Welcome to the Eastern Camden County Regional School District:
On behalf of the Eastern Camden County Regional Board of Education and its students and staff, I welcome you to the school district's website. This website is a resource designed to assist you in learning more about our school district.
Eastern is a limited purpose, public, regional system consisting of one high school: Eastern Regional High School (grades 9 -12). The student population of approximately 2000 is multicultural and reflects the diversity of the three communities it serves: Berlin Borough, Gibbsboro and Voorhees Township.
Our current professional staff includes more than 140 fully certified classroom teachers, nine guidance counselors, seven Child Study Team members, two nurses, a media center specialist, one full-time athletic trainer, one part-time athletic trainer, a part-time student assistance coordinator, and a part-time crisis counselor. The administrative personnel include: the Superintendent, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, a Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development, a Director of Special Services, a Principal, grade level Vice Principals who also serve as Department Supervisors, a Supervisor of Guidance, a Supervisor of Teaching & Learning, a Director of Building and Grounds, a Director of Food Services, and a Coordinator of Transportation.
Eastern is committed to the four A’s: Academics, the Arts, Athletics and Activities. Our students excel in academics. They are accomplished in the arts and theatre. They play and sing beautiful music, and they are highly competitive in athletics.
Our academic program offers a myriad of educational programs and services designed to meet the needs of individual students, and to provide them with opportunities to pursue their own special areas of interest. In addition to traditional course offerings in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, World Language (French, Spanish, and Latin), Health & Physical Education, the school district provides programs in Preschool Child Development, Art, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Business Education, Gifted & Talented, Special Education, Family & Consumer Science, Robotics, Building Trades & Technology. Partnerships with Camden County College and Stockton University provide opportunities for our students to earn college credit while in high school. In total in 2017-2018, our students earned college credits equivalent to more than 230 courses, either through High School Plus or through concurrent enrollment opportunities.
A comprehensive high school, Eastern offers a multitude of courses, including 28 Advanced Placement courses, a professional staff recognized for excellence on the state and local levels, and a class size average of approximately 24 students. Curriculum is taught in a clean and safe environment that includes state-of-the-art learning facilities and extensive technology.
The school board has supported funding and programming for extensive technology-driven initiatives over the past five years, allowing the school to be one-on-one with iPads for all 2000-plus students in the 2017-2018 school year. Teachers have led the professional development and training in the effective use of technology in the classroom. Programs designed by student leaders and delivered to students by other students are the foundation of responsible digital citizenship.
The technological infrastructure of the school and community are strong. Students have access to technology-centered education 24/7. Continual investment in infrastructure in wireless access and servers have served the students well. New investments are planned for the next two years to upgrade the system even further. Federal grants were tapped to assist in sharing the costs in installing all new wireless access points with all new wiring. Grant funding is also used to assist students with financial needs to have wireless access at home.
We are most fortunate to have some of the most talented and academically gifted students in the tri-state area. Our students represent a diverse and multicultural population that continues to excel both in and out of the classroom. This is reflected by the high scores consistently earned on such standardized assessments as: the SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement exams.
The Class of 2018 included 470 graduating seniors, more than 88% of whom will be attending two and four-year colleges.
Eastern is extremely proud of its students and recognize their achievements regularly through special programs and publications. It is our belief that each student contributes something unique to the school in his or her own way. Outside the classroom, there are various activities from which students may choose to participate. More than 40 clubs and school organizations help enrich a student’s educational experience. Offerings include our Gifted & Talented program, in which students have participated in the Model United Nations at Harvard, Brown, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers universities, and on our own campus, the South Jersey Model UN; the state champion Drama and Forensics Team, the Robotics Team, the Academic Challenge Team; Science and Math League competitors; and outstanding performing arts programs, featuring the annual fall play, one-act plays, and the spring musical.
In the area of athletics, Eastern maintains one of the finest and most successful programs in the state of New Jersey. With 22 highly competitive sports’ teams, Eastern competes in the Olympic Conference, arguably the toughest athletic conference in the state. We are proud of all our Viking athletes, including our field hockey team, which has won 19 consecutive Group IV State Championships.
Parents and members of the community are encouraged to become active partners in the governance of the schools. The following parent groups share in the school’s many successes: District Advisory Council, Every Student Succeeds Advisory Committee, Eastern Education Foundation, Band Parents' Association, Project Graduation, and the Berlin-Gibbsboro-Voorhees Municipal Alliance.
Outstanding students, dedicated staff members, first-rate facilities, and three communities that support and value education make the Eastern Camden County Regional School District a special place to work and learn.
School safety and security are of prime importance to the school district. Two School Resource Officers are employed on a full-time basis. All visitors must report to the main entrance of the building upon their arrival. They will be greeted by a security guard, asked to sign in, and screened before being issued a visitor’s pass. In addition, extensive security cameras are installed to help monitor the interior and exterior of the building. Upgraded lighting in the parking areas has been erected. All students and staff have been issued I.D. cards. The district’s Crisis Management Plan is continually reviewed and shared with staff. The attacks at schools throughout our country remind us once again that school violence can happen anywhere, anytime and for any reason, and that we must be prepared.
To learn more about Eastern Regional High School please check out the brief video, which may be found on the home page of the district website.
In the event you wish to speak with me regarding the school district or a related matter, please feel free to call (856) 346-6740.
Dr. Harold Melleby, Jr.