A Greater Future at Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District

The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District is the largest school district by area in New Jersey. Six preK-8 districts send students to the three high schools GEHR operates: Oakcrest, Absegami, and Cedar Creek.

Any student who does not attend a Magnet Program will be assigned to a high school based on home address. Students in Hamilton Township attend Oakcrest High School; those in Galloway attend Absegami High School; and those in Egg Harbor City and Mullica Township attend Cedar Creek. In addition to those municipalities that support GEHR with tax revenue. Students from Port Republic (Atlantic County) and Washington Township (Burlington County) attend Cedar Creek.

One District. Three Schools. Endless Opportunities

Any student who does not attend a Magnet Program will be assigned to a high school based on home address. Students in Hamilton Township attend Oakcrest High School; those in Galloway attend Absegami High School; and those in Egg Harbor City and Mullica Township attend Cedar Creek. In addition to those municipalities that support GEHR with tax revenue. Students from Port Republic (Atlantic County) and Washington Township (Burlington County) attend Cedar Creek.

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This page spotlights all the information we think a family needs to prepare for high school. This exciting time can also bring confusion and challenges as you review high school options.

Superintendent's Message

Hello and Welcome to Greater Egg!

A high school should be a place to grow beyond ways envisioned; yes, to expand your knowledge base, but also to develop oneself as an individual while recognizing the rewards of being part of a community. The words community and family are often used to describe Oakcrest, Absegami, and Cedar Creek. 

I have been at Greater Egg since 2001…I taught and coached at Oakcrest, was a Vice Principal at Oakcrest, served as Principal for both Cedar Creek and Oakcrest, and since 2021 have been the District’s Superintendent. I met my wife working here, and our youngest daughter (who is part of the Class of 2025) took her first steps in my office when I was a VP at Oakcrest. For over two decades, Greater Egg has been my home, and I hope it is yours for the next four years.

For the reasons shared above and so many more, I LOVE this District. I love that we represent the real world … We are filled with students who look and sound and live differently from each other. Some are brand new to this country and some represent the fourth generation to walk the halls of a Greater Egg school. I love that we have produced Grammy Award winners and professional athletes and local business owners and (maybe most importantly) dozens of our very own staff. No matter what you want to do or who you want to be, we can help you get there. Look around our GREATER FUTURE webpage and find the programs and courses to help you succeed.

We want students to be engaged in learning, involved in growth opportunities, and comfortable being themselves. Take a look at the smiles of these students and you’ll see how we are meeting that goal!

Micah Whitehead and La'Marc Rex join Mr Reina in the no-sock look

Micah Whitehead and La'Marc Rex join Mr Reina in the no-sock look

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We know you have choices for your high school, and that competition has made us better. Find out how by setting up a meeting with a Principal or a Shadow Day. If there is anything we can do to help, simply reach out. We want to welcome YOU to the Greater Egg community.


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Our Schools

YOUR high school YOUR way!

At GEHR, we give YOU the power to design your high school experience. We offer a variety of unique programs that will prepare you for your next step - whether that be into a career or college education. View the Curriculum Guide and see our tailor-made approach to education.

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Each GEHR high school has at least two Magnet Programs to offer specialized curricula across your four years at GEHR. Field internships, college credits and in-depth career exploration are hallmarks of these programs. Incoming freshmen are eligible to apply for these programs:

●        Oakcrest: Biomedical Science; Digital Communications

●        Absegami: Computer Science & Network Technology; Homeland Security and Public Safety

●        Cedar Creek: Engineering; Environmental Science


Early College Programs

Fast-track your degree at GEHR through our cost-effective and time saving Early College Programs:

3+3 Dual Path Partnership Program at Stockton UniversityGraduate with a high school and bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in just 6 years TOTAL!

Associate Degree in General Studies from Atlantic Cape Community CollegeMaximize your time at GEHR and earn an associate’s degree with your high school diploma.

Greater Pathways: Career Technical Education

We offer Career Technical Education (CTE) programming to prepare students for careers in high-demand fields. Each of the six career pathways combine specified courses with structured learning experiences to get students career-ready!

We have the recipe for success! Learn the ins and outs of Culinary Arts by helping to operate Greater Grub – our student-run professional food truck. 


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Shadow an Emergency Room Pediatric Trauma Nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other unique opportunities through the Biomedical Science pathway. 



