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School leader Gail Pawlikowski

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855 Grove Avenue
Edison, NJ 08817

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4 stars
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May 03, 2014
Only reason this school overcomes mediocrity is because very high parent involvement, due to largely asian enrollment. Teacher quality is awful, sometimes they are even harmful, and counter-productive. School counselling staff is extremely impersonal and discouraging. It was a mistake moving to N. Edison neighbourhood

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I'm a senior at JP. Overall, the school is pretty good. Most of the teachers are pretty good and the administration is reasonable. The school feels overcrowded during passing time and class sizes are around 25. Students here are driven to qualify for a good college making the academics competitive. Our band is the best in the state and recognized nationally. Most of the students are Indian, though of varying background. There is a noticeable difference between those bussed in from hilltop and those living in new 3 car garage homes being dropped off in Porsche sedans. Most of the students are going to go to Rutgers, but there are some going to the Ivys.

- submitted by a student
March 08, 2014
The school provides ample oppurtunities for students who are willing to take advantage of them. The students are very college-oriented which creates a highly competative environment. Students are segregated by academic ability into levels 2 (regular), 1 (accelerated), and honors (AP classes). The level 2 classes are largely low-income students from subsidized housing and hilltop, while level 1 and honors classes have more affluent students. The school offers a variety of extracurriculars including a nationally recognized band, marching band, oddesy of the mind, model UN, and key club. It's volleyball, soccer, and tennis teams are among the best in the state, while the football team is one of the worst. There are more than a hundred AP scholars. Most of the students will go to Rutgers NB, while the top 50 students will be admitted to top 20 schools. The school is primarily asian and indian who focus on math and science. The school is fairly crowded and 7am traffic in the morning is aweful. Also, the school gives out more permits than there are parking spots, so parking can be tricky.

- submitted by a student
January 01, 2014
The school is extremely competitive and those who struggle academically or have special needs would be better served elsewhere. The student body, while diverse, is primarily comprised of Indians, with Asians and Jews in the minority. The students are hard-working and self-motivated. There are a lot of extracurricular activities offered. We have the best band in the state, and one of the best math teams in the country. There are tons of AP classes and students discuss SATs/College incessantly. Some of the faculty is top-notch while others are simply waiting to retire and tell us they get paid whether we learn or not. With over 2000 students in a building designed for half that many, classes sometimes feel overcrowded. The top 10% of the class go to the Ivy's. About 1/2 of the senior class goes to Rutgers New Brunswick.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2013
I am planning to move this school area, so i want the eye on the activities.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
JP is at best a mixed bag. Make no doubt about it, there are plenty of positives for this school. Many teachers are driven and the student body is extremely dedicated towards achieving a successful graduation and a successful career. However there are multiple issues here. First, for every 1 good teacher i get, there are at least 2-3 others that I don't show as much respect, typically since they are out to punish, not teach students. Second, the building is over 50 years old, and the school is handling over twice the capacity of students. Third, the school administration is not the best out there, typically bearing a short fuse for minor academic/disciplinary violations. Fourth, just like many other schools, this school doesnt seem to teach morals. Rather than accentuating integrity, grace, and a sense of righteousness, its all about embracing change. Its all about satisfying selfish motives, creating a world in which YOU are comfortable in. Again, make no doubt about it, this is a much better school than any others in the region. However, don't become infatuated with it. This school doesnt replace proper parenting and moral upbringings.

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2013
Faculty was very engaging and interested in students' well being. They made the course curriculum relevant and interesting. In addition, the extracurricular activities were very fulfilling and well-managed.

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2013
School faculty was very much interested in students' well-being. They made the course curriculum relevant and engaging. Extracurricular activities were fulfilling and well-managed. Equipment used in music, arts, sports and science classes were current to the course curriculum.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2012
John.P. Stevens is one of the most diverse school maybe in entire NJ. This is my last year at JP and I have never witnessed any race issues over here. We have one of the best teachers who actually care about students rather then crying for salary or complaining about other teachers. I won't be exaggerating even if I say we HAVE COLLEGE LEVEL TEACHERS. High school is once in a lifetime experience. I am glad the I am a part of one of the best school in NJ as per Washington post.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2011
Parents need to become more involved if they are concerned about where their taxes are going. It's hard to stay competitive when the school budget gets voted down year after year. JPS is an excellent school with some of the best teachers in the area and they manage to not only stay competetive but to lead the pack. If you're not willing to be a partner in your child's education, then you shouldn't complain.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
kids out here are done both home schooling and private tuition... to get into 4 yr college. Can't understand why the bio teacher who was physical ed teacher is still there... if all she does is sit in the chair. school board can find much better teacher and good teacher who is capable of doing more than sitting in the chair.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
I graduated in 2009. Pros: -There were some truly dedicated teachers who seriously wanted us to learn and did a teaching us the material. -Some AP/Honors courses are rigorous enough to prepare you for college academics. They do prepare you nicely for AP exams. Cons: -For every one dedicated teacher I previously mentioned, you have half a dozen completely mediocre ones that exist purely for their own benefit often at the expense of the student. -The "college-centricity" and competitiveness of students can lead to an outright toxic learning environment with people doing things purely to get into a top college and not because they actually care about their activity. It really stunk being in clubs I was passionate about only to be surrounded by people joining them to pad their college apps. -Administration looks like it exists almost purely to exercise its power and not to actually help students. -Physics department

