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Elizabeth, NJ

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447 Richmond St.
Elizabeth, NJ 07202

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September 28, 2012
I wrote the review dated August 2, 2012. I am so glad I put my student in a private school. We learned that the supposed best school, Lower Academy, is approximately 50% over its capacity! Do not let your child attend these schools if at all possible.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
Based solely on the reviews posted here by current and former students, i can say with 100% certainty that this school is NOT doing a very good job in terms of teaching, even fundamental, grammar and spelling.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2011
I think Hamilton and the Upper and Lower Academies are the way to go as far as the high schools here in Elizabeth. My daughter attended Lower Academy and is now a sophomore at Upper. They are great and they really instill in our children the fundamentals to gaining more education through knowledge and aspire to continue their education past high school. There was no need for me to transfer my child out because of this.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
More Counselor involvement, non challenging curriculum and very low tolerant teachers. My son attends this school, loud fights, arguments in hall ways. Teachers turn blind eye, no help with lessons given. No tutoring, Nothing that want to make you get up and go to this school. Edison Technical School needs help, besides a New Building.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2011
I think this school is amazing. I just graduated 2011 and i must say that this school has academic potential. most of the administrative staff must be rearranged but overall the school is magnificent. I attended to The thomas Jefferson Arts Academy and it was quite satisfactory. like i said the teaching needs improving, if that is to work the school could have an even greater reputation.

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2010
2010, i am a student at jefferson arts academy. Its is not that horrid or bad as most people think! i enjoy this school and have fun coming there. of course the school has it's times when fights might be involved but what school doesn't?? Don't judge the school when you know you haven't taught there or been a student! Yes the school might have low grades for HSPA but can you really blame the students fully?? A lot of the time the teachers are worse than the students, how do you think they manage to put up with them if their sooo bad?? But besides for that it's a place for memories and you make the school the way see it. I have two siblings that have already graduated the school and both say they won't regret going to jefferson.

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no rating March 05, 2010
I love Elizabeth high no matter what people think about it. I just graduated out of Elizabeth high class of 2009. Thanks to EHS rigous gradation requirements and education I graduated successfully and I'm attending Harvard University in the fall.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 05, 2009
Your review EHS is a not a bad school. Parents are judgemental. And outsiders are clueless!!! - - 2009-12-05 I'm a sophmore on my way to being a junior in Jefferson Arts academy. So the students have a better point of veiw of what the school is like, better than most parents and faculties. For starters everyone gets use to each other over time and students don't always misbehave. We all have a different background but that doesn't prove that we turn out on the wrong side. A majority of the school is based on the 'arts'. Yes, there are better places to be at like Hamilton, as well as Lower and or Upper academy, but I like the 'arts' and I don't feel the need to transfer schools just to get into a great college, when arts is what I really would like to study. But all in all the schools are based on your opinion of it, what you make out of it, as well as what you see as good or bad. Also i grew up surrounded by it all and I know its not as bad as people make be. =]

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I'm a student in Hamilton Academy and now a Junior. The only good touch about EHS are the academies, such as Upper, Lower and Hamilton. Those are the buildings that get you to want to go to college and make something for yourself. Many people I know that went to the academies got scholarships and went to prestigious colleges. Now for the other part of EHS, the main complex and Jefferson. Those are not the best houses to attend. The scent of drugs in the bathroom and gambling in the back of a classroom will not be warranted by a kid who wants to achieve. More fights then good grades are achieved in the main complex. If if were someone in middle school, I'd suggest getting your grades up, so you can go to the academies. Trust me, doing that will benefit you.

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August 13, 2009
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June 22, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 11, 2009
In general, the 'ELIZABETH HIGH SCHOOL' has very low scores in the HSPA' which is a state test that students have to take in order to graduate high school. See I as a parent I don't blame the students for Failing HSPA it is the teachers. They are the one who represents the students failing both the Language Arts Literacy 56% (2008) and Math 44% (2008). My son is a very hard working student and he is not very good in math when he goes for help all the teachers want to do is push him away to aspect him to know the math already. But, basically that is not the issue. I strongly feel signing my son out of Elizabeth High School and placing him into a better district were he will have the support that will encourage him to bring is math skills up.

