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Bergenfield High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted March 26, 2012

The school has jumped 100 spots from 2008 to 2010 and will keep on improving, so that 2 star rating was inappropriate. Like what most will say about Bergenfield's school district, the Music Department is the most standout program in the school system--voted as one of the best music communities in America with a rich marching band history and one of the few schools with Electronic Music classes. They've raised their academic standards in general, adding more AP classes since I graduated, even AP art courses. They're also helping students more with college planning and campus visits.The facilities have been upgraded: new field track, gym floors, gym lockers, restrooms, and have more renovations in plan. The athletics have improved greatly. The wrestling program is one of, if not the best of its division. Football team went from a losing streak to ranking in the top 25 of North Jersey. The school is moving in the right direction and less students are choosing schools outside of the district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2011

Well since I'm in RWB, i don't know much about the teachers and classes, but I heard the marching band is supposed to be known somewhat for the recent movies they've done and how bad the football team is. The bounty hunter, and appearing in the early morning shows. I hear they get tons of money for their part and is very good.


Posted July 13, 2010

I think the school needs to look into a more challenging curriculum as well as reducing the size of classes. The ways I feel they can improve this is by lobbying for funding from the state.


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter is in the STEM program and she could not be happier with her curriculum. Her teachers are very dedicated and inspiring and we are very happy with the experience in the Bergenfield public school system. A school should be judged by the quality of its teachers and curriculum, and not by standardized tests which lump the students who do not take school seriously with those who do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

I think Bergenfield High School has improved thier cirriculum dramatically from the time I was attending. It appears to be a lot more rigorous and challenging, which is good, as it shows they are doing thier best to keep up with modern teaching practices.
—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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students92%
Female92%
Male91%
Black89%
Asian96%
Hispanic90%
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special education70%
General education97%
English language learners64%
Non-migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former73%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female84%
Male83%
Black78%
Asian89%
Hispanic84%
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Special education44%
General education92%
English language learners64%
Non-migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former60%
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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
57%
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 Students64%
Female64%
Male64%
Black55%
Asian78%
Hispanic55%
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Special education16%
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant64%
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

85%

SAT college ready

30%

Graduation rate

97%


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 40% 22%
Asian 28% 9%
White 22% 52%
Black 8% 16%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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80 S Prospect Ave
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Phone: (201) 385-8600

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