PPBHS

Point Pleasant Borough High School, comprised of 875 students and a staff of 117 professionals, has a proud tradition of academic excellence and has embraced the core values of respect, responsibility and pride. The emphasis on these values has helped foster an exceedingly positive school climate. A key contributing factor to the positive school environment has been the continuation of the Be on Point initiative, which focuses on building a culture of respect within the school community. These core values serve as the foundation for creating an optimal learning environment in the classroom that enables teachers to focus on instruction with minimal distractions.

Many of our former students report that they were well-prepared for the academic rigors at the collegiate level, including some of the most competitive universities in the country. A growing number of students are taking advantage of our Advanced Placement (AP) courses, where students have an opportunity to earn college credit by passing an AP exam. In fact, the number of students taking at least one AP Test has increased by more than 30% over the past three years! Even though there are significantly more students taking AP Exams, our scores have not suffered; in fact, our passing rate has actually increased. Seventy-nine percent of test-takers in 2016 achieved a passing score of three or higher compared to seventy-three percent passing in 2015. There are a wide variety of AP course offerings, consisting of sixteen AP courses for 2016-2017. Our mission is inclusive of all students. We offer open enrollment and encourage students to challenge themselves. In doing so, students can aspire to the highest level of instructional content we offer with unlimited opportunities.

The Point Pleasant community shares a commitment to developing well-rounded students who excel both in and out of the classroom. This fundamental belief is clearly demonstrated in the comprehensive academic and extra-curricular opportunities offered to our students. Point Pleasant Borough High School strives to be on the cutting edge of “best practices” in the classroom. There is a focus on preparing students for college and careers after high school. This focus includes an emphasis on problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively through written words, oral presentations, and group discussions/projects. Teachers have received significant training in the Danielson Framework with an emphasis on effectively engaging students in the learning process. Administrators work closely with our teachers to help deliver innovative, thought-provoking lessons that challenge students to reach new levels.

High school classrooms frequently utilize Google Chromebooks via portable carts. Students have become accustomed to interacting with the suite of Google products and services. Sharing documents and information is becoming more and more commonplace and both teachers and students are realizing significant benefits, such as real-time feedback and student to student digital collaboration. Staff members have received Google training and several have become Google Certified Educators. This will enable additional (in-house) professional development opportunities for our staff on utilizing the full complement of Google products. It is an exciting time at Point Pleasant Borough High School as we prepare our students for the rapidly changing demands of the 21st century.

In addition to superior academic programming, high school students have access to a diverse offering of extra-curricular activities. From championship caliber athletic teams to an unparalleled performing arts program, students are exposed to a wide range of inspiring experiences. More than 80 percent of our students participate in such activities including athletics, drama, music and clubs. This high level of active involvement keeps our students connected to their school and community at large.

We are committed to ensuring that all graduates have the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in college and careers. It is our goal that students who earn a diploma from Point Pleasant Borough High School are well-prepared to face the diverse challenges of a complex global economy.


Mr. Kurt A. Karcich, Principal  
Point Pleasant Borough High School  
www.pointpleasant.k12.nj.us  

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