On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff, I welcome you to Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan where a most dedicated and caring group of professional educators positively impact the lives of our students.
Northern Valley-Old Tappan continues to be a center of effective teaching and productive learning. Our philosophy is to provide an environment in which each student seeks answers to questions, challenges assumptions, and develops self-worth. We encourage individual academic excellence, aesthetic appreciation, and moral integrity. Recognition of academic and cultural diversity is encouraged to promote mutual respect and acceptance.
We consistently emphasize and reinforce the lifetime skills of effort, work ethic, perseverance, and integrity, skills that students are able to control. It is our belief that when students concentrate on the process and control what they can control, desired results invariably will follow.
The tradition of excellence at Northern Valley-Old Tappan is exemplified in the Class of 2016 that included one National Merit honoree and two National Merit Semifinalists. Nearly 500 Advanced Placement tests were scored, and 74% of all scored tests received a “3” or higher. 78% of scored tests in AP courses for which a recommendation is required received a “3” or higher. There were 65 AP Scholars and 20 Commended students.
Students excelled on formal assessments including forty-six who placed on the National Spanish Exam and seven who were recognized for their performance on the National Latin Exam. Three students were recognized with Distinguished Honors status in the Letters About Literature competition. NVOT was proud to have a student win the regional competition of the Poetry Out Loud competition. A team of three students was honored for Best Oral Presentation at the Panasonic Creative Design Challenge, and a student was the stateís only high school recipient of The Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Science and Math League Teams excelled at the county and state levels, and the STEM League Team excelled at competitions in North Jersey.
In the arts, The All School Musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, received several Rising Star nominations. Choir and Band students were honored with All State recognition, and there were students honored as a Young Arts National Award winner as well as in an Ocean Pals National Poster contest.
In addition to activities already mentioned, students are offered opportunities in a wide range of co-curricular activities including Debate, Technology Student Association, Peer Mentors, Kinesis Modern Dance, Heroes and Cool Kids, and Winter Color Guard.
NVOT athletes enjoyed the most successful year in school history in 2015-2016 highlighted by the following achievements: Girls Volleyball - County, State, and NJSIAA Tournament of Champions; Girls Basketball - State Champs; Boys Golf-State Champs; and Football, Boys Soccer, Boys Outdoor Track, and Girls Indoor Track -State Sectional Champs.
Substance awareness education and lifetime skills programs included presentations by local and county law enforcement, mandatory Pre-Prom presentation for students and parents, as well as presentations on bullying, diversity, and mental health and well being.
NVOT has been recognized in state and national publications. Scores on standardized tests such as AP, ACT, and SAT are among the highest in the county and among the highest in the District Factor Group. Approximately 94% of the graduates of the Class of 2016 are continuing their education at four and two-year colleges, and about 60% of the Class of 2016 qualified and participated in Senior Service opportunities that included medical and business internships.
We at Northern Valley-Old Tappan are proud of the caliber of instruction that is offered. The high school will continue to investigate and implement teaching strategies that foster the development of critical thinking, problem-solving skills. We also will continue to promote positive learning environment in which all students have equal access to learning as well as a respect and appreciation of diversity.
Northern Valley-Old Tappan's educators are professionals who inspire students to be the best that they can be by translating their potential into successful lifetime skills. We realize that we are entrusted with the ultimate responsibility-the education of a child and are justifiably proud of our faculty and staff who motivate students to develop a consistent work ethic and achieve their goals.
Bruce R. Sabatini, Ed.D., Principal