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Allentown High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1212 students

 
 

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Posted March 14, 2014

Student of AHS Great school, I am currently enrolled here. The teaching staff is excellent (very friendly and we'll educated, minus parts of the administrative staff such as the principal (vice principals are nice). Overall this school has been a great experience for me, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for great high school years. 5/5 for the overall school -5/5 for the principal


Posted February 20, 2013

My daughter is currently a senior at Allentown and she has loved this school every year. Excellent teachers, and no bullying tolerated at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2011

My son loves the school and the learning environment provided by the faculty. No complain whatsoever from our family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

This school is only good if you are in the high honors classes. They have fights everyday and the kids that are brought in from Trenton do not care about education but bring the problems Trenton has to Allentown. Too many teachers have tenure that should be fired! All the problems are being swept under the rug and kept out of the papers. Go to private school if you have the money unfortunately I don't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

Allentown is a school on the rise, with the amount of classes being added and the teachers being brought in, AHS will be highly regarded within the next few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

My son is in the honors track and seems very happy. He enjoys his teachers, the classes are relatively small (around 18 students). I agree that while many teachers have a rigorous curriculum, there is some room for improvement. The school keeps adding AP courses. The guidance department is very responsive, and the new superintendent has ambitious plans and lots of energy. Allentown is smaller than lots of the neighboring public high schools, and I see this as an advantage. I don't love the block scheduling, but there is block scheduling in college also. I judge the school by the energy, spirit and ambitions of the staff and students. So far our experience is very positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

I am disappointed the Honors teachers don't do more to challenge the students varied learning styles....My child's experience seemed just 'faster paced' than regular tracked classes. Same material...quicker pace....little else differentiated the two tracks....What a shame!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2006

Allentown High School offers many courses. The teachers are very dedicated and supportive. My child is very well informed regarding college choices and they work with you every step of the way to help you gain admission to the college of your choice. I am very satisfied with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2005

The quality of the academic programs seems to be pretty good. They have many electives and encourage diversity with after school clubs and organizations. The music program is top notch with award winning bands and choirs. Sports are not too strong. They have the basic sports and are not usually high in winning in their divisions. Parent involvement is encouraged and there seems to be a fair amount of parents that actually do get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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93%

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93%

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91%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Black82%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students67%
Female66%
Male69%
Black32%
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Other ethnicity64%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education32%
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant67%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

91%

SAT college ready

49%

Graduation rate

95%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 51%
Black 5% 16%
Hispanic 4% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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27 High Street
Allentown, NJ 08501
Phone: (609) 259-2160

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