Hackensack School District (03-1860)

Hackensack School District

The Hackensack Public School District is dedicated to educational excellence for every child and commits itself to meeting the needs of each individual student, by preparing them to reach their full potential. Our diverse and dynamic district is growing and now serves over 5700 students in six schools and the Early Childhood Program: Early Childhood Development Center (PreK-K), Fairmount (K-4), Fanny M. Hillers (K-4), Jackson Avenue (K-4), Nellie K. Parker (K-4), Hackensack Middle School (5-8) and Hackensack High School (9-12). In partnership with parents and the community, our schools work to maximize academic achievement and develop confident students who are accountable for their ongoing learning and will be prepared to contribute meaningfully to our ever-changing global society.

Our schools strive to prepare all students for life as citizens and workers in the 21st Century and promote a positive and productive relationship between the home and school. Bulletins, regular conferences, concerts, dramatic productions, athletic and many other school events are all part of the effort to involve families in the educational process and prepare our students for life. Parents and teachers work together to continue our proud tradition of academic excellence. The Early Childhood Center, which opened September 2013, now serves over 270 PreK3-4 students, provides for age-appropriate learning opportunities, and our dedicated staff works to ensure that all of our youngest students participate in positive and relevant learning experiences.

A continuing goal for the district is professional development that is based upon data analysis of student achievement needs, district curriculum, teacher PDPs and related school-based planning. Priority areas for 2016-17 continue to include implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and curriculum alignment, integration of technology into the learning environment, the Danielson Framework for Teaching and the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy (HIB). The district’s 2016-17 professional development plan provides varied opportunities for staff members and stresses a personalized professional development experience. Teachers can choose from curriculum development projects, training in new ELA, Math and electronic materials for instruction, technology workshops on the use of several platforms, and more individual learning activities.

The underlying values and principles that drive our mission and vision are personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, cooperation, respect for others, honesty, integrity and the firm belief that every child can learn.