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The Verona Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Veronamarker, in Essex Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. The Verona Public Schools (VPS) consist of six campuses: four neighborhood elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

As of the 2007-08 school year, the district's six schools had an enrollment of 2,006 students and 116.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 17.2.

The schools provide students with a liberal education that meets and exceeds the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. With nearly 95% of Verona's graduates pursuing a college education, most curricular offerings are oriented to college preparation. Vocational programs and transitional services are offered through the schools of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schoolsmarker for those planning on heading directly to the working world. The schools offer special education programs to support students with learning disabilities including one of the state's model pre-school intervention programs.

Awards and recognition

For the 2004-05 school year, Laning Avenue School was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve. Other schools in the district recognized as Star Schools are Verona High School for 1995-96 and Forest Avenue Elementary School for 1998-99.

The district has been recognized on three occasions with the Best Practice Award, honoring specific practices implemented by a district for exemplary and/or innovative strategies. Initiatives recognized include"Citizenship / Character Education: Teaching Responsibility Through Involvement" in 1997-98,"World Languages: Mandarin and Me" in 1998-99 and"Educational Technology: Rain Forest Robotics" in 2001-02.


Schools in the district (with 2007-08 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are:

Elementary schools (K-4)
Middle School (5-8)
High School (9-12)


Core members of the district's administration are:
  • Charles Sampson, Superintendent of Schools (as of July 1, 2008)
  • Cheryl Nardino, School Business Administrator / Board Secretary


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