Serving students in grades K-3
The Lower Elementary School serves 480 children in grades K-3. The school focuses on providing every student with a strong academic foundation in math and language arts using integrated approaches that incorporate science, social studies and world languages.
Innovative Curriculum & Self-directed Learning
- Structured and extensive instructional time to maximize the amount of instructional time provided in each content area. Including ninety minutes of Mathematics and ninety minutes of English Language Arts each school day, and one-hour core extension time built to provide teachers to review subject matter as a class or work.
- Innovative curriculum focused on helping young children to develop the cognitive, social-emotional, self-regulatory, and foundational academic skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. The school uses Tools of the Mind as its main curriculum to give children the tools needed to take charge of their own learning.
- Self-directed learning that focuses on having students create their own learning plan throughout the day through the use of classroom based independent activity centers and the motivation to work with “study buddies” in the classroom.
- Immersing students in technology through regular class periods dedicated to teaching basic computer skills as well as early coding skills. All Kindergartners have access to IPads and to notebooks in grades 1-3
Preparing Children to Thrive as Global Citizens
Welcome to the STEM Elementary School. As your principal, it is my pleasure to serve our learning community and ensure that our students are successful, safe and happy.
The STEM Elementary School campus serves 480 students in grades K-3. The academic focus of the school is on providing a strong foundation in math and language arts, integrated with the teaching of other core content areas such as Science, Social Studies and World Languages. Our school’s curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and our school’s schedule is specifically tailored to maximize the amount of instructional time provided in each content area. Students receive ninety minutes of Mathematics and ninety minutes of English Language Arts each school day. In addition, students have one hour of core extension time built into their schedules to allow classroom teachers to review a subject matter as a class, or work individually with students that are struggling to master a specific skill.
To ensure that our students are immersed in STEM content areas, we offered the Tools of the Mind curriculum in the early grades to give children the necessary academic foundation to take charge of their own learning by allowing students to create their own learning plan throughout the day. The instructional day in our classroom is structured through a combination of activities that include teacher-led instruction combined with learning centers where students engage in independent activity.
We provide a variety of support services for our students to ensure that everyone is at the academic level needed to achieve proficiency and enjoy learning. On a regular basis, we provide support from a Reading Specialist, Occupational and Speech Language Therapy and ESL Support for our second language learners.
Every family in our school is very important to us, as we create a school community that will prepare children to thrive as global citizens and be successful in their school and college career.
Come and visit us!!
Literacy Supervisor K-3Dzepeda@leap.rutgers.edu
1st Grade TeacherLMinton@leap.rutgers.edu
1st Grade Teacher1st Grade Teacher
2nd Grade Teachergsoltys@leap.rutgers.edu
2nd Grade Teacherepregartner@leap.rutgers.edu
2nd Grade Teacherchecht@leap.rutgers.edu
3rd Grade TeacherDRichardson@leap.rutgers.edu
Special Education TeacherSHorneff@leap.rutgers.edu
Special Area Teachers (Arts, Music, Theater, Spanish & ESL)
Christine La Paglia
Basic Skills Teacherclapaglia@leap.rutgers.edu
View & Download Menus for Lower Elementary Students
Food is cooked daily in each school. The staff works diligently to provide balanced and nutritious meals. Menus are available each week.
ESL & Special Service
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
LEAP Academy’s ESL Program aims to provide culturally and linguistically responsive education for all English language learners to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote language acquisition, life long learning, and global citizenship.