Washington Township School District (15-5500)

Washington Township School District

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In size, stature and standard, the Washington Township Public Schools proudly continue to show the way in educational excellence and achievement. In recent years, the District has added community service to this list of leadership. Washington Township High School has been honored nationally three times by the Jefferson Awards Foundation, including in 2015-16, when the school was cited for its outstanding community service. It’s just another feather in the cap for our forward-reaching school district.

Enlisting the talents of an exceptional teaching and support staff, our District annually re-dedicates its energies and resources to create safe, structured environments where every child can thrive, flourish and succeed. Some 7,400 students enrolled in our 11 schools routinely are embraced, challenged and empowered through a broad, standards-based curriculum. We encourage hands-on, discovery-based, inquiry-oriented learning and extend multiple levels of intervention to students in need. Countless opportunities for self-discovery, growth, community service and expression are embedded in the educational experience and serve to reinforce our mission of developing engaged and accomplished life-long learners who will collect, along with cherished Washington Township diplomas, the skills and self-worth to share their talents with the world.

Our high-quality curriculum mirrors our diverse student population and has been expanded over the years to include 24 high school advanced placement courses, innovative and expansive programming, and integrated technology that permeates all of our teaching on all levels. Students demonstrate their achievement using many different types of assessments: from teacher observations, checklists and classroom tests to portfolios, standardized achievement tests, state-mandated tests and college entrance exams to athletic and artistic performances. During the 2015-16 school year, our students’ performance on state testing in grades 3,4,6,7, 8 and 11 exceeded the state mean in all tested subject areas including language arts literacy, mathematics, and science, further documenting our success in meeting our students’ needs and the benchmarks established by the NJ Core Curriculum Standards. Beginning in 2016-17, every Washington Township High School student was issued a laptop computer, and the District’s kindergarten program was expanded to a robust, full-day platform.

Extraordinary programming has brought proud distinction to our District in recent years, and notable points of pride exist at every level. In 2015-16, Washington Township Public Schools’ programs, students and staff members earned numerous accolades including:
• Washington Township School District was named to the 6th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll, one of 425 school districts in the United States and Canada so honored. The award is presented each year to districts that are able to expand access to AP courses to a more diverse group of learners while simultaneously improving performance.

• Orchard Valley Middle School Drama/English teacher Amy Leso was named a 2015 Exemplary Secondary Educator by the New Jersey Department of Education.
• Washington Township High School Varsity Boys Soccer, under the direction of Head Coach Shane Snyder, captured its second consecutive NJSIAA Group IV state championship -- and second all-time -- with a 1-0 triumph over West Orange.
• Washington Township High School’s school store was among 316 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification.
• The Washington Township High School Air Force Junior ROTC unit, under the direction of Commander Lt. Col. Beth Ann Lumpkin and former Commander Lt. Col. Jere Gainer, earned the 2015-16 Distinguished Unit Award from the Department of the Air Force.
In fiscally challenging times, we continue to seek ways to reduce expenses and identify alternate revenue streams, while optimizing the use of our resources for the benefit of our school district and the community. As an example, the school district operates the Investors Bank Performing Arts Center, a self-sustaining 2,500-seat theater that has brought proud recognition to the region as an entertainment and cultural center. The District also actively pursues other sources of funding and services by obtaining a variety of grants and awards, including a new advertising venture on our school bus fleet. Our Board of Education moved to paperless BOE meetings and launched a District-wide “green” initiative to provide the school calendar, regulations and policies, informational flyers and most recently back-to-school paperwork in an electronic format, thus reducing paper, printing and mailing costs. Our active Washington Township Education Foundation annually returns dollars to the classroom in the form of supplemental mini-grants. Virtual field trips enhance classroom instruction as an additional cost-saving measure.
Washington Township is an educational frontrunner! We are looked to as a leader among other districts, who often consult with us on strategies and programs successfully implemented here. We continually challenge our students to take advantage of unprecedented opportunities, to dream of future possibilities and to develop the skills necessary to achieve them. At every turn, we welcome community input and involvement through participation in various school and District-based events, committees and organizations. We incorporate the many strengths and talents of our community in cultivating greater support for our schools as well as in generating a greater sense of civic pride.

What we are doing in Washington Township is working! Our efforts reinforce our educational mantra and serve to further support a cooperative learning spirit and shared respect that are cultivated as a benefit to our students and the community that supports them. We are Washington Township. We are Together With Pride.

Joseph N. Bollendorf
Superintendent of Schools
856-589-6644