Emily Capella Superintendent of Schools
93 Willow Grove Road
Shamong, NJ 08088-8961
Visit us at www.lrhsd.org
The Lenape Regional High School District serves the eight municipalities of Evesham, Medford, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle and Woodland Townships and Medford Lakes Borough. Encompassing an area of 350 square miles the Lenape District is the largest school district in Burlington County. Students at the districts four high schools - Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and Seneca - are provided a balanced and comprehensive education including experiences in academic, athletic, extra-curricular and community service programs. The districts highly successful Sequoia Alternative Program offers a small learning community to meet its students academic, social and emotional needs.
The Lenape District fulfills its mission through a spirit of cooperation and collaboration among a host of stakeholders including administrators, teachers, parents, municipal officials, and community members from the sending townships K-8 school districts. Through open and ongoing communication with its sending districts, the Lenape District helps ensure a seamless and successful educational experience for every student, kindergarten through graduation.
Additionally, through more than 220 course offerings, 18 AP courses and 72 Burlington County College Acceleration Program (BCC CAP) courses, complemented by summer enrichment programs, the Lenape District offers academic tracks that meet every students needs. During the 2010/2011 school year, 1,410 students earned over 11,000 college credits through the CAP program with Burlington County College. SAT scores consistently above state and national averages and a graduation rate of 98 percent, with 94 percent of graduates attending more than 265 colleges and universities, exemplify Lenapes success as a high achieving district.
The District was featured in Education Executive magazine for Making Magic Happen. The article featured how one district continues to prepare its students for graduation and beyond in light of shrinking school budgets.
District faculty members have been recognized for achievement by national organizations such as the National Science Foundation, Apple and ESPN. State recognition was awarded from the NJ Association of School Librarians, DECA and the NJ Department of Education for Transition Services. Faculty has participated in national professional development/continuing education programs such as the Cornells Summer Molecular Biology and the Princeton Molecular Biology Outreach programs. Faculty members have also had the esteemed honor of presenting at national conferences for the American Psychology Association, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Summit.
Through its award winning television studio, LDTV, the district provides high quality community-oriented programming from athletics to performing arts. In 2010/2011, LDTV produced the Communities Connections series, with a focus on art and music. In the collaborative effort, art, music and communications technology students worked together to interview local municipal officials on various programs relating to painting, quilting, photography, poetry and music festivals, celebrations and resources available to community members. Additionally, the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders bestowed LDTV and its students with the 2011 History Award for its documentary on The Black Doctor of the Pines: Dr. James Still and the Legacy of the Still Family. LDTV Option Two students also won the U Got Brains contest for developing a creative and cutting-edge project to raise awareness for teen driving safety.
Active community involvement is a hallmark of the Lenape District. In 2010/2011 approximately 1800 twelfth graders participated in the Districts First Annual Senior Day of Service. Over 90 different locations across the eight townships Lenape District serves opened up their doors in order for our students to volunteer their services. This interdisciplinary program was reinforced back in the classrooms of the English, Social Studies, Business and Technology Departments with students producing various projects throughout the year pertaining to the Senior Day of Service.
In addition to encouraging community involvement among students through the Senior Day of Service, an overwhelming percentage of LRHSD students voluntarily participated in community service activities and clubs including inner city outreach, food banks, blood drives, Autism awareness and senior citizen programs. One of the unintended consequences with giving back to the community is the community members reciprocity. In 2010/2011 alone, the LRHSD received donations totaling $275,653 towards enhancements for educational programming.
As a district with a wide breadth of special education offerings, LRHSD has worked to develop innovative programs and opportunities to meet the specific needs of special needs students and to develop life-long job skills including: morning cafés, in which students develop hands-on experience making, selling and serving café patrons; Wii Tournaments between each of the schools; special holiday events and the Annual Special Needs Prom. Additionally, LHRSD Special Education program successfully placed 31 students in nearly 50 different work sites, providing students with job development opportunities.
The mission of the Lenape Regional High School District, a leader in progressive education, is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world, accomplished through:
Unlimited educational experiences
A curriculum which exceeds the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
Integration of technology
Expectations of higher achievement for all students and staff
Partnerships with families and community in a secure, challenging and energizing environment