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School No. 4 has been a part of the history of Fort Lee since 1911. Throughout these years, generations of dedicated teachers and staff have provided a safe and stimulating learning environment for students in an ever-changing demographic. We are a school of unique diversity with students from over twenty different cultures in a community of just as many spoken languages. This diversity is embraced as one of the school’s greatest strengths. It presents students with an opportunity to learn about the world and its people by getting to know, respect, and understand each other through direct interpersonal experiences in a unified community of learners.

Each member of the faculty, staff, and administration is committed to high standards for the intellectual and personal development of our students with the goal of preparing them for the challenges of their future in a rapidly changing world. Teachers’ instructional approaches are continually evolving through professional development focused on current theory and research-based best practices. Our school embraces the Full Option Science System approach and the balanced literacy program approach, focused on the integration of language arts with all subject matter. Students in all grades are engaged in reading and writing that is germane to their life experiences, while celebrating their learning and their work through writing workshop, publication of stories, performances, fine arts, and more. This dynamic curriculum integration results in many exciting projects, including students transforming their favorite books into operatic arias, while working with their music teachers and guest artists brought to the school through a Fort Lee Educational Foundation grant.

We recognize the individual strengths and needs of all children, and provide varied programs to challenge, as well as support them in the discovery and development of their talents and gifts. Our rich array of support programs includes Reading Recovery, peer mediation, basic skills instruction, English as a Second Language, bilingual classes in Korean, Spanish, and Japanese, divorce and bereavement programs, peer pals for new students, a courage team to fight bullying, and a kindergarten-6th grade buddy program which establishes relationships between our oldest and youngest students. Programs such as the student government, select choir, gifted and talented academic and arts programs, instrumental music lessons, environmental club, and Students-Against-Destructive-Decisions recognize and enhance students’ varied talents. Additionally, numerous teachers in the school have been trained by Lincoln Center to participate in their innovative and intensive fine arts program each year.

Curriculum review and revision is an ongoing process, grounded in the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Standards, and the adoption of research-based programs. Teachers are using technology as a tool to drive instruction and manage curriculum. Our curriculum includes use Pearson Digital Learning – SuccessMaker, Study Island, and Northwest Evaluation Association to provide formative assessment data and Performance Pathways’ TechPaths Curriculum Mapping program for mapping curriculum and lesson planning to increase the communal articulation of content and skills from grade to grade.

School 4 is committed to the social and emotional growth of this vital generation. Our character education program is infused in all aspects of a child’s day. It incorporates a spectrum of learning experiences, from community service and charitable projects to individual leadership and self-reflection about behavior in school. Each month’s character theme is supported throughout the school community while also being shared with the parent population for reinforcement in the home. Our essential commitment to partnership with parents also extends to services offered by our guidance counselor and nurse, after school student assistance from teachers, Extended School Day Program for working parents, and the Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I&RS) which meets regularly with parents, teachers, and students to develop integrated strategies to assist students with academic and personal challenges.

The melding of these programs and standards for students provides a very special environment where children feel safe to exercise their curiosity while developing their hearts and minds.
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