Tenafly School Information
Tenafly Public and Private Schools provide education to approximately 4000 students, right from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Besides high quality education, these schools also offer great co-curricular activities. Also educational systems and services are regularly upgraded to match the changing needs of the student community. The Tenafly Board of Education continually stresses to improve educational standards in the town without putting too much stress on the taxpayer. Offering some of the best educational options in Bergen County, and providing schools with a congenial environment for learning, this year’s budget was designed to suit the taxpayers too. The new spending plan for 2011-2012 proposed that taxpayers with homes assessed at the average of $783,900 would see an increase of $355, which is lesser than the state mandated cap of 2%. The district would also receive state aid of $534,000. It has been proposed, that half of the state aid would help to reduce the tax levy while the other half would go towards technology plans and programs in the district. The result of Tenafly’s commitment to education is an extremely high demand for Tenafly’s schools in nearby towns. For this reason, starting 2011, Tenafly students must re-register to Tenafly schools while providing proof of residency, preventing non-residents from taking advantage of Tenafly Tax payers.
The four listed elementary schools serve classes K-5 to a range of students. While initially admissions were based solely on geographical location, since June 2006, children are assigned to schools based on the capacity fulfillment of each school also. This will ensure that none of the schools are overburdened or under-capacity.
Mackay This school received a rating of 10/10 by greatschools.org, an independent site that grades schools. Besides education, its extracurricular features include basketball, band, radio, video and multimedia.
Maugham The Ralph S Maugham Elementary school of Tenafly offers good education and co-curricular activities. It received a rating of 9/10 from greatschools.org. Its extra-curricular features include band, PE classes, science and technology. The student-teacher ratio is approximately 16:1.
The J. Spencer Smith School has fine reputation in the region. It has a student-teacher ratio of 16.4 and is noted for its great leadership, high quality teachers and good involvement of parents.
Stillman Walter Stillman Elementary school of Tenafly is also of noted repute. With approximately 400 students enrolled in its various classes, it supports extracurricular activities such as martial arts, band and community service.
Serving grades 6-8 in the Tenafly Schools district, Tenafly Middle School is also regarded as one of the best in the region. It has also received a 10/10 rating by greatschools.org. The student per teacher ratio is noted to be at 13.7. The school is also noted to provide high quality education, extra-curricular activities and good after-school programs.
This is a 4-year comprehensive public school catering to students from grades 9th-12th. Tenafly High School caters to over 1000 students and has a student-teacher ratio of 12:2. The school is ranked as the third-best in New Jersey. The school is also noted for its debate teams, tennis teams, ice hockey, football, swimming and basketball teams. As part of a sending/receiving relationship, students from Alpine also attend the Tenafly High School.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and School Set up by a group of Roman Catholic Christians, this school caters to children from pre-K to the 8th grade. It also offers an After School Program. The school teaches about religion through its entire academic program.
Registered as a non-profit educational foundation, this school features teachers from South Korea. The student to teacher ratio is noted at 20:1.
This is a primary and kindergarten school offers an interactive form of education with the student to teacher ratio being approximately 10:1. It is also noted to meet the standards of a Full Member School of the American Montessori Society.
Catering to children aged two onwards to 8th grade, this school positions itself as the affordable private school. Besides academics, it is noted to provide classes in physical education, performing arts and after school clubs.
The school specializes in infusing Jewish values through their academic curriculum. Fluency in Hebrew is encouraged and children receive the foundation towards a better understanding of the Jewish and world communities.
The Lubavitch on the Palisades school offers a nurturing environment, creative learning and strong educational foundation. Students benefit from a good student to teacher ratio, professional staff of early childhood specialists and modern equipment and manipulatives to aid the teaching process. The school offers classes for preschoolers and first and second graders and prides itself in providing holistic learning that encompasses education, social growth and spiritual development.
JCC After school programs offer an enriching experience for children to learn, grow and develop in a safe nurturing Jewish environment. Catering to needs of children from kindergarten through Grade 12, the range of programs includes aspects like transportation, supervision of homework, social-recreational activities and also vacation programs.
More than 95% of graduates go on to higher education. Besides the various public schools, the town also has five good private schools too. The combined average SAT score for 2010-2011 is 1814
Tenafly schools have received various awards and much recognition for providing good education to students. In September 2005, the United States Department of Education awarded the ‘Blue Ribbon School Award’ to Tenafly High School. This school was also ranked as the 3rd Best High School in New Jersey by the ‘New Jersey Monthly’ in its 2010 survey of ‘Top public high schools’ in New Jersey. The same magazine had also ranked Tenafly schools as the best in the state in 1996.
Besides providing top quality education, the schools here have various special programs too. Tenafly boast of a broad range of placement and honors courses, and also an interdepartmental humanities honors class which focuses on the historical and cultural development of Western civilization. Another noteworthy aspect of the school system is its music program, which runs from kindergarten through graduation. There is also a gifted and talented kids program called the Talent Bank, where volunteers boost classroom programs with their practical experience.