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Clifton, NJ

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333 Colfax Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07013

(973) 470-2312
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August 01, 2013
My daughter attended this school and she had great grades. For the students that ignore the rest and focus on classes they will do great. The worst is that there are to many fights and bullying now that before 7 years ago, the school has gone from one of the best in the area to one of the worst so sad to C this happen.This was such a great quiet school that focused on their education to get into a great college after graduating they pushed their students so they could strive and suceed. The things I hear now from the school stuff happening are really bad.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
My older son graduated from CHS and I have one who is a senior now. The school has changed so much for the worse. It's over crowded. Their scores are progressively getting lower. There are more fights and drug activity. I have to younger children in private school and plan on moving out of clifton as soon as my son graduates. My two older son would be very upset if I allowed their younger siblings to attend this hs. If you can avoid CHS by all means do.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
THIS HIGH SCHOOL OFFERS MANY CHALLENGES. WHEN YOU GRADUATE YOU ARE READY FOR WHAT THE WORLD OFFERS.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
I am a current student of CHS. CHS is great school that offers many challenges and activities. The staff is very supportive and kind. Everybody is given a chance to strive for the best. The best in CHS is no limit with no end of opening doors to better the future. CHS is the best school ever!

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2009
This is a great school with an outstanding curriculum great teachers and wonderful extra curricular activities and its only problem is over crowding.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 23, 2009
Clifton High School has great programs, activities and teachers!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
As a current all AP/Honors student, coming from a prestigious high school near Boston, MA, this school is showing me it's ability to challenge me, encourage me, and excite me. I would never expect this from a public school, but the AP staff (especially American History 1) shows me this school's skills. There are many clubs and activities to have fun afterschool, and to join for a good college resume. However, all of this school's other classes are overcrowded, and do not offer students proper attention. The school offers remedial sessions which are inadequate to help students. The teachers are also known to be slack in class, and have an infamous attendance record. Another bad aspect is the punishments given out. A student not wearing an ID card must stay in detention for 4 hours. If someone curses out their teacher, they get the same punishment.

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November 13, 2008
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May 22, 2008
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April 22, 2008
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August 24, 2007
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June 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 18, 2007
I am an alumnus from the class of 2005. CHS was very beneficial to me. It allowed me to grow as an individual. I was exposed to a diverse population. I was encouraged to take part in a variety of extracurriculars and the teachers I had were genuine and knowledgeable. My graduating class was large, but I made numerous friends that I still keep in contact with today. There are overcrowding and parking issues, but security has improved since the police station was instated, though the IDs are not that effective. One can complain about the school, but it is what the student puts into the establishment that will dictate what he or she will learn from it. There were were many college prep, honors, and AP courses offered there that my college peers never had prior to matriculating here.

- submitted by a former student
January 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2006
I moved to Clifton a bit over two years ago. My child is in preschool but my brother graduated from CHS this year. Clifton is a great school district, but I was surprised and disappointed to find out there was only one High School and how overcrowded it was. Teachers, academics can all be great, but I believe there are many issues that fall threw the cracks and not enough attention to the student's individual needs.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2006
clifton high is a very good school. Many very smart kids attend this school with no problem. i am a student at this school and although the crowdedness is a problem its something that our vp's and principle are trying their hardest to fix. i find that i am getting a wonderful education a chs. the diversity at this school as well as the academics properly prepares me for life.

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2006
Excellent school with great resources, however if your student is shy they may get lost in the school for it is very big.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
i attended this school from 1991-1995. my sister just recently graduated in 2005. there have been complaints about severe overcrowding at this school both when i was attending and now. they added another wing to the school about 2 or 3 years ago (making the total number of 3 floor buildings 4) and it helped the problem somewhat, but there is still overcrowding there. also by adding the other building it took away a lot of the student parking lot so that is a concern because most, if not all, of the street parking in the surrounding area is permit only. the city of clifton is now going through a debate on where to add another school with grades 6-9 to alleviate the overcrowding issue. as of today (may 2006) a decision has not been made.

- submitted by a former student
May 25, 2006
good school - a lot of good teachers - need more discipline

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
The school is more concerned with weeding the 'bad kids' out and forcing them to leave than worrying about education. Way too overcrowded and the drop out rate is intense.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2006
Way too overcrowded not the education that I want for my daughters.

