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Harrington Park, New Jersey
Bergen County
Harrington Park School District
Harrington Park School is a public school located in Harrington Park, New Jersey with 605 students in grades Pre-K-8.
Highlights
The implementation of the Self Directed Growth Plan as a method of evaluation and observation is used to differentiate teaching learning and inform practice.
The district focuses on developing the whole student through promoting health and wellness, celebrating the student as an individual through the implementation of the Trovvit application.
Project Pride is a student driven leadership development program that advances global empathy, equity and understanding through real-life experiences.
Awards

At Harrington Park School, we are proud of our many awards and accomplishments. Some highlights are the STEAM Competition Award, Jefferson Award in Leadership development and public service, Sustainability Award, 2017 League of Innovation (NJDOE), 2015-16 Super School Award (Imagine Nation); Bergen County Utility Authority Environmental Awareness Challenge Grant, NJ State Communication Award and NJBAR Law Adventure Awards.

Location
191 Harriot Avenue
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Contact
Principal: Ms. Jessica Nitzberg
201-768-5700
nitzberg@hpsd.org
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Grades
Pre-K-8
White 59%
Black 1%
Asian 26%
Hispanic 5%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 8%
School size
605
students
Female 48.6%
Male 51.4%
Economically disadvantaged students 0%
Students with disabilities 16%
English learners 4%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
60
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 2%
15
Kindergarten 9%
53
1st Grade 11%
67
2nd Grade 9%
57
3rd Grade 14%
83
4th Grade 10%
62
5th Grade 12%
71
6th Grade 9%
54
7th Grade 12%
75
8th Grade 11%
68
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English & language arts proficiency
80%
of students

Math proficiency
77%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.3
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 2
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
81%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 7%
1 to 5 days 41%
6 to 10 days 33%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 5%
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English 83.3%
Korean 12.1%
Other 2.5%
Spanish 1.2%
Chinese 1.0%
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Learn more about Harrington Park School.

Mission

The Harrington Park School, an innovative leader in educational excellence, in partnership with a dedicated community, fosters the well-being of the whole child and prepares every student to become life-long learners and empowered responsible citizens.

Academics

As a PreK-8 school, we strive for consistency and growth. We have aligned literacy practices to a balanced literacy approach. Additionally, our math department has worked to review assessments, vocabulary & materials to ensure maximum consistency. Teachers were at the forefront of the K-8 shift to standard based report cards and continue to evaluate and modify standards as needed. Courses outside of traditional subjects include; STEM, Character Ed, Research and Learning, Language, and Technology. In Kindergarten through 3rd grade we have partnered with the NJ DOE, through the NJTSS grant, to implement research based reading practices and a systematic process to monitor the student’s progress in meeting the developmental reading benchmarks at each grade level.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls)

Clubs

The district offers the following extra-curricular clubs and activities: Green Club, Garden Club, HPTV, Student Council, Peer Mediators, Spartan Sentinel, Band, Chorus, Art Studio, Kind Kids Club, Computer Club, Typing, Project Pride, Debate, String Ensemble, Jazz Band, Band, Chorus Wee Deliver and Yearbook. The district's HSA also offers a number of free after school enrichment clubs throughout the year which include Spanish Club, Model UN, Comic Club, Big Talkers Club and Friendship Club to name a few.

Programs

Before school programs include clubs listed previously that often meet for meetings before the school day. Additionally, we have a Before School Support Program for students in grades 2-8. Students are recommended by teachers or parents and supported in all subject areas including organizational skills. After school, we have a free homework helpers program for and our home and school association offers free and at cost academic, athletic, art and music classes held on site.

Teachers

In conjunction with the seven sister districts, the Harrington Park School District is a member of the Northern Valley Curriculum Center. Each year, teachers are given the opportunity to choose from over a hundred workshops that they can attend during the school day. Yearly, the administration determines a focus of study for the teachers and staff and use faculty meetings so staff can learn and share their experiences implementing the practices within their classroom. Additionally, we provide our own in house staff development on in service days. This includes staff exploring and sharing best practices.

Supports

The district offers a number of different supports to our students that range from English as a Second Language Program, Child Study Team and Response to Intervention Team. Students can be recommended for a morning support program that meets daily from 8:05am-8:25am or an afternoon Homework Club from 3:15pm-4:00pm. During the school day, for struggling students there is a Reading Lab support program.

Health

A variety of clubs and groups that focus on the emotional and physical well-being of students are present at HP. Examples include, banana splits, peer mediators, boys and girls groups and reverse inclusion to name a few. Students PreK-8 receive character education lessons that focus on mental and physical stressors and are provided with concrete tools and strategies. Within physical education, topics such as yoga are explored to address physical and mental connectedness . Additionally, administration fosters health and wellness initiatives and activities for students and staff throughout the school year.

Parents

The district is supported by an active and dynamic Home and School Association and Korean Parents Association. All of the funds that they raise go back to enriching the district's educational programs. Through our parent associations and lunch program, there are a number of ways daily in which parents and guardians can volunteer. Specific community outreach includes senior share day, winter and spring community concerts, parent academy programs, a spring art show and parent visitation day.

Facilities

The district completed construction on a new main entrance/security vestibule in September 2015 and the original building boilers were replaced with high efficiency units in 2015 as part of a NJSDA project. The majority of Harrington Park School's lighting (including all classrooms) was upgraded to high efficiency bulbs. The entire school is wifi ready and air conditioned.

School safety

The purpose of the HP Safety and Security Plan is to identify and respond to incidents and detail the duties of the HP staff when to responding to these incidents. The goal of the plan is educate staff, faculty, students, and other key stakeholders on all of their roles and responsibilities should an incident occur. This will allow all parties the ability to respond to the incidents quickly. The plan establishes procedures and guidelines for responding to existing and potential student and school incidents identified by this plan. The plan also outlines methods to mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents. The faculty and staff have been trained to identify, assess, and respond to incidents identified within this plan. The Harrington Park School District regularly provides training and drills on the procedures detailed within this document with all of its stakeholders.

Technology

Harrington Park offers a variety of integrated STEM opportunities throughout the school day. Additionally, there are clubs and competitions with a focus on STEM. A number of grade levels take part in STEM Buddies where older students are partnered with our younger students.

Early childhood

In September of 2017, our school created one full day PreK-4 Class. The class is tuition based. Students that attend the pre-K 4 program will have access to an award winning curriculum and all that the Harrington Park School facility has to offer. Students that begin in Pre-K 4 will start their journey within the Harrington Park School family and make a smooth transition to our Kindergarten program.

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