Sea Girt Borough School District (25-4690)

Sea Girt Borough School District

Sea Girt Elementary School is nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. In our small school setting, children become a part of an extended school family. Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students are self-contained and students in Grades 6-8 are departmentalized during an eight-period day with an additional lunch/recess period. In addition to the core academics of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students receive in instruction from highly-qualified staff in Spanish, art, music, physical education, technology and library skills. Results on standardized testing indicate superior student achievement as measured against national and state standards.

A demanding instructional program is offered in a supportive, caring environment which promotes personal growth and achievement. The Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards serve as the baseline for locally developed curricula. Academic performance is a priority at the Sea Girt School along with the values of self-discipline, honesty, fairness, courtesy, responsibility and respect. Traditional family values are instilled by expectation and example, and the faculty expects the best performance from each student both in and out of the classroom.

The academic program is exemplary and designed to foster a passion for life-long learning. Lessons across the disciplines incorporate the development of higher-order thinking and problem solving skills. The balanced literacy program emphasizes comprehension, literary skills, grammar and vocabulary at all levels, and nurtures a love of reading. There is an ongoing integration of reading skills throughout the curriculum. The mathematics program follows standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, often using manipulatives and cooperative learning groups to enhance problem solving skills. Students in Grades K-8 participate in a financial literacy course. The writing program enables students to communicate effectively, coherently, and imaginatively through written expression. Spanish is taught in Grades PK-8. Information and Communications Technology Literacy helps students learn how to find, interpret, analyze, evaluate, and communicate in a variety of forms using technology and media. Great Books, Geometry, Algebra, Spanish I, and Gifted and Talented classes are offered to highly achieving students. Students in Grades 1-8 participate in STEM classes co-taught by the classroom teachers and highly qualified middle school science teacher. The Instructional Media Center has been recognized as exemplary by the United States Department of Education. There is also a Museum of Famous Children's Authors and Illustrators that received a Best Practice Award from the New Jersey Department of Education. The school has adopted Social Decision Making and Stop and Think to maintain a wholesome school social climate. To this end, students in grades PK-8 engage in weekly counselor led character education and community building classes.

We recognize the potential of media and technology to empower educators and their students to be 21st Century learners to meet the challenges of a global knowledge society. There are networked multimedia computers in the Technology Lab with Intel Quad Core i5 personal computers using a Windows 7 Professional operating system. There are three computer carts and two iPad carts housing 30 iPads available for teacher sign-out to utilize for class activities. Pre-kindergarten through third grade classes have iPads in their classrooms to use daily. The Grades 3-8 one-to-one laptop program is designed to a laptop to each child to use for the school year. The laptops are an integral part of classwork as well as homework. Students utilize a Google Apps for Education for collaboration and submitting their work electronically. A wired, and wireless, local area network connects classroom computer stations with the resources of the school building as well as the Internet. Each classroom has Internet access and interactive digital whiteboards. The library collection is available by way of a web-based computerized database which can be browsed in school as well as from home. Pre-high students are introduced to social networking, Google Classroom, Microsoft Office and apps that span the disciplines. STEM classes utilize the new 3-D printer to develop prototypes for the solutions they create to solve real-world problems. Through exploratory learning students emerge with greater analytical and critical thinking skills.

The faculty is highly professional and committed to excellence in all areas. Teachers work collaboratively through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for professional reflection, data analysis, goal creation and shared planning. The teachers enjoy a warm rapport with the students and their parents and actively participate in community events.

A diversified extracurricular program with high levels of participation (98%) is available to Pre-High students in grades 6-8. Athletic programs include soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, cheerleading and tennis. School teams are noted for their winning traditions, discipline and sportsmanship. The performing arts program consists of drama productions, class plays, chorus, band, and music lessons. Students can join the garden club, safety patrol, school newspaper and Model U.N. clubs. Recent drama club productions have been "Grease," “Peter Pan,” “Seussical,” “The Little Mermaid,” "The Sound of Music," "Annie," "Scrooge," "The Wizard of Oz," "The King and I," "Oliver," and "Bye Bye, Birdie". There is an active Peer Leader Program. A variety of student service projects helps to develop a sense of social responsibility including students visiting nursing homes, coordinating food drives for the needy and preparing Thanksgiving and holiday baskets.

Strong ties between home and school enrich the quality of Sea Girt Elementary School as parents generously support school activities with personal commitment and involvement through the Parent Teacher Organization and as class volunteers. The Parent-Teacher Organization sponsors assembly programs for the school connected with the curriculum. Programs change yearly and have included visiting authors, multi-media character education presentations, ethnic and historical celebrations, and motivational speakers. Students participate in grade level field trips to places such as Liberty Science Center, The Challenger Center, Algonquin Theater, and Washington, DC.

The PTO has donated a Steinway piano, an auditorium sound system, landscaping, and supported the technology program by donating computers and presentation monitors to the school. They run a school-wide book fair and craft market for the larger community. The Sea Girt Educational Foundation has coordinated large scale projects that include the South Grounds basketball and tennis courts, turf, playground and outdoor luncheon areas. They have recently focused their efforts on the North Grounds landscaping and baseball field. The Booster Club organizes soccer, flag football, cross country, and basketball programs for Grades K-8 coached by parent volunteers. They have also donated team jackets, baseball and basketball scoreboards, equipment and uniforms in support of the athletic program. With strong ties between the home, school and community we are able to enrich the quality of educational life at Sea Girt Elementary School.

Sea Girt enjoys a sending/receiving relationship with nearby Manasquan High School. Sea Girt graduates have also earned placement to attend the Monmouth County Vocational High Schools including High Technology, Communications, Allied Health and Science, Biotechnology, and the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (M.A.S.T.). All of these high schools are acknowledged for successful academic programs leading to college acceptances. Some graduates choose to attend private school and students have enrolled in St. Rose, Red Bank Catholic, Christian Brothers Academy, Trinity Hall, Peddie, and Ranney.

Based on high school academic programs, extracurricular programs and SAT scores, former Sea Girt Elementary School students are routinely accepted to some of the most highly competitive universities in the country.