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Princeton, NJ
Students enrolled: 1,375

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151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 806-4280
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October 13, 2014
Extremely overrated and incredibly disappointing. The school takes credit for the work of the parents - do you honestly think the high SATs are the result of the school and teachers? This is a sink or swim waste of a place. No "teaching" happens here. The numerous local private schools are unfortunately at a totally different level.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I'm a student at PHS and I love it here. They have all of the classes that I'm interested and practically everyone that I know feels at home here:).

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2014
Perfect blend of academic standards, community involvement and athletics. The experience for the kids is always placed front and center and it is clear from day one that they are expected to succeed and provide their best efforts at everything.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
PHS has a substantially high number of PhDs, many of whom bring valuable non-teaching career experience to the classroom. 7out of 8 of my children's teachers have very high expectations of their students and diligently try to make learning a multi-faceted, enjoyable experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
Great School! Athletics and clubs both strong parts of the school as well as the students and teachers within it. my son was able to receive a great education here and made many friends. the music program and "The Tower", (the journal at princeton high school), are both excellent and he was able to participate in both which greatly helped him when looking at colleges. overall a great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
Princeton High School is both a great school and a community. It is smaller than some of the other surrounding public schools, giving students a sense of unity and closeness, but also large enough to offer variety and opportunity to the students, unlike some of the private schools in the area which are limited by their size. Both of my children attended PHS and loved it and were involved in various clubs offered at the school. Both the academics are strong as well as the closeness between the teachers and the students. By the time my kids were applying to colleges they had developed close relationships with almost all of their teachers and were able to get personal, well thought out recommendations from multiple teachers which certainly helped when applying to schools where you need to stand out in order to be accepted. The experience offered at the school is something that can't even really put a price on and i would highly recommend this school to both parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
We're impressed by PHS's academic programs and amazing resources. Students are extremely engaged and are offered a wide variety of opportunities to learn and grow. There is something for everyone at PHS, and my children have thrived here. We're especially impressed by their music programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
We ve found Princeton High School very disappointing, especially coming from the better run Cranbury School. The school has a good group of students, they have some decent sports teams and an excellent music program. They teach over 30 AP classes. The teacher and staff quality is average at best. There are some excellent teachers but it s hit-and-miss. Our child currently has 3 good teachers of 8. A few poor teachers is inevitable, but a great school should have mostly strong teachers. The support staff isn t better. They don t know much so it s not uncommon to be redirected 3-4 times. They are just as likely to tell you wrong information anyway. Communication is terrible in general. They have an online grade program but it s useless because most of the teachers don t enter any grades until the quarter is over. Many of the teachers are lazy. They don t even collecting homework, let alone grade it. If a kid is doing something wrong they may not know until test time. What s the point of homework if it s not to assess progress? Good luck trying to see these teachers for help. Many of them make it impossible and give kids grief if they try. Calls or emails are ignored.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Excellent High School!! Our child just graduated with the class of 2012. Awesome academic program. The teachers are very thorough and genuinely care about the students. Excellent Administration staff. Excellent programs and staff that work with the students to ensure they are college ready and have all the tools that are needed to excel. The atmosphere is very engaging and inviting. First class from beginning to end. We were extremely pleased and thankful for the preparation as our child now leaves for their freshman year of college. We have nothing but positive things to say about our experience. Top notch academically challenging institution with a warm and family friendly feel. It was the best of both worlds for both students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2011
The academics, athletic programs, and extracurriculars at Princeton High School as a package can not be beaten. The best teachers here are extraordinarily dedicated, especially in the Science, History, and English departments. Even the teachers some students complain about would be among the best in other schools in the area. As a whole the athletic department is strong, albeit more focused on some sports rather than others (soccer and lacrosse are very big-time here). The weight room is huge and excellent. The school spends untold amounts on programs for music and the arts, and it shows. Year after year our bands and choirs rank at the very top nationally and travel abroad to Europe and China. Both theatre productions were honestly professional quality. The guidance department here is absolutely fantastic, never failing to send less than thirty students a year to Ivy and Ivy level universities. Some issues I have with the school include the disagreeable principal and a good amount of substance abuse. There are students with a lot of money, so drugs are always around. I've been successful in avoiding them by sticking with my close friends. This is overall and accepting place.

