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Rahway High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 21 students

 
 

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Posted August 4, 2014

RAHWAY HIGH SCHOOL, amongst other things is a place of second to none experience and learning. This school expresses the importance of diversity, quality extra-curricular activities and of course challenging students academically. Moving to Rahway in HS did not only challenge me with honor, CP, and AP classes, but gave me the comfort of a close knit community. Going into college I had no issue bonding and being a strong individual with personal goals. Like any school system parents need to also assist in influencing greatness out a student, and whatever they missed Rahway High was sure to try their best to cover. Being a fairly small town, Rahway makes up for it with talent and opportunity. Rahway teaches things that cannot be found on a curriculum.


Posted May 4, 2012

being a student at rahway high, has had its difficulties, but i do have to say that most teachers there try their best to help us. not only can the teacher relate to us but were able to talk to them as if they were a parent. i trust two teachers there with my life. their my parents away from home. yes rahway is a majority of african americans but that doesnt mean we should get a bad name for it. you can get the same acts from kids that go to clark or G.L. it doesnt have to do with being what color you are. im surrounded everyday with kids aging from 14-18 and they will have differences but so do adults. you cant blame us for being young. to conclude rahway high is a very helpful and safe place to learn and go to college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2012

I'm an alumni of RHS, I never realized how sad it was until I left and met other people from various areas of the country. Though yes, a lot of the teachers try I realized very quickly that even as an AP/honors student, there was a lotI was never taught. The school needs to get it's act together. It's a shame a place that produced Carl Sagan is doing so poorly as far as science and math.


Posted March 16, 2010

I attend Rahway High School. The teachers are great but there is no order of how the administration works which ruins daily life at school. There are a lot of teachers that display favoritism and it is unfair. Also this school does not challenge anyone if you take a normal CP (College prep) class. I honestly feel like I will graduate with students who are illiterate because of programs like ACE where the 'bad' kids are sent and only attend school from 8 am to 12 and graduate with a high diploma for not doing much because from what I understand ACE doesn't even have textbooks. I feel like this program doesn t help anyone but the school s graduation rate because the students are not learning anything. The only thing RHS has going for it is nice teachers besides a select few there really doesn't feel like anyone teacher or student knows what is going on.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

Rahway High School is a great school. The Teachers and Counselors go 'Beyond' to assist and encourage all the students. They offer many different clubs and activities, which keep the students very active and wanting to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

My son just started this high school and so far so good. The only thing I'm concerned about is the distance that is required for a student to catch a school bus. As far as the academics are concerned, I have no complaints right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

Rahway High School prepared me well for my academic future. It tends to receive a negative reputation, but any student who wants a good education can find it at RHS. The AP programs are growing and the school is only getting better.


Posted April 2, 2008

I have decided not to send my child to Rahway High school. It's unfortunate that the climate at the school is unstable and i am not willing to subject my child to that environment. There are alot of good families and teachers in Rahway. Much time and effort is needed to bring the school on par with the rest of the Union County top schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

The fact there is no strong leadership at all in this school is a disgrace. It is impossible for there to be any consistency at all. It is truly a disappointment and this school does not have to be as bad as it is. There are teachers there that are trying but how much can they really do when the administration does not support them. I really hope that something is done or I won't be sending my other children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

In the last eight months the school has encountered a myriad of difficulties with several administrative changes. Despite this, the commitment and dedications of a truly talented and concerned staff and administration has done much to keep the ship more than afloat, they have managed to keep student interest, concerns, and achievement out front. Bravo and thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

I like to give everyone the benefit of doubt and I agree in being fair. It's going to take alot of hard work, effort and cooperation from his staff to turn Rahway H.S. around. It seems alot of teachers have given up with all the stresses they've been confronted with for so long they are caring less and less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2007

To be fair, I heard there's a new principal now, so maybe things will get better. Let's hope.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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85%

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80%

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74%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special education45%
General education93%
English language learners36%
Non-migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former58%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students65%
Female67%
Male63%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Special education18%
General education81%
English language learners18%
Non-migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former42%
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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
57%
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 Students58%
Female60%
Male56%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Special education11%
General education67%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant58%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former50%
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

85%

SAT college ready

22%

Graduation rate

85%


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
Black 47% 16%
Hispanic 31% 22%
White 19% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 50%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1012 Madison Ave
Rahway, NJ 07065
Phone: (732) 396-1101

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