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9-12 & Ungraded
Public district
Skillman, NJ
Students enrolled: 1,720
 

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1016 Route 601
Skillman, NJ 08558

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(609) 466-7602
(609) 466-0243
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August 26, 2015
I dont understand how people that live in skillman and cherry valley that pay 20K a year in property taxes can rate this school as "good". this is a money pit of a school i was a student at the old MHS and it was better, all they have done is got a new HS with subpar facilites and a 33rd ranking in the state academically? When i went to MHS it was ranked 11th-14th (max) under the SAT leadership of Larry. Now you have sports coaches that are principals and teachers that are not able to teach their own children let alone a group of 20 students. The best teachers they had left to other honorable districts like Edison and WWPN and South Brunswick.... What a shame.

- submitted by a community member
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
August 26, 2015
with the exception of 3-4 teachers I had across 4 years at MHS, the remainder were subpar to below average at best. Very ineffective and incapable of holding the class' attention and their lesson plans were out of order.

- submitted by a community member
Amount of homework: Just right
August 26, 2015
no complaints regarding homework. Took 4 aps/honors classes junior year, that was a bit of work but thats life. the qualms are of the quality of teaching not hte amount of homework given.

- submitted by a community member
Develops respect: Disagree
August 26, 2015
unless you play a certain sport like lacrosse or football, you can spend four years and nobody will even notice or remember you.

- submitted by a community member
Amount of homework: Too much
July 06, 2015
Too much work is given to students when they already do not know how to do it. A lot of work is given to try to distract students from the fact that their teachers did not teach any material.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 06, 2015
Cheating goes on way too often and nothing is done about it. This school fosters a horrible attitude towards work and its going to negatively affect students in life.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
July 06, 2015
This school can't even hire the proper teachers or properly handle situations. They do a horrible job of giving students the proper resources to do well.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
July 06, 2015
My child was bullied several times in this school while staff did nothing to stop it.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 06, 2015
The students all cheat in the school while the staff acts oblivious to the cheating. There are google docs, google drive accounts filled with answers that the staff pays no attention to.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2015
This school only gets its high test scores due to cheating at its finest. The students are all cheaters that avoid work and the teachers and staff meanwhile do nothing to inspire learning. My child came home crying everyday due to bullying and to stress. She cried her eyes out every night. She never cheats and works hard, however, she is unable to due well since the teachers do not teach. She is frequently bullied and ridiculed by her classmates and feels very lost. We had to get a therapist.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
July 06, 2015
The school does not care about hiring good teachers. Their science department is treacherous and despite the complaints, they still choose to ignore everything. The only reason why students do well here is due to the amount of motivation of students present. The teachers don't do anything, its all the students working hard on their own.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2014
Montgomery High School is an excellent school system however there are some MAJOR flaws that need fixing. First off, the math, language and English departments are great. The music department is very involved but the science department is an absolute disaster. First off, all other schools end with physics their senior year, chemistry junior year and the other two sciences freshman and sophomore year. MOST FRESHMAN HAVE NOT YET LEARNED PRE-CALC which is essential for take physics. The worst part is that teachers don't seem to know what they're teaching or how to teach it. The teachers at the upper middle school are more qualified to teach the sciences and should be brought up since they actually care about the students. I understand that high school teachers are expected to be less reliant but these teachers in the science department are not doing their job. Many times afterschool or even in class, students are confused and ask questions but to their horror, receive responses, "I don't know, what do you think?", "Good question, I'm not sure" or even worse "I don't know/I can't answer that". MHS really needs to reconsider its science teachers and listen to student feedback for once.

- submitted by a student

September 04, 2013
Twp cares more about its image than the actuality. I have three degrees in Ed and many years teaching experience. I consider many of the teachers here to be average at best. They care only about the stars, the students who will reflect favorably upon the schools and help the twp justify its high real estate taxes. Even most of the the college-bound seniors cannot write well or use punctuation correctly. There are much better schools around, in areas with lower real estate taxes. The myth of Montgomery's superiority is fading. The schools here today are not at all what they are reputed to be.

- submitted by a teacher

July 09, 2013
The other reviews are accurate, I don't know what else to say. I wouldn't go so far as to say that MHS has a "stellar" reputation... Outside of - well, Montgomery, nobody really knows about the MHS prestige that everyone seems to boast about. This makes it harder to get a high GPA and creates a hypercompetitive atmosphere that can leave many non-high achieving students behind in the dust

- submitted by a student

November 06, 2012
I would like to know more about this school district - thinking of moving to the new school district...

