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Jersey City, NJ

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2 Palisade Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 714-4400
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November 26, 2014
This school is horrible, Im an honor student and I am faced with this difficult challenge everyday with kids that don't care. These kids have no morals or respect for others and let alone themselves. Every minute of everyday someone is cursing the teacher and the lesson isn't fisnished but the security somehow ends up with kids to take down to the office. Never send your child here, this school needs to shut down and separate everyone because that's what needs to be done

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2014
I have to rate this school "above average". I have taught at this school several times as a substitute teacher. I genuinely believe it is on the up and up. I have also taught at Mcnair, Snyder, Renaissance Institute, Lincoln, and Ferris. The kids here are nice, the teachers are competent, and the overall atmosphere is safe. I always look forward to days I get to work at DHS.

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2014
I was saddened when I read the stories about the High School. As a former teacher at another inner city high school I fully understand the problems staff and students are facing. It is almost to the point that we should consider taking the students who really want to learn and put them all into a separate school rater than creating alternate school for disruptive students. My prayers are with all staff and students.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2013
Dickinson High School is not a good school. There is lock-down almost every day, non stop violence. The principles, and the administration is down right horrible. The only upsides are the teachers and the diversity. I was lucky enough to have the good teachers, because I was in a magnet. If you have to send your child to this school, make sure you get him into AP classes, because that is the only way he will be prepared for college if you send him here.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2013
I graduated from DHS in 1966 and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The teachers with few exceptions, were uniformly excellent and DHS sent many students on to college. Problems, yes many but it you really want an education this was the place. It hurts to see DHS experiencing problems but I'm sure they will be overcome.

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2011
DHS is an amazing school. There's nothing that you can't accomplish here. The size and population of the school is spectacular! The structure for education is clearly outlined in the schools mission statement. The teachers are genuinely caring and concerned for the student s future. Anyone that says otherwise is obviously not doing their part. If the state scores are low it s because they calculate the students from other countries that don't speak, read or understand English within these test. (Very unfair) Keep your nose clean do your work and you'll succeed. DHS has won many science awards and has beaten McNair, County Prep and high tech. It has won nationwide and also beat Bergen County. Do your research because DHS is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
Dickinson highschool is a great high school and dont let anyone say otherwise trust me im talking from experience. yes I admit the school has its ups and downs but I have to say I have had one of the best 2 years in my life so far in dhs. its alot of fun the teachers are great now dont get me wrong there are teachers in there who are doing the job just to get their paid check but mostly the teachers are great I hav had the most amazing and helpful teachers and i will never forget them. i have just recently moved away from jersey city to piscataway nj and i hav to say the thing i miss the most is dhs if you think dhs is horrible boy your wrong you have no idea its the most incompitent staff iv ever seen the teachers are horrible not helpful at all there are very few that are good and the school itself isnt good at all its dispicable. for those who are coming into dhs appreciate it and enjoy every moment and for those of you that are still in dhs stop complaining.

- submitted by a student
February 13, 2011
I am currently a student at DHS. I take AP classes and many Honors classes. To say I have a high GPA compared to those in regular classes is a shame. I am embarrassed to say that I am attend DHS. Some teachers curse aloud and have no respect for the administration, not that they deserve any. The administration, including principals, vice principle, CITs, guidance counselors, and even security guards, are full of flaws. As a junior struggling to get a better education, I still have no idea how DHS is still running. A word to the wise, try getting into Country Prep, High Tech, or McNair; it's not worth spending four years here..

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2011
Dickinson High School is a wonderful high school. I graduated in 1987 and now my child attends and will be graduating in 2013. The teachers are great. As a parent, you tell the teachers what you expect of your child and let them know your child's weakness. Always ask for interim reports, and always attend Open House to discuss your child's grades. Show involvement in your child's life and the teachers will do the same. Make sure your child participates in afterschool activities and clubs. They will make great friends who are interested in the same thing they are. I have no regrets about Dickinson. I only wish they would have the kids tests, grades, attendance, homework assignments, etc. accessible for the parents through a computer system in which we can access daily. This way we as parents can keep track of our child's progress and make sure ALL of their homework is completed.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
I am a current senior in this school. I love it. It may be dirty and we may have any fights and issues but I love it. The teachers are decent and the extra curricular clubs and activities are great. Don't blame the school and teachers for how the students act. The students make the school look bad. Despite what people may believe, not every student that attends Dickinson is an animal. Half of us are non violent and only want to get an education. Most of the teachers are helpful and know what they are doing. The classes are interesting and the past of the school is interesting. I never once regretted attending William L. Dickinson high school. I have made many great friends and I have learned so much. I have even met my boyfriend of three years their and now we are engaged to be married soon. I LOVE DICKINSON HIGH SCHOOL!!!!

