The Tewksbury Township Schools is a K-8 public school district, which operates two schools serving 753 students. Schools in the district are Tewksbury Elementary School for grades K-4 (429 students) and Old Turnpike School for pre-kindergarten and grades 5-8 (324 students).
Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Voorhees High School in 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.
Tewksbury Elementary School (K-4) has an enrollment of approximately 429 students and is located at 109 Fairmount Road – County Rt. 512 East in Tewksbury. Our school offers a warm, child-centered environment and a wide variety of curricular programs that successfully address children’s educational and social needs. Our goal is to develop in students a strong sense of self-esteem, an excitement and curiosity for learning, and a strong foundation in each subject area. To accomplish this, teachers use research based strategies, engaging activities and educational technology that place all of our students at the center of the learning process. Tewksbury Elementary School’s instructional program is characterized by a strong emphasis on literacy and math skills and carefully integrated programs in science and social studies. In an effort to educate the whole child, rich programs in music, visual art, computers, physical education, library, and Spanish enhance the basic academic program.
Our students are provided with opportunities for enrichment in the classroom through differentiated instructional strategies as well as a school-wide program taught by a specialist. The goal is to enhance higher level thinking and in-depth exploration using the curriculum as a base. Project Aspire provides an additional opportunity for students who are particularly talented in math and/or reading. Students, through a pull-out format, are challenged by rigorous concepts and skills that are beyond their grade level. For students needing academic support, Tewksbury Elementary School offers Reading Recovery as well as basic skills instruction for language arts and math in a small group or one-on-one setting.
The physical environment at Tewksbury Elementary School is bright and colorful, providing a stimulating setting for learning. The building is attractively decorated with samples of students work and curricular related displays. A unique feature of our school is the street signs in all hallways reflecting concepts from our character education values. The integration of technology is indicated by the addition of a computer lab with 24 new computers in our Media/Library Center, Smartboards in each classroom, and a computer lab on a cart for technology use in the classrooms. Additionally each classroom has at least two desktop computers and our teachers enjoy the use of laptops.
An important element of Tewksbury Elementary Schools philosophy is our emphasis on developing a climate which encourages a sense of community among staff and students where everyone is seen as a learner. This is apparent during our monthly celebration of learning assemblies. Also our concern for students’ social/emotional development is demonstrated by school-wide programs in character education, anti-bulling, and Open Circle in grades 3 and 4. As part of our character education program, we integrate community service activities school-wide. One example is our Victory Garden which is cared for by our students during the school year and by volunteer school families during the summer. The garden’s produce is sent to families in need.
Our instructional program is complemented by a strong emphasis on assessment, particularly in the area of language arts. In addition to standardized tests, we evaluate student progress through a comprehensive system of assessment which includes portfolios and benchmark assessments. These reveal student progress in relation to grade level expectations, student growth over time, and clearly indicate student strengths and weaknesses to staff members in relationship to curriculum expectations. In addition, there is a comprehensive reporting system in Kindergarten through 2nd grade which strongly correlates with our language arts assessment.
One of the continued strengths of Tewksbury Elementary School is the commitment by staff and administration to constantly improve the instructional program through curriculum and staff development. This occurs through presentations by nationally known experts in their field and investigative research by subject area curriculum committees. Professional growth also occurs through embedded staff development utilizing the expertise of staff through faculty meetings and after school workshops.
Old Turnpike School (Pre K & 5-8) has an enrollment of approximately 324 students and is located at 171 Old Turnpike Road – County Rt. 517 in Tewksbury. Our Pre-Kindergarten program, entails four educational areas that are dedicated to the new Tewksbury Preschool, which houses two programs for students classified as preschool disabled, and offers speech language, occupational therapy, physical therapy and social skills training.
Our fifth graders are using a new semi-departmentalized schedule which has built in more academic time for Social Studies and Science. Grades six through eight have a modified block schedule that uses subject area specialists.
Our six-day cycle and activity periods have provided opportunities for our students to take advantage of various music, art, guidance, computer and geography offerings as well as required NJASK and essential skill reviews. We endeavor to encourage an enthusiasm for learning, promote personal excellence, and nurture an appreciation and respect for oneself and others.
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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