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If you are looking for any school related information county, state or international, you have come to the right place. Whether you are searching for public, private, vocational, alternative, or special needs schools, the following sites should lead you to the information you are seeking. If you need information on school closings or delayed openings, you can locate your school’s web page to find out about all the specifics or you can click on The List of Radio Stations in New Jersey to get the latest updates.

In addition to the World Wide Web, the Ocean County Library features printed resources as well as EbscoHost, a large electronic database of periodicals and newspapers. The following school directories, as well as school choice information resources, are available in the reference and circulating non-fiction sections in many of the branches of the Ocean County Library:

Directories

  • Boarding Schools Directory/Association of Boarding Schools.
  • Choosing an Independent School in New Jersey: Directory of Member Schools.
  • The Handbook of Private Schools: An Annual Descriptive Survey of Independent Education.
  • Municipal Reference Guide: New Jersey Northern Edition and Southern Edition.
  • Peterson’s Summer Opportunities for Kids and Teenagers.
  • Peterson’s Private Secondary Schools.
  • Private Independent Schools: A Comprehensive Guide to Elementary and Secondary Schools in the United States and Abroad. 
  • The Yale Daily News Guide to Summer Programs.

School Choice

  • Charter Schools: Creating Hope and Opportunity for American Education.
  • Getting the Best Education for Your Child: A Parent’s Checklist.
  • How to Pick a Perfect Private School.
  • Opportunities in Vocational and Technical Careers.
  • The Parent’s Guide to Alternatives in Education.
  • The Parent’s School Handbook: How to Make the Most of Your Child’s Education From Kindergarten to Middle School.
  • School Choice: How to Select the Best Schools For Your Children.

Public Schools

County

Ocean County Superintendent of Schools
The county and superintendent and staff serve as the chief communicators between the New Jersey State Department of Education and the local school districts.

 www.state.nj.us/education
Survey and approval of all public education programs of Ocean County. Processes all applications for teacher certification, approves school bus transportation, processes all public school funding, provides in-service training. Conducts school improvement programs, approves school facilities, and supervises all educational programs for handicapped school children.

 Ocean County Community Information System
A community information web site that is supported by businesses and professionals. Useful for providing information both local and worldwide to the Ocean County Community. An Ocean County Schools Inter-Link provides an easy way to locate public school information and their web sites in Ocean County. Helpful to students, teachers, and the general public.

State

 New Jersey PTA
The largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. Membership is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health and welfare of children and youth. Links to the National PTA.

 Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Common Core Standards provide consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success for college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

NJ Higher Education Student Assistant Authority
New Jersey offers a multitude of ways to assist students realize their dreams of attending college. “Our mission is to provide students and families with the financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school.”

 NJ Department of Education: NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards
These standards, published in 1996, are used throughout New Jersey schools for grades K - 12. Copies of this guide are available at all OCL locations.

 New Jersey Department of Education Assessment of Skills and Knowledge
NJ ASK is a state assessment of student achievement in language arts, math, and science that was implemented in 2003 to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. This assessment replaces the ESPA and GEPA with the NJASK 3,4,5,6,7,and 8.

National

 U.S. Department of Education
As part of the Institutional Communications Network Project, the U.S. Department of Education has established this site to provide information to educators and researchers interested in education. You will find a wide variety of files here on K-12 education as well as vocational and adult education, goals of the Department of Education, programs, announcements and press releases, and educational software.

 Elementary and Secondary Act/U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education is inviting each State educational agency (SEA) to request flexibility on behalf of itself, its local educational agencies, and schools, in order to better focus on improving student learning and increasing the quality of instruction. This is in reference to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Homework Help

 Be prepared for tests. Take a practice test online!
Please visit our Find It! Your 24/7 research and information hub for a full list of resources, or go directly to Learning Express Library for practice exams for schools & career.  

  Live Homework Help is an exciting new program offered at the Ocean County Library!  Students can connect to qualified tutors through an Online Classroom for homework help in math, science, social studies or English. For grades 4 – 12.

 Department of Education Homework Tips For Parents
This web site provides resources for parents on helping children with homework.

