Oakcrest High School (01-1790-050)

I am Daniel Money, Interim Principal of Oakcrest High School, and it is an honor to report to our community on the services of our staff and school. Oakcrest High School is entering its 53rd school year of academic excellence. Oakcrest is a comprehensive high school located in Mays Landing that provides a secondary school education to Hamilton Township. Our school population is approximately 1,080 students with an ethnic distribution of 46% Caucasian, 30% African American, 16% Hispanic, 6% Asian and 2% other or multi-racial. What a privilege it is to work with a true multicultural and diverse student body.
Twenty-six varsity athletic teams and forty-nine co-curricular activities are in place at Oakcrest High School. Our athletic teams participate in the Cape Atlantic League Conference and our activities provide viable opportunities to compete at the local, state and national levels. Activities like our Marching Ambassadors, Chorus, Dance, Drama, Art and Media provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their creativity as well as improve upon talents they may possess. Programs such as our Fall Activity Carnival, our annual “Back-to-School Night”, Character Counts activities, Spirit Week, Mr. Oakcrest, Homecoming Dance, Prom and Project Graduation are just a few activities that demonstrate our willingness to reach out to students/community and get them involved. It should also be noted that not only do we have opportunities for students, but also activities for parents to join…. so get involved!! It should be obvious that Oakcrest has something for everyone.

Oakcrest High School is a microcosm of the United States from an academic, ethnic, social and economic perspective. We are continuously seeking to raise the academic standard, which is demonstrated by the achievements of the class of 2013, of whom 205 seniors were accepted into 169 different colleges/universities and earned a total of $8,510,859.00 in Merit and Academic Scholarships. 5% of our graduates entered the military and 16% entered the workforce or other post-secondary training. Our SAT scores have remained competitive and the Advanced Placement program continues to thrive. During the 2012-13 school year, 150 students took 299 Advanced Placement Tests, and earned 156 eligible scores for college credit. For the first time, we are pleased to be able to offer, at no charge, the PSAT to all members of the class of 2015 and 2016.

Beginning September 2014, Oakcrest High School is excited to offer a Biomedical Science Magnet program to all students in the GEHRHSD, as well as a number of courses in which students can earn college credit through Dual Credit Programs with Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College. Oakcrest remains on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary education. English and history are taught in a cohort environment that provides a collaborative approach where content teachers, inclusion and reading specialists, design and implement curricular goals and objectives. Oakcrest also offers two innovative interdisciplinary Small Learning Communities, The Film Institute and The Medicine & Health Institute. The results are both academic and lifelong lessons by which students are placed in a situation that allows them to appreciate the interconnected nature of what they have learned and experienced. In addition to the core content courses, Oakcrest is extremely proud of our State of New Jersey “Best Practice” Guidance Program. The Guidance department continues to be committed to providing all students exposure to a comprehensive developmental program that addresses the academic, career and personal/social needs of the student. The proactive, enthusiastic delivery of the guidance curriculum occurs in the classroom, through evening/day programs, small group meetings and individualized conferences.

This year Oakcrest High School will continue to build upon previous goals as we seek new and innovative means to achieve curricular goals and objectives. Members of the faculty will continue to implement a positive Public Relations Program that will highlight the numerous educational, athletic, enrichment and social activities that our students and staff have been and will be participating in throughout the year. Our goal is to encourage and support our staff in their attempts to be published in various professional publications, as well as to present their achievements to fellow educators at State and National conventions.

Finally, we are aggressively researching numerous ways to assist our students in their attempts to meet with success on standardized tests and remain competitive in attaining their post-secondary goals. Through scheduling, challenging course offerings, after school programs, infusion of technology and other educational resources we hope to provide an educational environment that allows our students to strive for excellence.

In closing, I would also like to let everyone know that I am extremely proud to serve our school community as its educational leader. We have a very caring and enthusiastic staff, tremendous student body and an extremely supportive school community. We encourage you to log on to Oakcrest.net to learn more about the variety of programs that students can avail themselves here at Oakcrest. On our website, you will also have the opportunity to interact with teachers, coaches, activity advisors and administrators in a spirit of community via e-mail. I would also like to thank our Board of Education for their support of our students and our overall educational programs. My final statement to our school community is that Oakcrest High School has been and will continue to be a source of FALCON PRIDE. At the Falcon’s Nest, “Success is the only option and it all begins in the classroom.”

Mr. Dan Money Interim Principal
(609) 909-2600