District

Google MapsThe Highland Park School District is a diverse learning community that serves over 1,650 students in four schools. Students come from 39 different nations of origin and speak 29 distinct languages. Thirty-seven percent of the students are white, 25% Asian, 19% Hispanic, 11% black, and 8% multiracial. 

Its proximity to Rutgers University makes Highland Park a "college town" in which many residents work or study at the university. The community is also neighbor to the cultural center of Middlesex County (New Brunswick) and this affords students and their families/guardians a vast number of opportunities otherwise not provided by a traditional school district. Highland Park’s schools have taken advantage of its locale by forging a range of partnerships with the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education (learn more about the unique collaboration with Rutgers by clicking the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3cklgpRBEg), the Rutgers University Psychology Department, George Street Playhouse, and other regional organizations. 

The school district has rallied around the all-important need to strengthen the relationships between students and their schools. In doing so, Highland Park Public Schools has distinguished itself in a multitude of ways, winning honors and recognition for its achievement and the expertise of its faculty and leadership. All of Highland Park's schools are Bronze Certified Jersey Sustainable Schools (http://www.hpschools.net/district/sustainable_jersey_for_schools). The Highland Park Middle School was awarded the Jefferson Award's top honor for its Students in Action win (http://www.nj.com/jeffersonawardsnewjersey/2017/05/highland_park_middle_school_st.html). Highland Park High School was recognized in 2017 by the College Board as one of only 477 schools in North America to have received AP District Honor Roll distinction for its commitment to increasing accessibility to the AP Test while holding among the highest average scores among its peer schools (https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-district-honor-roll-4th-annual.pdf). The high school earned a U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal and is ranked 397 in the nation, 17 in New Jersey in 2018. Overall, the school district has received an A ranking from Niche.Com (https://www.niche.com/k12/d/highland-park-board-of-education-nj/).
 
Highland Park's schools are committed to collaborating with the entire community to chart its future. The Pathway to Excellence, the district's strategic plan, is framed by four primary focus areas that were identified by 61 residents, school personnel, and the board of education and that has one overall goal- to bring kids and their schools closer together so meaningful bonds are formed that have students and the educators who serve them forging loving and nurturing relationships. The Pathway aims to ensure "Success for All" (Focus Area 1), "Excellence in Teaching and Learning" (Focus Area 2), "Serving as Global Citizens to Affect Positive Change" (Focus Area 3), and "Building Knowledge Through Engagement" (Focus Area 4). All of the goals and action steps can be reviewed by going to http://pathway.hpschools.net.