About Our Schools & Community

Camden, New Jersey, A Re-emerging City
Camden, New Jersey comprises some 9 square miles in Southern New Jersey. Camden is less than one mile from downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 1/2 hours driving time from Washington, D.C., 90 miles from New York City and about 52 miles from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Some 80,000 people live in the City of Camden. The multi-cultural composition of Camden's population makes it a true urban center. Many famous historical and cultural sites adorn the landscape of this re-emerging northeastern urban center.

Several historic preservation areas have been designated in the city. The Walter Rand Transportation Center is the largest of its kind in South Jersey. Camden boasts a medical school, major health care facilities, and the urban campuses of Rowan University , Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and Camden County College .

Camden's waterfront is pristine. The Adventure Aquarium at Camden and its Camden Children's Garden , along with the Susquehanna Bank Center and a year-round marina sit on the shoreline of Camden's Delaware River waterfront. The " Camden Riversharks," an exciting minor league baseball team and the W.W.II Battleship, USS New Jersey have found a permanent home in South Jersey's largest city.

About Our Schools
In the late 1800's, the Camden City Public School System became a reality. Some of America's most well known and renowned citizens are graduates of the Camden City Schools. Today, our K-12 school district numbers approximately 15,000 students attending 20 elementary/family schools, one middle schools, two traditional high schools, two magnet high schools and one nontraditional high school.

District educational programs include computer-supported classroom instruction, well-defined curriculum and instruction for average, academically talented and special needs students, as well as, specialized study in allied health and the creative and performing arts in the magnet high schools.

A full range of school-to-career education is available to our students, including work experiences. Traditional college preparatory programs compliment all high schools. All district schools value the importance of community service and engage in community-oriented projects and programs throughout the school year. The district supports the education of the whole child. Extracurricular activities serve to underscore the district commitment.

Our Governance
The Camden City Schools are governed by a nine- member school board, with each member appointed and unpaid, for a staggered three-year term. The Camden Board of Education is the policy-making body for the Camden City Public Schools. The district's central administration consists of the superintendent of schools, one deputy superintendent, two assistant superintendents and the school business administrator/board secretary.

A Look Ahead
As an "Abbott" district, challenges face the Camden City Schools. Our dedicated professional and educational support personnel are diligently working, through innovative projects and programs, to improve the performance of district students on state mandated tests, the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, and other performance measures. All effort is focused on student outcome and student achievement. With the help of the New Jersey Department of Education's Special Assistance measures, the district is working to improve all district operations.

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