East Orange School District

East Orange School District News

With 22 schools and a number of day care centers, East Orange School District has a lot going on! Visit this news page often for the latest on school awards, upcoming events, and important information. We will update this page regularly so you are always informed!

Adult Basic Skills Program

Intake testing for the adult basic skills program will take place on August 14-17 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 74 Halsted Street, East Orange, New Jersey. This test helps determine which classes may assist students with completion of the test assessing secondary completion (TASC), formerly known as the GED test. Please see our adult basic skills program flyer for more information. 

Parent/Student Orientation for Sojourner Truth MS

Incoming 6th Grade Parent-Student Orientation flierSojourner Truth Middle School will hold a parent/student orientation for incoming 6th graders on Thursday, August 30 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hart Complex Auditorium. (Students must be with a legal parent or guardian to attend.) The orientation will cover many topics, such as:

  • Transitioning to middle school
  • 6th grade curriculum, scheduling, and social preparation
  • Ordering of official school uniform shirts
  • Applying for the YMCA after-school program

Entering 6th grade is not as scary as it seems, and this orientation aims to make the transition much smoother. We hope to see you there!

Future Ready Prep

On September 6, 2018, we plan to implement an innovative "school within a school" initiative called Future Ready Prep in its own separate wing inside our very own Sojourner Truth Middle School. Future Ready Prep will enroll only 80 sixth grade students during the 2018-2019 school year. This school will expand each year by 80 students until it eventually becomes a premier middle school with grades sixth, seventh, and eighth. 

We will accept 80 students into Future Ready Prep based on serious interest, commitment, passion, leadership, independence, drive, and a willingness to become college and career ready. Applications are due no later than Friday, June 29, 2018. Please see the information below for complete details.

2018 Required Summer Reading Initiative

During the summer, in collaboration with the East Orange Public Library, the East Orange School District is requiring all students entering grades 1 through 12 to participate in the district-wide summer reading initiative with the goal to support the development of life-long readers as students increase their vocabulary, critical thinking, and comprehension skills. Research has proven that summer learning loss consistently contributes to the achievement gap in reading performance.

The curriculum supervisors, literacy coaches, and media specialist have chosen culturally relevant titles with the hopes of increasing students’ interest and engagement as they complete the supporting activities that have been developed for summer learning. Please see the items below for complete details on our summer reading initiative.

Meet, Move, and Mingle

Mayor Ted R. Green and the East Orange City Council invite you to a healthy community festival on Saturday, September 8 at 12:00 p.m. at Elmwood Park. There will be free demonstrations, entertainment, food vendors, fun exercise, and more. Please bring your own lawn chairs, and call (973) 266.5480 or (973) 266.5484 for more information.