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Millburn Sr High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2 students

 
 

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Posted February 25, 2014

It is a school full of over achievers. I had one child attend and the stress and the pressures these kids indure is jusr ridiculous. When it came time for my other child to attend high school we moved out of the district. While a good education is important not at the risk of a child missing out on the fun part of high school as well. The workload left absolutely no time for any extra curricular activities ir clubs. They have their whole lives tk work hard and suffer pressure they don't need it in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

This place is lots of fun, and I think I got an edumacation while I was at it.


Posted July 25, 2013

The academic pressure in this school is outrageous. While all the kids who want to can get an education that is above average, what does that matter when your skills are dwarfed by the 100 other people in your class who are smarter. Getting into college is harder. The amount of work every night for an above average student is ridiculous compared to the amount of homework and extra work at other schools. I would not send my child here in the future because while high school is about learning it is also supposed to be about fun and this school sucks the fun out of high school, making it an unhealthily stressful environment where kids cannot have the best opportunity to succeed, as opposed to other schools where the best students can get the education wanted while the students who are not as good have less work and more time to enjoy high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2012

The students at this school are highly motivated to perform well in academics and participate in extra-curricular activities. But I wonder how far all of these As will get a student if their psyches aren't intact at the end. The pressure to succeed is over the top. Many average kids, and remember most kids are average, are struggling to meet standards that are a bit out of reach. The result of all this pressure seems to be a group of well meaning students that are breaking down emotionally. . The students will tell you they work hard and party harder. They are performing, but at what cost. I would rather have a B student that is mentally healthy than an A student with anxiety problems they are self treating. Knowing what I know now, I would not have enrolled my kids in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

This school has good test scores and etc, but it has a serious problem. A new policy completely bars freshmen from taking Algebra II, and I fear that it will spread to the point that the school doesn't let anyone challenge themselves. People are spoiled and most people probably buy their grades. The people have massive egos. Many of the teachers are awful. The only thing the school cares about is their reputation. There should be much more AP classes...
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2011

Favoritism runs highly here. You need your teachers to write you recommendations to get into the AP classes, as well as an entrence exam. Despite that I was in ALL accelerated classes, and stellar at math, they would not move me up into AP Math because kids with private tutors performed better than me on the entrence exam. Livingston on the other hand doesn't have an entrence exam to get into the AP classes, so its more fair for people who work hard and consistently perform well- and there is less favoritism.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2011

Great school system with an abundance of challenging course offerings. Faculty is very intelligent and accessible and overall student body is composed of motivated individuals. Extra-curricular offerings are also plentiful. I highly recommend this institution.


Posted October 20, 2010

Excellent teachers and academic offerings, but your child has to be able to navigate some fierce cliques. Mean girls do run amok here. Some very spoiled and provincial-thinking teens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

This is likely the best school system in NJ. This should be a "benchmark" for other systems in the State. With two of my children in college now, and one on the way , I don't mind the high taxes I paid...It was worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Because it has so much to offer for any student, not just the gifted. It's an outstanding high school. We have many Merit Scholars from our school each year!


Posted August 10, 2009

Yes there are some smart kids but the kids are spoiled and overprivelaged and they think there great when there average. The teachers are ok some tend to let the kids do what they want but thats school. As for sports absolutly horrid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

Yes there maybe some short comings As a parent of 2 grad sons and a real estate broker living in Short Hills for over 35 years I have concluded....... The schools have made the town great. That's why people have been fighting to get in as long as I can remember.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

AP classes at Millburn are very limited by the number of spaces available. The kids are tested to be allocated a place. Many more qualified kids than space in the AP class exist. Kids who are not favored have to study privately at great expense. Kids who move into the district after 6th grade are particularly disadvantaged by the school district's policy of honors class administration. Beware.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2008

Millburn is continually rated the top high school in the State. It's important to note, though, that this excellence is found throughout the township's school system from elementary through to high school. Many here in the system believe that it offers an education on par with some of the quality private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2007

I'm a former student and I've read what the other reviews have said. I have to say that I had a terrific time at Millburn High School and think the education I received was excellent. I can understand why some people might say that the school does not support those who are not already motivated learners, but if the parents make it known that this is a concern, the staff is usually more than happy to try and help. Also, after going to college I have come to really appreciate the reading and writing skills that I acquired at Millburn High School, despite the fact that I was mostly a math and science student. Someone else wrote that there is not much of an arts program, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The band, orchestra, and choral programs are very extensive and the visual arts program is quickly expanding.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2007

As a former student, I have to say that once out in the world, I recognized what a fine education I received. I was not the A+ valedictorian my brother was, but I still was in three AP classes and found the ciriculum to be well beyond that of others. I learned to write and received the great opportunity to learn about existentialism, Beowolf, fine art and soccer : ) I will agree that those who are not keenly motivated are not as encouraged as those who are or those who are more natural achievers. When I attended, there was no significant diversity unless you include economics. All in all, it was a bit homogenious but gave back quite a bit. Its not a bad place to grow up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2007

This school has difficulty funding expansion to fit the student body size. The school is very, very crowded to the point of being a safety issue in the corridors at bell time. The parking situation is even worse - already a clear safety issue. The academic programming seems to be based on what worked 25 yrs ago. Don't look for performance arts, communications or a diverse range of science offerings here. Small group of parents run things for a small group of kids. Test scores are v. high but this shouldn't be a surprise given the community served. Lacks diversity. There's a great lack of willingness to make this a school that serves a range of acedemic interests not just the liberal arts basics. So many capable kids, even bright kids may not be able to get a slot in an AP class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

Millburn is a good school if your kids are already highly motivated individuals; they do not have a good system for supporting and facilitating students who are intelligent but don't have the same work ethic or sense of the importance of high school until they are more mature. I'm not a parent, but I did attend Millburn High School for a year and did much of my schooling in the Millburn public school system; I can honestly say that most of the work I did was busy work, I was in all of the accelerated classes, etc, but I was still not seriously challenged which I think should be a necessity for any kind of education. Millburn's great if you want your kid's to be good test takers, but if you want them to be well-rounded thinking individuals, I would look into other options. Don't move here for the school system!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 31, 2005

Very disappointed in this school. The school has a double standard toward minority kids. I wish I knew this before I took my child to this school and relocated to the area. My child has been very unhappy in this school, so have his friends. The minority kids stand out, they are not welcome at all. This is not a diverse school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2005

This is a wonderful school. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 3 high schools in New Jersey and has been ranked by the Washington Post as being on of the Top 100 Most Challenging High Schools. Millburn has the highest SAT average in NJ as well as one of the highest in the nation. Students preform exceptionally well on AP Exams due to very profound and high quality teaching.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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95%
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
Asian99%
Hispanic92%
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Special education95%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant99%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanic85%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education81%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special education74%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant94%
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

80%

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 76% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 9%
Hispanic 3% 22%
Black 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 1%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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462 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041
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