Catapult at Dr. Antonia Pantoja #27 - Elizabeth NJ Regular Child Care Center

505-517 MORRIS AVENUE, ELIZABETH NJ 07208
(908) 436-6164

About the Provider

Description: Dr. Antonia Pantoja School is one of the newest educational facilities in the Elizabeth Public School District. It is a state of the art facility boasting a rigorous curriculum that includes Everyday Mathematics, Algebra I for all eighth grade students, and research based reading programs for all grades in addition to history, geography, science, and performing arts.

The facility includes a media center with 30 computers, seminar rooms for small group instruction, study groups, and topical seminars, in addition to a full compliment of books and resources. The technology center includes 30 computers. Students learn the keyboard and how to use and evaluate internet resources as well as word processing and data collection software. The two science labs include space for demonstrations, classroom instruction, and a preparation room. The music wing includes a vocal music room, instrumental music room, a MIDI Lab with 30 electronic piano keyboards, as well as sound proof practice rooms. The art studio is fully equipped with a kiln room for working with clay sculptures. Each classroom has six computers for student use as well as a teacher station and a SMART board for lesson presentation.

To maximize instruction there is an after school program to provide additional academic support and an after school visual and performing arts program.

The mission of Dr. Antonia Pantoja is to promote academic growth and exceed potential in an effort to meet our measurable goals which coincide with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, to create a safe and positive learning environment where faculty and students work collaboratively to instill the values of respect, responsibility, compassion, and fairness in everything they say and do, and to continue to work as a community of lifelong learners recognizing the cultural, social, and emotional diversity of all members of the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Family.


The district designed Alternate Whole School Reform Model, Excellent Educational Experiences (E3) in Elizabeth, has been fully implemented at Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No. 27. Major components of this initiative include Language Arts Literacy, Mathematics and Social/Emotional Learning. The components of the model drive improved classroom instruction and increase student achievement by setting specific curricular expectations and accountability for all students and staff. Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics benchmarks are identified in the curriculum and measured at the end of each marking period using publisher and district developed assessments. Teacher/Instructional Coaches oversee the implementation of the Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics components of the program at our school. Coaches also provide individual assistance to teachers by helping them identify and implement goals for the improvement of instruction.

A major component of the school day for students in the first through third grades at Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No. 27 is the Early Literacy Program. Students receive a ninety minute daily block of time for uninterrupted Reading/Language Arts instruction and small group tutoring for at-risk students. A World Language Program is also in place for our students to learn a second language. Our English-as-a-Second Language/Bilingual Program provide support to students who qualify for services in mastering the English language. Our fifth grade youngsters participate in the DARE Program, a drug education program sponsored by the Elizabeth Police Department. Our FOSS Science program consists of hands-on scientific investigations.

The Merck Institute for Science Education is a three year program to provide Dr. Antonia Pantoja opportunities to build a highly effective school-based team. Our science team will develop a community of learners and engage their colleagues in improving science instructional practice. As a result, every classroom has a student science leader who is trained by the middle school instructors to assist.

In a continued effort to support the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) component of E ³ in Elizabeth, both guidance counselors are readily available and work together to address the social and emotional needs of our students. Throughout the year, both the guidance counselors visited all of the classrooms and conducted lessons that focused on conflict resolution, peer mediation, social and emotional well being that included home and family life, school environment, and decision making.

A strong partnership exists between home and school. Parents participate through the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), as well as individually, to enhance the education of our students. The PTO has brought cultural arts assemblies and stimulating programs to our children.

We believe in a high quality education for all of Dr. Antonia Pantoja's children and this belief embraces a philosophy of all children being able to learn at a high level. Together with our students, our parents, and our teachers, we will make the difference needed in our students' educational, social, and emotional lives. This difference will assist our students in becoming productive and contributing citizens.

The entire Dr. Antonia Pantoja family is working together to provide all students with the best education possible so they may think, learn, achieve, and care.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 80800203
  • Capacity: 60
  • Age Range: 2 1/2 - 13 years
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Current License Expiration Date: Nov 17, 2020
  • District Office: New Jersey Dept of Children and Families - Office of Licensing
  • District Office Phone: 1-877-667-9845 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Cited Date Abated Regulation Number Summary
2019-09-19 2019-12-17 3A:52-4.1(d)(1) General requirements for sponsor, sponsor representative, director, and all staff members
The staff records specified in 3A:52-4.1(a) through (c) shall be maintained on file as follows: the Staff Records Checklist for the current director and all staff members currently working at the center shall be maintained on file at the center.

Violation Observed: Ensure that all records are kept on file at the center at all times.
2019-09-19 2019-12-17 3A:52-4.8(c) Orientation training
The center shall ensure that all staff members who work at the center complete 12 hours of continuing staff development each year.

Violation Observed: Provide 12 hours of staff development for staff and 20 hours of staff development for all credentialed staff annually.
2019-09-19 2019-12-17 3A:52-4.10(b)(1) Child Abuse Record Information background check procedures
When the center applies for a new or renewal license or Certificate of Life/Safety Approval, the sponsor or sponsor representative shall submit to the Department the completed CARI consent forms for all staff members who are or will be working at the center on a regularly scheduled basis. Within two weeks after a new staff member begins working at the center, the sponsor or sponsor representative shall submit to the Department a completed CARI consent form for the new staff member.

Violation Observed: Provide a CARI for 3 named staff.
2019-09-19 2020-02-03 3A:52-4.11(a)(1) Criminal History Record Information background check procedures
As a condition of securing a license or Certificate of Life/Safety Approval, the sponsor or sponsor representative shall ensure that a Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) fingerprint background check is completed for himself or herself, and for all staff members at least 18 years of age who are or will be working at the center on a regularly- scheduled basis, to determine whether any such person has been convicted of a crime, as specified in P.L. 2000, c. 77 (N.J.S.A. 30:5B-6.10 to 6.17). The sponsor or sponsor representative and each staff member shall complete the electronic fingerprinting process through the vendor authorized by the State to conduct CHRI background checks through the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Violation Observed: Provide a CHRI for 3 named staff.
2019-09-19 2019-12-17 3A:52-4.6(a) Staff qualifications
The center shall maintain on file a Staff Records Checklist designated by the Office of Licensing, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.1(b), indicating that the center has obtained documentation of the applicable staff education and experience, as specified in 3A:52-4.6(b) through (d).

Violation Observed: Provide a staff records checklist.
2019-09-19 2020-02-03 3A:52-5.3(o)(1) Physical plant requirements for all centers
First aid requirements are as follows: at least two staff members who have current certified basic knowledge of first aid principles and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as defined by a recognized health organization (such as the American Red Cross), shall be in the center at all times when enrolled children are present.

Violation Observed: Provide CPR/First Aid for at least 2 staff who are present at the center at all times.
2019-09-19 2019-12-17 3A:52-4.8(a)(1) Orientation training
Topics of orientation training shall include supervising and tracking all children, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.3(a).

Violation Observed: Provide orientation training for all staff annually.

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