Award Year: 2014

Milton Avenue School

16 Milton Avenue
Chatham, NJ, 07928-2660

(973) 457-2508

Ms. Marion McCarthy, Principal at time of Nomination


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To develop lifelong learners who are empowered to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to make a difference in their world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 83%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Milton students learning in our outdoor classroom.

Milton students learning in our outdoor classroom.

Milton Avenue School, which opened its doors in 1949, is situated in a wooded setting in Chatham, NJ, 20 miles from New York City. The community of learners includes children in preschool through grade 3. Milton is part of a high achieving community and an academically rigorous school system.

While Milton has traditionally produced exemplary test scores, teachers remain committed to improving instruction and learning by using data to inform instruction and by implementing flexible grouping to target the varying needs of students. Student needs are analyzed and addressed through the Intervention and Referral and Response to Intervention processes. Milton teachers participate in the sharing of effective instructional strategies and best practice, which serves to promote teachers’ professional development and enhance student achievement.

A mural in the entryway declares Milton to be The Little School That Makes a Big Difference. Students participate in a variety of community service projects. Children leave Milton knowing that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Additionally, the school’s character education program encourages students to use kind words and actions and to make positive choices.

Milton staff, families, and the community work in partnership to enhance school climate and promote student success. The PTO plays an integral role in this partnership by funding educational assemblies and field trips and managing the school’s Art in the Classroom and After School Enrichment programs.

The success of Milton is a result of its vibrant students, supportive parent community, dedicated staff, and a commitment to excellence.