Clark Township Public Schools (39-0850)

Clark Township Public Schools

The Clark Public School District is located in the southern portion of Union County. We are a vibrant Pre-K to 12 district nestled in a close-knit community of 14,756 residents. The school district educates more than 2,300 students in five buildings and enjoys a very positive and collaborative send/receive relationship with the Garwood Public Schools. Students from Garwood are educated in their local K-8 district. They subsequently attend grades 9-12 at our Arthur L. Johnson High School here in Clark. Our mission statement says that the Clark Public Schools will, “In an active and responsible partnership with the community, provide a quality education…to all students…and through a nurturing, relevant learning environment, we will assist in the development of productive, respectful, and accountable citizens who are lifelong learners.”

In an era where many districts are beginning to engage in studies for shared services and efficiencies, both of these concepts have been a benchmark in our schools and community for many years. We enjoy a professional and collegial working relationship with the Clark Municipal Government, one that features the sharing of services, resources, and facilities. The district’s preschool program, for example, would not have been a reality without the generous cooperation and forward thinking of the Mayor and Town Council. In addition, the district has developed partnerships with local businesses through its active participation in the Chamber of Commerce. Further opportunities for efficiencies and shared services are continuously being explored. For instance, the new Clark Commons provides for a wealth of possible partnership opportunities.

Our district has been the recipient of a number of prestigious honors. Carl H. Kumpf Middle School was named as a School to Watch through the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education. Only four other middle schools throughout the state share this title. Meanwhile, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools reaccredited Arthur L. Johnson High School through the year 2021. Several of our administrators and teachers have been selected to speak at such honorable venues as the New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop and the New Jersey Science Convention. Our curricula throughout the various grade levels have been revised and new programs have been implemented so that we are meeting the needs of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

The district is proud of its focus on the individual growth of each and every one of its students. In Clark, one size definitely does not fit all. Guided reading, literature circles, and early interventions are important components of our balanced literacy program. We view technology as a vital part of the instructional process. For example, Mac Air laptops and SMART Boards are commonly used by our students and teachers. The district provides a wide variety of electives, including many Advanced Placement classes at the high school level. The Clark Public School District is committed to educating the whole child and, as a result, continues to provide students with various music and art choices in addition to an ever-increasing number of extra/co-curricular opportunities.

Our district continues to attract and retain the best educators. Through extensive professional development opportunities, including an inclusive, yearlong induction program and afterschool offerings, many of which are given by expert district staff, the Clark Public Schools provide their teachers with the best possible training. In Clark, we are a community of learners. The Parent-Teacher Associations, the Booster Club, and such educational support groups as the Clark Education Fund and the Clark Benefit Fund are a vital part of the district that provide critical educational opportunities for our students. As a result of all of the above, the Clark Public Schools are living up to their motto of “Inspiring Greatness.”