Bayonne School District (17-0220)

Bayonne School District

The goal of the Bayonne School District is to create a Spirit of Excellence for ALL students to prepare for college, a career, and for life. The mission of the school district is to provide optimum learning opportunities for all students in a safe, secure, inclusive learning environment that fosters personal and interpersonal growth, lifelong learning and a strong sense of community.

We believe that the district’s mission can be accomplished when administrators, teachers, parents and the community collaborate as a team to accomplish its goals. The goals are to set high standards and expectations for student achievement, to provide a safe environment conducive to learning, to meet the needs of our diverse multicultural school population, to provide a challenging curriculum by utilizing educational technologies that meet the needs of the 21st century themes and skills, to provide programs that foster successful home, school, and community partnerships, and to provide teacher training and professional development.

The Bayonne School District has a strategic plan, which contains a rigorous agenda of goals, objectives, and strategies with detailed resources, timelines, and documentation.

The four areas which are addressed in the Strategic Plan are as follows: Priority Area 1 – Student Achievement, Priority Area 2 – Staff Development, Priority Area 3 – Technology, and Priority Area 4 – Operations.

The Superintendent of Schools, Central Office Staff, administrators, and staff continuously meet to review, monitor, and update the district’s curriculum development guides and programs and analyze both the assessment programs and results. Focus Meetings held with our principals and directors, led by the Superintendent of Schools and the Assistant Superintendents, are regularly scheduled to discuss the following: the district’s assessment program, analysis of assessment results, and implementation of the N.J. Student Learning Standards. These meetings are also used to evaluate and plan for the district’s staff training and development days and activities. With the advent of TEACH NJ Act, administrators also review teacher observation data and discuss the Danielson Framework for Teaching rubrics to provide calibration activities to ensure inter-rater reliability for administrators involved Achieve NJ.

The Bayonne School District has 12 public schools that serve approximately 9,900 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, including a grade 5 through 8 Gifted and Talented Program at Nicholas Oresko School. The Bayonne Board of Education has implemented an array of innovative programs and developed partnerships with institutions of higher learning (Steven’s Institute, NJCU, and NJIT), local civic organizations (BEF, Rotary, and Veterans); as well as businesses (Richmond County Savings Bank, IMTT, CarePoint, Barnabas Health, and BCB Bank), which have made the Bayonne School District a highly successful urban district that is clearly on the move!

The Bayonne School District boasts an Olympic size swimming pool at Lincoln Community School. Included on the Bayonne High School Campus are a state of the art planetarium, the Bayonne Educational Television Network Studio (BEN-TV), a culinary room at the high school, life skills rooms for our special needs students, a recently renovated Strength and Conditioning Center for our athletes, and a professional level ice rink that is available to local hockey teams and offers lessons and skating time for the entire Bayonne Community.

The Bayonne School District has an impressive list of ongoing academic accomplishments and innovative programs. The Bayonne school system currently includes three nationally named Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence- Midtown Community School, Washington Community School and Nicholas Oresko School, four designated Star Schools (Bayonne High School, Midtown Community School, Nicholas Oresko School and Mary J. Donohoe School), and recognition from the state as one of the most technologically advanced school districts. In addition, P.G. Vroom, Midtown Community School, and Bayonne High School received New Jersey Best Practices Awards in the 2002-2003 school year. In the 2003-2004 school year, Mary J. Donohoe, Washington Community and Bayonne High School received a New Jersey Best Practice Award. In the 2004-2005 school year, Washington Community School received a New Jersey Best Practice Award. In the 2004-2005 school year, Mary J. Donohoe School and in 2005-2006 school year, Philip G. Vroom School were the recipients of the Governor’s School of Excellence Award.

The fourth edition of U.S. News and World Report 2015 Best High Schools awarded Bayonne High School with a Bronze ranking, putting it in the top 22% of the nation’s highest ranking schools.

In June 2016, Bayonne High School’s graduating students were offered over $16.5 million in scholarships, which truly indicates the high quality of education the Bayonne School District is providing. The Class of 2016 is represented at the premier institutes of higher learning in the United States such as Princeton University, Cornell University, United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Georgetown University, New York University, Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Fordham, Steven's Institute of Technology, Boston University, The College of New Jersey, and The University of Notre Dame.

