It is with great pride that we present the Annual School Report Card for our district. Enclosed you will find very important information about each of our schools. While the data contained in this document is valuable, it does not provide a complete picture of or district.

We are very fortunate to have involved parents, a community that supports its schools, students who are eager to learn, and an outstanding staff. Our mission statement, which governs all of our actions and decisions, was developed by the District Advisory Council during the 2008-09 school year.

“The mission of the West Deptford Public Schools, valuing our tradition of excellence, is to develop well-rounded, motivated, 21st century thinkers. As a result, learners will transition from competent students to productive and responsible citizens”.

Our curriculum, in accordance with our mission, provides our students with a strong foundation in the essential skills and knowledge to prepare them for college and the work world. A strong foundation in mathematics and literacy in the elementary grades provides the springboard for our students to successfully meet the challenges of our middle and high school programs. Inquiry-based science and social studies programs provide knowledge and develop the essential skills our students need to become competent learners and productive citizens. At both the middle and high school level our students are provided with a rich offering of elective and exploratory opportunities that help them to become well-rounded individuals. At the high school our students are offered the opportunity to challenge themselves with a wide variety of Advanced Placement, Honors and elective courses.

Our staff benefits from an ongoing professional development program that has earned the reputation as one of the best. Our current staff development efforts focus on several multi-year initiatives. One is our ongoing technology initiative. All of our staff members have been trained in integrating technology into their instruction, and they continue to receive opportunities to improve their skills and knowledge in that area. We are proud to be in our 9th year of our one-to-one laptop initiative where every student in grades 5-12 has a district provided laptop. We believe that this will help us to achieve our mission of developing 21st century thinkers. Another major professional development initiative focuses on providing our staff with intensive training in the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework for instruction.

In addition to our strong and diverse academic programs, our “Eagle Pride” is quite evident in the outstanding athletic and extra-curricular programs available to our students. Expansive and diverse club and activity programs exist at all three levels, and our performing arts programs at both the middle and high schools produce students who participate in award winning vocal, instrumental and dramatic groups and productions. Our athletic programs are rich in tradition, and while they are always highly competitive and successful, we take pride in the role that they play in developing our student-athletes into hard-working, dedicated young adults who know the true meaning and value of teamwork.

Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with our district. Read on, and please take a moment to visit our web site at: www.wdeptford.k12.nj.us.