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Clifton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 3364 students

 
 

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Posted August 1, 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted January 18, 2012

THIS HIGH SCHOOL OFFERS MANY CHALLENGES. WHEN YOU GRADUATE YOU ARE READY FOR WHAT THE WORLD OFFERS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted September 23, 2009

Clifton High School has great programs, activities and teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 25, 2006

good school - a lot of good teachers - need more discipline
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted April 6, 2006

Way too overcrowded not the education that I want for my daughters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 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


Posted December 26, 2005

Don't send your kids here. Good academic programs, not worth it for putting up with crowded calssrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

745 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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89%

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86%

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85%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

745 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
71%

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65%

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63%
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 Students86%
Female90%
Male81%
Black77%
Asian95%
Hispanic81%
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education36%
General education94%
English language learners40%
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former47%
Limited English Proficient Former55%

Math

All Students69%
Female69%
Male68%
Black59%
Asian90%
Hispanic58%
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant69%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Former39%
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.

791 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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45%

2012

 
 
40%
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 Students45%
Female40%
Male50%
Black32%
Asian68%
Hispanic35%
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special educationn/a
General education51%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant45%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Former33%
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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

65%

SAT college ready

30%

Graduation rate

83%


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
Hispanic 49% 22%
White 37% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
Black 4% 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 38%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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333 Colfax Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07013
Phone: (973) 470-2312

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