The Academic CORE at RBR

  •  February SPOTLIGHTS on Excellence

    February SPOTLIGHTS on Excellence

    These “Spotlights” shine a light on our exceptional programs, our superb teachers, and our wonderful students. This update focuses on important events in our school opening program and staff accomplishments. Future Spotlights will highlight the exceptional work being done across the board and the achievements of our students. Thanks to our outstanding school leadership team for their help in preparing these materials.

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  • Addressing excellence gaps in a diverse high school

    This summer the National Working Group on Advanced Education reported what many educators in the United States already know and experience: that the United States has been wasting an enormous amount of human potential and that many students—including “advanced learners, striving pupils, and those with untapped potential”—are not being sufficiently challenged. The challenge is clear and the stakes are high. In American schools, closing these excellence gaps needs to be a top priority to ensure that all students reach their full potential.

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  • Leading Expert on Accelerated Learning Credits RBR with Leading the Way

    Jonathan Plucker, author and the Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins, praised RBR's ongoing efforts to meet the needs of accelerated learners and expand participation in advanced programs at the high school. You can read his full commentary published this week in NJ Spotlight.

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  • October SPOTLIGHTS on Excellence

    These “Spotlights” shine a light on our exceptional programs, our superb teachers, and our wonderful students. This update focuses on important events in our school opening program and staff accomplishments. Future Spotlights will highlight the exceptional work being done across the board and the achievements of our students. Thanks to our outstanding school leadership team for their help in preparing these materials.

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  •  RBR Increases Participation in Global Education

    RBR Increases Participation in Global Education

    As a member of the Global Navigator School Network, RBR is among a select group of only 100 high schools that receive dedicated funds for students to participate in CIEE’s summer study abroad programs. These funds make available scholarships to students who merit the opportunity but cannot otherwise afford it. This year, RBR students received $52,000 in scholarships. We have students traveling all over the world to places such as the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, United Kingdom, South Korea, Costa Rica, Italy, Taiwan, France, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic. Since 2018, RBR students have received $179,000 in scholarships!

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  • Please see the following documents for important updates on our outstanding ELA programs in grades 9

    Update on ELA 9 and 10 (Including Advanced Learning Options)

    Red Bank Regional has a long-standing commitment to advanced education and educational excellence. Student participation in AP and IB coursework is broad-based and continues to expand. Enrollment in these courses is open to all juniors and seniors and not restricted by aptitude. In 2021-22, over 60 percent of our juniors and seniors took at least one of these college-level programs and many others participated in dual enrollment courses that we offer in partnership with Rutgers, Syracuse, and other institutions.  In total, 65 percent of the courses in core academic areas are accelerated or honors courses and this list does not include electives or academy-based programs, many of which are also offered at an accelerated level.

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  •  RBR continues partnership with the Council on International Educational Exchange

    RBR continues partnership with the Council on International Educational Exchange

    RBR is proud to continue the partnership with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) as a Global Navigator School for the 2022-2023 school year. This past summer, through CIEE’s language immersion and community service programs, several RBR students studied for three or four weeks in Italy, Portugal, Costa Rica, Spain, and France. This summer, thirty six programs will run across two sessions in nineteen countries for which students may apply to attend. RBR’s CIEE representative visited the school and spoke with all students about the unique study abroad opportunities and possible scholarships. Ms. Jill Tirrell, school counselor, is RBR’s CIEE liaison. Any interested students may contact her regarding applications for the summer of 2023.

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  •  Red Rank Regional Receives Top Spot in High School Ranking Index

    Red Rank Regional Receives Top Spot in High School Ranking Index

    Red Bank Regional has been recognized as the most academically challenging high school in Monmouth County in the most recent Jay Mathews Challenge Index. RBR ranked #18 in New Jersey and in the top two percent of public and private high schools nationally. The Challenge Index is the oldest high school ranking system in the country, beginning in 1998 in both Newsweek and The Washington Post. The achievement is an affirmation of the quality of our programs, the dedication of our staff, and the excellence of our students. RBR was commended for both the high rate of participation in AP and IB courses as well as the large portion of students achieving success on the end-of-course exams. Of the top 18 schools in New Jersey, RBR was ranked sixth in terms of students passing the tests. Sixty-one percent of our students who sat for the tests achieved proficiency.

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  • RBR World Language Seniors Pursue the Seal of Biliteracy

    Many of our seniors are testing this month to obtain the Seal of Biliteracy Certificate awarded by the New Jersey State Department of Education to seniors who have demonstrated biliteracy in a world language. These senior world language students are working hard to secure the certificate issued in June before their graduation ceremony. Why Seek the Seal? The Seal of Biliteracy opens up opportunities for those pursuing higher education or joining the workforce. As the world increasingly becomes more global, the need for employees with bilingual and multilingual skills has increased.

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  • Red Bank Regional Celebrates Engineers Week

    Red Bank Regional recently celebrated Engineers Week with an event designed to encourage everyone to think like an engineer. According to Ms. Ashley Studd explained that Seniors from the Academy of Engineering and Academy of Information Technology ran a variety of simulations and demonstrations aimed at engaging and applying students' critical thinking skills. Teachers from all departments were invited to bring their classes down to explore the various activities that encouraged students to apply math and science to the tasks before them. "Bridge Time!", for example, challenged participants to construct a bridge from popsicle sticks and tape capable of supporting 500 grams. Miles Cunningham, AoE senior, added, "Most people go straight across, but you have to think outside the box. It's more about supporting the weight than it is the aesthetic."

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  •  Poetry Out Loud Winners

    Poetry Out Loud Winners

    On, January 17th, 25 students participated in this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The competition starts at the school and regional level, eventually moving to a state and then National Competition in Washington, D.C. Students who win the National Competition have a chance to win $20,000. Students choose from a wide range of poems on the Poetry Out Loud website and then perform their poems on stage. Students are judged for their voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance. This year, our 3rd place winner was Iona Leslie, Shrewsbury, who performed Barber by Larry Bradley. Our 2nd place winner was

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  • Rutgers Writing Program is Coming to RBR!

    We are excited to announce that Red Bank Regional High School is partnering with the Rutgers University Writing Program to ensure all students are ready to meet college-level writing expectations. The cornerstone course, Expository Writing 101, will be offered to seniors starting in the 2020-2021 school year. Students will explore a series of current non-fiction texts that are chosen to spark discussion, debate, and critical thinking. A series of writing experiences will inspire students to engage with these texts to develop original arguments and interpretations that are supported by textual evidence. Students will receive feedback from their RBR instructor as well as Rutgers writing professors and, at the completion of the course, will be eligible to submit a portfolio of five papers to the RU Writing Program to earn Rutgers credits.

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  • IB Diploma Cohort

    Big changes are coming to RBR’s International Baccalaureate program with steps being taken to bolster enrollment in the Diploma Program. A new ninth grade IB cohort will be formed to participate in a variety of experiences aligned with the IB learner profile. “We are excited about building new pathways to engage our students in deep learning experiences,” says VPA Supervisor Lisa Boyle, who coordinates the IB program with Rose Powers. Diploma graduates have praised the program for preparing them to excel in challenging academic work after high school. Recently, RBR diploma students have been admitted to many prestigious universities and colleges, including Cornell, Tulane, and the University of Michigan.

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