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About This School

Lafayette Street Elementary School is a public middle school in Newark. The principal of Lafayette Street Elementary School is Ms Maria Merlo and can be contacted at mmerlo@nps.k12.nj.us. 1,085 children attend Lafayette Street Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 17% of the Lafayette Street Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 1,085 students here get reduced lunch prices.The class size at Lafayette Street Elementary School is 19, and the student to teacher ratio is 17:1. Oliver Street Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 70% 34%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 57%
Asian 0.4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 82%
Limited English proficiency 17% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    this school is a very good school academical . I'm impressed that with the teachers and students performance even with the small resources they have they deserve this money so they can buy more computers for their students and help with the lunch the lunch unfortunately is very crappy ( words of the kids ) that the principal should do something about it . but they are working hard to address all the problems A+++++ 5 STARS

  • (3 years ago)

    I love Lafayette St. School. I have had the privilege of attending this marvelous school for the past 10 years. I am an 8th grader and i have to say that I would never want to leave this wonderful school. We have great activities actually. We have boys & girls soccer softball volleyball (sometimes) chorus debate National Junior Honor Society the newspaper comity Yearbook comity & Student Council. I would never want to change anything about this wonderful school D

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a Lafayette St. School Alumni and my children have been attending since Kindergarten. Information is very unorganized and/or sent in an untimely fashion. Most of the teachers seem to care about student progress which is a plus. The majority of the staff I consider to be courteous and friendly. Administration would benefit from a more hands-on approach to bullying since I had first-hand experience with that as early on as grade K. But I feel that the bigger problem is NOT the school but rather the parents. Too many of the parents are not involved and do not seem to have regard for rules. It's definitely a different culture from when I was a student. I will never forget one night when students were invited to the Liberty Science Center with their parents and many who had RSVP'd to go never showed up. Waste of our tax $!

  • (5 years ago)

    There's no diversity in this school. It's overcrowded and extremely unorganized. Security officers are distracted. Bullying is a huge issue that is simply not addressed by administration. It's lacking in extra activities and good teachers with a command of the English language. It feels like a school you would find in a third world country.

  • (6 years ago)

    Being an alumni of lafayette I must admit that there has been major progress. Some parents may see the down side of this school but from a diferent view there has been a lot of work accomplished. As a parent of a student of three years I have been recieveing the notices flyers any events given. Because of that I was able to participate when asked to volunteer. For my child i feel safe in lafayette environment. I believe we need to step in a lot more as a bundle because I do agree with one of the comments made previously .Where is the money going? More extra activities are needed because not all families can afford outside activites form the school and it is always safer to keep it within the school the child goes to.

  • (7 years ago)

    I attend Lafayette and I must say this definitly isnt my favorite school. To begin with there isnt a lot of activities. There is only really the necessary that every school has gym art etc. So there is a lot of things that are bad at this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am in agreement with Angie. As compared to other schools the academic aspects are of higher quality. Standing alone Lafayette still needs improvement. My children currently attend the school. Extracurricular activities are insufficient. Other than official parent/school conferences parents are not regularly advised of the child's progress or lack thereof. Homework assignments do not reflect daily progression of classroom work/teaching. I share other parents' concerns with the lack of effective disciplinary practices regarding inter-student offenses e.g. bullying. The monthly menus are not timely distributed. As a parent I need to know about my children's regular progression in time for me to take remedial action.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers at this school need to communicate better with the parents. As a parent of a child who graduated I never knew what was going on. They do not have control of the older kids. They also need to have more extracuricular activities. I know that the Board of Ed provides funds for this but where is the money going? Also they are not good about sending home notices. ie Lunch menus some children are allergic to certain foods and parents need to know what is on the menu ahead of time.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think is a great school but Teachers should be more involve with the parents. I know that teachers are busy teaching but they should also take time to send weekly or bi-weekly reports sent home in order for parents to help thier child with school work. Also they should have more activiy for the children at school. If parents cant make it to meetings they should send home what was talk about so they could get a chane to participate. They are parents that have young childrens at the home that they cant get to go to meetings and its not fair for the parents not to get notify if they cant make it. If they try to to do some of these things It would be even a better school. Don't get me wrong Its a great school! Pricipal Merlo is also great!!!

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