Freehold Regional High School District
|Freehold Regional High School District|
|11 Pine Street|
Monmouth County, New Jersey, 07726
|Motto||Charting a Future of Excellence in Education|
|Superintendent||Charles B. Sampson|
|Business administrator||Sean Boyce|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||10,704 (as of 2019–20)|
|District Factor Group||GH|
The Freehold Regional High School District is a public regional school district established in 1953, that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from eight communities in western Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The district, with six high schools, is the largest regional high school district in the state, as measured by enrollment. The district serves students from Colts Neck Township, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell Township, Manalapan Township and Marlboro Township.
Each of the six high schools is located in their respective communities: Howell High School in Howell Township, Manalapan High School in Manalapan Township, Marlboro High School in Marlboro Township, Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck Township, Freehold Township High School in Freehold Township & Freehold High School in Freehold Borough, although school boundaries do not match municipal boundaries.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "GH", the third-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
The Freehold Regional High School District is home to specialized Magnet Programs. The Magnet Programs provide opportunities for students to engage in academic study related to their individual interests. The 12 Magnet Programs focus on particular topics, ranging from humanities and law to medical sciences and engineering. By joining one of these unique learning communities within the six high schools, students have access to advanced level courses, including Advanced Placement and college level classes. Students also engage in real-world activities with recognized experts in fields related to each program. Students in these programs distinguish themselves on the national and global stages. They earn millions of dollars in scholarships, place at the highest levels in competitions, and attend the nation’s best colleges, universities, and trade schools.
Freehold Township High School and Howell High School have both been named IB World Schools. They are two of only 17 schools in New Jersey to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). Every effort is made to keep special education students in the district; a variety of in-class support, resource center, and self-contained programs are conducted to educate those in need of special education.
The school district came into being as a result of a referendum vote on October 6, 1953, in which voters in each of the seven districts united to form the district. The referendum allocated $690,000 to be used to purchase Freehold High School by the regional district from the Freehold Borough Board of Education.
Attendance at each of the district's six schools is based on where the student lives in relation to the district's high schools. While many students attend the school in their hometown, others attend a school located outside their own municipality. In order to balance enrollment, district lines are redrawn for the six schools to address issues with overcrowding and spending in regards to transportation. Schools in the district (with 2019–20 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) with their attendance zones for incoming students are:
- Colts Neck High School - 1,332 students from Colts Neck Township (all), Howell (part) and Marlboro (part).
- Dr. Brian Donahue, Principal
- Freehold High School - 1,385 students from Freehold (all) and Freehold Township (part).
- Linda Jewell, Principal
- Freehold Township High School - 2,029 students from Freehold Township (part), Howell (part), Manalapan (part).
- Dr. Alicia Scelso, Principal
- Howell High School - 2,130 students from Farmingdale (all) and Howell (part).
- Jeremy Braverman, Principal
- Manalapan High School - 1,879 students from Englishtown (all) and Manalapan (part).
- Dr. Adam Angelozzi, Principal
- Marlboro High School - 1,813 students from Marlboro (part).
- Dr. David Bleakley, Principal
Effective for entering Freshman, students from each of the municipalities are assigned to attend the specified schools:
- Colts Neck to Colts Neck H.S.
- Englishtown to Manalapan H.S.
- Farmingdale to Howell H.S.
- Freehold Borough to Freehold Borough H.S.
- Freehold Township to Freehold Borough H.S. or Freehold Township H.S.
- Howell to Colts Neck H.S., Freehold Township H.S. or Howell H.S.
- Manalapan to Freehold Township H.S. or Manalapan H.S.
- Marlboro to Colts Neck H.S. or Marlboro H.S.
Students may apply to attend one of the district's six specialized learning centers, each listed at one of the district's high schools.
- Science and Engineering Learning Center at Manalapan High School
- Medical Sciences Learning Center at Freehold High School
- Business Administration Learning Center at Marlboro High School
- Scholars' Center for the Humanities - Howell High School
- Global Studies Learning Center at Freehold Township High School
- Center for Law and Public Service at Colts Neck High School
- Naval JROTC - Colts Neck High School
- Law Enforcement and Public Safety - Manalapan High School
- Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management - Freehold High School
- Computer Science - Freehold High School
- Fine and Performing Arts - Howell High School
- Animal and Botanical Sciences - Freehold Township High School
Core members of the district's administration are:
Board of education
The district's board of education, comprised of nine members from each of the constituent districts, sets policy and oversees the fiscal and educational operation of the district through its administration. As a Type II school district, the board's trustees are elected directly by voters to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three seats up for election each year held (since 2012) as part of the November general election. Each member is allocated a fraction of a vote that totals to nine points.
