Award Year: 2020

Henry B. Milnes Elementary School

8-01 Phillip Street
Fair Lawn, NJ, 07410-4198

(201) 794-5550

Mrs. Stephanie Primavera, Principal at time of Nomination

Fair Lawn Public Schools

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Henry B. Milnes Elementary School is committed to ensuring that each student is given the opportunity to achieve academic and social success at the highest level. As an academically, culturally, and socially diverse learning community, we provide an instructional environment that is both supportive and challenging, and is differentiated to meet the needs of each student.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 61%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Milnes VIP Reading Day

Milnes VIP Reading Day

Milnes School educates the whole child - academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and culturally - supported and challenged by the whole community to develop and reach their full potential. This community approach is central and essential to what makes our school such a special, high-achieving place of learning. By welcoming and integrating the whole community into our close-knit student, staff, and involved parent community, we have built a strong foundation of supportive relationships augmenting each child's differentiated academic journey. School-, PTA-, and community-sponsored activities, assemblies, and service projects enhance our rigorous academic program, promoting leadership, school spirit, volunteerism, and respect for the individual while instilling valuable life lessons.

Nurturing relationships are also developed as we implement the important tenets of Character Education, Responsive Classroom, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness, and most recently, Sanford Harmony's Health curriculum, and Care Plus School-Based Services programs. Rooted in mutual respect and buoyed by kindness and caring, the relationships between all students, staff, parents, administration, and community members represent an academically, culturally, and socially diverse family passionately devoted to maintaining our high-achieving, supportive, inclusive, and respectful environment.

Our student council reps, teachers, principal, and V.I.Ps, and our Pillars of Character, perfectly exemplify this community collaboration. Community stakeholders - BOE and administration members, retired teachers, past and present mayors, public library directors, and our Resource Officer - eagerly volunteer to read and speak with classes, supporting strong reading habits and forging meaningful connections with the greater Milnes community. A winning combination for every student's success!