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Newark High School

Public | 9-12 | 1549 students

 

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Posted June 4, 2013

Both of my kids are current students at NHS. One is in honors classes and the other is in Cambridge Program classes. They are both very active in sports, band, chorus, drama, art and other clubs. The will also be a part of the new Acadamy of Creative Excellence program (ACE) which provides an emphisis on the performing and fine arts programs, which are OUTSTANDING. I am active in all boosters related to their activities. Out of the 3 high schools in the district it is the best school, and my kids love the activities. I have had some issues with lazy or burned out teachers, but all issues were resolved by either myself reaching out to the those teachers, or if no result there, the administration has dealt with it. I will strongly state that it is not a school for the unengaged parent. If I were to provide one main criticism it would be the lack of the ability to provide effective discipline for disruptive students, which takes away teaching time for the rest. I don't think I would send my kids anywhere else if given the option though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

My child is having a wonderful and robust high school experience at Newark High. The classes are challenging and there are so many leadership, sports and extra-curricular activities from which to choose. She loves her school. Parents looking at Newark High should understand that it is a diverse school expreience. The school serves many types of students and standardize testing scores reflect this diversity. Our duaghter embraces the diversity of the school and has benefitted from being involved in programs that include students with disabilities and from a variety of backgrounds. you will not get this type of experience at private or charter schools. Newark High is the perfect option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

My daughter is having a wonderful experience at Newark High School. The teachers are wonderful and the academic expectations are very high. Newark had numerous programs for all student levels. The opportunities for personal and academic growth are numerous at Newark. The test scores for Newark can be misleading as Newark supports a higher than average special needs and low income population. But Newark shows the highest rate of growth among honors and AP students in the State. Every teacher has been pro-active and responsive to all of my inquiries. The principal and administration are dedicated to addressing the concerns of parents and students. I highly recommend Newark High School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2012

To say that this school is one of the best in New Castle County or in Christina School District does not say much. Both the county and the school district lack good public schools. Four of our six children graduated from Newark High School and it has consistently gotten worse over the years. We will not send another child to this school. While the education standards and the teacher involvement was higher in previous years, it has practically disappeared. Our latest graduate had classes with only one text book for the entire class. Instructors would not provide reference material as handouts. Students were expected to copy everything from the board. The instructor was too busy for a face to face conference and would only give me a phone conference in which he told me that he only had one text book which students could take turns taking home. He also told me that he did not have time to copy reference material for the students to have. I got an appointment with the principal. However, when I showed up he could not devote time to me due to an "Incident" at the school and sent me away. He never even had the courtesy to contact me again to reschedule the appointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2012

Despite the bad things I hear about Newark High School sometimes, my son has gotten a good education there. It's really a matter of the type of classes your child takes and who they hang around with. My son has been in honors classes since his freshman year. He is now a senior who is taking 4 AP classes. He's in the top 10% of his class and was accepted at all of the colleges he applied to. He's a hard worker and a good kid. He has good relationships with his teachers. Any school is really whatever you make of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2006

The music program is excellent (as are a number of their other academic offerings), however, as a result of procedures by faculty, the students are disproportionately affected.
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Posted April 7, 2005

From a students point of view I believe the school is okay. For the most part we have teachers that are very involved with the students. I believe it is one of the best schools in New Castle County.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2004

Music programs, drama, honors, and A.P. programs here are outstanding. Newark High School leads the Christina School District in the quality and musicianship of two concert band ensembles, string quartet and orchestra, marching band, drumline and percussion, and choral ensembles. Large and active parent booster organization membership in sports and music. My son is a student in the honors program, which keeps him challenged and interested in his subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

As a former staff member and parent of NHS, I feel that this is one of the most outstanding schools in New Castle County. What I like most about the school is the Conflict Mediation program there, it has helped to bring about a peaceful environment in the school, therefore giving each student the opportunity to learn without fear. Students and teachers display effective communication thus making it easy to learn and teach.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 73% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
27%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Female60%
Male50%
African American38%
Asian50%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Other race45%
Low socioeconomic status39%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title I54%
Special ed6%
Regular ed61%
English language learners (ELL)<=5%
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students56%
Female57%
Male56%
African American39%
Asian79%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Other race76%
Low socioeconomic status44%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I56%
Special ed13%
Regular ed63%
English language learners (ELL)28%
Proficient in English57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Female75%
Male69%
African American56%
Asian81%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Other race73%
Low socioeconomic status59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title I72%
Special ed32%
Regular ed77%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students68%
Female72%
Male65%
African American46%
Asian>=95%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Other race87%
Low socioeconomic status54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I69%
Special ed16%
Regular ed75%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students34%
Female34%
Male34%
African American14%
Asian41%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
White49%
Other race36%
Low socioeconomic status23%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Title I34%
Special ed19%
Regular ed36%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English35%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 47% 50%
Black 2 34% 32%
Hispanic 1 12% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1 0% 0%
Two or more races 1 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Bedford, Curtis R.
Fax number
  • (302) 454-2155

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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750 East Delaware Avenue
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