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The Cherry Hill Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from Cherry Hill Township, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States.

Cherry Hill Public Schools
45 Ranoldo Terrace
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
District information
GradesPre-K to 12
SuperintendentDr. Joseph Meloche
Business administratorLynn E. Shugars
Schools19[1]
Students and staff
Enrollment11,266 (as of 2013-14)[1]
Faculty877.9 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio12.8:1[1]
Other information
District Factor GroupGH
Websitewww.chclc.org
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
%± vs.
average
1ATotal Spending$17,27632$18,891−8.5%
1Budgetary Cost13,3223014,783−9.9%
2Classroom Instruction8,396388,763−4.2%
6Support Services2,073382,392−13.3%
8Administrative Cost1,359331,485−8.5%
10Operations & Maintenance1,229121,783−31.1%
13Extracurricular Activities26158268−2.6%
16Median Teacher Salary63,8654864,043
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with more than 3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=103

As of the 2013-14 school year, the district's 19 schools had an enrollment of 11,266 students and 877.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1.[1] It is the twelfth-largest school district in the state of New Jersey and one of the largest suburban districts.[3]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "GH", the third-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.[4]

Awards and recognitionEdit

For the 2001-2002 school year, Cherry Hill High School East received the National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[5] During the 2009-10 school year, Rosa International Middle School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence.[6] Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School was honored by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in 2019, one of nine schools in the state recognized as Exemplary High Performing Schools.[7]

Three of the district's schools have been named as "Star Schools" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve. Cherry Hill High School East was recognized for the 1999-2000 school year,[8] Thomas Paine Elementary School in 2002-2003[9] and Clara Barton Elementary School was honored with this award in 2003-2004.[10]

Joyce Kilmer and Thomas Paine Elementary Schools were recognized by Governor Jim McGreevey in 2003 as two of 25 schools selected statewide for the First Annual Governor's School of Excellence award.[11]

In addition, the district has three New Jersey Department of Education Governor's Schools of Excellence, and five Best Practices Award Winners. SAT scores far exceed state and national averages. In 2005, the graduation rate was nearly 100% and more than 97% of graduates are continuing their education at two- or four-year colleges.

ControversyEdit

In April 2012, the parent of an autistic student released a video as evidence that his son was the subject of emotional abuse by an aide at Horace Mann Elementary School. The parent had wired his son before sending him to school and told reporters that "he caught his son's teachers gossiping, talking about alcohol and violently yelling at students", which led to one of the aides involved being fired after officials listened to the tape.[12]

Cherry Hill Education FoundationEdit

Along with awards and honors of the school district, the Cherry Hill Education Foundation was established in 1998. The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that helps support innovative and educational programs in the Cherry Hill School District that cannot be funded by the District Budget. Since November 2007, the Foundation has funded over $207,000 in grants to various schools throughout the district. The Cherry Hill Education Foundation raises funds from individuals, public and private grants, and corporate sponsorships, and by hosting a variety of fundraising events.

The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is an all volunteer organization that was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization and has raised over $200,000 to aid schools since 2007. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has a primary mission to support the Cherry Hill School District and to encourage community involvement and awareness of the schools, the students, and student programs. The Foundation aims to recognize the accomplishments of the District, the students, the teachers, and the community. Since 1998, the foundation has had three objectives:[13]

  1. To promote student development through enriched programs and activities, and recognition of student accomplishments.
  2. To encourage creativity among employees by supporting unique growth opportunities, providing resources for creative teaching ideas, and recognizing employee accomplishments.
  3. To encourage school-community partnerships by promoting community awareness about school programs, providing ways for individuals and organizations to share resources with the school to enhance learning, and facilitating cooperative ventures among the Foundation, community groups, and the school district.

