Wyckoff Township Public School District (03-5920)

Wyckoff Township Public School District

The Wyckoff School District is a place where 2,100 children in grades PreK-8 can flourish. We believe in supporting and nurturing the academic, social and emotional growth of all of our students. In order to accomplish this goal, we focus on creative, innovative programing, we employ exceptional educators and staff, and we create and maintain support systems that ensure the success of our educational community.

The nationally recognized Wyckoff School District has earned a well-deserved reputation for educational excellence placing it among the top-rated academic institutions in the country. Our schools are consistently recognized for the many individual and collective achievements of our students and staff. The National Middle School Forum recently designated Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School as a 2016 School to Watch. In the past, Eisenhower has also been recognized as a New Jersey Star School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and a Benchmark School. Sicomac Elementary School was named a New Jersey Department of Education Reward School for high achievement in 2012 and 2013. George Washington Elementary received the same recognition for high achievement in 2014.

Staff members throughout the district have received numerous grants and awards in recognition of their dedication and excellence. These include: New Jersey Best Practices, National Distinguished Principal of the Year from New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Milken Foundation, Shell Science Teacher, Fulbright Scholar, Freeman Foundation, Toshiba America Foundation, National Science Foundation Award, Bergen County Utilities Authority and Toyota Tapestry Award. The District Business Office has earned the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Awards for the last 12 years.

The District's curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). The use of educational technology is thoroughly integrated into the curriculum. In partnership with the District’s Education Foundation, Wyckoff has been able to sustain a 1:1 laptop environment in grades 3-8. All of our schools' classrooms are networked and connected wirelessly to the vast resources of the web. The integration of subject matter and technology has provided teachers with instructional materials that stimulate student interest while challenging their intellect.

In this age of information, we are constantly challenged to provide our students with the appropriate kinds of knowledge, skills and tools that will prepare them for their place as innovators and leaders in the future. Throughout our curriculum, we provide opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and skills as they begin their lifetime of learning. Our programs are developed to reflect current research and best practices, stressing subject integration, cooperative learning strategies, relevance, equity, and increased use of technology. Students acquire the habits of inquiry necessary to prepare them effectively for the technological and information age of the twenty-first century. For the past several years, the emphasis for curriculum and instruction in the Wyckoff Schools has been on learning content more through critical-thinking and problem-solving strategies than through rote learning of facts. Through performance tasks, presentations and portfolios, students reflect upon their acquired knowledge and demonstrate they can apply what they have learned.

Assessment is an on-going part of instruction. Teachers use formative and summative assessments to evaluate student learning. Like all New Jersey schools, the Wyckoff School District uses the Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) to provide feedback regarding overall programming, goal attainment, and student achievement. The District also uses the online COGAT 7 cognitive abilities test for some students in K-2 and all students in grades 3 and 5. Assessment results provide important information to help us monitor and adjust our program of studies for our students. In addition, full array of formative assessments are used to inform the daily instruction of teachers. Through the use of SMART goals and Professional Learning Communities (PLC) teachers assess progress of students for learning. To assess the reading growth of all K-5 students, the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment is administered 2-3 times per year. A word study program, based on the concepts of Orton Gillingham is used to monitor and evaluate the phonemic awareness, knowledge of word families and spelling concepts of all students K-5. In K-8 mathematics, the district uses the Math in Focus-A Singapore Approach, series that emphasizes depth over breadth and places significant value on problem-solving and developing concepts of numeracy.

In addition to our academic programs, the Wyckoff School District is committed to the social and emotional well-being of all of our students by developing strong classroom and school communities. Our elementary schools use the Responsive Classroom approach and begin each day with a morning meeting. In the middle school, a bi-weekly advisory program is used to facilitate a sense of belonging and community.

The Wyckoff School District contains four (K-5) Elementary Schools and one (6-8) Middle School. The District’s operating budget is about $39.0 million. In addition to the property tax base, the Wyckoff School District is fortunate to enjoy the support of its parent community in other ways.

The Wyckoff Parent Teacher Organization is an extremely active and vital part of the school district. Parents working together with faculty and administration, volunteer to provide programs and services of enrichment to students. The PTO serves to promote understanding and cooperation among the homes, schools and community. Offerings to enhance the education of our students include after school programs ranging from science to foreign language.

Wyckoff is fortunate to have a district-wide Educational Foundation to assist in funding educational tools for learning. With the community's support, the Wyckoff Educational Foundation has raised over $2.0 million dollars in contributions to the Wyckoff Public Schools. The Foundation has donated in the areas of technology, performing arts, teacher grants, and character education programs.

Finally, our professional staff is continuously engaged in professional development activities including graduate work, in-service programs, district course work, on-going support groups, and special workshops. Four school-based instructional coaches provide job embedded professional development to all elementary classroom teachers. In addition, each summer, creative and dedicated staff members are employed to assess, evaluate and revise selected core curriculum areas. Once this foundation has been established, all staff members are asked for input throughout the year. Most importantly, this process of continuous learning serves as an excellent model for our students and community

More information about the Wyckoff School District can be found on the district website.