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New Providence High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 7 students

 
 

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Posted October 9, 2013

I went through the High School system and graduated when it was #7 in the state, so it's good to see it jump to #1. Well deserved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

reading some of the earlier comments, they are still very true - say -- limited choice of curriculum. The overall writing program here is extremely weak --no tolerance for special education here and they struggle to know how to run a special education program properly. Instead the administration is busy wasting time covering up their mistakes instead of listening to the truth lack of critical thinking skills -- this applies to the some of the teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2012

I have two children on both ends of the spectrum ...one child who has a learning disability/IEP and another who is a straight A/Hiigh Honors student. NPHS has done an outstanding job making sure that both children receive the best education possible and they are constantly challenged and given opportunities to reach their full potential. From the Principal to the teachers to the Special Services Team, NPHS has been a collaborative partner in education which is why both of my children have done so extraordinarily well in this academic environment. Without question, students at NPHS will be well prepared for college and beyond!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

I have to agree with the parent who said the district struggles to know how to run a special education. The supervisor is someone who should have retired long time ago. I prefer my tax dollar paying her pension rather than have her worked in the district. She is clueless and makes up policy as she goes. What a joke
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2010

I have been in New Providence for over 25 years and all of my children went thru the school system . They participated in sports, extracurricular activities and were all accepted at excellent colleges where they once again did very well. Nice town. Nice place. New Providence..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

Although it is a relatively small public high school, NPHS really has something for everyone. Dozens of clubs and extracurricular activities cover a wide range of sports, arts, and academics. There is an assortment of AP level classes, and the teachers are very willing to address the needs of their students on an individual basis. Within the last 10 years the school has added a new wing of classrooms, expanded the music wing, added a second gymnasium, and converted the main football field to astroturf. An excellent place for any student.


Posted April 27, 2010

The focus needs to be the students and the teaching. Not a goal of getting all the students through school even though they do not have critical thinking skills which are necessary for their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2009

The curriculum and level of competition here is very strong. The athetic, art and music programs are solid. The kids are typically from strong families, and that breeds success. This is a top notch school in an A+ community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

Like any school, NPHS has its warts. However, overall it is a very good school (and school system) that makes the best of its somewhat limited resources. Sure, the curriculum may be limited in some areas and a few of the teachers should have moved on long ago, but overall they a do a very good job. All this negative blather about students inadequately prepared for college is nonsense. The stats don't bear it out. Disgruntled parents, you need to take some responsibility for your children's academic performance and get involved instead of standing in the shadows and pointing fingers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2007

Wake up parents! New Providence schools are not as great as the BOE and the press would have you believe. The teaching is not visionary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

we have a really good school system with people waiting to get into the town. We have a 100% graduation rate and kids go onto very competative colleges. With only 654 kids it is the next best thing to a private education. like other schools there is room for improvement we need to get our schools system back into the top 10%. I know this can be done. we have some dedicated teachers in NPHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

This school has tunnel vision in many ways. It is not a progressive school or even trying to stay current with other schools. This is reflected in their limited choice of curriculum. The overall writing program here is extremely weak and not preparing the students for college. (Not even a concern here) There is no tolerance for special education here and they struggle to know how to run a special education program properly. Instead the administration is busy wasting time covering up their mistakes instead of listening to the truth. They could learn alot from their mistakes. The positive areas would be the art department, and the band. The sports programs are very good and the coaches are terrific.
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Posted May 8, 2005

We have not moved out of New Jersey primarily because of this school system and I am very sorry we stayed. There are some very dedicated teachersas well as quite a few tenured ones that should have been let go! The biggest problem is the administration. Way too many assistant this and thats for a small school system. The money could be better spent on retaining teachers that deserve the dollars. Also, there is no accountability. When the administration commits errors(which is to be expected in any school), they absolutely refuse to admit any wrongdoing. A parent cannot question them and the people on the school board are in a trance like state of denial. When an issue comes up no one is willing to see the whole picture and make corrections. The attitude here is sweep everything under the rug- now, isn't everything wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2004

It comes as no surprise why parents pull their kids out of public schools such as New Providence and enroll them in private schools. Why? The parents want their kids to be prepared for the real world, a concept which New Providence seems ignorant to. Not only are the NPHS students ill-prepared for college (they seek remedial help in college), but they also lack the necessary manners that one should expect from any civilized human. The adage 'you get what you pay for' is true in the sense that prep schools teach you to be a considerate, well-mannered individual, which is foreign to a mediocre school like New Providence. The number of APs and whatnot are all hogwash--they are all for PR purposes. What New Providence really should be emphasizing is community service, rather than some barberic, macho athletic program, which seems to dominate this sorry and pathetic town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2004

While NP High School received high rankings in years past in the state rankings, these numbers do not represent the mediocre education that students receive. This is illustrated in the lofty number of AP courses offered, yet less than 10% of the students enrolled take the exam. Sorry to disappoint you, but the fact that half of the grade is in AP means a bit of grade inflation. Consequently, NP grads seek remedial help in college and high education because they had inflated grades and were inqdequately prepared in hs. Also, the respect among students is lacking--they don't care for each other and lack manners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

We have considered moving out of New Jersey but have not moved forward due to the fact that we do not want to remove our children from the New Providence school system. The education they are receiving is exceptional! The academics, sports, music program, etc. are all well above average. We will continue to support all aspects of this school system and extend our thanks to the teachers who all are doing, or have done, a wonderful job teaching and caring for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2004

The teachers must have been selected with great care. I feel they go over and above 'the call of duty' on a day-to-day basis. I am especially impressed with how they are so tuned in to each individual student. They are the consumate professionals and people.
—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.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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97%

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97%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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93%

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92%
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%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Special education88%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant99%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special education56%
General education98%
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 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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
78%
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 Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian81%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant76%
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%
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SAT participation

100%

SAT college ready

70%

Graduation rate

97%


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 80% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
Hispanic 9% 22%
Black 1% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 3%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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35 Pioneer Dr
New Providence, NJ 07974
Phone: (908) 464-4700

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