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Pascack Valley High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 7 students

 

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Posted August 3, 2014

Here's something to ponder: A school that strives to be academically rigorous but also: 1) provides an environment for personal/extra-curricular development through clubs and innovative scheduling permitting the students free-time slots to do so. 2) supports its child study teams, parents, teachers and guidance counselors to facilitate a remarkably responsive and flexible approach to help those students in need. 3) Recognizes the importance of values, ethics and character development through an awards ceremony unique to its intended purpose and deliberately distinct from academic achievement. 4) Utilizes the most up-to-date technology with ALL students being required to work with lap tap computers in their classes. 5) Challenges top students with rigorous Honors courses. 6) Has an administration that makes all the above function as well as it does because of a heartfelt regard for its mission and its students, something we all know can't be faked. 7) Last but not least: Division Football Champs winning at the Meadowlands Giants' Stadium last year. As a parent, I am able to attest to all of the above either as an observer or through personal involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

Young energetic teachers seem to be given the support to try new things. The adminstrator keeps the school progressive. Classes are challenging. The principal lives and breathes for this school and is in touch with the kids. Lots of school spirit here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2013

Pascack Valley HS is a great school. Both of my children attended and enter college well prepared to be successful. Additionally the sports program provided them focus. Academics allowed then to excel and earn credits that later they used to ensure they had core course to afford them time to study aboard during college. You get what you put into parenting and into school, but PV makes it easy to take advantage of all the opportunities available to your child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

Unstable leadership and frequent abuse of power over students. Frequent disregard of students in favor of the most profitable outcomes in all circumstance. Total inability to properly manage or spend money appropriately. Main faculty are untrustworthy and have horrible student reception. Students with lower GPAs are shafted and pushed along without learning anything. The ratio of work a student with a higher GPA has with a student of a lower GPA is is baffling. The laptop program is completely worthless due to it being run with people very unfamiliar with how laptops would actually work in an academic setting and blocking everything. Poorly handled schizophrenic management of academic goals leaves the intention of individual curriculum leaves lesson plans feeling empty and pointless in any individual area. If it were not for the relative competence of the teachers, there would be no redeeming qualities to this school. A disastrous example of every single thing wrong with the education system.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Pascack Valley High School is an innovative school that challenges its students to go beyond the average curriculum to explore all of the portential they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

Poor academic leadership,recent granting of tenure to a number of marginal teachers.Administration can't differentiate between quality teachers and very poor teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 2, 2008

PVHS is a great school. Most teachers have been hired within the last ten years, and I find that most students find it easier learning fom teachers that are closer in age, and also these teachers teaching techniques are much better much more effective compared to older teachers. The school has recently completed its addition of the new science wing, renovation of the library, new track, new auditorium, and updated classrooms. The laptop initiative which was started in 2004 has greatly improved with stricter policies, so that students are not being distracted by games as much anymore, students have also recently been given new Apple MacBooks with appealing programs such as iMovie and iPhoto which let students explore their inner creativity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2007

The best thing is the teachers - intellingent, enthusiastic and caring. The quality of education is wonderful. Sports are the focus of the extracurricular activities. Academics are very strong. The music department (especially vocal) is getting better and better. Unfortunately, the administration doesn't support arts and music. The school has gone through a major construction, and will have a new science wing, lockers, bathrooms, extended auditorium, new classrooms for math and other subjects (not music,.The laptop initiative is questionable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2006

The 'laptop initiative' is a waste of time and money. The students spend more time playing games, even with blocks, than actually using them for learning. Some departments (namely music and art) are suffering from a lack of money for desperately-needed new uniforms or supplies, and some sports are continually late and improperly dressed at their games because uniforms and bussing are not taken care of by the administration. The dress code is not enforced, and students often walk around with their boxers hanging out, and midriffs and ladies' chests are hanging out for all to see from many students. The education is very complete (albeit centered on minority groups rather than spread evenly around different cultures), and returning students say they feel prepared for college. The music and art departments are excellent, even with lack of funding, and the school continues to produce Bloustein scholars and other scholarship winners.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2005

Excellent school: Dr. Tantillo was 2005 Superintendent of the year (for the HS district). Students work hard and come out prepared for college. Encourages honor roll aspirations with quarterly Honor Roll Breakfasts. Currently undergoing physical plant renovations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

PVHS is a great high school to send your children to. The faculty are invovled in school activities and there are a lot of events happening all year round that improve the community of the high school (i.e. Winter Wonderland--a school wide service project). Most of all though, Pascack Valley offers a wide cirriculum that offers outstanding preparation for college-whether it be ivy league or not. Not only can PVHS boast about its academics, but its athletics are nothing to pass by, with title winning basketball, softball, tennis, and much more. PVHS is even improving upon itself as I write this, starting a wealth of new construction that includes a new science/laboratory wing and track.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2005

Excellent School, Amazing Teachers, Very Nice People - Everyone in that school gets into at least an ivy league college - One of the best schools in New Jersey- AMAZING!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2005

The overall attidute of the faculty is horrible. They have just got lap top computers i feel that it is a waste. I have been made aware that students are playing games all the time and doing poorer in their classes. Overall i think this school needs new faculty and staff. No body cares about the kids.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

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98%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
93%

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92%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students96%
Female98%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education74%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special education63%
General education98%
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.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%
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 Students80%
Female84%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic42%
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant80%
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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SAT participation

97%

SAT college ready

58%

Graduation rate

97%


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 7% 9%
Hispanic 5% 22%
Black 1% 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 2%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Thomas Demaio

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200 Piermont Ave
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Phone: (201) 358-7060

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