Point Pleasant Borough School District (29-4210)

Point Pleasant Borough School District

The Point Pleasant Borough School District has earned a reputation for excellence, cultivated by, extraordinary and consistent student achievement in a challenging and rigorous instructional program and among a diverse set of co-curricular activities offered in academics, athletics, the performing arts and social organizations; an outstanding and committed educational staff; dedicated fiscal responsibility; and unswerving loyalty and support from the surrounding community.

The Point Pleasant Borough School District, located in the heart of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, is comprised of two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school that together provide Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 educational services to approximately 2800 students.
Point Pleasant Borough Schools’ instructional program is modeled after the district mission statement, assuring that all students are equipped with the essential skills necessary to acquire knowledge and understanding. It is the district’s belief that by instilling the critical components of self-discipline, perseverance, fairness and judicious decision-making along with the desire to question and look for truth, students will become discerning critical thinkers and life-long learners. The administration and faculty’s dedication to these principles ensures that our students reach the highest levels of achievement on their path to becoming capable successful, and responsible citizens of the world, prepared to embrace their post-graduation goals.

From the first days of kindergarten to the last days of high school, Point Borough students are prepared to excel in the core principles of education, and are exposed, through a broad variety of co-curricular programs, to the practical and creative real world applications of their education.

At Point Pleasant Borough Schools, district curricula meet or exceed state standards, and diverse course options provide students the flexibility to create an individualized educational experience while a rich variety of co-curricular programs enhance students’ social, creative and athletic development. These programs provide students with unlimited opportunities to achieve success, both in and out of the classroom. The continued alignment of district curricula with evolving national and state standards ensures our students are poised for long-term success in college and careers.

Point Pleasant Borough students’ educational journeys begin at one of the district’s two elementary schools - Ocean Road and Nellie F. Bennett Elementary Schools – both of which offer developmentally appropriate instruction for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Mathematics, Language Arts, Earth, Physical and Life Sciences as well as Social Studies comprise both elementary schools’ primary curriculum areas, ensuring our students are well prepared to enter intermediate school. Comprehensive related arts classes round out the elementary curriculum, helping to establish a firm foundation in the Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education and Library Science. And with technology infused into nearly every curriculum area students are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and beyond.

Both elementary schools proudly offer integrated and contained preschool programs for students with special needs as well as an array of basic skills and pullout classes. Resource room replacement instruction and in-class support services are also provided for eligible students. Though every effort is made to mainstream special education students wherever possible Ocean Road Elementary School offers self-contained K-5 special education classes for students with autism and for those with multiple disabilities.

The district’s intermediate school, Memorial Middle School, is proud to provide approximately 700 students in grades six through eight with high quality differentiated instruction. From Academically Gifted and Talented to contained special education classes for students with disabilities, Memorial Middle School offers a wide range of academically diverse learning opportunities. The middle school’s academic program is administered in each grade level by two academic teams. Each of the six total teams counts among its members, content specialists in each of the core subject areas of Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies as well as a special education teacher, who ensures special education students’ needs are met. The teams of specialists meet weekly, engaging in team meetings, grade level and content area Professional Learning Communities and with their supervisors to evaluate, revise and enhance their instructional priorities. This collaboration results in increased articulation among grades and across the curriculum.

At Memorial Middle School, core academic courses are taught in 78-minute blocks, similar to a college classroom environment. Math and Language Arts Literacy classes meet daily all year long, while Science and Social Studies classes alternate according to the semester. The block schedule format allows for expanded opportunities for hands-on, student-centered instruction.

Middle school students are assured a well-rounded educational experience thanks to a variety of Related Arts courses offered in Health and Physical Education, World Languages, Technology Literacy, Art, Consumer Science, Modular Technology, Instrumental and Vocal Music, and Character Education. The school also offers a wide variety of co-curricular programs, including Chorus and Band, Student Council, the National Junior Honors Society, a number of special interest clubs and an impressive 13 athletic programs, which provide students nearly limitless opportunities to achieve success outside the classroom.

Regular participation in charitable endeavors helps reinforce character education concepts while raising students’ social consciousness.

District students’ pre-college educational experience culminates at Point Pleasant Borough High School, where a blend of comprehensive academic and co-curricular opportunities has inspired a half-century of excellence.

Since its first graduating class of 1966, the high school has maintained a proud tradition of excellence, stemming an intrinsic climate of high expectations for student success. Academic preparation is focused on readying students for college, careers and life in the 21st century. This is achieved through the study of a broad and rigorous curriculum grounded in the core academic disciplines and required electives.

Students fulfill the minimum 120 credits necessary for graduation with the completion of requirements in English, Math, Science, Physical Education, World Languages, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, 21st Century Life & Career-Technical Education and Financial Literacy. Although students must complete minimum course requirements, diversity in each content area provides a good deal of autonomy and choice in deciding how to meet those requirements.