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2010
Being an Edison local and having an "I grew here you flew here local pride attitude," the negativity I read in these reviews is disturbing. School have had the unfair burden of being the great socialize r of the children of this community. The fact is that you are in school for an education, and self motivated you must be to earn one. Edison has had some of the finest schools in the state, but when parents no longer pass budgets what do you expect. It is 12-15k per year to educate one student, so if a family is paying 7-10k in taxes they should pay back the schools for that difference. Maybe then the school would have a chance to catch up in technology, class sizes could be smaller and buildings can get renovations. If you don't like it fly home!

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2010
I want to enjoy learning. I really do. But there's something wrong with the way we learn here. JPS has a great number of truly dedicated, passionate teachers (especially those who run clubs) who inspire their students to excel. As students, we appreciate this and work hard, but some teachers tend to see their students' self-motivation as a reason to take a hands-off approach to their classes. Thus, we learn entire AP courses straight out of the textbook - class time is just a diluted reiteration of what we slaved over the night before. There is so much peer and parental pressure to do well that cheating has become a huge issue here as well. Sometimes I feel that the administration doesn't take the student body seriously, especially with the new 'Be the Change' campaign. The friendly white posters are quite patronizing, and those kitschy rhymes aren't fooling anyone.

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- submitted by a student
December 26, 2009
JP Stevens is a good school academically and being in a competitive school forces students to do better sometimes. But JP lacks significantly in school spirit and interest in learning among students. Students have an 'I'm doing this for college' mentality, so it's rare to find anyone with true passion and integrity. Plus, students don't get a lot of attention from teachers because there are usually 24 kids in an honors class. There are few teachers who have really inspired me or who have really taught me, not just regurgitated stuff from the book, and the what good teachers there are have so many students to teach that it's impossible for them to really cater to an individual's specific needs. But ultimately, it's up to the individual student, not the school, to determine his success, and this is true for JP. Students rely more on themselves than what the school offers.

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November 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 14, 2009
if u come 2 jp with the right attitude and capability ulll have fun, yes, it is crowded, but if u achieve, ulll shine brighter than the others jp offers many many extracurricular activities, and their courses indeed are challenging, especially Honors Algebra 2 if you work hard as a student, u will succeed. If u make the right decisions, ull get good friends in school, additionally, our school is not as violent as all the others in the area Edison High has worse fights than Jp IF you go 2 cartaret high school district, ull find students who regularly curse at the teachers faces Jp comparitively is an excellent high school, and any1 who goes there should be grateful and proud

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November 12, 2009
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no rating October 17, 2009
not very good nobody is helpful and encouraging to students and parrents

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September 02, 2009
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no rating October 21, 2008
I hate it, but i'd never leave it. After three years here, its already like h0me .

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no rating October 07, 2008
I have been at jps of 4 years now and i cant wait till i graduate. It is extremely overcrowned and if u want 1 on 1 attention dont bother coming here. The students are ok.. But u will pass by years not knowing your classmates. A piece of advise from a jps student... Do yourself a favor...Dont come here

- submitted by a student
no rating August 09, 2008
i think that jp is over crowded we need at least one more high school in north edison. too much kids! it kinda scares the new comers

- submitted by a student
no rating March 25, 2008
I am a current freshman here, and I believe JPS is not all it's talked up to be. Sure, we've got great spirit at pep rallies, football games, and BOTC, but most of us aren't all that spirited in being there. Many of the teachers are terrible and extremely inappropriate. There are many physical fights in hallways, cafeterias, and classrooms daily. Our textbooks are falling apart and so is the school building itself. Our Board of Education in Edison is the crappiest excuse for a school board, resulting in crappy teachers, books, and other important things.

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February 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 15, 2007
Let's be honest. This school is extemely overcrowded and gets worse with every year. Not only does the administration come up with ridiculous rules, they are in no way understanding or willing to help you out. The guidance department does not guide you with anything. The only good thing they do is listen. You can probably count the truly good teachers on your fingers. The honors program is not at all that challenging, nor does it truly prepare you for the college life. I can speak from experience since I was an honors student all four years. The best dept - the nurses!! Stay as far away from this school as possible!

