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N Bergen, NJ
Students enrolled: 2,618

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7417 Kennedy Blvd
N Bergen, NJ 07047

(201) 295-2783
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November 12, 2014
This school is a great high school itself. The teachers and students that come here are horrendous. Not even the bullying administrator cares if you're crying in the hallway. They look at you and walk away because they don't want to have to deal with your problems too. They've had this school for maybe 60-80 years and they just put up cameras. You never see the principal walking around and the VP's only care if you're wearing the uniform. They don't care about you only if you're a senior or a freshman.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
000 this school is disgusting and if you don't belive me look up the complains they have against them. Rats in the lunch room that has been dead for how long yet they want act like nothing is going on and quick to try to fail the students ask any student there what is in there food what did they find. Worse teachers I would never allow any of my neices go to this disgrace

- submitted by a teacher
January 28, 2014
Please North Bergen, build another high school! North Bergen High School can no longer contain its massive amount of students. Parents, this school isn't that bad if your child makes something out of their high school career. But, I must say that many of the students are neglected because a lot of North Bergen educators don't care! Why must this town be so political? Why must the scores be SO LOW? It's because teachers are hired not by their qualifications but whom he/she knows. Hire REAL educators. Hire people who care. And enough with the favoritism, it's disgusting. Clean up the place at least, it's unacceptable.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2013
i agree with a prior remark regarding once in high school the child/parent should already be have an idea/focused on what the child may be interrested in and seek what is required start working on that/select classes in high school/ poss leap pgm and free prep for sats. work with the school/ make it work for your child.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
I can agree with all the bad reviews here. I went here back in 1996 to 2000 and sadly it was the same. What is more depressing is that 11 years later it is still ranked so low. OBVIOUSLY it is due to bad LEADERSHIP and TEACHERS. Principal TENARO needs to be relieved of his duties, but it is sad because it is all about politics. MAJOR SACCO is a DUSCH as well. I am glad I was able to join the NAVY and get an education through community colleges and finally University of Cincinnati but this high school did not help much, Invest in private school for your kids even if you have to get a second job they will forever be grateful!

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2012
I would first like to say that in my four years in North Bergen High School, I have never been so disgusted by the way the education system is handled in North Bergen. The saving grace of this school is that it does have a dedicated and powerful faculty that do indeed try to ATTEMPT to teach us. They place strict rules on everything unnecessary and amongst them, my greatest issue is with the ID rule. Who made it so these people have the GALL to dare deprive you of your education because you're not wearing a piece of plastic as a necklace! To err is human, we sometimes forget but that doesn't give you the right to force us to stare at a wall for six hours when we could be doing something productive! The bathrooms are riddled with this stench and is not kept at hygienically acceptable levels at any time. Their sinks are broken down, i can hardly get enough water out to clean my own hands! Entire sections of the ceiling are missing in some areas. Lockers are not well kept and often I would be assigned a locker that is sticking out of the wall from cracks made years ago. Overall, North Bergen is barely a high school. Somebody address this PLEASE for the sake of future students

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2011
It's just unbelievable that North Bergen High School which ranks so poorly in the state is recognized as a "benchmark public high school for academic achievement." This makes no sense. In addition, what the school seems to be doing in assigning mediocre work in order to pass the students along to the next grade --this is NOT a school that is preparing students for a college career - let alone a challenging college career. The proof is in state testing scores, SAT, ACTs, etc. While we know there are many challenges like overcrowding, the educators, some of who hold multiple jobs on the taxpayers dime, are way overpaid. Those who hold high positions in the district earn way too much -- and they need to figure out how to dramatically improve the students' overall achievement. It is just wrong that the district continues to operate in failure mode, while the taxpayer, students, parents pay the price. Get some TRUE educators who hold PhD's, dedicated, and have vast experience in turning around failing schools - these are the people who should be rewarded with hefty paychecks.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
I don't know where They are getting this top ranking because they are actually on the bottom rank . The school was the 296th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 294th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[4] The school was ranked 285th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
My child attends NB HS, and they truly do not care about the needs of their students. There motto is based on keeping faces, as long as it looks like they are working to better the education of the kids then that's where it ends! There is no incentive for creativity, or involvement for either the kids or the parents. Just give them the passing grades needed so they can boast about being among the top ranking high schools in the county. The teachers and staff are so unprofessional. Lead by an arrogant principal that will convince anyone that his or her child should feel priviledged in receiving a metiocre education. There is no guidance for the students that work to do better, and go above following the crowd of other students that treat it like a hang out. And if you are a parent that cares and asks to many questions you are treated with the same lack of enthusiasm as any of the students. Very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
I am a '73 Graduate of NBHS and am very proud of the education I received there. As with the previous posting, I could list many excellent, involved teachers I had who really cared about us as students. If, indeed, what the other postings say is true, I am very sad to hear that the quality of teachers and education has fallen so low.

