About Our School

Woodside is a vibrant kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school offering students an instructional program that strikes the balance between best traditional practices and progressive instructional methodologies. In a partnership that benefits our students, Woodside’s faculty, staff, parents and the extended community strive together to foster a safe and nurturing learning environment where children always come first.

Our faculty distinguishes themselves with their unsurpassed professionalism and a commitment to superior practice. As lifelong learners, many faculty members possess or are pursuing advanced degrees. They seek to constantly improve their teaching craft in terms of technology integration, differentiating instruction, and global learning. At the classroom level, teachers work diligently to plan hands-on, rigorous, and age-appropriate learning activities which actively engage students and provide individualized instructional plans. 

The prime mission of every public school in America is to prepare students to become productive, responsible contributing members who can succeed in our global society. Here at Woodside, we involve children in River Vale’s rigorous, appropriate, developmental approach to learning in order to meet the challenges of the future. Children work toward our district’s Portrait of a Graduate.  Through this work children learn how to collaborate, problem solve, think critically and use their creativity to be successful global citizens. Children are taught language arts, mathematics, social studies and science which are aligned to the New Jersey State Learning Standards.  Technology is infused seamlessly across the curriculum. Woodside School values the education of the whole child, and students are involved in art, music, technology, world language and physical education on a regular basis. Support and enrichment opportunities are offered, as necessary, through the POG Studio Program, Basic Skills and more.

The River Vale PTA and the River Vale Educational Fund along with the extended community, offer support through the year by generously providing for educational and fun assemblies, as well as other enriching programs that complement curriculum based goals. 

Woodside School is a dynamic learning community which exists solely for our students. As the school’s educational leader, the importance of the collaborative and collective work we do with our youngsters cannot be overstated. Moving forward, we will continue to build on the tradition of excellence, which has been fostered at Woodside School for over fifty years.

Mr. Justin Jasper
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