Superintendent of Schools
Robert Zega, Ed.D.
Welcome Back to School Message 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians:
On behalf of the central administration and the Woodbridge Township Board of Education it is a pleasure to welcome everyone back to the 2017-2018 school year.
We know that this school year will be another great one. We have been working all summer to ensure that when students return on September 6, 2017, they will be welcomed into our schools with the most modern facilities, the most updated technology, and the most inspiring teachers and staff.
Once again we were proud to graduate approximately 1,000 students from our three high schools last June. Of these graduates, over 80% enrolled in college. Among the colleges & universities our graduates will attend include Ivy League Brown, Harvard, and Princeton. Other noteworthy schools Woodbridge Township graduates will attend are Colorado St., Florida St., Fordham, Hawaii Pacific, High Point, Johns Hopkins, Michigan St., NJIT, NYU, Penn St., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Stevens Institute, Syracuse, Temple, TCNJ, Ohio State, Arizona, Chicago, Delaware, Georgia, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, St. Johns, Villanova, VCU, Washington State, and West Virginia. A complete list can be found on our website at: https://www.woodbridge.k12.nj.us/cms/lib/NJ01913008/Centricity/Domain/4/CollegeList1617.pdf. Best of luck to all graduates!
A continued goal of our district is to improve our Advanced Placement (AP), SAT, and ACT test scores. Our scores have increased every year since 2012. We are one of the only districts in NJ to provide FREE AP tests and FREE SATs for our high school students. Last year we increased (again) the number of AP tests taken (1,358) compared to the previous year (1,198). We also increased (again) the number of successful scores (3 or higher) last year (815) compared to the year before (709). A score of three on an AP test is considered “passing” and makes the students eligible to receive college credits instead of taking the courses in college. So if all 815 passing scores are accepted by colleges, and assuming a three credit college course costs on average $1,101 (based on in-state tuition at Rutgers University, New Brunswick Campus), our AP tests have a dollar value of $897,315! We will have more info on the SAT & ACT results when it becomes available.
We are also quite proud of our partnerships with colleges and universities that allow our current high school students to earn college credit. Our dual enrollment courses are college courses that are taught by our HS teachers, using the college curriculum. High school students can take selected courses from Syracuse University, NJIT, Rider University, Middlesex CC, Lincoln Tech, and Berkeley College.
In addition to programs for college-bound students, we are also proud of our career-readiness programs. We have formed partnerships with a local commercial driver’s license (CDL) school. Qualified students can earn their CDL for free and enter the workforce ready to earn substantial salaries. We have an ongoing partnership with Perth Amboy Vo-Tech. Students can enroll part-time and gain valuable training in a wide variety of careers. We also have a partnership with Lincoln Tech in Iselin. Qualified students can enroll at a discounted rate and become certified in technology or health-related fields.
This year we are looking forward to many new initiatives in our school district, including new courses, pilot programs, and refreshed curricula at all levels. We are also excited about our 1:1 iPad initiative for all of our grade eight students throughout the district.
I would like to invite everyone to visit our district homepage to see our 2017-2018 District Goals. These goals were developed after evaluating our performance last year. We will use these goals along with our mission statement, vision statement, and core beliefs to make decisions to do what we need to do to improve our performance and become the premiere school district in Middlesex County and the State of New Jersey.
Vision Statement: The Woodbridge Township School District seeks to engage the entire community in instructing and inspiring our students to be successful and significant beyond our classrooms.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to develop, through a technology infused curriculum, life-long learners who are responsible citizens prepared to make contributions to the global society. We are committed to engaging all members of the community in the process of providing a learning environment that fosters interdependence, embraces change and values diversity.
- Great teachers = continuously effective, engaging instruction = increased student achievement.
- All children can learn, but learning takes effort.
- Every lesson should be a positive learning experience for every child.
- Each child deserves our best every day.
- We are here to help our children.
- We need to give the children what they need.
Robert Zega, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Woodbridge Schools