Open House at Henry Hudson Regional School


 Tuesday, March 10, 2015, HHRS Cafetorium with School Tour after presentation

6:30 pm: In-District Elementary School families; especially 6th grade parents/students

7:30 pm: High School parents/students currently in 8th grade or students who attend private schools and are interested in a change


Highlands, NJ (March 4, 2015) – On Tuesday, March 10th, Henry Hudson Regional School (HHRS) will host an Open House to showcase its unique middle/high school experience. The open house not only introduces the administration and staff to the Atlantic Highlands and Highlands Elementary School families, but also hopes to entice families from out-of-district to consider HHRS over other options.

Preparing Graduates for Success

Principal Lenore Kingsmore has much to be proud of. For over 50 years, Henry Hudson has proudly navigated students through the competitive waters of college and career, but Mrs. Kingsmore has turned this understated middle and high school into an academic powerhouse by providing a private school education in a public school setting. The school was recently rated in the top 101 in all of New Jersey, yet Kingsmore continues to raise the bar by consistently building innovative programs and renewing those that are currently in place.  Most noticeably, she has more than doubled the number of AP/dual-enrollment programs available to students since her start in 2010, and she most recently advocated for a Middle School STEM Academy that has begun to take shape. These programs give Henry Hudson students a competitive edge over their counterparts in neighboring school districts.

HHRS traditionally enrolls between 300 and 400 students in Grades 7-12 from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands every year. The school offers a wide array of Honors and Advanced Placement courses, either in-house or through online education, and has a dual enrollment agreement with Brookdale Community College for 12th graders, allowing students the opportunity to experience college advancement while still in high school. Students can participate in theater, art, robotics, television production, and a myriad of other extra curricular activities, as well as middle school, junior varsity and varsity sports.  However, the school is probably best known for its award-winning marching band. While this program has been a cornerstone to the school’s reputation over the years — especially given the body of research proclaiming the link between music proficiency and achievement in school — most recently it has begun entering various music festivals and competitions and has taken top honors at the Hershey Park Music Festival the past two years.

HHRS also provides a unique experience for students with special needs, giving them the support required to meet academic goals without traditional constraints and most recently incorporating an innovative therapy dog program that has been a hit for all students and staff.

Students graduate from HHRS prepared for highly competitive universities, colleges and military academies.  In recent years, seniors from HHRS have been accepted into Princeton, NYU, West Point, Rutgers and TCNJ.  According to Mrs. Kingsmore, “The list of acceptances is quite impressive.  Students graduate with a well-rounded education through personalized learning.”

Middle States Accreditation

This month will also see HHRS become re-accredited through the Middle States Accreditation validation process.  When it comes to educational excellence, the Middle States standard is the benchmark every high school strives to meet. “It takes an intensive self-study for a school to achieve Middle States Accreditation along with a validation by an outside team of educators who spend four days in-district making certain that the twelve standards of Middle States is accomplished through the mission and vision of the administration, staff and community.  This is an ongoing process that requires introspection and creativity.  It also involves making changes to the school environment that will make it even better than it is today.  I know that outside consultants will find our school as impressive as I do,” explained Mrs. Kingsmore.

According to the Middle States Association results (2008):

“Henry Hudson Regional School is truly a unique educational experience.  This is evident upon entering the school building and walking down the hallways lined with student lockers. The first appearance is of a warm, friendly and welcoming environment directed toward promoting student success.”

Middle States Accreditation occurs every seven years in a school district if they choose to undergo this process.

Please join Principal Kingsmore on March 10th to learn more about Henry Hudson Regional School. Go Admirals!!


Media Contact:

Laurie Brekke, Tri-District PR & Communications 732.291.1019