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Memorial Sr High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 9 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted August 7, 2014

More than 20% of EIGHT GRADERS did NOT GRADUATE. That is a disgrace and the fault of the administration.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2014

If I could give this school zero stars I would. This school is disgusting on every level. It is so bad, the state has sent in a monitor. Periodically the Bergen County Police Force come in, to check for weapons and drugs. The uniqueness about this school is how the teachers and administrators couldn't care less. The students are efficient on hiding drugs and weapons, scamming their parole officers and smoking hookah's in class. This school is rated one of the worst in Bergen County by NJ Monthly. This school has been on a downward spiral for the last few years. The sad part of this entire system, is that the good kids are stuck in this failing cycle, unless their parents can afford to send them to private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 26, 2014

My daughter's school is horrendous when dealing with children with disabilities. Even with an IEP, and accommodations and modifications in place, the teachers act as if it's a huge burden to teach them. With all of my interactions with the teachers and principal, it obvious they really do not know how to teach these kids, especially when the children have different leaning disabilities. The kids feel worthless and make hardly any progress year to year. The children with IEP's are promoted to the next grade, even when it's obvious they didn't learn anything the entire year. My concern is for my daughter's future. Will she ever be able to fill out an application or be able to get through an interview for employment? All I see for her in the future is disappointment. The school district has failed my daughter and all the other learning disabled students. The future for these kids are very bleak. I hope our government is prepared to pay for the failures our children have endured in our failing schools across the country. Children with disabilities are destine to fail, when teachers have given up on them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 4, 2010

Teachers need to care about their students alot more. And should give more opps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted May 6, 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


Posted September 9, 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..


Posted 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 former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
89%

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87%

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82%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
63%

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63%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Black83%
Asian76%
Hispanic97%
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special education73%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant91%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students72%
Female68%
Male76%
Black33%
Asian71%
Hispanic76%
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Special education47%
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant72%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

2012

 
 
56%
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 Students60%
Female61%
Male59%
Black41%
Asian65%
Hispanic54%
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Special education27%
General education70%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant60%
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

65%

SAT college ready

35%

Graduation rate

88%


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 45% 51%
Hispanic 35% 22%
Black 10% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 32%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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375 River Dr
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
Phone: (201) 794-2933

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