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In Burlington and Ocean Counties

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.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/cdpr/immune. 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

Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a list of charter schools in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Education’s website at www.nj.gov/education/chartsch

Home Schooling

For an introduction to home schooling in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Education’s website at www.nj.gov/education/genfo/faq/faq_homeschool.htm. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.

ENOCH of New Jersey

810 U.S. Highway 202-206
Bridgewater, NJ 08807 732-291-7800
www.enochnj.org 

The Education Network of Christian Home-schoolers of New Jersey is dedicated to individual homeschoolers and local support groups throughout the state.

New Jersey Homeschool Association

http://jerseyhomeschool.net 

The all-volunteer New Jersey Homeschool Association exists to protect the homeschooling freedoms of all New Jersey citizens and to maintain a favorable homeschooling climate in the state. NJHA is an inclusive, nonpartisan organization that serves homeschoolers regardless of religion, race, ethnic heritage, disability, method of homeschooling or other characteristic or distinction.

Private Schools

To search for local private schools in New Jersey, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch.  Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

 

Public Schools

North Hanover Township School District

331 Monmouth Road
Wrightstown, NJ 08562 609-738-2600
www.nhanover.com 

The North Hanover Township School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade six with four schools. Two schools, Discovery School and Atlantis School, are in the Falcon Courts North Section of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The district has an enrollment of about 240. After grade six, students attend Northern Burlington Regional Middle and High school.

Northern Burlington County Regional School District

160 Mansfield Road E
Columbus, NJ 08022 609-298-3900
www.nburlington.com 

The Northern Burlington County Regional School District has one middle school for grades seven and eight and one high school for grades nine through 12. Both schools are in the Columbus section of Mansfield Township. The district has an enrollment of about 2,110.

Pemberton Township School District

One Egbert St.
Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-893-8141
www.pemberton.k12.nj.us 

Pemberton Township schools serve over 5,000 students from Pemberton Township, Pemberton Borough and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The district oversees seven elementary schools for grades one through five, one middle school for grade six and another for grades seven and eight, plus a high school for grades nine through 12. Three of the schools were named State Schools of Character in 2017, with four others recognized for their outstanding character education programs as well.

Moorestown Township Public Schools

803 N. Stanwick Road
Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-778-6600
http://bison.wmsc.k12.ar.us 

The Moorestown Township school district has four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The district has a total enrollment of about 3,900.

Jackson Public School District

151 Don Connor Blvd.
Jackson, NJ 08527 732-833-4600
www.jacksonsd.org 

The Jackson school district educates almost 9,000 students in 10 schools: six elementary, two middle and two high schools. Its comprehensive curriculum is fully aligned with Common Core standards and values a well-rounded educational experience that highlights the humanities, STEM classes, and fine and performing arts. The district also believes athletics and extra-curricular activities are valuable to the educational experience.

Lakewood Public School District

200 Ramsey Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701 732-364-2400
www.lakewoodpiners.org 

Lakewood School District is a comprehensive community public school district serving about 6,200 students in pre-kindergarten in an early childhood center, one Kindergarten school, four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school in Ocean County.

Universities/Higher Education

There is much opportunity for continuing education on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The Fleet and Family Support Center’s Education and Training Center in Building 3829 offers college classes, academic advising, Community College of the Air Force counseling, Air Force Commissioning advisement, Kuder career guidance tools, Troops-to-Teachers, Transition Assistance Program counseling, Military Tuition Assistance guidance, scholarships and an array of testing opportunities. Two-year degree programs are available through Rowan College at Burlington County and the Community College of the Air Force. Baccalaureate degree programs are offered through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Rutgers University, Southern Illinois University and Wilmington University. Graduate programs are available from Central Michigan University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Rutgers University and Wilmington University.

For more information, call the education center at 609-754-3019 or visit https://gomdl.com/activities/education-programs. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

Rowan College at Burlington County

JBMDL McGuire Office 609-754-2577

Mount Laurel Campus
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 856-222-9311

Mount Holly Campus
1 High St.
Mount Holly, NJ 08060 856-222-9311

Pemberton Campus
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-894-9311

Willingboro Campus
200 Campbell Drive, Suite 210
Willingboro, NJ 08046 609-877-4520

www.rcbc.edu 

Community College of the Air Force

3829 Schoolhouse Road, Building 3829
McGuire AFB, NJ 08641 609-754-5346
www.airuniversity.af.mil/Barnes/CCAF 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — McGuire

3829 Schoolhouse Road, Building 3829
McGuire AFB, NJ 08641 609-723-1337
https://worldwide.erau.edu/locations/mcguire 

Rutgers University

57 U.S. Highway 1
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732-445-4636
www.rutgers.edu 

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

3829 Schoolhouse Road, Building 3829
McGuire AFB, NJ 08641 609-723-4434
http://siu.edu 

Wilmington University

3331 Route 38
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 856-291-7400
www.wilmu.edu 

Central Michigan University

3829 Schoolhouse Road, Building 3829
McGuire AFB, NJ 08641 609-723-8100
www.cmich.edu 

Libraries

Public libraries in Burlington and Ocean counties offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The New Jersey State Library, www.njstatelib.org, supports libraries in the state with resources, interlibrary loan and other assistance.

Residents can enjoy and make use several public libraries in Burlington and Ocean counties. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a full list of libraries in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey State Library website. The following public library branches are near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Burlington County Library System

5 Pioneer Blvd.
Westampton, NJ 08060 609-267-9660
www.bcls.lib.nj.us 

Pemberton Library

16 Broadway
Browns Mills, NJ 08015 609-893-8262
www.bcls.lib.nj.us/pemberton 

Ocean County Library

101 Washington St.
Toms River, NJ 08753 732-349-6200
http://theoceancountylibrary.org 

Education Links

Find resources to help your student achieve academic success at these websites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Military Child Education Coalition: Ensures quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition. Visit www.militarychild.org  for information on programs and resources.

 

 

  • Tutor.com:Eligible students and service members in U.S. military families around the world can work one-to-one with an expert tutor online 24/7. Get free help with homework, studying, test prep and proofreading in more than 40 subjects. Visit http://military.tutor.com

 

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