Mission Statement

The Palisades Park School District, committed to meeting the evolving needs in a nurturing environment of mutual respect, prepares graduates to value life-long learning and develop skills and attitudes to make meaningful contributions as responsible members of a diverse community, ready to compete in a global economy.

2017 - 2018 Palisades Park Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our 2017 - 2018 Teachers of the Year. We are so proud of our staff that has been recognized for their commitment to the students of the Palisades Park Public Schools. Their tireless efforts and continued dedication to improving the learning experience are a part of what makes them the Teacher of the Year for their respective school. The teachers will be accompanied by Dr. Cirillo and the Administration at a luncheon with all the Bergen County Honorees. 

We are so excited to honor these deserving individuals who represent all of the staff of Palisades Park Public Schools in making the educational experience memorable for the community.


Early Childhood Center
Ms. Samantha Matarazzo
Kindergarten Teacher

 18 March ECC TeacherOfTheYear

Lindbergh Elementary School
Mrs. Kathleen Payerle
5th Grade STEM Teacher

 18 March Lindbergh TeacherOfTheYear

Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School
Ms. Rachel Morgese
Special Education Teacher

18 March PPHS TeacherOfTheYear 

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IMPORTANT Notice of Makeup Days


410 Second Street Palisades Park, NJ 07650
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Dr. Joseph Cirillo
Superintendent of Schools

Please be advised of this very important letter

March 23, 2018

Dear Palisades Park District Families:

All Palisades Park Public Schools will be open on April 5th and 6th due to the recent snow days. Both days will be half day schedules. Given these circumstances, families have three options for April 5th and 6th as follows:

Option 1: Send your child to school. All schools will be open and will operate on a half-day schedule.

Option 2: I understand that vacations and family events may have been planned for months in advance of Spring break. If students cannot attend on April 5th and 6th an absence will be recorded , but no child will be penalized in any way. Further, the instructional activities conducted on April 5th and 6th will be enrichment activities. No student will fall behind the regular sequence of instruction due to an absence on April 5th or 6th.

Option 3: We will be posting activities for each grade level on google classroom. Students can participate in the school day remotely and via the internet. Students who complete all of the grade-level activities posted for each day will receive credit for attending school virtually. Our virtual school day activities will be posted on the District website before the end of next week.

As of today, June 22nd is tentatively scheduled as our 180 school day for all students. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and your families.


Dr. Cirillo

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2016-2017 Palisades Park School District Performance Reports

Please review the Palisades Park 2016-2017 School District Performance Report. These reports are provided by the New Jersey Department of Education to inform parents, educators and students about how well our schools are preparing students for college and careers. 

Please click the links below for more information about your child's school performance.

Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center

Lindbergh Elementary School

Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School

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Palisades Park Public Schools Visitors Policy

February 15, 2018
Dear Palisades Park Community,
In collaboration with the Palisades Park Police Department, I would like to take a moment to advise you that effective February 21st, 2018 no visitors are to enter any school building with students during arrival. In addition, all visitors to our schools will need to have an appointment to enter the building. (If you require assistance, an appointment must be made after the start of the school day.)
At the buzzer, it is expected that all visitors will state the purpose of their visit and/or specify with whom they have an appointment. All visitors will still be required to show photo identification to the security personnel at each respective building for entrance.
It is imperative that visitors do not hold the door open for others behind them. Each visitor must be acknowledged individually through the buzzer system.
If you must drop off an item for a student (lunch, homework, etc.) you will be directed to deposit that item in a bin outside the main entry.

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