Doing whatever it takes to provide the best education possible for the children of Egg Harbor City has long been the priority in our small, 500+ student ‘urban-rural’ district located about 25 minutes west of Atlantic City. The Egg Harbor City Public School District remains cognizant of the fact that it must continue to make improvements designed to meet the demands of 21st century students.
Small but progressive, the district’s size and close physical proximity between buildings provides teachers, administrators and specialists numerous advantages. In Egg Harbor City, professionals get to know the child behind the test scores, the young student’s individual strengths and learning styles. This knowledge helps our staff provide instructional programs that are supported by a wealth of specialized services to meet the needs of all learners.
A strong administrative team composed of a Chief School Administrator, Business Administrator, Supervisor of Early Childhood/LDTC and a Director of Special Projects, work with school management teams in each building to research, develop and fund programs to meet the diverse needs of district students. The team is committed to fulfilling goals set by the Board of Education, among them the integration of the Achieve NJ evaluation procedures, developing and implementing new evaluation techniques specific to the Danielson Evaluation Model.
The district continues to receive various New Jersey State funded grants/aid in order to better serve the educational needs of the students. Pre-school aid in the amount of $582,263 was received in order to fund the full-day preschool program at the Spragg School. The district also received funding through Federal grant awards. Understanding that children learn at all hours and all throughout the year, the Egg Harbor City Community School offers educational and recreational services daily from early in the morning until late in the evening all year for students in grades 4 through 8. This commitment to educate the whole child has been recognized with a $350,000 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. In the second year of a five-year cycle, this program provides for cultural and educational opportunities including trips and activities as well as before- and after-school programs that many Egg Harbor students would otherwise not be able to experience. Also, the district was fortunate enough to receive additional 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds for Special Education programming and supplies in the amount of $35,000.
The district enjoys strong relationships with social service agencies, and a variety of organizations and parent groups, key to fulfilling another board goal, to engage the community in the public schools. Among groups that have become involved with our programs are the district’s Parent Teacher Organization and Education Foundation, Inc. Support also comes from Egg Harbor City Council, the Municipal Alliance, Atlantic County Family Services, the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency, city and county law enforcement agencies. In addition, student programs receive support from AtlantiCare Health System, the Crusaders athletic organization, and faith-based organizations such as the Moravian Church, which operates the local food pantry to which our students contribute and volunteer.