Both of my sons graduated from JMHS -- one in 2003 and the other 2007. I can say with certainty and from personal experience having interacted with their teachers and school staff that they truly care about the kids and their top priority is making sure they get a quality education and have a great experience in school that will prepare them for life. My sons are now both in grad school earning their PhD's in physics and math respectively and I have no doubt that the education they obtained at Jackson Memorial is in large part why they are such successful scholars and will go on to successful careers. Send your kids to this school if you can!
Well, as much as I hate to admit it (since I graduated from here in 1980 and never thought I would have my children go to this school), I am very pleased with JMHS. The teachers are engaged and there is little that is not offered to the students if they so choose. My daughter hates school, but she hates all school and the fact is she comes home smiling in spite of "hating it." The music department is exceptional, the art department is absolutely first class and neither would be if the teachers were not exceptional. I don't care about sports as much as the arts and JMHS certainly offers exceptional arts to those who are interested. Mainstream and Special Ed both have some fabulous teachers and the support is always there, without exception, for me. Ms. Jardot is the best-best-best math teacher! We have moved around extensively and have been in more schools than I can count or prefer to admit. JMHS has its problems but nothing out of the ordinary. Besides, just this year alone there are two students with PERFECT SAT scores- so truly, this has to be an excellent school, because that type of record does not "just happen."
The majority of the teachers my sons had for their 4 years in school really cared about the kids and motivated them to learn. I also think the arts programs are great. I had one son in drama and one in marching band and both programs were outstanding, with exceptional parental involvement.
I'm a Junior at Memorial now and it's a great school. The teachers as well as the principal and all the vice principals are great! The principal is always at school events and is a constant presence in the hallways during the the day. It seems he makes a point to be a part of all the students educations. The vice principals are the same. The teachers are always willing to help students and stay after. The sports programs are great as well as the extra-curricular activites. Since the other High School opened about four years ago the population of the school has gone down considerably, which makes going to classes so much easier!! JMHS is a wonderful school and I'm proud to be a player on two of the school's teams as well as a student!
Jackson Memorial H.S. is one of the best schools in Ocean County. The principal has a presence in the school throughout the day as he makes a point to be seen by the students when the classes are changing, at extracurricular activities such as football games, volleyball games, the play - everything. The kids love him and he loves them. The teachers are great also. They are around for extra help should the kids need it, they're involved in clubs, sports, etc. as well as the charity events that are constantly occurring at the school at any given time. The athletic department is top-notch and the kids are awesome! The kids are conscientious about their studies and are involved in all aspects of school life. It's a wonderful school and I'll be sad when my daughter graduates in 2010.
School is not crowded anymore because of the new school on the other side of town. Athletics is great, academics are above average, and the safety is not an issue anymore due to new security systems, and higher expectattions.