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 combine to create a Point Pleasant Borough Schools education.
The Point Pleasant Borough School District, located in the heart of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, is comprised of two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school that 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 objectives inspires our students to the highest levels of achievement on their path to becoming capable and successful young people prepared to become responsible citizens of the world. This vision is the philosophical core of our district and serves as the foundation for all decision-making and action.
The district is proud to offer a comprehensive education and co-curricular program that balances traditional academic perspectives with innovative design, opening the doors for unlimited student success, both in and out of the classroom. District curricula meet or exceed state standards and diverse course options provide students the flexibility to elicit a truly individualized educational experience uniquely tailored to their needs while a rich variety of co-curricular offerings enhance their social, creative and athletic development. The continued alignment of district curriculum with evolving national and state standards will ensure our students are prepared for long-term educational success.
The district is committed to recognizing and applauding student achievement. Honoring our students through various school- and district- level recognition programs acts as a motivational tool for students, fostering a drive for personal success among our students. This high level of achievement is demonstrated by the numerous honors awarded to our student body each year.
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.
Achievement is not limited to only Point Pleasant Borough students; in the past five years, district teachers have earned national and local awards for teaching excellence. Among the awards bestowed on our teaching staff recently are; the Milken Family Foundation’s Educator of the Year Award; the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching; Princeton University Distinguished Teacher Award; and Masonic Lodge Educator of the Year for the State of New Jersey. The awards and honors serve as a testament to the superior quality education professionals here in Point Pleasant Borough Schools.
The origin of all achievement lie in the district’s climate of high expectations for success for both students and staff that has been established by Central Administration and the Board of Education, to which students are introduced when they first enter our schools.
Point Pleasant Borough students begin their educational journeys at one of the district’s two elementary schools, which both offer developmentally appropriate instruction for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Both schools’ performance on state standardized tests continues to exceed all state and District Factor Group benchmarks, in the tested areas of Mathematics and Language Arts. Earth, Physical and Life Sciences as well as Social Studies round out the primary curriculum areas and ensure that 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.
Ocean Road Elementary School is home to the district’s self-contained special education classes for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 however both Ocean Road and Nellie Bennett offer integrated and contained preschool programs for students with special needs. Every effort is made to mainstream special education students wherever possible providing for a valuable learning opportunity for non-special education students to interact with their peers with special needs.
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, Back-to-School Night and the video news program. 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 Academic 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! The 2012-13 school year saw a record 34 students earn awards of distinction on the Advanced Placement end-of-course tests, including three students who received the highest honor for AP achievement – National AP Scholar!
The 2012-13 school year also saw Point Pleasant Borough High School students achieve record high scores on the High School Proficiency Assessment, or HSPA test. The 2012-13 HSPA scores coupled with consistent HSPA and SAT score growth over the past several years were instrumental in the high school’s designation as one of New Jersey’s Top Performing Public High Schools according to an August 2013 report by the Star Ledger!
In addition to outstanding academic opportunities, Point Pleasant Borough High School is distinguished for our high caliber extracurricular programs. Over 80 percent of our 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, 83 percent of our graduating seniors went on to pursue higher education collectively utilizing over $200,000 in scholarships, at such notable institutions as Cornell University, Brown University, Columbia University and Dartmouth to name a few.
Because all achievement stems from 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, with Team and Grade-level meetings, allow faculty to exchange knowledge and skills and share best practices in true collaborative fashion through professional learning communities. These efforts translate to a unique set of learning opportunities, tailored to meet the needs of our staff and students.
Our state-recognized Teacher Induction Program ensures that teachers new to our district share our educational vision. Recently expanded from three to four years, the program guides new teachers through the tenure process through a comprehensive blend of mentorship and collaboration with professional development and assessments, helping them reach their professional potential.
To ensure continued growth and improvement for teachers throughout their careers, the District has adopted the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching as our Educator Evaluation System under the new State Educator Effectiveness law, requiring school districts to implement a teacher evaluation model.
The Danielson Framework closely aligns with the district’s philosophy that student achievement is rooted in the continuous professional growth of their educators. The model promotes student learning by encouraging staff engagement in professional learning communities and advocating use of shared knowledge and expertise. We are confident that this new system, currently in use district-wide, will help ensure our faculty continues to meet and exceed the rigorous standards set forth by our administration, the Board of Education and the State.
District success is demonstrated by Point Pleasant Borough Schools’ consistent rank at the top of state and local achievement standards. The district’s recent designation as a “High Performing District” in the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) process is further testament of the district’s exceptional performance.
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 that attracts residents and commerce, stabilizes property values, and maintains 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, 16 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 recently awarded the district an AA credit rating. 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 Comparative Spending Guide, 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.
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.