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Highland Park High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 5 students

 
 

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Posted April 3, 2014

HPHS offers a good teacher to student ratio. The teachers are well prepared and classes are small. Overall the school is decent; one thing that I would recommend is for the principal to implement more discipline as students are given too much leeway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

You want to go to Ivy League schools, you come to HPHS. Highland Park is known for helping students getting into a big time, even with a low GPA. Everything the teacher teaches helps you a lot when you grow up. Teachers are flexible and nice. HPHS sports are really competive. The only thing I don't like about this school is lunch and cafeteria. Overall, great school which helps you in the long run.


Posted June 13, 2011

My girls have gone to HP schools since kindergarten. They are now in middle and High school. The middle school is ok, getting better, however the high school is HORRIBLE.. The kids are allowed to curse and talk back to the teachers with no consequences. My daughter finds it very hard to concentrate in class, because once again the kids talk out and back whenever they feel like it, and the teachers just go on teaching like they didn't just hear what was said, so that child or children continue to acting out because it is allowed. Be mindful of what I just said before you decide on HPHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2005

Outstanding for high achievers. Excellent music program -- competitive sports moderately active parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2004

As a parent of a former student of HPHS, and a friend of many still attending both HPMS & HPHS, I have found, that the school offers tremendous opportunity for every child. I also believe that the discipline policies, or policies that allow too much freedom and independance to the students,need to be adjusted. As well as parent/teacher communication. I, as a parent, feel that much more can be accomplished by rapid communication with a parent as opposed to communication with parents 'after the fact'...teachers see students (at the HS level) more than their parents...can detect a downward spiral before the inevitable end result, which could have been intercepted with a positive outcome, had the parent been contacted prior to...I am tired of saying, 'Why wasn't I contacted before'? Staff & administration are A+, great respect for diversity, great programs that seem tailored to the wonderfully unique HP population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2004

My son, Sam, goes to Highland Park Middle School(HPMS)and is in 8th grade. Sam loves HPMS. He says that it's great knowing everyone, and you feel like your welcome and it just feels so warm. During 7th grade he didn't have the best teachers, but now in 8th grade he has a great variety of teachers. At Back-To-Night I was so impressed with the teachers. The school needs to step up it's Discipline Policy a bit, but this year there is a new Supervisor of the Middle School, and he is starting to put discipline in place. The school has lots of programs for students, parents and families. All the students are offered Sports Activities, Student Council, Peer Mediation and many more. Overall, I am very pleased with the school but there are a few things the school needs to improve on.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
89%

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93%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students93%
Female88%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education74%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant93%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female86%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic76%
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education50%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
59%
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 Students74%
Female72%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian84%
Hispanic54%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education28%
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant74%
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

92%

SAT college ready

54%

Graduation rate

94%


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 44% 51%
Hispanic 20% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 9%
Black 15% 16%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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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102 North Fifth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Phone: (732) 572-2400

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