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About This School

Pleasantdale Elementary School is a public elementary school in West Orange. The principal of Pleasantdale Elementary School is Ms Joanne Pollara and can be contacted at 424 children attend Pleasantdale Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Pleasantdale Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 34% of the 424 students here get reduced lunch prices.The average class size at Pleasantdale Elementary School is 15, and the ratio of students to teachers is 5:1. Redwood Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 8%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 41% 43%
Hispanic 29% 22%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 26%
Multiracial 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.09%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 31%
Limited English proficiency 4% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My school is very good place with lovely teachers and stuf that always are caring for the students .

  • (11 months ago)

    MY school is very nice place to study lovely teachers the kids love it !!!.........

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school in an awesome district. Teachers couldn't be more caring and supportive of individual student needs.

  • (2 years ago)

    We came to Pleasantdale two years ago. My daughter was entering first grade. She was a year behind all the other kids because the school she attended in Kindergarten was so bad. She could barely read and write. Her first grade teacher (Ms.Carsillo) and supporting staff worked wonders with her. By the end of first grade she had caught up and was were she needed to be academically. She is now in second grade and is excelling! She loves reading and is above average in Math. The teachers here are amazing. They are a tight knit group that put their kids first. I don't know if she would be where she is now if it had not been for the excellent skills and support she received.I am a volunteer at the school and I am at the school constantly. As an insider I can say that you couldn't ask for more in an elementary school especially with Ms. Pollara leading the school as principle. As far as the 2009 posting about lack of parent involvement I agree that had been the case when I entered in 2010 however I feel the tide changing. Within the last year there have been more events and ways for parents to be involved with the school and they are responding and taking part.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son started in kindergarten this year. I have so far been thoroughly pleased with Pleasantdale Elementary. The teachers are fantastic the environmnent is nurturing and there is a clear sense of caring and community. My son is academically challenged to an appropriate level. He is excited about learning new things and has a positive attitude toward school. I'm impressed by the level of work the kindergarten students are doing. The curriculum seems well thought out and coordinated and well executed. The relative new principal Ms. Pollara is doing a great job with the school and the student body. I'm very grateful to have my son attend this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I believe Pleasantdale is the best kept secret in West Orange. I have 2 children presently in the school (1st and 5th grade). They have both been challenged since their first day of school. The teachers are the heart and soul of this school. Pleasantdale is recognized mostly for it's phenomenal Spec Ed program but the regular mainstream program is outstanding. The curriculum is competitive at all levels. The only thing lacking is the parental involvement but with so many children being bussed in I feel that they do the best they can. Don't miss out on this wonderful educational experience for your child.

  • (5 years ago)

    I agree with you mom my son (darion moss) went there for 2yrs in the speical ed program ms. sadler and ms.McMahon did wonders for my son. he has autism and with the work of the speical ed team you will never know my son main stream to reg ed. this past sept. and i was so sad because i didn't want my son to leave the school. he went on to gregory and what a diff.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school! I have two sons at the school and I just love it. The academic program is great. Starting of in K with three levels on Language arts and Math (only school in WO that starts in K) They have Spanish from K as well. The staff are all great. The principal is available when you need him. A wonderful enrichmenprogram and a great PTA. The school is so diverse. It is great for my children to have the ability to go to such a diverse school. We have all th especial ed for all of West Orange and that is a part of the diversity. The school could use some more parent involvement but which school isn't like that. Also parking could be better. But that has nothing to do with the academic ability of the school. Me and my kids love this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent preschool program and I am not only a very picky parent but former educator. My daughter is in her 2nd year of preschool in the inclusion class and could not be happier with her teachers (especially the aide Lisa O'kyle). She also had THE BEST PSD preschool teacher ever - Karen Johnson who with her team of Karen and Lynn changed my daughter's life. Great SBST - Maddie & Theresa are great too. Have not heard great things about the regular elementary grades. But if your child needs support services or is fortunate enough to land a spot in the lottery - GRAB IT!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter goes for 2nd. year to Pre-k the Especial Ed is outstanding.Mrs. Eileen McMahon and what I call the 'Dream team' Mrs. Nancy Mrs. Donna Mrs. Maddie Werner Mrs. Garrison Ms. Alexis deCarlo can't be better I leave my baby with close eyes in their care they are loving caring understanding is like they are extending part of my home for my baby. She love them and she is improved so much since she started. Mrs. Judy is a sweetheart don't know the principal really but the rest has all my gratitude & respect forever. I will recommend Mrs. McMahon & remember her forever Thank you for all what you guys do in such marvelous way your help and friendship mean the whole world to me and my family. God Bless you and millions of thanks again and again. You are all the best! Alex a mom of two!

  • (6 years ago)

    Medium quality of academics Available Music Art and Sports but poor Marginal level of parent involvement

  • (7 years ago)

    The preschool special ed and inclusion pre-Ks programs are first rate. Teachers work together; good principal; very friendly front office staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both of my children are enrolled in the school. There are some wonderful teachers and some teachers that have got to go--they are past their prime!! What I find really disappointing is the quality of the principal. He is very unpolished contradictory and has made some ignorant comments with regard to religious/cultural background.

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