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Bridgewater-Raritan High School

Public | 9-12 | 2845 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted October 8, 2013

BRHS kinda sucks because of how its a huge open campus. When its really cold and/or raining you better have a jacket or your screwed. Some teachers are mean but most of them are really nice. There are a lot of kids here so it should be easy to have at least have one friend. There are also a lot of clubs and sports but its sort of hard to get into some sports because of how many kids there are. But even though this school isn't always that great, I love this school. After getting used to the flow of things, it got easier. There are a lot of nice people here but it is sometimes hard to find them. But when you do find that group of people that you become friends with, everything will get much better. I am pretty happy to spend 2 more years here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2013

i hate this school too many people teachers do not teach well AT ALL so much work i dont understand dont even get me started on the layout when it rains, you better have a rain jacket hate my highschool experiance so far only good thing i can say is they have many clubs and activities for everyone
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2013

My school is next door and a great school. I have no children in school but I enjoy seeing and hearing the students practicing for sports activities or band or jogging or running by. The students here seem happy and involved. Although my husband and I have no school age kids we will be Panther supporters going to the first football game this Thursday. Go Panthers!


Posted July 27, 2012

I currently attend this school, and I like it, I don't love it nor do I hate it. I feel that this school is too overpopulated and thus everything is super competitive. There is a wide variety of classes for students to take, but some teachers aren't working to their potential. Overall, it's an OKAY school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2012

I agree with the recent post. The school does pay importance to image and doesn't do a good job in identifying the abilities of the kids. If your child is gifted and has the ability to think out of the box; then you can expect a lot of negative bias from the teacher. Not all teachers are like this but there are some especially in the lower grades. Hence you can forget about your kid getting into the enrichment if the teacher doesn't like your kid. So, be aware and if you child is a high ability kid; think multiple times before considering enrollment in this school. All you'll end up is the child feeling frustrated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

I had 2 children go through this school experience. It is too big, too unsupportive to children and staff. The guidance staff is great, but overwhelmed because the admin doesn't support them. It is not about the students and some of the deans border on being bullies themselves. The transition for a student coming from another high school is extremely difficult. The expectation is that the student be "independent." The school is full of cliques and it is difficult to be accepted. The services for students lagging behind in anything means there is something "wrong" with the student and services are limited. It caters only to the the top students. There is nothing innovative going on for the average student, only things that look good on paper. This school is about public image, not creation of a hardy, healthy school environment that fosters creativity, healthy peer relationships and bringing out the best in students. If your child is "average" or too creative, forget about this school. Your children will be miserable. Many of the teachers are knowledgeable about their content subject but have no backbone in representing the student. Many fear the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

We moved to Bridgewater in 1992 so our children could go to a top rated school system where my husband went to school. It was the biggest mistake we could have made. We have an LD child. There is no understanding of no child left behind. They left my son behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

the school is so competitive the teachers expect you to learn everything on your own we might as well have robots being our teachers because all they do is watch you learn. I personally was a good student in the middle school mostly straight a's and i was on honor roll every marking period now i have c's in the two honors classes because those are the worst teacher in the hardest class.i think the teachers should all be evaluated by the students so the administrators can realize who are the good teachers and who should be let go, because there are some very talented and truly good teachers who deserve to be recognized.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2010

This is an Excellent school for both academic and Extra- Curricular activities, the teachers really care for the students and are on their side. The academic programs are diverse, they have a class for everyone. The bar is set high, but it helps students strive to be better. The many Extra- Curricular activities offer students ways to help the community, the school, and further their curiosity of the world. It is a Grade A school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2009

good school for bright and independent students; lots ofresources for them; however, not so good for students who are struglling and not so gifted academically. students will less than great abilities get lost and they do fall behind. need to be extremely focused to succeed here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Superior teachers, excellent selection of college-prep and advanced courses, and a top-flight education!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Great education, athletics, teachers & students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

Unfortunately, BRHS does sound great, but being such a large school, as most public high schools tend to be, there is a loss of personal attention. If ou are not 100 percent focused you may get lost in the system. Even bright students may fall behind. I guess this is why we h ave expensive private schools, for obvious reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

Unfortunately this school fails to address what is a pervasive problem with many of our public high schools-severe overcrowding and thus the loss of ability to manage so many students properly. The administration is distant and unrealistically expects 9th grade students to be very independent and self directed, however some students are not ready for this. Needs improvement by changing school to just grades 10-12. It would solve many issues. BRHS needs to remember to focus on those of middle, average, low ability and not keep setting the bar higher and higher thus discouraging students who cannot attain such stringent standards. That is the point of no child left behind. Help those equitably so they can survive and get a diploma. Teach to the student, not to the test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

BRHS is a great school. The academics are very competitive and there are so many courses offered at all levels, standard, academic, honors, and AP. Most of the teachers are great, and I have learned a lot at this school. The students are very smart and diverse. There are a ton of clubs to join. Also, the campus is spread out nicely. Socially, the school is similar to most typical high schools. Overall, as far as academics are concerned, BRHS is a great high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2009

Absolutlely agree that school is great for solid motivated achievers, but everyone else is lost, especially bright kids with issues. While much is made by the school of its 'partnership' with parents, when guidance was completely unresponsive to phone calls and email, I called the vice-principal and then the principal who both refused to intervene and were downright rude. Considering contacting the superintendent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

Competitive & multi-faceted curriculum, administrative personnel & principal should participate in seminars on 'customer' (parent) 'service' (communication) as they very much have an arrogant & uninformed approach for most interactions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

Yeah, well, i totally adore BRHS. I feel extremely lucky to be in this school district. I love it, there are so mnay extra curriculars and so mnay sport options. I am very involved and i love the fact that there are clubs that I can join that really interest me. I love this school, and many people here say its for bright students and awesome athletes. Right now i am a sophomore and i am taking 5 honors classes. I play for the lacross, tennis, and basketball team. I am in 7 clubs and i love every second of them. over crowded MY ASS! Who school isnt? i love this school and parents shouldnt really be talking because they dont have to be in that school 5 days a week for 8 hours. And peeople, are u calling ur kids stupid cuz they cant handle BRHS?
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2008

Suffers from over-development and over-crowding. Many extra curriculars, but crowded. Not many opportunities for athletics unless you child is quite good. Boys athletics gets a bigger slice of the pie than girls and the track is in such bad shape the school cannot host any meets and the team can barely practice. The community was socked for money for a number of years and started to vote down the budgets in protest. Great program if you have high achieving students; generally with dedicated teachers. Excellent Honors, AP and independent study programs. The guidance counselors are poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

Great teachers. Great selection of electives. Large amount of after school activities. Main subjects are split into classes for higher learning, Standard, and Academic. Subjects cover a lot of material. It is crowded but the school is working on a higher budget for expansion of building, parkinglots, and security cameras.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

734 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

734 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Black92%
Asian99%
Hispanic91%
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Special education86%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant98%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
Black64%
Asian99%
Hispanic87%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special education74%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
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.

705 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

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 Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
Black65%
Asian91%
Hispanic61%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Special education53%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant82%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 52%
Asian 18% 9%
Hispanic 9% 22%
Black 4% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A33%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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600 Garretson Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: (908) 231-8660

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