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Atlantic City High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 59 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

I graduated from this school in 1983, I loved this school. As I have met so many good people and learned so much, thanks to the staff and this great school.


Posted September 5, 2009

Best alternative high school in the state, The Viking Academy, gives students chances to go to college and find jobs. This school gives many students who were thought to be 'troubled' a second chance. The staff there is outstanding. A+++++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

I love this school it is well-organized and put together; of course i have realized this after attending pleasantville high scool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

I'm a senior at this school and I have been there for four years. For anybody to say that this school is rated 2 out of ten stars is a tad ridiculous. Something new is happening every day and it allows everyone to leave there with a diversity they wouldnt have had at one of the other racially lacked schools in the area. The school just gets a bad rep for the fights even though there are fights just about everywhere
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2008

No School in the area has the diversity and the challenging faculty.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 6, 2008

atlantic city high school is a great high school experience. I am currentlly a junior and am loving high school. I take all honor and ap classes and I am taught amazing life skills. kids who go to private schools and other public schools in the area are missing out on the great experience. if your not learning calc. ap then you and learning how to manuver your way to your next class. last your class of 2007 sent two kids to MIT, 3 kids to UPENN and this year class of 2008 two kids have already been accepted to UPENN and GW. maybe if the student that wrote below me payed attention they would of learned something!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2007

If not the violence, students are affected by the mediocre academics. I was not challenged even though I took all Honors classes. Honestly I learned nothing at all.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 7, 2006

I graduated from ACHS in 2002. I loved my experience there and I believe it really prepared me for college. The diversity of students, curriculum, and extra-curricular activities was a wonderful experience for me. I loved the environment and the teachers pushed me to do well. I think ACHS is a great school. I loved it!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 19, 2006

AC High is one of the better schools in the region, despite all of the negative press. The diversity, the cirriculum, and the state-of-the-art facility are all positive things that many look past. My son attended AC High and not once did he get into any trouble or express that he felt that he was in a dangerous school environment. In fact, he loved it! He was sad during commencement ceremonies but also satisfied that ACHS provided him with the education that he needed to be succussful in this world as he pursues his dream at Princeton University. Atlantic City High School is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My son attended AC High School for four years and NEVER had any of the bad experiences often reported in the Press. In fact he excelled in the diversity of the student body both academically and socially. Coming from a sending district this has assisted him in becoming a well rounded student and individual. Due to the diligence and dedication of his teachers and advisors (he was in honors classes) he is now a freshman in college. I believe his time spent at ACHS prepared him well for his college experience. He has adjusted quickly to campus life and is doing extremely well academically. ACHS also offered him the opportunity to enjoy four years of participation on the Golf Team at the varsity level. This experience instilled leadership and integrity into his world view. The negative Press is the minority - the student is just as responsible as the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

They should have taken all of the money it cost to build the new high school and invested it in some kind of accountability program for teachers and administrators. And when I say accountability, I'm not simply talking about raising test scores for the lowest performing students. In my experience, the ones at AC who really suffer are those who can pass the basic skills tests, but aren't being challenged in the regular classrooms.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.
Language Arts Literacy

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

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
48%
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 Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black71%
Asian85%
Hispanic79%
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special education35%
General education93%
English language learners43%
Non-migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former43%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students59%
Female56%
Male62%
Black37%
Asian73%
Hispanic48%
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
General education70%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant59%
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.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
33%
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 Students39%
Female41%
Male36%
Black20%
Asian66%
Hispanic22%
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Special educationn/a
General education45%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant39%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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

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SAT participation

64%

SAT college ready

24%

Graduation rate

67%


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
Hispanic 32% 22%
Black 31% 16%
White 21% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr Oscar Torres

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1400 N Albany Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: (609) 343-7300

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