Deptford Collegiate High School opens on RCSJ campus

The Collegiate High School program provides seniors with an alternative pathway to a quality education at significant cost savings.

From left, Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Freeholder Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco, Deptford Township Mayor Paul Medany, Deptford High School student Dana Sader, RCSJ Board of Trustee Member Benjamin Griffith, Deptford High School students Gianna McIntyre and Joseph Prettyman, RCSJ President Frederick Keating, Ed.D., Deptford High School student Lauren Ryder-Harris, and Deptford School District Supervisor of Instruction Danielle Lehman at the RCSJ Deptford Collegiate High School ribbon cutting. (Special to The Sun)

Deptford Township celebrated the opening of the Deptford Collegiate High School on the Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ)–Gloucester campus during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Housed in the University Center, the Deptford Collegiate High School offers seniors college-level courses on the RCSJ campus. In collaboration with Deptford’s leadership team, the “collegiate high school” concept has become a reality for Deptford High School college-ready seniors. In addition, Deptford’s district employees have been approved as RCSJ adjuncts and are teaching these courses for RCSJ and the high school. Participation among students and staff streamlines the transition from high school to RCSJ, and ultimately, to a four-year university.

“Deptford Township is our host community, and over the years has worked closely with the College and the school district to enrich the educational and financial opportunities available to students and the residents of Deptford,” stated Dr. Frederick Keating, president of Rowan College of South Jersey. “The Collegiate High School program offers Deptford High School seniors a unique advantage—providing them with a head start on their education and the chance to experience campus life, while also saving money on their education.”

“The opening of this Collegiate High School is the continuation of the partnership between the Deptford School District and RCSJ. This provides a fantastic opportunity for Deptford students,” agreed Deptford Township Mayor Paul Medany.

Collegiate High School is a dual enrollment agreement that offers college-level courses on the RCSJ-Gloucester campus in the senior year of high school. This opportunity is inclusive; all college-ready seniors from Deptford High School are eligible to participate and can accumulate up to 12 college credits. The Collegiate High School program provides seniors with an alternative pathway to a quality education at significant cost savings. Course selection is based on individual and career goals, choice institution of higher learning, and the major/degree that they intend to pursue. Students who wish to earn more than 12 credits before high school graduation can enroll in RCSJ’s High School Option program, which provides a significant discount on tuition. There are also options to earn credit through Dual Credit and Customized Program Articulation agreements.

“Rowan College of South Jersey’s mission is to provide all students with access to higher education. By offering college-level courses to Deptford Township seniors, RCSJ is providing students with access to a unique opportunity, allowing them to get a head-start on their college education and the benefit of a campus experience,” remarked Gloucester County Freeholder Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco. “It’s a wonderful partnership and a value to Deptford’s residents who are most impacted by the day-to-day activities of RCSJ.”

Jeffrey Lebb, Deptford High School principal, added, “we are happy to offer the opportunity for our students to grow beyond our four walls. Providing our qualified staff and resources to teach as adjunct professors on RCSJ’s campus is another example of the quality education Deptford Township Schools have to offer. Working with RCSJ, Deptford Township Schools continue to foster an environment of high expectations, which empowers all students to succeed and contribute in a rapidly changing and competitive global community.”