Curriculum and Instruction Mission

The Toms River Regional Schools curriculum creates the structure to help students master learning standards using a research-based approach that drives student inquiry, encourages creativity, and prepares students for college, careers, and life. Every course is driven by the belief that students need to acquire and expand critical thinking skills, and apply knowledge and skills to real world problems across a wide range of content areas. In addition to strong content, social-emotional elements like social awareness, self management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, independence, accountability, and motivation are built into each curriculum.

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What's New

  • Potential Future Musicians Test Drive Instruments

    May 24, 2022-- The district continued one of its coolest programs yesterday, allowing potential band and orchestra members to play around, literally.The Instrument Test Drive is an opportunity for students to test drive a variety of musical instruments, meet teachers and students involved in music, and ask questions about joining band and orchestra.
  • High School North Auditorium Named for Maria Ressa

    The following story was written by High School North graduate and Monmouth University communications student Maggie Downs.May 23, 2022-- Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Toms River Schools alum, was celebrated today at Toms River High School North during the dedication of the school’s auditorium being named in her honor.
  • North Dover Math Team Takes First in County Competition

    May 19, 2022-- Each year, the Ocean County Math League provides students with an opportunity to compete in county-wide math contests designed by teachers and administrators.
  • Walnut Street Student Takes Genius Hour Project to Next Level

    May 18, 2022-- When Walnut Street Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Christina Millington opened up Genius Hour projects to her students, Jerrick Sevilla already had his topic of interest in mind: space shuttles.
  • SPEAR-IT of Celebration at South for CTE Program

    May 12, 2022-- Project SPEAR-IT (South’s Pre-Vocational Educational Alternatives Resource Institute) was founded as a result of the Youth Career Pathways grant from the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC), and has been hosted at High School South since 2019.
  • Sustainable Jersey Grant Will Fund New Courtyard at HSN

    High School North has been named the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools for its proposal to construct the OurSpace Courtyard, a student-driven project that will overhaul the school’s existing courtyard and transform it into a space for students to cultivate and exhibit their design and life skills, promote art and inclusivity, and take a mental health break from the rigors of the school day.
  • United Way, Colossus Media Group Highlight Project SPEAR-IT

    May 5, 2022-- A few weeks ago, Colossus Media Group-- on behalf of the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties-- visited High School South to produce a mini-documentary about Project SPEAR-IT, the impactful CTE program.
  • Dance Academy Rumbas to Manasquan for Latin-Inspired Lessons

    May 5, 2022-- High School North's Dance Academy students attended a Latin lesson at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Manasquan on Monday, May 2. Students participated in a warm up, Rumba combo, and some salsa partner work.
  • Spooky Assignment Earns Plaudits for HSS Student

    May 4, 2022-- Way back in October, High School South English teacher Mary Wyckoff assigned her students a spooky narrative, an opportunity to honor the season by creating a scary story.
  • Junior Chefs Compete for Healthy Sandwich Crown

    April 8, 2022-- When Food Services Director Jeff Hanaway came aboard at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, he knew that one of the initiatives he wanted to implement was a junior chef competition.
  • Leaders from OCC, District Meet to Enhance Partnership

    April 5, 2022-- Leaders from Ocean County College visited Toms River Regional Schools today to discuss future endeavors, brainstorm ideas, and determine ways to better serve Toms River students.
  • Spanish Scrabble Helps Students Apply Language Skills

    March 31, 2022-- High School East's Hispanic Heritage Club partnered with the school's Spanish Club to host the inaugural Spanish Scrabble Tournament.
  • Teen Arts Fest Taps Dance Academy Senior to Represent OC

    March 25, 2022-- High School North's Dance Academy competed at the Teen Arts Festival at Ocean County College March 22, and followed that up by participating in a workshop.
  • Two Students to Represent County in Traveling Art Exhibition

    March 24, 2022-- Two High School North Arts Academy students-- seniors Diana Ferullo (right) and Diana Sacramento Rea (left)-- had their artwork chosen to represent Ocean County in the 2022 N.
  • Science Fair at Stockton Another Successful Venture for District Students

    March 22, 2022-- Students from secondary schools throughout Toms River Regional schools participated in the Jersey Shore Science Fair held at Stockton University Science Fair March 19 and, once again, performed extremely well.
  • Large-Scale Expo to Showcase Student Excellence

    For the better part of two full years, everything happening throughout Toms River Regional Schools has been shared virtually– in newsletters, online, and through emails– and only recently have parents and community members been able to take in performances, capstone projects, and showcases, albeit in a somewhat limited capacity.
  • United Way Reps Get Good View of Project SPEAR-IT

    March 16, 2022-- Since its inception in 2019, Project SPEAR-IT at High School South has been making tremendous strides as a CTE and career pathways program, and has very much caught the eye of its funding organization, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
  • Strong Showing for Students at FBLA Showcase

    March 15, 2022-- The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held its State Leadership Conference last week in Atlantic City, and to say that Toms River Regional School students performed well would be an understatement.
  • ESL Students Write to Pen Pals in Texas, Minnesota

    March 15, 2022-- Robin Marra, who teaches English as a second language (ESL) at Walnut Street Elementary School, is doing something very cool with her third-grade classes.
  • Spring Virtual Hackathon Begins March 14

    March 11, 2022-- All creative problem solvers, coders, STEAM makers and artists, families and friends, individuals and groups up to five middle school girls are invited to Toms River Regional Schools' ForUsGirls #Hack:TR Virtual Hackathon taking place March 14 and March 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.
  • Chamber Leaders Turn Judges for Business Academy Shark Tank Competition

    March 4, 2022-- High School South's Business Academy manifested its ongoing partnering with the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce in a truly fun and marketable way.
  • TREF Donates $10k to Music Programs

    Feb. 24, 2022-- One year ago, the newly-founded Toms River Education Foundation made its philanthropic mission known with a $10,000 donation to district athletics.
  • ‘Matilda’ Cast Receives Surprise Visit, Significant Scholarships

    March 1, 2022-- The cast and crew of High School North’s Matilda were surprised to learn that Frenie Acoba, the original Lavender in the Broadway production of the show, was in the audience during their Saturday, Feb.
  • TR United Launches With Initial Meeting

    Feb. 23, 2022-- High School North today hosted the first ever meeting of TR United, a cohort composed of students from grades 6-12 who have been identified as leaders by someone within their school.
  • Mindfulness Club Has PBE Kindergarteners Breathing Easy

    Feb. 16, 2022-- Pine Beach Elementary School teachers Mrs. Gregory and Mrs. Delahunt are hosting a Kindergarten Mindfulness Club through which children are learning breathing techniques and ways to keep their minds and bodies calm.
  • District Exploring Option II for High Schools

    Option II includes opportunities defined by the NJDOE that allow students to earn credits and/or have experiences added to their transcript that are outside the classroom. Click here for a summary presentation.

Rachel Cicala

Rachel Cicala

Director of Elementary Curriculum


Adrienne Gold

Adrienne Gold

Director of Secondary Curriculum  


John Green

John Green

Director of Student Services


Cara DiMeo
Assistant Superintendent


Rich Fastnacht

Assistant Superintendent


Jay Attiya

Director of Technology