About Our School District
The South Brunswick School District lives its mission statement: To prepare students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, effective communicators and wise decision makers. This will be accomplished through the use of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) and/or the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at all grade levels. The schools will maintain an environment that promotes intellectual challenge, creativity, social and emotional growth and the healthy physical development of each student.
In addition to receiving the uppermost ranking of "High Performing School District" in the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC), which is the State Department of Education's evaluation system for public school districts, the County Superintendent labeled the District as a "lighthouse district" for the State of New Jersey. There are many reasons for this distinction.
Academically, the South Brunswick Schools are recognized within the state and nation. A few indicators of our past successes are as follows: National Blue Ribbon Schools, N.J. Star Schools, Governor's School of Excellence Award, National Merit Finalists, National Merit Commended Students, Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars, Dodge Foundation Recognized Principals, National Board Certified Teachers, New Jersey Music Educators Association Administrators of the Year and Nationally Ranked High School Band and Color Guard. In June 2011, the High School was named to Newsweek Magazine's list of Best High Schools in America, an honor in which every staff and community member in the South Brunswick School District can take great pride. In July 2011, South Brunswick Township was named to Money Magazine's list of the 100 Best Small Towns to Live In the US due in part to its 'top-notch' schools. The opening statement to this honor began as follows: 'People tend to move to this diverse town in Middlesex County for the great public school system'' In August 2011, NJ Monthly Magazine named South Brunswick to the list of the Top 100 towns in New Jersey, a ranking in which school academic performance is a key factor. Finally, in November 2011 and again in November 2012, South Brunswick School District was recognized as one of fewer than 400 public school districts in the nation (and this year, as one of only four in the State of New Jersey) being honored by the College Board with a place on the Annual AP Honor Roll, for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
South Brunswick also believes in exhibition of student work. Throughout the year, students routinely exhibit and present their work before classmates, within the school and throughout the district. This is particularly evident in our standardized approach to research tasks beginning in grade three and concluding in grade twelve, world language nights and events, the annual student art gallery, theatrical productions, and district music festivals and concerts.
Along with our emphasis on high academic achievement for all students, we place a strong emphasis on providing a safe and caring school environment. By way of illustration, our elementary schools implement the Responsive Classroom approach, which incorporates character education as a cornerstone for teaching and learning. The middle schools build upon this with the Developmental Designs approach to character education, and the high school uses the work of the Institute of Excellence and Ethics in its 'Strive for Five' program. All of our approaches are research-based and emphasize the development of both performance and moral character. Testament to our work in this area was the naming of our High School in May 2011 as a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Ours is the only high school in New Jersey to be nominated for this honor and one of only four high schools across the entire country to receive the designation.
Our athletic and co-curricular programs develop the many talents of our students. South Brunswick Township schools provide remedial and enrichment programs for students of diverse interests and needs as well as counseling supports in all schools-- before school, during school, after school, and even during the summer. A number of these programs are also provided through our Community Education program that also serves the adult interests of the South Brunswick community.
The District points with pride to its many partnerships and shared services including those with the offices of South Brunswick Township (police, fire, first aid, recreation, health, recycling), the Office of Aging, the Aging in Place Partnership, the South Brunswick Public Library, Municipal Alliance, the Commission on Women, the South Brunswick Education Foundation, the South Brunswick Parent Academy, the Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Parent-Teacher Organizations, Recreation and Athletic Leagues, the Bridge Center of UMDNJ, the Ministerium, and our many Friday Folder Community Groups.
To view specific information about our schools, please visit each school’s webpage.