During its 50-year history, the Point Pleasant Borough School District has earned a reputation for excellence, cultivated by, extraordinary and consistent student achievement in a challenging and rigorous instructional program and among a diverse set of co-curricular activities offered in academics, athletics, the performing arts and social organizations; an outstanding and committed educational staff; dedicated fiscal responsibility; and unswerving loyalty and support from the surrounding community.
Nestled in the heart of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the Point Pleasant Borough School District is comprised of two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school that together provide Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 educational services to approximately 3,000 students.
At Point Pleasant Borough Schools, instruction is modeled after the district mission statement, assuring that all students are equipped with the essential skills necessary to acquire knowledge and understanding. It is the district’s belief that by instilling the critical components of self-discipline, perseverance, fairness and judicious decision-making along with the desire to question and look for truth, students will become discerning critical thinkers and life-long learners. The administration and faculty’s dedication to these principles ensures that our students reach the highest levels of achievement on their path to becoming capable successful, and responsible citizens of the world, prepared to embrace their post-graduation goals.
From the first days of kindergarten to the last days of high school, Point Borough students are prepared to excel in the core principles of education, and are exposed, through a broad variety of co-curricular programs, to the practical and creative real world applications of their education.
At Point Pleasant Borough Schools, district curricula meet or exceed state standards, and diverse course options provide students the flexibility to elicit an individualized educational experience while a rich variety of co-curricular programs enhance students’ social, creative and athletic development. These programs provide students with unlimited opportunities to achieve success, both in and out of the classroom. And with the continued alignment of district curriculum with evolving national and state standards, our students are poised for long-term success in college and careers.
The foundation for all district achievement stems from an intrinsic climate of high expectations for success for both students and staff, established by Central Administration and the Board of Education, to which students are introduced when they first enter our schools.
Point Pleasant Borough students’ educational journeys begin at one of the district’s two elementary schools, which both offer developmentally appropriate instruction for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Mathematics, Language Arts, Earth, Physical and Life Sciences as well as Social Studies comprise both elementary schools’ primary curriculum areas, ensuring our students are well prepared to enter intermediate school. Comprehensive related arts classes establish a firm foundation in Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education as well as Library Science. And technology is infused into nearly every curriculum area; assuring students are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and beyond.
The district’s intermediate school, Memorial Middle School, is proud to provide approximately 700 students in grades six through eight with high quality differentiated instruction. From Academically Gifted and Talented to contained special education classes for students with disabilities, Memorial Middle School offers a wide range of academically diverse learning opportunities. The school’s six academic teams ensure students receive specialized instruction in the core subject areas of Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Related Arts courses establish a strong foundation in the areas of Health and Physical Education, World Languages, Technology Literacy, Art, Consumer Science, Modular Technology, Instrumental and Vocal Music, and Character Education. In addition to varied academic programming, Memorial Middle School provides academic, athletic and social extracurricular opportunities. Charitable drives to benefit local organizations help reinforce character education concepts, as does the school’s Student Ambassador program. Selected by student and staff nomination for demonstrating positive qualities, the Student Ambassadors assist with new student orientation, parent orientation, and Back-to-School Night among other programs. At the end of our students’ eighth grade year, a promotion ceremony helps them say goodbye to their middle school years and welcomes them to their freshman year at Point Pleasant Borough High School.
Point Pleasant Borough High School continues to maintain a proud tradition of providing outstanding academic and co-curricular opportunities to the student body. A variety of Advanced Placement courses, elective drama, art, music and technology provide students with a challenging yet flexible learning environment. Point Pleasant Borough High School encourages students’ aspirations by allowing open admission to Advanced Placement courses or Honors courses, in which students are excelling!
Over the past year, students have received commendations for their academic pursuits, seen critical acclaim for their work in the performing arts and have secured a number of state sectional championships and sportsmanship awards. Last year also saw a new AP Scholar record set at the high school with 46 students earning four levels of AP Scholar Awards including five National AP Scholars. The new record shattered the previous record of 34 Scholars, set the year before.
In addition to outstanding academic opportunities, Point Pleasant Borough High School is distinguished for its high caliber co-curricular programs. Over 80 percent of the student body is involved in extracurricular activities including athletics, performing arts and social organizations.
Our students’ consistent high performance factors prominently in their receipt of scholarships and grants each year. Last year, 85 percent of our graduating seniors went on to pursue higher education collectively utilizing over $180,000 in scholarships, at such notable institutions as Harvey Mudd, Syracuse University, the University of Maryland, and the Coast Guard Academy to name a few.
With the introduction of strategic new programs and initiatives and the continued efforts to refine instructional practices while improving instructional continuity throughout the district coupled with the improvements and updates to district curriculum, programs and facilities have all but guaranteed that students will have even more opportunities to achieve personal success in the coming years.
