School Details

Southern Boulvard School

192 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, NJ 07928
(973) 457-2509

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-3 491 students 13 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • School Dist Of The Chathams average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Southern Boulvard School is a public elementary school in Chatham Township. The principal of Southern Boulvard School is Mr Ralph Pensapane, whose e-mail is 491 students attend Southern Boulvard School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 0.5% of the Southern Boulvard School students have "limited English proficiency." 0.6% of the 491 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Southern Boulvard School is 13:1. Lafayette Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 88%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 7%
Asian 10% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.6% 1%
Limited English proficiency 0.5% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent teachers great principal a lot of parent involvement which makes this a truly special school.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a veteran teacher from the west coast Southern Boulevard is by far the best elementary school I have ever seen! The teachers couldn't be more attentive and concerned about each and every student. The office staff nurse and leadership are true professionals. This school is the crown jewel of the best in early elementary education. The level of learning at this school is leaps and bounds ahead of other schools on the west. Five stars are not enough.

  • (2 years ago)

    Excellent school great leadership from Principal and involvement of parents and teachers. Great community atmosphere. Parents are friendly and participate in school events. There are always plenty of volunteers for school activities and trips

  • (2 years ago)

    Our children have had great teachers and have thrived academically. The environment is happy and relaxed. School employees know your children by name. The extracurriculars are great and inexpensive. I can't praise SBS enough.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school! Pricipal is a very dynamic leader and is doing a fantastic job. Teachers are very responsive and take strong interest in giving a well rounded education.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is not your ordinary school where you bring your children to learn to read write and do math. This is a community. It is a place where your child is not a student in a school but a member of a loving and caring community of educators staff and parents that teach more than just academic skills. They teach pride of community. They celebrate differences. This school is lead by a principal who is dedicated at making sure his children are happy and content. He understands what most schools still need to discover...If children feel good and supported they will flourish in ways beyond any parents expectations.

  • (6 years ago)

    I can not say enough good things about Southern Boulevard. All 3 of my children attended k-3 here. When they needed extra support it was identified early on and I am pleased to say all 3 have been very successful thanks to a great foundation.

  • (6 years ago)

    The Southern Boulevard School is outstanding! The biggest factor in our recent move to Chatham was its' school system and we were even happier then we could have ever imagined. Our daughter had a terrific experience in kindergarten this past year. Mr. Pesapane is perfect for early childhood education and everything about SBS is top notch! Unbelievable!

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent Teachers wonderful and helpful staff in the front office. It's a really caring and nurturing place my kids got all of the extra help they needed.

  • (6 years ago)

    There are many new inexperienced teachers filling the ranks of highly respected seasoned teachers - my recent experience proved this schools system in vulnerable to change and a downgrade in ratings. My interaction with the young teachers and principal have been dissappointing.

  • (7 years ago)

    A warm fuzzy feeling about education is instantly pervasive when you enter this school. People greet you with a smile and the youngish teaching staff gives the energy that all teachers should have. Ralph P. is a terrific administrator and the school nurse is a loving caring person who makes you feel safe and secure everyday you send your little one there. I have had two daughter go through Southern Bld. and they have each come out better stronger kids due to the loving caring attitude which includes everyone right to the janitorial staff (way to go Glenn!)

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a big school for this town but it is excellent. The teachers are great at evaluating the students and providing challenging work and everyone knows everyone. We have loved it and my son has found it to be wonderful.

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