Award Year: 2016

Cranbury School

23 North Main Street
Cranbury, NJ, 08512-3257

(609) 395-1700

Dr. Susan L. Genco, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Cranbury School District

School Website


The Cranbury School, the heart of our community, offers every student an opportunity to shine. We inspire each other to build lives of intellectual curiosity and purpose. While learning timeless skills, students develop character and confidence to lead by example in a diverse and changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 69%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 21%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Cranbury School students engaging in Aquaponics.

Cranbury School students engaging in Aquaponics.

As you enter Cranbury School, you will see the student-designed Cranbury Viking school logo adorned on carpets purchased by our Parent-Teacher Organization. Office staff welcome you by name. Hallways and classrooms shine as our maintenance team pays attention to the small details. Students participate in a "morning meeting" where they strengthen their relationships with one another and prepare for a productive day. Educators are working with students on challenging and engaging content, such as Aquaculture, in our cafeteria. The Smart television adjacent to the Aquaponics system is a tool for local, national, and international communication. Our Aquaponics program, a combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponics, provides S.T.E.A.M. education through a continually evolving learning laboratory. Take a walk over to the historic town hall, connected to our school, where you will view selected pieces of student artwork from kindergarten through eighth grade at the Gourgaud Gallery. On your way back, you see students enjoying the new playground equipment designed with committee input and funded by the Cranbury Education Foundation. Female student leaders in grade five have just returned from a "business meeting" with the Chief School Administrator/Principal where they discussed inventory, sales, pricing, and new items they would like to sell at the student-created school store. Funds from the store are used for a school-wide assembly. This is a small sample of "A day in the life" at Cranbury School. Since its inception in 1896, tradition and innovation have been equally valued. Students are afforded every opportunity to discover their unique strengths and talents in a small, supportive learning environment. Teachers engage and motivate students through their own willingness to experiment, collaborate, take risks, and embrace lifelong learning. Open communication and collaboration between students, staff, and the Cranbury community help us challenge each other to advance learning and personal development.