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Central High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 4 students

 

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 9, 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2010

Excellent school with great teachers and fine athletics, music, and visual and performing arts departments. Go bulldogs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—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.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special education75%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant97%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students92%
Female96%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special education53%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant92%
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.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%
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 Students84%
Female85%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special education49%
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant84%
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

93%

SAT college ready

73%

Graduation rate

96%


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 86% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 9%
Hispanic 3% 22%
Black 2% 16%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Michael Daher

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259 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
Phone: (609) 737-4000

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