Central School has been one of the community’s landmarks since its founding in the 1920’s. With a building addition in 2002, our K-5 school is a vibrant learning community now offering the 313 students an instructional program which strikes the balance between the very best traditional practices and cutting-edge instruction. In a partnership which benefits our students, Central’s faculty, parents, and the extended community strive together to foster a safe, nurturing learning environment where children always come first. Each day Central School strives towards its mission “to develop students into leaders who have a love of learning, strive for excellence in the classroom, are guided by strong values and ethics, and seek to improve the condition of the world.”
Central School’s academic performance is very high when compared to schools across the state, outperforming 97% of schools statewide and meeting 100% of our performance targets. Central School has the honor of being recognized as a Rewards School in the State of New Jersey.
At Central, we involve children in Glen Rock’s rigorous, relevant, and developmental approach to learning in order to best meet the challenges of the future. Children are taught language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science on a continuum from kindergarten through Grade 5. Central School values the education of the whole child, and students are involved in art, music, library, and physical education on a regular basis. We provide support, as necessary, through the Gifted and Talented program, speech, basic skills instruction, a special needs program, and ESL. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities enrich student life at Central School including Student Council, Math Club, Environmental Club, Character Education Club, and Safety Patrol.
Our faculty distinguishes themselves by their unsurpassed professionalism and a commitment to excellent practice. In staff development, special emphasis has been placed on the areas of language arts, mathematics, character education, and technology which relate directly to school and district initiatives. At the classroom level, teachers work diligently to plan hands-on, challenging, and age-appropriate learning activities, which actively engage students. All classes in grades one through five have ceiling-mounted LCD projectors, Interwrite Boards and ELMOs and utilize this technology on a daily basis, most recently with the implementation of Rosetta Stone.
One of Central’s greatest assets is the tremendous level of support provided for our students by the HSA (Home and School Association) and the extended community. The HSA generously seeks to enrich the lives of students both in and out of the classroom. The Science Fair, the Book Fair, Bingo Night, a Fun Fair and much more are all made possible by our parents. The HSA fundraising also benefits the students through donations such as upgrading the sound and visual system in out auditorium, new risers for our choral and music concerts, laptops and whiteboards. Another important role of the HSA is organizing enriching assemblies for the whole school. Last year, assemblies were held on a variety of exciting topics.
Central School is a dynamic learning community. Moving forward, we will continue to build on the tradition of excellence which has been fostered at Central School for nearly a century.