MORRIS SCHOOL DISTRICT (27-3385-050)

MORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

Since 1869, Morristown High School maintains a proud history as a comprehensive secondary school serving the intellectual, social, athletic, and career needs of its students. A microcosm of the new millennium, Morristown High School is rich in economic, racial and cultural diversity. Some families have been in the district for generations, while others have only recently immigrated to the United States. Comprised of 1,848 ethnically diverse students speaking more than 20 different languages, the educational program serves the students entrusted to the school
by its communities: Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains.

Morristown High School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum; including Advanced Placement Courses, Honors level courses, and five different world languages. Our students maximize opportunities to sample and explore emerging career fields in areas such as technology, music, visual and performing arts, and the medical and science fields. Morristown High School provides an extensive program of interscholastic sports, co-curricular activities and performing arts.

Morristown High School’s STEM Academy is a four-year program that provides a unique blend of experiences for students interested in pursuing a STEM career. STEM Academy freshmen experience an exclusive, interdisciplinary STEM Research Science course to enhance science literacy, collaboration and research skills while exploring Biomedicine, Engineering, Architecture, Sustainability, and Computer Science. Students choose an elective track to complete in one of these fields and participate in Academy activities such as guest speakers, field trips, summer programs and mentoring opportunities with STEM professionals.

Another program offered at Morristown High School is the Humanities Academy, which offers a unique blended experience for those students who are interested in pursuing a course of study in social issues, creative writing, history, psychology, or other areas relevant to the humanities. Students conclude the program by writing a formal research paper and composing a final project that is presented and exhibited to the public at the end of the year.

Many campus chapters of national organizations complement enhance and enrich our students’ educational experience. Recognizing leadership, academic achievement, service and integrity Morristown High School offers Honor Societies in four world languages, the Art Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and the Saul Swanger chapter of the National Honor Society. Service programs include chapters of Habitat for Humanity, Key Club (Kiwanis Club), and Interact (Rotary Club). Leadership development is fostered through the Peer Group Connection program in which seniors participate in team building and acclimation activities with our freshmen. Competitive academic teams include Academic Decathlon, Forensics and the Math team.

Morristown High School fosters student involvement in co-curricular clubs and interest groups; offering 39 academic/cultural activities that enhance our students’ educational experience. Eighty three percent of the student body participates in one or more of our 29 varsity athletic teams. Out of the total student body, 997 report participation in one or more of our co-curricular offerings.


Mission:
The core value and primary purpose of Morristown High School, with its large and diverse population, is to foster a community in which learning is meaningful, challenging and lifelong, and where the expectations of growth, individual understanding, excellence and creativity exist for all students and staff in a dynamic and academic environment. This mission will be achieved through a research-based process of continuous and collaborative planning, implementation and evaluation.

We believe that:
· Family and community partnerships are essential for learning
· Active participation by students is critical to the learning process
· A successful school culture fosters lifelong learning
· Expectations of excellence apply to all students and staff
· Each learner is unique
· In a community of learners, no student is anonymous and no teacher is isolated
· Professional growth is essential for quality teaching
· A safe and positive school environment is non-negotiable
· Respect for others is fundamental

As a result of input from all stakeholders, the objectives of the high school focus on three major categories: academics, character and personalization.

Morristown High School continually strives to achieve excellence for all students and to prepare all students for our rapidly changing world.