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Jonathan Dayton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 21 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

Absolutely fabulous! Jonathan Dayton High School has a wonderful and supportive administration, and since it's a small town school, everyone knows everybody and you're able to receive help if the need arises. JD is the caliber of a good private school. Academics are rigerous and prepare students for collage and beyond. The new turf field gives the students a sence of pride about their school. Wonderful school overall. Highly recommend it.


Posted November 21, 2013

Both my kids graduated from Jonathan Dayton. And both went on to great colleges. Good teachers and support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2011

As a student at this school, I am "proud" of this school, but the teachings are really mediocre. The school held a fundraiser a year ago to acquire air conditioners for all classrooms, but when we came back we had ACs, but most were old and falling apart. A month later, we had an electronic notice board that wasn't really needed and it's a waste of money. The laptops are good for learning, but they are a distraction and an excuse for teachers not to accept late homework since we can just do it on our laptops. I sit in the back of one of my classes and whenever our class take "notes" on the laptops, almost everyone is playing games. Also, one of my friends transferred from another high school in which he had already taken chemistry as a sophomore, but JDHS made him take it again as a Junior because they claim that a half a year of Chem wasn't good enough. He has a 100 in the class. The school is okay, but the principal and vice-principal aren't up to the job. The only remarkable thing about the school are the excellent councilors and administrators. They need to get their act together and soon.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2011

Very much a small-town school, and not always in a good way. The students here for the most part have all grown up together, which is fine, but whenever a new student enters the fray, they tend to be distrusted and avoided. Coaches only care about their sports, not their classes, and most of the faculty (most, not all) aren't up to the task. The laptop program is a financial sinkhole, and the only real electives outside of art or computers are only available through the Votech program, which is rumored to be cut soon for financial reasons. The superintendent is all about the money in the schools pocket, but is very loathe to spend any of it (it's taken a few years to get the cafeteria ceiling repaired? Really?). The kids are alright, if a little on the snooty side. It's the teachers and the administration that have to get their acts together.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2010

If your child does not fit into their perfect little world then they are completely unqualified to handle the situation. Very weak leadership with a principal that will answer her cell phone during a parent meeting. Most situations are handled with either a suspention or detention unless of course you are one of their "favorites". My son had between 5 and 7 different spanish teachers in one year, yea believe it. They also instituted a 0 period which means the studends sit for 42 minutes and do nothing, they will tell you to study but the real story is its all about money and the teachers pouting like juviniles. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere for your child, I should have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

I am a student of Jonathan Dayton High School, and I think we have much to improve on. The superintendent only cares about what's going into his pocket, and our schools suffer. We have unnecessary laptops that do not help in any way with our learning (actually, they are a distraction), and fewer electives because of it. We also have fewer electives because of our 'zero period', in which we do literally NOTHING for 42 minutes. This period was put in place purely for cost purposes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2007

As a highly motivated student at Jonathan Dayton High School, I have dealt with many of the administrators. In my experience, the majority of those working at Dayton care about the well-being of the school and its students. The counselors in the Guidance Department and the educators and administrator in the Science Department are particularly passionate and helpful. Physical Education, previously more like a study hall, has become much more adept and thorough-- I come home from Phys. Ed and I am sore from all that we do! Overall, the educators and administrators are there to help any students who are concerned enough to seek it out. One extremely crucial element of the school: our principal. In my personal experience, this woman has been nothing but cantankerous and abusive to her power. It is nearly impossible to receive approval for anything and seems to regard most students and educators with unmasked
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

Quality educators in a great, safe town. There could be a bigger push for extracurriculars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2004

I am a student of the school, and although the amount of extracurriculars may be sub-par, the staff is very qualified. There are new clubs being added every year, and there are a wide range of them already. It is a safe, friendly environment, and (in my opinion) good for children.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2004

I agree that there is too much politics at the school, but I found the teachers to be highly qualified, especially in the Science Department. Both of my children had Mrs. Smith and she was extremely dedicated and a wonderful teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2004

There is too much politics in the administration. Teacher quality and amount of extracurricular activities are poor. Serious students are not pushed or tested to their extreme.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Although the school has many wonderful teachers, some of the teachers are unqualified for their job. I believe students are not receiving the education they should be.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
Black91%
Asian100%
Hispanic74%
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students83%
Female81%
Male84%
Black67%
Asian100%
Hispanic70%
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant83%
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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
67%
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 Students61%
Female56%
Male66%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education17%
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant61%
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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SAT participation

94%

SAT college ready

43%

Graduation rate

92%


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 68% 51%
Black 13% 16%
Hispanic 13% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
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 8%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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139 Mountain Ave.
Po Box 210
Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone: (973) 376-1025

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