Award Year: 2014

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

80 Hauxhurst Avenue
Weehawken, NJ, 07086-6837

(201) 348-2701

Mrs. Geraldine Perez, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Union City

School Website


Our mission is for students to realize their maximum potential in a technology rich environment through the implementation of an arts integrated curriculum.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 8%
  • Hispanic: 85%
  • Asian: 4%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students interpret art and literature through ballet movements

Students interpret art and literature through ballet movements

Located in Weehawken, New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson School is the proud product of the Union City School District. As one of the most densely populated communities in the nation, Union City faced challenges with overcrowding which resulted in this unique school lease agreement: Students are bussed daily into the charming school building, which overlooks the New York City Skyline.

Wilson staff believes that all students possess special academic and artist talents. It is the school’s vision to identify and nurture these attributes, which in turn will foster the growth of self-esteem.

One of the school's educational objectives is to expand students’ learning experiences academically, socially and culturally. This objective is realized through a customized arts integrated elective program and through partnerships with respected arts organizations such as The New York City Ballet, The American Ballroom Theater Company, Paper Mill Playhouse and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Visiting artists collaborate with teachers to extend content area instruction. Students are deeply engaged through these experiences, and are further enriched through follow up field trips to these organizations. This affords the school's economically disadvantaged students the opportunity for experiences their families may otherwise be unable to provide.

In 2013, Jersey CAN listed Woodrow Wilson School as a top ten school in the state in Low Income Student Performance for Elementary and Middle School, and for Latino Student Performance for Middle School.