GLEN ROCK PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT (03-1760)

GLEN ROCK PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

Glen Rock’s public schools rank among the best in Bergen County, the state and nation. Historically, the Glen Rock community has valued a strong educational system; it is the foundation upon which the borough was built. In the late 1800s when the state of New Jersey mandated consolidation of school districts, local activists - concerned about the impact this would have on the education of their children - went door to door with a petition to create their own school district. The cosmopolitan town of Glen Rock, situated 23 miles west of New York City, and the only Bergen County town to have two NJ Transit train lines, was established September 14, 1894. Glen Rock’s current population hovers at 11,600. Walking or driving through the town center, there is an almost palpable sense that Glen Rock is a great place to raise a family.

The public school system is comprised of six schools serving a population of approximately 2,400 students in grades K-12. The original Ridgewood-Grove School, which still stands as part of a private residence, has been replaced by four elementary schools - Richard E. Byrd, Central, Clara E. Coleman and Alexander Hamilton - plus Glen Rock Middle School and Glen Rock High School. Glen Rock public schools provide all students an exceptional education and opportunity for personal development through a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, accompanied by co-curricular activities that foster productive and responsible members of the global society.

The 2015 - 2016 edition of the NJ School Performance Report Card represents the collective effort of teachers, administrators and support staff to achieve the district’s mission. The Office of Curriculum and Instruction oversees the development of all curriculum and instructional programs. Partnerships for dual enrollment, where high school students can earn college credit, exist with Bergen Community College, Syracuse University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Seton Hall University. New initiatives include a full day kindergarten program, nationally recognized STEEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Mathematics) program, and Standards-Based Report Cards. The district also maintains a working relationship with the Glen Rock Arboretum where students engage in hands-on authentic science workshops; Water Day is an annual favorite! The ELL (English Language Learners) Program addresses the needs of the non-English and limited-English speaking students with courses that concentrate first on basic English language skills and then on English language literacy skills necessary for academic success. An elementary/middle level Gifted and Talented Program provides eligible students with acceleration and enrichment learning opportunities. Academics are balanced with a nationally recognized arts program, as well as highly competitive athletic programs and a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities. The Glen Rock Public School District continues to distinguish itself in the areas of academic achievement, early childhood literacy, athletics, the arts and the integration of technology into its curriculum.

Glen Rock offers an array of athletic sports and extracurricular clubs and activities for students across grade levels. We offer 22 sports encompassing 47 high school teams and 12 middle school teams.

Our high school facility boasts newly installed stadium field lights, two turf fields used for football, lacrosse and soccer, along with a recently completed baseball field, renovated softball field and five new tennis courts. Glen Rock high school sports teams continue to distinguish their efforts with county and state awards and good sportsmanship acknowledgments.

While the senior administration acknowledges the Department of Education’s rankings in its data-driven decision making, meeting and supporting the academic needs of each and every student is paramount.

To meet the unique needs of all students, the school system employs a fully staffed Child Study Team whose members work cooperatively with families to determine the most effective combination of programs and services beginning as early as pre-kindergarten. Highly trained reading specialists are available in every elementary school to work with classroom teachers to evaluate and provide support to students. A program of academic advancement and enrichment is available across the district for qualifying students and is designed to expose them to a variety of experiences and disciplines, while challenging them to reach their greatest potential. Students at the high school level participate in a rigorous academic program, including a wide range of Advanced Placement courses. Glen Rock students are routinely recognized as New Jersey Scholars, AP Scholars and National Merit finalists, and earn numerous state and local academic, athletic and art scholarships.

The Glen Rock Public Schools are supported by an active parent body through each school’s Home and School Association and the umbrella organization - the Federated Home and School Association. Additional groups include the Glen Rock Booster Club, Glen Rock Education Foundation, and an active Glen Rock Alumni Association. Those interested to learn about the Glen Rock Education Foundation may visit: www.gr-edufoundation.org and those interested to learn more about the Glen Rock Alumni association should visit: www.grhsalumni.com.

The Glen Rock School District has a mission of providing each student with a world-class education based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards provided in a safe, supportive and technology-rich environment. The Board of Education and staff join with parents to promote self-discipline, motivation, academic excellence to achieve its ultimate goal, which is to assist all children develop into independent, self-sufficient and productive adults who will succeed and contribute responsibly to the global community.