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Phillipsburg High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 54 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I am a phillipsburg high school graduate and my brother and sister attend there now. the teachers are great and the principle is amazing and interacts with all students pushing them to aim for the stars in life. im the oldest of 5 and 4 of us already love this school. its like one big family once a stateliner always a stateliner!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2014

This school is amazing. It all depends on the student to make this a successful time of their lives. Yes there are many students, but nothing that i would say as overcrowded. The teachers are great, and truly care about their students. PHS has a unique life, one that only a student with a optimistic attitude can appreciate. The principal is one of the best I have ever seen. This school gets a bad image due to its location, however if a student has a confident personality and takes honors, AP, or even cp classes, they will not be effected by any "bad kids". Even the students who are considered to be bad, do not interfere with the lives of other students. You can go to this school and end up at some community college, or you could go to this school and end up in a college that is ranked in the top 50. It all depends on the student. Phillipsburg High School has every opportunity any other high school does, its up to the student to seize them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2011

i love Destin Drew Merwarth!! :p and i miss you too.... :( LOVE LIZZY <3


Posted September 19, 2009

Proud Grauate of Phillipsburg High School. Wonderful teachers, leaders and friends. It is what you make it, and I made it the best expierience of my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2008

I have 2 sons presently in the school now. Unfortunately for them they will never see a new school nor will their siblings that are in elementary school now. Anyone who thinks the state is going to give PHS money to build a school when more than half the population of the school are not Abbott are kidding themselves. For those that are bright and go the honors route they will be fine. For those in the middle and below it's hit and miss. There are some good teachers. The key word here is SOME. The worst thing that happened to the education system as a whole is tenure. Our kids deserve better. How about a banner at 150 years that says 150 years of academic excellence instead of sports. That will be the day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2007

My son is a freshman, and he's a very smart kid. So far, he's being challenged, maybe to his surprise! They do focus on sports, yes, but with the amount of homework these kids get, you can definitely say they focus on academics as well. They are always given time before sports practice to get some homework done. Of course it's not perfect - it's a public school in the state of NJ - the state is a disaster and a disgrace right now. I think that if parents stay involved, their kids will do well. The teachers there really do seem to care and many are young and enthusiastic. Hopefully one day we will get our new school built - these kids certainly deserve it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

Phillipsburg HS has a good sports program and a few good teachers. Extreme overbuilding in the sending school districts has forced a shift from a small local HS to a large regional HS. The writing was on the wall for a long time and they failed the transition process (and most of our students). A handful of students are successful, but, not in comparison to the surrounding high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

I have been disappointed in this high school for a few years now. I have two sons who have gone through and was less than impressed. They care too much about money and sports, and not nearly enough on academics. The school is too crowded and loaded with beuracratic red tape. Not enough teachers or administrators care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

PHS has all the ingredients to make an entirly successful school with the exception of a school. We have very good teachers that strive to make us the best we can be. There are some extremely talented individuals both acedemically and athletically. Year in and year out PHS sends students to Ivy League schools and is competitive it sports, the big ones being wrestling and football with some of the other less known well acheiving athletic programs including Cross Country and Cheerleading. However PHS is like a wave in that as high as it goes it sometimes will plunge to that opposite end with a lack of security, small high school (and trailers that make it virtully imposible to make class on time), and previlent drug scene. Music and art programs are also slightly lacking.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2006

I am a student here, at PHS, a sophmore. While I do think it is a great school, i think it definitely needs improvement. No matter what the season is, we must still walk through the trailer yard to get to our classes. We have way too many students shoved in this high school. It would be nice to move into this new highschool, that we already spent millions of dollars on building it. Aside from that, our security rate is not so good, either. We also do not have many courses involving law. I would like to become an attorney, but there are no courses for that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2006

I would like to start by saying that phs does offer a variety of classes/activities including debate and newspaper club. I would also like to add that there is no gang activity present at the high school. Many students do graduate and go onto ivy league schools and the sports programs are excellent. This suburban school district has excellent teachers and high standards.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 16, 2006

Phillipsburg has the environment typical of a large urban HS combined with a large suburban sending district population. Consequently, there are large strata of different students. The upper academic end of the spectrum is excellent. There are more Honors and AP classes than most NJ high schools. Students in my son's class (2005) at this level went on to MIT, Dartmouth, Cornell, Lehigh, Lafayette, Rutgers and other very good colleges, most with substantial scholarships. The sports teams are very high caliber, esp, football and wrestling. The other end of the spectrum has students heavily involved in drug and gang activity. The students in the middle have a choice to make. Get involved in sports and academics and you will be fine. Get involved in the lower end and it will drag you right in to the sewer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2005

PHS is growing and improving, however there are not enough choices beyond the basics in your courses. A school of this size should offer journalism, creative writing, poetry classes, debate, jr. rotc and so on.
—Submitted by a former student


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Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
90%

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90%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Black90%
Asian100%
Hispanic84%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education68%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Black63%
Asian88%
Hispanic54%
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special education21%
General education84%
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 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.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%
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 Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Black44%
Asian77%
Hispanic51%
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant67%
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

57%

SAT college ready

44%

Graduation rate

83%


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 76% 51%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Black 9% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
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 26%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Gregory Troxell

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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200 Hillcrest Boulevard
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Phone: (908) 454-6551

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