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2010
I am a currently a student in Dickinson High School. I've been here 3 years and not attending my senior year. I absolutely love Dickinson therefore disagree with the reviews of Dickinson being "horrible". We make it what we want it to be. Many students get lazy and try to get away with inappropriate behavior and others follow. I have learned with many other students to focus on the school work and still have fun with friends. There are plenty of good teachers in this school i wouldn't be able to name all. Briefly, my top picks are Mr.Bryne, Mr.Murphy, Mr.Maldonado, Mr.Lawrence, Mr.Stellato Mrs.Lauren, Mrs. Barker, Mrs. Ropas, and many more. Although, the guidance department is not as good as it should. The security department is very good as well. Dickinson has a bad reputation due to its past issues, many gang fights, but most of that is all over. Securities have taken care of the issue and Dickinson is in a very safe situation and im proud of it.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2010
I am a former student and i must agree with another post. The school is what you make of it. I walked in with hopes and many goals and walked out confident and accomplished with many lessons. When someone has the desire to succeed it will get done. my experience at DHS will always remain and thank all the teachers and amazing people i met there. i had my share of unpleasant moments but they will never compare to my sports T&T and academics achievements i got.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 14, 2010
This school is the best school ever! I have made many friends and the teachers are great here! Forget about Mcnair and County Prep DHS GO HARD! Im a freshman class of 2013 right now and i love coming to school! :)

- submitted by a student
no rating January 13, 2010
I am a former student at William L. Dickinson High School and i attend as a freshman of class of 2013. Even though we've beei in school for only two marking periods, i have to say that this school really gives me an education. There are some teachers that teach very hard and that's because they think that you should be prepared for college, even though you are a freshman and have 4 years. My Algebra teacher, Mrs.DiMonte, is very difficult and thats good because at least i will be prepared to College. My favorite subject would have to be US History I tought by Mr. Glatz because he may be easy but you will alot. He understands that not every student likes to stay in books and read and work on their own. Mr.Glatz will help you understand what you're reading and he will let you have a little fun.

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October 08, 2009
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July 20, 2009
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June 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 17, 2009
Im a current bstudent at dickinson high school .Dickinson is an ok school but it aint great there are some teachers that care then you have those that just come for a paycheck .Tha adminstratn is horrible .The kids are off the chain at times . Its not what it use 2 e sorry to those who think otherwise but its true dickinson is getting ot of control

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
I am a former Student from DHS and all opportunities are what you make of them. This school in comparison to most schools in this area is 1 of thee best by far, there are so many programs that Anyone students or adults can get involved. As far as the age of the school yes its over 100 years old but with that is what builds the schools character. People go there for the education not because the school has brand new lockers. Let me remind you that DHS Science Magnet is thee only High School in northern New Jersey that even offers such a program to help advance students to the level where you would start as a sophomore in college. Those who don't take advantage of it is a choice of the student because it is offered to everyone.

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February 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2008
Dickinson has many great teachers that care about the students because i would never change my teachers for anything in the world i do believe that the troubled students are the ones that give the high school that bitter taste in a parents mouth. I for one believe that when a childs set his or her goals to be succesful in life and with there education they will achieve their goals no matter what. I am currently a freshman and In my lower grades i was known as the trouble maker and i thought that by me going there i would be getting my self into trouble. But my teachers are the best. Mr.Lawrence my us history teacher is the greatest person in my eyes. Mrs. Snow ; the best english teacher i have had, and Ms.Cerchio ; shes just wonderful.

