VINELAND CITY (11-5390)

VINELAND CITY

VINELAND SCHOOL DISTRICT 2015-2016
DISTRICT REPORT CARD NARRATIVE

The mission of the Vineland Public School District is to facilitate the educational, physical, social and emotional growth of our culturally diverse population and to prepare students for life in the twenty-first century.

We recognize that a quality educational experience is the result of a strong partnership of parents, teachers and the community. Our district continues to offer a full complement of high quality academic programs augmented by health, social services, arts and athletics. New programs and curricula are developed and implemented to address the varied needs of our students, preschool through high school.

Success for students at all levels is the common goal shared by educators and is measured in a variety of ways. The district maintains all major curricula that address the New Jersey Core Content Standards. As highly capable staff in all school settings focus on teaching and learning, exciting programs include the following:

There are two full day preschool sites within the Vineland Public School District.
Students are taught using the High Scope program, a highly researched and state
approved early childhood curriculum that is aligned to all state standards. It is an
academically based program that focuses on nine content areas which address key
concepts in early learning.

Full day kindergarten and preschool - in Vineland Public Schools, all five-year
olds continue to have the opportunity to attend kindergarten for a full day of learning.
Additionally, the district works closely with community providers to make available
enriched learning experiences for all three and four-year olds at no cost to the family.

In accordance with the New Jersey Content Standards, a state-of-the-art
language arts/literacy program is implemented in all elementary schools. Students in grades K4 receive instruction in the Journey's program, while grade 5 students are instructed in the LEADS program.

Mathematics grades K5 - The Everyday Math program is utilized in all schools, grades kindergarten through five with Connected Math being utilized in grades 6 through 8. Advanced mathematics is offered in grades 6 through 8 allowing students to complete high school algebra in grade 8. Ongoing staff development is provided in all areas in order to ensure quality instruction.

The district implemented the "academic rigor" component of the Secondary Education initiative. All "general" level courses have been removed from our high school offerings, and all students are now challenged to demonstrate success at college prep level, honors level, and AP level courses.

Pupil Personnel Services - The district provides a full complement of student services through counselors, social workers, SACs, and health and social service coordinators who meet the affective, emotional and social needs of students in preschool through high school.

The district continues to infuse educational technology into the curriculum in order to enhance the learning experiences for our students. Numerous computer laboratories, laptop/chromebook carts and iPads are available for students to become true 21 st century learners.

Vineland High School students now have the opportunity to take part in the Air Force Junior ROTC Program. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, development of flight, applied sciences, military aerospace policies, and space exploration.

The Vineland Public School District created the Applied Math & Science Academy
(AMSA) in 2014 to enhance the interest and cultivate the growth of students in the Math, Technology, and Science fields. The curriculum for the program was developed to be highly rigorous and facilitate academic growth and creativity. In 2015 the program expanded to now include students in grades 58.

The district provides a full continuum of special education programs, preschool
through age 21. These include highly specialized settings, such as programs for autism, behavioral disabilities and auditory impaired as well as many others.

The district offers a comprehensive bilingual/ESL program in grades K12
in support of its English Language Learners (ELL's). Instruction is aligned with the regular district approved curriculum and the NJCCS and WIDA standards.

The district provides a program for our gifted students, Learners with Exceptional
Abilities (LEAP), in grades K 8. Students receive differentiated instruction and
enrichment opportunities. Exposure to the arts is also addressed.

In addition to the multitude of academic offerings, the Vineland Public School district creates an environment that encourages students to express their athletic and artistic abilities.

Our accomplishments are a tribute not only to the individual talents of our students, but also to the active involvement of our parents and the dedication and commitment of an outstanding instructional and administrative staff. Our teachers work individually and collectively to facilitate the learning process, to help students grow academically and socially, and to foster appreciation for the richness of our diverse population. To this end, we constantly evaluate our progress and continue to strive for excellence in our entire offering of programs for our students.