Oakcrest hosted the 2nd Annual AtlantiCare Med Talk, with guest speaker, Dr. Amit Borah, MD, Interventional Pulmonologist. Thank you, Dr. Borah, for sharing your knowledge and inspirational journey!


Work Based Learning: IDEAL Institute of Technology

Enroll for half-day attendance at Ideal Institute of Technology to gain job-ready skills, workforce experiences, and even industry-valued credentials for in-demand careers. 

Pathways at this vocational training institute include Advanced Manufacturing, Construction Trades, Entrepreneurship, Coding and Digital Media. Classroom work is offered at campuses in Mays Landing and Pleasantville, and job sites are across the region. Details are on page 32 in the Curriculum Guide.

Advanced Placement Courses

We offer over 20 Advance Placement (AP) courses to eligible sophomores, juniors, and seniors. AP courses prepare students for college level academic rigor and many colleges and universities offer credit for AP courses!

Virtual High School

Expand your horizons through Virtual High School (VHS). Eligible students can now enroll in a variety of courses not taught in person at GEHR. VHS brings unique courses to the GEHR course catalog like American Sign Language and Screenwriting.

Something for Everyone: Extracurriculars

From E-sports to robotics, FBLA, and more, finding a club that interests you is easy!  With over 40 clubs at Oakcrest,  Absegami and Cedar Creek, there is truly something for everyone. 

Our updated athletic facilities (see Planned Improvements) will support our very active and varied sports programs. Come to a game and cheer on the Falcons, Braves or Pirates.

The vibrant Performing Arts programs and clubs will enhance your prowess as performer, artist and musician. Thanks to voter support, auditoriums in all our schools will have advanced lighting and sound systems by fall 2024.

 More than 2/3 of our students are involved in performing arts, athletics and other activities.


College Bound  

College is the next step for many GEHR graduates. Seventy-four percent of the class of 2022 gained acceptance into college after their GEHR career. These include acceptances to Princeton University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Yale University and more.

Class of 2022: 73% of Oakcrest graduates attend college. 77% of Absegami graduates attend college. 67% of Cedar Creek graduates attend college.

Merit Based Scholarships

We’re not the only ones who think our students shine. Students at GEHR consistently receive merit based scholarships. In 2021, GEHR students were awarded over $14 million total in scholarships. This figure grew in 2022 to $19.2 million.

Planned Improvements

We keep getting greater! In October 2022, voters in our communities showed strong support for $21 million in bond funding to make improvements at all three GEHR high schools. Whether you are a Falcon, Pirate or Brave, these improvements will enhance your experience:  

Mental Health

We believe a healthy mindset allows our students to achieve high academic, social and personal success. Through mental health programs and services, we strive to support the full student at GEHR: 


OHS Teen Center - The OHS Teen Center is a space for students at Oakcrest to receive social service programs, mental health Counseling. and recreational programs.


QPR Training – The Question/Persuade/Refer Training is available to all GEHR sophomores and teaches how to recognize signs in peers and offer support. 


Transition Toolbox Training – This seminar equips students with tools to navigate challenges they may encounter while transitioning from high school.


All students enrolled at GEHR have access to a team of compassionate Guidance Counselors, Child Study Team members, AtlantiCare School Health Specialists and more. 

Shadow Program

Test-drive us through our Shadow Program!

Our Shadow Program is the best way for prospective students to learn about a GEHR high school. 

Follow a current student through their day and see the amazing opportunities that await at Absegami, Cedar Creek and Oakcrest High Schools. Students in the Shadow Program will experience the culture of the school, students, faculty and staff. 

To schedule a Shadow Program tour, call the guidance office of your assigned homeschool or magnet program school of interest.

Our Shadow Program lets you live the life of a Falcon, Brave, or Pirate for a day.


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Let’s Connect - Download the Greater Egg App

We launched a new app mobile app to help students, parents, and community members know what is happening on campus from their phones. From the app, you can read the latest announcements, locate staff info, view upcoming events, and find important documents.

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Download the GEHR App: 

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Greater Egg Harbor Podcast - Get the Inside Scoop

Check out our newest opportunity to learn about our schools: the Greater Egg Harbor Podcast! Here we share current happenings and intimate conversations to get to know administration, staff and students.

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Got questions? Contact us. 



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Athletic Directors


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Supervisors of Guidance


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