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Welcome to the Northern Valley Regional High School District, a dynamic learning community that promotes excellence, supports innovation and creativity, is highly collaborative while promoting critical thinking, problem solving, and lifelong learning.  Recognized as one of the top performing school districts in Bergen County, New Jersey, and across the country, the district embraces 21st Century Learning with global outreach within and beyond the walls of the classroom.  Priority one in the commitment to high student achievement for the Northern Valley Regional High School District is to base every decision on what is best for students and to pursue excellence in academics, the arts, athletics and volunteerism.

In those regards our district values a balanced educational opportunity for all students in a nurturing environment supporting formal learning and social and emotional well-being.  We encourage a broad understanding of ethical behavior and character education and encourage participation and involvement in extra and co-curricular activities.  To maximize potential, many of our students study abroad over the summer or go to third world countries to volunteer their services.   We promote and support healthy perspectives on teamwork, setting goals, and learning how to deal with a variety of situations and outcomes as preparation for college, careers, and life!

Located in the upper North Eastern corner of the state, Northern Valley Regional is comprised of two high schools, Northern Valley at Demarest and Northern Valley at Old Tappan.  The Region III special educational program that services students from our consortium and school districts needing placement in our proven programs is also a component of our district.  Northern Valley embraces a collaborative and nurturing partnership with the sending school districts and prides itself in shared services in the areas of curriculum and instruction, special education, technology, business services and grounds and maintenance. Our long standing successful and cost efficient Pre-K-12 consortium remains an exemplar model of shared services including seven local Pre-K-8 districts that send their students to the regional high schools:  Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan.  We take great pride in our continued commitment to research based professional development and curriculum efforts through our outstanding Northern Valley Curriculum Center.

Northern Valley Regional High School District is proud of the outstanding achievements of our students and staff.  Through a comprehensive experience of academic and elective offerings, various technologies including our 1:1 laptop program for all students and staff, field experiences, etc. our students emerge well prepared for the challenges of college, career, and life.  Our students are exposed to blended learning experiences and the Haiku learning management system, revised focus on task oriented competency based classroom learning, and a focus on the lifelong development of the individual.  

Continuing a tradition of excellence, Northern Valley's last school year produced 3 National Merit Finalists and 44 National Merit Commendations.  In addition to offering over 44 rigorous honors courses, Northern Valley offers 29 Advanced Placement courses.  In May, 2016, 538 students took 941 AP tests, with 76% of our scored tests earning a 3 or higher.  Furthermore, our Class of 2016 averaged SAT scores of 578 in Critical Reading, 616 in Math and 605 in Writing.  These scores reflect strong academic readiness for college and demonstrate the effectiveness of our educational programs.

We continue to explore community partnerships to maximize student and staff opportunities.  To this end, over 48 of our courses are offered as dual-enrollment opportunities through Bergen Community College and Seton Hall University.  Additionally, we had more than two-thirds of our Seniors participate in Senior Service community service and Senior Internship opportunities that reflect a focus on character education, career readiness and civic responsibility.

Our college admissions reflect the collaboration among our students, parents and staff.  We strive to prepare and assist students through a successful college search and application process.  Indeed, over 96% of the Class of 2016 are set to attend two or four-year colleges.  While we proudly commend approximately 85% of the Class of 2016 who will be attending institutions considered 'competitive' through 'most competitive' according to Barron’s (2013), we are proud that all Northern Valley students have worked hard to select appropriate post-secondary plans and that they are prepared for future success.

Our proximity to New York provides flexibility for our community to take advantage of cultural opportunities and provides students with amazing access to learning experiences to enhance their overall growth and development.  In summary, Northern Valley Regional School District is a “beautiful place to grow and learn” for children of all ages!  We welcome you and invite you to contact us to learn more about our schools and community.

Geoffrey N. Gordon, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools

 
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