• BHS makes the list of "50 Inspiring Schools Meeting the Challege"

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 5/19/2015
    Bergenfield High School has been included in the article titled “50 Inspiring Schools Meeting the Challenge” by TheBestSchools.org.

    Read the full article at:
    http://www.thebestschools.org/features/inspiring-schools-meeting-the-challenge/

    TheBestSchools.org selected Bergenfield High School based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographical and demographical diversity, and reputation.

    TheBestSchools.org is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree. Many schools in the United States reference our rankings including Auburn University, Boston University, Texas A&M University, Fordham University, and many more.
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  • 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 5/4/2015
    W!se 100 Best Working in Support of Education Releases List of 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance
    Bergenfield High School Ranked in the Top 30 Schools across 40 Participating States

    • Third annual event marks the 13th anniversary of the national Working in Support of Education (w!se) Financial Literacy Certification Program.
    • Schools in 40 states now participating, up from 34 in prior year.
    • BHS ranked among the top 30 high schools.
    • Students from the top ranked schools attend ceremony hosted by the New York Stock Exchange.
    • Average passing rate was 77 percent for all participating schools.

    NEW YORK –Working in Support of Education (w!se), a New York City based, national educational not-for-profit, today announced its third annual “100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance” national ranking during a ceremony sponsored by Voya Financial® at the New York Stock Exchange. This year, for the first time, w!se also released rankings of the top ten small, midsize and large high schools within its network.

    The announcement marks the 13th anniversary of the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Program. Schools in 40 states participated in the certification program, up from 34 in the prior year. The award-winning program provides teachers with a curriculum and instructional resources to teach personal finance and measure students’ financial literacy through w!se’s Certification Test. Students who pass the test are designated Certified Financially Literate™. Since its introduction, the program has become an integral tool to teach personal finance in thousands of classrooms across the United States.

    The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance recognizes the top performing high schools in w!se’s national network. BHS ranked among the top 30 high schools within its network. The schools were honored with banners as well as a trophy for the No. 1 ranked school at a ceremony, which included the following:

    The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance ranking seeks to shine the spotlight on the importance of personal finance education. Only 17 states require personal finance instruction in high school. The level of financial literacy is particularly acute among people with no post-secondary education and with incomes below $25,000. According to the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Hispanics and African Americans are disproportionately represented in these education and income segments and are especially vulnerable. Retirement readiness is also a major issue.

    w!se determined the 2015 ranking with support from an Advisory Board of experts from academia and finance. The predominant factor was the average score on the Financial Literacy Certification Test with consideration given to eligibility for free lunch and the proportion of test takers to the school population.

    The Financial Literacy Certification Program now includes more than 3.5 million hours of instruction in participating high schools annually. The average passing rate was 77 percent in 2014 for students at schools participating in the certification program. All schools participating in the Financial Literacy Certification Program have an opportunity to earn a place on the “100 Best” list each year.

    About Working In Support of Education (w!se)

    Working In Support of Education (w!se) is a national not-for-profit dedicated to improving the lives of young people through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workforce. Our Initiatives are built on five pillars – relevancy, real world experiences, strong partnerships, volunteerism, and evaluation. The standardized w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test is administered by schools participating in the Financial Literacy Certification Program to measure knowledge, skills and behavioral changes in students after a unit or course on personal finance.

    For more information, visit wise-ny.org, or follow w!se on Facebook and Twitter @wisenewyork.
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  • Bergenfield High School made The Washington Post's list of "Most Challenging Schools in America"

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/22/2015
    For the fourth year in a row, Bergenfield High School made the Washington Post’s prestigious list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” The ranking places Bergenfield High School in the top 5% in the nation and top 7% of high schools in New Jersey.

    On the 2015 list, which was released at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/schools/2015/bergenfield-bergenfield-nj/, Bergenfield High School continues to steadily move up in rank. BHS rose 218 places from its spot on last year’s national rankings. Bergenfield High School rose from number 1624 in 2012, to its current rank of 1288 in 2015. The high school now ranks 7th in Bergen County—up from 9th last year—and 39th in the state—up from 57th.

    According to washingpost.com, “America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. The Washington Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2015 list. Noted in the national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each school’s average SAT score.

