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West Morris Central High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1380 students

 
 

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Posted December 18, 2012

This is a great town, offers great schools, the teachers and academics are wonderful. I'm very pleased
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2011

West Morris has excellent teachers, a welcoming and helpful administration, and a top-notch atmosphere. If your son/daughter graduates from WMC and you do your part as a parent they will be well-prepared for their future. This is one of the top high schools in New Jersey and was recently rated by U.S. News and World Report to be among the top 2% of high schools in the nation. This school fosters a culture of excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter became ill in sophomore year and without the complete support of the school - especially her guidance counselor, Janice Higgins, she would not be graduating with her class this coming June
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

I am not only a faculty member, but a former graduate of the school and I can tell you that your child will for the most part be getting an outstanding education. Most of the teachers are reliable and well educated and the brass is superior. Our principal is extraordinary and well educated as is our superintendent. The elective program has grown exponentially due in part to semesterization. The IB program pushes kids to new heights and our athletics are very competitive. The facilities are old but the technology the school provides is amazing. Your children will be prepared for college!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 29, 2008

I graduated from this High school and I have to say that it was the most unproductive four years of my life. I gained a somewhat substantial education from the music and english departments, however the Math and Science departments severely lacked and it seemed to me that the teachers appeared to know less than the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2008

Well I'm a student at this high school and I would say that it is a very good high school with a great academic program. The course offered are challenging and prepare the student well for a college career. There are many choices of classes available in both the AP and IB programs. The students in the IB program are challenged and driven to do their best! ( I would know since I am in the IB program). Even though the high school is great as a whole there are some areas in which it lacks. For example, the art department recently has been downsized and we have only one art room available. The after school buses come only two times a week which makes it hard for students and parents alike in the matter of transportation. Overall, the high school creates a welcoming enviroment for all students and teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2007

School rated highly by records. Current complaint is the poor use of teacher webpages not being updated daily and not listing class homework. Other schools have on-line report cards and websites where you can follow your student's progress and see if homework is in or not (ie Randolph & Warren Hills) but WMCHS does not have this. I have recommended it. Is WMCHS up to the times? Most teachers makes themselves available after school for help but I have had one who does not this year and I want to believe the teachers want to do the best for the students. No after school late buses except for Tues & Thurs limits kids with working parents to participate in after school activities. My child does participate in extracurricular due to this fact as I work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2006

WMCHS is just OK in every way. Son graduated last year, and daughter is sophomore. Basic academics are fine, AP and IB included. However, drama and art programs uninspiring. Sports and clubs standard. Elective offerings still in the 1950's (i.e. drawing, creative writing, cooking, yearbook) Students are not being prepared for the high tech world they will live in and do not have the opportunity to explore diverse topics. All academic classes and most elective classes are year long which also does not allow students the opportunity to learn from a variety of teacher styles. A student is stuck in the same schedule for one very long and boring school year. Very few social offerings as well; dances are few and far between, no parades, no festivals, no big pep rallies, no spirit days. You get the picture. The nurses are excellent and guidance dept. variable. Safe, fine, just OK.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

The quality of academic programs is excellent! Music programs are available but not at the highest proficiency levels. Many clubs available. Parent involvement doesn't exist until project graduation.
—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.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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97%

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98%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
90%

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87%

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90%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education96%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant99%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education73%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
74%
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 Students79%
Female77%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
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

97%

SAT college ready

66%

Graduation rate

96%


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 88% 51%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Black 1% 16%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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259 Bartley Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5212

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