The Central Regional School District is located in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township and draws from the constituent districts of Berkeley Township, Island Heights, Ocean Gate, Seaside Heights, and Seaside Park. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Barnegat Bay, and the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, the area is rich in culture, tradition, and learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom. This has helped create a unique and diverse student body as well as providing a stimulating, comprehensive, and cultural educational environment.
Each year all curriculum areas are reviewed and revised if necessary to ensure alignment with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Selected curriculum areas also undergo extensive review and revision as part of the districts five year curriculum plan. The Central Regional School District continues to offer a variety of courses that include Advanced Placement, College Credit, Honors, College Prep, and General offerings. Basic Skills instruction is also available for students with specific needs in the areas of mathematics and language arts. Additionally, courses are added or revised to meet the individual students needs and to reflect the changing demands of the business and educational communities. Several courses are offered in both traditional and flex block scheduling formats to provide more flexibility for student learning. The district has integrated technology through its Study Island diagnostic and Plato programs to help improve test scores.
Central Regionals Humanities Academy partnered with Georgian Court University will be opening its doors for the 2012 -2013 school year. All current juniors are eligible to apply to the Academy which is located in the high school. Cohort I will be made up of 25 to 30 students that are accepted into the program and expanded each year. Students will be able to earn 18 college credits from Georgian Court University at Central Regional taught by professors from Georgian Court University. Students will also be following the Georgian Court University calendar and will be starting classes in August and will have a winter break from university classes. Students in the program will be required to complete an internship or volunteerism component for the program.
Instruction is provided by a highly competent, qualified and energetic staff. Staff development is provided to the staff district-wide through both internal and outside resources. Each year the Staff Development Committee evaluates the professional development program and makes changes based on input received from staff, parents, and students. This insures that our staff receives the best training possible. The past year differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and PLCs have been the focus of our staff development program and have provided new approaches to meet the educational needs of all our students. In the classroom, students are encouraged to play an active role in the educational process. This provides for the development of problem solving and higher level thinking skills, which are so important to success in both higher education and the business world. Central was also fiscally responsible by pursuing grant opportunities and creating the CR Foundation to provide innovative learning opportunities for students. The district has currently expanded its WiFi and is planning to have WiFi throughout its 98 acre campus to accommodate teachers, parents and students. Two new computer labs were also created to help students prepare for the NJASK in the middle school and the HSPA in the high school.
Students in the Central Regional School District are also encouraged to be active outside the classroom through sports programs and community and school organizations. Sportsmanship and team work are emphasized throughout the sports programs while our clubs emphasize qualities such as bias reduction, helping the less fortunate, appreciation for our natural resources, and giving back to the community. Clubs such as our High School Key Club have received national recognition for their work throughout the communities. Central Regional has been designated as an Inter-district Choice School. This means that students from Ocean County can apply and, if accepted, can come to Central Regional regardless of where they live. Transportation is provided by the home district. Students in the Choice Program will be able to attend our newly opened Humanities Academy.
Parents and community members are encouraged to be an active part of the Central Regional School District and receive information about events through school newsletters, a school website and through our Educational Television channel. Additionally, a Superintendents Advisory Committee continues to provide an opportunity for community members to get information and share ideas. The PTA and alumni organizations continue to play an important part in the success of our school district. The school facilities are available for use by all five communities and provide a valuable service to outside organizations.
The Central Regional School District continues to provide new opportunities for our students and our communities and fulfill its commitment to provide a quality education for all the students from our five constituent districts.