The Freehold Regional High School District’s (FRHSD) Medical Sciences Learning Center received the Exemplary Program designation, the highest honor of the New Jersey School Boards Association’s (NJSBA) 26th Annual School Leader Award program.
The NJSBA School Leader Award program recognizes creative public school programs that enhance learning. Programs are judged on the degree of innovation and challenge, how well the program addresses a need, and evaluation among other criteria.
The Medical Sciences Learning Center based out of Freehold High School, will receive special recognition during the NJSBA Atlantic City Convention on Oct. 23. The ceremony will take place during the opening session, starting at 12:30 p.m. on the TD Bank Stage in the Exhibit Hall. The Medical Sciences Learning Center will also be featured in a future issue of the School Leader magazine, a publication of NJSBA.
Superintendent Charles Sampson stated that the award is truly a capstone to the decade long partnership with CentraState Hospital and a testament to the outstanding staff and faculty who oversee the Freehold High School program.
“The recognition is well deserved as the Medical Sciences Learning Center is an exceptionally rigorous and personalized learning experience for those students that accept such a demanding challenge,” said Sampson.
Sampson also thanked Board of Education member Maryanne Tomazic for her work in the award entry process. Tomazic is a graduate of the Medical Sciences Learning Center.
The Medical Sciences Learning Center offers a comprehensive and rigorous schedule of mathematics and science as well as a thorough preparation for postsecondary work to high-achieving, self-motivated students interested in medical and natural sciences. Students work and study in a creative environment enhanced by contact with specialists in the mathematics, science, and health-care fields. Final approval for enrollment in the Medical Sciences Learning Center is contingent upon the successful completion of Algebra 1 with a grade of 'B' or better by the end of the eighth grade, as evidenced by the middle school transcript.
Opportunities exist for articulation with medical and research facilities. Personal and career counseling with field experiences prepares each student for college and career selection. The program affiliates with colleges, universities, research centers, CentraState Medical Center, and private practitioners.