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Mainland Reg High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 31 students

 

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Posted February 3, 2014

Teachers are hit or miss. Policies encourage poor behavior. Discipline is absent. Assistant Principal needs to listen to students, teachers, and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

It's south Jersey. (where many parents did not even graduate college & have only traveled into MAYBE 1 or 2 states for the most part) Check the SAT scores....that's all you need to do. There's parent opinions & then there are hard facts. Anyone relocating, beware. You need to go north Jersey (1st choice) or west (closer to Philadelphia) to get a solid public education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

Both of my children graduated from Mainland ( 2005 and 2008 ) and had an excellent experience. Mainland allows you to challenge yourself by offering a wide array of AP classes that are taught by qualified teachers. As noted in a previous post there are many extracurricular activities in which you may participate including the highly rated Academic and Mock Trial teams as well as sports. With the new schedule in place Mainland seems like a small college campus rather than a regimented high school. Finally, Mainland is in the final stages of a 35 million dollar renovation which has dramatically improved and enhanced the physical plant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

I truly enjoyed my time at mainland and know I am well prepared for college. I was able to take 11 ap classes throughout the years and passed 10 out of the 11 exams. The extracurricular programs are excellent, many teams or clubs end up competing at the national level. I know that in the recent years our completive speech team, academic team, mock trial, as well as others (such as the marching band) placed in the top three at National tournaments. Yes sometimes there is a chance that you may get a bad teacher, but isn't that the same everywhere. Overall the good outweigh the bad in this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2011

Great school, plenty of activities and top notch academics for students to take advantage of. Students will get out as much as they put into their high school experience at Mainland. New schedule this year has helped reduce student stress while maintaining strong core academics. I moved into the district so my kids could attend this school. I don't regret that decision at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

All I know is I passed 7 out of the 8 AP tests I took here (5 of them at the top score). The arts program was fantastic as well as the sports. Neither is favored over the other and most of the teachers are passionate about both their subject and their students.


Posted April 27, 2010

Mainland still boasts being a Blue Ribbon School while that is no longer true, they did receive Blue Ribbon status once but have not stayed current. Many language programs were cut and there are more cuts pending across all programs. It is doubtful that they could acheive Blue Ribbon status at this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Love the teachers in honor's program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

As a parent who has one student who has graduated and one in school I have been very happy with the education and Mainland in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

As a teacher in a neighboring school district, I see the clear differences between Mainland and other schools. The parents and students are much more involved at Mainland. Teachers are very willing to help students and many make themselves available before or after school hours. Communication between the school and parents has improved over the last several years as well. It is not a perfect school, but there is no such place. As always, it is what you make of the opportunities presented. I truly think that Mainland offers more than most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

It is a really lousy school. There is no follow-up and if you email and call teachers about your child failing most of them do not get back to you. The child study team is a joke. All they do is collect a paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

Mainland is far and away the best school in the county, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon school. Mainland has many AP classes to offer its advanced students, as well as a plethora of electoral classes unique to the curriculum, including air brush and dance. The athletics department is top-notch, and there are many clubs to choose from, ranging from physics to fencing. The teachers convey their subjects much better than some of the college professors I had in the past. Your child will succeed there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 2, 2004

I used to be a student in Mainland during my freshman year, now currently a senior in a New York City high school. The 'quality of education' in this school is, of course, no different from any other school; while it is recognized as 'top-notch,' students, like anywhere else, will know the material only if they apply themselves. The rules are intolerably strict without reason. The population is incredibly homogenous. Teenagers mostly play paintball, soccer and video-games. Maturity is non-existent. This means the following: students coming out of Mainland that are entering the 'real world' are ill-prepared for the experience -- unless they decide to permanently stay in the suburbs of New Jersey.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 31, 2004

Mainland is often seen as a school of rich white children. The hallways are diverse and students from each of the three cities blend together well. Although there are few fight outbreaks through the year, Mainland provides a respectable environment for learning. My children were well educated there and I do not second guess my decision to move into the district for the school system. Attentive teachers and coaches make great efforts to attend to your child's needs in and outside of the classroom. The athletics as well as the academics are outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

Mainland is a homogeneous school. If you want your child to have a real life experience, I urge you not to send him or her there.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Black90%
Asian100%
Hispanic84%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Black50%
Asian100%
Hispanic51%
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant84%
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.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%
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 Students66%
Female68%
Male64%
Black18%
Asian85%
Hispanic34%
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Special educationn/a
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant66%
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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48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

82%

SAT college ready

47%

Graduation rate

93%


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 76% 51%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 9%
Black 6% 16%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Mark Marrone

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1301 Oak Avenue
Linwood, NJ 08221
Phone: (609) 927-4151

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