Lawrenceville Elementary School (LES) has the distinction of being recognized as both a New Jersey School of Character, and a Promising Practices recipient for three consecutive years (2008-2010). Located in a small suburban community midway between Trenton and Princeton, the students of LES are both culturally and socio-economically diverse. Bridging the socio-economic divide is a challenge that LES faces. LES seeks to ensure that all children feel like they are included, and that they “belong” to our community. Our school culture emphasizes kindness, caring, and safety. LES is a place where all children embrace and respect the same core values.
The Character Counts Six Pillars form the foundation of our core values. An additional performance value, “Self Control,” was adopted in 2009. Placing an emphasis on these seven Pillars has simplified the process so that even our youngest learners can understand the concepts. Each classroom at LES also follows the Responsive Classroom model and conducts a Morning Meeting.
LES continues to strive for academic excellence. We have met all AYP indicators for nine consecutive years. Our state test scores are consistently the highest elementary scores in our district.
Lawrence Township School District’s emphasis on character education is a contributing factor to the decline in the number of incidents of violence and vandalism, the superintendent said. Several of the schools have been named State or National Schools of Character.
“The students have become more aware and alert, and they are taking more responsibility for their environment. There is more focus on students’ behavior. They learn to respect each other and to respect others’ property (through the character education program),” Dr. Lovell said. Read more.
Promising Practice: Leaping Into Service Learning With Literature
Lawrenceville Elementary School “leaps” into each service learning mission by introducing it to young learners through children’s literature relating to the theme of the project.