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Penns Grove High School

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Posted July 13, 2012

My daughter loves this school. She takes advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities the district offers and has been inspired to do her best by many teachers throughout the district. She understands that her success is due to family support FIRST and the wonderful teaching that is provided. It's time to realize that success begins with a positive partnership and effort between parents and schools. I do believe that the schools in this district are doing their part, but student and parent accountability must step up in order to improve test scores overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2012

Its a Great school, in a great location, my kids are excited to be enrolled here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Most people who are complaining about the teachers are the ones who do NOT take an active involvement in their children's education. Some of the coaches aren't pros, but do I hear anyone offering to help here? No. You don't get to sit back and accuse the teachers of not caring because they are doing their best to keep an atheletic program running. What you DO is take an active role in your children's education and go out and HELP with the fundraisers so they get training, and you HELP with the sports you know how to play. Stop complaining and take an active role in changing the situation! Your kids are YOUR responsibility. Do we pay more taxes to buy more paper? Are you kidding? Our taxes are awesome here. I moved away to a more upscale area and can't WAIT to get back! This district ROCKS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Penns Grove H.S. is just a great place to go to high school. Wonderful teachers. It is a great melting pot.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2008

The school has changed this year. Student and teacher care about each other and now talk there problems. our pear lrader programs help us get ready for what we have go though out the day in high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2008

I think PGHS would be a much better school if more of the teachers really cared about their work and the students. Both my daughters attend this school and the stories I have heard from them completely shocked me. Many times have they come home and expressed that their teachers don't care whether they do the work or not. Some of them even lose the childrens paperwork or even show favoratism towards one gender or another. That isn't right, when your a teacher, a student is a student and you are there to teach them to the best of your ablility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

This school has been going down hill fast. Last year they ran out of paper in April and did not have any money to buy more. Extracurricular activities are a joke. Some of the sport coaches have no idea of how the games are even played they are just babysitting. No desire to improve and deffinately no winning attitude. Teachers spend most of their time preping students how to take the state test.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students78%
Female85%
Male73%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education56%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students61%
Female69%
Male55%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education26%
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
38%
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 Students31%
Female24%
Male35%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Special educationn/a
General education39%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant31%
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%
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SAT participation

59%

SAT college ready

11%

Graduation rate

73%


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
Black 43% 16%
White 33% 51%
Hispanic 23% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 58%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Joseph Sottosanti

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334 Harding Highway
Carneys Point, NJ 08069
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