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Hunterdon Central High School

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Posted June 30, 2013

This school is just a miserable place to be. I am a student and those who are saying student reviews are ridiculous can't begin to imagine what it's like because they simply don't spend five days a week trudging around the place. I'd like to mention that I am a HIgh Honor Roll student with a 4.0 GPA, so it's not like I resent the school because I'm not doing well. The teachers are just unmotivated, bored, and frustrated with the administration; the administration is self-servering and cares more about getting bonuses than the students. The students are frustrated too, because teachers are so bad and when we call them out and complain to guidance counselors, they say they agree but nothing ever changes. Overall, it's a place that doesn't serve the students and it constantly feels like they don't genuinely care if the students succeed. I think this was once a good school, but it isn't anymore. It has lost its vision and direction and it's a sad place to spend six hours a day. I would go to a private school if I could, but I personally can't afford it. I'm just counting down the days until my graduation, which I think is pretty sad, because I believe kids should enjoy learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2013

Great school district, great town - unfortunate that angry teenagers made negative, uneducated comments about such a great school.


Posted October 12, 2012

This school is horrible.. anyone who thinks otherwise is stuck inside their farm town Flemington bubble and have not gotten out of it and experienced the real world. I hate going here period. The teachers are okay for the most part very few are good and most just seem to hate their life and job and children.. they shouldn't be teaching.The kids is the weirdest mish mosh of druggies and jocks that have 0 motivation. I'm currently in fall of my sophomore year and cannot wait until i go to a private school next year... i will go anywhere but here
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2011

I graduated from HC 6 years ago. This is an excellent school for sports and academics. I received a full athletic scholarship and owe a lot of my success to HC.


Posted December 1, 2011

I find some of these reviews absolutely ridiculous. I entered this school as an uninterested student with a path going nowhere but the amazing teachers and classes offered changed my perspective on everything. I learned how to be a better person overall and I'll always be grateful for that. In a school with about 3,000 students, obviously there are going to be some bad apples who don't care if they make others have a bad experience but the administration cares about every student and makes sure that everyone is doing what they're supposed to be doing. Similarly, because there are so many teachers, there are going to be some teachers who would rather be somewhere else. Fortunately, though, I've had amazing luck to get teachers who clearly have passion in what they're teaching and sincerely care about teaching what they know. Going to Central was the best thing that's ever happened to me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2011

This is not a good school. I really can't wait until I get out of here. People here just screw around in class. When I walk down the hallway there are at least 2 people getting yelled at by teachers for disrupting class. Most of the teachers just are here to get their pay check and not teach. I do not like this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2010

This is a mediocre school at best. 2010 ranking puts it only 85 out of the top 100 public HS in NJ. Be careful of the math program, poor, uninterested teachers and no real teaching going on. Out of control spending by the board is the single largest contributor to the high property taxes here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

I used to be a student at HCRHS and my time there was miserable. I learned nothing important there that prepared me for the real world. It seemed like the teachers didn't care much for teaching us, it seemed like they were just there to get their paycheck. I actually used to like going to school, but then I went to HCRHS, I no longer liked going to school. I miss being excited to work during class and answering every question. It was a drag waking up in the morning knowing that I had to go to HCRHS. It makes me very angry that just because this school has many courses apparently makes it a good school. Remember, bigger ain't always better....
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Hunterdon Central High is a Blue Ribbon school in NJ. They offer a lot in their curriculum including many engineering courses even honors engineering. Plus they have a fabulous fine arts dept with the orchestra winning many awards, great marching band, talented theater students, & a great career counseling dept. Both my sons benefited from their programs and are now both in college. Hunterdon Central does a good job preparing their students for the rigorous college courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2008

Hunterdon Central continually ranks in the top 50 out of the 400+ high schools in the State of New Jersey. Besides superior facilities, and great administrative support, my colleagues are some of the most professional people I have ever worked with. Many of colleagues have at least a Master's Degree or higher and they get themselves involved in a lot of community and scholarly activities. One of the best things about the school is the way it integrates technology into the curriculum. As a teacher, there is a lot of intense pressure to keep up with the rigorous standards this school has not only when it comes to pedagogical knowledge, but also professional development. I am blessed and honored to be among the most academically gifted students, the most supportive administration, and the most scholarly teachers in the nation.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 2, 2008

Lovely school with a varied curriculum, but the other students there, unless you grew up with them, are usually none too kind . . .
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2008

This school is great.. and i love it. Teachers are extra-ordinary, friendly. but i don't like students.. they are so stupid!! Otherwise, school is fantastic and beautiful.. just love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2008

good school lots of stuff to do after school but the teachers are not exactally the brightest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2005

Great school, large population, but quality is not compromised. Friendly staff, good communication, varied academics, great extracurricular activities and wonderful college prep programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

I am a graduate of HCRHS, now on my way to law school. This school has provided both myself and my brother an education that we have found to be superior to that of other college-attending high school graduates. HCHRS offers its students access to the finest technologies, state/nationally ranked athletic teams/facilities, a faculty that has itself been superiorly educated, and most important, a foundation to which they can begin to grow into positive and successful adults. HCRHS has been awarded the highest level of excellence by receiving the 'Blue Ribbon' academia award for many of the past years. Speaking as a former student, I can give my personal assurance that your son/daughter will both grow/flourish and have 'the time of their life' while learning the necessary components of becoming a successful collegian and an individual! Your child WILL receive the best education possible at HCRHS!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2005

All three of my children have gone through (my third is a senior this year) Hunterdon Central. It is an amazing place. There are classes and activities geared towards as many interests as there are students. Academically HCRHS ranks far above other High School. It is a great school! C. Wavra
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2004

even though i am not a parent, i am a student at central. being a senior now i am going to college and i believe central has well prepared me for my future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

Central is a great place to go for school, its a large campus and prepares students for college really well. The teachers and staff are all friendly and knowledgeable.
—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.

736 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

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96%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

736 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black100%
Asian98%
Hispanic90%
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant98%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Black84%
Asian100%
Hispanic73%
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special education74%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant92%
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.

735 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
88%
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 Students83%
Female86%
Male82%
Black45%
Asian88%
Hispanic68%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Special education54%
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant83%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

93%

SAT college ready

65%

Graduation rate

95%


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 87% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
Hispanic 5% 22%
Black 3% 16%
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 6%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms Suzanne Cooley

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84 Route 31
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: (908) 284-7155

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