ALPINE BORO (03-0080)

ALPINE BORO

Alpine is a relatively affluent community located in northeast Bergen County. Its eastern border is the Hudson River. Located just a few miles from access to New York City via the George Washington Bridge, it is a prime area in which to live. Diversity in backgrounds and ethnic origins is its strength.

The Alpine School District, in many ways, reflects the community in which it is located. The District is comprised of one small school which enrolls resident students in grades Kindergarten through Eight. The K-4 students are housed in one wing of the school while the 5-8 students are housed in another. There is only one class per grade level since the total school enrollment is approximately 150.

District students in Grades 9 through 12 can attend Tenafly High School which the partner school in a sending-receiving relationship. Enrollment is free for students with the cost of their tuition paid by the Alpine School District. Both Alpine and Tenafly continue to be ranked high among top performing schools in the state.

During the 2014-2015 school year major construction began funded mostly by the Alpine Education Foundation and partly by the District Capital Reserve Fund. A target date for completion is February, 2016. Construction will provide a new performing arts center, additional classrooms, additional small group instruction rooms, and a state of the art library/media center.

In the classrooms this year there is an across-the-board initiative to enhance student engagement and responsibility for learning. The staff is committed to finding ways to continue to improve student learning as evidenced by the work of several Professional Learning Communities (PLC) focusing on this topic.

The Common Core has been embraced and is being implemented on all levels, supported by ever-expanding technology. Students have individual I-PADS and have access to computers in each classroom and a Personal Computer (PC) laboratory. The Common Core is supplemented by an opportunity to participate in Spanish or French beginning in the primary grades and a rich co-curricular program in visual and performing arts and vocal and instrumental music.

Articulation between Alpine and Tenafly is important so that Alpine Middle School students who will attend Tenafly High School are well prepared to participate in all that is offered. Efforts are underway this year in the Eighth Grade where three (3) math groups have been created to provide additional opportunities for advanced algebra and individual academic supports.

The Alpine Community is very involved in the successful operation of the District. The Home and School Association and the Alpine Education Association work tirelessly not only to support, but also enhance the District both financially and in helping provide assistance to staff in a variety of activities. The Board of Education continues to provide support of the District leadership and staff through policy and governance.

The entire School District "family" is very proud of what is representative of past, present, and projected future accomplishments.