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Science High School

Public | 7-12 & ungraded | 761 students

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Posted May 9, 2006

Science High is a great academic and college prep experience. The nurturing environment has made a difference in the lives of many students over the years.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 31, 2006

This school has always been there for me and im happy to say that it still is. When i was 14 and in the 9th grade i dropped out of school. This school science high. At that time i did not care everything for me was up so i thought? i stayed out of school for 1 whole year before my parents knew. A teacher by the name of Mrs. Thomas i dont know if she still teaches there but she came to my home and talked me right back in school.Science high was there for me and im sure it'll be there for you and yours! This school was never a waste of time even when i was fast and dropped out. I graduated with a scholarship and now attend John Hopkins University. It did miracles for me. Science high has and always will be the place to be!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 15, 2005

Science for now has been a good experience but once we move to the new school I bet it is going to be one of the best in education and just a place to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2005

Science High School is possibly the best school in Newark. The teachers are great and really want the students to succeed. Although the building is small my daughter learned to adapt very quickly. Science is extremely safe. The students are very well behaved and curteous. The academics are excellent. This school is even ranked 70 among all of the top schools in New Jersey. Im proud to have my daughter attend this fine institute of higher learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

Science High School is not to be judged by its appearance. I'll admit that the school is a fire hazard and some times it is too crowded. But all of the students are towards the top in the district. Alot more than 75% of the students go to college, and there has yet to be a problem with students graduating. And keep in mind that there is a slightly advanced curriculum. The science that is learned in this school is superior to that in other schools. Tenth Graders at this school and two others take Physics, which is not required at all in a few other schools. The school maintains as much safety standards as possible though alot can be improved. There is a PTSO that conducts regular meetings, the teachers stay late and come early to help students, and there are many ExC activities. Good Choice for Newark Students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2004

I was a student at Science High School. I loved the fact that the teachers, students, parents, and principal are so involved. The school is small but this doesn't but a hault on the learning process. The hardest part about Science High is getting in and out of the Freshman/ Sophmore Locker room and getting along with every student. I helped design the new Science Park High School...and my only question is when will it be done? (It was promised a very long time ago) the Board of Edu needs to give funds to excellent schools like this one. CLASS OF 2002...KEEP SHINING!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2004

I highly recommend Science High School to other parents and prospective students. Great school and staff that actually cares about the students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 4, 2004

Science High School may APPEAR to be a good school academically but the school it self is terrible. The school has too many students for such a small building. They have classrooms in places I wouldn't even imagine. It is a fire hazard waiting to happen. I had to pull my child out of there because of the poor conditions, and my child is doing better at another school. Stacey Johnson
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2003

I was claas on 2001, Science High School was the best and most involved school I ever went to. The teachers were involved with each aspect of each individual student and they were very helpful and concerned.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 23, 2003

Very good magnit high school. Makes it easy to get into good colleges.


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.

About these ratings

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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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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

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Math

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Science

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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.

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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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96%
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%
Female99%
Male100%
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Not migrant99%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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Math

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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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant87%
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

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SAT college ready

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Graduation rate

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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 42% 22%
Black 34% 16%
White 20% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 78%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Japanese
Chinese (Mandarin)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NCLB Blue Ribbon School (2009)
  • NJ Chemistry Olympics (2009)
  • #50 Top Ranked Schools in NJ (2008)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

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

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr Lamont Thomas
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (973) 733-8236

Programs

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  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

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  • Choir / Chorus
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Parent involvement
  • Ptso, parent liason position & parent eboard
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