Maple Shade School District (05-3010)

Maple Shade School District

The Maple Shade School District believes that all children can learn and seeks to maximize each student’s aptitude. We provide a safe and productive learning environment for all students that promote responsible citizenship, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity. Our goal is to build upon the strong academic curriculum for students beginning with students learning how to read, culminating with students achieving a high school diploma able to attend their college of choice to further their learning. We have adopted a strategic plan starting in the fall of 2016. The strategic planning will be keeping our focus on 6 major areas- Curriculum and Instruction, Safety and Security, Diversity of our student population, School District Culture, Community and Parent Outreach and Technology and Communication.

Maple Shade Schools offer a well-rounded complete education to our students. At the elementary schools, there is a strong emphasis on reading/language arts literacy and math. As students reach junior/senior high school, they have a wide variety of academic offerings, including honors and advanced placement classes. In the last several years, we have put a particular emphasis on providing STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) activities throughout the curriculum. We have comprehensive basic skills and special education programs for students who need additional support, as well as Gifted and Talented programs for our advanced students. The district schools are grouped as follows: kindergarten through second grades at the Yocum School; pre-school, third and fourth grades at the Maude Wilkins School; fifth and sixth grades in the Steinhauer School. Students in grades 7-12 attend Maple Shade High School.

All students are provided with a varied and rewarding extracurricular program beginning in the elementary schools and continuing through the high school. Students may take part in programs focusing on athletics, music, art, student government, foreign language, drama, technology, library activities, etc. There are many athletic and extracurricular activities for junior and senior high students. Among the high school activities available to students are a human relations program, the junior and senior National honor Societies, and an Interact program in cooperation with the Maple Shade Rotary Club.

From preschool to twelfth grade, the approximately 2200 students in the Maple Shade school district are exposed to the Common Core Standards through differentiated instruction and innovative teaching strategies. Being educated in a small school district, the students receive individual attention and grow in confidence and self-esteem, as they are able to take part in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Highly qualified professional educators provide a strong educational foundation upon which each child can build his or her future for what lies beyond high school. Our district participates in the College Acceleration Program (CAP) at Burlington County College. Students can take college courses and receive college credit in our own high school.

The school counseling program is an area of pride in the Maple Shade school district and counselors provide educational, emotional and social counseling for the appropriate development of all students. English as a Second Language, services for special needs students, supplemental instruction in reading and mathematics for some students and a strong gifted and talented program for qualified students enhance the educational day of the Maple Shade students. Students who attend Maple Shade schools are prepared for any career goal after graduation. Maple Shade High School is proud of its Rhodes Scholar, its Governor’s School participants and its National Merit finalists.

A broadcasting studio provides high school students with the opportunity to run a morning news program, produce programs from the various schools on Channel 19 and the school district television station. The technology throughout the district is admirable and every staff member has e-mail capabilities to enhance communication both within the district and between parents and teacher. We have adopted the GOOGLE platform this school year. Staff and students are being trained on GOOGLE APPS for education and all its valuable tools. The district uses Genesis parent portal, school messenger, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to communicate with our families. Every classroom in the district has access to our wireless network and within the elementary schools; there are promethean boards in almost every classroom that are used extensively. Each elementary school is equipped with 1 plus computer laboratories for student use and the high school having several labs for usage. We have focused our attention on purchasing Chromebooks for student use and currently have over 400 computers district wide.

Our Board of Education members work tirelessly to ensure the very best possible educational program for our students. We have an outstanding dedicated teaching staff. They go above and beyond their regular duties during and after the school day to help students succeed. Our custodial/maintenance staff takes great pride in keeping our buildings in excellent condition. Our buildings and facilities are regularly used by the community for football, wrestling, basketball, baseball, volleyball, scouting, dance and aerobic classes, assembly programs and concerts.

We are very proud of our students, staff and schools. We will continue our focus to provide our students with the very best educational programs possible.