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Saddle Brook Mid High School

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Posted July 17, 2013

As a student here for two years, I could honestly tell you that this school barely deserves 2/5 stars. I don't even know where to start. The teachers have no passion; they are there to get paid and are very unreasonable. The staff is constantly being changed and re-arranged. GLD's can now be used (Global Learning Devices, which is a fancy name they give to our phones/tablets), which are used to basically keep us occupied at lunch so we don't get too rowdy (although there were more fights in the cafeteria this year than I can count on one hand). Sometimes we use them to do research in class, although most people just go on Youtube or whatever during that time. Another thing is that complaints/grievances are ignored. They have a "bullying" policy, but my bullying issues were never fixed. I got bullied all throughout middle school and got in trouble for standing up for myself and others. You will get suspended like I did for hitting someone back if they hit you first. This school is a joke. The pros about this school are that there are advanced classes you could take to get ahead, and there is free and reduced lunch offered to those needing it (although the lunch is cheap as it is).


Posted June 16, 2009

Helen I Smith School has very little leadership. This trickles down to the teachers. The best experience I have had to date is 4th grade. Mr. Natale and Mrs. Krantz go over and beyond. It is a shame that for 5th and 6th is not the same. Since we are preparing our children for the future. The math program needs better enhancements. Not enough textbook experience. The 'no child left behind program' is a joke! The school has failed many children with this program and has left the principal to say, 'My hands are tied that is just a great example of seeing children dropping out of school and having no future! Homework and good testing throughout the year in every subject pays off. Dictionary should be used more often!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Sarto has greatly improved the saddle brook high school. about 15 years ago, it was rated 203 out of 304 in the state. it's now rated 140. the re introduction of the sat review course and the college program in senior year are great perks that other schools don't have. synergistics have allowed my son to be introduced to new areas of interest. keep it going sarto.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

I used to believe that a student was a product of what their parents taught them and school was simply what you made of it. Since seeing how other schools operate I have learned how off base that thinking is. Saddle Brook schools are sorely lacking in teachers, administration and potential. I am only sorry I did not get my children out of that system sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

I cannot believe what I am reading about our school system! As a graduate and mother of 4 children, 2 that have already graduated and 2 that are still enrolled, I feel I must 'be true to my school'. It may not be the best on the planet, but it certainly is not the worst. 1. We do not have so called gang involvement. 2. We have now had the same principal for the past 2 years, and I feel that he is doing a fine job. 3. Our budget has only recently been getting passed due to parents actually taking the time to get out and vote for it. With the budget passing year after year, we can look foward to higher quality curriculem and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2006

My daughter attended SBHS and just graduated in June 2006. During the six years she was there (grades 7-12), she went through 3 principals and 2 VP's. Most of the teacher there are very tenured, and therefore unmotivated to change their habits and work on their teaching skills. There is also a very strong gang/fraternity movement there which also interfere with learning. If you plan on moving to NJ, avoid living in Saddle Brook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2006

The academic programs are not up to par with the other schools. There are a lack of extracurricular activities, but that goes hand in hand with the amount of kids they have in that school. Personally, the school is getting better from what it used to be, although parent involvement should be better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2005

The school really doesnt help set kids for college and it is a hard transition for most of us just entering college. The principles change frequently and they focus to much on changing the way things work and should focus more on helping the kids grades in the classroom.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 12, 2005

My child attended Saddle Brook High School. A fabulous institution. Quality teachers for the most part, concerned, interested etc. Great school!
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White71%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Special education15%
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female80%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special education23%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant88%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students70%
Female67%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant89%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special education81%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant95%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female74%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Special education39%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
63%
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%
Female82%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Hispanic89%
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
General education83%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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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

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

75%

SAT college ready

31%

Graduation rate

89%


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
White 68% 51%
Hispanic 19% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
Black 4% 16%
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 19%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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355 Mayhill Street
Saddle Brook, NJ 07662
Phone: (201) 843-2880

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