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Michelle Obama Elementary School

Community, Leadership, and Wellness


About Our School

The Michelle Obama Elementary School envisions a school community of self-confident, compassionate learners deeply committed to challenging the status quo and mobilizing the school community to take action and create transformational change. We make learning irresistible by dignifying the whole child and facilitating authentic learning experiences through interdisciplinary thematic units.

Unique Fact

We set the tone for learning. Each day begins with deep reflection, deep breathing, and soft music.

*The Michelle Obama Elementary School is among the new schools that Superintendent León has opened or reopened since his appointment in May 2018.

School Information

  • Principal

    LaShanda Gilliam

  • Address

    186 14th Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07103

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  • Parent Liaison

    Lottie Williams

  • School Hours

    8:25 am - 2:55 pm

  • Uniform Colors

    Top: White
    Bottom: Gray, Khaki

  • Before School Options

    Cost: Free
    Grades: PK-5
    Start Time: 7:30 AM
    Provider: School

  • After School Options

    Cost: Free
    Grades: PK-5
    End Time: 5:30 PM
    Provider: School

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More Information

Seats Available
Seats Available in Entry Grade last Year PK: 30 K: 60
Percentage of Applicants Who Listed This School
1st and Were Matched to this School Last Year
School Attendance
Average Daily Attendance Last School Year Percentage of Students Chronically Absent Last School Year
95% 10%
School Data
Average Section Size Student to Teacher Ratio Teachers with 5 or more years of experience Retention of Effective and Highly Effective Teachers Percentage of Teachers with Advanced Degrees
14 9 to 1 22% 73% 10%
Number of Devices 1:1

For more information on school performance, please see the NJDOE’s website: www.nj.gov/education/data