Livingston Board of Education School District (13-2730)

Livingston Board of Education School District

“Empowering all to learn, create, contribute and grow.”

The Livingston School District provides outstanding breadth and depth of educational opportunity for its 6,000 students and is known throughout the state for its consistently high levels of student achievement. Parents and community members share the belief that quality education is a priority and support that commitment through funding, involvement and social action. Students of all ages and skill levels have opportunities to pursue stimulating academic, extra-curricular and enrichment activities.

The District in 2016 launched a 1:1 computer initiative, providing district-owned devices to all students in Grades 7-12. Grades K-6 will see greater access for ed tech with additional computer carts creating a two-to-one student-to-device ratio.

Student achievement is high, with the high school consistently ranked among the best in various media lists. Nearly every Livingston High School graduate (97 percent of the Class of 2016) goes on to higher education. Livingston’s mean SAT scores are traditionally significantly higher than national and state averages. In the 2015-2016 school year, 10 seniors were named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, and two received the prestigious distinction as National Merit Scholars.

High school students reach the highest levels of achievement in the rigorous AP courses, with 587 students enrolled in 1 or more of the 30 AP classes offered. Over the past five years, Livingston Public Schools has increased access to advanced placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students passing the exams with scores of 3 or higher. In May 2015, nearly 89 percent of students met that benchmark. The number of test takers has increased by more than 24 percent over the past five years and the number of exams taken has increased by more than 39 percent.

Academic teams at Livingston Public Schools successfully compete in the areas of mathematics, science, debate, business, technology, the arts and world languages. The Livingston High School robotics team competed in world competition, twice winning the Think Award for its engineering notebook. In state competition, the robotics students won the Inspire Award, the most prestigious award for excelling in all aspects of design, programming and robot performance. Technology highlights also include the Ecolancers, tech and design students who complete in the International Shell Eco-marathon with their high-mileage vehicle. Livingston High School has also earned first-place honors in county mathematics competition for the past 28 years. The FemGineers from Heritage Middle School have won first place overall in the NJ Regional Future City Design Challenge. This program is designed to develop the confidence and skills of girls to study science, technology, engineering, and math by designing concepts for how cities may look in the future. Mt. Pleasant and Heritage Middle Schools also placed first nationally in mathematical problem solving in competition in the Continental Mathematics League, Euclidean Division, with students in Grades 6-8 earning perfect scores for all five rounds of the contest.

Livingston students, their teachers and parents heartily commit themselves to community action and service. Elementary students participate in fundraisers and befriend senior citizens. Teachers provide lessons on caring by participating in a variety of charity fundraisers. The community has stuffed a school bus full of food to help feed the hungry. Student-initiated groups such as Amnesty International, the Red Cross Club, the Animal Alliance, and the Organization of Student Tutors, along with traditional student service organizations including the Key and Leo clubs and the Honor Societies, allow students to begin a lifetime of commitment to helping others. The community has established a youth mentoring program that reaches beyond the schools to involve the entire township.

Livingston’s high school athletes traditionally perform among the top teams at regional and state competitions. Students in art and music also win regional and state applause for their accomplishments, including national recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Every year, students from the middle and high school receive recognition through nomination to regional and state chorus, band and orchestra.

The District continues to update its facilities; two years ago school construction included adding adding media centers and elementary classrooms. Livingston adds new students each year as many parents from the tri-state area choose the township as the place to raise and educate their children. In the past 10 years, enrollment has grown 11 percent.

Our first priority is the safety of students and staff. We have invested in equipment, training and implementing “best security practices” recommended by state and national organizations as well the expertise of the local police. These practices are reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

But our concern and care for our students goes beyond physical safety. Students feel safe and come to school ready to learn. We are dedicated to providing a whole child approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement. We continue to foster 21st century learning by providing the tools necessary to succeed and leading our students to become adaptive, flexible, self-reliant, and resilience. The hallmark of a great place to live includes great schools and a community dedicated to its children twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Livingston is that community.