Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Princeton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1375 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

25 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 2, 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black89%
Asian99%
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education93%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant98%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black71%
Asian97%
Hispanic72%
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education72%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant94%
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.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%
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 Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black46%
Asian97%
Hispanic59%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education38%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant87%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
Above average

Test score rating
College readiness rating

1-3 Below Average

4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

25%
of schools in the state are Below average
48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

College readiness rating 20132What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

SAT participation

96%

SAT college ready

83%

Graduation rate

93%


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 64% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 9%
Hispanic 9% 22%
Black 6% 16%
Two or more races 2% 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 8%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)
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)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school community.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

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")
  • Swimming pool
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Gary Snyder

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 806-4280

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Princeton Day School
Princeton, NJ







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT