ELIZABETH – All Elizabeth Public Schools opened for a full day of teaching on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Over 25,600 students will be attending classes at 34 schools throughout the City of Elizabeth this year. Two new schools have joined the Elizabeth Public Schools family, helping to provide new instructional space for almost 1,000 students.
One of the new Elizabeth schools is iPrep Academy School No. 8, located on Court Street in Elizabethport. iPrep Academy is a 1-to-1 School, meaning all students are provided access to either tablet or notebook computers for classroom instruction. iPrep students will have full online access to curricular materials, online instruction and their own learning system manager. iPrep also has an iLeap Center which will provide access to current technology, video editing systems and other applications such as 3- D learning.
The new iPrep Academy helps bring Elizabeth into a small group of school districts who are pioneering a new type of instruction called “Teach To One”, developed by New Classrooms of New York City. Teach to One is expected to revolutionize math instruction via adoptive learning strategies, using algorithmic approaches which help to develop an individualized learning plan for each and every student. This innovative new design is the hallmark to iPrep – Elizabeth’s newest magnet school.
As a magnet school, iPrep accepts children from throughout the Elizabeth school district utilizing a district based lottery system. This technology based K-8 academy will educate approximately 450 students who will be learning in two buildings that have been named the iPrep Education Center and the iPrep Student Center. In addition to being one of Elizabeth Public Schools ‘newest’ schools, iPrep is also one of the district’s most historic – as it is located on the site of the former St Patrick’s High School.
Another school that has been added to the Elizabeth Public Schools family is Mravlag of Elmora Hills School No. 21, a neighborhood school for 490 students that will also use the 1-to-1 instruction model. Like School No. 8, Mravlag of Elmora Hills No. 21 has an iLeap Center, a digital based library and media center providing immediate access to the latest in technology.
Both of these new schools, like all of the other Elizabeth schools – are uniform schools and will operate on an extended day schedule.
“We are very excited to be introducing these two new schools to the Elizabeth community,” said Elizabeth Board of Education President Tony Monteiro. “The iPrep Academy and Mravlag at Elmora Hills both will offer students the innovative 1-to-1 learning program, which could potentially set a new standard for the way teaching and learning takes place in the Elizabeth Public Schools and public schools everywhere moving forward.”
Elizabeth Public Schools has added 13 new schools within the last 10 years which have helped to alleviate overcrowding, while aiming to improve instruction and achievement throughout Elizabeth.
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