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2011
Princeton High school is a fabulous high school. There are many courses to choose from with great electives, and though teachers push the students to do their best, there is great comradship between everyone and many laughs are heard. From clubs to extracurricular activities, PHS is a wonderful experience not only for stimulating the intellect but because you will meet people whom you will stay in contact with all your life. After graduation, when the seniors yell "PHS, PHS, PHS, PHS!" at the top of their lungs before they throw their hats in the air, then you can feel what Princeton High school is all about.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2011
This school has achieved academic excellence in and out of the classroom. Our average SAT score is 1850. I do not know a single student at PHS that does not participate in some type of club or organization. Debate Club, Chess Club, Asian American Club, MUN etc. The system provides an environment where you can learn and succeed, granted you take the time and put the work in to achieve. Each year I would say 40-50 students from our graduating class goes on to an Ivy League School. The other students go onto good schools as well. Our Principal has yet to miss a school event. Drug Scene can be bad depend on who you hang out with. You can easily avoid it. Homecoming and the dances are disgusting not because of the admin but because of the students. Some departments are bigger and better than others. English, Math, and Science seem to stand out. Teachers are hit or miss. Most of the time you get a great teacher who spurs on your academic success. The facilities are great. There are so many opportunities as in electives and extracurricular activities. You just have to take it and go with it. As a sophomore, I feel challenged and satisfied with PHS's education.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2010
What I love most about my school is that there's always something for everyone. We have amazing academics, but unlike some other schools in the district, we have a smaller and more connected student body. I'd say that most students at PHS know most students in their grade, while at other schools in the county it'd be difficult to even know half. We have a diverse and, more importantly, balanced student body. Note: a large amount of one or two minority groups do not count as diverse. If you go to PHS or any surrounding schools you'll know what i mean. In Princeton you can always find someone from everywhere. There are well over 30 clubs and also a variety of school sports. Our choir and band are among the top in the nation. The school is conveniently located near town. Princeton has a lovely suburban feel with the perks of a small city. Everything is in walking distance, which is very convenient for a high school student. I would say that I thoroughly enjoy attending Princeton High School and living in Princeton.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2009
PHS has great academics, lots of extracurriculars and a fantastic set of resources for all kinds of kids. The facilities are also state of the art.

- submitted by a former student
May 02, 2009
I am a student in this school and believe that over all, PHS is the place to learn. The school has an abundance of excellent teachers who evoke thinking and an interest in learning. This school requires one to be able to and to want to meet a relatively high standard, however in my personal opinion that adds to the experience. If you do not like challenge, then perhaps this is simply not the school for you.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 23, 2009
As a former emplyee of princeton high i can tell you that this is the place to send your child if you want to have totoal control over their education. Teachers and counselors opinions and expertise means nothing to parents or administration. This is the place for you if your prent enjoys bullying and name dropping. Can't say that will do much for your child's education but that certainly doesn't seem to matter to any of the parents i encountered!

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 13, 2008
The is a fabulous school. 2 of our kids graduated from here and we have 1 more who is still in the school. The students are challenged by a wide array of AP classes. My kids were able to take AP classes in their sophomore year. The school consistently sends their graduates to the top collegs and universities in the country. It is diverse school community. The music program is top notch so the students get a very well rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
The school is overrated because it has an overabundance of really smart kids with outside schooling. Half the kids in the school are the children of professors, businessmen, doctors, high powered lawyers, etc and as a result the parents highly emphasis academic excellence and spend large sums of money in order to achieve said excellence. The school is terrible when it comes to disadvantaged students or students whose parents do not invest their own time and money into their children's education.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2008
Princeton High School has endless opportunities and great teachers. The academics emphasize analysis rather than simple memorization so students learn to become thinkers. The diversity, in every sense of the word, only enriches the learning environment. The music, arts, other extracurriculars are superb. However, Princeton High is not a place where someone is going to hold your hand, and that is the reason that their is such a big achievement gap. Every learning opportunity is there, there a great tutoring system, and teachers tend to be very accomodating with extra help, but if you don't go out and seek it yourself, it will probably come to you. The overall environment of the school is more on the unstructured side as far as high schools goal. In this highly academic town, full of independent thinkers with a passion for learning, everything, and it has a superb high school to match.

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2007
Princeton Regional School district is over rated. Many residents of the school district place their children in private schools. Our daughter's history class was taught by a substitute who had the kids watching Jim Carry movies rather than learning history. We have received many report cards and attendance reports that were incorrect. The school does not actually support an emotionally safe learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
Princeton High is an ideal high school for already high-achieving students. AP and Accelerated classes enable students to do some of the best work available for high school students in the country. As a result, you will find because of the amazing teachers and resources given in advanced and honors courses, many of these students attend the top schools in the country. Princeton High's downfall exists in the stark achievement gap which consistently allows underperforming students to fall through the academic cracks.

- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2006
An exceptional public school with a high level of teacher involvement, personal attention and skill. Strong academic requirements with after school tutors available daily. Drama Dept. and Club a great experience. Diversity among students does not show in statistics. Princeton has students from all over the world.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
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March 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2005
This is a great school that is very hooked into the great colleges. Music dept not to be beat., best of the best. I wouldn't want to be average here. Great for the gifted.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2004
This is a great school. The students can get extra help esaily and the teachers are always willing to give it. The teahcers keep their students interested in their classes. Their are scholars that help any student who needs improvent in a subject after school. The students have great clubs and extracurricular activities. The sports teams are very hard working and disiplined. The discipline is strict to keep the students safe at all times. The principal is very encouraging and does a great job running the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
This high school is not good and has a very bad guidance system, students are placed under extraneous restrictions during course selections. Many students are not allowed to take desired courses, even with the proper credentials because of the bad counselors. They do not help the students, and only discourage and force them to pick general courses, that the average student picks. Don't pick this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Princeton High School
151 Moore Street, Princeton, NJ  08540
(609) 806-4280
Last modified Princeton High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Princeton High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top