WHAT IS INTERDISTRICT PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE?
The Interdistrict Public School Choice Program is an outgrowth of the Comprehensive Educational Improvement and Financing Act of 1996 (CEIFA) which authorized the Commissioner of Education to establish a program of interdistrict public school choice. The goal of the school choice program is to provide greater flexibility to parents and students in the selection of a public school that best meets the needs of the student. It offers parents and students expanded educational opportunities to attend schools outside of the district in which they reside. Parents will have the ability to select a public school best suited to their child's particular interests, abilities and learning needs. Parents will not be charged tuition in order for their children to attend a Choice school.
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF THE CHOICE PROGRAM IN KENILWORTH?
The Kenilworth Public School’s Choice program is open to entering grades seven (7) through ten (10) in September of each school year. Our programs at the David Brearley Middle and High School provide all students with a small, personalized, and caring educational environment in a superior educational facility. In addition to our special education and general education programs, we now offer students the option of an Academic Academy (The Kenilworth Scholars’ Academy) for those who meet the necessary academic requirements. Our comprehensive educational program includes Core, AP, and Honors courses as well as Virtual High School courses utilizing the web. Each December for the past 13 years, we have conducted a lottery drawing to determine entrance into our David Brearley Middle and High School as we continue to receive far more applicants than we have available seats. We are a small but outstanding Union County School District assisting each student to reach his/her maximum potential.
WHAT IS THE KENILWORTH SCHOLARS' ACADEMY CHOICE PROGRAM?
The Kenilworth Scholars Academy is a small community of students devoted to high achievement and rigorous coursework in all subject areas. Students are exposed to a variety of academic experiences with a concentration in math and sciences. These students are required to take Academy courses that comprise an assortment of honors, Advanced Placement and specialized classes. The students also participate in seminars, field trips, college visits, and other forms of enrichment that allow them a variety of educational experiences. Students must apply for the academy using our application process and meet the selection criteria that encompass multiple measures. The Kenilworth Scholars Academy is focused on engaging career-minded students who aspire to contribute to a 21st Century global society by learning with small groups in the classroom, in the field, and at the college level.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE KENILWORTH PROGRAM?
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Kenilworth Choice Program.
They must have been enrolled in a public school during the full year prior to attendance in the Kenilworth School District.
They must be eligible for placement in grades 7 – 10.
WHAT ARE SOME SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM?
The middle school program is housed in the second floor of the David Brearley facility and operates under a School-Within-A-School administrative structure. Middle School students are supported by an Assistant Principal and a Counselor. Students have their own mascot, the Bruin.
David Brearley provides 7th and 8th grade students with a solid instructional program utilizing a 9-period schedule. Mathematics, Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Health and Physical Education are the integral parts of the middle school instructional program. Highly trained teachers employ a wide range of instructional techniques and utilize existing technologies to enhance student learning.
Students are also provided an opportunity to explore a variety of subject areas during their middle school years through a series of "cycle" courses. These include an Introduction to Spanish and Italian, art, Music, and Technology.
Advanced high school level instruction is provide to qualified students in Mathematics, Science, Spanish and Italian. In addition, honors level coursework is provided in Language Arts.
Students benefit from an extensive extra- curricular activity program, which includes student government, clubs, band, chorus, and interscholastic athletic competition in seven sports.
They are supported in their social interactions through a program of Peer Mediation and in their academic pursuits through Peer Tutoring.
WHAT ARE SOME SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM?
The David Brearley High School program offers a comprehensive high school educational program which includes both basic and advanced levels of instruction in a wide variety of subject areas including language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, world languages, the arts, office system technology, family/consumer science and health/physical education.
Students have the opportunity to enroll in 8 classes per school year. Staff members are able to utilize technology and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to enhance their instruction and provide hands-on learning experiences for students.
For qualified students, more than 20 honors and advanced placement courses are available. In addition, selected students are also provided with and on-line opportunity to access additional advanced placement coursework through the Virtual High School program. Students interested in vocational/technical education have the opportunity to receive instruction at the Union County Vocational Technical High School on a shared-time basis.
David Brearley supports the arts through a wide variety of classes and activities that provide artistic explorations for the general student population or the opportunity for talented students to perform or exhibit their work. Art, music and drama are an integral part of the school's program.
Academic excellence is supported and encouraged in many ways. The Renaissance Program provides tangible awards to students who increase their achievement. An Academic Booster Club provides supportive activities related to academic achievement and the school sponsors a growing National Honor Society Chapter.
Students benefit from an extensive extra-curricular activity program which includes a variety of clubs related to both the social and academic needs/interests of adolescents. Students also have the opportunity to compete at varsity and sub-varsity levels in more than a dozen sports.
The educational program is led by a Principal and supported by an Assistant Principal. A full range of guidance services are also provided.
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