Deptford Township celebrated the opening of the Deptford
Collegiate High School on the Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ)–Gloucester
campus during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 13, further enhancing
the College’s close relationship with its host community.
Housed in the University Center, the Deptford Collegiate
High School offers seniors college-level courses on the RCSJ campus. In
collaboration with Deptford’s leadership team, the “collegiate high school”
concept has become a reality for Deptford High School college-ready seniors. In
addition, Deptford’s district employees have been approved as RCSJ adjuncts and
are teaching these courses for RCSJ and the high school. Participation among
students and staff streamlines the transition from high school to RCSJ, and
ultimately, to a four-year university.
“Deptford Township is our host community, and over the years
has worked closely with the College and the school district to enrich the
educational and financial opportunities available to students and the residents
of Deptford,” stated Dr. Frederick Keating, president of Rowan College of South
Jersey. “The Collegiate High School program offers Deptford High School seniors
a unique advantage—providing them with a head start on their education and the
chance to experience campus life, while also saving money on their education.”
“The opening of this Collegiate High School is the
continuation of the partnership between the Deptford School District and RCSJ.
This provides a fantastic opportunity for Deptford students,” agreed Deptford
Township Mayor Paul Medany. “We thank everyone
at RCSJ, especially Dr. Keating for guiding us to this day.”
Collegiate High School is a dual enrollment agreement that
offers college-level courses on the RCSJ-Gloucester campus in the senior year
of high school. This opportunity is inclusive; all college-ready seniors from
Deptford High School are eligible to participate and can accumulate up to 12
college credits. The Collegiate High School program provides seniors with an
alternative pathway to a quality education at significant cost savings. Course
selection is based on individual and career goals, choice institution of higher
learning, and the major/degree that they intend to pursue. Students who wish to
earn more than 12 credits before high school graduation can enroll in RCSJ’s
High School Option program, which provides a significant discount on tuition.
There are also options to earn credit through Dual Credit and Customized
Program Articulation agreements.
“Rowan College of South Jersey’s mission is to provide all
students with access to higher education. By offering college-level courses to
Deptford Township seniors, RCSJ is providing students with access to a unique
opportunity, allowing them to get a head-start on their college education and
the benefit of a campus experience,” remarked Gloucester County Freeholder
Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco. “It’s a wonderful partnership and a value to
Deptford’s residents who are most impacted by the day-to-day activities of
Deptford Township School District and community are proud to open the doors of
the Deptford Collegiate High School this fall on RCSJ's campus,” added Deptford
Township School Superintendent Arthur Dietz. “This program is an amazing
opportunity for our high school students to progress into the collegiate
setting. Students are supported by Deptford High School and RCSJ staff to make
strides toward their future. With the support of Mayor Medany, town council, School
Board President Kryszczak and RCSJ’s President Keating, the start and
implementation of this program was long in the making."
School District Supervisor of Instruction Danielle Lehman has played a pivotal
role in establishing the new program, serving as the Deptford Township RCSJ liaison
and working closely with Megan Ruttler, the College’s executive director of the
Center for College and Career Readiness.
opportunity for our students will allow them to take several college courses while
in their senior year of high school. It will open doors for our students who
weren't sure if they wanted to attend college, while also accelerating
opportunities for our students who were already headed there,” said Lehman. “We
have the best and the brightest students in our district, and knowing that we are
able to support them on their continued journey toward success is what it's all
about. Local sponsors donated funds for the first set of college textbooks.
With the support of the school district, the College and the community, we can
ensure our students will be provided a path in the right direction."
Lebb, Deptford High School principal, added, "We are happy to offer the
opportunity for our students to grow beyond our four walls. Providing our qualified staff and resources
to teach as adjunct professors on RCSJ's campus is another example of the
quality education Deptford Township Schools have to offer. Working with RCSJ,
Deptford Township Schools continue to foster an environment of high
expectations, which empowers all students to succeed and contribute in a
rapidly changing and competitive global community."