The school itself is a mess. It's hard for student to take education seriously when there will end up being drama and issues going on with the way teachers and staff approach things. Especially in certain activities like phys ed where nonathletic students feel like they shouldn't be there because their not like the athletic ones. The teachers are there to teach but seems to be the problem is how some struggle to communicate with the students themselves. In the past there has been cases of bullying but although it has lowered there still comes a time where this may hinder another student from learning. Not everyone can get along but we should be able to treat everyone nicely regardless and help each other out if there's a problem. Littering is done all over the school and there are writings and unnecessary things found where they shouldn't be. Renovation could be used in some parts of the building since it's been years since another one has gone. Although education is necessary, students should be able to get the most out of their education and be interested in learning things that will benefit them in the future than to hear something that's pointless and out of context. More programs and activities should be introduce to make the students engage more than to do something they wouldn't enjoy. The smart and gifted kids who are in advance placement classes may overshadow students who are in college preparatory but this shouldn't let kids be just students who are working like slaves just to get a pointless letter on a grade. Everyone is smart and capable of doing something but this shouldn't discourage kids who want to be successful and stress out over something. With the way things are going now, it might seem fine to some but there are things that need to be improved upon since it's hard to take advantage of our education just because of the school and environment itself.
Good teachers but terrible learning environment. The administration will push sports programs as the way to bigger and better; but, every kid is not an athlete nor wants to be. There's a big achievement gap going on at this school and folks need to pay attention to what's going on at this school. The general level classes are just mediocre so the only way to go would be the honors track. Provide your kid with enough resources even if you have to pay out-of-pocket to keep your child way above the average student at this school.
Two years ago I moved from New York City to Hacensack NJ and I couldn't have made a better choice..Excellent school, I am extremely grateful for all the team that works hard to bring the best to each student, Teachers, Counselors, Principals ,School Aides are always willing to help in the progress of each student.. both of my daughters have received much benefit with the After School Program , I am very grateful for all the support received, I have no complaint of Hackensack High School , and I think this is without a doubt the best High School in Bergen County.. !! Thank You !!
Hackensack is a generally great school as long as you long as you take advantage of the AP courses. Overall the CP (college prep) classes are jokes.The school offers and array of activities and sports which are always fun to join
Great school - Great teachers - kids well prepared for future endeavors. Both our sons graduated, went to college into honors programs and are doing extremely well. Hackensack, with its diversity, prepares kids for the real world. If you can't stomach what that entails, send your kids elsewhere and pay for it. Quite honestly, we don't need them or the criticism from whiny parents!!
This school desperately needs an overhaul immediately. My child was told due to a "re-organization" the current Freshman & Sophomore students are not required to take Physics as a graduation requirement. What kind of school is this? Most colleges want to see that students have taken Biology, Chemistry and Physics. When these students start applying to colleges they are going to find out that they need Physics and it will be too late and they will have to take it in college. This school doesn't prepare students for college. If it did, this school wouldn't be a "C" average school.
I think whoever said "if your child is an chiever this is the wrong school"- is definitely incorrect. I graduated with almost a 4.0, but this can be credited to students in my grade that were very competitive with grades and we all pushed eachother to do well. This school was absolutely amazing to go to. I couldn't have been more prepared for college and the diversity taught me a lot as well. I think that there are discipline problems in every school, Paramus, Ridgewood, etc., you just don't hear about them because their problems are kept under the radar. I think it is important to think before you judge, because this was a fantastic school to go to with absolutely wonderful teachers who I still keep in touch with to this day. I graduated college this May with a 3.9, after being well prepared from going to school at Hackensack High School. I am so thankful for the wonderful guidance counselors, and my experience at Hackensack High School.
Hackensack High School is very diverse. The teachers are all one of a kind, very focused on the education of their students and provide individual support where needed. The School has a large array of social clubs as well as sports activities. There is a Fitness Center, Olympic Sized Pool, at least 3 gyms, one Football field, multiple baseball/soccer/field hockey fields, and a tennis court. The guidance counsellors are very dedicated and work with students to develop their futures. There is also a drop-in center for students who may need someone to talk to about personal concerns, or anything they want to discuss. There are many honors and AP courses provided to stimulate the minds of students.