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Bloomfield High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1852 students

 

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Posted January 9, 2014

I am a BHS graduate from 1980 and I my first child graduated last year in the top 6% of the class, and my second will graduate this year in the top 20%. There have been many change since I went through the system, and most part they have been for the better. In the last 10 years a new state of the art science wing was added to the high school, and many if not all of the other schools had major improvements done. There are plenty of clubs, sports & music programs available to choose from. There is always room for improvement in any school system, but if you want your child to succeed here, or anywhere, the parents need to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

The school itself is, i suppose, good, but it lacks languages and club activities. The only languages available are Latin, Spanish, Frech, and Italian. In the future, our generation will need to know Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and definitely Arabic. This does disappoint me, being forced to take languages I'm not at all interested in or already speak. More of the school budget should go into the language department.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2009

I am currently a freshman-going on-sophomore at Bloomfield High School and I love it here. The environment is very nice and the academics here are very rigorous. I was a straight A student before I reached the high school where I finally felt challenged in what I was learning. Attending this school really has prepared me to the future and what life is going to be outside the protected high school environment. I love it here and I highly recommend any apprehensive parent to send their child here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2009

I am currently a sophomore at BHS and I love it. The things most parents are concerned about are the people and crowding. For me as a girl, it is not really crowded. Because of the schedules they give you, the halls aren't crowded. The students there are like any other group of students. You have trouble makers, and you have the good kids. If you know your child already hangs out with the wrong group of kids, they are most likely going to be involved in some drama, if you have quiet kids, no one will bother them. The principal really cracked down on fights because now if you get into one, you are suspended for 2 weeks and cannot do any school activities for the rest of the year and have your prom taken away. So now there aren't any fights.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2009

Currently, I am a freshman at BHS and it is really a great school. People love to complain, but I love all my teachers, there are a lot of good extra-curriculars, class is challenging, and the staff goes out of their way to get an extremely diverse student body to treat eachother with respect and actually benefit from the diversity. A lot of my middle school friends were afraid of gangs, a low standard of education, and a nasty-looking school, so they went to private school instead. I seriously feel bad for them because, frankly, BHS is the exact opposite. All the students are genuinely nice and just great people. I had the grades to go to pretty much any private school, but, looking back, I doubt any of them could've been nearly as good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2009

I have two kids who are now at the high school who greatly benefitted from going through the public system here. I know the school have prepared them for the colleges of their choosing, they gleefully work overtime at their extracurricula activities, which range from sport and music to theater and academic teams. The thoroughly enjoy the cultural diversity of the school so they will be comfortable in the diverse work world they will enter. Can the school system improve? Of course. And that's what teachers and administators are working on every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2007

The school is what you make it. My child is a junior and loves it. Top 5% honor roll student involved in band, orchestra, key club. Her friends are the same. We have NEVER felt uncomfortable there regarding safety. There are bad apples at the most prestigious schools. Comments have been made about the change in diversity there. The world is diverse, I am glad that she has the opportunity to be there. Parents are involved, teachers try and we all know it takes the team of both to make it work. BHS has BENGAL PRIDE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

I have a child that just graduated at the top 5% of her class and has gone on to a wonderful college with a full academic scholarship. I also have a son, who is a sophomore and also is in the top of his class. I can't say enough about the teachers at BHS. They have gone above and beyond. Their dedication to our students should be commended. We hear so many negatives about this town and too many positives are ignored. Our academic teams have come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the county the last few years. Our key club just came in 1st place in the state and 3rd place in the world. Mr. Jennings, our principal, who is fairly new has brought wonderful leadership to this HS. The students have commented on the changes in one year that he has made. I don't have a bad thing to say about BHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

I have two children presently attending BHS. They are both in the top 5% of their respective classes and are having a great HS experience. The counselors and teachers have provided direction and support in all their academic and extracurricular endeavors, in addition to guidance towards their higher educational goals. Bloomfield has experienced a change in demographics that has not been welcomed by some of its residents. However this does not indicate that there is a crime wave or that the town's increased diversity indicates a lowering of academic achievement. The BHS Science wing is state of the art, as will be the rest of the school upon its completion. The staff is excellent and the students are engaged in learning. Most of these kids will go on to college. What more can you ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2006

I'm sorry but what good is left in the Bloomfield School system is being far outweighed by the crime and behavior of the students. I attended Bloomfield High School and while it was rough around the edges then, it is nothing compared to it's state now. A constant police presence (not only in the High School, but the middle school, as well) is required just to keep the children somewhat safe, and even that isn't working. We've just moved out of Bloomfield mid-term so we don't need to subject our children to this any longer. Don't we have enough to worry about without worrying if our kids are safe in the classroom?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

I feel the connstuction has really hurt the students, as well as the teachers. The quality and range of academic programs is great. The extracurricular activities need to be brought to the students attention. The availability of these are unknow to the student unless they ask. It seems sports are pushed, while the arts are rarely mentioned. If your child is not an outstanding student, you know less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

My daughter is in 9th grade. I feel that the school and the town is doing a tremedous amount of work to improve the environment of the school. The newly add-on Science Wing provides state-of-the-art facility for the students and the teachers to enjoy. More positive changes are yet to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2005

Recent explosion in population in Bloomfield was extremely taxing on the school system. however, the school in in the final stages of a massive expansion to its infrastructure. I hope this will be reflected in a better student/teacher ratio and in turn, better test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

BHS c/o 1994 here: The comment left by the person in Aug. 2003 is something to be abhorred. BHS maintains high standards in its academics. I entered this school following my previous education in an inner-city school and boy oh boy there is a difference! Just because students come to BHS from previous inner city schools does not take away from the strong academia the school holds. I encourage everyone to take a look at the pie chart. Times have changed! And from what I recall less than 10 yrs ago, truant officers were checking who lived in the district and who didn't. -An Avid BHS supporter since '94
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 3, 2003

I went through this school system which was and still is an excellent school system. Both of my son's went through this school system also and have done very for themselves. Both attended four year college and now own their own business's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2003

This is getting to be a rough place to go to school. Too many people sneaking in from Newark and east Orange by livin with relatives in the town and going home at night. The BOE is clueless and families are opting to send their kids to parochial and private schools if they can afford to.
—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.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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93%

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86%

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85%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
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%
Female95%
Male88%
Black87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Pacific Islander98%
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education63%
General education97%
English language learners67%
Not migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former74%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education37%
General education84%
English language learners21%
Not migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former36%
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.

513 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
61%
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 Students58%
Female60%
Male57%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special education15%
General education66%
English language learners42%
Not migrant58%
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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SAT participation

81%

SAT college ready

23%

Graduation rate

90%


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 33% 22%
Black 29% 16%
White 27% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 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 37%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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160 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
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