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Highland High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 54 students

 

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Posted February 27, 2013

Great place to work...rigor and expectations of the students are raised and getting higher....Highland was most recently ranked in the top ten school in Camden County and nothing has changed (school demographics) except for teacher expectations...they care about the students and truly step up to the challenge of educating all!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 10, 2010

I was a former teacher. No matter what is said, Test scores are horrible. Sadly, this is a reflection on the educational model at Highland where a less rigorous approach to education is implemented. Teachers cannot teach when administrators who will not address repeated discipline problems in the the classroom. While the movement in NJ seems to eliminate the 'D" grade so students fail if they don't achieve a 'C' Highland wants to eliminate the 'Zero" Preventing teachers from giving a grade less than a 'D'. To teachers dismay, the emphasis at highland is on Social Skills and not Academics
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 18, 2008

I am a former student and now current teacher at Highland High School. I had a great experience here and was involved in many clubs and sports. The school has truly grown into a close knit community. I am proud to say I was and still am a Tartan. The opportunities are endless and so is the dedication the administration and staff show to each student.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 7, 2008

I feel that my time at Highland High School was not as useful as it would have been at a cathlic school like PVI or Bishop H. Even though the school is very well put together, it does not seem like there are too many kids getting into IV league colleges. I'm sorry to the kids who don't realize this like I didn't, but others should take this into consideration.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2006

i graduated from highland 2 years ago, and looking at the school now it seems like it is going down hill, the students are just geting worse and worse. there has to be some way to get the students to care more, and give it their all.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 7, 2005

I am a former student of Highland. I feel Highland is a good school. I was offered many opportunities to expand my education (honors classes, dual credit programs) that have definitely enhanced my college experience as well as made high school more memorable. The staff is great, and students who excel are rewarded with the Renaissance program. However, as with all schools dealing with teenagers, there should be more programs or people skilled to deal with typical adolescent social problems. I reached out to guidance counselers and teachers more than once and was never really given help. Overall though ~a positive high school experience.
—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.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
94%

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95%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
58%
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%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education80%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male84%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education31%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant81%
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.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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52%

2012

 
 
48%
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 Students52%
Female51%
Male54%
Black32%
Asian83%
Hispanic42%
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education14%
General education59%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant52%
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

67%

SAT college ready

29%

Graduation rate

86%


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 60% 51%
Black 26% 16%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 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 28%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Ms Elizabeth Petitte
Fax number
  • (856) 227-3619

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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450 Erial Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Phone: (609) 227-4100

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