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West Side High School

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Posted May 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted January 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 1, 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.


Posted 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


Posted September 9, 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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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 92% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
56%

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47%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
36%
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 Students53%
Female62%
Male43%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged24%
Special education18%
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant53%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students31%
Female33%
Male29%
Black31%
Asiann/a
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Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged19%
Special educationn/a
General education44%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant31%
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.

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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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Non-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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SAT participation

96%

SAT college ready

2%

Graduation rate

65%


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
Black 93% 16%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Camden Middle School
Thirteenth Avenue School
South Seventeenth Street School
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

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

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 2:40
School Leader's name
  • Ms Dara Gronau
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (973) 733-8941

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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)
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
  • bowling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • bowling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • The parents and community are involved in west side high school in a variety of ways. parents sit on our school’s school leadership council (slc) and get an opportunity to be a vital part of the school’s decision making process. they also attend pta/pto meetings and provide school administrators, staff, and other parents with suggestions and ideas to enhance and improve the school. in addition, our parents get involved with our school by attending students' athletic events, performances, open houses and parent/teacher/administrator conferences. more importantly, parents provide the west side high school administrators and staff with support by ensuring that their child adheres to the school/district policies and regulations (as evidenced by over 95% of our students wearing their school uniforms). at west side high school, parents are our partners in education and we can’t achieve success without them. the community is involved in west side high school via an array of important and innovative initiatives. we have community partnerships with the ameliore foundation; capital one bank; the newark police department; phi beta sigma fraternity, inc.; zeta phi beta sorority, inc.; the street warriors; numerous faith based organizations; the west ward collective; the prudential center; applebee’s; seton hall university, rutgers, essex county college, social service agencies, and other community partners. these partners offer mentoring, tutoring, enrichment, funding, internships, jobs, incentives, discounts, college credits, workshops, trainings, uniforms, safety, guidance, tickets, networking opportunities, and more. all of these support services assist west side high school in developing well rounded citizens that will be better prepared for college, work and life. we appreciate our community partners and the contributions they make in the lives of our students on a daily basis.
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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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Students typically come from these schools
Camden Middle School
Thirteenth Avenue School
South Seventeenth Street School

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Essex County College
Lincoln Technical Institute
Rutgers University
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403 South Orange Ave
Newark, NJ 07103
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Phone: (973) 733-6977

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