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Paramus High School

Public | PK, 9-12 & ungraded | 30 students

 

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Posted July 3, 2013

I am a student at PHS and I can definitely say that you can get a lot of out this school if you work hard and are motivated! PHS really tries to push the boundaries of those who want to excel. However, it does not do much to help the "bottom" of the class, who I think feel stupid compared to their high-achieving peers, which discourages them. Nevertheless, if you take honors and AP classes, you will get a comprehensive academic education. In addition, the music program is fantastic and can help you broaden your variety and knowledge of music, no matter which instrument you learn and how much experience you have. What I love about this school that there is something for everybody and it serves a wide range of interests, with encouraging teachers doing their best to guide students to success. A student can get the most out of their experience here if they are willing to open themselves up to new possibilities.


Posted November 28, 2012

My son was a student here....what a waste of time! He lost two years at this school. He was previously at a Private school in NYC that started at 6th grade till 12 grade. I move to this town and as soon as he starts school here his grades take a dive. He was not motivated at all in this school and the teachers as well as the guidance counselours have no clue on how to work with kids. The just enjoy calling you at home, to tell you how awful your child is doing and want to label your child. I reached out to his old school...they GLADLY accepted him his junior year. What a 360...My son continues to thrive in his new school and even made honor roll his first report card. Every teacher said"a hard worker and pleasure to have in class" My son is so proud of himself and his school. Nevertheless we as parents are proud of his comeback and always knew his potential despite what PHS wanted us to believe! They were very quick to push him to the side...I m sure he was to much work for them. Now he has plenty of activities that his school require e.g community service, preparation for college etc; I gladly pay his tuition. Lesson learned... the suburbs are not always the answer! big mistake!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

I am a student here, and from what I have seen, the school does its best to help out the those considered 'top' of the class while letting the 'bottom' of the class kind of flounder there. Therefore, this school is great if you are willing to work hard and show dedication. Make an effort to actually get to know the teachers and the other students and you will be fine. That being said, this school has a good balance between academics and extracurriculars. There are so many classes and activities to pick and choose from. And also, the music department was voted one of the best in the country for the 6th time, yet, only a few students each year take advantage of this fact.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2008

I am a student and my experience here was a horrible one. The teachers dont care to help or guide their students. Ive been having a tough time adjusting as a freshman. Unfortunately I have to finish here since my parents cannot aford going elsewhere, but in one year, ive grown to find out that you are all alone. The guidance counsolers, teachers, and etc do not fully do their job and its a shame.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2008

I think the school gives a wonderful combination of academic and non-academic services to provide to all types of students.


Posted February 25, 2008

I should also add that this school has greatly improved many of my weaknesses. The teachers provide great education especially for math, literature, and science. I think it has prepared me for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2007

Paramus HS has a fantastic course catalogue. It is college-esque. There are many AP offerings, and the fine arts program is stellar. The many creative teachers make it an energetic place. There is much parental involvement, though some of it is self-serving and counterproductive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

Academic opportunities are excellent...clubs, sports 1st rate...dollars spent on educational material needs to be increased.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 29, 2004

The district is way too concerned with image over substance. Parent complaints drive the system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2004

I really wouldn't recommend this school based on my experience there. They make it seem wonderful but when they don't like someone they play games. The teachers have attitudes if you don't like someone just expell them. Don't force them out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

You will receive an outstanding education at this school if you are disciplined and work hard. I graduated from this wonderful school and have always been proud of my invaluable education. This has my best stepping stone in life!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 17, 2004

This is an ok school. The administration is a little too concerned about quantity than quality. The students are cool. But some of the teachers need a reality check. Otherwise, most of the teachers are cool, too.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
95%

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97%

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96%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
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%
Female99%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Hispanic93%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education81%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Hispanic67%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education48%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
77%
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 Students66%
Female66%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian74%
Hispanic40%
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education31%
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant66%
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

92%

SAT college ready

57%

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 62% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 28% 9%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Black 2% 16%
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 4%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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99 East Century Rd
Paramus, NJ 07652
Phone: (201) 261-7800

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