Alpine Elementary School District (03-0080)

Alpine Elementary School District

Alpine is a relatively affluent community located in northeast Bergen County. Its eastern border is the Hudson River. Located just a few miles from access to New York City via the George Washington Bridge or the Tappan Zee Bridge, it is a prime area in which to live. It’s diversity in backgrounds and ethnic origins continues to be its strength.

The Alpine School District, in many ways, reflects the community in which it is located. The District is comprised of one small school which enrolls resident students in grades Kindergarten through Eight. The K-4 students are housed in one wing of the school while the Grades 5-8 students are housed in another. There is only one class per grade level since the total school enrollment is approximately 150.

The District’s students in Grades 9 through 12 can attend Tenafly High School which is the partner school in a sending-receiving relationship. Enrollment is free for students with the cost of their tuition paid by the Alpine School District. Both Alpine and Tenafly continue to be ranked high among top performing schools in the state.

During the 2015-2016 school year major construction continued, funded mostly by the Alpine Education Foundation and partly by the District’s Capital Reserve Fund. A target date for completion is Autumn, 2016. Construction will provide a new performing arts center, additional classrooms, additional small group instruction rooms, and a state of the art library/media center.

In the classrooms this year there is an across-the-Board initiative to enhance student engagement and responsibility for learning. The staff is committed to finding ways to continue to improve student learning as evidenced by the work of several Professional Learning Communities (PLC) focusing on this topic. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science are being implemented in our Middle School classrooms as required.

The Learning Standards in all cuuricula have been embraced and are being implemented on all levels, supported by ever-expanding technology. Students have individual I-Pad’s and have access to computers in each classroom and a Personal Computer (PC) laboratory. The Learning Standards are supplemented by an opportunity to participate in Spanish or French beginning in the primary grades and a rich co-curricular program in visual and performing arts and vocal and instrumental music.

Articulation between Alpine and Tenafly is important so that Alpine’s Middle School students who will attend Tenafly High School are well prepared to participate in all that is offered. The Superintendents of both Districts meet monthly to review programs and opportunities in the interest of equity for all students.

The Alpine Community is very involved in the School’s successful operation. The Home and School Association and the Alpine Education Association work tirelessly not only to support, but also to enhance the District both financially and in helping provide assistance to staff in a variety of activities. The Board of Education continues to provide support of the District’s leadership and staff through policy and governance.

The entire School District “family” is very proud of what is representative of past, present, and projected future accomplishments.