Kingsway is a limited purpose regional school district that offers its students a rigorous academic program and a myriad of enrichment programs and services for students throughout grades 7 to 12. Kingsway Middle School (grades 7 and 8 ) and Kingsway High School (grades 9 to 12 ) cater to the individual needs of our students and promote opportunities for students to pursue their own areas of interest. Our student population of approximately 2,350 is multicultural and reflects the diversity of the communities it serves.
Kingsway is situated in predominately rural/suburban areas, with more than 25,000 people residing within its 52 square mile border. According to the 2010 census, this is a total population increase of approximately 100% since 2000. In the same period, Kingsway’s student enrollment increased by more than 60 percent. The District includes Swedesboro and the Townships of South Harrison, East Greenwich and Woolwich. Though not part of the District, students from Logan Township attend Kingsway High School through a send/receive relationship as paid tuition students.
Over the last decade student population has grown from 1,100 students in the 2000-01 school year to more than 2,350 students in 2011-12 school year. A recent demographic study projects student enrollment to exceed 3,100 students by the year 2015.
This level of growth compounded with reductions in state aid has forced Kingsway to “do more with less” and stretch every tax dollar to its absolute limit. And, as the District’s Superintendent and resident of our community I am proud to say we have. For example, We are very proud of the strides we’ve made as an organization with respect to energy conservation. Over the past two years Kingsway has saved more than $500,000 in energy costs. This past summer Kingsway adopted a 4-(10 hour)-day schedule over the typical 5-(8 hour)-day schedule and further reduced energy consumption by $48,000. Kingsway is the recipient of the Energy Pacesetter Award (2010) and the Environmental Excellence Award (2011). These Awards highlight Kingsway’s commitment to energy conservation and demonstrates the fact that the District is stretching every tax dollar as far as it can in an effort to direct more resources where they belong – in the classroom.
Moreover, as one of 47 high school districts in all of New Jersey – as categorized by the State’s Comparative Spending Guide – Kingsway spent $2,779 less per pupil than the average high school district and as a result was ranked 2nd lowest for the 2009-2010 school year. In laymen’s terms, this means only one other school district in the entire state – in our category – demonstrated a lower total cost per pupil in their operating budget when compared to Kingsway.