Lenape Regional High School District (05-2610)

Lenape Regional High School District

Carol L. Birnbohm, Ed.D. – Superintendent of Schools
93 Willow Grove Road
Shamong, NJ 08088-8961

Visit us at www.lrhsd.org

The Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) serves the eight municipalities of Evesham, Medford, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle and Woodland Townships and Medford Lakes Borough. Encompassing an area of 350 square miles the Lenape District is the largest school district in Burlington County. Students at the district’s four high schools - Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and Seneca - are provided a balanced and comprehensive education including experiences in academic, athletic, extra-curricular, and community service programs. The District’s most revered accomplishment for 2015/2016 was all schools were designated a No Place for Hate by the Anti-Defamation League of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia for the fourth consecutive year. No Place for Hate helps schools to challenge anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and all forms of bigotry. It works to provide a model for creating more inclusive learning environments. The Lenape District schools are part of nearly 230 across eastern PA, southern NJ and DE currently participating in the No Place for Hate program. LRHSD still has the distinction of being the only complete No Place for Hate school district in New Jersey.

During the 2015/2016 school year the District introduced a 4-Day Rotating Schedule. Measurable outcomes included increased instructional time, improved average daily attendance, an increase in average daily punctuality and a decrease of discipline incidents and suspensions.

The Lenape District fulfills its mission through a spirit of cooperation and collaboration among a host of stakeholders including administrators, teachers, parents, municipal officials, and community members from the sending townships’ K-8 school districts. Through open and ongoing communication with its sending districts, the Lenape District helps ensure a seamless and successful educational experience for every student, kindergarten through graduation.

Additionally, through more than 239 course offerings, 22 AP courses and 61 Rowan College at Burlington County College Acceleration Program (RCBC CAP) courses, two Rowan University CAP courses, complemented by summer enrichment programs, the Lenape District offers academic tracks that meet every student’s needs. During the 2015/2016 school year, 1245 students earned 8,473college credits through the CAP program with RCBC. SAT scores consistently above state and national averages and a graduation rate of 95.5 percent, with more than 92 percent of graduates attending more than 286 colleges and universities, exemplify Lenape’s success as a high achieving district. The District’s high expectations for its students is one of the ingredients to its success. During the 2015/2016 school year each high school celebrated students’ college acceptances in a variety of ways, as a strategy for raising expectations.
Faculty continue to take part in professional development through a long standing partnership with Research for Better Teacher (RBT). RBT is a professional development organization dedicated to improving and building upon classroom instruction. Faculty members complete two graduate level RBT courses prior to gaining tenure in the LRHSD.
Through its award winning television program, LDTV, the district provides high quality community-oriented programming from athletics to performing arts. In May of 2016 LDTV held the 21st Annual LDTV Awards and recognized the best television programs created and produced by Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca, and Shawnee high school students. After winning the 1st Annual “U Got Brains” teen driving safety competition in 2011, LDTV Option Two students placed 3rd out of 30 schools in 2012 and 1st place once again in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 with their Heads Up Eyes Forward safe driving campaign.
Active community involvement is a hallmark of the Lenape District. In 2015/2016 approximately 1600 twelfth graders participated in the District’s Sixth Annual Senior Day of Service. Over 90 different locations across the eight townships Lenape District serves, opened up their doors in order for our students to volunteer their services. This interdisciplinary program was reinforced back in the classrooms of the English, Social Studies, Business and Technology Departments with students producing various projects throughout the year pertaining to the Senior Day of Service.

In addition, to encourage community involvement among students through the Senior Day of Service, an overwhelming percentage of LRHSD students voluntarily participated in community service activities and clubs including inner city outreach, food banks, blood drives, autism awareness and senior citizen programs. The LRHSD also appreciates the consistent and generous support it receives from its communities. In 2015/2016 alone, the LRHSD received donations totaling $116,562 towards enhancements for educational programming.

As a district with a wide breadth of special education offerings, LRHSD has worked to develop innovative programs and opportunities to meet the specific needs of special needs students and to develop life-long job skills including: morning cafés, in which students develop hands-on experience making, selling, and serving café patrons; Wii Tournaments between each of the schools; special holiday events and the Annual Special Needs Prom. Additionally, LRHSD Special Education program successfully placed 43 students in nearly 55 different work sites, providing students with job development opportunities.

The mission of the Lenape Regional High School District, a leader in progressive education, is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world, accomplished through:

• Unlimited educational experiences
• A curriculum which exceeds the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
• Integration of technology
• Expectations of higher achievement for all students and staff
• Partnerships with families and community in a secure, challenging and energizing environment