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2012
In my opinion, this school is amazing. People might not agree with me, but the thing is, it is a very competitive school district overall, which means you have to work harder. Some people might say, "Well, the teachers didn't really do much" but really, YOU are the one who should be going above and beyond, trying to achieve YOUR goals. You can't let a teacher do everything for you. For people who aren't as smart as other students and you say you don't really like this school, I'm just trying to say that you KNOW it's a competitive district, so why don't you try harder? People who say not as smart people get "waysided" why don't you try harder to get better grades? Therefore, I think that this is an outstanding school.

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2012
As a recent graduate of MHS, I can safely say that I could not be happier to leave. In terms of academics, many teachers are not competent, regardless of how much they love their job. However, that's not to say that they aren't excellent teachers either. The administrative staff is highly competent, but guidance could use some serious overhaul, especially with college admissions. The student body is very fractious and is divided into specific groups of people. In some cases, certain groups of people would play a large role in extracurricular leadership, which would lead to friends electing friends into positions or roles they cannot handle. As a result of such social inflexibility, school spirit and participation in school activities is basically non-existent. Additionally, I feel that there is such a huge influx of parents who are very cut-throat with their children, which leads to grade-grubbing and cheating amongst the smarter students. From this, students who don't fit into this "smart" category (or the special needs category) are usually left to the wayside. Overall, if I had to re-do my high school experience again, I would not choose MHS, stellar reputation and all.

- submitted by a student

July 22, 2012
Academically focused. If you sign up for all AP classes, you'll actually learn something interesting and useful. Other than that, the teachers vary ranging from horrible to bad. Inconsistency across even the same classes. One honors bio class could be entirely different from another teachers. Also, there is a common complaint among the students that "theres nothing to do in Montgomery". This is 100% true. Also there is no school spirit. Last year a teacher had to yell in the lunch room just to get everyones attention to tell everyone to go to a state playoff basketball game coming up. and no one showed up Not reccomended if you want to have a good time in high school

- submitted by a student

October 30, 2011
The high quality education Montgomery is known for can be mostly attributed to the highly competitive students and parents, it has little to do with the school itself. There are numerous flaws that are constantly overlooked. There is a lack of consistency between courses when they are taught by different teachers, something the school is trying to fix right now by limiting the creative power of teachers within the school - basically, a course's restrictions are now based on whichever teacher wants to do the least. Furthermore, the guidance department is in need of serious improvement. Each counselor has extensive duties in addition to 300 students each to help. I barely spoke with my guidance counselor until my senior year, when I still had trouble seeing her, because she was constantly so busy. Many of my peers dealt with the same issue. That's just touching on a couple of the academic and administrative problems in the school. The quality of the building is deteriorating, there are severe limitations imposed on extracurricular groups, and there are simply not as many resources and opportunities as there should be at a school that is known for having such strong merit.

- submitted by a student

September 24, 2011
Very competitive, a student thought to be average get b+'s to A's. Going to college is emphasized a lot and everyone there assumes everyone is going to college. Huge emphasis on grades, although there are many clubs and extracurriculars that everyone finds time to do while maintaining their grades. The physics department can't teach and the science department quality is low compared to the other departments, but it is easy to be successful because teachers stay after to give extra help. Overall, highly motivated students.

- submitted by a student

December 19, 2010
very competitive and an amazing school if you want to succeed. last year 7 students were accepted into princeton with many more into ivies and top tier colleges. this school prepares students for college and though lacks talent in many sports, academically, this school is excellent.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 09, 2010
Very oriented to the individual child - great teachers - caring administrators

- submitted by a community member

November 11, 2009
Montgomery High School is consistently highly ranked in the state of New Jersey on the basis of pupil performance. The school gladly accepts credit for this, however, the abilities of the students are independent of the caliber of the school. I attended this school for four years and graduated with honors, however, the quality of the faculty was sub-par. There is a gross lack of consistency amongst the same classes taught by different teachers, and many of the teachers are just plain lazy. I did have several stand-out teachers, but they were overshadowed by the ones who did not teach well or at all. At Montgomery High School, I learned how to teach myself material and how to collaborate with my peers in order to learn. There too much emphasis placed on standardized test scores and not enough emphasis on actual learning. Overall, not a great experience.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2009
Dedicated teachers and staff. Special education students are not 'swept under the rug' or pushed onto the next grade. If your child has special needs your child receives the accomidations but is still required to perform at the same level as other students. Special education students leave this school district with real knowledge unlike many others who just pass the children on. If your child does not do the work in this school your child will not do well, but that is what school/the world/learning is about isn't it? Also, all students are offered the opportunity to take AP classes, including those with special needs.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2009
I attended this school for 12 years, and it has been getting worse by the year. With only a few exceptions, the faculty are young and inexperienced, and the restrictions to the students' rights are like manacles.

