• Bergenfield High School Ranked 4th in Bergen County, 28th in State in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best High School Rankings

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 5/10/2018

    Best High Schools For the third year in a row, Bergenfield High School has been ranked among the top 4% of high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. BHS was recognized as 707th in the nation, 28th in the state, and 4th in Bergen County, behind only the Bergen County Academies, Bergen County Technical High School Teterboro, and Ridgewood High School in the 2018 High School Rankings.

    The 2018 Best High School Rankings awards the top 5,948 public high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, indicating their level of college readiness. Over 20,500 public high schools across all 50 states were analyzed, with less than 30 percent of the schools being awarded medals. BHS earned a silver medal for the second year in a row.

    The 2018 rankings feature data on a number of factors. A four-step process was used to determine the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools. The first three steps ensured that schools serve all of their students well. Students must have exceeded expectations in their state proficiency tests, met a threshold for student graduation rates, and schools must have proved an ability to help underserved students perform better than the state average. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

    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.

    “We are excited once again to be recognized for our student success,” said Dr. Christopher Tully, Superintendent of Schools. “We continue to provide our students with access to rigorous learning opportunities taught by a world-class faculty, and our students continue to answer the challenge.”

    For more information, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

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  • Bergenfield Once Again Ranks in Top Ten for Technology Among U.S. Schools

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 4/18/2018

    17-18 Digital School Districts Survey Winner

    Bergenfield Public School District is excited to announce that it has once again been recognized as a Digital School Districts Survey winner by the Center for Digital Education for the 2017-18 school year. This marks the district's seventh consecutive year placing in the top ten nationally for its innovative use of technology. Bergenfield stands alone as the only district in the state to receive this award in its current cycle.

    The Center for Digital Education’s Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize schools that are integrating technology for innovative curriculum and improved student learning. The Digital School Districts Survey top-ten rankings are awarded to the school boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate. The awards are presented at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference each spring.

    "The Board remains committed to providing our students and staff with access to the technological tools required to succeed in the 21st century," stated Dr. Christopher Tully, Superintendent of Schools.

    For more information and to see all of this year’s winners, visit http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-districts/National-Survey-Awards-School-Districts-for-Pioneering-Uses-of-Technology.html.

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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 on 5/1/2017
    US News Best High Schools 2017 For the second year in a row, Bergenfield High School has been ranked among the top 4% of high schools in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report in the 2017 Best High Schools survey. BHS was recognized as being the 37th best high school in the state of New Jersey, and the 8th best in Bergen County, behind only Bergen County Technical High School Teterboro, Tenafly, Northern Highlands, Ridgewood, Park Ridge, Ramapo, and Leonia.
     
    U.S. News & World Report published the 2017 Best High Schools rankings, a detailed analysis of more than 22,000 U.S. public high schools. Less than 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. A four-step process was used to determine the Best High Schools. The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it
    past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

    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.
     
    “We are extremely proud to be recognized for our hard work and know that there is still much to do,” said Christopher Tully, Superintendent of Schools. “Our world class faculty continues to raise the bar by providing a rigorous education to our students, and they are answering the challenge.”
     
    For more information or to see the full list of ranked high schools, visit
     
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  • Bergenfield Public School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 5/1/2017
    2017 NAMM Bergenfield Public School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Bergenfield is one of only 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017. This award recognizes that the district is leading the way with music learning opportunities.
     
    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. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Bergenfield 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.
     
    Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Christopher Tully, stated, “It is an honor to once again receive this recognition. Our music students and faculty are extremely dedicated and are always in pursuit of excellence.”
     
     
     
    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. Its mission is to advance 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 Ranks in Top Ten for Technology Among U.S. Schools

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 4/7/2017

    16-17 Winner Bergenfield, NJ (April 6, 2017) – Bergenfield Public School District is excited to announce that it has once again been recognized as a Digital School Districts Survey winner by the Center for Digital Education for the 2016-17 school year. This marks the district's sixth consecutive year placing in the top ten nationally for its innovative use of technology.

    The Center for Digital Education’s Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize schools that are integrating technology for innovative curriculum and improved student learning. The Digital School Districts Survey top-ten rankings are awarded to the school boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate.

    “We are excited to receive this recognition again, as it highlights the Board's commitment to providing our students with the technological resources needed to succeed in the 21st century,” stated Mr. Christopher Tully, Superintendent of Schools.

    For more information and to see all of this year’s winners, visit http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-districts/Digital-School-Districts-Survey-2016-17-winners.html.

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    About the Center for Digital Education

    The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

    Web: www.centerdigitaled.com

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  • 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 5/2/2016

    For the fourth year in a row, BHS has been nationally ranked in the top 100 for high schools teaching personal finance by Working in Support of Education (w!se). This year, BHS is ranked 4th in nation for all mid-sized high schools and 18th place overall among all high schools who take the national financial literacy certification exam.

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

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 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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  • Digital School Districts Survey Winner

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 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!
     
     
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  • 2016 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME)

    Posted by Bergenfield Public School District on 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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