The Community Schools offer a full recreational, intramural and interscholastic sports program. Physical Education classes are held in our two gymnasiums as well as outdoors on the Kaplan Family Field of Dreams, a fully-equipped recreational-athletic field adjoining the lower school and directly across the street from the high school. Opened in 2002 it includes baseball and soccer fields, a jogging and walking track, open green space, game tables, outdoor classrooms, sculpture gardens and picnic tables.
We also offer a full interscholastic sports program to promote growth and development, enhance athletic talent through practice and competition and teach leadership skills. Our teams play a complete home-and-home schedule against competitively-sized schools in New Jersey. In the Fall we offer soccer, tennis and volleyball. Our Winter program consists of both men and women’s basketball and in the Spring we compete in baseball, softball and golf. To complement these programs, we also have an active cheerleading squad.
We recognize that learning how to play and work with others is a vitally important aspect of education. School should be challenging and fun. The friends made during these years, the experiences shared with classmates become lifetime memories. We place significant emphasis on social activities, believing that knowing how to work with others, participating in group efforts and being able to pursue your interests make a measurable difference in the development of a well-rounded person. To accomplish this, we offer our students an array of social activities in addition to athletics that include:
This is a weekly intramural activity for all levels of bowlers. Members are transported to the lanes where they receive instruction in a friendly, competitive environment.
Players of all levels meet during lunch to learn the basic rules of the game, as well as more advanced strategy and tactics. There are multiple tournaments throughout the year that are open to all students.
Our students are encouraged and assisted in participating in a variety of traditional experiences that center around an active involvement with the community. It is an opportunity for Community to give back to the greater community. There are numerous possible activities, which include volunteering at a daycare center, tutoring younger students in the Community Lower School, volunteering at a geriatric nursing facility, organizing food and coat drives and volunteering at soup kitchens. The vocational component allows volunteers to work in their fields of interest and explore the possibilities for their future. In this expanding program our students have worked as electrician apprentices, as trainees helping care for animals in pet shops, in all aspects of the automotive field and in other areas to gain first-hand experience that will help them make career decisions.
The ability to utilize computer technology is absolutely essential in a competitive environment. While we offer several electives to enable our students to develop their expertise, we also open our computer lab to the Computer Club every day after school. Students are welcome to work on Graphic Design projects, Animation, Photo Editing, Video Editing, or simply use lab time to complete homework, with a teacher available to offer assistance.
From hip-hop to a choreographed performance, the Dance Team allows students to develop and exhibit their love of dance and music, culminating with an exhibition of their skills at the student talent show.
The ability to research and frame a cohesive argument on suggested positions helps develop an inquisitive mind. The debate club offers interested students the chance to learn traditional debating techniques and put them into practice.
We take great pride in our school newspaper, The Eagle Eye, which has evolved from a 4-times a year printed paper to a popular monthly digital edition which includes video. It is an opportunity for students to develop a variety of skills ranging from editing to photography. Staff members are welcome to write about our clubs, school and professional sports, fundraisers, alumni and guest speakers, and fashion and technology; reviewing movies, music, video games, books and our school play, and writing opinion pieces. They also participate by taking photos, submitting original comics and artwork, conducting polls or working on the layout of the paper.
The highlight of our annual fundraising dinner and auction is the student fashion show, in which students model everything from casual clothes to formal wear provided by local shops.
For our students hooked on fishing the Fishing Club travels to the Englewood Boat Basin, Alpine Boat Basin and Ross Dock for striped bass, small blues, tommy cod, perch and catfish. No fishing license is required. In the spring, experienced students are invited to fish for trout in the Ramapo River. This trip requires a NJ fishing license and is limited to six students. In June, the Fishing Club organizes a 'Meet at the Boat Trip'. A party fishing boat takes both students and parents/guardians on a fishing trip at the Jersey Shore.
This is a forum for students with an active interest in history to meet and discuss their special areas of expertise. It is an opportunity for them to increase their knowledge while educating others.
While digital imaging has revolutionized photography techniques, the essence of creating meaningful and expressive photographs hasn’t changed at all. Members of the photography club, who often work in conjunction with the newspaper and Yearbook staff, also learn basic photography printing including darkroom experience.
Se Habla Español? The Spanish Club promotes and stimulates interest in the Spanish language and culture, using Spanish language movies, dancing, conversations regarding events in Spanish countries, ethnic cooking, and personal experiences to allow students to learn how to express themselves in this language.
Whether it is rhyme time or blank verse, the Poetry Club celebrates the grace and beauty of the language, reading, writing, listening to and discussing poetry in its many forms. Members and instructors write and read and offer constructive feedback on each other’s original creations, gathering for monthly poetry parties through the year.
Leadership is encouraged throughout the curriculum and as a part of all student life and student activities. The techniques of elective politics and responsibility are demonstrated by our student council leaders. In addition to serving as student body representatives the council sponsors activities including our Holiday Toy Drive, food drives, the school prom, a school store and fundraisers for charity.
One of our most popular events is our annual Talent Show in which both student and faculty demonstrate their abilities in a great variety of performances. Singing, dancing and instrumental performances are among the highlights of this entertaining afternoon.