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February 22, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 08, 2006
im a student in Clifton high school. Its a pretty good school if ur a good student. But i think that is true with every school. The academics are very good and teachers seem to care about the students. Very good buisness program which i am taking and liking very much.

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2005
Don't send your kids here. Good academic programs, not worth it for putting up with crowded calssrooms.

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December 23, 2005
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December 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 11, 2005
As an alumni of this school,I can speak for the school's emphasis on higher education. The administrators are encouraging and focused on the students's betterment. The diversity and size of the school offers much for the enrichment of the mind and an awareness of those that are different from yourself. It is a great school that I am proud to have graduated from.

- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2005
School has a decent academic program, not as good as it was in the 80's though. There are alot more gang and racial issues than in the past.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
Clifton High School has an expanded curriculum with many different types of classes to choose from. There are many students for each teacher, which makes extra help difficult. To remedy this, the school has many tutoring and mentoring programs.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 18, 2005
Good academic programs for those kids focused enough to get past the multitude of ethnic issues affecting this school. Overcrowding and illegal students have increased to the point of affecting the quality of this schools education. Sad, but CHS is no longer an option for me as I've chosen to move out of Clifton rather than deal with the hoodrats that have moved into the schools from other surrounding towns.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 31, 2005
Overcrowding still appears to be a problem despite proposed plans to build additional buildings to house the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2005
I am a sophmore (class of 2007)at CHS i also agree and it's a known fact that it is heavely overcrowded; as New Jersey's largest conjoined building high school and second in enrollment at 3,356 (March 2005). It is the most diverse school in NJ. CHS is a good public high school compared to the nearby high schools. At CHS sports is a big deal with county , division, and state championships each year in several sports. Academically, CHS is pretty good. Security is good (camera system, ID cards, police station, and 4 police officers stationed at the school). Principal Guidance conselors (12), and vice-principals(4) handle problems well and disipline accordingly but sometimes go to far. The only negatives about CHS are the owercrowding, small drug and gangs issue.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 15, 2005
Our principal should be replaced with someone who is not afraid to deal with problems as our current principal has done nothing to make the school and better. The overcrowding is probably the most important issue. The board has decided to make a school for 500 students. The current high school has about 3500 students now and is supposed to increase by 300 in 2005-2006. A 500 student school will not solve this overcrowding problem. Security is also a big issue. The students wear colored IDs but it is so easy for a student to get an extra ID to give to an illegal student,which there are.

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2004
Clifton High School is by far one of the worst high school I have ever seen. There are many discipline and drug problems in this high school. Security is also another issue. The district has taken security actions, but does not inforce, therefore they do not improve the school`s overall quality.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2004
I happen to go to this school and in my opinion is not a good school. The school has been designed to have 2,600 students but we have 3,191 students. Is so overcrouded, and students can barely fit in the halls. People pushing and not able to get early to class. Students have to walk through the outside in the freezing cold and in the hot summers because there is not enough room. Some classes have more than 14 students it can go from 12 to about 30 students per class. Every day new students come and by the way they are increasing they have to do something quick.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2004
There are many problems to be solved yet, like tolerance and understanding about the diferences in background and ethics in the wide array that composes the student body. Teachers are caring but need to focus on how to reach all minds equally, support and develop to the maximum those qualities that make a person unique. Discipline is good, our Principal is experienced, dedicated and easy to talk to, always open to suggestions and a good problem solver. Our school is overcrowded, but everybody compromises to make it possible for everyone to receive the education they are entitled to.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
I agree the school is overcrowded. Most of my child's teachers are caring, helpful and responsive. Wonderful new friends make lunch time and extra-activities more fun. In my experience the principal has been approachable, as well as the staff. Frankly, I believe our kids would benefit greatly if we, the parents, would communicate with them regarding school matters on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2003
I currently have a daughter who is a sophomore in this school. The average class size is around 30 students with one teacher. In one of her classes, there were even students sitting on the tables due to the lack of seats in the room. Also, about 50% - 60% of the students recieve free or reduced lunch. The school is overcrowded. She constantly complains about the hallways being crowded and the fights that occur as a result of this.

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August 25, 2003
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August 22, 2003
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August 10, 2003
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Clifton High School
333 Colfax Avenue, Clifton, NJ  07013
(973) 470-2312
Last modified Clifton High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Clifton High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top