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Arts High School

Public | 7, 9-12 & ungraded

We are best known for Visual and Performing Arts.

 

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Posted April 23, 2014

I am a graduate of Arts High School. My name is Juliane Gonzalez a graduate of the 2005 class! This school is an opportunity for young artist to perfect their craft and learn if the Arts is truly for them. It is truly more than a high school. This school could use more acclaim and financial funding from the public schools system. If you are a parent in Newark NJ I highly recommend this school for your children. This shows them from the first stage of the auditions how to present themselves in a professional manner. As a part of a fallen community, we need to acknowledge where credit is due. Thank you Arts High School my life goes to you.


Posted December 5, 2012

I am an alumni of the school and now my daughter attends the school. I have noticed changes since my attendence but for the better; especially by adding dance as a new major which we did not have before. I moved back to NJ from PA but not immediately to Newark and what I noticed that we do not have in many of Newark Magnet schools are strong PTA's. Parents please get involved in the PTA it makes a big difference in the performance of our schools as a whole trust me I am witness to it. I am a single mother, very demanding career and still managed to participate. Students feel they dont have a voice it is apart of our job as parents to make that happen, If they feel they are not getting the proper teachings in academics that too is apart of our job to make that happen. Arts High School of Newark is a wonderful school and can provide a promising future for many of our urban children let help to uphold its great reputation by getting involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2011

disgrace, and it's sad that anyone would mislead people by telling them otherwise. there exists only a small handful of dedicated teachers in this school (which you could count on one hand) who are wonderful but not enough for an entire school. Over the past years the administration as well as newark public schools overall has been more concerned with it's image and maintaining their jobs than the individual well-being, growth, and education of each student artistically and academically. Don't waste your child's time....
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2010

I love this school. The teachers care about educating the students and they care about the student's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

I love this school as a freshman at arts high school im maintaing above 2.5 Gpa this is a wonderful school and everywhere theres talent. This scools makes you feel like one big happy family. Even though ther are some down feelings that we have, we manage to overcome all of the problems and suceed. Trust mewhen i say that parent your son or daughter will absolutely enjoy arts high school.They should apply to arts high school because were simply the best , as students w embrace our talents no matter what situation where in. Instrumental majors,art vocal ,drama and telvision productions overcome challenges to e the best that we can be. Arts high school is a wonderful school. Arts high school may be average in academic wise but in my opinion were still the best!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2010

I Agree with the statement made before that the principal does not allow the flow of creativity that should exist in such a school. I have lived elsewhere , another state and same type school where you walk in and right away the ambience is that of creatiivity and free expression. Don't get me wrong , discipline is still needed. She also does not make it her business as principal to be present at the events that her kids participate in , her presence should be always heartfelt and the kids themselves sense this. The vice principal is much more personable and has a much more keen and pleasant approach with both kids and parents. I hope that a change will come soon, especially maybe under our new Governor's administration. Not that it is my wish that anyone be out of a job but the best man deserves the JOB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

Dont believe the hype! This school is not all its cracked up to be. The principal, Dr. Brown is the worst principle ever. She doesn't allow the students to be creative and express themselves. A lot of us are not happy in this school (mainly because of her). But what I hate the most about Arts is the academic quality. In my personal opinion, I strongly feel that an 'A' in Arts High School is equivalent to a 'C' in a really good school. My friend was accepted to Laguardia and now he regrets choosing to go to Arts. The performing arts departments at Arts High are really good, dont get me wrong, I honestly feel they are one of the best in the state. But the academic quality is horrible!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

I love Arts High School. It gives you the skills and knowledge to get a great education and follow your dreams as well. I am a freshman at Arts High School, and I love it. They make you feel like one big happy family. Every student that walks through the Arts High halls, has some kind of talent. It could be, Vocal, Instiumental, TV communations, Drama, or even Visual Arts. I am an Art major at this school, and I suggest, if your son/daughter has some of the talents listed above, they should apply to this high school. Trust me when I say this that your son/daughter will love this school, I do and I couldn't be happy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2006

arts high school is one of the best. the student there is nice and full of life. there is aways something going on there from plays to basketball games. it a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2005

My daughter is apart of the student community at Arts High and I would not like it less that what it is. The PTA could be better but in overall the school is by far the best high school at Newark. Compared to the student's artistic abilities they excel at the subjects given at hand. The environment and community of other colleges and great sites inspire and overall challenge the kids to the limits that they will reach when they enter college. I recommend any child who is artistic which can be towards visual,or performing arts to audition for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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37%

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Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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32%

2012

 
 
16%

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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 Students37%
Female43%
Malen/a
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education38%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant37%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students32%
Female32%
Malen/a
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education32%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant32%
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

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female71%
Male87%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant78%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
72%
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 Students42%
Female38%
Male46%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education42%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant42%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

100%

SAT college ready

3%

Graduation rate

95%


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
Black 54% 16%
Hispanic 37% 22%
White 8% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
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 71%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • America's Best High School as featured in U.S. News and World Report (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:40 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Norma Fair-Brown
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (973) 733-7395

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • bowling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • bowling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
  • There is an on-site parent liaison and an active ptso.
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  • There is an Arts High Parent eBoard which can be accessed from the Newark Public Schools' web site or the Arts High School's web site. The eBoard keeps parents informed about school, district and community events and activities.
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550 M L King Blvd
Newark, NJ 07102
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