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West Morris Mendham High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1370 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 2, 2014

West Morris Mendham High keeps getting better. New learning technology helps kids excel and there are new classes and clubs coming on all the time to meet the students' interests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

There are wealthy white students at this school. There are also students of color, students with disabilities, students from across the globe and lots of students who are not wealthy. I think that is called diversity. My youngest just graduated from WMMHS. What's most important to me is that my two children who went there never felt pressure to be something other than what they were. They were involved in sports, but also music, and loved both experiences. The IB program is great. My kids were not IB students, although they did take some classes in honors and IB. They did not experience a preferential treatment for the program students. but I would not be surprised if that were the case. Students pursuing an IB degree are generally more focused and studious. No school is perfectly balanced, but this one does a great job of helping students find their own path with a very strong academic structure to prepare them for life beyond high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Locals say this school offers a private school level education because of all the teacher attention and special activities available. For motivated kids, the IB program here is very disciplined and excellent preparation for the best universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

You always have a feeling the school doesn't care about students who are not in IB/Honors classes. Also, about half of the school take the higher classes, and they are not much more difficult than an academic class. A few teachers are very dedicated and helpful, but most just go through the motions. Bullying is huge and noticed by everyone in the school, and staff members don't care if the student is wealthy, athletic, or in higher classes. Cheating is almost encouraged by teachers, who will "look away" while a student uses a cheat sheet or a phone. The only good thing about the school is that physical violence is very uncommon, but thats about it. The school has a very sad atmosphere, and I would never send my kids here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2013

I disagree with the student review about lower level classes. There are excelent teachers at all levels and a lot of resources devoted to special needs as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

As someone who just completed freshman year at Mendham, I will say I was a bit disappointed. I took 3 honors courses, in Biology, History, and English. After a month, I had to move out of the Biology class. My history teacher was not very good. My English teacher however, was excellent and I can never thank her enough for what she taught me. The school truly does focus on the IB students, and honestly has a horrible sense of school spirit, starting with admin. The principal is NOT actively involved, and does sets a horrible mood upon the teachers, who set it upon students. You will learn alot from Mendham, but you will have to work. In the long run, Mendham has taught me alot so far, but DESPERATELY needs a better sense of unity and school pride inside the building. Mendham also has an overcrowding problem, with 75% of students having to eat lunch on the floor. Overall, Mendham is worth it, but desperately needs some help. A new attitude within Mendham staff and admin is desperately needed and the building itself could use major updating (not eating on the floor? The bathrooms?). With the help of better administration and a few changes, Mendham could easily become a 5 star school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2013

All white wealthy school. They really do only care about the IB program and focus all their energy on it. Students in lower level classes are left to fend for themselves without school resourses.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2012

This school only cares about the students in the IB program. Being a student at this school with a learning disability, I can personally say that I am not happy at all with the education that I am currently getting at WMMHS. They always tell the students that they should always move up in their classes and challenge themselves.Whenever I wanted to challenge myself they always told me that I shouldn't because I "wasn't ready'. Well why don't you actually try to prepare me! I am glad I didn't listen because I was able to move up into a level which I succeeded in. Isn't their jobs to inspire me to challenge myself? They were not even looking at my strengths. Oh and they fail to tell you that studies classes actually do not prepare you for college. So here I am in my senior year trying to cram four years of a few subjects into a college prep class so I can do well in college. They don't even care.. As long as the IB kids do well they will do whatever it takes to help them and treat the rest of us like garbage.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2012

students relations are not good. Teacher have different standarts between studients . We did not happy. It does not safty pleace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2012

Students at Mendham are well prepared for future academics. I attended a top-25 private liberal arts college, and from day one I was ready for intense reading assignments and a large workload because I had already been doing that kind of work in my G&T classes at Mendham. My classmates at my undergraduate school included students who attended Oak Knoll and Kent Place, and a few New England boarding schools. I never felt like I was less 'ready' than they were to succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2012

I went to Mendham High School and it was a terrific experience. Students are able to excel academically in a safe, comfortable environment. Curriculum is challenging and teachers are always willing to help. Athletics are great as well.


Posted June 12, 2012

My child who is now working on a PHD received as good an education at WMMHS as any private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2012

I am currently attending MHS as a senior (2012) (I'm also new!) So far, I have really enjoyed my experience here! The teachers are very kind, helpful, and nice people. Academics are very good too! I am taking all AP and IB classes. Also, you have some bad teachers (as with any school), but they are mostly very good teachers. Also, I love the block schedule! It makes life so much easier for me. Basically, it is what the student makes out of MHS. They can either choose to excel or not (most students choose to excel) Most students go to top universities. It's pretty common to hear that someone got into Columbia or BC. It's almost an everyday thing! As for me, I will be attending Lehigh next year. I LOVE MENDHAM!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2011

This school is Great. My son went here and to be quite honest, enjoyed it quite a bit. The school offers whatever you need academically and has an appreciable extracurricular schedule. Go Patriots!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2008

this school is very clean, and has lots of activities but their learning program is not so great and that is what school is al about
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

My child just finished their freshman year. Academically I think the students get a great education at this school. Faculty and principals are very approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

excellent school system - my two children went through all the schools. My daughter went to Northwestern U. and our son went the U. of Colorado at Boulder
—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.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
94%

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93%

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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 Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education95%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant99%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students96%
Female94%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education80%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant96%
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.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
78%
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 Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Hispanic68%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education47%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant87%
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

96%

SAT college ready

73%

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 91% 51%
Hispanic 4% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Black 1% 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 1%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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65 East Main Street
Mendham, NJ 07945
Phone: (973) 543-2501

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