MAINLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT (01-2910-050)

MAINLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

The 2015-2016 school year was another very successful year for Mainland Regional High School. Mainland is a comprehensive, four-year public high school with an enrollment of approximately 1,351 students serving the communities of Somers Point, Northfield and Linwood. Mainland is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. We are consistently recognized on both state and national levels as a high performing school committed to academic excellence and preparing students for college and career. Students continue to enjoy the benefits of a recently renovated high school that dramatically improved and updated our facility by providing additional space to accommodate our academic and extra-curricular programs as well as updating our technological infrastructure and reducing our environmental footprint via solar energy.

Mainland Regional High School's vision is to cultivate and sustain a responsive, engaged, and connected 21st century learning community that provides all students with a relevant and meaningful educational experience through a responsible and mutually accountable partnership with all stakeholders resulting in college and career readiness.

Our school continues to excel academically, scoring well above the state and national averages on the SAT and ACT. The 2016 graduating class reported the following post-graduation plans: 65% to attend 4-year colleges/universities, 20% to attend a 2-year college, 4% to begin employment, 3% to attend vocational/technical schools, 1% going into the military, and 7% undecided.

Mainland Regional High School’s curriculum includes more than 220 diverse course offerings organized into 9 distinct college and career clusters. These clusters are designed to support students in choosing a course of study that not only meets their individual interests, passions and goals, but also prepares them for success beyond high school. We offer 25 Advanced Placement courses and 38 Honors courses, as well as several Gifted/Talented courses. Additionally, Mainland offers dual enrollment courses in conjunction with Stockton University that provide students the opportunity to earn college credit.

The academic environment at Mainland Regional High School is very challenging and the majority of our students meet that challenge by earning exemplary grades. Due to this high level of academic success, class rank does not reflect the achievements and potential of all our students. Therefore, Mainland does not report class rank, but recognizes students for academic achievement using a cumulative weighted GPA. In 2016, 44% of our graduates had a weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher.

Advanced Placement participation is an important component of our school. In the 2015-2016 school year, 338 of our students took 754 AP exams in 26 subjects -- one out of three students are enrolled in AP courses. Overall, 64% of the tests resulted in grades of 3 or higher, and 61 students were AP Scholars, scoring a 3 or higher on 3 or more AP tests. Mainland's commitment to a strong Advanced Placement program is clear and we will continue to embrace the AP program due to the many benefits received by students involved, most importantly, their preparation for college success. Mainland has the highest AP exam participation rate and the highest average SAT scores (critical reading and math) in Atlantic County.

The success of this program was further reflected in the 2014 rankings that placed Mainland in the top 1% of all high schools in the nation by The Daily Beast and Newsweek. Mainland was also ranked in 2016 as one of the top 100 high schools in the state by New Jersey Monthly and Niche Best Schools. Mainland was also ranked 48th in the State in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best High Schools that Challenge Their Students to Excellence” by the Washington Post.

Mainland’s bell schedule and technology policies afford students greater freedom while expecting responsibility and continues to have a positive impact on the high school’s culture and climate. These freedoms include a revised electronic device policy that permits usage during the school day as well as a policy that permits seniors to leave campus during lunch and off-periods. In addition, Mainland continues to successfully implement a unit lunch period in which the entire student body has lunch at the same time throughout the school. During unit lunch, students are afforded opportunities to not only eat, but receive extra help, study, and/or meet with athletic teams and clubs.

The high school community continues in its tireless pursuit of creating and maintaining a responsive educational climate for all stakeholders. Mainland believes that all students across all curricular content areas can be successful provided teachers take ownership of student achievement and develop the relationships necessary to foster student engagement and connectedness. In the 2015-2016 school year, Mainland continued to be a part of the Inter-District School Choice Program enrolling 41 students from outside the district in the High School.

School goals for 2015-2016 demonstrate a continued focus on professional staff growth and development rooted within The Art & Science of Teaching (Marzano, ©2007) as a means to increase student achievement and preparedness via increasing teacher effectiveness. Faculty involvement in Professional Learning Communities and seminar classes addressing effective instructional practices aligned to a standards-based curriculum continue to support staff through these changes. Teachers continue to work collaboratively to revise curriculum, implement scales to measure student growth, and refine common unit plans to ensure alignment to the State Standards.

Professional Development in 2015-2016 was a collaborative effort focused on the implementation of the NJ Student Learning Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics. The District Education Advisory Committee (DEAC) and School Improvement Panel (ScIP) continued to facilitate and support the implementation of 21st Century and research-based instructional practices and planning as a means to support teacher professional growth and foster greater levels of student achievement. Many teachers participated in ETTC training and attended workshops from other providers, including national conferences.

Mainland provides student-athletes with the opportunity to choose from over 25 different programs, all of which have a proud history of success, sportsmanship and community service. We have won State Championships in Golf and Baseball, as well as South Jersey Championships in both boys and girls Swimming. Our athletic program continues to evolve and grow with the additions of girls’ volleyball and coed surfing. Mainland offers over 40 diverse clubs and activities for students to join, engaging students to develop skills in their areas of interest and providing opportunities for them to participate and showcase their talents. Academic highlights include competition wins for Science League, Academic Team, and the State Champion Mock Trial Team. In addition, the Marching Band and Choir have competition wins, with many students also selected for All-State Band and All-South Jersey Chorus, Band, Wind and Orchestra Honor Ensembles.

We at MRHS continue to be committed to innovation and adaptation as a way to meet the ever evolving needs of the 21st Century, our communities, and most importantly, our students, in order to ensure they are prepared for whatever their post-graduation plans may be.