MORRIS SCHOOL DISTRICT (27-3385)

MORRIS SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Morris School District community takes great pride in its schools and believes a quality education is the inherent and human right of all children and the foundation of a strong community. In our classrooms and on our playgrounds children of diverse races, religions, and economic backgrounds come together to learn with and from each other.

The District provides a supportive and challenging educational environment for a total student population of 5,250 in grades Pre–K through 12. The average elementary class size is 19, with specialists providing instruction in science, art, and music. The Urban Farm at Lafayette, located at the Lafayette Learning Center, is a 1–acre agricultural teaching garden offering rich, hands–on learning experiences for students and the community–at–large.

Frelinghuysen Middle School serves approximately 1,140 students in grades 6–8. The school has a “house” structure to facilitate closer and more meaningful long–term relationships between students and staff. Each house is the caretaker of its students throughout their middle school years. A dedicated team of teachers offers core content instruction (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science) within each house over a three–year period. The school has introduced a forward-thinking 6th through 8th grade Engineering and Robotics Cycle curriculum. The FMS curriculum also offers instruction in Italian, Spanish, and French. Each student is issued a personal Chrome Book to enhance and support instruction and promote personal inquiry 24/7. Extracurricular programs are an integral part of student life at FMS, including Wind and Orchestra Ensembles, Model U.N. among others. The school’s 60–acre campus includes numerous fields to support the extensive athletic programs available to FMS students. Included among these are field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, softball and cross–country. Artistic, literary, musical, and philanthropic activities are available to augment the academic and emotional development of Frelinghuysen students.

Morristown High School is a comprehensive high school serving approximately 1,825 students. The school provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum which includes 21 Advanced Placement courses and 22 Honors Level courses. MHS SAT scores continue to surpass state and national averages. The MHS STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) Academy offers a 4–year program of studies designed for students who have demonstrated success in mathematics and science and have expressed an interest in pursuing a STEM career. Recognizing that participation in co–curricular, athletic, and community service organizations complement and enhance students’ educational experience, MHS offers 32 academic/cultural activities, 27 varsity and 29 interscholastic athletic teams. A Star Ledger metric ranked Morristown High School athletics as the 5th best sports program in New Jersey in 2016, including state championships in hockey and golf.

The school’s state–of–the–art facilities include an indoor Olympic–size swimming pool, turf field, 700–seat auditorium, TV and radio station, and an all–weather track. In 2016, the school opened a 25,000 square foot Technology Center with Advanced Design and Manufacturing learning spaces as well as a Learning Commons that seamlessly integrates technology into collaborative centers. Seventy percent of the student body participates in one or more of the varsity or interscholastic teams, and 63% are active in one or more of the co–curricular offerings, which include forensics, math and physics teams, jazz band, chorus, and numerous service clubs and organizations.

Honors and Awards MHS Class of 2016. The class included 3 National AP Scholars, 34 AP Scholars with Distinction, 22 AP Scholars with Honor, and 39 AP Scholars. Seventeen students were named National Merit Commended Students and 1 National Merit Semi-Finalist. Members of the Class of 2016 were admitted to the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, including 11 students from that class who are attending Ivy League Schools in 2017.

In addition to outstanding academic achievements, Morristown High school students garnered numerous regional, state and national awards for extra–curricular activities. Morristown High School music students were selected to honors bands, choruses, and orchestras at the regional and state levels. The high school’s jazz ensemble, Spectrum, was selected to compete in the NJ State Jazz Ensemble Championship for the ninth year in a row. Students received from the NJ Theater Awards the Outstanding Achievement by an Acting Ensemble of a Drama for their production of A Christmas Carol. 25 Students received scholarships through CIEE to attend 14 different countries in a summer abroad program.