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Hopatcong High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 674 students

 

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Posted December 9, 2013

With two kids in high school, we chose to move to Hopatcong from a very highly rated, affluent Essex County town. We haven't regretted the decision for a moment. The school may be smaller, offering less options, but the personal attention my kids receive is invaluable. My kids participate in Football and Track and LOVE their teams. The kids in Hopatcong have been taught from very young to be accepting of those with disabilities, instead of simply shipping them all off to "special schools" where they don't have to interact with them. Hopatcong is educating their kids to be good citizens, good human beings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My children are not at this school yet, and will go out of district before they're ever allowed in HHS, unless major changes take place. There are VERY few AP/Honors courses. There are barely any sports programs compared to local districts. The entire freshman sports program was eliminated. There is no field hockey; no volleyball; no ice hockey; no swimming; no lacrosse; no winter/comp cheer; no gymnastics. This school is constantly losing enrollment and while the inside of the school is modern and nice looking, the grounds are a joke. There's one football/track field (no turf), one baseball and one softball field and that's it. Everything else (soccer, tennis) has to be hiked through the woods to the grounds behind the civic center and that facility is awful. There's only one gym and the auditorium is tiny.


Posted May 10, 2012

HHS is a poor high school. The leadership is disingenuine and self-serving. I know the district well and the people in the high school. The teachers are stifled, Guidance has been a disaster since the departure of a truly student-centered man, and students are not being uplifted. Teachers and students can immediately pick up on administrators who are only out for themselves and it has a tremendous impact upon morale. Even some secretaries are just plain mean and should retire or leave. The principal, vice principal, guidance director, two counselors, a long time guidance secretary and one particular main office secretary should leave. They are bad for the district on multiple levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

I am currently a student at Hopatcong High and I agree with the fact that too much is going into the extra-curricular activities more than the academics. They have been class after class away and it is not fair. There are barely any AP & Honors classes. Many students are horrible and teachers do not seem to do anything about it when they should. It reflects how others see our school, especially when kids are right outside the building smoking.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2009

Overall, schools are good. However, I feel that for the # of students in the town, we should have more schools. Agree that school should focus less on the sports extracurricular and more on the academic, e.g. math, science, arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

I couldn`t disagree more those students that they leave in the classes that are disruptive are a horrible example to the rest of the student body. I rarely saw anyone being told to leave unless obscenities were said or physical contact was involved. I believe not enough people were taken out of the classes. Don`t blame the teachers and the school for your children`s actions no one can change them unless they want to be changed. The only way to do such is to have them see what could be if they keep up their bad behavior.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2005

As a parent of student who has graduated through the H.S. system, and as someone who has been a substitute teacher there for a 6-month period, the school overall is doing a very good job. As a person very involved with sports & activities in town, there is quite a deal of attention given to these areas; but never too much ! If those parents commenting about other options available to their students, would have a group show interest in other areas, I'm sure the school would accommodate their wishes. And as far as the 'troublemakers' are concerned, I agree with more attention being shown to them. However, before throwing the 1st stone, maybe we can figure out why they are the 'troublemakers' to begin with...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

Too much focus on extra-curricular sports-related activities. School should focus on offering a wider variety of activities for more students to get involved in. Also, the guidance department needs to be more involved in helping students and parents to plan for life after high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

Hopatcong School District is comprised of 5 great schools. I spent 3 years as a board member & know from that experience the quality the district offers. Most of the parents that complain are uninvolved. We have some of the best teachers and administrators in the field of education who provide support for not only the brightest of students but also provide a higher level of support than most districts for those that students have special needs. I have had three children attend Hopatcong schools and all three have prospered from the experience. I rate the district at five.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

I think that the school should spend more money on supplies for the student, add more room's to the school by maybe extending it. The teachers should focus on the students more instead of throwing them out of the rooms as soon as they feel like they don't want to put up with them anymore. Also the staff should have more activities for the students to participate in, instead of just cheerleading and sports, like culture/food clubs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2004

I feel that this school needs to spend more time motivating the poor performers instead of putting them aside and labeling them as troublemakers.
—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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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85%

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83%

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88%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

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 Students87%
Female94%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education46%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students71%
Female70%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education19%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant71%
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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

2012

 
 
38%
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 Students48%
Female45%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special educationn/a
General education57%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant48%
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

64%

SAT college ready

34%

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 79% 51%
Hispanic 15% 22%
Black 4% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
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 17%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2a Windsor Ave
Hopatcong, NJ 07843
Phone: (973) 398-8803

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