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2010
I am a 1975 graduate of NBHS and a high school English teacher. It was long ago, but I had excellent, professional teachers, some of whom are still there: Mark McClellan, Rob DiGrazia, John Pepe, Dave Corso. It is equally ironic and apalling to note the nearly illiterate quality of the postings by those who have the most negative things to say. The quality of the language offered in these postings is overwhelming support of the notion that an individual is most responsible for his or her level of intellectual development no matter the teachers, the type of building nor the administrators. How sadly disturbing.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2010
I was one of the first attendees of this school (class of '63). Lots of political contracts awarded in those years. Hudson County was a den of bribery, cronyism and blackmail and I doubt it's changed much since. The highschool was a prime example. I believe NB Mayor Sarubbi had the contract. I remember floods and ceilings falling and half done parts of the building. 40 teachers quit in protest of school politics in June 1962, the end of the first academic year. The education itself was better than kids receive now. It was largely due to the high quality of the teachers. Sadly, some of the best teachers were recruited for administration roles after the mass exodus in June 1962.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 12, 2010
Staff at this location are very rude. These are complaints I have received from my child, my friend who actually dropped by to leave a present for my daughter, and myself the parent. Deeply disturbing to me is the fact that my daughter states the teachers dont care about the students ( I tend to concur as I have seen the level of academic work and emphasis placed on performace) The enviorment at this school is not one that fosters creativity, or excellence. All about it is mediocar at best. The teachers here only come in for a paycheck, and thats were it ends. God forbid your child require attention in any area, because here.... he or she will be swept under the rug.

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January 14, 2010
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September 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
great staff-great courses-great kids---an wonderful model of diversity!

- submitted by a teacher
September 25, 2009
The best teachers and Administrators in New Jersey.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
Great teachers and Adminstrator.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Best teachers , best sport programs best adminstrators

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
My daughter and I are both graduates of North Bergen High and I could not be prouder. It was a wonderful education experience for both of us. Dedicated teachers, and excellent administraors provided us both with the basis for our advance degrees and success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
North Bergen High School is a education institution and serves our children and community to the highest levels. The sports programs are wonderful and the administrators, teachers and coaches are the best in the state!

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July 10, 2009
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April 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 17, 2009
i attended this hs last year abd I have to say that this school is great. there's discipline and almost every teache is your friend

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January 28, 2009
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September 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2008
My daughter just started as a freshman at North Bergen High School. I attended Parents Orientation and I must say that I was really impressed to hear what I heard about the discipline, the uniforms coming up next year and how the school did in the state test in Language Arts and Math. I know that I made the right decision by having my daughter attend NBHS rather than a Catholic High School. NBHS will prepare her for the real world. I am happy with our decision and she is extremely happy with her teachers and the school in general...I too was also very nervous on her first day.....

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2008
I am a senior at NBHS..it is a very good school it gives everyone a opportunity to be successful!..if you want to be a great student you can do it at this school!

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2008
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February 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
Im a junior at North Bergen High.I've been attending this school since my freshman yr.I think this school is way overcrowded.This year 800 freshman entered our school.The school buses are packed the hallways are packed.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
We moved from long island to new jersey, and my son is attending 9 grade,until now he is doing great,what it really surprise me as a parent is the way they keep everything in order,strict discipline, very nice.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
My daughter currently is attending North Bergen High School and from my point of view, it is not as bad as some people want to make it seem. I mean, sure there may be some administrative issues involved, but all schools, or at least most of them have some. It is up to the student to determine what their performance in school will look like. All schools have high and low performing students enrolled.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2006
I am very happy with this school.I was concerned because the middle schools are corrupt so i got worried about the high school but my child really surprised me.He went from a d average in middle school to a b average in high school.I never knew myself he would do this well.I would highly recommend this school as he is a sports player (very devoted) and still manages to get good grades.He does admit that it is overcrowded,but also admits that the teachers are great and treat the students like individuals,not numbers.Once again,i would highly recommend this school to any parent.I can't wait to see the school results he brings home this year as he is entering his junior year.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2006
Grade A school with Grade A teachers

- submitted by a teacher
May 19, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 18, 2006
Great school with a diverse teaching core as well as student body. They excel in academics, sports, and recreation.

