Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Ridgefield Park Jr Sr High School

Public | 7-12 & ungraded | 33 students

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
No new ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
No new 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

10 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted April 22, 2014

I attended the school when i was young, and my daughter is now a Senior at the high school and we moved from a really bad town, the teachers and the staff are always involved with the evolution of the students education. Big thumbs up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The school prepared my daughter very well for college with their patience, assistance and curriculum. That is why I nominate Ridgefield Park Jr. Sr. High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

I presently have 2 children in this school who have done extremely well. Both maintain honors and are very involved in sports and clubs. I think our principal is by far the best in the state. He knows many of the students and parents and can frequently be seen interacting with them. I believe he has the respect of his students and faculty as well as many of the parents. I also think we have many great teachers who really do care about the kids. I am very pleased with our high school. My kids are good kids who are looking to go to quality colleges and I feel will be able to do well there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2007

Not impressed at all. Administrators as well as most of the teachers act like they do not care about a child's education. Although there are some exceptional teachers who really do not belong in this district, once they leave it will all fall apart. The kids do seem to rule the school due to weak leaders. With different administrators this school might have a chance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

its too bad that the administration doesnt connect more with the teachers, as they let some really good ones go in order to 'honor' how everyone is related or is connected somehow. this year (2005-6) some teachers made amazing connections with my child, and yet admin. decided to have them leave. I am convinced its because of politics-
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

Has improved a great deal since I moved there 5 years ago. The new principal has made that change happen. Great academic programs. Not too many extracurricular activities available though. Parent involvement I don't believe is very high although they encourage it a great deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2005

My son is a senior in the High School. His 7th, 8th, and 9th grades were rough due to the lack of interest from teachers and administrators. However, since the new Superintendent, Principal, Vice Principal and Disciplinarian, I would recommend this school. My hat s off to Eric Koenig, BIG heart, he loves the children and it shows! The Teachers are happier due to this new administration. High praise for all, keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2004

My daughter is currently a freshman at RPJSHS. In the 8th grade she was chosen to take the SAT and her test results were 1140. I'd say that has just as much to do with the teaching as with my child wanting to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2004

I went to Ridgefield Park HS for 7,8 and the beginning of 9.Now Im in 10th at Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson Hills PA.While I loved the school,in 7 grade,through the year,we had 4 different pre-algebra teachers.They have great music and art programs tho!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

This school has a high turnover of teachers, therefore it makes the quality of education lower. They do not properly prepare the students for test. The guidance counselors are not available to the parent and teacher as needed. I have had two children graduate from this high school and now I have another child in this high school, I have seen the quality of education steadily go downhill.
—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 65% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 82% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students74%
Female81%
Male68%
Black82%
Asian83%
Hispanic73%
White76%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education35%
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant74%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students62%
Female67%
Male58%
Black46%
Asian83%
Hispanic60%
White68%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
General education70%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant62%
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 Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK 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. 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

Language Arts Literacy

All Students84%
Female90%
Male79%
Black82%
Asian91%
Hispanic86%
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education59%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students65%
Female66%
Male65%
Black55%
Asian91%
Hispanic64%
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education41%
General education70%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students82%
Female85%
Male80%
Black82%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education71%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant82%
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 Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK 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. 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

Language Arts Literacy

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

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
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%
Male91%
Black92%
Asian77%
Hispanic96%
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education80%
General education100%
English language learners47%
Not migrant93%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former47%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
Black58%
Asian73%
Hispanic76%
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education49%
General education83%
English language learners27%
Not migrant75%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former27%
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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%
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 Students56%
Female55%
Male57%
Black53%
Asian80%
Hispanic52%
Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education26%
General education61%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant56%
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.

 
Average

Test score rating
Student growth 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

Student growth rating 20132What's this?

Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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

Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What'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

83%

SAT college ready

29%

Graduation rate

91%


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 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

3 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
Hispanic 48% 22%
White 34% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
Black 7% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 31%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1 Ozzie Nelson Drive
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Phone: (201) 440-1440

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

The Hanal School
Ridgefield Park, NJ







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT