Students in grades K through 8 for public school attend the Lebanon Township Schools. Schools in the district are Valley View School (for grades K-4; 422 students) and Woodglen School (for grades 5-8; 357 students). Both schools are located in Lebanon Township, but have a Califon mailing address.
Public school students in grades 9 through 12 attend Voorhees High School in Lebanon Township (although the mailing address is Glen Gardner) as part of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. Voorhees High School serves students from Califon Borough, Glen Gardner Borough, Hampton Borough, High Bridge Borough, Lebanon Township and Tewksbury Township.
Valley View Elementary School (K-4) – has an enrollment of approximately 422 students and is located at 400 Route 513 in Califon. Valley View School is a child-centered learning community offering a well-rounded educational program to all our students. We continue to use the Responsive Classroom approach which promotes respect, caring, and community for all of our students.
Our curriculum maps are updated every year. Our language arts program provides a balanced approach to literacy instruction that uses real literature to develop a love of reading. Our math program continues to have an emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking and our science program is hands-on and inquiry based.
We utilize a data driven approach when evaluating current programs and services for our students. Our third and fourth grade students participate in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK). We administer the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) as well as parts of AIMSWEB to gather data to identify students who may be in need of extra assistance from our Response to Intervention program. We are also happy to have an enrichment program in place for our students.
Valley View prides itself on being a positive and open place for all members of our school community. We are very thankful to have such a wonderful volunteer program. We could not be more proud of our talented students and dedicated staff.
Woodglen Middle School (5-8) – has an enrollment of approximately 357 students and is located at 70 Bunnvale Road in Califon. Our goal at Woodglen School is to provide an outstanding education for all of our students. Each and every student is encouraged to be the best he or she can be. Our programs are designed and evaluated to meet the diverse needs of all students. Differentiated instruction allows us to reach children at all academic levels. Formative assessment provides teachers with necessary data to tailor instruction to the needs of individuals. We recognize that each child is unique, with different academic, social and emotional needs. With this in mind, our staff supports each of these needs so that each student can achieve his or her potential.
In order to facilitate real learning, we must give students a reason to learn and connect subjects and concepts. In order to achieve this, we have developed interdisciplinary units at all grade levels and encourage a problem-based-learning approach in all subject areas. Our mathematics curriculum stresses problem solving and application skills along with strong knowledge of basic skills and concepts. The language arts program puts strong emphasis on writing as we integrate reading and writing in a literature-based program. Science classes stress hands-on learning as we teach scientific concepts. In social studies, students explore a variety of topics including United States history, world history, civics, geography, economics and current events using interactive materials as well as primary source documents. Woodglen students study Spanish as their world language, with a focus on conversation and culture. Woodglen School also provides excellent opportunities for students in art, family living / health, music and physical education. We have incorporated technology into all subject areas to provide students with meaningful experiences that will lead to greater and more efficient use of computer hardware and software. In addition, through our computer courses we address digital citizenship, a variety of software programs, movie making and keyboarding. We continue to expand our enrichment offerings for all students as we have elective opportunities available as well as special interest programs, projects and trips.
In addition to academic programs, Woodglen School encourages character development for all students. Through our curricula and assembly programs we seek to produce students of the highest character. We also try to teach students that they are part of a much larger world and provide them with opportunities to care for other people, animals and the environment. Our student council has taken the lead role in this area providing students many opportunities to serve others in and beyond our community.
The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) is the state-administered standardized test used to partially assess student achievement in grades 5-8. We continue to move toward our goal of increasing the percentage of students scoring in the Advanced Proficient range while decreasing the percentage of students scoring Partially Proficient in all test areas.
Woodglen School continues to work closely with Voorhees High School and other elementary districts to enhance our programs and provide for smooth transition between middle and high school. Our staff articulates with elementary, middle and high school colleagues from Voorhees and its other sending districts. We continually work to identify and provide students with skills and knowledge that will enable them to be successful in the future and foster a life-long love of learning.
Voorhees High School (9-12) – has an enrollment of approximately 1,160 students and is located at 256 County Road 513 in Glen Gardner. It serves students from Califon Borough, Glen Gardner Borough, Hampton Borough, High Bridge Borough, Lebanon Township and Tewksbury Township.
Voorhees High School has consistently ranked among the top high schools in the state. Fifty-five per cent of the 125 faculty members have Masters Degrees and four have earned Doctorates in their fields. The current student-faculty ratio is approximately 10 to 1. A comprehensive high school, Voorhees provides an academic program designed to meet the needs of individual students. The twelve academic departments offer a wide array of courses at the General, College Prep and Honors levels. Students may choose from a variety of elective courses that offer enrichment as well as fulfill graduation requirements. Twenty-five Advanced Placement courses are available to qualified students. Vocational courses are offered in several departments as well as through the Hunterdon County Polytechnical School. While 120 credits are required for graduation, most students earn credits far exceeding that number. Approximately 100 students extend their school day by participating in music and independent courses that meet after school.
Members of the graduating class of 2010 who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scored an average of 536 on the reading portion, 535 on the writing portion, and 535 on the math portion. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized two members of the current senior class as a Semi-finalist and eight as Commended Students. The College Board has identified 77 Voorhees students as AP Scholars. Of these, 11 were named Scholars with Honors, 31 were named Scholars with Distinction, and 7 were named National Scholars. There were 20 Bloustein Scholars in the Class of 2010.
The vast majority of Voorhees graduates pursue higher education and many are accepted to some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the nation. Of the Class of 2010, 99.5% are enrolled in institutions of higher learning; 76 per cent are attending four-year colleges, 23 per cent are attending two-year colleges, and.5% are attending business and/or technical schools.
Voorhees High School has remained on the cutting edge of technology. Every teacher is issued a lap top computer. Students have access to more than 400 computers in the school, each with Internet access. The Media Center is equipped with 32 computers for students’ use throughout the day. Four additional computer labs are equipped with a full compliment of state of the art technology. Every science lab has a minimum of six computers that are frequently used in combination with probes to record and analyze scientific data. The World Language Resource Center includes a language laboratory to enhance listening skills. Six sets of 15 computers on wheels are available for use in class rooms.
The students of Voorhees High School enjoy a variety of co-curricular activities. Approximately one-third of the students participate in athletics each season. Two full-time athletic trainers are on staff. There are 27 varsity athletic teams, most with junior varsity and freshman levels. In addition, students can chose from an extensive list of more than 50 clubs and activities spanning a wide range of interests. Students involved in athletics may also participate in clubs during CIA (Curriculum Instruction and Activity) time each day from 2:30 until 3:10. All teachers are available during this time to provide extra help and to sponsor club activities.
Parental involvement plays a major role at Voorhees. The Principal’s Advisory Council meets every month to discuss current topics and to provide input. An active Parent Teacher Student Association sponsors Project Graduation. A variety of booster clubs help support athletic and other co-curricular activities.
Voorhees is a comprehensive high school meeting the needs of its students and the community. It provides a stimulating, nurturing environment in which every student can reach his or her potential. Excellence in education remains our number one goal.
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