    In congratulating his staff, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Kuchar, stated, “Each time I read such extremely positive news about our schools, I am in awe of our staff. They are rising to meet every challenge we present to them. Yet, rather than patting ourselves on the back, we, as a team, are inspired to reach even higher. We’re not resting on our laurels, but are continuing to identify and pilot challenging initiatives; not just for the benefit of our students, but to continue to strive for the improvement of education for our state and our nation.”
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  • Bergenfield Public School District Recognized Nationally for Music Education Efforts

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/1/2015
     
    NAMM Foundation The NAMM Foundation recognizes the Bergenfield Public School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Bergenfield joins 388 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2015.

    In its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

    The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by Researchers at the Center for Public Partnerships & Research at the University of Kansas.

    “This recognition affirms the importance of electives, such as music education; it teaches our students to think and to solve problems,” said Dr. Michael Kuchar, Superintendent of Schools. “Music helps young people discover themselves and connect to others through a common goal, both as a participant and viewer. Music serves as a vehicle that can inspire for a lifetime. How fortunate we are to have a program that gives direction and purpose for so many of our students!”

    The Best Communities for Music Education program plays an important part of the
    NAMM Foundation’s efforts to make music education part of the core curriculum assuring that the benefits of music making are available to every child. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, lower disciplinary action and keep kids in schools.

    For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
     
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  • Top Digital School Districts Honored for Using Cutting-Edge Technology

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 3/27/2015

    2014-2015 Winner Top-ranked school districts have been announced in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Associantion's 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. The survey recognizes exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern their district, communicate with students, parents and community and improve the learning environment and district operations. Bergenfield has been ranked number five among mid-sized student population districts in 2014-2015.

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  • The College Board Recognizes Bergenfield Students for College Level Achievement

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 10/20/2014
    The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Of the 34 different college-level Advanced Placement courses and exams, Bergenfield High School offers 24 College Board authorized classes to its students. In 2014, 357 BHS students took 606 AP exams.

    The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. At Bergenfield High School:

    13 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. The BHS average score for Scholars with Distinction was 4.11. The awarded students are Joshua Calugay, Sara Cherian, Nisha Desai, Gisell Gomez, Kevin Joseph, Tunisia Kenyatta, Samia Khan, Tiffany Moral, Gisselly Perez-Astwood, Nikki Rodriguez, and Barbara Tsaousis.

    15 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. The BHS average score for Scholars with Honor was 3.5. The awarded students are Kayla Adecer, Amoah Oti’Akent, Samantha Cacdac, Josh Clement, Jelinda Easo, Ariel Jimenez, Laura Medina, Thomas Monaghan, Kyla Moutenot, Shannon Philpott, Matthew Stypulkoski, Emma Taubner, Bianca Toledo, Monica Valencia, Ydelsie Vasquez.

    31 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The BHS average score for Scholars was 3.27. The awarded students are Laura Baracaldo, Richard Bravo, Alison Calma, Krista Carramusa, Juno Catral, Melanie Dore, Jithin Easo, Ahmed Eid, Thalissa Familia, Sebastian Garcia, Kimberly Gonzalez, Cenadra Gopala-Foster, Abigail Grimm, Kaleen Kassem, Michael Lovero, Alexander Moini, Brandon Ordonez, Kristen Palma, Veeral Patel, Summar Pirro, Gabriele Podwin, Josh Renzo Ramilo, Aida Ramirez, Rosaly Rosario, Carl Salazar, Lauryn Schaffner, Sundeep Singh, Lawrence Soracco, Gabriela Toledo, Truong Nhu, Alexandria Villagracia.

    About the AP Scholar Award: Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

    To learn more about the AP Scholar Award, visit: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-scholar

    To learn more about the Advanced Placement Program, visit: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home

    AP Scholar Award

    BHS Assistant Principal Rob Ragasa and Principal Jim Fasano stand with the recently named AP Scholars (9th, 10th, and 11th graders during the 2013-2014 school year).
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  • BHS Named a 2013-2014 Blue Star School by Working in Support of Education (w!se)

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 10/16/2014

    2014 Blue Star School For the second year in a row, Bergenfield High School has been named a 2013-14 Blue Star School by Working in Support of Education (w!se). BHS earned this national distinction for the students’ performance on last year’s w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test. In order to earn the Blue Star School recognition, a school must achieve a 75 percent passing rate on the test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher.

    As part of the Financial Literacy Certification Program, w!se also recognizes the teachers whose students exhibit outstanding achievement in finance courses. BHS teacher, Mr. Scott Bisig has again shown commendable progress to that end, earning his second Gold Star Teacher Award in a row. To be considered for the Gold Star Award, a teacher must achieve a 90% pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test.

