Eatontown Public School District (25-1260)

Eatontown Public School District

Eatontown Public Schools is located in Monmouth County in close proximity to the Jersey Shore. This diverse, suburban district has one middle school and three elementary schools serving approximately 1,100 students in Preschool through 8th grade.

The District’s vision is to develop a community of lifelong learners where children have healthy self-esteem, respect, and compassion for others, essential and technological knowledge, and the creative problem-solving skills needed to meet the challenge of successful citizenship in an ever-changing, multi-cultural, global society.

Our district mission is to set high academic and social expectations for our students. By providing our students with appropriate staffing, resources and funding, they will be able to reach these expectations and achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards as well as the Common Core State Standards.

In support of these goals, the district has adopted the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) as well as the Common Core State Standards in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, the Visual and Performing Arts, Health, Physical Education, World Languages, 21st Century Life and Careers, and Technology Literacy. The implementation of the curriculum based on these standards is the joint responsibility of the administration and instructional staff.

New curriculum creation and revision are based on the “Understanding by Design” model, which clearly states the methodology and process in which curriculum is delivered to the students. Classroom instruction is closely aligned with student expectations for learning. Student assessment – both formative and summative – assists teachers in providing differentiated instruction to improve student learning. Both the English Language Arts and Mathematics Curriculums are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

The district continues to enhance learning opportunities for its students with strong programs in the Arts, Music, Mathematics, Literacy, World Language, Speech, Physical Education, and Technology. The Board of Education continues to be supportive of new educational programs and technology in order to help students to grow both academically and socially.

Individual student needs are addressed through special education, remedial, and academically talented programs. Students are provided differentiated instruction based on our commitment to successful learning for all students. A fully-staffed Child Study Team, a Basic Skills Team, and a Gifted and Talented Team provide services to the children in these district-wide programs.

In an effort to provide our staff with effective and continual professional development, the District supports various learning opportunities for staff anchored in the concept of student achievement. Over the last few years, Eatontown Public Schools has embraced new programs such as Writers Workshop, Guided Reading, Responsive Classroom, and Running Records assessments. In addition, our K-6 grade math program if fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards and our middle school supports Pre-Algebra and Algebra courses for its students. At Margaret L. Vetter School, the District supports a partnership with Monmouth University which helps provide educational resources and information to the community. Margaret L. Vetter School is now a Professional Development School (PDS).

Three benchmark assessments are administered to all students grades 3 – 8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These assessments help to predict success in learning and performance while indicating students’ areas of strength and weakness. This data provides educational information to teachers, parents, and students as well as helps to inform future teaching and learning.

The Media Centers in each school provide for the extension of classroom instruction. These centers play an integral part in the integration of technology in cross-curricular instruction and activities. Technological equipment – LCD projectors, ActiveBoards, and document cameras are used to enrich educational opportunities. Teachers and certified staff are provided laptop computers to help promote and integrate technology into the district’s work. During the 2015-2016 school year, students in grades 4 through 8 were given a tablet to use in school. Students in Grade 3 were provided a laptop computer based upon a 1:2 ratio.

The Eatontown Public Schools continues to provide full-day Kindergarten in each of its elementary schools. With a rich curriculum, we are better able to prepare our kindergarten students for the rigors of 1st grade. Education City, a software program to enhance the development of reading and math skills, is used daily by the students. Two half-day preschool programs, inclusive and Preschool Disabled Program, serve our special needs students. Regular education students, selected through the lottery, compliment the inclusive program.

Close community and parental involvement is demonstrated through the many groups that work in partnership with the district: PTA, PTO, Eatontown Community Center, Eatontown Recreation, and the Eatontown Foundation for Excellence in Education (EFEE). These community stakeholders demonstrate their commitment to the schools by supporting our students and programs through the provision of both educational and financial resources.

The Board of Education, administrators, teachers, support staff, students, parents, and community members have joined together to make the Eatontown Public Schools a strong institution of learning. Each school member is committed to do his/her part to provide a learning environment that will enable our students to maximize their potential. Through the efforts and dedication of these groups, students will meet the goals set forth by our district and be better prepared to meet the challenges of our ever-changing, global society.

By implementing the mantra, “Blending Tradition and Innovation to Drive Educational Excellence”, Eatontown Public Schools continues to advance student learning through the utilization of research-based, educational programs including Responsive Classroom, benchmark assessments, Running Records, Guided Reading, Writers’ Workshop, and new technology initiatives. We firmly believe that all students can, will, and want to learn.

It is important to note that during the 2016-2017 school year, the District was reorganized differently. Memorial School will house grades 7-8, Vetter School will host grades 5-6, Woodmere School will be the home of our grades 3-4 and Preschool, and Meadowbrook will house grades K-2.