 KidsClick!
A search engine/web guide for children maintained by the Colorado State Library. Contains links in all content areas.

Local Schools

Barnegat Twp. School District Little Egg Harbor Township School District
Bay Head School District Long Beach Island Consolidated School District
Berkeley Township School District Manchester Township District Schools
Brick Township Public Schools Ocean County Vocational Schools
Central Regional School District Ocean Township School District
IH Grade School Home Pinelands Regional School District
Jackson School District Plumsted Township School District
Lacey Township School District Point Pleasant Schools
Lakehurst Elementary School Stafford Township School District
Lakewood School District Southern Regional School District
Lavallette Elementary Schools Toms River Regional Schools

Private Schools

 National Association of Independent Schools
Represents over 1,100 independent schools and associations in the U.S. and abroad. Independent schools are distinct from other schools in that they are primarily supported by tuitions, charitable contributions and endowment income rather than by tax or church funds.

 Private School Web Sites
Directories of North American Schools maintained by private or commercial interests.

  Local Private Schools

All Saints Regional Catholic School Monsignor Donovan High School
Bais Kail Torah Ocean County Christian Academy
Calvary Academy Ocean Day School
Church of Grace and Peace Academy Saint Joseph's Grade School
Lighthouse Christian Academy  

Homeschooling

If you are home schooling or thinking of home schooling, this web page has been created to simplify your search.  Remember to check out our collection of home schooling books at your local Ocean County Library branch.  The library also subscribes to the periodicals Homeschooling Today and Practical Homeschooling.

We have just added two more Reference resources from the Unschoolers Network: Homeschool Co-ops 101: A Basic Guide to Starting a Homeschool Co-op by Karen Lange (R371.042 Lang) and An A in Life: Famous Homeschoolers by Mac Plent (R371.042 Plent)

 A to Z’s Cool Home Schooling Website
An informative, easygoing site, this is probably the most comprehensive home school website you will encounter, with information about beginning to home school, home schooling materials and curricula, teaching methods, joining or starting a support group and lots more.

Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA is “a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.”  Many questions that beginners ask will be answered on this site and their legal staff is happy to speak with inquiring parents (phone: 540-338-5600).

The Home School Mom
 With its more homespun quality, it offers such diverse information as ideas on frugal living, recipes and advice for the busy mom as well as many other good links for lesson plans and information for the beginning home educator.

National Home Education Research Institute
Site for research on statistics and facts about home schooling, it serves as a clearinghouse of research for the public, researchers, home schoolers, the media and policy makers. 

New Jersey Home School Association
New Jersey Homeschool Association is a fully inclusive advocacy group dedicated to preserving families’ freedom to home educate their children.
Contact Jennifer for more information.

Some local contacts in Ocean County:

Shore Homeschoolers
This group is open to all NJ homeschoolers/unschoolers in Monmouth and Ocean counties (and surrounding areas).
This online forum is a great place for families to network with each other, find support groups and homeschooling information. When you go to the webpage, click "join this group" to set up an account so you may post and receive information.

Southern Ocean Homeschoolers
A group for homeschoolers of Southern Ocean County, NJ. This will be a group for everyone regardless of religion. Fun is our goal! If you live in Southen Ocean County (Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton, Manahawkin, Barnegat, Lacey, Toms River, etc.) this is the place for you to meet and get to know other homeschoolers in the area!

New Jersey Vegan Families Homeschoolers
Connecting ethical vegan families for support, friendship and fun all over NJ! (We are a non-sectarian group, open to all!)

