WESTWOOD REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (03-5755)

WESTWOOD REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Westwood Regional School District is the only K-12 regional school district in Bergen County, serving approximately 2,740 students from the Borough of Westwood and the Township of Washington. The district is composed of four K-5 "neighborhood" elementary schools, a 6-7 middle school, and a 8-12 Junior/Senior High School that also houses much of the district’s special education services, along with our preschool program. Our primary goal is to establish high quality, comprehensive programs that prepare all students to be productive and creative citizens. To successfully implement such programs, the district needs to involve family, school, and community members who ultimately share responsibility for the program’s success.

As reflected in our district mission statement “To provide excellence in education through rich and diverse learning opportunities, enabling students to exercise intelligent control of their future,” our comprehensive academic program prepares students for college and career choices, enabling them to compete with high school graduates nationwide for enrollment in prestigious colleges and universities. The core general education program includes language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, fine, performing, and related arts, health and physical education, applied technology, and world languages, reflecting the most recent state and national standards and the value that the Westwood Regional School community places on an educational experience that highlights the humanities, STEM, and the fine, performing, and related arts.

We believe that to create extraordinary learning, school improvement must be implemented at the school and classroom levels. Action plans and agendas for change can be generated from any number of sources, with principals and teachers directly effecting the improvement in the quality and quantity of student learning. In recognition of this, school-level objectives are encompassed within district-level planning. District level planning challenges and supports school-level planning. These two interdependent forces must co-exist to create positive change for students in classrooms.

Our district provides resources for continuous professional development of its staff; works to engage community organizations, businesses, and local government agencies as partners in the educational process; encourages parent and family involvement in school and district activities and committees; and is participating with other school districts and higher education institutions in shared-service arrangements, joint programming, research, and other initiatives that support student learning.

The Westwood Regional School District consistently does well on the state’s standardized testing program. This, however, is not enough to reflect a vibrant instructional program. Our Board and staff analyze many data sources in monitoring the progress made from year to year. College acceptances, SAT scores, and honors and A.P. course participation are but a few of the indicators that the district considers in its cycle of decision making and goal setting.

The Westwood Regional School District values education and fully supports our students and schools as we provide the academic and co-curricular opportunities for each child to reach his/her goals. We work to have our schools become exciting places to learn and grow, and the achievements of all of our students are something of which we are consistently proud.