- submitted by a student
no rating
January 23, 2009
Montgomery is a great school for those motivated to succeed and get into a good college. Students who have no interest in college do not fit in with the atmosphere of this school.

- submitted by a student

November 14, 2008
I am the parent of 8th and 9th grader. We have been in district for 10 years. Our experience with special needs -- daughter couldn't read in 5th grade-- was horrendous. Child was pushed through. We finally spent $10,000 for private tutoring. I agree if you are brilliant and a star athlete you will do well, otherwise prepare to be humilitated. Everybody has a tutor. I wish we had moved long ago.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2008
Great school overall. Good environment, awesome facilities etc... Very competative environment, although I disagree with the comments about 'average students' being ignored. District growing very fast, although it's not as good as it used to be as it is slowly falling back in rankings (still top notch though)

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2007
Fantastic new facility. Top-notch student body. Highest SAT scores. Great staff. Private school public education.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2007
As a student, I feel like many teachers with their fancy degrees are not qualified to teach. They lament from their textbooks and just give you problem after problem to work on. Then again there are many fabulous teachers here who love teaching and left great career paths to work with students. The competitiveness of the students is something that is always present and will always be here. As long as Montgomery retains it's 'amazing' reputation, middle to upper-class families will continue to bring their 'geniuses' here. So...think about it, the school's average test scores...reviews...and possibilities will only get better as more people come. Overall, your kids will get a great education...but as most get older they'll realize along with their peers that the competitiveness is pointless and, while maintaining their high grades, find ways to escape and have fun.

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2007
Montgomery High School has excellent academic programs for children of all abilities (from Special Needs to some of the most highly ranked AP courses in the world - literally.) There is a wide variety of extracurricular choices from intellectual (Robotics, Science Olympiad, etc.), social action (Trend, Interact, etc.), to athletics (championship soccer, football, fencing, etc.) Parent involvement is highly valued by the staff and their are lots of opportunities for parents to participate.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2006
As a recent grad I can say I am glad my time there is over. Ultra competitive environment in which students who excel are rewarded, and those who are not naturally excellent students are largely ignored. Students who do excel are ones who would excel in any school despite the excessive amount of credit Montgomery likes to give itself over and over again. School runs itself like a business and treats students like its employees. I honestly believe the school would 'fire' it's 'sub-standard' students if it could.

- submitted by a student

March 17, 2006
A great school for motivated students. Prepares students well for further education. The average student and the students with special needs struggle here.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2006
Great school lots of classes and different advanced classes. Teachers are involved with the students as well as the program of study. Parents are extremely involved.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2005
It is an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2005
I completely agree with the reviews that the school is only good for high achievers. The average smart student feels very incompetent. In this school district 'B's are not good enough. I have had my children (16 and 12) crying at night over grades and tests. Way too much stress, especially for the 6th grader. The resolution many times for kids who aren't doing well is too find alternate schools. They don't like dealing with problems. The school system has grown tremendously in the past few years. Extra-curriculars have not kept up. If you're not a top jock you can forget sports too. Coaches expect the athletes to act and preform like professionals with total year round dedication. I am sure, unless more attention is paid to the average student it unfortunately will not be a top rated school any longer. Wish I knew this 10 years ago.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2005
The school's focus is primarily on the high achievers. Next to nothing is done for those that do not fall into this group. The high achievers have their noses in the air and do not care to socialize with anyone below them. There is much to be said about the social-racial divide as well. My son attends this school and is not very happy here. Had we to do it over again, we would not have stayed this long. My Junior is looking forward to leaving for college and never looking back. Sorry, wish I could be more optimistic, but this is the sad truth about the school. -parent of a junior

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2004
Would find it difficult to believe there is a better public school system in the USA. Extreme attention to detail and helpfulness for learning difficulties and IEPs. Only problem is an implicit pressure to exceed for the kids. Avg SAT is now about 1260. 98% take the SAT. That's pressure. School board is loaded with top-tier talent... very intuned with the times

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2004
Poor management of special ed after elementary school. No accountability for following directives in place. Realistically there is no form of accountability for following the IEP. 'Blue Ribbon' is great for high achievers but does not reflect the adequacy of guidance or special students services.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2003
I have one daughter who graduated and is off to college and another who is a sophmore. Crowded conditions is the only concern at this time, but a new High School will be completed for Fall 2005. I went to private school and considered it for my children, until I found Montgomery to be of similar caliber.

- submitted by a parent

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Montgomery High School
1016 Route 601, Skillman, NJ  08558
(609) 466-7602
Last modified Montgomery High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Montgomery High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top