Award Year: 2021

Weymouth Township Elementary School

1202 11th Avenue
Dorothy, NJ, 08317-5511

(609) 476-2412

Ms. Mary Lou DeFrancisco, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Weymouth Township School District

School Website


The Weymouth Township Elementary School exists to provide our students an innovative, nurturing, an effective educational environment. Through high expectations and accountability we provide opportunities for our students to grow academically, socially and emotionally into global citizens and lifelong learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 74%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 8%
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Hawk Pride - One Town, One School, One Family

What makes us a special little rural school tucked into the Pinelands of NJ is our strong belief in a clear vision and a devotion to focus on our purpose. We recognize that education is a journey. We are here to see that the tanks of the travelers that pass our way are filled up with fuel to continue their journeys far into their futures, when we are long forgotten. Our purpose is rooted in an old anonymous Greek proverb, "Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in," and we sure are surrounded by a lot of trees!

Our foundation is built on "The Weymouth Way" and our four pillars of respect, responsibility, readiness, and safety. All members of our school community are valued and contribute to our positive school climate, including parents, grandparents, and community members with no children in school. Not only do we strive to meet our students' academic needs, our four pillars guide us to meet their social and emotional needs as well. Our staff work collaboratively on flexible pathways, differentiating instruction that guides our students along their paths to becoming expert learners. You'll see these four pillars integrated into our activities every day, from classroom lessons and academic intervention to enrichment or extra-curricular clubs like STEAM or Quiz Bowl. By focusing on the whole person, we strive to create a community of learners ready to embark on their life's journey.