CHESTERFIELD TWP (05-0830)

The Chesterfield School District, located in a rural area of northern Burlington County, provides outstanding educational programs and opportunities to children in pre-kindergarten through grade 6. Our students continue rich traditions of educational excellence, community pride and civic involvement. The Chesterfield community is dynamic and growing. The school district had an enrollment of 348 students as recently as 2006. Enrollment in September 2012 is 639. Chesterfield is ranked among the fastest growing districts in the state! In response to this growth, the district opened a new, state of the art school in January of 2011. Our school on Saddle Way is in the heart of the “village”; the new development in the community. Many of our students now walk or bike to school, and the new school is fully utilized by families for recreational activities after school hours. We have benefited from the richness that our new students and families, from diverse backgrounds, bring to our school.
The Chesterfield Township School District is committed to the health, safety and well-being of our children as we provide them with challenging educational opportunities. During the 2011-12 school year, with the help of the Grow Healthy Grant from the Family and Community Health Sciences Department of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, we were able to start a school garden in our courtyard and implement fitness activities and nutrition lessons, taught by parent volunteer “Wellness Champions” and teachers. Another positive aspect of being part of this rich, agricultural community is that we recently received a $10,000 grant from Monsanto. We were nominated for this grant by one of our local farmers. The funds will be used to enhance science instruction. We also are committed to social-emotional health and learning in Chesterfield. Character education traits are integrated through our school programs on a daily basis. Our teacher led Character Education Committee is an active participant in planning and sustaining programs, such as peer mediation, character education themes with daily student announcements emphasizing positive character traits, and occasional assemblies. Bully prevention is taught on an ongoing basis with an emphasis on developing and maintaining positive behavioral supports and positive school culture. This year we are implementing a chart of School-wide Expectations. We are proud of our up-to-date curricula developed using Understanding by Design as a framework, best practices in instruction, and instructional technology which is integrated throughout our school building and infused in all aspects of the educational program. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive white board, document camera and sound amplification system for amplification of the teacher’s voice as well as audio accompaniment to multi-media resources.

The Chesterfield Board of Education integrates the resources of home, school and community in a mutual effort to guide each pupil’s growth towards becoming a confident learner who can contribute meaningfully in a democratic society. Cooperative efforts with our Parent Teacher Association, Chesterfield Public Educational Fund, parent Volunteer Involvement Program, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, along with local community organizations and agencies, promote a school that provides children with an array of school and extra-curricular activities that foster a comprehensive educational program.

Our objective is to develop life-long learners, so that our students will be prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in our modern economy. The district provides students with experiences that promote higher-level thinking and information processing, that model citizenship and service, and that promote responsibility to self, family, community, and school. Guided by outstanding teachers and supported by a caring, involved community, Chesterfield School District’s children are well-prepared to excel in middle level and high school programs.