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Somerdale, New Jersey
Camden County
Sterling Regional School District
Sterling High School is a public school located in Somerdale, New Jersey with 947 students in grades 9-12.
Highlights
Sterling uses a STOPit app to anonymously report incidents of concern. Sterling also uses the Sielox safety system which quickly notifies local police of a safety concern.
Sterling continues to offer 5 School Choice Programs. There is a waiting list of over 100 applicants each year.
Awards

The AP students maintained scores that rated about the state and global averages. 65% of AP students scored a 3 or higher and 34% of the AP students scored a 4 or 5. Boys Volleyball Coach, Dan Stuart, and Girls Softball Coach, Kelly Johnson, reached 200 career victories.

Location
501 South Warwick Road
Somerdale, NJ 08083
Contact
Principal: Mr. Matthew Sheehan
856-784-1333
msheehan@sterling.k12.nj.us
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Grades
9-12
White 60%
Black 18%
Asian 6%
Hispanic 13%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
947
students
Female 48.8%
Male 51.2%
Economically disadvantaged students 31%
Students with disabilities 18%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 2%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
237
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 28%
264
10th Grade 25%
236
11th Grade 22%
205
12th Grade 26%
242
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English & language arts proficiency
35%
of students

Math proficiency
14%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
3.8
Incidents per year
Violence 5
Weapons 0
Vandalism 1
Substances 27
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 4
Total incidents 36
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
72%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 9%
1 to 5 days 38%
6 to 10 days 25%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 14%
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English 99.4%
Other 0.6%
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Learn more about Sterling High School.

Mission

Vision: Our students will achieve their highest potential in personal and academic growth, become upstanding citizens, and contribute to today's global society. Mission: Sterling High School District will serve the needs of a diverse student body by maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment, cultivating high standards of excellence, and preparing our students for life beyond high school.

Academics

Sterling High School offers a comprehensive curriculum that is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. We currently offer various levels, including nine Advanced Placement courses as well as several remedial programs. Beginning with the Class of 2021, students are required to take an English Composition course, in addition to the 4 years of English required. Sterling operates on a 4x4 block schedule, allowing students to take up to 45 credits per year. During this added time, students may pursue a "special program" that will provide a focus for his/her electives. Teachers use a shared curriculum, and assess using common assessments. Teachers' plan lessons collaboratively using various resources and best practices, as discussed at monthly Professional Learning Communities. Online textbooks are being researched as Sterling currently is 1:1.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Field Hockey (Girls), Football (Boys), Golf (Coed), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs

Academic Challenge, Band-Jazz, Marching & Orchestra, Believe in U/Student Council, Chorus, Class of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, FBLA, FCCLA, Interact, Morning News, NHS, HOSA, Project Graduation, ROTC, SADD, School Store, Spanish, Spring Musical, Tech Crew, World Cultures, Writing, Yearbook, and FCA. Sterling also partnered with the Voorhees Chick-Fil-A to conduct the Chick-Fil-A Student Leadership Academy and continued student lead mentoring group called U-Knighted. A Gay Straight Alliance was added in 2018-19.

Programs

We offer our Fitness Center every day to students of all ages and open three nights per week to community members. STARS tutoring is offered on a daily basis after school. A curriculum boot camp is offered during the summer to provide remediation for identified incoming ninth grade students. Project graduation sponsors the Battle of Bands, a Talent Show, and an end of year safe graduation celebration.

Teachers

PLCs are scheduled once per month. Both PLC and PD focus on curriculum revisions, data analysis, technology applications, and best instructional practices. With the purchase of LinkIt! as both a data analysis tool and test authoring software, time will be set aside to focus on using this product for instruction, assessment, and analysis. Inter-district collaboration on curriculum, instruction, and technology also takes place regularly.

