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Mahwah High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1049 students

 
 

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Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are dedicated, they love what they do and it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

Mahwah High School is a good school if your child is a socially accepted student. Anyone who is labeled any kind of stereotype will retain that stereotype until they graduate, no matter how they change. Teachers and staff tend to generalize about the students as well, making invalid statements about certain people's learning abilities. Also, the assistant principal is a conniving woman. There is no security of information either. Students who have been punished in any way that it would be a reason to label them (ie. violence, disrespect, emotional problems, etc.) have had their records released to local officials. Several students whom I've attended MHS with are now labeled by sources outside of the school. If you don't want your child to be labeled as something that they're not you would do well to send them to another school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2006

IMO MHS continues to be one of the better schools in northern Bergen County. Good courses and programs, and the teachers and administrators care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2006

I feel that too much time, money and effort is put into athletics and not enough effort is spent on what really needs attention. Athletics are nice, but they aren't essential. The school wasted money on chairs with
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2005

There are many sports and extra-curricular activities offered at Mahwah High School. We have a great band program as well. However, I am not happy with the quality of my education. I do not find the teachers to be that great. I'd say I am one of only a few who feel this way though. All of my friends seem happy with their education. I'm just a radical thinker =P Mahwah High School offers ways to graduate early and other programs that are great for students, so I can deal. It's a great plus =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2005

very good school. The teachers are excellent. There are a lot of extracurricular activites. I am glad my child is here. There is a strong level of parent inolvement. Overall, this school is very wonderful! Thank you people for building this school with such brilliatn teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2004

I have found teachers and administrators at Mahwah High School very accomodating and willing to listen to my view points. In fact, they should be commended for all the guidance and help they gave my daughter. They really go out of their way to meet their student's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2004

Mahwah High School is ranked 28th out of the top 75 public high schools in the state by NJ Monthly Magazine in 2002. I am extremely proud of our students academic progress, athletic participation, and their involvement in co-curricular activities. Thank you for always being on your best behavior. You bring Thunderbird Pride and Spirit to our school. It is my honor to be your principal.


Posted January 24, 2004

My experience at Mahwah High School has truly been wonderful. The administration, the teachers, and in fact the entire staff have not only been caring and attentive, but have moved the academics to a level that is top rate. MHS has consistently had seniors accepted to Harvard, Cornell, UPenn, you name it! Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Mahwah High School is not the safest enviroment for my two children. There are numerous fights and diciplinary problems. The extracurricular activities and course selection are exeptional. Unfortunately the administration do not listen to the children's needs.
—Submitted by a former 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.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
92%

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92%
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 Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education88%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant99%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education72%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant95%
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.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
83%
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 Students85%
Female83%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian84%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education54%
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
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

92%

SAT college ready

72%

Graduation rate

94%


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 81% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 9%
Hispanic 5% 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Black 2% 16%
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 7%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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50 Ridge Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
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