Students looking to challenge themselves may opt to participate in any of the 17 Advanced Placement courses offered by the high school. Administered by the College Board, Advanced Placement classes offer college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Depending on how a student performs on the end-of-course examination, he or she may be eligible for course credit or placement in advanced courses at many colleges and universities. Point Pleasant Borough High School encourages students’ aspirations by allowing open admission to Advanced Placement courses or Honors courses. As of the 2014-15 school year, half of the high school’s juniors and seniors had taken at least one AP course; and of the students who took an end-of-course AP exam, 75.9 percent earned a score of three or higher, which is the widely accepted threshold for students to receive college credit. Borough students’ performance on AP exams exceeded the state average of 72.4 percent. It’s factors like these that contributed to Point Pleasant Borough High School ranking among the top high schools on recent regional, state and national lists compiled by editorial website New Jersey Spotlight, New Jersey Monthly magazine and the Washington Post! New Jersey Spotlight ranked the high school 65th on their list of the state’s top 100 public schools according to Advanced Placement exam performance; New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked the Borough first in Ocean County and 102nd in the state on their 2016 list of NJ’s Top Public High Schools; and the Washington Post also placed the high school top in the county, 84th in the state and 1,818th nationally on their 2016 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools!

In addition to outstanding academic opportunities, Point Pleasant Borough High School is distinguished for its high caliber co-curricular programs. Over 80 percent of the student body is involved in co-curricular activities including athletics, performing arts and social organizations.

Our students’ consistent high performance factors prominently in their receipt of scholarships and grants each year. Last year, 85 percent of our graduating seniors went on to pursue higher education collectively utilizing over $160,000 in scholarships.

With the introduction of strategic new programs and initiatives and the continued efforts to refine instructional practices while improving instructional continuity throughout the district coupled with the improvements and updates to district curriculum, programs and facilities have all but guaranteed that students will have even more opportunities to achieve personal success in the coming years.

Because all achievement starts in the classroom, it is the fervent belief of the Point Pleasant Borough School District that the faculty is the foundation on which all success is built. To continue our district’s tradition of highly successful educators, primary focus is placed on recruiting and retaining top quality teachers and staff.

As teachers are responsible for shaping each child’s educational experience, their commitment to quality and constructive progress is paramount. With that in mind, deep emphasis is placed on providing consistent and meaningful staff development opportunities to improve instructional methods and increase student success.

District workshops, Team and Grade-level meetings, and participation in professional learning communities allow faculty to work collaboratively to exchange knowledge and skills and share best practices. These collective efforts translate to a unique set of learning opportunities, specific to our school community.

Our state-recognized Teacher Induction Program ensures that teachers new to our district share our educational vision. The four-year program guides new teachers through the tenure process, providing a comprehensive blend of mentorship and collaboration with professional development and assessments, inspiring them to reach their professional potential.

The district’s Educator & Principal Evaluation Systems help support continuous growth and improvement among our teachers and administrators, throughout their careers. The district’s evaluation methods reflect the district’s philosophy that student achievement is rooted in the continuous professional growth of their educators, providing multiple measures to support that growth, using established standards to provide educators and administrators timely, meaningful, and actionable feedback that will improve teaching and learning, and cultivate increased success among our students.

The district’s Induction Program and educator evaluation systems have established a standard of teaching excellence in our schools, which has been frequently recognized by outside agencies and groups. In just a few short years, Boro teachers have earned a number of prestigious awards, like the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, Princeton University’s Distinguished Teacher Award, the Masonic Fraternity’s Educator of the Year Award, and New Jersey’s Exemplary Elementary Educator Award to name a few. And more and more frequently, our teachers are being singled out to share their expertise with their professional peers at various national conferences and symposiums. These achievements serve as a testament to the superior quality of our schools’ education professionals.

Point Pleasant Borough Schools act as a draw and an anchor for the Point Pleasant Borough community. The district’s many successes translate to an increased sense of security and prosperity, attracting residents and commerce, stabilizing property values, and maintaining peace of mind for Point Pleasant’s citizenry. The district recognizes and appreciates this partnership with the community, and therefore, operates under a strict philosophy of delivering a first-class educational experience to all students while remaining accountable to Point Pleasant’s taxpayers.

Fiscal responsibility is a central tenet to the district’s philosophy of delivering a first-class educational experience to all students while remaining accountable to Point Pleasant’s taxpayers.
The district’s strong history of meeting financial commitments, 18 years of clean financial audits, maintaining emergency reserve funds, and strong fiscal controls put in place by the business office and the Board of Education have earned the district accolades from State education associations. Factors like these coupled with the district’s persistent ranking at the lowest of New Jersey school districts for spending according to New Jersey’s Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending, puts the district at the top of efficiently run school districts year after year.

To continue our tradition of highly successful educational programming at a low cost, the administration of Point Pleasant Schools is constantly looking for ways to reduce spending as well as increase revenue from non-traditional sources. District staff works diligently to keep costs low by participating in shared services; by pursuing program funding through state, federal and corporate grant opportunities; and by seeking additional revenue generating opportunities. Over the past year, the district has earned nearly half a million dollars in grant money to fund necessary capital improvements, allowing the district to proactively maintain facilities while minimizing the financial impact on the community.

Extraordinary and consistent student achievement, rigorous educational standards and comprehensive co-curricular programming accomplished through dedicated fiscal responsibility and unwavering community support; these are the components that contribute to the success of the Point Pleasant Borough School District.

The following school report card provides quantitative evidence of the district’s success. The data in the school report card is generated by the State from a wide range of input sources. We believe it provides a fairly accurate depiction of the academic success of our schools. We encourage parents and community members to review this report and monitor our continued progress as we move into the future.