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South River High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 5 students

 

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Posted June 8, 2014

This is a great town to live in and the schools are renovated or on the newer side. The superintendent is great and has been around a long time. The staff care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

I would rate this school worse. Just last year there was a heroine overdose in the high school. They discovered a ring of students who were injecting heroine. Public didn't hear that though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

As a former student of SRHS, it was both embarrassing and comical to observe the red tape choke the school out of its educational ambiance. Police reports are filed for using cell phones, suspensions are issued for wearing hats, and the detention room is filled with students who wrongly had a water bottle on their desk during class. The administrative staff is utterly obsessed with disciplinary policy as opposed to improving the curriculum. I would strongly suggest SRHS to pursue Abbot-district candidacy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2009

i'm a former student at south river high school, and can say from four years of experience that school politics and budget issues are running the district to the ground. despite the town and school's small size, srhs is run as a corporation with little regard to educational standards. having graduated, i feel as if i've learned very little but took a very long time to do so. thankfully, poor leadership is offset by a handful of truly wonderful teachers [exception: the art department, which is a joke to serious art students] that made my experience less excruciating. the school's small size enables students to have down-to-earth relationships with their teachers. especially helpful is the intellectually-cultivating enrichment program, which prepares one for college in a mature environment. i longed to graduate already for much of my time there and regret my educational experience, but not the bonds i developed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2008

South river high school is a schoool that needs help at points. Dress codes arent enforced as well as they should be and even though the pricipal listens he is strict when it comes to seriious issues he isnt scared to enforce rules using the handbook. The teachers in the schhool are some wonderful teachers. The physics teacher is wonderful with students and he rather you understand the subject rather than make you memorize formulas or other situations such as that. He truely cares about his students.One
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2007

I am a student at South River High School and I personally do not like their system at all! It is so unorganized. They do not enforce the dress code and when a problem occurs, they handle it unprofessionally. I do not feel I am being challenged enough and I simply do not feel I will be ready for college in two years. And I would not blame that on myself. When a rule gets passed in our school and the students don't like it, they will complain and complain. And who wins? The students do because there are no or few leadership skills in South River. I cannot wait until I graduate so I do not have to be in that school anymore.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2005

For some time, there has been concern or lack of for the prof. & educational, sound teaching experience provided for the non-english speaking students that enter South River High School. Teachers expressing their extreme need for mentorship and curriculum based materials, have fallen on deaf ears. To make matters worse, it is mistakenly understood AND EXPECTED that one person should be able to take on the entire responsibility of teaching language acquisition AND being blamed for the students not performing well on state test scores. This is two different job descriptions given to one person. It has been said that all children should receive (and are entitled)to the same quality of a 'private education.' Somehow, no one is looking out that these students get their share also. Who's getting hurt?
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students91%
Female89%
Male93%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant91%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students71%
Female75%
Male67%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant71%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
36%
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 Students40%
Female40%
Male40%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged47%
Special educationn/a
General education47%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant40%
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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26%
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SAT participation

66%

SAT college ready

20%

Graduation rate

80%


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 63% 51%
Hispanic 23% 22%
Black 10% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
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 36%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Kevin Kidney

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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11 Montgomery Street
South River, NJ 08882
Phone: (732) 613-4014

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