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9-12 & Ungraded
Elmwood Park, NJ
Students enrolled: 768

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375 River Dr
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

(201) 794-2933
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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
June 01, 2015
The teachers are without a contract, and are not going above and beyond for the students. They are ineffective in helping the students achieve success. This can be measured by the NJDOE's report card, and by the students themselves. Most students are NOT happy in their present environment.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
June 01, 2015
The teachers know that the kids are not receiving a proper education, and pile on the homework to make up for the lack of learning in the classroom. More does not equate to better. It's a shame that our kids are being left behind.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 01, 2015
Most kids in district are not guided toward any goals. All one has to look at are the SAT scores and where this school rates by the NJDOE. The report cards for the schools in district are pathetic.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 01, 2015
There is zero respect in this school district. The students use expletives toward faculty and students all day long. The students disrupt classes constantly, and learning is practically non existent. When administration is approached about these problems, they claim there is nothing they can do to stop it.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 01, 2015
The students in district are a tough bunch. The parents are always fighting for all the wrong reasons. Instead of fighting for a better education for their kids, they are fighting over how much time their kids have playing sports. The administrators only care about the next big sports star. The kids are not learning any good traits from anyone.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 01, 2015
Most of the students do not know the definition about honesty, integrity, and fairness. The parents and teachers have dropped the ball in this school district. No one cares what happens in our schools. Administration from the top on down have been made aware of how bad the schools are in Elmwood Park, but they all pass the buck. The administrators at the county level do absolutely nothing to help the parents. They look for any excuse to recuse themselves from a sticky situation. So, how can kids learn about honesty, integrity, and fairness.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2015
I am appalled at the behavior of both the student's and the teacher's in this dysfunctional high school The student's constantly interrupt the teacher's, and the teacher's react by screaming the entire length of the class time. Absolutely nothing is being done to correct this HUGE problem. Parents should sue the NJDOE for allowing this school to perform poorly. Bergen county is one of the most expensive counties to live in and one of the most affluent. This school belongs in Paterson or Camden. My mortgage is more than my house is worth, so my kids have no way out of this nightmare.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2015
Terrible. I wish the admins would instill more morals and integrity in this school. Anything goes. Please don't send your children here unless you no other option.

- submitted by a teacher

August 07, 2014
More than 20% of EIGHT GRADERS did NOT GRADUATE. That is a disgrace and the fault of the administration.

- submitted by a student

April 19, 2014
I would like people to know, there are more like 650 kids in the high school, not 300. Further more, there aren't any unique classes in this school. We have nothing, compared to other towns, such as Ridgewood, Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes. It all has to do with the towns socioeconomic status. This is a low performing, blue collar town, and the kids are treated as such. Separation of the classes has put this school on the same list as Paterson, Passaic, and Camden .Money is the root to successful schools, and that is not the make- up of this town. The high school is literally a circus of out of control animals. The classes are constantly disrupted and fighting is an everyday occurrence. If you have any extra money, send your kids to private school. No student should have to look over their shoulder all day.

- submitted by a student

April 15, 2014
It is an honor to be a student at the Elmwood Park Memorial High school, it holds more than 300 hundred students and has one of the most unique classes any school could provide. The teachers here are more respectful and rarely have incidents with their students misbehaving. The Elmwood Park Memorial High school is one of the most safest schools in New Jersey.

- submitted by a student

May 24, 2010
Forget what you see in past reviews, I am a graduate from both middle school and the highschool system at elmwood park. I currently work for the united states military but speaking on behalf of being a student in the system, it was the best years of my life, the school had plenty to offer with an ever growing staff. With renovations the school is now handicap friendly along with air conditioning for the summer which is a god send to the students. New lockers and technological equipment also has been added along with hundreds of low profile security cameras to ensure students safety. Over its gradualy improving over time and I 100% recommend it

- submitted by a student

March 16, 2010
i swear to God this is the worst school in New Jersey. I am very smart, but the school offers nothing that can quench my potential. Not only that, but there is not control of the students, it is as if the teachers are afraid of them. No discipline, lower than mediocre academics, horrible teachers (except for a few) overall a terrible school.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2010
Teachers need to care about their students alot more. And should give more opps.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2006
If only parents of more kids were concerned about academics! There has been tremendous academic improvement here in the last 3 years. In particular, the math department has had wonderful additions where the children who care are learning a lot.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2006
Academic programs are really improving greatly. The math department has had excellent additions in the last 3 years. The administration has improved the academic scene a lot.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006
The school is under construction. Teachers and staff do not care anything about the students. They make little money, why should they?

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2005
Two my children graduated from this school. One has a very successful teaching career and the other is Junior at Penn State, doing very well. I have one more in 8th grade...staying here! If more parents/families would put a little more effort into being involved and caring, instead of complaining and influencing children's opinions negatively, the students and the school would be much more successful. It is not entirely up to the school staff to make sure your child has a 'happy time'. My children have learned what they need to, been challenged, and succeeded. If you notice, the most lacking of all the ratings IS parental involvement. The towns/schools you may think are better have more contributions in time and effort from parents! It may take some doing, but with cooperation on all fronts, your children will/can get just what they need.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2004
The school has improved greatly, with the reconstruction plan passed, it will only get better. The new principal staff, along with a renewed sense of drive by the teachers, is resulting in a school that I can proudly say I graduated from.

- submitted by a student

May 06, 2004
My daughter graduated 4 years ago and applied to 7 major colleges. She was accepted to all with scholarship offers. The honors program and ap classes were exceptional.The school is what you make of it. The programs are there, but unfortunatly the parents who complain the most are the ones who do nothing to make the school better. Indeed most of them don't even vote at school board elections.They complain in the parking lot, but are too lazy to go to a school board meeting. Usually there are only 3 or 4 parents attending a meeting. It's easy to blame the school, but the real problem is the lack of parenting.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
This is the worst school I have ever seen.The teacher nor the principle care about the students of this school. They make it there mission to make students lives hell..They wait tile the last minute to tell the students that there is nothing that they can do to pass..Which i find very wrong..

- submitted by a community member

August 22, 2003
My son goes to Memorial High School. I am very unsatisfied with the size of the school. The school board has tried to get approval for construction of a bigger school. It, at this moment, is very crowded do to the fact that in the school there are grades ranging from 6-12.

- submitted by a student
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Memorial Sr High School
375 River Dr, Elmwood Park, NJ  07407
(201) 794-2933
Last modified Memorial Sr High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Memorial Sr High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top