Dover Public School District (27-1110)

Dover Public School District

Dear Parents:
I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all of our parents and students, including those returning and those new to the district. Please accept our sincere thanks for your continued support on behalf of our students and community.

We are committed to strengthening the academic rigor of our schools at all grade levels. Our Health and Science Academy has just had its first graduating class with outstanding results! Every student in the program was accepted into four-year colleges, many with outstanding scholarship packages. We have more Advanced Placement courses than every before in our history, and have added AP World History to our program of studies for this year. The Dover High School Fine and Performing Arts Academy has been selected by Papermill Playhouse for a four year partnership in which our students will benefit from some of the most experienced professionals in our area. Our Grade Eight Algebra classes have an excellent passing rate as compared with Morris County, and we continue to see outstanding progress in our elementary programs. We have expanded the role of technology in terms of available resources to our students and technological opportunities for our teachers. We have implemented a new Reading/Language Arts Curriculum for Grades K-2, and have upgraded many new textbook series throughout the district. We have added courses in Computer Programming and Robotics at Dover High School, and have added another Advanced Placement Course entitled AP World History.

A full compliment of Dual Enrollment Courses and Advanced Placement Courses are available at Dover High School. Dual Enrollment Courses are courses that enable High School Students to earn college credits while in High School. We have arrangements with a variety of colleges and universities in which our teachers are named Adjunct Professors. The course is exactly the same as taught at the University, and our students must pass the identical test required by the University awarding the credit. Dover High School students may choose from AP and Dual Enrollment courses to earn over 24 College Credits while at Dover High School. All costs and fees for both AP and Dual Enrollment Courses are provided at no cost to our students. The class of 2015-2016 had 14 students who were designated as AP Scholars, a Dover High School Record! The class also had an AP Scholar with Distinction, defined by the College Board as a student who has “average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken AND minimum score of 3 on five or more AP Exams”. The following courses, eligible for College Credit, are now offered at Dover High School: AP US History, AP Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Spanish Literature & Culture, AP Physics II, AP Language and Composition, AP World History, Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Dynamics of Health Care, Scientific Principals of Nutrition, Fundamentals of Health and Wellness, Writing for the Health Professional, Medical Math, and Emergency Care.

In terms of our facilities, we have completed the final upgrade to our Hamilton Field Complex, marking the end of a 13 year plan to gradually phase in a complete renovation of our fields and facilities. This year, our Fieldhouse has been completely renovated, the original 1929 Fieldhouse, previously used for storage, has been transformed into a new refreshment stand, and state of the art lighting has been installed on the Football/Soccer field. The visitor will note that not only have the facilities been completely upgraded, but have maintained a style that hearkens back to our past, honoring our traditions while focusing on the future. We have installed new curbing, pavement and sidewalks throughout the district. Additional classrooms have been air-conditioned at North Dover, and student bathrooms have been renovated at Dover High School.

Each year, we are proud to welcome hundreds of children from other countries, all of whom contribute toward our rich environment and make this a very special place to live. While we do have some unique challenges in terms of testing, we must be very cautious to maintain high expectations, and not let our challenges become our excuses. Perhaps this is why we have won repeated awards from US News and World Report and a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence.

We are proud of our achievements, but our legacy must be based on our dreams for the future, not accomplishments from our past. We welcome, and need, your active participation, and wish you all a happy and productive school year!