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:
- 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
Summer Opportunities for Kids and Teenagers.
Private Secondary Schools.
- Private Independent
Schools: A Comprehensive Guide to Elementary and
in the United States and Abroad.
- The Yale Daily
News Guide to Summer Programs.
- 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.
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 Choice:
How to Select the Best Schools For Your Children.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
Department of Education: NJ Core Curriculum Content
standards, published in 1996, are used throughout
New Jersey schools for grades K - 12. Copies of
this guide are available at all OCL
Jersey Department of Education Assessment of Skills
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.
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.
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.
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.
of Education Homework Tips For Parents
This web site provides resources for
parents on helping children with homework.
A search engine/web guide for children
maintained by the Colorado State Library. Contains
links in all content areas.
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
School Web Sites
Directories of North
American Schools maintained by private or commercial
Local Private Schools
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:
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!)
Ocean County Library
CHNJ (Catholic Homeschoolers of NJ)
CORNERSTONE HOME EDUCATION GROUP (Christian based group in Howell/Jackson area)
Holy Family Homeschool Group (Catholic Homeschoolers in Ocean County)
JMJ CATHOLIC HOME EDUCATORS (Catholic group in Monmouth/Ocean counties)
NEW EGYPT HOME SCHOOLERS (NEW EGYPT, PLUMSTED, JACKSON)
NEW JERSEY VEGAN FAMILIES HOMESCHOOLERS
(For homeschoolers or unschoolers who would like to discuss relevant topics and ideas for vegan families)
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.
SOUTHERN OCEAN HOMESCHOOLERS (non-denominational group based in Southern Ocean County)
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)
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.”
that takes place outside of established school systems.
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.
Alternative Education Resource Organization
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.
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
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.
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.
Needs Schools and Libraries
and subject matter designed for students whose learning
needs cannot be met by a standard school curriculum.
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
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
The services 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
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.
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 of America Jersey Shore Council
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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