The Southampton Township School District consisting of School #1 (K-2), School #2 (3-5), and School #3 (6-8) is located in the center of quaint and historic Vincentown Village. Having the entire district located on one campus fosters a sense of “school community” and provides a comfortable continuity for students. The schools are the center of community activity and the quality of education is vitally important to the entire community. The staff is creative, innovative and attentive to the needs of the students. Their concern for the well being of each child is central to the successes of the school district.
The Board of Education, administration, and staff, strive to provide a comprehensive educational program which will prepare students both academically and socially to become successful and responsible citizens. In addition, our school district has a very active and supportive PTA. This dedicated group of parents and teachers enhances the educational program by sponsoring assembly programs, class parties and school dances.
Articulation between the elementary and high school programs receive a high priority, shared services, coordination of effort and general support are hallmarks of the relationship shared by all districts in the region. Tangible evidence of this is the Lenape Council, an organization of the region’s superintendents who collaborate on projects such as labor relations, staff development, transportation, and curriculum development.
Curriculum development and staff development are vitally important to the district. The Board of Education and administration feel that a strong curriculum and ongoing professional development for teachers has a significant impact on enhancing classroom instruction and performance of our students on the PARCC. With this in mind, the school district provides an extensive variety of profession development opportunities for the teachers and support staff that are designed to be both intensive and sustained.
A five-year curriculum matrix is used by the Southampton and Tabernacle Curriculum Council to review and modify the curricula of the two school districts. Under constant scrutiny, with an ever vigilant eye toward improvement, the curricula is designed to address the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, be challenging to the students, and to reflect the best available thinking in the field of education.
The School district also benefits from the generosity of the Southampton Township Academic Resources (STAR) Foundation, an education foundation that raises funds to support creative and innovative educational programs. The STAR Foundation provides funds for programs that are not and would not be supported by tax dollars. The STAR Foundation provided a major grant of $34,000 for the district to create a mini-television studio in the middle school, over $15,000 to construct an outdoor classroom adjacent to School #2 and recently a grant in the amount of $42,000 to enhance the district's I-STEAM Labs.
Preparing our students for succeeding in an increasingly technology oriented society is another priority of the school district.. This is evidenced by projects such as the mini-television studio, interactive Smart Boards in every classroom to supplement instruction, the availability of mobile computer labs that can be used in classrooms and a one to one initiative pertaining to Chromebooks or a laptop computer for every student.
Together all of the district’s stakeholders are striving to “Build a Tradition of Excellence.”