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Abraham Clark High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 787 students

 

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Posted March 23, 2011

I am a graduate of ACHS and the school is not what's terrible. The teachers are overall great. There are so many activities for students. The teachers are very helpful when they are needed. I also was in the ROTC program and it inspired me. Like any other school if students are not focused of course they will drop out. I have succeeded, college graduate and gladly made it in Dentistry. Another graduate became a professional football player. Parents are another problem, they dont join the PTA meetings to speak about the issues in Roselle, half of the parents do not even follow up with the teachers nor bother to meet with them. Not to mention they also have an excellent Health Occupations program to help excell students in medicine and have the chance of recieving college credits.Also,helps students choose a career in medicine. The teachers are great! My mom is one and she stays over her usual time to help the students excell and make sure that they pass their marking period. To the parents in Roselle it's a bother to call them and let them know how their child is performing! If the parents do not care what more would you excpect from teachers?


Posted May 25, 2010

Roselle schools are a disgrace. Poor management from the top down. Roselle schools are failing across the board. Ranked 283 out of 316. Poor SAT and standardize testing score averages. Test scores averages are way below the state average and lower than every other school in Union County except for Plainfield. Majority of the school staff, administration and school board do not want to hear from concerned parents. They do have a handful of good personnel but VERY FEW!!!! The district is known for ignoring issues that can be fixed if they are addressed. They have a reputation for ignoring student needs hoping kids age out and drop out. Only kids that are willing to put in work will succeed if they attend any Roselle School. The rest will be left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

Is very disappointing to hear that students from other districts attend this school, since I tried all the other districts around and had a straight no for an answer. ACHS was my last choice. I agree with the previous comment about the ridiculous amount of taxes we pay in such a small town and you don't see where the money is going, especially having such poor school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

this school is a mess.. My daughter attends this school. This is her first experience in a public school. My child is suffering. I am trying mmy best to get her out. i pay very high taxes, and it is unfair i have to look into private school which i probaly cant afford. The school has children attending who dont even live in the district. the school is not safe. My daughter is constantly telling me about the SENIORS who make advances at her ( an eight grader). She is in danger of failing the 8th grade . This school is the worst. No dress code. my daughter was an A/B student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

I am a graduate of this school. As with anything if you put forth the effort you will do well. I excelled and held leadership roles in numerous extracurricular activities during my 4 yrs at the school. JROTC, football, home ec club, business club, student government and quite a few others. And due to a lack of interest of most other students, when you shine in this environment it is easy for everyone to see your hard work and determination. You reap what you sew !
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2009

I attened this school an even though i had a really bad start at the end it was all worth it because it made me better person


Posted December 28, 2006

I have two children in this school both of whom are Honor Roll students one of which is being enrolled in the National Honor Society this year. They are excelling in all areas of their lives. sports, etc. Like all schools there are children who aren't there to learn, fortunately my children are choosing their associates wisely which parents have to teach them at home. Teachers call home whenever there is a problem. (They all know who I am. I go to the school not write letters) Unfortunately most of the parents are not involved this is where the problems come in. My daughter who is an 11th grader this year took the practice SAT this year and scored high. Ultimately it is up to the student as in any high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2006

Aug.2006 WHen my familiy moved to Roselle we knew the high schoool had a bad reputation but figured in 8ys the school would improve. Unfortunately, it got worse. Majority of the staff is uncaring. I even emailed the principal to find out activities my son could be a part of because the school website was not updated and never got a response. I also called and left several messages with the school administration and again did not receive calls back. My husband and I are patying over $9000 dollars in taxes and my son is not getting the education or is in the type of safe environment that a child should be able to feel safe and learn. If you move here send your child to private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

The quality of the programs were very good. Though the classes tend to be slightly crowded the teachers did show an interest in the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

I went to this school for about a year, and i had the best time there. I failed dall my classes, but i had fun. I now live in florida and would do anything to go back.I learned alot in that school, street wise. I miss that school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 13, 2005

I attend this school and for me, I have no problem in this school. I have always been in accelerated classes and always maintained good grades. If a student wants to learn, then they will no matter what. There are clubs for students to join. Even though there aren't that many parents who are involved, this school is still good and I give it a 3 out of 5 overall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2004

I was a member of Abraham Clark High School and I graduated in 2002. A lot of people say that the school is poor, and as an alumni I can say that it's not the school it's the students. I attended Abraham Clark and received a 4.0 GPA (jr year), was a member of the Poetry workshop, and Graphic Arts Program. Nevertheless, received the National Honor Roll Award (given to 4.5% H.S. students in the nation) and Who's Who Among High School Students (given to 3.5% H.S. students in the nation). I also went to college one year early at Johnson & Wales University and majored in Website Development just because I hated to be around the students in the school. I loved the staff, with only a few exceptions but if it weren't for the students that need to attend school there would be no school...Best wishes C/O 02!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

My mother, my aunts, my uncles, my sisters, and I have all graduated from this school.The school has changed for the worse. The staff (administration) is not focused on our children's education or safety. The teachers come and go,because they fear for their safety as well.The school is 97% Afro-American the remainder being Mexican and Spanish. The number of students is about 1,600 give or take. If this is the kind of school that you are looking for, you have found the right place. If you want your children to be successful, this is not the school for your family. Their are about 30 to 35 students per class. The information on this web site should be updated by facts. With the number of students in this scholl, there are only 4 security guards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

The quality of this school is poor.For example the children are not learning! The test scores for the school are poor.The school is over populated. and anyone can just walk into this school right off of the streets. Children walk up and down the hallways all day long without hall passes.If my spelling is wrong on this letter it is because I was a student of this school.Just about 80% of the students in this school are in special education. That is because you have teachers that do not care, and the remainder of the staff hide behind close doors. This school is a danger zone for any child that wants an education.Please take time to visit this school before moving into this town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2004

My child attended 8th Grade at this school. It is clearly a failing school. The parents are apathetic, the teachers don't care, the administration is probably one of the worst in the State. As for the children, many are wandering aimlessly with no direction. My child no longer attends this school.
—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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

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77%

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80%

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67%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%

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48%

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53%

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42%
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 Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education45%
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students43%
Female46%
Male40%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special education16%
General education51%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant43%
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.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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17%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students17%
Female16%
Male19%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Special education11%
General education20%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant17%
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

73%

SAT college ready

4%

Graduation rate

75%


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 68% 16%
Hispanic 28% 22%
White 2% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 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 53%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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122 East 6th Ave
Roselle, NJ 07203
Phone: (908) 298-2004

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