Award Year: 2022

Upper School

143 Charlotte Place
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 07632-2602

(201) 567-6151

Mr. Colin Winch, Principal at time of Nomination

Englewood Cliffs School District

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It is the mission of Upper School to strive for excellence in the academic, personal/social, and creative development of each individual student. This will be accomplished through the positive collaboration of our entire school learning community. The educational community will create a safe, nurturing environment that honors the cultural diversity of our students and our society. Our students will develop character and moral values that help them become productive members of our society. The educational family will develop responsible citizens that will respect and take pride in our national heritage.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 35%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 49%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Upper School students and staff making positive change!

Upper School students and staff making positive change!

Upper School has found great value in nurturing and building relationships between staff, students, and the community. Our students are met with high academic expectations from a caring and supportive staff, which creates an environment where students hold themselves accountable and push themselves towards the excellence they are capable of attaining. Our students' tremendous growth and high-level achievements reflect a profound collaborative effort between all stakeholders within our educational community.

We pride ourselves on our inclusion co-teaching model and masterful use of both Reader's and Writer's workshop models. We have made a concerted effort to have the Responsive Classroom framework permeate all areas of our interdisciplinary practices, ensuring that our students are supported not only as learners, but also as individual beings and members of our greater community. Our district's devotion to furthering STEM and Design Thinking initiatives equips Englewood Cliffs students with the innovation and resilience needed to find ongoing success in the ever-changing world around us.

We know after graduation, our students will spread out to many different high schools. We pride ourselves on the building of our students' citizenship while conditioning them for success regardless of where their journey leads them. Students are exposed to the importance of honoring diversity, community service, and love for the exploration of learning. When these things become ingrained in what it means to be a student at Upper School, we can move forward with confidence that our students are thoughtful, kind, and inquisitive, and can find great success in their future.