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September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
DHS has some of the best teachers I have ever seen. Not only are they supportive, but they understand that each student is their own person. I am a former student at DHS, and I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for this school. The relationships built there were everlasting. The school itself is considered a mini United Nations because of its diversity in students. You can't get this kind of education anywhere else. The one thing that needs to be said about the school is this; if you, the student, goes looking for trouble, then trouble will follow you and make your experience in DHS hell because you made it that way. On the other hand, if you go, do what you need to do, make friends, and join any of the numerous co-curricular activites offered at the school, then your experience will be priceless.

- submitted by a community member
no rating June 16, 2008
i am a senior attending DHS and will be graduating this year. In my four years in DHS i dont regret attending this school. The teachers are wonderful and the magnet programs/AP and Honors classes are good as well. I am in the science research magnet and I had many memorable moments like our most famous celebration called Multicultural Day. Although it is very crowded and there is some misbehaving students in this school you can never be bored because everyday there is always something new to do.

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April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 27, 2008
actually i enjoy attending DHS. i know it's nasty and whatnot but i'm in the science research magnet, and it's great. the main problems are some of the students and the amount of trouble they cause and the environment. the school is really old. and there are too many people in the school. they should have a separate building for magnet/academic students.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2008
I currently attend DHS and I have to say excluding the couple of misbehaving students the teachers teach well. We have wonderful AP program, co-op and Honors classes. The school has a variety of extracurricular programs & and sports.

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October 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 21, 2007
it looks nice on the outside but it is horrible on the inside, there are cracks,paint chipped from the walls,dirty bathrooms. the teachers don't care for the students with the exception of some teachers, students are just neglected and the guidance department can't keep up with the large student population,the administration is trying but they are not trying hard enough to make the school better. i think the board of education should build a new school to replace this 100 year old school.

- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2007
I'm a former student of DHS, and though I respect everyone's views, I disagree with the 'horrible' reviews. In DHS, we were taught to be responsible for our own education and it was up to us to reach our goals, instead of relying on everyone else. We had great teachers(though there were some that weren't so great) that helped us understand more complicated subjects. Security could be better but isn't completely horrible like it is in the schools where we are now. Another plus is the diversity, since it helps others be more aware of other cultures and be less ignorant. It's great if you are into art and music, since I was in the art program myself, but the football team isn't so good.... Overall, DHS is a pretty good school, in my opinion.

- submitted by a former student
March 21, 2007
Many security guards faculty teachers and administrator either simply do not care or do not have enough time to care for the 3000+ students attending this school.

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2007
I attend this school now as a 10th grader. I have to admit I was a little nervous when I heard all the rumors about the school but since I came and got adjusted I love it. The teachers are great. The class sizes are small. The wide variety of extracurricular activity's. There are a few things I would change about this school are the security they don't always do there job. I would like the bathrooms to be cleaner. Overall I Hope to enjoy the rest of my years in Dickinson High School.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2006
I'm not a parent, however, I did attend DHS for my freshman year. I had to leave because of relocation but I miss DHS greatly. This school excells in its extra- curricular activities and clubs. Also, the magnet programs add a lot more to do and look forward to. DHS has a lot to offer to students who want to learn. If the student doesn't try, then it's best they don't attend school at all. The courses that are offered are challenging. There are things DHS can inprove on. The disipline and safety of students needs to be taken more seriously and teachers also need to work on their attitudes and teaching styles. Another thing that needs improvements are the student population and certain guidance counselors need to pay more respect to the students' opinions. DHS needs to work on adminstrative organization. Overall it's not a bad school.

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August 05, 2006
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- submitted by a student
July 08, 2006
My son has to attend Dickinson High School because he is in the district zone. I even plan to move to another location so I don't send my son to this horrible school.

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March 07, 2006
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February 22, 2006
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- submitted by a student
February 06, 2006
I've attended this school for about a year and this school isn't a great school to attend. I was left with unsatisfactory, understanding that the most professional thing the teachers have is negligence.