SchoolsEdit

The system is made up of 19 schools. Schools in the district (with 2013-14 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[14]) are:[15][16][17]

Early childhood[18]
  • Barclay Early Childhood Center[19] (PreK; 300 students)
    • Karen Rockhill, Principal
Elementary schools[20]
  • Clara Barton Elementary School[21] (K-5; 479)
    • Sean Sweeney, Principal
  • James F. Cooper Elementary School[22] (K-5; 273)
    • Patrice Taylor, Principal
  • Bret Harte Elementary School[23] (K-5; 419)
    • Dr. Shilpa Davé, Principal
  • James H. Johnson Elementary School[24] (K-5; 434)
    • Jared Peltzman, Principal
  • Joyce Kilmer Elementary School[25] (K-5; 471)
    • Rebecca J. Tiernan, Principal
  • Kingston Elementary School[26] (K-5; 465)
    • Dr. William Marble, Principal
  • A. Russell Knight Elementary School[27] (K-5; 357)
    • Eugene Park, Principal
  • Horace Mann Elementary School[28] (K-5; 303)
    • Dr. John Cafagna, Principal
  • Thomas Paine Elementary School[29] (K-5; 370)
    • Dr. Kirk Rickansrud, Principal
  • Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School[30] (K-5; 321)
    • Ric Miscioscia, Principal
  • Richard Stockton Elementary School[31] (K-5; 420)
    • Eloisa DeJesus-Woodruff, Principal
  • Woodcrest Elementary School[32] (K-5; 386)
    • Jonathan Cohen, Principal
Middle schools[33]
  • Henry C. Beck Middle School[34] (6-8; 963)
    • Sidney Dawson, Principal
  • John A. Carusi Middle School[35] (6-8; 863)
    • Dr. Neil Burti, Principal
  • Rosa International Middle School[36] (6-8; 828)
    • George Guy, Principal
High schools[37]

AdministrationEdit

Core members of the district's administration are:[41][42]

  • Dr. Joseph Meloche – Superintendent[43]
  • Lynn E. Shugars – Assistant Superintendent / Business Administrator / Board Secretary

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e District information for Cherry Hill Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Spoto, MaryAnn. "Assembly committee examines bill that would add N.J. school board elections to November general elections", The Star-Ledger, December 8, 2011. Accessed April 30, 2012. "Cherry Hill — the state's 12th largest school district — could save $175,000, the salary of three teachers there, Greenwald said."
  4. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  6. ^ 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools: All Public and Private Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed October 29, 2009.
  7. ^ 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Exemplary High Performing Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed September 26, 2019.
  8. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient detail 1999-2000 school year, Cherry Hill High School East, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2006.
  9. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient detail 2002-2003 school year, Thomas Paine Elementary School, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2006.
  10. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient detail 2003-2004 school year, Clara Barton Elementary School, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2006.
  11. ^ McGreevey Celebrates Schools that are "Getting it Right": Schools of Excellence Winners Demonstrate Effectiveness of Governor's Education Priorities Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey Department of Education press release dated November 21, 2003. Accessed December 15, 2009.
  12. ^ "NJ Father Records Teachers Bullying His Autistic Child", WTXF-TV, April 23, 2012. Accessed April 29, 2012.
  13. ^ Who We Are, Cherry Hill Education Foundation. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  14. ^ School Data for the Cherry Hill Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  15. ^ 2016-17 Directory, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  16. ^ Our Schools, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  17. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Cherry Hill Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  18. ^ Early Childhood Education, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  19. ^ Barclay Early Childhood Center, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  20. ^ Elementary Schools, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  21. ^ Clara Barton Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  22. ^ James F. Cooper Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  23. ^ Bret Harte Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  24. ^ James H. Johnson Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  25. ^ Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  26. ^ Kingston Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  27. ^ A. Russell Knight Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  28. ^ Horace Mann Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  29. ^ Thomas Paine Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  30. ^ Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  31. ^ Richard Stockton Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  32. ^ Woodcrest Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  33. ^ Middle Schools, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  34. ^ Henry C. Beck Middle School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  35. ^ John A. Carusi Middle School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  36. ^ Rosa International Middle School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  37. ^ High Schools, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  38. ^ Cherry Hill High School East, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  39. ^ Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  40. ^ Cherry Hill Alternative High School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  41. ^ Administration, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2016.
  42. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Camden County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  43. ^ Superintendent Info, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed October 17, 2015.

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