Each student’s academic instructional program is individually designed by the sending district’s child study team, in consultation with Essex Valley School’s professional staff, the student, and the parent/guardian.
Essex Valley School’s curriculum is aligned to the NJ State Department of Education’s Core Curriculum Content Standards. Courses are offered that will enable students to fulfill the requirements for graduation as established by their sending school district.
The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards were first adopted by the State Board of Education in 1996. The standards describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public education. Revised every five years, the standards provide local school districts with clear and specific benchmarks for student achievement in nine content areas. Developed by panels of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and representatives from higher education, business, and the community, the standards were influenced by national standards, research-based practice, and student need. The standards define a “Thorough and Efficient Education” as guaranteed in 1875 by the New Jersey Constitution.
The standards unit provides local school districts with technical assistance to ensure that all students receive appropriate standards-based education. Content coordinators provide telephone, electronic, and on-site technical assistance in areas related to curriculum development and alignment, policy development, student assessment, and research-based practices.
Visual and Performing Arts
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
21st-Century Life and Careers
EVS is a member of the National Honor Society.
Field trips are provided for each academic area.
A cooperative arrangement with Essex County Community College enables EVS students to earn college credit for Foundations of Math and Foundations of English courses taken at EVS during their senior year.
In addition to traditional academic programs, instruction is provided in cosmetology, culinary arts, fashion design, jewelry design, music production, visual art, woodworking, automotive technology, and landscape design. A Career Day is held each year to help students transition into the workplace.