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January 20, 2006
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January 14, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 10, 2006
My son was attending this school in sept. Of 2005. I had to move and place him in a different school within a month. I had problems with the teachers and how they discipline the trouble makers. The principal seemed as if he didn't want to be bothered when approached about the issue.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
It's a great school. My children has went to this school and they seem to like it. The teachers act like they care about the students and the discipline isn't bad.

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July 18, 2005
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April 29, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 18, 2004
I am a former student of Dickinson High Shool. This school s the definition of 'Ridiculous'. It is very over popualted. Metal dectectors and security don't do their jobs. This school cares more about the uniform policy than caring about a student's safety. There are some teachers who give a boost into your education but there are some teacehrs who are very arrogant and insult the students when not understanding a problem. I heard many good things about this school in the past and i though to myself that it would be good, because of security and much more to offer but being there for a while and i wished that i went to a better school. I am here to warn parents before sending their child.

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2004
I attended DHS in my H.S. years, and I found that this school offers many opportunities for students with various interests. Sadly the good points in this school are overlooked by people due to the problems of over-population. I believe that if this school implemented more highly-skilled individuals that would treat students professionally, the school would become a better environment for everyone.

- submitted by a former student
October 26, 2004
I am a former student. I find the good reviews laughable. The only group of students who would receive a good education here are those who are more than willing to seek it out themselves. And even then they will only get it if they are lucky enough to be placed in classes with one of the few good teachers. The rest will fall by the wayside. Teens are easily distracted from studying and this school will only add to that. Parental involvement is non-existant. Teachers, for the most part, are mediocre to downright awful. There may be a few good ones, but most are sitting on tenure.

- submitted by a former student
no rating September 15, 2004
It has been years since I attended DHS. Today, I am a teacher and reflect fondly on the educators that I had. DHS suffers from what other gigantic inner city schools suffer from: parental apathy, overcrowding, skills-deficient students. However, DHS is a 'diamond in the rough' and is improving. I don't teach there, but did my student teaching experience there. There were vast improvements in facilities, security and curriculum. Parental involvement, new teachers, and a student body that looks like Jersey City will improve the school even more. If a parent is thinking of sending a child there, visit the school, visit a classroom, and talk to students.

- submitted by a former student
August 30, 2004
I attend Dickinson now and don't understand all the good reviews the only 1 agree with is the person that gave it two stars. The diversity is the only good part besides that it feels like jail security, police, cameras, and medal detectors (which are just for show since they are not used half the time) students are just asked to show id and walk right through beeping medal detectors. Jersey City board of ed helps cover up alot of the violence at Dickinson by really under reporting incidents. I seen the list for school violence and I would say a lot of incidents were left out.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2004
I attended this school, and while it was some time ago, it was not that long ago. While I was there, I was very active in activities and enrolled in many honors courses. I assumed I was getting a good education, but I was very wrong, as I learned when I entered college. Many of the teachers there only have jobs because of tenure, because if positions were held on basis of merit, they would be long, long gone. Sadly, many of these teachers remain in this school. On the plus side I would say that the diversity of this school helped me learn a lot about other cultures and peoples and made me a more open-minded, well rounded person. But for education, I should have gone to private school if we were still living in Jersey City.

- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2004
'This school will help build great character in there students and help give them what they need to advance to college'.

- submitted by a former student
May 25, 2004
I was nervous about sending my son to such a large school. Financial reasons prohibited us from sending him to private school like his older sister. His Freshamn year is almost finished and it turns out that our financial hardship was a blessing in disguise. He loves Dickinson. His classes are challenging and he says he will have trouble making up his mind which electives to take. He is busy every day after school with extended day programs. When he told me he joined a 'Music Production Club' I raised my eyebrows; then he came home with a CD of his own songs! All of his teachers seem very caring and professional. Based on his experience, we are taking his sister out of private school and plan to use the money we save for college. Based on his experiences so far we might have to save for Ivy League!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2004
This school is a diamond in the rough. A large, very diverse school, there is something for everyone here. Particular strong points are English, Science, Math, and extra-curricular clubs and activities.

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William L. Dickinson High School
2 Palisade Ave, Jersey City, NJ  07306
(201) 714-4400
Last modified William L. Dickinson High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
William L. Dickinson High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top