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J P Stevens High School

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Posted May 3, 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


Posted April 8, 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


Posted March 8, 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


Posted January 1, 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


Posted November 21, 2013

I am planning to move this school area, so i want the eye on the activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 1, 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!


Posted May 9, 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

not very good nobody is helpful and encouraging to students and parrents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

I hate it, but i'd never leave it. After three years here, its already like h0me .
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 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


Posted August 9, 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


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Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

551 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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98%

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95%

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92%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

551 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Black96%
Asian97%
Hispanic96%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education88%
General education99%
English language learners33%
Not migrant97%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former57%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black66%
Asian94%
Hispanic79%
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education50%
General education95%
English language learners17%
Not migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former38%
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.

532 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
76%
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 Students80%
Female80%
Male79%
Black30%
Asian86%
Hispanic72%
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant80%
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

71%

Graduation rate

97%


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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 67% 9%
White 20% 51%
Black 9% 16%
Hispanic 4% 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 12%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Gail Pawlikowski

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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball

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  • Jazz band
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