Members of the board of education are:
- Peter Bruno (President) - Howell Township (1.0 vote)
- Marc Parisi (Vice President) - Howell Township (1.0 vote)
- Diana Cappiello - Englishtown Borough (0.5 vote)
- Debra Fanelli - Colts Neck (0.9 vote)
- Elizabeth Higley - Freehold Township (1.4 vote)
- Kathie Lavin - Farmingdale Borough (0.5 vote)
- Michael Messinger - Marlboro Township (1.4 vote)
- Heshy Moses - Freehold Borough (0.9 vote)
- Adam Weiss - Manalapan Township (1.4 vote)
- Bonnie Bernstein (Howell HS), ESPN Sports Reporter.
- Scott Conover (Freehold HS), former Detroit Lions offensive tackle (1991–96)
- David DeJesus (Manalapan HS), MLB player on the Chicago Cubs
- Karl Girolamo, has a recurring role on the daytime soap As the World Turns as Kevin Davis.
- Dan Klecko (Marlboro HS), NFL football player and son of Joe Klecko.
- Danny Lewis (Freehold HS), former NFL player
- Craig Mazin (Medical Sciences Learning Center at Freehold HS, class of 1988), screenwriter, director and producer.
- Jim Nantz (Marlboro HS), sports commentator for CBS Sports.
- Tom Pelphrey (Howell HS), actor, Guiding Light.
- Kal Penn (Freehold Twp. and Howell HS), actor, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Namesake.
- Tim Perry (Freehold HS), former NBA player
- Amy Polumbo (Fine and Performing Arts Academy at Howell HS, class of 2003), Miss New Jersey, 2007.
- Darrell Reid (Freehold HS), Indianapolis Colts Defensive End
- Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino (Manalapan HS), of Jersey Shore.
- Gregg and Evan Spiridellis (Marlboro HS) - two brothers who launched the internet media company JibJab.
- Bruce Springsteen (Freehold HS), musician.
- Jade Yorker (Manalapan HS), actor.
- District information for Freehold Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2021.
- Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
- Kocieniewski, David; and Somothers, Ronald. "Three Students and Van Driver Die in Fiery Crash in New Jersey", The New York Times, January 11, 2007. Accessed April 25, 2008. "The deaths sent shock waves through the school, which has 1,400 students and is part of the largest school district in New Jersey."
- Freehold Regional High School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 9, 2017. "The Freehold Regional High School District, the largest regional high school District in New Jersey, has six high schools with over 11,000 students and over 1,500 employees and spans 200 square miles. District members include the townships of Colts Neck, Freehold, Howell, Manalapan, and Marlboro, and the boroughs of Englishtown, Farmingdale, and Freehold."
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Freehold Regional High School District, New Jersey Department of Education, June 30, 2018. Accessed January 15, 2020. "Geographically, the District is comprised of the Townships of Colts Neck, Freehold, Howell, Manalapan and Marlboro and the Boroughs of Englishtown, Farmingdale and Freehold. Established in 1953, the District's total area is 198 square miles."
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- "Howell High School Receives Authorization to be an International Baccalaureate World School". www.frhsd.com. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "Regional High Approved By Landslide; Ad Interim Board To Be Appointed; Garrison To Name 9-Man Board; Schoo lTo Change Hands In '54", The Freehold Transcript, October 8, 1953. Accessed March 11, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "When the official returns of Tuesday's referendum are certified to the state commissioner of education in Trenton, the Freehold Regional High School District will be a reality.... The plan to establish the regional district was approved by a huge majority in a referendum held simultaneously in the seven participating districts.... There were two questions on the ballot. The first provided that a regional district be created and the second provided that the sum of $690,000 be approved and appropriated for the purchase by the regional board of the plant of the present Freehold high school."
- FRHSD Attendance Boundaries; Which High School Will My Child Attend?, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021. "The following is a list of streets, by municipality, that are assigned to a Freehold Regional District high school outside of their hometown."
- School Data for the Freehold Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2021.
- Our Schools, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Remote Learning Plan For Students And Families, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Freehold Regional High School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
- Colts Neck High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Freehold High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Howell High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Howell High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Manalapan High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Manalapan High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2016. "Manalapan High School is a fully accredited comprehensive high school serving a community of nearly 39,000 residents living primarily in the Township of Manalapan and the Borough of Englishtown."
- Marlboro High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Specialized Learning Centers, Freehold Regional High School District, updated August 31, 2016. Accessed January 19, 2020.
