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Kinnelon High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 701 students

 
 

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Posted July 11, 2011

My brother had went to this school and he had a GREAT time! I could see, compared to his other school he had went to, he loved going to this school everyday, because the teachers would actually TEACH, the principle was nice and nice to everyone too, even me myself! He says he had lots of friends there and he had a PERFECT time, so I am writing this review for him. I have decided, all on my own that when I get out of middle school, I will go to this high school because my brother had went to this high school, and the teachers had taught him very well considering that now he goes to Harvard University. I am very amazed and impressed at this school, seeing how it has academics AND the arts and very good programs. I'm a big singer myself, I love singing, I am currently in this singing group at my current school, but Kinnelon seems so cool and I would really like to join the community! I hope they would let me sing also ^_^! Because I would be glad to attend every class, I can see myself from now and see my future self at Kinnelon.


Posted June 17, 2011

The ONLY thing that drives decisions by the administration at Kinnelon is how they will fall in the NJ Monthly High School Ranking. The prinicipal and superintendent are puppets to the parents, many of whom treat the teachers like their personal servants or dirt under their fingernails. It is very common to see administrators screaming at each other or at teachers in full view of the students. The day after back-to school-night is like D-day at this school because of the hundreds of phone calls that come in complaining about this or that. It is also very common for parents to call the teachers names like "idiot" or "moron" if they do not concede to allow their offspring to retake a failed test. Teachers are seen more as a hurdle to getting the A's that the student needs on his transcript than as any sort of respected figure who imparts knowledge. They allow almost anyone into AP courses to boost their rankings, and the grades are severely inflated because of the absolute pressure coming in from the community. As a result, the teachers are stifled and henpecked. They are constantly on the defensive, rather than being encouraged to be creative in the classroom.


Posted December 11, 2010

Kinnelon High School does a great job of encouraging ALL students to be involved in extracurricular activities. I rate KHS as top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

I'm a KHS alumni. My experiences with the school ranged from stellar to abysmal; there was no standard level of educational quality and if you wanted to actually learn anything you needed to pick and choose your teachers - there are some very, very good educators working at KHS, but they are restricted by the dismal education of the students when they arrive. If you do not have an active drive as a student to be educated, you will be allowed to skate through this school on bare minimums without fuss.


Posted February 20, 2010

The school district is outstanding as is the principle. Most of the teachers are great. If we didn't have tenure we could get rid of the ones that really don't relate well to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I children are new to the High School and I felt that the faculty made their transition extremely smooth. The Faculty are truly amazing and friendly and care about each student and their progress. This so far has been a great small school experience for my children and the students are down to earth and made my children feel welcome the first day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2009

Doesn't offer the greatest environment for students to truly develop or provide any opportunities for students to prepare for college. Very few teachers give an honest effort. - KHS alumn


Posted October 4, 2009

A school where the children are respected and in turn become respected adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

very poor preperation for college for such large taxes its time to get rid of the mayer i see its money no object in this town to tax payers how much more can it be corrupt time to investigate
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

Most of the teachers and the vice principle don't care about the kids. They are in for the money (the little that they get), not to help the new generation learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

Does not do a good job preparing kids for college. Counseling Department is horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

An excellent school.. Great opportunities for gifted/determined students and good student/teacher ratios... only criticism is that students can be a little overly 'tracked' and separated from their peers-- not much mobility to move from track to track.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 8, 2004

Khs had been a more highly rated school than it is now. The school board has too many hold-overs from the mcguire years and thus are satisfied with middle-of-the-road performance. Standardized test scores have fallen and the administration seems content. Khs has the potential to be a leader, but it lacks leadership.
—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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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91%

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93%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
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Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant98%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not 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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
84%
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 Students77%
Female73%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant77%
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

100%

SAT college ready

62%

Graduation rate

99%


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 93% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Black 1% 16%
Hispanic 1% 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 1%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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121 Kinnelon Road
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
Phone: (973) 838-5500

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