Award Year: 2016

Cedar Hill Elementary School

46 Pine Brook Road
Towaco, NJ, 07082-1426

(973) 331-7100

Dr. Michael J. Raj, Principal at time of Nomination

Montville Township

School Website


Cedar Hill provides students a program fostering academic, social-emotional growth, and character development. Each child develops skills necessary to appreciate and respect our diverse world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Cedar Hill students and staff in action

Cedar Hill students and staff in action

Cedar Hill Elementary School, located in the Towaco section of Montville Township, serves approximately 350 students (K-5). The school's mission statement indicates that every stakeholder in our learning community unites in an effort to engage children in the joy of learning. Cedar Hill is a "Positive Action School," and to that end, we encourage our students to accept responsibility and to contribute their gifts and talents to realize their potential as citizens of a global society. Throughout the year, our students participate in a variety of activities that reinforce the theme of respect for themselves, each other, and the school community.

We provide our students with a strong academic foundation. From the earliest grades, they progress along the academic continuum, mastering age- and grade-appropriate skills. Our faculty is committed to planning and implementing a variety of instructional strategies and activities that facilitate the preparation of our students. At Cedar Hill, we recognize that children learn in a variety of ways, so we address all learning styles, utilizing cooperative learning, interdisciplinary connections, and multiple intelligences. Moreover, teachers practice differentiated instruction in order to move each child along the learning continuum according to his or her developmental readiness and ability. Similarly, our teachers support a balanced literacy program and continually seek to present students with opportunities to apply critical thinking. Our teachers place students at the center of the learning process and believe that a child's foundational years should begin with delight, continue in discovery, and end in knowledge!