EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

Berkeley Avenue Elementary School – Westwood, NJ

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Berkeley Avenue Elementary School

47 Berkeley Avenue
Westwood, NJ, 07675-2401

(201) 664-7760

Mr. Michael Fiorello, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Westwood Regional School District

School Website

https://twitter.com/BerkeleyWWRSD

Bell Award Winner

 
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 54%
  • Hispanic: 21%
  • Asian: 12%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 22%
 

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Third graders demonstrate reading comprehension skills through essay writing.

Third graders demonstrate reading comprehension skills through essay writing.

Summary

The Berkeley community is a microcosm of society. Families and students come from various countries and all socioeconomic backgrounds. Our community embraces our diversity as it presents authentic opportunities to learn and grow from one another.

Berkeley prides itself on the implementation of differentiation at all grade levels. ESSA funding allows basic skills teachers who provide in class support and small group remediation. Use of technology and online resources also assist in meeting expectations. Title III funding is used for immigrant children to attend an after school club. At risk children benefit from ESSA funded homework and breakfast clubs. Co-teaching and in class support services keeps children within their least restrictive environment. ELL teachers support children's language acquisition. Our media specialist provides STEAM activities which promote critical thinking and creativity. Our enrichment services reach all classrooms weekly to stimulate critical thinking and special projects.

Lunch dates, friendship circles and Principal Brag Boards encourages children to feel empowered and appreciated. Our school wide "Shining Stars" earn recognition each day. Wellness and mindfulness activities promote healthy and productive life styles in school and at home. Students utilize our outdoor nature habitat and playground to facilitate authentic learning.

Peer models and buddies is evidenced each day from kindergarten to fifth grade. Our Second Step program provides weekly lessons to support and cultivate healthy and positive student relationships. Guidance services provide specific targeted assistance. Our Theater Arts Group allows our students to express themselves in a variety of ways.

Berkeley School creates a colorful fabric that when weaved together, provides a warm, tightly knit community that learns together.