Superintendent's Office

Phone: 201/358-4020 

Rory McCourt

Superintendent of Schools
River Vale Public School District

"Committed to Excellence"

Dear Parents/Guardians and River Vale Community: 

It is a great honor to serve the River Vale School District as your Superintendent of Schools.  I always look forward to working with the Board of Education, students, staff, parents, and administration to continue our tradition of excellence here in River Vale!  Some exciting things we are working on in River Vale include:

Portrait of a Graduate:  In 2016 the River Vale community reached consensus on what we valued most for our students, which was “helping to develop independent learners capable of personal and professional success,” and “helping children find and develop their passions.” We then took these values and turned them into something identifiable - a Portrait of a Graduate.  After parents, staff, and Holdrum's Student Council worked on draft ideas, student art teams at all three schools, with invaluable support from Mr. Garretson and Mr. Smith, created the final version for our school district, which will guide our goals in terms of what classroom instruction should look like for students.

Strategic Vision Plan:  Along with our Portrait of a Graduate, the district also developed a strategic vision plan, which includes key goals for the upcoming school-year.  The Vision Plan outlines in practical steps a framework for taking the Portrait of a Graduate and transforming our curricular and instructional practices district-wide to match it.  In 2017/2018 we focused on improving students’ ability to collaborate and communicate, and really defining what we mean by that.  In the 2018/2019 school-year, we’re going to build on this by focusing on how we can best foster more critical and creative thinking for our students.  In River Vale we believe in preparing students for the world in front of them, not the one behind them.

Educate 2B Mindfulness Program:  Thanks again to a generous donation from the River Vale Educational Fund, the district's Educate 2B mindfulness program has enabled us to have over 70 staff members trained in mindfulness, breathing, and yoga to support students in our classrooms.  This training from Educate 2B founder Allison Morgan represents an innovative and important way to help address mental health for all students in the district.  

Being a "Leading" School District:  The River Vale School District is a member of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, a public education advocacy group with roots in Trenton, and EdLeader21, a national consortium focused on integrating vital 21st Century Skills into the classroom.  Moreover, Holdrum Middle School was recently named a New Jersey Future Ready School by the New Jersey Department of Education, and we look forward to Roberge and Woodside receiving the honor this year.  This is an important time in public education, and our district needs to be a leader in terms of what a great education should look like for all children in New Jersey.    

In River Vale, we are committed to providing students a rich and balanced education that focuses on the important 21stCentury Skills needed for success in an increasingly complex, global world. This is an exciting time in education, and together we can all make a difference in preparing River Vale's students for the world in front of them!


Rory McCourt

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