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September 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
JP Stevens is an average school that is made up to be great. Most students do go out and succeed but the school [building] its self is horrible. The school is ridiculous and needs to get its act together, don't believe everything you hear about my school.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2007
JP Stevens is the only high school I've ever attended, so I can't compare it to others fairly. However, I assume it's like every high school with positive and negative aspects. The rigorous honors/AP program is both. It prepares students well for college's academic competitiveness and time management goes. It can, though, lead to a toxic learning environment, particularly around college application time. Students end up forgetting about their passions in lieu of application fillers. Guidance is hit or miss depending on the counselor. Administration is inflexible, but the principal genuinely cares. It is uncomfortable overcrowded. A good number of students attend Ivy Leagues and prestigious 4-year institutions, but I don't know if the education quality is better than elsewhere. I've had a fairly even ratio of fantastic educators to indifferent time wasters. Ultimately, I think it's the population of students who are passionate,

- submitted by a former student
June 30, 2007
JPS is an excellent school. The honors program is intense, but students in lower levels are challenged to do their best too. The major problem is that the budget has failed for the past several years, which hurts the school. Still, JPS boasts excellent music programs and award-winning clubs like Model UN, Yearbook, Key Club, FBLA, and FCCLA. Many seniors go on to prestigious colleges, and every year, a sizable portion goes to Ivy schools like Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell. Well worth your tax dollars.

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June 21, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2006
J.P Stevens is the best school I have seen. Even though it has a lot of population, the school has a lot of competitive students. The students are challenging too. I simply love J.P Stevens High School. It is a wonderful, marvelous school I've ever heard of. Enjoy.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2006
JP stevens is an extremely diverse school, yet races still don't mix and racism is really extreme. School is overpopulated. Unless a person is in honors, there is little to no competition.

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2006
Quality of academic programs 3. Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities 3. Level of parent involvement 4.

- submitted by a former student
January 25, 2006
This is a great diverse school. However, if you don't excel, you can really get lost in the shuffle.

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January 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
Both my kids attended JP Stevens, and my youngest just graduated. The faculty, from administrators to new faculty, are some of the most dedicated I have ever come across. They work early and stay late, many of them volunteering their time to head one (or more) of the extracurricular programs available. The education is top quality. Just look at the wall of excellence in the main hallway or the percentage of graduates going to prestigious 4 year schools or college in general. (I think its around 94%)

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October 22, 2005
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October 22, 2005
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October 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
jp stevens is a great school!

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August 28, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 23, 2005
This is really a great school. Very competetive students. Sends a large percentage to top schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
JP Stevens is a great high school, but it's what you make of it. It depends on what teachers you are assighned. There are wonderful caring teachers who go out of their way to help and teach. There are also plenty of teachers who are there for the money. Generally, students who graduate from JP Stevens become sucsessful in their future because it gets you ready for the real world. In the real world, things aren't handed to you on a piece of cake, and they aren't at JP. Most departments are amazing here, but be carefull with the honors/AP teachers. Many honors teachers believe the students don't need teaching because they are in honors at JP. There is a stigma that lives on, JP students are bright, but they can also use instruction on how to complete the challening curriculem. Great sports and after school activities! Go Hawks!

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April 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 14, 2005
I'm a freshman this year, and I was afraid of comming here to JP. My older siblings didn't have the wonderful experiences that I have. The level of teachers are really good, and care. The athletic department is superb. The football, bowling, track, and volleyball coaches to my knowledge are excellent. My only complaint is the science dept. I believe it is too lax, and could be greatley improved. This school is great because of the lack of cliques! The student body is really friendly.

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March 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
My son is in the 11th grade at JPS and I am very satisfied with the education he is getting there. He has been an Honor Roll student for the past 2 1/2 years. He participates in extra curricular activities and athletics. He meets with his academic teachers and his Counselor whenever he needs help. If I have an issue with one of his teachers or the school program, I call the school to speak with the individual by telephone or appointment. JPS offers Advanced Placement, Honors, Accelerated and Regular courses. The SAT scores exceeded the state average by 122 pts. and the national average by 111 pts. Five students were accepted at Harvard last year. Parents! Get involved in the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2005
I honestly believe JP is overrated; it is just a normal average, regular high school. The guidance department is atrocious. They don t guide students toward college, and never have enough time for appointments. Others just plain don t know how to teach. The English department is sad. The teachers don t know how to keep a hold of their class because they just assign work, and ignore the class. The only good department is the math dept. disregarding all of that; it is impossible to excel to a higher level, but who would want to? The honors teachers figure the students are smart enough that they can just sit back and hand out work. JP isn t what people make it up to be!

- submitted by a student
June 20, 2004
I think this is one of the best schools in NJ. The quality and the people are great. The teachers, staff, and students always strive to bring excellence into this school. The students are taught really well, and its a great school to attend. I'm proud to be a former JPS student.

- submitted by a former student
December 29, 2003
What a school! A good class of graduates comes from JP and the Edison School System every single year. Students are nurtured, pushed, learn, and grow in a wonderful atmosphere. Teachers and administration always helpful, always striving to bring out the best in every student. An honor to attend. I will always think fondly of my years at JP.

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J P Stevens High School
855 Grove Avenue, Edison, NJ  08817
(732) 452-2800
Last modified J P Stevens High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
J P Stevens High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top