Colonial Road School

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Colonial Road School opened its doors in September of 2004. The school is located in the suburban community of Franklin Lakes. Colonial Road School is a Pre-K - Grade 5 facility with 332 students. Our school represents more that just the walls and bricks it is made of, it is a school community that has embraced a theme of "Together We Can." As you walk though the hallways, you will notice that our school provides a learning environment with rich experiences that enhance the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of the whole child. Our school climate is one in which students acquire self-confidence and independence as learners while developing positive attitudes about learning and school. We work diligently to promote effective communication skills so that our children can acquire an understanding of their vital role as members of our CRS community and society at large.

Schools of excellence emerge as a result of the collaborative efforts of staff, students, parents, and community. Perhaps one of the most important resources, and the source of most of our success here at CRS, is our dedicated and talented staff of professionals. Together, our highly trained staff creates a nurturing environment that allows our students to enjoy a student centered, inquiry based, hands on, discovery approach to learning.

The district of Franklin Lakes is committed to exposing our children to a differentiated approach in learning. Our curriculum is aligned to New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards. In the areas of Language Arts, we utilize the Readers’ and Writers’ workshop model. Through this approach to Language Arts students read and write every day, spend time working with their teacher, collaborating with peers, and working independently. Additionally, our Math in Focus and Everyday Math programs encourage students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Overall our curriculum strives to instill in our young learners a focus on real-life problem solving, a balance between whole-class and self-directed learning, and a strong emphasis on communication and facilitation of school-family cooperation.

In order to enhance the educational experiences of our students, technology continues to be at the forefront at CRS. The vast majority of classrooms are equipped with overhead LCD projectors, Elmos, SMART boards, and classroom computers. In addition to classroom computers, our students have access to wireless laptops that are available for classroom use so that teachers can extend learning beyond the classroom walls. These enriching experiences allow teachers to demonstrate the power of technology and transform learning experiences for our students.


Another essential component of the success Colonial Road School shares is our PTA. This dedicated and passionate group of parents allows our students to be exposed to a variety of programs that are connected to our curriculum and enhance their educational experiences. Fostering partnerships with our PTA and all of our CRS families enables us to instill a true zest for learning and continue to set high standards of excellence for our children, our future leaders.


Christine Gagliardo
Principal
Colonial Road School
201 337-0336
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