~ Preparing Students for College and Careers ~


    Point Pleasant Beach High School is committed to preparing its students for the 21st century.  In fact, this is a key component of Point Pleasant Beach School District’s Mission Statement which specifically states: “. . . Our students will become life-long learners, empowered with 21st century skills necessary to adapt to our ever-changing world . . .”  Our role as educators is to ensure that we provide our students with an education that will give them the tools they need to achieve success throughout high school and beyond.  We are dedicated to doing this.


    The State of New Jersey adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in both English Language Arts and mathematics.  These standards define grade-level expectations from kindergarten through high school for what students should know and be able to do in these two disciplines to be successful in college and careers.  They also promote critical thinking, focus on problem solving, and give students a deeper understanding of language arts and math.  The English Language Arts and mathematics curricula at Point Pleasant Beach High School are aligned to these Common Core State Standards. These teacher-designed curricula provide our students with high quality, student-centered activities that are engaging, challenging, and relevant.


    Measuring high school students’ mastery of skills in the areas of English and math has historically been accomplished through the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).  The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments replaced the HSPA starting in the 2014 – 2015 school year.  These rigorous, computer-based assessments measure the students’ mastery of the CCSS and will be administered once per year beginning with the 2015 – 2016 school year instead of twice a year.  Our teachers have worked (and continue to work) tirelessly through participating in various professional development opportunities to understand the intricacies of the PARCC and, in turn, are preparing our students for success on these assessments.


    Much of the focus in education continues to be on the CCSS and the PARCC.  At times, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the expectations and rigors which our schools and students face today.  However, Point Pleasant Beach High School is well prepared for these challenges, and we anticipate that our students will do well.