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Rosa Parks Arts High School

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Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014

Never keeps website up to date including the website about the kids grades. Some teachers never contact you back at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

Rosa Parks Arts High School is not only a school, it is like being with your family. They work very hard to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be successful


Posted October 9, 2010

I teach at this high school, and every student becomes the priority of everyone in the building. From the audition process to graduation; with 98% going to a 2 or 4 year college, the students are the focal point of everyday. But the needs are beginning to outweigh the budget, We have an eight major performing arts program, yet the humanities, also have huge demands to keep up with a 21st century education. This win will go a long way to reaching the goals of preparing our students for a sound and prosperous future.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 9, 2010

As the first and only high school in our nation to be named after Mrs. Rosa L. Parks, we are a school family that takes great pride in embracing values that ensure academic achievement as well as social success. We believe and espouse respect, trust, support of others, equity, leadership, and community service through the arts. Because of budget constraints in our community and statewide, our school family and programs which extend beyond the walls of the school building, risk elimination. The programs have afforded our inner city young adults to realize 100% graduation- 10 of the last 12 years! 98% of our students go on to higher education, with scholarships! We have been recognized as one of our nation's best high schools by "US News and World Report". Our budget constraints, unfortunately, will not afford our students the myriad opportunities to continue to perform at such venues as the Rotunda in VIrginia, the NJ governor's mansion, Disneyworld, and Carnegie Hall. These performances serve as the barometer by which the students are assessed. Even though our students' socioeconomic status is labeled 'disadvantaged', through leading by example and tough love, the faculty and staff diligently labor to prove that inner city youth can excel!!! For you see, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION, is our montra!


Posted October 9, 2010

Excellent staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

im a student at rosa parks, and its not perfect but its like having a second family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2009

Rosa Parks High School of Fine and Performing Arts is a wonderful place to learn and grow. There is an awesome sense of family, unity and pride. Like every family, Rosa Parks has it's 'issues' but each one is handle like every 'good' family does; with love (sometimes tough love :-), forgiveness and acceptance. Students at Rosa Parks want to learn, teachers want to teach, and the administration and parents want to make sure that all the wheels move alone smoothly, a truly awesome and rewarding combination. Failure is NOT an option therefore everyone who 'chooses' success does succeed. I am PROUD to be a Rosa Parks Mom!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

Family oriented, caring, progressive, goal seeking, values driven are just a few descriptors that can be found withing the halls of this high school. The atmosphere exudes a strong sense of values which are embraced by the faculty, staff as well as students. These values seem to serve as the catalyst for the students to desire to 'live' their motto, let us travel this far and further...let us go above and beyond...in the name of education. The faculty, administration, parents and staff seem to have a collegial relationship which fosters a sense of success and support for all of the students. I love this school for what it represents and for what it is able to do in the community and the extended communities.


Posted October 7, 2008

Rosa Parks is an excellent school and I could not imagine any place better to attend. Our school is a small family, complete with many different elements that make us harmoniously great in many different aspects. I hope to have children one day so that they have the same experience that I m having right now!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

This school should have the greatest rating in the city of Paterson. It has always produced great test scores, great students and great productions. Before any of the academies existed - Rosa Parks was the model for excellence.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 18, 2005

Excellent school. We give an award for music here. Students are well behaved and staff is at its best. Thanks to the teachers for caring.
—Submitted by a former 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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students90%
Female94%
Male80%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students52%
Female60%
Male33%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education58%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant52%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
29%
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 Students19%
Female13%
Male31%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education21%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant19%
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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48%
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26%
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SAT participation

77%

SAT college ready

4%

Graduation rate

98%


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 52% 16%
Hispanic 46% 22%
White 2% 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 87%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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413 12th Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07514
Phone: (973) 321-0520

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