Oct. 8 open house to feature specialized learning centers

By dave benjamin
Staff Writer

Oct. 8 open house to feature
specialized learning centers
By dave benjamin
Staff Writer

Area eighth-graders who may be interested in attending one of the Freehold Regional High School District’s specialized learning centers will be able to find out more about those programs at an open house to be held at Free-hold Township High School, Elton-Adel-phia Road, on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

"I think the parents who come to the open house will be extremely impressed with the professionalism of our staff," said Superintendent of Schools James Wasser. "Not only with the experienced people in the district, but with the quality of the new people we’ve hired."

Wasser said parents and students will now see state-of-the-art facilities which the students will be able to use in the specialized learning center programs.

"I think they will be very pleased to have their sons and daughters partake in our curriculum programs with the kind of facilities and staff that we offer," the superintendent said.

The specialized learning centers are concentrated programs of study for highly qualified and motivated students. Admission is competitive and is based on grades, standardized test scores and other criteria.

The FRHSD conducts specialized learning centers at the following sites: Science and Engineering at Manalapan High School; Business Administration at Marlboro High School; International Studies at Freehold Township High School; Medical Sciences at Freehold Borough High School; Global Languages and Cultures at Colts Neck High School; and Fine and Performing Arts and the Scholars Center for the Humanities, both at Howell High School.

Attendance at any of the specialized learning centers is open to students from Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell, Manalapan and Marlboro. Transportation will be provided by the school district.

FRHSD administrators said the upcoming open house will provide families with an overview of the prerequisites for admission, course of study and application procedures. Guests will have a chance to meet and speak with the directors of the specialized learning centers.

"The specialized learning centers are unique to the Freehold Regional district and are designed for students who are very focused," Wasser said. "The open house will provide families an opportunity to make an informed decision about whether the student would be interested in attendance."

Current students from each learning center will be on hand to discuss their experiences firsthand.

Students from Howell attend the six schools in the Freehold Regional High School District.