Modern classrooms with tables and stations, Chromebooks in each child’s hand, textbooks on-line, electronic music created in labs, robots coming down the hallways, visual display screens with events schedules, classroom instruction built on universal design and differentiation based on learning styles, students redesigning spaces in virtual reality in a design class and getting approval from the board members to go ahead with the project … these are all signs that your child’s education is going to be remarkably different from yours.  In the last two years this model has been fully embraced in Vernon Township schools!

The classrooms are set up on the workshop model, lessons are taught with independent station work reinforcing the lesson, lessons are being flipped in video creations, students are becoming project engineers of their own leaning as we pursue the goal of actively engaging the “mouse click” generation.  Clubs and activities are offered after school to further not only the school day learning but to engage our students’ inborn passions allowing them the facility to see where their education can lead them.  All of this is part of a significant shift designed to reach a new generation of digital natives where they are and in doing so guide them to where we need them to be to be the successful, sophisticated global citizens that the world will be expecting in just a few short years.


Vernon Township School District offers 30 varsity sports encompassing 49 levels. Vernon competes in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and the Hunterdon Warren Sussex League (HWS) along with sport specific leagues in ice hockey, skiing, in-door track and field, volleyball and lacrosse. The ideal of sportsmanship permeates every aspect of our culture. The ethic of fair play and respect of an opponent is fundamental. Athletics as we know it are a training ground for good citizenship and high behavioral standards. Vernon Township High School, the N.J.A.C. and the N.J.S.I.A.A. are all committed to fair play, graciousness toward an opponent, and a genuine concern and respect for others.


Vernon has been a leader in Arts Education for many years. We were recently recognized by the NAMM Foundation as a “Best Community in Music Education” – placing our school district among the top 3% in the country for music education. This year our DECA program finished in the top 3 among NJ schools and broke our school record for students qualifying for the International DECA Competition (ICDC). This past year our Art students have won countless awards and scholarships and our Drama students took several top state acting awards including Best Actress at both the STANJ and Thespian Festival. Recent graduated students have been accepted into some of the top collegiate programs in the country in fields within the Fine, Performing, and Practical Arts ranging from Culinary Studies at Johnson and Wales to Design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), to Engineering at Georgia Tech.


Our Departments have been paving the way for the District in adopting STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) as a way of life. Our Engineering program, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) has expanded to three H.S. course offerings in 2015-2016 and will also begin offerings at the 7th and 8th grade level. We now offer Robotics as a club in both Middle Schools and the High School, serving grades 5-12. All of our courses have been infused with technology and design with a focus on college & career readiness. Some examples include courses like Fashion Design, Web Design, and Computer Graphics. Vernon recently even incorporated a state of the art Music Production/Engineering room at VTHS complete with ProTools, Logic, and everything you need to write, arrange, and produce music.


What a year it has been for after school clubs, sports, social activities and events.  Students now have choices as diverse as archery, robotics, volunteer activities, entrepreneurship, jazz bands, musicals, coding, art, graphic design and aeronautics.  It has indeed been a district wide initiative to offer more inclusive clubs and activities to students that represent places that they want to inhabit.  And while the new clubs in Glen Meadow, Lounsberry and V.T.H.S. reflect a modern, technology bent, the general feel on our campuses is that if you want a club or activity a staff member will be there to support you and try to make it happen!

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