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February 08, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 07, 2009
Elizabeth High is a great school if you put aside the bad reputation it currently holds. I am a freshman student at Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy and enjoy the challenging curriculum. Although the Main Complex has a large majority of misbehaving students, the other houses are quite nice such as Hamilton Prep and Lower and Upper Academy. I believe that people should not judge Elizabeth or its high school because of the bad reputation a group of students give it. There are students who care about college and their grades.

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February 03, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating December 05, 2008
Basically, EHS- Academies for Hamilton, lower and Upper. I would say that's it is the best place to get a Education. I was a Elizabeth High School student 9th grade freshmen In Dwyer House- Main Complex and I am currently in Hamilton Academy and I can say that Hamilton is a wonderful school the education and teachers are the best. I really like the school uniform. Hamilton preparers you for college and I feel that I am getting prepared for college. I love Hamilton!

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2008
i went to elizabeth high school jefferson house for 4 years. the school is awesome and has great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
I attended elizabeth high school dwyer house for almost 4 years and it was great the teacher i had i can always count on them i always made my classes still mange to have fun at the same time i was getting good grades. towards the end of my senior year my family and me moved to another state and thats when i learned to appreciate EHS now at my new school all they cared about was passin some test so the school can get more money i arrived nd student have never done business letter or a real essay wrost they did not know how to start writting their resume and this i learned freshman and sophmore year. the education at EHS is rely good is the students that dont want to learn or care about doing anything in life that gives our school a bad rep.

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November 05, 2008
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November 03, 2008
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September 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 29, 2008
Unless you attend one of the newly established 'Academies', you are probably not getting a good education. The main complex is a mess of scheduling and disciplinary problems at the moment. There are many good students (and teachers) there who are struggling to make the best of a bad situation. The administrative staff has been reassigned and moved into positions they are not prepared for. Support staff has been greatly reduced due to budget cuts. These are just a few of the reasons that life in the main complex seems to be getting worse. Truancy, violence and disrespect are running rampant.

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2008
I am a former student and some of the opinions posted are very incorrect. Like many others have said, its the student who is most responsible in what they take from EHS. EHS offers a myriad of AP courses and extra-curricular activites. Its unfortunate that EHS receives this bad reputation. Blame the kids that don't want to learn, not the school and school district who succeed in offering a rich and fulfilling curriculum. Many of my friends who gradudate with me went to Ivy League schools and top-notch state and private schools. We didn't squander what EHS had to offer. We grabbed it and took a strong hold on the world.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2008
i actually wouldnt say ehs is bad. its as bas as the students & teachers make it. its a lot of the admin. fault for the drastic change in behavior of the schools. alot of the dumb rules & regulations make students & teachers rebel against them. i admit the teachers should focus more on the lesson than what im doing w/ my 'drug' use & what not but that make learning [ yes i do learn ] that much more fun. especially if the teachers are cool. i get frustrated alot because i can not ge tthe help i wan t & need but i dnt think its that bad. i loved my 3yrs at ehs & im hopeing my last would be better. fun & academically wise. dnt give up on the Minutemen

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July 18, 2008
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July 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 30, 2008
I never been to the elizabeth high school houses.Such as jeff, edison, and etc. For my freshman yeah i attended an all girl highschool name bedictine academy. Than i enroll in upper academy in elizabeth. N unlike the student who are in ehs i feel completely safe at the upper academy.Its a great place to learn. Tthe population of students there isn't so vast. The teachers and everyone there actually care about the students.The on;y down part is that we wear uniforms and that the school they place us in was origanally for middle schoolers tnot high school kids.

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June 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
Elizabeth High School is well on its way to making some big improvements with the establishment of academies, school uniforms, new and improved facilities. My child attends Lower Academy and I am thrilled with the challenging curriculum. I believe he will be well-prepared for college and life. I appreciate the Community Service requirement, which enlists all students to give back to their community. With over 5000 students, EHS is one of the largest high schools in the entire USA. The sooner the students realize the potential in the strength of their numbers, the sooner they begin to lift up the City of Elizabeth to its full potential. Great things can happen here. Go EHS!