The district’s commitment to observing a developmentally responsive approach to the integration of classroom technologies has been demonstrated by the strategic addition of new equipment and infrastructure upgrades. Among the new technology currently in use in district classrooms are Google Chromebooks, a quantity of which are available at all four district schools. The Chromebooks web-based management console facilitates real time collaboration between teacher and students and is based in the familiar Google-interface. Plus, the Chromebooks offer access to the entire suite of Google Apps for Education. Recent infrastructure upgrades have expanded district wireless and video capabilities, and have also increased Wi-Fi access points district-wide. Universal wireless access is essential to support the reliable and efficient operation of the Chromebooks as well as to accommodate the administration of PARCC testing. Recently, the district completed a strategic restructuring of the technology department, which included appointing a full-time Supervisor of Technology, K-12, redefining support roles and adding additional technical staff. The reorganization has not only facilitated the provision of comprehensive oversight for the infrastructure upgrades and the addition of new technology but has also made available full-time classroom support as needed. The department is also responsible for designing technology-based professional development to ensure district teachers are technologically proficient.
Because all achievement starts in the classroom, it is the fervent belief of the Point Pleasant Borough School District that the faculty is the foundation on which all success is built. To continue our district’s tradition of highly successful educators, primary focus is placed on recruiting and retaining top quality teachers and staff.
As teachers are responsible for shaping each child’s educational experience, their commitment to quality and constructive progress is paramount. With that in mind, deep emphasis is placed on providing consistent and meaningful staff development opportunities to improve instructional methods and increase student success.
District workshops, Team and Grade-level meetings, and participation in professional learning communities allow faculty to work collaboratively to exchange knowledge and skills and share best practices. These collective efforts translate to a unique set of learning opportunities, specific to our school community.
Our state-recognized Teacher Induction Program ensures that teachers new to our district share our educational vision. The four-year program guides new teachers through the tenure process, providing a comprehensive blend of mentorship and collaboration with professional development and assessments, inspiring them to reach their professional potential.
The district’s Educator & Principal Evaluation Systems, the Danielson Framework for Teaching and the McRel system, for teachers and administrators respectively, support continuous growth and improvement among our teachers and administrators, throughout their careers. Both evaluation models closely align with the district’s philosophy that student achievement is rooted in the continuous professional growth of their educators. These systems provide multiple measures to support that growth, using established standards to provide educators and administrators timely, meaningful, and actionable feedback that will improve teaching and learning, and cultivate increased success among our students.
The district’s Induction Program and educator evaluation systems have established a standard of teaching excellence in our schools, which has been frequently recognized by outside agencies and groups. In just a few short years, Boro teachers have earned a number of prestigious awards, like the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, Princeton University’s Distinguished Teacher Award, the Masonic Fraternity’s Educator of the Year Award, and New Jersey’s Exemplary Elementary Educator Award to name a few. And more and more frequently, our teachers are being singled out to share their expertise with their professional peers at various national conferences and symposiums. These achievements serve as a testament to the superior quality of our schools’ education professionals.
Point Pleasant Borough Schools act as a draw and an anchor for the Point Pleasant Borough community. The district’s many successes translate to an increased sense of security and prosperity, attracting residents and commerce, stabilizing property values, and maintaining peace of mind for Point Pleasant’s citizenry. The district recognizes and appreciates this partnership with the community, and therefore, operates under a strict philosophy of delivering a first-class educational experience to all students while remaining accountable to Point Pleasant’s taxpayers.
Fiscal responsibility is a central tenet to the district’s philosophy of delivering a first-class educational experience to all students while remaining accountable to Point Pleasant’s taxpayers.
The district’s strong history of meeting financial commitments, 17 years of clean financial audits, maintaining emergency reserve funds, and strong fiscal controls put in place by the business office and the Board of Education have earned the district accolades from State education associations, as well as financial services giant Standard & Poor’s, who awarded the district an AA credit rating. This distinction was instrumental to the district’s receipt of a favorable interest rate received during the recent referendum bond sale, beating projections and resulting in a savings of over $850,000 over the bonds’ life!
Factors like these coupled with the district’s persistent ranking at the lowest of New Jersey school districts for spending according to New Jersey’s Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending, puts the district at the top of efficiently run school districts year after year.
To continue our tradition of highly successful educational programming at a low cost, the administration of Point Pleasant Schools is constantly looking for ways to reduce spending as well as increase revenue from non-traditional sources. District staff works diligently to keep costs low by participating in shared services; by pursuing program funding through state, federal and corporate grant opportunities; and by seeking additional revenue generating opportunities. Over the past year, the district has earned nearly half a million dollars in grant money to fund necessary capital improvements, allowing the district to proactively maintain facilities while minimizing the financial impact on the community.
Extraordinary and consistent student achievement, rigorous educational standards and comprehensive co-curricular programming accomplished through dedicated fiscal responsibility and unwavering community support; these are the components that contribute to the success of the Point Pleasant Borough School District.