The Bayonne School District continues to make progress in its NJ State assessment results. Bayonne Schools performed average, high, and very high when compared to Academic Peer groups that have similar grade level configurations and similar demographic characteristics. Other innovative programs in the district include the annual geography and spelling bees, a science fair, a math olympiad, the academic challenge competition, fire bowl, a forensics competition, chess challenge; as well as, a stock market challenge program in various schools and a district-wide student council leadership program.

The development of the Academy for Fine Arts and Academics (AfA2) was a recent district initiative. A committee of teachers and administrators worked over an extended period of time to develop a plan for a program that would: provide greater opportunity for small learning communities and student/teacher collaboration within the honors and arts programs, fit within the overall structure of the Bayonne High School campus, meet the needs of students, teachers and administrators, and allow for a reasonable amount of flexibility in scheduling options. Further highlighting the successes and the competitive nature of the BHS honors program.

Understanding that a successful STEM education provides students with science, math, and engineering / technology in sequences that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications and that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science, the Bayonne School District created the STEM wing of the AfA2 with computer science, engineering, physics, and life science classrooms to complement the humanities and performing arts tracks. The highlight of our wing is the Care Point Health Biodiversity Center, fondly known by our students as “Biodome” which houses over 400 animals. The biodome provides our students with a practical view of animals in their habitats. The biodome will also prepare students for careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, and ecological positions.

The Academy for Professional Studies, a component of the new Business Education department, features a unique partnership with New Jersey City University and provides exciting opportunities for students in business, marketing, finance, technology, design and more. APS students will take increased Business Education electives and have the opportunity to earn college credits through NJCU while still in high school. This cohort of honors business students will have unique experiences through a joint BHS/NJCU Stock Market Club, Entrepreneurship workshops inspired by “Shark Tank”, and involvement with DECA and Future Business Leaders of America. Due to our partnership with NJCU, business students will have the chance to attend an on-site admission to the NJCU Honors Business and Finance school, with a four-year scholarship, unique study abroad experiences and the ability to earn a Masters in Business Administration degree.

As the 21St Century labor market becomes more specialized and economies demand higher levels of skill, governments and businesses are increasingly investing in the future of vocational education through training organizations and apprenticeship programs. The Bayonne Career Academy will provide that specialized job training for our students that will prepare them to be successful in trade school or college, an apprenticeship program, or business.

The Academy for Health and Medical Sciences provides hands-on application and training in the allied health fields, creating a pathway for students interested in careers in nursing, emergency medical services, medical technology, occupational and physical therapy, and related health fields. Through a partnership with Jersey City Medical Center, select students will earn scholarships to attend the Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B) certification course. These students will complete the requisite 200 hours prior to high school graduation.

We are proud to inform the community that Bayonne has been put on the map for rolling out the largest number of Chromebooks in the state of New Jersey! Students and staff in grades 2 through 8 and all students at Bayonne High School received Acer C720 Chromebooks. This small, Internet ready laptop has a battery life of approximately 8.5 hours, allowing for a fully charged device in the hands of students for an entire school day. Students in grades 2 through 12 are experiencing a true one-to-one initiative as they are allowed to bring their Chromebooks home.

According to the Coalition for Community Schools, we need community schools because research and experience tell us that young people need a wide range of opportunities and supports to succeed. A quality academic program is necessary, but not sufficient. The recent Phi Delta Kappan poll about public attitudes toward education shows that 70% of Americans blame societal factors for challenges such as achievement gap and dropouts that face schools. Community schools respond to these societal factors, family circumstances, poverty, and health problems.

All eleven elementary schools are designated asCommunity Schools. Schools will become part of the community and will be open after school and select weekends.The Community School concept will focus on academics and youth and community development, which will lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

Community Schools will afford the district opportunities to create an elementary athletics program which will provide not only instruction but also afford an opportunity for students to participate in organized sports via in-district and travel teams. Additional academic programs will include: H.A.S.P. (healthier after-school programs), after-school reading and math support, parent workshops, 100 Book challenge, STEM activities, and PTA social events.

As the enrollment continues to grow, the Bayonne School District continues to be highly responsive not only to the needs of its students but also to the needs of the community. The District looks to maintain and build partnerships that provide learning opportunities for a diverse and ever changing population that clings fast to traditions, and simultaneously, delves into new experiences with enthusiasm and determination. It is no wonder that the Bayonne School District constantly promotes its theme… Bayonne…Building a Caring Learning Community…Everyone Counts in Its Success!