.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
My school is very good place with lovely teachers and stuf that always are caring for the students .

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
MY school is very nice place to study, lovely teachers ,the kids love it !!!.........

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2012
Great school in an awesome district. Teachers couldn't be more caring and supportive of individual student needs.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2012
We came to Pleasantdale two years ago. My daughter was entering first grade. She was a year behind all the other kids because the school she attended in Kindergarten was so bad. She could barely read and write. Her first grade teacher (Ms.Carsillo) and supporting staff worked wonders with her. By the end of first grade she had caught up and was were she needed to be academically. She is now in second grade and is excelling! She loves reading and is above average in Math. The teachers here are amazing. They are a tight knit group that put their kids first. I don't know if she would be where she is now if it had not been for the excellent skills and support she received.I am a volunteer at the school and I am at the school constantly. As an insider I can say that you couldn't ask for more in an elementary school, especially with Ms. Pollara leading the school as principle. As far as the 2009 posting about lack of parent involvement, I agree that had been the case when I entered in 2010, however I feel the tide changing. Within the last year there have been more events and ways for parents to be involved with the school and they are responding and taking part.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2011
My son started in kindergarten this year. I have so far been thoroughly pleased with Pleasantdale Elementary. The teachers are fantastic, the environmnent is nurturing and there is a clear sense of caring and community. My son is academically challenged to an appropriate level. He is excited about learning new things and has a positive attitude toward school. I'm impressed by the level of work the kindergarten students are doing. The curriculum seems well thought out and coordinated and well executed. The relative new principal, Ms. Pollara, is doing a great job with the school and the student body. I'm very grateful to have my son attend this school.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2009
I believe Pleasantdale is the best kept secret in West Orange. I have 2 children presently in the school (1st and 5th grade). They have both been challenged since their first day of school. The teachers are the heart and soul of this school. Pleasantdale is recognized mostly for it's phenomenal Spec Ed program, but the regular mainstream program is outstanding. The curriculum is competitive at all levels. The only thing lacking is the parental involvement, but with so many children being bussed in I feel that they do the best they can. Don't miss out on this wonderful educational experience for your child.

- submitted by a parent
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May 20, 2009
I agree with you mom my son (darion moss) went there for 2yrs in the speical ed program ms. sadler and ms.McMahon did wonders for my son. he has autism and with the work of the speical ed team you will never know my son main stream to reg ed. this past sept. and i was so sad because i didn't want my son to leave the school. he went on to gregory and what a diff.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2008
Excellent preschool program and I am not only a very picky parent, but former educator. My daughter is in her 2nd year of preschool in the inclusion class and could not be happier with her teachers (especially the aide Lisa O'kyle). She also had THE BEST PSD preschool teacher ever - Karen Johnson, who with her team of Karen and Lynn changed my daughter's life. Great SBST - Maddie & Theresa are great too. Have not heard great things about the regular elementary grades. But, if your child needs support services or is fortunate enough to land a spot in the lottery - GRAB IT!

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2007
My daughter goes for 2nd. year to Pre-k, the Especial Ed is outstanding.Mrs. Eileen McMahon and what I call the 'Dream team' Mrs. Nancy, Mrs. Donna, Mrs. Maddie Werner, Mrs. Garrison, Ms. Alexis deCarlo can't be better, I leave my baby with close eyes in their care, they are loving, caring, understanding, is like they are extending part of my home for my baby. She love them and she is improved so much since she started. Mrs. Judy is a sweetheart, don't know the principal really, but the rest has all my gratitude & respect forever. I will recommend Mrs. McMahon & remember her forever,Thank you for all what you guys do in such marvelous way,your help and friendship mean the whole world to me and my family. God Bless you and millions of thanks again, and again. You are all the best! Alex, a mom of two!

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2007
Medium quality of academics Available Music, Art, and Sports but poor Marginal level of parent involvement

- submitted by a teacher

August 25, 2007
The preschool, special ed, and inclusion pre-Ks programs are first rate. Teachers work together; good principal; very friendly front office staff.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2005
Both of my children are enrolled in the school. There are some wonderful teachers, and some teachers that have got to go--they are past their prime!! What I find really disappointing is the quality of the principal. He is very unpolished, contradictory, and has made some ignorant comments with regard to religious/cultural background.

- submitted by a parent
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Pleasantdale Elementary School
555 Pleasant Valley Way, W Orange, NJ  07052
(973) 669-5452
Last modified Pleasantdale Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pleasantdale Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top