The mission

of the Roosevelt Public School district is to educate and inspire all students to excel academically*, to become independent and creative thinkers, skillful communicators and lifelong learners.  Roosevelt Public School nurtures and challenges the unique potential of each student so that our children will develop individual, social and civic responsibility as well as respect for themselves, each other, and the environment.

*to achieve or exceed N.J. CCCS at all grade levels

Roosevelt Public School (RPS), a pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school, remains the only federally designated rural district in Monmouth County. With an average class size of 12, our staff is able to create a closely-knit learning community where we focus on developing the whole child.


Our success at RPS is the result of a kind, dedicated and talented teaching staff that is committed to creating engaging and meaningful learning experiences for each child.  Whether it’s allowing the children to turn into archaeologists as they dig for fossils and inspect them under microscopes, or challenging them to share a poem publicly with all of their peers supporting them, our teaching staff constantly seeks new opportunities to challenge themselves and each other to instill a love of learning and a sense of wonder in our students.

At Roosevelt, we recognize that learning happens through a variety of activities both inside and outside the traditional settings.  Last year, Roosevelt was selected from a pool of 700 applicants to receive support in building a community garden that allows our students to learn, with the help of others, about how to create a sustainable and diverse environment.  We have an expansive playground where it’s not too unusual for our students to be running across our soccer field and see a host of monarch butterflies passing by. We also create numerous opportunities for our older students develop their teaching and empathy skills by working, and playing, with the younger children.


In 2008, The NJ Arts Education Census Project ranked RPS in the top 10 percent in the state for arts education, another example of our commitment to nurturing the creative spirit that pervades our community.  We also offer a variety of after-school art and theater programs, including a visual arts program that is free of charge and open to all students in grades one through six.

Our School


It is no accident that the story of the town of Roosevelt is told most vividly through the stunning Ben Shahn mural that spans the length of Roosevelt Public School’s lobby. Like the school, the town was built on a vision and a mission.  Founded in the 1930s, Roosevelt had its beginnings as a New Deal cooperative town that could provide a better life for struggling garment workers in the city.  The people who moved here – including the many artists who have been drawn to this unique place and its beautiful natural setting – knew that the only way to make a difference was to work together. While much has changed over the years, Roosevelt’s thriving community spirit still remains.


We invite you and your child to join us and be a part of a nurturing learning environment. For more information about sending your child to Roosevelt Public School, please call the main office at 609-448-2798.

What grade levels are taught in Roosevelt Public School? Roosevelt Public School is a Pre-K through fifth-grade school, with a four-hour Pre-K and a full-day Kindergarten.


How many children attend the school now?  81 students are currently enrolled.


What is the average class size?  The average class size is 12 students.


What are the school hours?  School hours are 8:20 AM to 2:55 PM.


Is there before and after school care? Both before and after school care are available on-site. Before care is from 7:00AM to 8:00AM. Pre-K aftercare runs from 12:30 to 6:00 PM, and after school care for K-5th grades runs from 2:55 to 6:00 PM.


What classes are offered in addition to the academic subjects? Spanish instruction is provided in grades Pre-K-5. All students receive technology instruction, library skills, physical education, health, and art. (Roosevelt Public School was ranked in the top 10 percent of New Jersey schools for its arts offerings.)

Are there additional activities available to the students? School assemblies are regularly scheduled, and individual grade levels facilitate a variety of programs.  Supplemental science, crafts, and dance activities are provided to enhance the school program. The Recreation Commission provides additional activities.


What does the school emphasize in its programs?  Emphasis is placed on differentiated instruction, collaborative learning, and mixed-age group learning. The educational program seeks to exceed the requirements of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.


What role do parents play in the school?  The school has an active PTA.  Parental involvement is encouraged at the school, including volunteering as a class parent and as a driver for class trips.  Parents are welcome to volunteer for class activities, to read to students, and to assist the teacher.


Are child study team services available?  Speech/ Language and Child Study Team services are available in all grades.


When are Pre-K and Kindergarten registration scheduled, and what is required for registration?  Formal registration takes place in March but children may be register throughout the year.  A completed registration form, a birth certificate, proof of residence, and medical information are required for registration.

Our community



Mary Robinson Cohen



Karen Otten



Bernard Biesiada



Kenneth LeCompte



Dan Leibowitz



Leo Gordon


Judith Gertzman


John Ord


Naylon Larane


David Schembry


Michael Ticktin


Heather Giske


BOE email:


Board Members



Curriculum Links


Teacher's/Staff Email

RPS Address

P.O. Box 160

2a School Lane

Roosevelt, NJ 08555


fax 609•448•2681




Mary Robinson Cohen



Karen Otten