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Colonia High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 42 students

 
 

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Posted April 21, 2009

My sons have done well in the school academically, socially and with activities. Many of the teachers seem engaged. The athletics programs seem to encourage the students. My warning about this school is that if parents and students do not become actively involved it is easy to fall between the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

My daughter is a freshman, people told me that it was going to be hard to 'fit in' that hasn't been the case she has lots of friends. The teachers are good and no complaints so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2008

As current student I find that the school does not determine how the student is educated, but more so the willingness of the student. The teacher's in Colonia High School range from inspiring and genius to careless and are only there to make money. The Theater and Music Department is sensational and always impresses an audience. Overall Colonia High School is not a bad school, it just needs a bit of fine tuning and discipline.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2007

Colonia has some of the most inspiring and passionate teachers who really care about the student's well-being and how they fare in school. The school boasts many extra-curriculars to take advantage of and help is always offered if needed. Although our school may not be in the best shape, it is a great learning environment if a student puts in the effort and has the right attitude. Being in the best communications school in the country must mean that the school is doing something right.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 14, 2006

Wonderful school - my kids loved it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2005

The quality of academic programs,well there should be more.The sports program is covoured well,I'm not sure about how the arts and music program is doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2005

I currently attend Colonia High School. I believe that it is a great school. They need to work on their discipline though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2004

As a current student here at CHS there are many great things, but the school neads improvement. There are teachers that care and help the students but there are teachers who are very lax and look the other way for certain students. The extracurricular activites are very good and there are alot of them. Some of them are interact which helps out the community, step team performs in competitions and school performences, choir and band which are excellent, and there is African-American History and Asian Clubs. Our school is currently in poor condition, but there will be improvements since the referendum passed like an addition, roof improvements, and renovate bathrooms. The principal does have much discipline and needs to improve though. Finally the curriculom is pretty good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2004

As a CHS Alum and current student at an ivy league institution, I'd say that the school is really 'what you make of it.' Sure, the facility is a little rough around the edges...leaks, heating problems, etc. But those who choose to become involved and take advantage of the available resources will find their high school experience to be a truly rewarding one. As a side note, there are a few exceptional teachers, talented and passionate, the 'above and beyond' type, who really do enhance the academic life of the fortunate student.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 20, 2004

Although Colonia High School can be dirty and the discipline is not very affective, it is a great school. I attended that school for 2 years and its a very good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2004

Colonia High is one of the best hight school's in NJ, the teachers and students are great, the worst thing about Colonia High is the guidence, but otherwise the school is a wonderful place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2004

This is a stunning school which takes the educational, moral, and emotional development of its students seriously. Students who avail themselves of all C.H.S. has to offer will have a very rich experience. The administration is top-notch.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 23, 2004

I am a former student of Colonia High School. My overall opinion of the school is that it is too laid back and students get away with a lot there. The discipline is not very good or effective. It is definetly overcrowded also. Many of the teachers are too easy with the way they grade also, letting students do poorly while giving them grades to pass. A plus is that they do have a lot of good extra curricular actitities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

Colonia High School is extremely overcrowded and dirty. Water floods the classrooms during storms and snows blows in through the broken windows at times. There are too many kids in each class and not enough rooms to put them in. Half the lockers in the school don't work and every year it becomes more and more dangerous. The teaching methods are ineffective and the school lacks discipline.
—Submitted by a former 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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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99%

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98%

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93%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
95%

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86%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Black82%
Asian96%
Hispanic86%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
Black70%
Asian98%
Hispanic80%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
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.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
71%
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 Students66%
Female65%
Male68%
Black51%
Asian77%
Hispanic60%
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
General education70%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant66%
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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

79%

SAT college ready

42%

Graduation rate

93%


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 56% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 9%
Black 14% 16%
Hispanic 14% 22%
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 26%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Colonia, NJ 07067
Phone: (732) 499-6500

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