Pathway to Excellence OverviewPathway

Highland Park Public School’s Pathway to Excellence is a strategic plan that has been in place since June 2016 and is framed by four focus areas that were identified by the community. Each focus area is supported by a committee of the following members:

Students, parents, local business owners, leaders of civic organizations such as the Highland Park Town Council, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (New Brunswick Chapter), local houses of worship, r
esidents without children in the schools, teachers, support staff, and school leaders worked collaboratively to chart the way forward for our schools.

The committees are responsible for facilitating the implementation of specific action steps that work to attain the district goals purposed to support the focus area.  

The Pathway to Excellence is a “living document” and will be updated according to new needs, challenges, and or changes in the priorities of the school district.

The Focus Areas

Focus areas frame the school district's goals and actions. They are as follows (click the bar):


Providing equal opportunities for all students and promoting students' social-emotional well-being


Individualizing learning experiences and improving the quality of education


Creating engaged global citizens with knowledge of social justice and fighting prejudice


Offering field and service experiences through local and regional partnerships to increase experiential learning opportunities

The Goals

Each goal corresponds to a focus area (click the bar):

Goal 1

The district will ensure that curriculum and instruction supports the "whole" child.

The district will ensure the inclusion and support of students, of all abilities, races, cultures, religions, belief systems, sexual orientations, genders/gender identities, and socio-economic backgrounds.

The district will ensure that community and school-based resources are provided to support families in need.

Goal 2

The district will ensure the provision of more choice in programs.

The district will ensure implementation of more consistent and effective differentiated instruction (content, process, and products).

The district will provide teachers professional development and support that is systemic and ongoing. G2.4 The district will ensure the implementation and support of high quality standards-based curricula.

Goal 3

The district will ensure that students will have the opportunity to graduate as global citizens.

The district will ensure that students can demonstrate awareness of issues related to social justice and prejudice.

Goal 4

The district will ensure the expansion of experimental learning opportunities for all students.

The district will ensure the expansion and utilization of community resources to support experimental learning.

Pathway Resources

As Diversity Grows, So Must We (Educational Leadership, March 2007) CLICK
Dr. Anne Gregory's presentation to school personnel CLICK
It Takes a Suburb: A Town Struggles to Ease Student Stress (New York Times, April 6, 2017) CLICK
The Case for and Against Homework (Educational Leadership, March 2007) CLICK
Restorative Practice resources CLICK

The Strategies 2017-2018

Click to be directed to the Focus Area 1 strategy Google Document (updated live)

Click to be directed to the Focus Area 2 strategy Google Document (updated live)

Click to be directed to the Focus Area 3 strategy Google Document (updated live)

Click to be directed to the Focus Area 4 strategy Google Document (updated live)

Pathway News

2016-2017 Action Plan Status Report
Each 2016-2017 action plan has been shaded a color indicating its progress toward implementation.
Read More about 2016-2017 Action Plan Status Report
Action Planning Committees Meet
Committees have been meeting to check the status of action plans.
Read More about Action Planning Committees Meet