RAMAPO INDIAN HILLS REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT (03-4300)

RAMAPO INDIAN HILLS REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District serves students from Franklin Lakes, Oakland, and Wyckoff in a comprehensive two-campus setting. Students from the three communities may choose which of the two high schools they wish to attend for their four-year high school experience. The District offers opportunities to support academic, social, and emotional growth through a wide array of course offerings in the core content areas as well as diverse electives. Th instructional staff demonstrates ongoing dedication and competence as they deliver a high quality differentiated program to address the needs of all learners.

As a District, we have identified the skills students will need as they move through the 21st century. Targeted areas include creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, and information, media, and technology. To help address these areas, the District has implemented a 1:1 laptop program, where every student is provided with a computer. The District's vision for the 1:1 laptop program paints a picture where the teacher facilitates a learning environment that includes student-centered activities that engage and empower the students in the learning process, resulting in an increased sense of accountability and responsibility for their learning. The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District believes in the necessity for preparing students for their future; to compete in a global world where keen awareness has been developed in the areas of economic and business literacy, healthy living, civics, scientific and mathematical thinking, and language arts literacy.

A strong professional development program for teachers support our fundamental interest in developing the life long learners while sustaining our rigorous academic programs in both high schools. Staff development opportunities are offered in the areas of technology, classroom management, delivery of instruction, teaching and learning modalities, special education, and leadership. All teachers are required to participate in twenty-one hours of professional development each school year. Additionally, the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District has implemented a comprehensive mentoring program for all new teachers to the District with the goals of developing, supporting, and retaining all new hires. Through monthly meetings and on-going networking, our teachers have quickly assimilated into the life of the high school district while performing above the expectation of most new teachers.

Parents and community members continually support our two high schools through active involvement in the Parent Teacher Organizations, Athletic Boosters and Parent Athletic Council, Music Parents Organization, Theatre Arts Parent Group, and Municipal Alliances. Parents demonstrate their support through generous fundaising and continual attendance at athletic events, musical concerts, plays, debates, and co-curricular events.

The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District supports several University Programs offering students the prospect of taking part in career-based electives focusing on specialized students in the selected area. These academic intensive, honors electives allow students the opportunity to pursue independent research, analyze solutions to real life problems, propose and defend ideas in seminars, and participate in program-related structured learning experiences and colloquiums. University Programs available to students include: Engineering and Design, International Studies and Business, and Science, Medicine, and Research. All highly motivated, eighth grade students are eligible to apply for admission to one of the District University Programs and admittance to the programs is competitive.

The District also provides students with opportunities to gain an in-depth understanding of a particular area of study through the Ramapo Indian Hills Pathways Program. The Pathways Program allows students to pursue themed electives at various academic levels that provide a rich background in a particular area of study. This flexible approach to scheduling these electives will create opportunities for students to complete a particular "Pathway" in one of eight identified areas. This program, which is completely optional, gives students interested in a particular pathway the chance to demonstrate commitment to an area of study in greater depth than the traditional program. The Pathways Program is an exciting avenue for students to pursue an area of interest while, at the same time, take elective offerings in various departments that provides a well-rounded and comprehensive experience.

The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District has established partnerships with Syracuse University, Bergen Community College, and Fairleigh Dickinson University to offer dual enrollment opportunities to the student body. It is through these connections and course offerings that provide our students with the ability to graduate high school with undergraduate level college credits across the various content areas offered in the comprehensive high school setting.

The District continues to expand upon the curricular opportunities and programs offered to the student body at both Ramapo and Indian Hills. For the 2016-17 School Year, the District is introducing a mountain biking unit in Physical Education that promotes life long fitness, beginning a newly redesigned digital arts sequence of courses for the digital artists in the schools, and implementing the Next General Science Standards that focus on learning by "doing" science. It is through these and other new curricular and instructional initiatives in the District that help prepare our students for their future.

The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District prides itself in a long tradition of excellence. Opportunities are available for all students to excel and be ready to face the challenges of life in the 21st century. The District sends approximately 95% of its high school students to two- and four-year colleges each year with many going on to the nation's premier institutions. We truly believe that each and every learner graduating from our two high schools is ready to face their post-secondary experience, whether it be college, university, military, technical school, or the workplace. Our District has helped each student reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally while guiding them through their high school years.