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May 13, 2008
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April 30, 2008
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April 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 14, 2008
Elizabeth High School is not the best place to get an education...unless you want your kid to be getting in trouble everyday. Kids in my building (Edison House) get in trouble a lot. When they get in trouble they get ISS, Saturday Detention, Suspension which never works! Almost every student is immature, selfish, and hot headed. Teachers do try there best to teach but some can not succeed because a student decides to do something dumb. Some teachers that are in other buildings do not speak proper English. It makes it hard to learn. I'm a 9th grader with good grades and I am trying hard to survive. I work real hard every marking period to achieve excellence, but when i wanted to go to the Academies they deny me. Honestly, sending a kid to EHS is a bad decision!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 28, 2008
Elizabeth High School is such a bad school I can't stand it I am currently a student right now I am a soft more. The teachers don't care about our education basically some of them just come to school to get a pay check. They really don't take the time to make up excellent lesson plans to educate us the best way they can half of the teacher don't speck english the school I would say is the worst is the main complex Dwyer House/Halsey House the school is like a jail they let you do what ever you want and your locked up there are no windows there is only like a few in the school in mancomplex its so over crowed Elizabeth High all the houses. The bathrooms smell like smoke everyday so many fight breck out threw the school.... Graffiti is outrages and the superindent just siting on his but not doing anything about this situation. He really thinks about the smart and gifted and talented schools. I feel so bad because there is so many kids that want to be educated and they have to go to this kind of school with teachers that have a poor attude .Please parents don't send your son or daughter to Elizabeth High School if you love them don't send them you don't want a drug/gang banger for a son or daughter.

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January 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
Though there few teachers who seemed to care about our future, there was always one teacher who cared about our education and made me want to better myself. He was my 12th grade English teacher, Mr. Bochenek.

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November 21, 2007
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November 14, 2007
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November 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2007
I am a female teacher at the Elizabeth High School. I cannot provide details (subject, building) because I do not wish to be identified. With the exception of the new 'Academy' section, EHS is a bad place to learn. The real problem is not so much that teachers do not care, as one of the reviewers said, or the fact it is a difficult to handle student population (it is !), the problem is that the distraction does not care about the children (yes, it is true !), despite the fact that it tries to show otherwise on paper (NCLB pressure). If it did care, it would have long ago carried real and much needed changes, not the nonsense it does now, and would provide real and valuable support for its teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
October 07, 2007
I am a female teacher at the Elizabeth High School. I cannot provide details (subject, building) because I do not wish to be identified. With the exception of the new 'Academy' section, EHS is a bad place to learn. The real problem is not so much that teachers do not care, as one of the reviewers said, or the fact it is difficult to handle the student population (it is !), the real problem is that the admistraction does not care about the children (yes, it is true !), despite the fact it tries to show otherwise on paper (NCLB pressure). If it did care, it would have long ago carried real and much needed changes, not the nonsense it does now, and would provide real and valuable support for its teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
September 20, 2007
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September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 10, 2007
While attending EHS,everyone worked really hard to make it a better school.It's like everyone else said, if you want to succeed there you will. I knew that there were drugs being sold and gang fights all around us, but we were able to take advantage of honors and AP classes as well as a great number of extracurricular clubs etc.I graduated at the top of my class.My guidance counselor was not helpful but there were others that were.I was lucky that all of my teachers were very well educated & caring individuals who took part in our lives. Unfortunately alot of them have left. My brother is a student there now in the upper academy and he is excelling.I have known many students at EHS to go on to Ivy League Universities.I went on to a competitive college and felt I was more than well prepared by my education at EHS.

- submitted by a former student
May 12, 2007
I was a student at ehs i graduated 2005. Its unfortunate to say that those were the worst four years of my life. Teachers instead of focusing on the education were more worried about what kind of the drugs the students used havingconversations about it during class as if others were interested. Some of my teachers would sit kids that they thought wanted to learn in the front and send the others to the back. The guidance counselors were no help at all. My counselor was too busy having lunch all day that she couldn't help me throughout the year.Then senior year i was having problems with my attendance and she said to just drop out. What kind of encouragement is that. The house director was never there and always told me to go speak to someone else when it was him i needed to talk to. Overall horrible school!