Post high school

84% of the Class of 2019 are continuing their education. 81% are attending college; 48% at four year colleges, 33% at two year colleges. Our financial aid night, offered in September, is conducted by representatives from HESSA. Parents and students are presented with various ways to assist students in paying for college, including tips for FAFSA completion. Our college planning night is offered in late May, presented by Rutgers University. We offer SAT prep courses, conduct school wide PSAT testing, and offer free waivers to students in need.

Supports

ELL instruction, RTI support, and after-school tutoring are available for at-risk students. Guidance counselors are available to all students. Classified students have case manager support, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy as needed, and social skills support counseling. I&RS, 504s, other student specific support groups are also offered. Child of Addiction (COA) is also offered.

Health

Breakfast offered on a daily basis. Health and Physical Education classes focus on fitness, nutrition, and student well-being. Electives in PE include Yoga, Pilates, PE Wellness, and Dance/Rhythm/Timing. A spring Health and Wellness Fair is organized allowing students to meet and question local organizations that specialize in Health and Wellness. Successfully organized a five discipline collaboration activity titled Latin Salsa Extravaganza.

Parents

Parents may involve themselves in Strategic Planning, parent information nights on academics, student well-being, Back to School nights, conferences, and a community fitness center. Parents have access to student academics through the parent-portal, OnCourse. Parents may access additional information through individual teacher websites, Pre Prom Assembly, Parent / Project Graduation Committee, and open house Choice School Nights. Our Special Education Parent Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly to provide parents with access to our Youth Study Team staff, guest speakers and transition planning resources.

Facilities

The school is 59 years old. Recent upgrades include roof replacement, upgrading site drainage, upgrading bathroom facilities to be ADA compliant; installing new boilers and chillers, domestic hot water, air conditioning in the kitchen, cafeteria, gymnasium; security system upgrades, auditorium upgrades, and replaced existing HVAC system in the auditorium and TV studio. The entire school is air conditioned. We are also upgrading the tennis courts, softball and other athletic fields. In September 2018, the district upgraded the Culinary Arts Classroom with the latest industrial appliances that equal a modern restaurant. The recent upgrades included doubling the size of the culinary classroom.

School safety

All staff members log into Sielox each morning and can use this system to trigger a lockdown or lockout, or to communicate a disturbance to administration and local police.  Since 1999, Sterling has employed a full-time School Resource Officer who works with students, staff, and the community in the areas of safety. We recently purchased a visitor management system called Lobby Guard SL. Using the Lobby Guard Instant Background Check Feature, we are able to screen visitors to keep unwanted individuals out of the building. We have a full time HIB specialist who conducts 2 school safety assemblies each year. We currently offer student workshops to increase student safety, well-being, anti-bullying, and anti-violence in relationships

Technology

Sterling has completed the 3rd phase of the 1:1 student tablet initiative, where students in grades 9 and 10 were outfitted with Dell tablets. This brings the total student body to about 65% with 1:1 devices as the initial phase of implementation included students enrolled in AP or Allied Health programs. Coinciding with this initiative, staff have been provided Professional Development on the use of Microsoft Class Notebooks, Microsoft Forms, and other Microsoft Educational tools. This initiative has been further supported through Danielson observation related sub domains.

More

The curriculum is open and comprehensive. For graduation, students must earn 130 credits. A four by four block schedule offers students eight semester courses per year. Additional instruction opportunities are offered for credit and non-credit courses in the middle of the day. In addition to state mandated safety requirements, we utilize a Sielox Security System which provides direct communication with local law enforcement in the event of a crisis. Sterling has also partnered with StopIt Solutions to allow students to anonymously report issues, follow up with appropriate remedial learning experiences through Evolution Labs, and follow up counseling. We initiated phase three of our technology initiative. Tablets were offered to select student groups equaling 3/4 of the school's population. The school website was upgraded and now includes a mobile APP to offer greater communication opportunities. We offer Choice Programs in Allied Health, Early Childhood Education, Radio / TV Production, NJROTC, and Multi Media Graphic Design. One hundred and eighteen out-of-district students participate in these Choice offerings.

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