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Pequannock Twp High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 11 students

 

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Posted Monday, August 18, 2014

The township schools have changed as far as the way our children learn. The school board has implimented programs which some parents in Pequannock have found difficult to understand. Now there is a better understanding of what is going on, as the test scores for our socioeconomic standing are the best in our area. The school board is constantly being bombarded with negative words on the township blogs and there is no basis for these hateful comments. There is always talk at election time from new candidates who say they are running because they care about our kids. Very good to say. Our present board feels the same way and are proving that our kids come first with the latest results. This board knows that we are not competing with the U.S. but are now competing in a globalized society. We need to have our kids apply and be accepted to more prestigious schools such as Harvard, Brown, Cornell, Yale and others which we would be proud to say our sons and daughters attend. This is what we need to do. Our property values will continue to have value even in this difficult economy. Our taxes are being held in check as spending is done with sights on the future. This is what must be done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

the board of education and the superintendent have real problems with themselves , they only see the money coming in and spend it on useless things its time to get all of them out and get in people who want to make the school system better , not have the best sports fields around
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

Pequannock Township High School is one of the best high schools in the area. The only downside currently is the lack of principal which is to be rectified in this coming year. My children were challenged and did very well in school. The teachers are responsive and truly care about the children. They work very hard to help them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2014

It is both sad and unfortunate but the Pequannock Township public school have become a joke. My children have suffered through change after change at the hand of the BOE and the administration. There are still some wonderful teachers but more are lost each year. Instead of building on successful areas and correcting those that are lacking this BOE and administration just throw everything away and start over. Well, I'm done starting over and over and over, but until we get rid people who are not afraid to do the right things for our students these students will suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

Pequannock HS has gone through many transition periods. My son will be graduating soon and in retrospect if I had a choice, I wouldn't have sent my son to this school. Why? In all fairness to the good teachers and dedicated staff, this school has the potential and the resources to do a great job. However, it lacks appropriate management and leadership. Teanured teachers believe that they can do "what ever they want" and I mean what ever they want and get away with it. The staff lacks appropriate training on how to manage an array of situations that can go from a struggling student to a student that presents behavioral issues. Its unfortunate, that they've let go of energetic, enthusiastic and decidated teachers to leave the "old timers" that have little to no impact of the educational growth of students. I do want to make it clear that this doesn't necessarily apply to all seasoned teachers and those that don't do a good job know who they are. Perhaps it's time for the Board of Education to really focus and what's more important... OUR CHILDREN, and stop trying to pretend that PTHS is an excellent school. No, it is not but it can be if appropriate changes are impremented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

Don't send your child to Pequannock schools. The district is little more than a glorified sports camp where orchestra, Latin, and many other academic programs have been cut, despite huge expenditures on new fields and AstroTurf. None of this is opinion, by the way. Just ask a resident or watch a BoE meeting. Meanwhile, students are being graduated that don't know the fundamentals, that can't write in script, and that can't balance a checkbook. Check out Montville, Boonton, or Wayne for better options for your school age child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 20, 2013

The Pequannock Township school district cares only about making test grades and winning sports titles. The students are inconsequential as is the budget. More money is put into the exterior grounds for sports programs like artificial turf and Middle school and High School buildings suffer from years of neglect. The school board is constantly wasting money on studys and are constantly throwing the district into turmoil by introducing lame-brain ideas on how to mess up the district whether it be by changing quarters to trimesters, altering which children will attend which schools, moving grades from one school to another, putting on expensive and unnecessary additions or renovations to elementary schools that were renovated ten years ago, etc. They have a blue ribbon school which they are always looking for ways to dismantle in their unending quest to change and "improve" the school district. They only concentrate their efforts on improving their test scores and care little about the impact on the students or teachers. Administration is top-heavy and overpaid and the good teachers are underpaid and not appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

Our township schools have been undergoing a transition to the upside for all involved. The school board is very active, as well as proactive in their approach to learning, sports and other important programs which add up to a well rounded educational experience. Budgeting is aligned with results and our children's scores on standardized tests proves this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

The young people I know who attend are very high achievers, the teaching staff is extremely dedicated and they are at the top of the game in their sports achievements


Posted June 23, 2008

Thi school is going nowhere but down. As the new superintendent has called it, 2008-2009 will be the year of the high school. The only problem is that this past summer the best teachers in both history and mathematics have left to work in better school districts, thus leaving their new 'Gold Acadmeny' and four AP courses to suffer. The school will not be as good as it was in 2007 until new administration is hired and this school district can finally learn to retain good teachers. Stay awa from PTHS if at all possible!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2007

The school divided against itself can not stand. Such is Pequannock H.S.. Teacher union is weak. Administration is inapt but fancy themselves outstanding. Students suffer the consequences. In general, there is more committement to penny-pinching than education. Of excellence there can be no talk at all.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 19, 2006

I have found the elementary schools to be substantially behind the Randolph school system in both academics and extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

I would advise anyone planning to attend PTHS to go to a different school. PTHS is breaking down. Teachers are leaving and test scores are going down. There are many extracurricular activities but parent involvement is limited.
—Submitted by a 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.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
98%

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98%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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%
Female99%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Special education86%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant97%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students95%
Female94%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education80%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%
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 Students76%
Female79%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Special education25%
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant76%
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

95%

SAT college ready

66%

Graduation rate

97%


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 95% 51%
Hispanic 3% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 16%
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 4%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Frank Ingargiola

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Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
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