About the School
National Park School is a vibrant educational environment where teachers, students, families and community members work together to promote a love of learning. Comprised of approximately 50 staff members and 275 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, the school is located in National Park, a small town along the Delaware River. Founded on rich history, National Park School is committed to excellence in education. The staff is dedicated to providing students with meaningful, ongoing, relevant and engaging learning experiences.
The National Park School curriculum has been modeled after the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). Our English Language Arts Program places an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences through an integrated instructional framework provided via McGraw-Hill’s Wonders program. Guided reading, shared reading and writer’s workshop characterize our literacy approach. Pearson’s enVisionMATH, our mathematics program, emphasizes real world application of mathematics as fundamental principles embedded in daily instruction from one academic year to another. In addition, we are proud to offer comprehensive science and social studies programs.
Through differentiated instruction, we strive to meet the individual academic and social needs of all students. Our school utilizes multiple performance measures to monitor student progress such as portfolios, journals, rubrics, project-based activities and authentic assessments, all aligned to the NJSLS. By way of leveled instruction, our teachers and support staff provide learning opportunities customized to meet each student’s needs. Students may qualify for GATE, our Gifted and Talented Program, or for Basic Skills, a program that provides extra support for struggling learners. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of each student at every level of academic progression.
One of the many ways that we provide differentiation is through SKILL Club (Supporting Kids in Lifelong Learning). All students in Grades 1-6 participate in SKILL Club 11:00-11:35am on a daily basis. The purpose of this time is to provide small group instruction targeting areas in need of improvement or strengthening student strengths. Parents will have access to their child’s SKILL Card which will outline the skill(s) being worked on and how the student is progressing.
We utilize HighScope and the Preschool Implementation Guidelines to guide instruction at the preschool level. In a HighScope preschool program, teachers ignite children’s interest in learning by creating an environment that encourages them to explore learning materials and interact with adults and peers. We focus on supporting early learners as they make decisions, build academic skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become part of a classroom community. Active learning is at the center of the HighScope Curriculum. It’s the foundation of young children gaining knowledge through their natural play and interactions with the environment, events, and other people.
Fine Arts at their Finest
In addressing the needs of the whole child, National Park School offers a broad spectrum of programs that are designed to complement the learning experience.
Our Physical Education/Health Program emphasizes cooperation and offers students opportunities for collaboration and teamwork. Developing lifelong healthy behaviors in our children is the primary goal of our health program with a focus on the promotion of healthy eating habits and the importance of an active lifestyle.
Our Visual and Performing Arts areas afford our students with multiple opportunities to excel in the areas of STEAM and music. Many students take part in instrumental music lessons and chorus which are offered to all students in fourth through sixth grades. Both the instrumental and vocal programs are exciting and integral parts of our daily instruction. General music classes are also provided to our students, providing them with an exposure to various forms of music.
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students in preschool through sixth grade will participate in real-world, problem-based learning scenarios designed around the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Visual and Performing Arts, Technology, Math and Science. Instruction will also center around the New Jersey Career-Ready Practice Standards and Skills. In our quest to help our students become 21st century learners, STEAM education provides students choice, ownership, and voice through authentic learning experiences. It not only promotes collaboration, but provides learners with unique experiences to interact with concepts that are personally meaningful, promoting greater understanding and engagement. As Art and Technology are key components of STEAM, your child will be receiving regular, standards-based instruction in both areas.
Character Education Program
Our Character Education Program is infused throughout all aspects of the school environment. Throughout the school year students are taught the importance of being Ready to Learn, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Citizenship, Caring and Trustworthiness. Students exhibiting model behavior are publicly recognized and promotes the character traits that define our students as productive members of their global society.
Welcome to the 21st Century
We continue to enhance our technological capabilities, both to improve instruction as well as to increase home-school communication. Designed to inform, our website allows users to easily retrieve time-sensitive information regarding school initiatives and locate important information about the district. Individual teacher websites allow families to easily access information specific to their child’s classroom.
Parents/guardians with students in grades three through six are provided with access to OnCourse Connect, an online system in which parents/guardians are able to monitor their child’s academic progress. At National Park School we are committed to increasing use of technology to enhance academics as well as communication.
At National Park School we are dedicated to providing an education that prepares our students for life in the 21st century. This not only includes teaching students how to think critically, work collaboratively and be creative, we must also prepare our students by providing the tools to do so. We are fortunate that all students in Grades 1-6 utilize a personal Google Chromebook each day. This use of technology is a strong step forward in preparing our students to be college and career ready and to better compete on a global level. As more educational materials become available online, we are able to save on the cost of textbooks and workbooks while providing your child with a more effective, engaging learning experience.
A Family Affair
The most important relationships in a child’s life begin with the family. At National Park School, we rely on the support of our families to partner with our staff in promoting the importance of education. From parent-teacher conferences, to concerts and special programs that are offered in our school, parent participation is extremely important to us and vital to student success. Many family members regularly volunteer their time to assist in creating a positive school environment. One of our continuing goals is to enhance our communication links between the school and families in order to increase student success.
National Park School benefits from an active Home and School Association (HASA). Comprised of many dedicated parent volunteers, HASA is committed to providing students with opportunities for social engagement as well as dedicating extensive energy to fundraising for school needs. HASA has contributed a substantial portion of funds to provide our students with educational field trips in and around the Garden State. We are grateful for such an involved group of parents/guardians!
National Park School is an exceptional educational environment thanks to its devoted staff and families. We take great pride in creating a safe and secure atmosphere in which students will thrive socially and academically. We are dedicated to providing students with educational experiences that enable them to develop into productive citizens.