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6000.1 Philosophy of Education


Northfield, New Jersey







The Philosophy of Education of the Northfield Public Schools states:


We believe that:


A. The school system is responsible for seeing to it that students acquire basic skills, knowledge and understanding as well as specific skills, knowledge and understanding related to personal needs and situations;


B. Education is an on-going process and the school system should serve individuals of all ages;


C. Each student is an individual in terms of needs, potentials and ways of learning;


D. An effective school system can best exist in a society based on democratic principles which are taught and practiced in and out of school;


E. The school system’s community should understand the activities that take place in the school and supplement those activities where appropriate;


F. The school system’s community should inform the educators of their feelings concerning the outcomes and processes of education;


G. The school system is responsible for creating an environment for learning;


H. The school system is responsible for the students having an opportunity to examine personal and societal values;


I. Because society changes, the philosophy and goals of the school should be periodically re-examined.


Children First


The mission of Northfield City School District is to create a safe, supportive environment that promotes academic excellence in teaching and learning. Students are encouraged to reach their potential and become productive citizens and lifelong learners through excellent teaching, mentoring and modeling by faculty and staff. The Northfield Community School team joins parents and the community to foster each child’s personal growth and self-esteem and to promote tolerance and respect for other individuals.


It is the expectation of this school district that all students achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels.


In practice, students will:


A. Demonstrate creative and critical thinking and effectively use them in academic and social settings;


B. Transfer learning thoughtfully and effectively to novel situations and problems;


C. Demonstrate mastery of local and NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards;


D. Demonstrate respect for themselves and others;


E. Participate in a broad range academic success and involvement in extracurricular activities;


F. Demonstrate understanding of technology and use technology effectively;


G. Demonstrate the democratic living skills of consensus building and group problem solving in order to become active citizens in their community.


Adopted: No Date

Revised: October 20, 2009

NJSBA Review/Update: December 2009; December 2010

Readopted: October 24, 2011


Key Words


Instructional Goals and Objectives, Goals and Objectives in Instruction


Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:7A-10 Evaluation of performance of each school

N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-2 Boards of education; establishment of standards

N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-43 School Funding Reform Act of 2008

N.J.S.A. 18A:33-1 District to furnish suitable facilities; adoption of courses of study

N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 et seq. Curriculum and Courses

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.1 et seq. Standards and Assessment

See particularly:

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.2

through -1.3, -2.1, -3.1,-4.4

N.J.A.C. 6A:9-15.1 et seq. Required Professional Development for Teachers

N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-1.1 et seq. Fiscal accountability, efficiency, budgeting procedures

See particularly:

N.J.A.C. 6A:23a-19.1 et seq.

N.J.A.C. 6A:26-1.1 et seq. Educational Facilities

N.J.A.C. 6A:30-1.1 et seq. Evaluation of the Performance of School Districts

N.J.A.C. 6A:32-2.1 Definitions

N.J.A.C. 6A:32-12.1 Reporting requirements

N.J.A.C. 6A:32-12.2 School-level planning


No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-110, 20 U.S.C.A. 6301 et seq.



Cross References: *1100 Communicating with the public

*1120 Board of education meetings

*1230 School-connected organizations

*1600 Relations between other entities and the district

*2131 Superintendent of Schools

*2240 Research, evaluation and planning

*3542 Food service

4010 Goals and objectives

*4111 Recruitment, selection and hiring

*4116 Evaluation

*4131/4131.1 Staff development; in-service education/visitations/conferences

*4211 Recruitment, selection and hiring

*4231/4231.1 Staff development; in-service education/visitations/conferences

*5113 Absences and excuses

*5120 Assessment of individual needs

*5124 Reporting to parents/guardians

6000 Concepts and roles in instruction

6011 Thorough and efficient/QEA

*6140 Curriculum adoption

*6141 Curriculum design/development

*6142 Subject fields

*6145 Extracurricular activities

*6147 Standards of proficiency

6152 Grouping

*6156 Instructional planning/scheduling

*6160 Instructional services and resources

*6162.4 Community resources

*6164.2 Guidance services

*6164.4 Child study team

*6171.1 Remedial instruction

*6171.2 Gifted and talented

*6171.4 Special education

*6300 Evaluation of the instructional program


*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.


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