- New Jersey School Directory for Monmouth County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 9, 2016.
- Superintendent of Schools, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Business Administration, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Board of Education Appoints Charles Sampson As New Superintendent of Schools Archived June 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Freehold Regional High School District, February 16, 2011. Accessed February 21, 2014.
- Sampson, Charles. Dear FRHSD Community Members... Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, Freehold Regional High School District, June 7, 2011. Accessed February 21, 2014.
- New Jersey Boards of Education by District Election Types - 2018 School Election, New Jersey Department of Education, updated February 16, 2018. Accessed January 26, 2020.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the Freehold Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education, June 30, 2018. Accessed January 19, 2020. "The Freehold Regional High School District is a Type II District located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The School District is an instrumentality of the State of New Jersey, established to function as an educational institution. The Board of Education of the Freehold Regional High School District, comprised of nine elected individuals, is the primary governing authority of the District."
- Vilacoba, Karl. "Marlboro files challenge to FRHSD voting system", Central Jersey Archives, September 26, 2002. Accessed January 19, 2020. "Under the current weighted FRHSD vote apportionment, a nine-point voting system is in place. Howell has two board members for a combined 2 voting points; Marlboro, Manalapan and Freehold Township each have one vote worth 1.4 points; Colts Neck and Freehold Borough each have one vote worth 0.9 points; and Englishtown and Farmingdale each have one vote worth 0.5 voting points."
- The Board of Education, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Down Memory Lane. Farmingdale News Transcript, September 20, 2006.
- Scott Conover at databaseFootball.com Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
- "Freehold High's honor roll: Tim, Bruce, Danny", Asbury Park Press, December 16, 1999. Accessed January 6, 2017. "In 1967, Bruce Springsteen graduated from Freehold High School. Yes, there were other famous graduates former NBA player Tim Perry, and former NFL players Scott Conover and Danny Lewis, but it is Springsteen who students and teachers boast about."
- Staff. "Ex-Manalapan star DeJesus makes major league debut", News Transcript, September 10, 2013. Accessed January 6, 2017. "After being named the Kansas City Royals' 2002 Minor League Player of the Year, ex-Manalapan High School star David DeJesus was on the fast track to the major leagues."
- Seven Minutes With Kevin Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine, Soap Opera Digest, accessed December 19, 2006. "I'm originally from Staten Island, NY, and then I moved to Howell, NJ, when I was 12 years old. I went to Howell High School and took acting classes there. "
- Indianapolis Colts player profile: Dan Klecko - Defensive Tackle Archived 2007-12-12 at the Wayback Machine, accessed November 29, 2006
- Celano, Clare Marie. "Freehold Hall of Fame inductees to be feted", News Transcript, March 3, 2010. Accessed January 6, 2017. "Screenwriter and author Craig Mazin, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., was 13 when he moved to Marlboro. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District's Medical Sciences Learning Center at Freehold High School, intending to go into the field of medicine. That did not happen, however. Mazin graduated from the high school in 1988."
- Cox Classic Headliners Archived 2006-11-05 at the Wayback Machine, accessed November 29, 2006
- Meet Tom Pelphrey: Kristen Hamill chats with the Mason Gross graduate, who now can be seen on The Guiding Light, The Daily Targum, October 5, 2004.
- Staff. "Friends to support Miss N.J. with concert at high school", Tri-Town Opinion, November 29, 2007. Accessed January 6, 2017. "Howell High School and the Drama Parents Organization will hold a special send-off concert to support and cheer their very own Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo, as she prepares to compete for the title of Miss America.... Polumbo, a 2003 graduate of the Freehold Regional High School District's Fine and Performing Arts Academy, remains closely involved with the students and staff at Howell High School – many of whom will travel to Las Vegas to cheer her on at the pageant in January, according to a press release."
- Colts' Reid returns home with plan to help youths, News Transcript, June 21, 2006
- Staff. "Mike The Situation's high school yearbook photo", Life & Style (magazine), December 23, 2009, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 26, 2010. Accessed April 25, 2021. "Mike, pictured as a high school sophomore in this yearbook photo obtained exclusively by Life & Style, attended Manalapan High School in New Jersey, graduating in 1999."
- The Note: First Source for Political News, transcript from The Note, October 8, 2004
- Delancey, Karen Hammersdorfer. "Teen actor tells pupils why they need to study", Asbury Park Press, March 10, 2001. Accessed April 25, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Actor Jade Yorker, a 15-year-old Manalapan High School sophomore, takes questions during a student assembly at the Lenna Conrow School in Long Branch."