The mission of the Mahwah Schools is to provide every student with the opportunity to maximize his/her educational and career potential in safe, high quality facilities, led by well trained and dedicated administrators, teachers and support staff. Our K-12 school district consists of six schools which serve a student population of approximately 3000. The Mahwah community supports its schools, and attendance at school functions by parents and community members serves to document this support.
The information provided in the NJ School Performance Report provides a snapshot of how our schools are performing in selected areas. Mahwah students continue to outperform their peers from across the state on state assessments demonstrating that they are meeting the benchmarks of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Mahwah also takes pride in the number of Advanced Placement courses offered at the high school, its music and art programs available to students throughout the district, its athletic programs offered at the high school, and its commitment to community service initiatives. Additionally, the number of Mahwah graduates taking Advanced Placement tests continues to rise, and the number of students that go on to formal post graduate study is at an all time high.
While we remain proud of the accomplishments of our schools and our students, as illustrated in the NJ School Performance Report, we are also aware that the information provided only tells part of the story. The NJ School Performance Report does not consider areas of school performance in such areas as music, art, and drama, nor does it address issues such as student and parent satisfaction. To learn firsthand how our schools are performing, we encourage all Mahwah residents to attend Board of Education meetings, become active in school related organizations, attend school sponsored events or arrange for a visit to any of our six schools.
In closing, our district exists for its students. Our children, who are our future, give us the opportunity to work together, despite our differences, and find commonality of purpose. This purpose is to provide our students with a comprehensive educational program within a safe supportive school environment that recognizes the worth and dignity of all individuals. For this opportunity, we are fortunate and look forward with confidence to the school year knowing our students will be provided with a quality education so necessary for them to meet the challenges of the 21st century.