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North Plainfield High School

Public | 7-12 & ungraded | 1503 students

 
 

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Posted August 29, 2012

I find the school and staff to be just ok. I do not feel the staff go above and beyond for the students and do not provide additional information for the kids to advance unless they are asked. As parents we MUST make our presence known to the teachers, guidance counselors and principals via in-person, telephone and/or email in order for our children to get ahead, that may be one of the reasons my son is an honors student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

The school is deteriorating because the teachers have lost hope in the students. There are many students coming from towns such as Plainfield and Newark, which is bringing the school down. Test scores are simply dismal and most students do not go to 4-year colleges anymore(most go to RVCC). Many students are taking classes such as Biology or Algebra a year or two later than they should. The only students getting an okay education are those in Honors/AP. PS More APs and better academic programs would improve it.


Posted November 13, 2011

This school is just horrible. The staff are the 2 stars this school gets. I found out that the honors books were used in the Somerset 6 School around the corner from this school. This shows that the students are at a 5-6th grade level. The honors math class is alright. They teach Algebra 1 in 8th grade, but I learned that in 6th grade. This is not a great school to go to, I recommend going to Rutgers Prep or the Watchung Hills High School.


Posted November 11, 2010

North Plainfield High School Is a great school for kids who do not hv a place to fit in. This high school doesn't discriminate and there is a place for everyone. I love this school and the teachers make the place even better. Even though we do not have a lot we make do of what we do have.


Posted April 6, 2010

I think North Plainfield Middle/High School is an exellent school because of the caring staff. The staff helps students with problems with their skills or any other conflicts. Another reason I think good about the school is the activities like sport, clubs, etc. that the school offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2010

I think NPHS is great for the Kids. The activities are awsome. The classes and teachers are impressive especially the music teacher. I only see one problem and that is the dress of some of the boys. The pants pulled down exposing the underwear is both unacceptable and a problem should the need to run out of the school in an emergency arise. I hope this is addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2009

NPHS is a very unique school. I believe the lack of high test scores if caused by inexperienced teachers. NPHS is a school full of very hardworking students who are underestimated. The recent principal has improved the school tremendously and I believe NPHS will one day be the school it used to be. In the sixties, so i have heard, nphs was an admirable school. The parents of the present students must encourage their children to work hard because every student at this school has the ability to become great. However, West End school is with out a doubt the best school in North Plainfield.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2009

This school is deplorable. The teachers are very inexperienced, the food lacks zest, and the community is very obnoxious and not willing to learn. The teachers have to tone down the curriculum because of this. I feel that I'm not prepared for college by any means because the work load is too low .
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2009

The School enforces discipline and the students feel fairly safe, but the standard of teaching is questionable. This school has to try a lot harder. I feel that management does not encourage enough parent-teacher interaction throughout the school year. I believe that the average child at NPHS is not well prepared for a four year college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

This school is very good it has a lot of disciplin and the teachers are very caring and respectful to the students. They like to have a clean school for the students to feel comfortable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2008

Over the last 3 years there has been a tremendous improvement with a lot of the credit going to the principal. I feel that this school has been under-rated you have a lot of students going to very good colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

i think its a terrible school to go to the teachers do not show enough caring for the students learning and the enviorment of the school is in ruins
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

I believe NPHS is a good school that motivates the children to learn and enforces discipline. I love the fact that the children start the day early at 7:40a, there are extracurriculum for after school. It would be better for the district to provide transportation for children living at least over a mile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2005

The quality of academic programs could be much better.I feel I am not learning as much as I can, and a lot of my teachers don't seem to help.This might surprise people, but I am upset about the amount of work we do. In my classes we don't do much. My parents are also very upset with the way the school is run,the amount of work we get, and the lack of orginization. There are some days when my teacher is absent and it takes a very long time to find a teacher to cover. The availability of music,art,sports, and other activities is fine. But isn't an education more important? And seeing we don't get a very good one makes other activities seem un-important.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2005

The quality of academic programs is sub-par. Compared with other schools in the county and Central Jersey as a whole it is abysmal. Of the few AP's offered, its in topics students have little interest in such as European History. Although several students lately have gone on to top colleges, this trend is regressing, HSPT scores keep declining, the average SAT hovers around 900, and in general is far behind by New Jersey standards. Will credit diversity of student body as a plus.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2004

Somerset Six is presently housed in North Plainfield High School. This school lacks before and after school programs. Transportation is difficult for students who live on the west side of the town. The school seems old inside and in need of modernization or at least updates or some clean-up. The current start schedule of 9:30am is unrealistic for a child to start school when most parents start work before 9am. There is not enough crossing guards for the streets before the schools particularly on West end avenue/Greenbrook road which is very congested road. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 65% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 82% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students46%
Female56%
Male38%
Black47%
Asian65%
Hispanic40%
White61%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special educationn/a
General education56%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant46%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students40%
Female42%
Male39%
Black36%
Asian59%
Hispanic34%
White61%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special education11%
General education48%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant40%
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 Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK 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. 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

Language Arts Literacy

All Students72%
Female79%
Male67%
Black71%
Asian77%
Hispanic68%
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education31%
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant72%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former39%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
Black53%
Asian77%
Hispanic46%
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education13%
General education62%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant53%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former31%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students70%
Female70%
Male70%
Black75%
Asian92%
Hispanic63%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education42%
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former31%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK 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. 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

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students85%
Female91%
Male78%
Black84%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education40%
General education94%
English language learners47%
Not migrant85%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former47%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students67%
Female73%
Male62%
Black64%
Asian88%
Hispanic65%
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education17%
General education77%
English language learners33%
Not migrant67%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former33%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
40%
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 Students40%
Female42%
Male39%
Black44%
Asian43%
Hispanic35%
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special education18%
General education45%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
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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How schools in the state rate:

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48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


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SAT participation

61%

SAT college ready

24%

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 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

3 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
Hispanic 57% 22%
Black 23% 16%
White 14% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
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 56%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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34 Wilson Ave
N Plainfield, NJ 07060
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