- submitted by a former student
February 24, 2006
Great academic program. Wide varieety of extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
The only problem with this school is the over crowding. Even with this problem the students are pretty well behaved and abide by the school rules and policys. The teachers I find them to really put in there time with any student that asks or wants help. The extracurriclar activities are a great asset to this school. Along with haveing a good sports program the coaches do make sure that all athletes keep there grades up which I think is the most important.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2006
This school is very overcrowded. Children from 9th grade and up get hurt everyday! This is absurd. I would suggest to every parent not to let any of your children or children that you know attend this school! It is a very uncurricular school and the staff is rude to the kids. Take my word for it! Concerned Parent, Kathy Santoni

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 23, 2005
They are great in the sports. Classrooms are overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Level of parent involvement is low and the classes are over crowded. Nonethless, teachers do a very good job in teaching with the available resources they have. Crime is a little high and the kids can deinitly use better food in the cafeteria.

- submitted by a former student
August 08, 2005
North Bergen High School offers no Cultural or Performing Arts of any kind. The teachers are mediocre. They explain nor teach anything to your child. The students act like animals as if they were never taught basic manners at home - tells you alot about the type of parents - non involved. The school does not promote parent involvement. They really could care less if your child learns or not. However, should your child get sick and miss more than 7 days of school, you can bet you'll be in court and before a judge in no time. If you have a choice - don't send your child here.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2005
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June 20, 2005
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May 16, 2005
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May 12, 2005
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January 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 23, 2005
I currently atten NBHS and I hate it. Sports are corrupt and there isn't enough electives. The school is too small for all its students, we all struggle finding were to sit during lunch time. Some teachers grade according to wether they like and know the student, not what he or she can do grade wise. I think the best years to come is when I graduate in 1 1/2 years. Some teachers are great and love their jobs but not all. Security guards are perverts looking at girls and doing a bad job.

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2005
I go to NBHS. There are many things wrong with this school. #1 Over-population, Mayor Sacco and company refuse to build an annex to fit at least 800-1000 students. and #2 Student Body, These kids are ignorant, The Science Dept. is great. Mr.Gilbarty the science teacher is incredible. and the P.E classes are also excellent. the leadership is good except for the Principals. VP'S are great. The football program is good but some of the 'gangster kids' have spoiled it a bit.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2004
I attended North Bergen High School, and I always thought the teachers were caring and dedicated. I was well prepared when I left NBHS and started school in Florida in my senior year where I graduated with honors. You are complaining about someone not teaching you MLA style; why weren't you researching what you needed to know in order to do well in college? You get what you put into anything. I did fine, overpopulation or not. I am a college English professor at a private college in San Diego;my friends, also NB graduates, turned out ok: the vice-president of a major corporation, a haute couture fashion model, and an elementary school teacher to name a few.

- submitted by a former student
December 09, 2004
Are we talking about the same school here? Over population isn't the only issue. This school has lack of proper administration. Where is the funding for the school going? Horrible technology and lack of resources for its students. Not enough languages are offered. The history department seems to be the most organized. Lack of extracurricular activates that cater to the student body. The cafeteria won't hold everyone and some must stand. The worst is the student body. Many of us decided that we don't want our children or any generation attending this school, for the sake of their future. This school is in dire need of reform.

- submitted by a former student
December 07, 2004
It does not help the art or music program. Classes are about 35 children and 1 teacher. Classes are very basic and not many electives. Principal and teachers do not care about students. They only care about getting paid. Lunch food is inedible. I am glad I am in a college that lets us use the media center without being harassed by unhappy employees. The Media Center is for the students. They should be free to use it when they want without having to explain themselves!

- submitted by a former student
December 07, 2004
I am currently a college student. I have a 3.5 GPA. My first semester as a freshman in college I struggled, because North Bergen High School did not prepare me for college or success. Something as simple as MLA format, which is a standard for any paper, was never taught. Basics that are essential to succeed, NB falls short. If not for my own perseverance, I would not be producing good marks. I urge parents who have resources to think twice before sending their child through the North Bergen education system.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2004
I went to north bergen high school my 9 th grade year, and honeslty my teachers showed a true passion for what they did.They did nothing but work their hardest and to all their ablities to help us students succeed. Yet its is a great over populated school... its still maintain its one purpose,and that is to educate us young adults to have a better future.

- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2004
Great School.Great Teachers.The only problem the the overpopulation.

- submitted by a student
May 11, 2004
I am a student of the graduating class of '04. North Bergen, I believe has fully prepared me for the world. It is an great school for children to be educated in!

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2004
I feel that n.b. high has gone down hill in the last few years. to the point that I would not want my son going there the way my oldest daughter did. seeing the diferance in the last few years the only thing that would be a positive experiance for my son would be the music department which is still great.

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August 25, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2003
this school has a great math department, and great extracurricular activities

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August 02, 2003
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North Bergen High School
7417 Kennedy Blvd, N Bergen, NJ  07047
(201) 295-2783
Last modified North Bergen High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
North Bergen High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top