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Middletown - South High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1432 students

 
 

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Posted August 31, 2012

This school is great. There is a great sense of community and many of the students are accepting of everyone. It isn't your typical clique-y high school atmosphere. Having gone to other high schools as well where the administration focused on controlling the students with fear, South worked differently where everyone worked off of respect. There is great school spirit and it makes for a great high school experience. They offer a great range of classes, enabling the students to excel to their full potential and go on to great colleges. I could not be more thrilled that I graduated from Middletown South.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2011

According to others, Middletown High School South isn't a good school at all. The discipline is said to be very poor. During 'Respect' Week, students got into fights all week long in the hallways. The principal had to grab one of the students and one got injured very badly. This school isn't going to change, and I would personally chose a different high school instead of this excuse for a school


Posted October 1, 2009

Everything is football, football, football. Sorts =/= academics, stop putting sports first. All of the money is funneled into sports and little is left for other things like academic clubs and tools for learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2008

As a former student student, I was very disappointed with the Math Curriculum. Compared to other students in college, I felt at a disadvantage. Otherwise Middletown South prepared me for college and the business world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2007

When I entered this school thinking I would coast through, like I did in Middle school. The teachers are reall y great, and I've learned so much without even knowing it. I wish my lunch was a little longer, and I wish I could go to the bathroom between periods. Overall I think this school is realy great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2007

There is too much focus on the football but certainly it does not dictate how 'all' the students are treated. Two of my children have graduated from South and gone on to good colleges and well prepared. Every school has its problems. If you want drugs you can get them anywhere, hopefully the child is strong enough to not get involved. There is a drug testing program in place to try to deter students from getting involved but you can't test students whose parents refuse to agree to have them tested. All students participating in school activities or parking there must sign off and be in the random testing program, so efforts are being made by the district. There are indeed many 'non-hard working' students there but just look at where many others are attending colleges and you'll see hard working numbers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

The school is full of non-hard working student. There is a large drug problem. School is very cliquish. Everything is based around football which takes away from every other aspect of the school. If you don't play football, you aren't important.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2006

The school itself is rather excellent. However, there is a bit of a drug problem, with the help of the parents. The school gets everything, though, so itis in excellent condition.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 24, 2006

This is a wonderful school with many programs for the students. Teachers are warm and truly interested in their students - they go above and beyond to help their students succeed! I loved this school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2006

Great academics and good parental involvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 3, 2006

Great area to raise kids, good variety of programs, good community support.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2005

Middletown high school south in my opinion is a very good school. The teachers care about their students,they are always willing to help the students either early in the morning or after class if special help is needed.all the teachers can be reached either through e-mail or by telephone. The students are friendly and the school has been beautifully renovated.excellent extra-curricular activities and sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2004

One of the best schools within Monmouth County. Many of the stories recently published within the local newspapers about South are untrue and overblown. Administration is very hands on, the teachers care about the students, the students are friendly, respectful to authority/each other and are hard-workers. They are also cognizant of the world around them, not closed-minded, and are respectful of their crosstown rival, Middletown North. The facility is beautiful-newly renovated and light/airy. Excellent extra-curricular activities and sports.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 19, 2004

I like some aspects of the school, but not others. As a parent of a child whose goes there, it's a very cliquish school, and if you don't fit in, a student could feel like an outsider. I also object to the fact that my child does not get a bus to school. Think it's unfair because my child cannot walk to the school without crossing railroad tracks. The principal is a very hands-on administrator and I like his style.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

We have a great principal, Daniel Lane, who has made a huge difference in our school! I hope he stays until all my children get out of high school! My kids come home some days and just talk about how he knows all the students individually. Thank you Mr. Lane!
—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.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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97%

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97%

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95%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
89%

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92%

2010

 
 
89%
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%
Female96%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education77%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant95%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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Math

All Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education51%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
70%
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 Students72%
Female78%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education47%
General education74%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
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

89%

SAT college ready

56%

Graduation rate

95%


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 2% 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 6%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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900 Nut Swamp Road
Middletown, NJ 07748
Phone: (732) 706-6111

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