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April 06, 2007
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December 15, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2006
All three of my children attended EHS. Through the grace of God, their intelligence and my involvement, they all graduated. Could their time there have been more meaningful and memorable? YES. Could there have been more involvement from the teachers, principal and administration? YES. The teachers who really cared about the students -- and there are a few are left to carry the weight of progress on their shoulders. Could the overcrowded conditions, some of the goings on (i.e. drugs, fights) be a deterrent for those children who truly want to learn? YES. EHS could be a truly great school if the existing conditions and factors mentioned were improved and/or eliminated. Making the school better is contingent upon the work and commitment from everyone involved.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
I am not a parent but a teacher in my 20th year. I have to honestly say that I have never seen this school this bad. Since the old administration was forced out and the new one brought in, there have been major problems.

- submitted by a teacher
July 13, 2006
At the present time I am a substitute teacher who has been with the district for the past four years. I personally feel that Elizabeth is a great district to work for... all the teachers I have encountered are there for the well-being of the students. Schools maybe over packed, but we all try our best to reach each student we encounter. I hope to fulfil my dream of also touching and making a difference as a teacher. Teachers who are in the district stay strong and love what you do!

- submitted by a staff
June 26, 2006
I am a student in Dwyer house in EHS. I have just completed my sophomore year and i will not be returning for the balance of my highschool years. The reason for this change is due to the fact that i was given an oppurtunity to be transferred to an academy for gifted students who care about learning. The time i spent at EHS was not as horrible as it may be believed to be however, I rather enjoyed my time and learned various things that have no doubt been of use in my life. But the problem i can speak of with confidence is the fact that the school is just too crowded with students who could care less about learning and succeeding in life. That is part of the reason i chose to leave EHS but I cannot say that my former school was a total waste of time

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2006
this school is a prison I went there hated every minute of it put your kids in private school but dont go here. drugs are sold inide the school . staff does what they can but they dont get everyone

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March 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
Great Social enviroment. My son went to Catholic school all his life, when a stint in our finacial status forced us to enroll him in public school. This school turned my sixteen year-old son from an anti-social video gamer to a great father with high self-esteem and a sports scholarship. This here is the happiest 38 year old grandma you can find!

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November 06, 2005
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October 31, 2005
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August 16, 2005
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August 12, 2005
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July 25, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 18, 2005
I am not a parent but a current student in EHS. I attend Jefferson House.I'd say the school is split between students who do have goals and are willing to work hard to accomplish their dreams and students who don't give a care in the world about their education or future. The school itself isn't totally bad. EHS has a large number of programs. The state definately provides the funds to keep these wonderful programs running. I think the problem in EHS is the students attending. And perhaps more than a few teachers aren't of the best quality but I've been fortuate to have all my teachers be caring and attentive teachers. In EHS it's truely up to the student to decide what education he's going to recieve and what he is going to get out of EHS. Nobody is there to tell us to study or enourage us to join more challenging classes.

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2005
I'm currently attending EHS and have not had any complaints for the past three years. As in any high school it's the students that make their choices, not the school. The reputation it has does not give credit to all the great life experience you learn from there.

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April 14, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 09, 2005
I'am currently a teacher at EHS. I think we have the best school and have the best student's on earth at Elizabeth High. All of our students come from different background and dealing with different challenges in life. As a school we are trying to meet these challenges and educate all of our students to the best of our ability. We have challenging academic programs for students who are willing to take advantage of them. As a school we have challenges like any other schools. I Know we can be a better school if the community and parents take charge and interest at their childs education. I believe all academic programs starts at the pupils home and follow them in the school. In order to have an excellent educational system we as a community and society must reinforce the importance of life long learning at home and at our schools.

- submitted by a teacher
February 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 01, 2005
I am not a parent of an EHS student, I am alumni. After graduating from EHS I learned that it was a waste of my time. Now that I am a junior in college I find it EXETREMELY difficult to understand what is going on in my classes. In high school I learned that if you wanted to learn something you had to transfer to another school. The school is too overcrowded and the teacher are poorly uneducated.

