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About Our District

The Manchester Township School District serves approximately 2,821 students from Pre-K to grade 12 in Manchester Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. Our district is a small, diverse, close knit family with great kids and families and a caring staff. Our schools provide a quality education to our students with high academic standards as well as opportunities for students to develop skills and interests. We are focused on our students’ success and strive to provide them with the best possible individualized educational experience. Our staff is committed to studying and utilizing the most current best practices in education, exemplifying our motto of “Excellence by Example.”

Board of Education

Our district is governed by an elected Board of Education with seven members plus a representative from our sending district. The Board Office, Office of the Superintendent, and Central Administration Offices are located on Route 539 in the Whiting section of the township.

Board of Education Offices

Superintendent, Business Office, Curriculum, Student & Admin. Services, Special Services, Transportation, Buildings & Grounds

121 County Rd. 539
P.O. Box 4100
Whiting, NJ 08759

Main Phone: 732-350-5900

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed Fridays in July & August

Our Schools

We have three elementary schools: Ridgeway Elementary School (Gr. Pre-K-5), Whiting Elementary School (Gr. Pre-K-5), and Manchester Township Elementary School (Gr. K-5). These three schools feed into Manchester Township Middle School (Gr. 6-8), and then to Manchester Township High School (Gr. 9-12). We are also the receiving district for approximately 150 high school students from neighboring Lakehurst Borough. In addition, the district has administrative responsibility for the state Regional Day School (Special Education) located in Jackson, New Jersey.

School Directory

Manchester Township High School

101 South Colonial Drive
Manchester, NJ 08759

Manchester Township Middle School

2875 Ridgeway Rd.
Manchester, NJ 08759
732-657- 1717

Manchester Township Elementary School

101 N. Colonial Drive
Manchester, NJ 08759
732-323- 9600

Ridgeway Elementary School

2861 Ridgeway Rd.
Manchester, NJ 08759
732-323- 0800

Whiting Elementary School

412 Manchester Blvd.
Whiting, NJ 08759
732-350- 4994

Regional Day School

890 Toms River Rd.
Jackson, NJ 08727
732-928- 1500


The district’s overall financial situation is characterized by stability and sensibility. We are offering a quality education that is affordable to our community. This outstanding record of fiscal responsibility has earned our district the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Accounting for the past 22 years.

Our Programs & Staff

We strive to provide an outstanding educational program. Instruction is provided by a highly skilled professional staff that utilizes a variety of instructional techniques to meet the individual needs of all of our students. Our staff also takes advantage of an excellent professional development program throughout the year to continue to grow professionally and offer our students a quality education.

In addition to math, science, social studies and language arts, our programs include art and music, STEM, world languages, business and marketing, ROTC, technology, AP courses, and programs for struggling students. Block scheduling at our high school allows more instructional time and more elective options for students. All of our classrooms have interactive projectors and we are nearing our goal of providing Chromebooks in all classrooms.

In addition to an excellent educational program, students in the Manchester School District have many extracurricular activity programs such as athletics, music opportunities, and a variety of academic, special interest, cultural, and community service clubs.

Parent & Community Involvement

Parents and community members are encouraged to play an active part in the Manchester Township School District. Parents are encouraged to participate in the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and school-based Parent Advisory Committees. Our School District also reaches out to our senior communities through our Intergenerational Club at the High School and by providing entertainment with our Music and Drama Departments. Many of our senior citizens and other community members volunteer to mentor our students, particularly in the elementary schools.

The PTA is an integral part of our district and contributes to the success of our programs by providing funds for equipment and educational programs. Additionally, the Manchester Township Educational Foundation provides grants to our teachers for technology and innovative programs.

Our students also understand the importance of 'giving back' to the community. They participate in programs like Kevin’s Kids, JumpRope for Heart, Helping Hands for Hunger, and Relay for Life. These are only a few of the examples of our students' service to the community.

Mission Statement

Our Mission

Manchester Township School District's mission is to forge a strong partnership between the school and community. Through this partnership it will seek to provide high-quality, student-centered education that addresses the needs of the whole person within a healthy, democratic environment. A vital part of the program is the incorporation of the expectation that all students achieve the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Its staff will consist of caring, competent professionals empowered to provide a stimulating, relevant and rewarding academic program to their students.

By means of fostering the self-worth of each student, Manchester Township's graduates will have high expectations for themselves and will become responsible citizens prepared to meet the demands of the twenty-first century. They will develop an appreciation and tolerance for each person's contribution to society.

Our Beliefs

  • Build strong foundations in the early grades.
  • High expectations improve performance.
  • Students must be active participants in learning.
  • Learning should be exciting, purposeful and fun.
  • Each student should reach his or her individual potential.
  • Children learn best in a secure environment.
  • Education involves the whole community.
  • Integrity, service, and excellence are core beliefs.
  • Respect for different opinions shall be fostered.
  • Motivation and pride are important factors in the search for excellence.

Our Goals

  • To raise academic expectations and improve student performance.
  • To develop in our students creative thinking, risk-taking and problem-solving skills.
  • To make it possible for all students to start school ready to learn.
  • To foster an atmosphere of teamwork within the classroom, the school and the community.
  • To provide the best possible facilities for learning. To maintain a safe and caring school environment.
  • To review the possibility of implementing a Total Quality Management approach towards achieving goals and objectives.
  • To ensure that the Mission Statement and set of core beliefs are the guiding force in the district’s activities.