Nancy Voitko
Ocean County Library
Librarian
nvoitko@theoceancountylibrary.org

CHNJ (Catholic Homeschoolers of NJ)
Phyllis
kiernanfamily7@yahoo.com

CORNERSTONE HOME EDUCATION GROUP (Christian based group in Howell/Jackson area)
Michele Gross
grace2u5@verizon.net

Holy Family Homeschool Group  (Catholic Homeschoolers in Ocean County) 
Lori
Pcgirl333@yahoo.com

JMJ CATHOLIC HOME EDUCATORS (Catholic group in Monmouth/Ocean counties)
Michele
rickmichele@gmail.com

NEW EGYPT HOME SCHOOLERS (NEW EGYPT, PLUMSTED, JACKSON)
Phyllis
kiernanfamily7@yahoo.com

NEW JERSEY VEGAN FAMILIES HOMESCHOOLERS (For homeschoolers or unschoolers who would like to discuss relevant topics and ideas for vegan families)
NJVF_Homeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com

OCCHSA - Ocean County Christian Homeschoolers Association
a Christian based support group covering Toms River and south. OCCHSA has been in existence for 20 years and sponsors a history and science fair, sports teams, talent show, field trips and more.
Cathy Vail
Cathyvail@juno.com
Regina
rmm239@aol.com

SOUTHERN OCEAN HOMESCHOOLERS (non-denominational group based in Southern Ocean County)
Gina
gianettap@hotmail.com

weexcell@yahoo.com
A non-denominational Christian homeschooling support group. Activities include robotics, Lego-building and quilting. Members come from all over Ocean County.

4H GROUP ACTIVITIES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS (Freehold area - Genshiken Anime & Manga 4H Club, 4H GameMakers Club, Papercuts 4H Teen Writing Club)
Robin
milne68@verizon.net

Vocational Schools
Education intended to teach and/or train the student in a particular vocation or profession.

 Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) - Home page
Their mission is “To promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

Alternative Schools
Education that takes place outside of established school systems.

 Center For Education Reform
A national, independent, non-profit advocacy organization founded to provide support and guidance to parents and teachers, community and civic groups, policy makers and leaders, and all who are bringing fundamental reforms to schools.

 The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
AERO is a non-profit organization sponsored by the School of Living, which was
founded in 1934. This site helps you to start new community schools, public and private, or change existing schools. It also provides information to you in home schooling your children, or finding private or public alternative schools.

Charter Schools

 Charter Friends National Network
CFNN’S mission is to promote quality charter schools by connecting and supporting resource centers and other state level charter support organizations and activities.

 US Charter Schools
This site offers extensive guidance for starting and running a charter school, including writing a mission statement, instructional development, budgeting, and fundraising. Features charter school profiles, state information and contracts, discussion groups, and links to other resources.

Montessori Schools

 International Montessori Index
The Index is a comprehensive source for information about Montessori education. It includes a thorough explanation of Montessori teaching methods with links to articles, training organizations worldwide, tips on starting a Montessori school or educating your child at home. A list is included of where to buy Montessori teaching products.

Special Needs Schools and Libraries
Techniques and subject matter designed for students whose learning needs cannot be met by a standard school curriculum.

 Council For Exceptional Children
The Council For Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

 ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
ERIC gathers and disseminates professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.

 New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
The services of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped are available without charge to anyone living in New Jersey, who for any physical reason, cannot read regular printed books with ease. Readers served by the Library include: people of any age with vision problems for whom reading is difficult, people who are blind, people with paralysis, arthritis, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis for whom holding a book or turning its pages is difficult.

 Special Education Resources on the Internet
Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. This collection exists in order to make online Special Education resources more easily and readily available in one location.

Summer Programs

 American Camp Association
The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey (ACA, NY and NJ) is a private, not for profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and enhancing the quality of the summer experience. ACA, New York and New Jersey's operation falls into three overall program areas: accreditation, camper placement and professional development.

 Boy Scouts Joseph A Citta Scout Reservation
Located in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Joseph Citta Scout Reservation offers a wide variety of programs to fit many needs. CSR offers programs including Boy Scout Resident Troop Camp, Boy Scout Resident Individual Camping, Venturing Resident Camp, Weblos Adventure Camp, Cub Scout Day Camp and Cub Scout Family Camp.

 Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore offers two day camps: Amity Acres Day camp located in Waretown and Sacajawea Day Camp located in Farmingdale. In addition, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore also offers Girls Are Great, located at Georgian Court University in Lakewood

 Ocean County YMCA
Located in Toms River, New Jersey this summer camp is for all grades and ages and special needs children and teens.

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Phyllis Yodowitz
Senior Librarian
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Toms River, NJ

 
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