- submitted by a former student
January 22, 2005
I think that the problem is not the school, is the students that goes there. If only someone will pay more attention to the students that really wants to learn and take out the ones that dont want to do nothing, just bother the ones that want to do something on life. There is 3 campus if i was the superindent of the school i will rate the students and by their scores they will go to different campus. Another thing i think that the securitys let the little ladies flurt with them so they could go ouside, another think i would not let the students go outside for nothing, sometimes I pass by the school and you see students walking outside like is free time. Please do something with this students that really want to be somebody on life.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 17, 2004
I'm not exactly a parent but a former student. I went to EHS from 2002-2004 or my sophmore and junior year. I have been in four different highschools and this is the worst highschool i have ever known. there is no school spirit it's a racial mess everone makes their own little groups and fighting is also common. i got so sick of it i moved to texas to finish my senior year. All in schools like this make you think 'i shouldve called it quits in eighth grade and gone for my G.E.D.

- submitted by a former student
December 07, 2004
Im a sophmore at edison house and i've had a good two years in ehs.I grew up in eastwick and i love it .Unfortunately im moving to florida and i exort the other students in ehs to have fun while your there and not to take ehs for granted.

- submitted by a former student
November 11, 2004
I have a daughter that is a freshman in the EHS (Edison House). This is now November and I haven't seen or have had any problems yet. I went to parent/teacher night and all of her teachers were very concerned about her. The teachers were letting me know about the participation level that she is involved in, in her classes. Also, she has been absent a few days and they make sure they call and let me know that she wasn't present on each occasion. Overall, I feel at this time, that the school isn't all that bad, I feel the teachers that she has at this time are very concerned and ready to teach. Also, her guidance counselor is available at all times, when needed. Yes, the parents need to get involved in their childs lives because teachers cannot do it alone if the parent does not give their part.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
My review is based on the Halsey House. This school is aweful, I rate it a 2. The teachers never have the accurate attendance. The teachers will all mark the kids absent but the attendence will say they were there. The councelors are not reliable, you as a parent will have to always be on top of them. The office staff is the worste, no respect for the parents. The one good thing is that the security is always around. The principal is never available when needed someone else is aways covering for him. As a parent you would know your child and they would try to make it seem as if you are trying to cover for your child whether it's an attendance issue or a sick child, this school is terrible.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 25, 2004
I just finished my junior year. Yeah, there's a lot of wrap about EHS. I'm one of those people who are making the best of it, but it's hard to concentrate with so many unwilling to learn. There's nothing to be afraid of there unless you're a disrespectful person towards your classmates. The best thing about EHS is the extracurriculars. If you're looking for a great education, I wouldn't recommend that you find it there. I think I have a well-rounded education, with a balance of both EC's and school. If you go there, take advantage of everything that it has to offer; take all the honors and AP classes, join sports and clubs. I appreciate going there because you meet some 'real' people. The BOE was the one who gave me money to go to summer schools at Ivy Leagues. It all depends on the person going there.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2004
I am a junior at the moment and after being in EHS for 3 years I realized that I should've transfered. It's my school and all, but the majority of the students do not respect teachers, their fellow classmates and worst of all, themselves. Of course there are students who attend that make the best of it. There are teachers who do not care but there are also teachers who do care. It's hard to judge my school, but I must give it 2 stars.

- submitted by a student
March 22, 2004
This school offers excellent extracurricular activities and a high teacher quality, however, the discipline is low and the parents have to help the students to chose their courses because the counselour can give them any schedule.

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November 22, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2003
I think the school itself is one of the better quality schools, however without parent involvement, the children are at serious risk for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Unless you yourself went to Elizabeth High, you really can't relate... after 4 years of that shcool I'm so glad to be out and so sad that I didn't transfer high schools when I had the chance, now in college I struggle in classes because EHS didnt give me the training I needed. That school is over crowded, walking in the hallways is impossible, for 4 years I received no education in math and I told, my guidance councelor, my house director, etc. no one cares in that school, parents, get your kids out of there.

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August 26, 2003
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August 10, 2003
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Elizabeth High School
447 Richmond St., Elizabeth, NJ  07202
(908) 436-6855
Last modified Elizabeth High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Elizabeth High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 81 reviews. Top