Outstanding student performance, comprehensive educational and co-curricular programming accomplished through dedicated fiscal responsibility and unwavering community support; these are the elements that comprise a Point Pleasant Borough Schools education. Traditional academic perspectives meet innovative pedagogy in the Point Pleasant Borough School District, where two elementary schools, an intermediate school and one high school provide Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 educational services to the district’s more than 3,000 students.
Instruction is modeled after the district’s stated mission of 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 strict adherence to this statement ensures that all students reach the highest levels of achievement on their path to becoming intelligent, capable and successful young people ready 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’s comprehensive Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 program offers students unique opportunities to excel both in and out of the classroom. District curricula meet or exceed state standards while providing students with the flexibility to elicit a uniquely tailored educational experience while a rich variety of co-curricular offerings enhance students’ social, creative and athletic development.
A district wide commitment to recognizing and applauding the achievements of students through various recognition programs at both the school and district levels serves as a motivational tool for students, fostering a drive for personal success among our students. Our students’ high level of achievement is apparent in the numerous honors awarded to our student body each year. Over the past year, district students have received commendations for their academic pursuits, seen critical acclaim for their work in the performing arts and secured a number of state sectional championships and sportsmanship awards in district athletic programs.
The origin of all these achievements, however, lies in the educational program that commences when our students first enter our schools. Driven by New Jersey's Core Curriculum Content Standards, the curriculum serves as the foundation of learning that engages students, encouraging the discovery of their own unique talents.
Each of the district’s two elementary schools offers developmentally appropriate instruction for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Both schools boast near 100 percent proficiency or advanced proficiency in the state standardized testing 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. Plus, in order to ensure that our students are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and beyond, technology is incorporated into every curriculum area.
Ocean Road Elementary School is home to the district’s self-contained special education classes for students in grades 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 typical 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 the pillars of character education. At the end of our students’ eighth grade year, an annual promotion ceremony ushers 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. Twelve Academic Placement courses, elective drama, art, music and technology provide students with a challenging yet flexible learning environment.
In addition to outstanding academic opportunities, Point Pleasant Borough High School is distinguished for a diverse array of high caliber co-curricular programs. Over 80 percent of Point Boro High’s student body is involved in co-curricular activities including athletics, drama, music and social organizations. These activities serve to strengthen our students’ connection with their school while providing them with avenues to excel and pursue their passions. Our students’ involvement in co-curricular activities has played a major role in many of their pursuits of higher education and has been directly responsible for a number of our graduates earning full scholarships to continue their athletic and artistic passions at many notable institutions of higher education.
Last year, more than 90 percent of graduating seniors went on to pursue higher education collectively utilizing over $200,000 in state, local and national scholarships.
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. Because all teachers are required to meet the state’s standard designation as “Highly Qualified” a 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, a deep emphasis is placed on providing consistent and meaningful staff development opportunities designed to improve instructional methods and increase student success.
District-wide workshops allow faculty to exchange their knowledge and skills and share best practices in a true collaborative fashion.
The district’s three-year Teacher Induction Program helps to develop teachers new to Point Pleasant Borough Schools, ensuring that all teachers share in the district’s common vision.
The district takes a developmentally responsive approach to the integration of technology into the classroom. While district administration appreciates the necessity of technology to prepare students for the 21st Century and beyond, it is their firm belief that technological lessons be tempered with lessons on digital responsibility and appropriate usage.
Point Pleasant Borough Schools enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the tight-knit community of Point Pleasant Borough. By meeting and exceeding the educational responsibilities and goals set forth by administration and the Board of Education, the school district ultimately enhances the quality of life in Point Pleasant for every resident. 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 Borough's citizenry.
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, 14 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 the consistent passage of the annual school budget and 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 pursue program funding through state, federal and corporate grant opportunities, while the district’s Corporate Sponsorship Program continues to generate additional revenue for the district.
Strong academics, an abundance of extra-curricular programs, positive community involvement and stringent financial planning are the primary elements that contribute to the success of the Point Pleasant School District. We encourage parents, families and community members to become involved in our schools. Together we can perpetuate the tradition of excellence that is synonymous with Point Pleasant Borough Schools.