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9-12 & Ungraded
Public district
Newark, NJ
Students enrolled: 1,058

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403 South Orange Ave
Newark, NJ 07103

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(973) 733-6977
(973) 733-8941
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May 07, 2014
North star middle school is great!I'm a student at northstar middle school.This school has helped me in a way other schools coundn't do.The teachers helps us understand and I know that they want us to do great things with the world.Our lit teachers shows us words that are stronger words but mean the same things as ex:sad,mad,happy,like,said,etc.

- submitted by a student

June 17, 2013
As You read from the reviews below, Most kids From 2010 and up will say its a bad school, and students before 2010 may say its a decent school with exception from the bad prinicipal they had. But in my opinion, i dont think the school in general is bad, its just the students that acts up. If you look at the student & Teachers tab, then click teachers, you will see that west side has 1058 and thats 20 students per teacher. That is a lot of students per teacher, and i believe some student is not getting the most attention and help that they need. This school could be better, but the reputation is just horrible. The only reason im at west side, is because i moved from another district, and it was to late to apply for another school, so i am here temporary, currently with a 3.0 Average. Then will transffer next year. Not because You're in westside, it gives you a reason to start failing because of the bad reputation. Its really not that bad and if You as a Student apply yourself, you can come out really succesful out of westside. Together We rise, Together we fall, Together w win, Winner Takes all!

- submitted by a student

August 12, 2011
Let me tell you something about West Side High school, its not a horrible school, the school cant be horrible, its the student that's making it bad, they the one that cant sustain. I mean seriously we have some good teachers that will help you and staffs and others. The only way you can be successful is that to keep your head up and don't follow other students that are doing the wrong thing and you'll get to the top as long as you stay focus.

- submitted by a student
no rating
April 09, 2010
This school is horrible !!!!! A Message for all parents ... Dont let your kids attend this school. Trust me because I am curretly a senior here and I've been attending this school for 3 years. Your kids will hate this school. All they are going to go through is drama, drama, and more drama. If you have a daughter you better hope she dont come out pregnant. In every one of my classes there is a pregnant girl and thats a shame how stupid enough girls here are to let themselves get pregnant by these little boys in this school that cant even pass their classes with a decent grade. Im just one of the smart ones that has completed all my high school years without getting pregnant. Oh an the new principle Dr. West is horrible also. He gives out detentions and suspentions for the dumbest reasons. Ugh !

- submitted by a student

November 13, 2008
As a student of West Side High School 09' This school is a horrible place to be. The Principal rules with an iron fist now, but not before the school is outta hand and most teachers don't get the respect they need. Students altogether are in the term 'stupid' and I am sad to call my self a Roughrider.

- submitted by a student
no rating
January 06, 2008
West Side High school is an excellent school for business minded students to attend. Their you will learn the reality of society. You can continue your education anywhere with a West Side High diploma.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2007
As a new parent to West Side High (Newark, as a whole) I am definitely not impressed. Instead I am appalled at the behaviors of the administration in place. For one the guidance department does not offer guidance at all. My daughter has been to this department numerous times for help only to be either ignored or told to come back. I myself have called for various reasons and have been met with attitudes. This school is very unorganized and needs to be revamped on a whole. I also think the staff needs attitude training. Not every child that comes in is accustomed to negative behavior and cannot wait until my daughter either tests out or graduates.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2005
I am a graduate from the class of 2004 at West Side High school. West Side HIgh school is a very fun and enjoyable school to attend. The teachers can sometimes lack off in responsibilty but you as the student and parent must make sure it doesnt happen. I attend Delaware State University as a freshmen. In Mr. Williams case he is a very good principal and blessing for West Side to have as a principal. I truly appreciated him and the safety he had for the students. My dislike of Mr.Williams is the agreement to cancel West Side High Marching Band. Mr. Williams just don't know that the band is like a home for the studnets after school its positive to do and fun because of me being in the band at WSH I receieve a band scholarship at DSU.

- submitted by a student

January 27, 2005
West Side High has provided me with the proper foundation which has allowed me to prosper in my educational career. I graduated from West Side in June of 2002, and I entered a four year college in September of 2002. When I first entered college I was very nervous, because I have heard a lot of critics stating that West Side High does not prepare students for college. However, when I took my entrance exam, I score on college level, I have never received a failing grade, and I am a very competent student. Furthermore, I have also been on the Deans List every semester since I have been a student in college. Education/school is an element of life, and life is what you make it to be. Note Parents with low expectations have children with low expectations. My major is Math/ Education and I am very successful.

- submitted by a student

January 16, 2005
The Principal of West Side high needs to get a grip these are teenagers not people in the army. He needs to learn how to ease up on these students. The acedemic programs are the lowest of low and they currently have no Marching Band. I know plenty parents that do not participate in any involvement with west side and never plan on it. Mr. williams just need to ease up and maybe he will get some support from Staff and student.

- submitted by a student

December 15, 2004
So far so good. West Side has proven to be a very secure place for my child during the day. I have been pleased with her academic performance so far thiis year. I say this because my child went to Marist High Sch. in Bayonne and I was not satified AT ALL, with nothing (teachers, principle or security at the school. The 1 thing WS can improve on is parent notification via mail. The phone calls really don't work for some parents because alot of times the message is received after the function that's taking place. So on a scale of 1 - 10 I give WS a 7 1/2. I am also a graduate of West Side. I attended 84 - 88 and really the school has coma a long way under Mr. Williams direction. Mr. Potts wasn't so bad either.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2004
I'm a student at west side high school and in the 11th grade 2004-2005. I can say that west side high is a over all good school. We are neatly and highly displined to the fullest. Back many years ago before mr williams the school used 2 be well, very disorganized but since he came there its been nothing but a safe atmosphere. I learned alot from some of the teachers there. At our school its kind of ok because of the fundings but we will manage. If we can pull together as a team with the students, parents, and teachers of west side we can make our school a better place.

- submitted by a community member

May 11, 2004
I go to west side high school in Newark,New Jersey . I just read a review that a parent type on my school. I was puzzled at first when I read the reveiw. This parent seems to be disrespecting my school. This parent should not judge the school until he/she can walk a day in my shoes. I'm not saying west side is the best school in the state of new jersey but I will bet you it is the best school in the city of Newark and most likely Essex County too. Why? Because there is alot of douters out there that are saying basically an all black school located in an urban area cannot succed. Therfore my school including me thrives on non-believers so when we are on the stage accepting our diplomas we can prove the people who say we can't wrong. L.Zackery p.S. I made honer-roll!

- submitted by a student

September 09, 2003
I think that West Side High isn`t a good school for students who really want to learn. It is a school where students are placed because it is their district school and there was no other place to put them. I do not recommend you send your child to this school because I know you want the best for your child. And West Side High isn`t the best for your child.

- submitted by a parent

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West Side High School is the only Newark School that has a real Bank located inside of it. Capital One Bank has partnered with our school and students and has built a functioning bank branch in our school where students, staff, parents, and community members can bank. Our students actually serve as real tellers and bank managers with real life hands on experiences. This initiative has been an overwhelming success and is a major unique highlight of West Side High School. We also have an outstanding School to College and Careers Program which provides valuable opportunities and experiences for our students. We have a National Academy of Finance (NAF) located at our Morton Street Campus, an outstanding debate team, a state championship football team, and we are in the planning stages of building a brand new school which is projected to be completed by 2014.


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West Side High School
403 South Orange Ave, Newark, NJ  07103
(973) 733-6977
Last modified West Side High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Side High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top