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9-12 & Ungraded
Pennington, NJ
Students enrolled: 1,225

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259 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534

(609) 737-4000
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June 26, 2014
We have had a great experience here! We considered private schools but a friend had a daughter at the high school and they raved about it. So happy we choose Hoval! You get the great academics of a private school without the cost, and the extracurricular benefits of a larger school than most private schools. I am not entirely sure what the last review is referring to. If you look at test scores for this school, they are well above average. Not only that but their is a wide AP offering (especially for a public school!) and the student success at the AP tests are well known. The school has also won various awards over the years, particularly in the music departments. Some teachers are resistant to change but when talking with them I have often found a good reason. I have encountered many teachers willing to go above and beyond for my children. The principal greets students and parents by name and truly seems to care.

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June 25, 2014
Slow to innovate curriculum, could take years to discuss and implement. Some great teachers that teach with passion but others that drag down the overall quality. Some subjects just present material through a lecture without looking to create an environment of learning guided by discussions and activities. These subject areas seem to be more concerned with being able to say they covered large amounts of material rather than making sure the students are learning the material presented. Teach mostly to the middle of the student body. If you have kids on either end they will receive very little compared to other schools in the region. For example, AP class offerings need to expand to meet the needs of the students. Leadership will say it is all about the kids but many tough decisions are not made with the kids best interest in mind. Staff resists change. Good school, just below average, with the potential to be great. The strength is in the community.

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2014
I can honestly say that my whole educational experience was so great thanks to the Hopewell Valley school district. In the high school, you get the option to choose your path- whether regular, honors, AP, or a class with extra help. This means that you do have to push yourself to get on the track you want but you are encouraged to challenge yourself throughout high school. The staff is truly caring. Although you occasionally will end up with someone whose teaching style might not be to your taste (as is true anywhere), every teacher I had was willing to put in extra time to help you reach your goals. The extracurriculars, especially the amazing performing arts but also the exceptional sports and varied clubs, make the high school experience memorable. In general I found the students to be open-minded, respectful, and friendly. Great place to be!

- submitted by a student

May 09, 2012
Even though I went here for only my freshman year, I cannot express how much I miss this school!!! I moved to Florida after my freshman year and the level of education in NJ versus FL is mind-blowing! Hoval is an AMAZING school, the sports are great (in gym we had archery and golf!), they even have culinary, autoshop, woodshop, and more! (all the things they don't have in FL schools) If I could go back in time and graduate from Hoval, I would! Such an amazing school with amazing teachers! You don't really know what you have 'till it's gone!!

- submitted by a student

February 21, 2012
Currently have a ninth grader and also one that graduated. Excellent prep for college bound students. Music program is stellar. Neighborhood is safe and nuturing. Small town feel but near enough to activity centers.

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November 18, 2010
Having three children graduate from this school, I can attest they received an excellent education. The teachers at this school have prepared them well for college and the transition was easy for them. In addition, the teachers are well-attuned to each students' needs. The student body, I have to say, is a great addition to the community. In the nine years I have had a child at the school, there was never any incident of bullying or trouble. The kids are all just great. One reviewer mentioned "boring' to describe the student body. Hey--I don't care about that--what I care about as a parent is the education they receive.

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October 11, 2010
This is a great High School. The music, arts and athletic departments are superior at Hopewell. This school has many great teachers and committed administration. A very good school.

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June 26, 2010
Excellent school with great teachers and fine athletics, music, and visual and performing arts departments. Go bulldogs!

- submitted by a student

April 05, 2009
The school is quickly being overtaken by 'special needs' children / parents....which leaves the kids with talent and ability waiting on the sidelines to get funding for the accelerated programs. Athletics program could be better. I agree with the student review from September 2008...people are nice, but boring. All that being said...we moved here for the school's reputation, and have only run into a few snags.

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September 13, 2008
This school has an excellent educational, extracurricular and arts programs. As schools go, its a good one. But socially, its suffocating. the people are nice but boring. flat. one toned.

- submitted by a student

June 29, 2005
My child is an rising Senior. The music, theater and sports deparments are great. The AP and honors offerings and well taught. Children seem to be managable and teachers caring. New principal 2nd year, but doing a good job. The School District is always in fluctuation, with new administrators. The schools seem to function fine without disruption.

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Central High School
259 Pennington Titusville Rd, Pennington, NJ  08534
(609) 737-4000
Last modified Central High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Central High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top