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Montclair High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 23 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 23, 2014

i am really sorry for the bad review, that review was for Montclair High school CA. i apologize.


Posted February 6, 2014

Counselors/ Staffs are great. Very accomodating and they would really help you out. I also like the teachers.. but... STUDENTS ARE MEAN!!! Some students are nice but MOST students are rude, They always talk back to their teachers, get mad for having their phone taken. They need to be disciplined. And you would always see couples kissing... Everywhere, in every corner, every seat during lunch. Well not only during lunch. Every morning, during breaks. all the time.


Posted February 6, 2014

Teachers are awesome! They're very great, they would help you out with your concerns. Students here are very studious with their kissing not with their lessons. Very poor with accomodating new students,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

Shout out to dem MonaVally Bopssss! Shout out to dem MonaVally Thotzzz! Shout to dem Monavaly bops dtf and taking dem backshots!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 20, 2013

The teachers are poor, overall and the administration stuck in the past or powerless to move forward. The school teaching approach hasn't changed since the 70's...and they compensate for modern teaching by throwing hours and hours of homework at the high honors kids, often on holidays and definitely over school break. It's a travesty to see how they set kids up to fail....no modern technology, outdated teaching, no guidance counseling to speak of, mounds of homework, inappropriate scheduling. And did I mention 0 period? So that after your kid has to stay up till 1:00 a.m. Just to get homework done, they have to be in at 7:00 a.m. Because the school can't figure out how to schedule. Oh yes....and because there are no standards between classes, classes that should be consistently taught (like HH English) are taught completely differently, depending on the teacher. It's an embarrassment. I can't wait for the core standards to kick in, but until they do...I would NOT send your kid here unless they are traditional learners, who are completely focused and organized, and who can compensate for poor teaching by having the ability to teach themselves. And even then, it's a risk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

Poeple are always talking badly about my school, but the truth is, it isn't the schoo, it is the students. It doesn't matter what school you go to, if you do not try, then you will not succeed. If you try and do well at Montclair High, and you go for help after school, and you attempt to understand what is going on around you, you will shine your brightest. But it all depends on who you are, and how badly you want to do well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2010

The students that are academically ambitious are very fortunate, as the environment is intellectually challenging and the quality of the AP teaching and resulting score performance exceptional. I can't speak to how well the school addresses the needs of students that are less interested in competitive colleges, but they do seem generally pretty strict about daily homework assignments and the like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

I love my school because of the support. Yes, I am sure not everyone does well, but so far all the teacher's I have or had have given me everything I needed, allowing me to feel proud of my work
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2009

Great parent teacher involvement. Extracurriculum activities, quality education, diverse environment, great college preparation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

Excellent school for quality education and lots of extracurriculum activities. A diverse environment where the teachers are very caring. Lots of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

Excellent school - typically suburban! Lots of extra curricular activities and very caring teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 15, 2006

A diverse school, in all ways. Many opportunities for extracurricular involvement, quality sports teams, and a wide range of academics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 14, 2005

Montclair HS has a wide range of extracurricular activities, although football games are held on Saturdays, and there is only one dance (prom) due to 'safety' concerns. Actually, it is a very safe school, with excellent teachers and extremely involved parent support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

Being an alumni from Montclair High, I have encountered both the positive and negative experiences in high school, like many other high school students. Reading the other reviews I can agree about the involvement increasing with the principal; and I think it should be more personl, but the students have to engage also. I think Mtc. high is a very intellectual institution that students can benefit from and excel if the students and parents apply theirselves
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2004

Great School. The rules may seem lax, at times, but the truth of it is that teachers, or administrators don't get more involved in personal stuff than is needed, when it doesn't involve a students safety. Many incredible teachers-- (Mr. Moore!) Excellent Extracurricular activities and sports teams! Beautiful ampitheater, Very good Overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This is a great school, but the rules may be lax at times. Also, it is not a positive peer enviroment for young black males.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

good school very competitive, both academically and socialy, need more leadership and involvement from the principal in african american activities other than just sports.


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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.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%

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91%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black88%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special education72%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant94%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
Black67%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Special education48%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-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 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.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
69%
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 Students75%
Female75%
Male76%
Black52%
Asian90%
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special education33%
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant75%
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%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

91%

SAT college ready

59%

Graduation rate

90%


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 49% 51%
Black 39% 16%
Hispanic 7% 22%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
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 17%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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100 Chestnut St
Montclair, NJ 07042
Phone: (973) 509-4100

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