New Brunswick Public Schools is a vibrant, diverse school district located in one of New Jersey's most historic communities – a thriving college town that has been home to Rutgers University for nearly 250 years.
New Brunswick's population is over 56,000, and its school district enrolls more than 10,200 students from preschool through grade 12. Reflecting the multicultural nature of the community, approximately two-thirds of the students speak one of 41 languages other than English at home. Demographically, 88 percent of them are Hispanic; another 10 percent are African-American.
The overarching vision for New Brunswick Public Schools is to Prepare, Empower and Inspire lifelong learners and leaders. We aim to ensure that our students become engaged in their own learning, their environment, and the world. Students will develop their creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills to innovate solutions to complex challenges. We strive to provide every student the opportunity to graduate and pursue the career or higher educational experience of their choice.
New Brunswick Public Schools has nearly 2,000 certified teachers and professional support staff members serving the needs of 13 schools. Specifically, there are nine neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, New Brunswick High School – which features four themed career institutes and two preparatory academies – and the Health Sciences Technology High School for students interested in eventually pursuing healthcare careers. In addition, an Adult Learning Center serves the needs of our adult learners and has provided an education to more than 4,000 graduates.
The District's preschool program has the capacity to serve nearly 1,600 three and four year olds at 13 community childcare centers and seven in-district sites. The rich academic experience provided to New Brunswick's students also includes 40 after-school activities, 22 high school-level athletic teams, 11 middle school-level teams, and a comprehensive fine, visual, and performing arts program.
The District's curriculum is comprehensive and research-based, encouraging students to become accountable to a lifelong journey of learning and leading. Through integrating complementary technology, students and staff are empowered with the tools and skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.
The District’s five-year Strategic Plan focuses on the following six Priorities, which will empower students with a life-changing education: