• Bergenfield High School Ranked Among Top in the Nation by the Washington Post

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District at 4/21/2016

    For the fifth year in a row, Bergenfield High School has made the Washington Post’s prestigious list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”  This year’s ranking places BHS at 1098 in the nation, landing the school in the top 5% in the nation and top 4% of high schools, both public and private, in New Jersey.

    On the 2016 list, which was released at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/schools/2016/list/national/, Bergenfield High School continues to steadily move up in rank.  BHS rose 224 places from its spot on last year’s national rankings.  Bergenfield High School rose from number 1624 in 2012, to its current rank of 1098 in 2016.  The high school now ranks 6th in Bergen County—up from 7th last year—and 38th overall in the state.
     
    According to washingtonpost.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. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.” The Washington Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 18 years. There are nearly 2,300 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2016 list, representing about 10% of the nation’s high schools. 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, Interim Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Christopher Tully, stated, “I am extremely happy to learn about our improvement in this year’s rankings.  It is a direct tribute to the hard work that our staff and administration put in each and every day.  They come to work each day with both a hunger and passion to motivate our students to reach higher.  Our students continue to shine and set higher goals.  Our district will continue to identify additional areas for improvement so that we can continue to offer rigorous programs for all of our students.”
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  • Bergenfield High School Ranked Among Top in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District at 4/21/2016

    Bergenfield High School has been ranked among the top 4% of high schools in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report in the 2016 Best High Schools survey. BHS was recognized as being the 38th best high school in the state of New Jersey, and the 10th best in Bergen County, behind such prestigious schools as The Bergen Academies, Northern Highlands, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Cresskill, and Northern Valley Regional High School Demarest.

    U.S. News & World Report just published the 2016 Best High Schools rankings, a detailed analysis of more than 21,500 U.S. public high schools. Nearly 30 percent of the schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals, with BHS receiving silver in this year’s report.
     
    The Best High Schools rankings feature data on a number of factors, including enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type, and results of state assessments, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. New this year, U.S. News factored graduation rates into the Best High Schools methodology.
     
    In addition to the national rankings, U.S. News has published rankings of the top schools in each state, as well as the Best STEM Schools, Best Charter Schools and Best Magnet Schools. The rankings are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global research firm.
     
    For more information or to see the full list of ranked high schools, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools
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  • Digital School Districts Survey Winner

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District at 4/8/2016
    Bergenfield Public School District is excited to be recognized as a Digital School Districts Survey winner by the Center for Digital Education for 2015-16. This is the district's fifth year in a row making the top ten list for the nation for innovative uses of technology!
     
     
    Digital School Districts Survey
     
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  • 2016 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME)

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District at 3/31/2016

    NAMM BERGENFIELD, NJ. (March 30, 2016) – Bergenfield Public School District (BPSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. BPSD joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

    The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

    Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

    To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district answered 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 The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

    This award recognizes that BPSD is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subject such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

    “The Bergenfield Public Schools are very proud of once again being named one of the Best Communities for Music Education,” said Christopher Tully, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “This recognition is the result of all of the hard work of our students and staff.”

    As BPSD finalizes its 2016-17 budget, the NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school

    Community music programs have been drawing increased attention because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading.

    Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings.

    A 2015 study, “Striking A Chord” supported by the NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

    View the full list of districts recognized as among the Best Communities for Music Education.

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    About The NAMM Foundation:

    The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

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  • Bergenfield High School awarded $10,000 sustainability grant

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District at 3/24/2016

    PSEG School Grant
    Sustainable Jersey announced that Bergenfield High School has been awarded a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant funded by the PSEG Foundation. Four $10,000 grants and thirty $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects including food composting, outdoor classrooms, sustainability education, rainwater collection, recycling and more.

    “The Bergenfield Public School District is excited to be selected to receive a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant. We look forward to getting started on our Food Waste Recycling Project, which will be implemented at Bergenfield High School,” said Christopher Tully, interim superintendent of schools.
     
    “The grants create an opportunity for teachers, administrators and their respective communities to shape the future of their students and schools for years to come,” said Donna Drewes, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon. She extended her congratulations to all of the schools and districts that received grants. “Grant funding will build capacity as schools embark on sustainability projects making today’s real winners the students,” Drewes said.
     
    The PSEG Foundation has contributed over one million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program. “Our long standing partnership with Sustainable Jersey has helped to empower schools to develop projects that provide students with the opportunity to learn more about sustainability, protecting the environment and STEM education,” said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation.
     
    Proposals were evaluated by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. Currently 161 districts and 427 schools have registered to work toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.
     
    The winning project, proposed by the high school's Green Team, focuses on the recycling of food waste for the purpose of composting. The produced compost will then be used to fertilize the grounds of the school. Students enrolled in the Green Technology classes will oversee the project on a daily basis.
     
    About Sustainable Jersey for Schools
    Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs.
     
    Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The 2016 Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. The Founding Sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation is a Silver Sponsor and JCP&L and Spiezle Architectural Group are Bronze Sponsors.
     
    Program partners include: NJSBA, NJEA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA), the New Jersey Department of Health, and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ.)
     
     
     
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  • Bergenfield Public School District was ranked 76th in New Jersey by Niche

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District at 1/8/2016

    Niche
    Bergenfield Public School District was ranked 76th in New Jersey by Niche, a company dedicated to providing reviews and insights from everyday experts for the purpose of helping families find the best places to live, visit, and raise a family. Visit the link to view the district's profile.

    https://k12.niche.com/d/bergenfield-borough-school-distric…/

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

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District 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 School District 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 School District 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 School District 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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