Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Burlington and Ocean counties’ public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions. To be enrolled in a New Jersey school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. For more details on New Jersey’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, visit the New Jersey Department of Education’s website at www.nj.gov/education/students/safety/health/cdpr/immune.shtml. Check with schools for additional requirements.
In 2010, New Jersey, along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics though New Jersey has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.