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Perth Amboy High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 92 students

 

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Posted April 12, 2012

Perth Amboy HS is not an "ideal" hs at all, but it has produced many successful students. I graduated 2 yrs ago and am attending one of the top colleges in NJ. The community in which the high school is in is an urban community, thus there are a lack of conventional resources (money, books, class size) available at the school. There are always questionable teachers, but the ones I have encountered have made significant use of the resources available to them. It's not an easy job, but success has been a product. The kids live in a poverty stricken neighborhood in which crime rates are higher in comparison with other communities. As teenagers, this influence can be overwhelming but with PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT & SUPPORT, this can be overcome. The failing test scores are the result of the lack of resources available (i.e. tutoring time) and the issue with standardized testing. The majority of PA is Hispanic with many being English language learners. These standardized tests are not altered for diff. cultures and languages! All in all, the students of PA face challenges but success is possible with effective use of resources and instruction, parental involvement, & dedication.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2010

I am a former student who graduated from PA. There are pros and cons to this school. Some teachers & their methods are indeed questionable. But I'll elaborate more on the good teachers I came across. Mr. Savoia, History ,Mr. Fraraccio, History teacher, Ms. Stepash, Art teacher, Mrs. Massopust, Art teacher (sometimey, but good) Mrs. Barrios excellent spanish teacher with great discipline. (She teaches you beyond the classroom walls) Mrs. Terell History teacher & there are so many more who at this time I can't remember their names...it's been a while since I've been there, the principle was my VP in Junior high. She's strong, firm but not cold, kind in fact. I'd say there are many things wrong with some of the staff but there are some amazing teachers involved hands on in the school--but I remember caring more about my friends' business back then. I think most teenagers are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

The teachers dont challenge the students enough


Posted February 17, 2009

This school is in a horrific state of disrepair, it is dirty, it is overcrowded and the teachers have little or no drive, which transfers onto the children. The only children who have a chance is the Honors students who have been removed from the main school and are being taught at the former Perth Amboy Catholic School facility on Catherine Street. It is a shame, a disgrace and disheartening for these children to be short changed in this manner, they may be graduating 450+ students a year but the amount of remediation they require prior to taking college classes is indicative of the short comings of their education. Unfortunately the problem begins at the top, the school staff is rude, they are uncaring, they do not respond to e-mails and try to resolve anything, even a simple schedule problem by phone, it is impossible. The whole system is broken.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

If the students want to learn, they have limitless possibilities; the school has AP and Honors classes which guide the students in the right path. The failing HSPA scores are due to the amount of Special Education and ESL students, who cannot speak English, yet they are forced to take the test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

If the students want to learn they have endless possibilities; the school offers AP and Honors classes, which can help and guide the students to the right path. Although the school may seem like it's failing the HSPA, it is due to the Special Education and ESL students, who although are incapable of passing the test, they are forced to take it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2007

Yes, this High School seems terrible but it is not. Even though there are a lot of gangs and fights that really doesn't matter. Every school has problems. It is up to the children themselves to figure out what they want to do. This high school is great with sports and also great academically. For example 465 seniors are graduating this year and that is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2006

The programs and activities are ok but I think they could be better. Also there isn't enough parent involvement. It seems like the only involvement from the parents is when the child is in trouble or sick. Most of the staff are very rude and have no professionalism at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

This school should have required uniforms, it's too easy to cut school, there are far far far too many students in this school, ergo, failing grades and failures to reach the standard on standardized testing. Students are not inspired to pass. I met one teacher, mr. Lombardi, who was great - he is teaching the students what to expect in college - that reminds me of my teachers in 1970. Those are the types of teachers we need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2006

there is not enough books and not much attention are given to the students do not send your child to this school if you want him or her to be something in the future
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

I attended this school. I think it gives students great opportunities for higher level education, students just need to take initiative and try to excel.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 15, 2004

I cant stand the perth amboy public high school. There no kind of respondsibilities upon the staff. The vice principals are horrible. I would appreciate if you were to send this letter of critisism to the board of education in perth amboy. Thank you for your time.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students66%
Female65%
Male66%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Special education32%
General education91%
English language learners12%
Non-migrant66%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former32%
Limited English Proficient Former80%

Math

All Students61%
Female58%
Male64%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Special education22%
General education83%
English language learners20%
Non-migrant61%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former35%
Limited English Proficient Former69%
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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2012

 
 
28%
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 disadvantaged14%
Special educationn/a
General education23%
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

63%

SAT college ready

12%

Graduation rate

59%


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
Hispanic 92% 22%
Black 6% 16%
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 54%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Eagle Ave & Francis St
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Phone: (732) 376-6030

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