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Sterling High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 76 students

 

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Posted May 31, 2014

I am a student at Sterling and I absolutely love this school! Not only do we have block schedules- which helps us learn more a day- but it's small! The teachers go out of their way to personally know you and get you the extra help you need. There are TONS of after-school activities and there's at least one class for every possible career you could want! I am a "Choice Kid" so I don't HAVE to attend Sterling (it is not my primary school). I am enjoying my years at Sterling and my choice to go there is one I do not regret!! I would HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone thinking of bettering their future!


Posted February 23, 2014

I am so frustrated with what I am seeing. I have a daughter who gets all As and Bs scoring low on the PSAT. The kids have to take biology without a book, I looked up the book online and bought it for $12. Come on!!! we can afford books for the kids with the taxes we pay. As a former Biology major in college I can tell you there is no way to really understand the subject and reference complex facts without ink and paper. My daughter is learning from Google and I don't like it. Last quarter she had a social studies class with a teacher who made it clear he didn't want to teach at the parents night. He had an administrative job and was told he had to teach a class. The kids watched videos every day, the grades were based on how he felt their notes were kept, and he didn't even post any till after the class was finished. Basically he did nothing but grade the kids based on what he thought their norm was in other classes. I do like the idea of the paths for kids to take for certain careers and the block system does get them ready for college schedules. But there no academic challenge here. Kids have no homework, no papers due and teachers are more like media organizers than teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

The school has fallen on very hard times. The Superintendent is a poor leader and has no committment to setting high academic standards. The school recently eliminated most weighting for upper level academic course work and has diluted the value of class rank. Students with good grades in basic courses are ranked higher than students who challenge themselves in advanced courses and receive B's. The school has quit on competing academically with schools like Eastern and Haddon Twp, and seems to be content to be on par with Paulsboro and Glassboro. It will be a long, slow and painful ride to the bottom of the heap and it is a real shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Great school and community spirit!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Great teachers and faculty and the atmosphere they generate in the school just flows to who encompass it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

This is an excellent school to substitute at. The students are friendly and the other teachers are helpful. It is a small close knit environment, that makes you feel at home.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
Black83%
Asian79%
Hispanic77%
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education53%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Black63%
Asian64%
Hispanic75%
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education31%
General education84%
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 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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
50%
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 Students58%
Female63%
Male53%
Black40%
Asian46%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant58%
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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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

78%

SAT college ready

27%

Graduation rate

88%


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 69% 51%
Black 19% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Hispanic 5% 22%
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 28%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Mark Napoleon

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501 South Warwick Road
Somerdale, NJ 08083
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