Fort Lee is an outstanding community that has produced a superior student body and staff dedicated to education. The community and its supportive parents and community members highly value quality education. Because of this, the schools have been recognized for excellence by the state and received numerous awards and commendations.
The awards and recognition are acknowledgements of the districtís comprehensive academic program, including enrichment and remedial programs, and participation in the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs. Fort Lee provides eleven Advanced Placement courses, seventeen International Baccalaureate courses and more than 50 elective courses at the high school. The elective program is supplemented by on-line/virtual courses. Additionally, Fort Lee High School offers students the opportunity to participate in three academy programs: Academy of Finance, Theatre Arts Academy, and International Baccalaureate. Our K‑12 co‑curricular program supplements the regular academic program with over 40 offerings, including drama, world language honor societies, science clubs, and business clubs, to name just a few. The high school interscholastic athletic program offers seventeen teams for its male and female students, including softball, baseball, basketball, football, soccer, bowling, track, volleyball, and cross country. These teams compete at the highest levels winning state, division, and league championships.
In an effort to meet the needs of special education youngsters, we offer a variety of programs with preschool handicapped classes, self-contained and collaborative classes, and resource room. Students are provided services by basic skills teachers, therapists, full-time nurses, reading specialists, English-as-a-second-language teachers, and a full array of child study team and guidance staff members.
Each of the districtís programs is enhanced by various educational technologies. In Fort Lee, as well as in our daily lives, technology is transforming the way we learn and the way we work. The district provides classrooms with instructional technology for teacher and student use. All of our school buildings are fully wireless environments. In our elementary schools, some classrooms are equipped with SMART Boards and chrome book carts. In our middle and high schools classrooms are equipped with projectors and interactive response technology. All students in grades 7 Ė 12 have been provided with chrome books for their use. Teachers have been given extensive training in technology integration to engage students and improve instruction. The district has an online student management system (Genesis) that includes a portal to give parents open access to their childrenís homework and grades. The district utilizes a comprehensive e-mail system, School Messenger and our website to keep our community of students, teachers, and parents well informed, engaged, and connected.
Our district values community service and service learning. We are especially proud of the way in which our students and faculty work together to help families and individuals who are in need, not only in our own community, but throughout the world. All Fort Lee High School students are required to complete a minimum of fifty hours of community service. Students are is involved in a variety of charitable organizations and activities. At the same time, the community supports its schools through PTA projects, the Education Foundation, the Tour de Fort Lee Bicycle Race, and professional associations. The community support is evidenced by the recent approval of a $49 million dollar for renovation of existing and construction of new school facilities.
Enrollment in our district appears to be stable at this time. This year will open schools with approximately 3,800 youngsters in four K-6 schools, one grade 7‑8 middle school, and the high school.
Fort Lee continues to be a great place to live and learn.
Superintendent of Schools