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Butler High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 10 students

 
 

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Posted March 19, 2011

My overall rating pertains to the general aesthetics of the school and education. The teachers are great and yearn to help if you're struggling and the principal and vice principal are like your pals, that is if you're a good student. But, the school is extremely old; approximately 90 years old, and the art building is about 48 years old. The school desperately needs money to update its appeal to the eye and technology. Although; the cafeteria, photo lab, auditorium(1980s?), physics and science labs have been renovated, the floors are rotting, some hallways are dark and uninviting, and the computers needs updating, along with televisions in each of the classrooms. There are only several communities and newer streets in Butler and Bloomingdale with larger, up-scale homes, otherwise we need grants because the tax money is not enough to keep the high school looking presentable. It should look modern and it needs a second gymnasium; the gym class sizes are too large.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2010

I was going to give BHS 4 stars because the building is very old and can use a facelift, but I reconsidered since this review should be about education. One reviewer commented on the sports field, but since that post, the field and track have been updated and looks very nice. My son is a freshman and I've been pleasantly surprised with how challenging his courses have been. We had been contemplating a private school , but I'm very glad that he chose Butler. He's getting a very good education without the cost of tuition! I like every one of my child's teachers and feel that they are very caring and enjoy teaching. Honors courses are especially challenging. You get what you put into it. Good students and hard workers who take College Prep, Honors and AP courses will get an excellent education at BHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

Just your average high school. Most teachers do a good job, and yet some don't. We could really use some money for new learning material. The student body isn't that great either. We could really use some shaping up here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2009

The teachers and staff really care about our kids! Our kids have opportunities that many schools don't offer and it's all because of the teaching staff, going above and beyond all the time. Thank you!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

I'm not sure if we're just poor or what because there is almost no money invested into sports, the town doesn't care about sports much and honestly neither do the students (as noted by the poor fields and sporting equipment. As for the education, its very poor. They try to make it strict and improve it by making it very easy to get detentions and suspentions. Its a joke to make it through here and pass...hence why so many people just sleep through class, but I'm just rambling...This school really needs to consider investing more money into education and the school itself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

This school might not be good in sports but they sure learn a lot and the teachers do a very good job there.
—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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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72%

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75%

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69%
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 Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special education68%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant91%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female76%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special education36%
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

2012

 
 
46%
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 Students63%
Female67%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant63%
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

75%

SAT college ready

38%

Graduation rate

92%


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 86% 51%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
Black 2% 16%
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 13%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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38 Bartholdi Avenue
Butler, NJ 07405
Phone: (973) 492-2000

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