It is with great pleasure that I present to you our annual School Report Card. The information contained in this report will assist you in becoming more familiar with our School District. We take great pride in our performance and hope you take the time to review all of the information provided here. Should you have any questions related to this annual report and regarding the District in general, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience.
Kingsway is situated in predominately rural/suburban areas, with more than 20,000 people residing within its 52 square mile border. The District includes the Borough of Swedesboro and the Townships of South Harrison, East Greenwich, and Woolwich. Though not part of the District, students from Logan Township attend Kingsway High School through a send/receive relationship as paid tuition students.
Over the last decade Kingsway has experienced unprecedented growth. Student population has grown from 1,100 students in the 2000-01 school year to 2,286 students in 2011-12 school year. A recent demographic study projects student enrollment to exceed 3,000 students by the year 2015.
This level of growth compounded with reductions in state aid has forced Kingsway to "do more with less" and stretch every tax dollar to its absolute limit, and, as the District's Superintendent and resident of our community, I am proud to say that we continue to exemplify this cliché. For example, Our conservation program has been so successful we were recently notified that our school district has received two prestigious ENERGY STAR Awards from the federal governments ENERGY STAR Program. One award is for the Kingsway Middle School for reducing energy consumption over 30%. This is the second year that the Middle School has been so honored. The second award is for Energy Star Leader Top Performer District. No other school public school building or district in Southern New Jersey has ever received this award. This recognition will be presented to us based on our energy conservation achievement of (either energy efficiency improvements district-wide or placing in the top 25% of school districts in the nation for energy conservation savings). Since our conservation program began, our district has saved over 1 million dollars. This savings allows us to redirect more money into our classrooms and academic programs where it belongs.
Moreover, Kingsway spent less per pupil than the average high school district and as a result was ranked the lowest for the 2011-12 school year as reported in the State's Comparative Spending Guide. In laymen's terms, this means no other school district in the entire state in our category demonstrated a lower total cost per pupil in their per pupil budget costs when compared to Kingsway. While spending less we have achieved more and by way of example Kingsway was reported to have the highest high school graduation rate in 2011.
At Kingsway we are proud of the well-rounded education we provide our 2,286 students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12) and the many opportunities every student is afforded. Academically and programmatically Kingsway has much to offer in terms of a comprehensive general and special education programs. In addition to the New Jersey mandated core curriculum offerings, Kingsway offers a variety of challenging programs to meet the diverse needs of all middle and high school students.
Kingsway maintains rigorous academic standards to prepare students with 21st Century Skills and life-long success. All programs are reviewed on a five year cycle to maintain the highest academic standards for all learners. Teachers are continuing with their multiyear commitment to align our programs with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
The Middle School includes comprehensive team-based programs featuring English, Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health/Physical Education, World Languages, Art, and Music. Additionally, our middle learners are provided opportunities in engineering, character education, jazz, and performing arts.
The High School includes a college preparatory program for all students and includes visual and performing arts and economics in addition to our core programs. Additionally, our high school students are exposed to 12 Advanced Placement Programs, Dual Credit opportunities with two local colleges, 26 award-winning sports and extracurricular activities, more than 20 clubs and after-school activities, an award-winning mock trial team, and a state and nationally recognized Model Congress program.
In closing, I encourage you to review this Report Card and, if you have any questions feel free to contact me at your convenience.