Cedar Creek High School opened its doors for the first time September 7, 2010 with only 9th and 10th grade students. For the 2011/2012 school year, we grew to include grades 9 through 11. Serving students from six communities within the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, Cedar Creek will function fully as a four-year, comprehensive high school for the 2012/2013 school year. We are located on 66 acres in Egg Harbor City, minutes from both the Atlantic City Expressway and public transportation services.
The diverse student population of Cedar Creek High School will serve to prepare our young men and women for the interactions they will have as adults with peoples of varied racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Our current demographic make-up is: 60% Caucasian; 20% Hispanic; 16% African American; and 4% of Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, or Multi-Racial decent. The student body numbered just under 650 for the 2011/2012 school year, and is expected to reach approximately 850 for the 2012/2013 school year. This size allows us to offer varied academic and elective programs, while still promoting a community atmosphere where students and staff can build meaningful, productive relationships.
One of the unquestioned highlights of our building is its educational technology. Every classroom is equipped with an LCD projector and interactive whiteboard. This allows images to be portrayed for the students at the front of the classroom in a seven foot-wide illustration. There are over 450 computers within the building for student use, including four dedicated computer labs and seven mobile carts that house class-room sets of lap-top computers, in addition to having dedicated student units in every classroom. This commitment to technology allows our staff to work with the students in a manner that will best prepare them for higher education and the workforce in the 21st century.
Cedar Creek High School is also home to two Magnet Programs that allow students to begin preparing for college study and professional careers while still in high school. Cedar Creeks Engineering Magnet is run in conjunction with nationally recognized Project Lead the Way, currently in operation in 49 states. The combination of traditional math and science courses with innovative Pathway to Engineering courses prepares students for college majors in engineering and E/T fields and offers them the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Pathway to Engineering courses engage high school students through a combination of activities-based, project-based, and problem-based (APPB) learning. This approach encourages students to develop skills that will also assist them in other rigorous courses and programs, such as Honors and Advanced Placement. As a PLTW fully accredited institution, our students who complete the junior and senior level courses can purchase transcripts from a number of colleges and universities nationwide and thus earn college credit while still enrolled in high school. Our second Magnet Program is Environmental Science. The Environmental Science Magnet offers students interested in pursuing environmental-related fields of study at the college level or similar careers an opportunity to begin advanced course-work during their high-school years. Coursework is designed through a collaborative effort with Stockton College professors within its Environmental Science School. The curriculum will not replace any of the traditional science courses offered, but rather serve to deepen a students knowledge and understanding in a parallel, focused approach. Through a dual-enrollment program established with Stockton College, students may earn college credit for the junior and senior level Environmental Science courses while still enrolled in Cedar Creek High School.
Additionally, Cedar Creek High School offers many supportive services and instruction for students who may require additional assistance and attention. A full-time staff member is dedicated to offering students additional seat-time in small-group math instruction. Students are not removed from their traditional math course, but rather receive this focus as a supplement. We also have a reading specialist who works with teaching staff in every department to help our staff identify students who may have difficulty reading. The specialist and the teacher can then work cooperatively to implement strategies to assist across all subjects.
Outside of our classrooms, students have opportunities to participate in athletics and activities utilizing our state of the art facilities. Those interested in the Performing Arts can learn in purpose-designed classrooms for music, chorus, and drama adjacent to our auditorium. Our 800+ seat theater has full digitally control-systems for the audio and lighting systems, allowing students who may desire a career behind the camera to begin learning their future trade now. In our athletic and physical education area, a custom-designed weight-room was specifically outfitted to offer students choices in their fitness program, regardless of their experience, athletic ability, or chosen sport. Student-athletes have the opportunity to compete in no less than 22 varsity sports.
Just as important as any of these tangible items is the staff that works in Cedar Creek High School and the community members who support us. Much of our workforce lives in the communities we serve, creating a bond between school and community that promotes involvement and shared purpose.
I am honored to be the first principal of Cedar Creek High School, and proud of the staff, students, Board of Education and community members involved here. My staff and I will attempt to offer any assistance or answer any questions you may have. Should you desire any additional information, please contact us either by phone, 609-563-3560, or by visiting our website at www.cedarcreekhs.net.