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Montgomery High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1720 students

 
 

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Posted 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


Posted September 4, 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


Posted July 9, 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


Posted November 6, 2012

I would like to know more about this school district - thinking of moving to the new school district...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 2010

Very oriented to the individual child - great teachers - caring administrators


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 24, 2007

Fantastic new facility. Top-notch student body. Highest SAT scores. Great staff. Private school public education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
98%

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98%

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98%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black87%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education91%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant99%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
Black80%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education78%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant97%
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.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
74%
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 Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
Black31%
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education42%
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant75%
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

97%

SAT college ready

82%

Graduation rate

96%


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 64% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 30% 9%
Black 3% 16%
Hispanic 3% 22%
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 2%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Skillman, NJ 08558
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