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Morris Knolls High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 96 students

 
 

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Posted November 12, 2013

This is a phenomenal high school! I have 2 kids there now: 1 is a senior, the other is a freshmen. The teachers are great, caring, and involved with the students. If you want to assess the health of the school, do like I have done, and drive by nearly any time of the day and you will see students and teachers there. Am not talking about kids hanging out looking for trouble. Am talking about kids who are in sports, clubs, plays, marching band, chorus, and other clubs that keep them at school by choice. There is diversity and a range of socioeconomic factors at play in case you thought otherwise. The respect each other and get along. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

Morris Knolls is an amazing school to develop into a young adult. The course load can be quite rigorous, but well worth the effort. The teachers that my son had the opportunity learn from are in my opinion "superior." He always felt that there was a good support system. He was involved in all aspects of the school including the athletics and chorale. Again "superior." While my son succeed at his pace, my daughter is now suceeding in her own way! The school supports all students and their endeavers! I will miss Morris Knolls when my daughter graduates!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

Some of the faculty is really good. The athletic department is the strongest. Discipline seems to be the major emphasis of the administrators (most of whom has a PE background). This place is a revolving door for teachers. My child had 3 different teachers in one year in history. That department appears to be the most problematic in terms of teacher retention. Foreign language is also very weak.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

Excellent school, dedicated teachers who go above and beyond to help students succeed. I'm talking about teachers who show up early in the morning 6AM on their own time to review with their students for special exams, teachers who provide fresh cooking breakfast to their students prior to special exams ( they cook it too ), teachers who on maternity leave find time to meet with their students at the local library to review class materials to make sure their students do well, and follow up to make sure the covering substitute is doing a good job with her students. Excellent quality of guidance administrative, and teaching leadership. Many opportunities for student involvement in leadership and extracurricular activities.Morris Knolls is a top high school in the state of NJ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

Morris Knolls is flat out the best high school in the state of New Jersey. If you have ever attended Morris Knolls you would know what I mean. From teachers, to the students, to the sports, nothing in New Jersey beats the quality of those categories in this state. Great job to the staff of Morris Knolls, you guys are the best! Go Golden Eagles!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2008

This school is pretty good. The teaching, the athletic program (especially football!), and the arts are especially good. The only thing i would advise you to look out for is you valuables. Lock everything up if you are leaving it out. I went to football practice once, and left my backpack in the locker room, right outside my locker. I come back from football practice, and my cell phone was stolen right out of my backpack. 2 Other peoples phones were stolen that day as well. Along with some ones jeans, some ones gold necklace, some ones wallet with his atm card in it. I would advise you to lock everything you value up, or i promise you, it will be stolen.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2007

I had tons of fun in Morris Knolls!! This school has a lot to offer students academically and interactively. Knolls has a great athletic program, as well as many other clubs to join. Morris Knolls is filled with easy going kids and a wonderful staff. This school has a friendly environment, but i guess for others school is only as good as you make it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2005

Great school, great teachers, great athletics, the total package.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 27, 2005

I disagree that the school is racial. Both of my children are hispanic and have shined in this school. You are expected to work hard and meet challenges and they dont cut you slack just because you are not caucasian. Everyone is equal here. Dont expect special treatment. Lovely school. A+ rating
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2004

i think its a very racial school. The students in the school are treating differently if they are not white. I think they should pay more attention to the students, and how they react toward other students.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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97%

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94%

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95%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
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%
Black92%
Asian96%
Hispanic90%
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Special education81%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant97%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Black75%
Asian96%
Hispanic76%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Special education60%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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 Students74%
Female74%
Male75%
Black71%
Asian70%
Hispanic45%
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Special education26%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant74%
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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48%
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26%
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SAT participation

84%

SAT college ready

51%

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 81% 51%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 9%
Black 3% 16%
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 7%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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50 Knoll Drive
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: (973) 664-2201

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