    About the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Program: Most students drop out of college not because of academic failure but because of personal debt and the fastest growing group filing personal bankruptcy is young people ages 18 to 25. w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification Program (FLCP) addresses the urgent need for financial literacy and education. The program provides high school students with access to financial education and the opportunity to become certified financially literate. Participating schools teach personal finance and administer w!se’s standardized Financial Literacy Certification (CFL) Test. Teachers have access to training, educational resources, pre-tests, and online practice tests. Students who pass the CFL Test are Certified Financially Literate, earning their CFL. Developed in 2003, the program has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success, including the US Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education.
     
    If you have questions or would like to sign up, contact Andrea Campbell at acampbell@wise-ny.org or (212) 980-5054. To learn more about the program, visit: http://www.wise-ny.org/programs.htm#.
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  • Bergenfield High School Ranks amongst Top Bergen County Schools

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 8/27/2014
    The Daily Beast 2014

    Bergenfield High School Ranks amongst Top Bergen County Schools
    Named #402 of America’s Top 500 Public High Schools by the Daily Beast


    New York, NY: Results of a national search for the best public high schools place Bergenfield High School at #402, with a graduation rate of 98.4%, college bound rate of 89.6%, and average SAT score of 1460. BHS is one of 43 New Jersey schools recognized, and proudly stands amongst other top Bergen County contenders such as the Bergen Academies in Hackensack, and the Glen Rock, Ramsey, Cresskill, Demarest, Old Tappan, and River Dell school districts.

    Relying on criteria culled from existing school surveys, The Daily Beast compiled the 2014 list of Top High Schools across the United States, using six performance measures: graduation and college acceptance rates, college level courses and exams, SAT/ACT scores, and percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch. The most heavily weighed factors – graduation and college acceptance rates – are critical indicators of college and career readiness, the goal upon which the district hinges its continued long term improvement efforts.

    The Bergenfield Learning Community is no stranger to success. This award comes at the heels of other recent accolades, which include being named one the Most Challenging Schools in America by The Washington Post for the third year in a row. In 2014 alone, the district has also been praised for its use of digital technology and efforts to teach personal finance to high school students.
     
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  • 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/29/2014
    Working in Support of Education (w!se), a leading New York City based educational not-for-profit, announced Bergenfield High School as one of the “100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance” during a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange.

    The release of the rankings marks the 11th anniversary of the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Program. The award-winning program provides teachers with a curriculum and instructional resources to teach personal finance and to measure student knowledge through the w!se standardized Certification Test. Students passing the test are designated Certified Financially Literate™, which shows that they are financially capable when they graduate. Since its introduction, the program has become integral to personal finance instruction in thousands of classrooms across the United States and is now offered in 34 states.

    The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance recognizes the top performing high schools in w!se’s national network. BHS course instructor, Mr. Scott Bisig, was also recognized by w!se this school year with the Gold Star Teacher Award based on his students’ performance on the Financial Literacy Certification Test. Across the nation, about 77 percent of students passed the test last school year, earning them a certification for being financially capable. Over 90 percent of Mr. Bisig’s finance class passed this exam, which earned him the distinction of being honored by w!se.

    For more information about w!se, visit the program website for the most recent program news and updates.
     
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  • Bergenfield High School made The Washington Post's list of "Most Challenging Schools in America"

    Posted by Bergenfield Public Schools at 4/10/2014
    For the third year in a row, Bergenfield High School made The Washington Post’s “Most Challenging Schools in America” list. According to the Washington Post article, posted on their web site at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/, Bergenfield High School is ranked 1,442 nationally, 57th in the state of NJ, and 9th in very competitive Bergen County, New Jersey.

    This ranking places Bergenfield High School in the top 5% in the nation and top 10% of high schools in the state and county. At the same time, Bergenfield High School demonstrated remarkable improvement by moving up the list 178 places. In 2013, Bergenfield High School ranked 1,620 nationally compared to ranking 1,442 in 2014.

    According to the Washington Post, “The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests."

    The Washington Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list. Noted in the national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each school’s average SAT score.

    In congratulating his staff, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Kuchar, stated, “Bergenfield’s steady progress is the result of an unrelenting commitment to elevating the achievement of all students by using technology to assist schools with infusing accountability at all levels.” Dr. Kuchar added that progress began with the Board of Education. He stated, “By setting high expectations, the Bergenfield Board of Education has created a community of lifelong learners collaborating to ensure each member of the community strives to attain a personal best. As a result, in 2012 and 2013 Bergenfield High School had zero dropouts. The Washington Post ranking is certainly objective confirmation that we are on the right track as we continue to strive for our mission of moving from Good to Great.”
     
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