Dear Families and Students,
Regardless of whether you are a newcomer or returning to Red Bank Regional, I encourage everyone to embrace the extraordinary opportunities that RBR offers.
RBR has many distinctive features that set it apart from other public and private high schools. In their academic work, students have access to an extensive program taught by a distinguished and dedicated faculty. RBR offers a comprehensive range of Advanced Placement courses and is one of only 14 New Jersey high schools to offer the International Baccalaureate diploma and certificate program. There is also a rich variety of elective offerings in a wide-range of subjects. Moreover, RBR’s academy programs link learning across subjects and enable students to pursue their interests within a smaller learning community. (Students can apply to participate in academy programs in either their Freshman or Sophomore years.)
In addition to outstanding academics, our school provides an extensive range of athletic and co-curricular offerings. RBR’s 26 varsity sports teams compete in the Shore Athletic Conference; students can also participate in junior varsity and freshman programs. Over 30 clubs and organizations offer rich opportunities for students to collaborate, build friendships, and explore interests outside the classroom.
The RBR community is committed to providing all students the support they need to achieve academic success and find personal fulfillment. All new students enroll in one of three Freshman Academies taught by teams of core subject-area teachers. A range of counseling services is available through our guidance department and The Source, the school’s on-site counseling center. Another great strength is the diversity of our student body. In addition to our local sending districts of Little Silver, Red Bank, and Shrewsbury, students attend RBR from throughout Monmouth County.
Red Bank Regional has a proud history and we are grateful for the generous support we receive from our families and communities. RBR has the programs, resources, and, above all, the people to help you make the most of your high school years. Let me extend a warm welcome and best wishes to everyone for a great school year. Go Bucs!
Louis B. Moore, Ph.D.
To ensure the academic success and personal growth of all students while developing a passion for learning.
Red Bank Regional High School is a comprehensive secondary school that offers a wide array of academic and extra-curricular program offerings for the student body which numbers 1200. The constituent sending districts include Little Silver, Red Bank Borough and Shrewsbury. The district also accepts students on a tuition basis who may be interested in one of three specialized academies of studies.
Most unique about the high school is its academies of special studies such as the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Academy of Information Technology, and Academy of Finance. Other unique program offerings include the Pre-Engineering Program (Project Lead the Way) and a CISCO certification program.
Committed to preparing its students to demonstrate proficiency in the state Core Curricular Standards, the district has engaged in an ambitious and continuous process of curricular alignment with the standards. Also committed to professional development for the faculty, the district has provided professional development to over 70% of the teaching staff in the areas of "differentiated instruction," teaching to multiple intelligences, student assessment methodology and the effective use of technology in classroom instruction.
The administration embraces the concept of shared decision making and continually involves parents, students, faculty and staff in research, planning and decision making. All of the district stakeholders have been polled in comprehensive commercially prepared surveys related to the school's organization, day-to-day operations, curriculum, policies, procedures, facilities and resources.
Students benefit from both a peer and faculty mentoring program as well as a summer enrichment program for incoming freshmen, focusing on the skills necessary for academic success.
The district has implemented several new initiatives including a re-organized school day “block schedule,” raising expectations for 9th and 10th grade English and mathematics students by improving instructional strategies and scheduling strategies and seeing to completion an ambitious building renovation to accommodate the thriving Visual and Performing Arts Program and the emerging technology academies.
History of RBRHS
The Red Bank Regional High School District was formed on November 25, 1969, by the voters in Little Silver, Red Bank, and Shrewsbury. They also approved the purchase of 53.4 acres of land in Little Silver on which to build the new high school. On December 16, 1971, voters of the district approved the plans for a new high school to be built at a cost of $9,478,000. Groundbreaking was during the fall of 1972. The first students attended the new facilities during the 1975-76 school year.
From November 25, 1969, to occupancy of the new high school, the Red Bank Regional School District paid rent to the Red Bank Public Schools District for students from Little Silver, Red Bank, and Shrewsbury to go to high school in buildings owned by the local Red Bank school district. Prior to November 25, 1969, high school students from Little Silver, Shrewsbury and Holmdel attended Red Bank High School, along with Red Bank students, in a special arrangement with the Red Bank Board of Education known as a sending-receiving district agreement. The arrangement was discontinued with the formation of the Red Bank Regional High School District in 1969.
On February 27, 1984, the New Jersey General Assembly recognized the school as one of the seven across the state commended for their solid academic curricula and applauded the ingenuity of the staff to make the pursuit of excellence a reality for their students. On June 27, 1994, The New Jersey Commissioner of Education congratulated the school for being recognized in the School Match “What Parents Want” program, which ranked the district in the top 9 percent of the nation’s 15,625 public school districts.
In 2000-2001, the Academies of Information Technology and Finance were created and were quickly established as premier specialized programs alongside the acclaimed Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and Early Childhood Education Academy. In 2007, the Freshman Academy was developed, adding an organized 9th grade transition program. Since 2008, Red Bank Regional has thrice been named as one of Newsweek Magazine’s “America’s Top High Schools.”
In Spring 2009, RBRHS was approved by the International Baccalaureate North American Division as an IB school and offers the prestigious IB diploma. That same year, Red Bank Regional High School was named a NJ Model School for the Arts by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and, in 2011, named a High Performing District by the New Jersey Department of Education.
More recently, the Washington Post recognized RBR as one of the most challenging schools in the United States and Niche.com identified Red Bank Regional as one of the best high schools in New Jersey. In Fall 2018, NJ Monthly Magazine ranked RBR number 39 out of 350 public high schools ranked in the state and 2nd in Monmouth County. On December 11th, the three sending districts of RBR overwhelmingly approved a bond referendum to upgrade the facility, build future-ready learning spaces, and ensure RBR remains one of the finest high schools in the state.