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Essex County Vocational School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 121 students

 

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Posted June 17, 2014

This school is great my child is having fun it's a great recommendation but this school should have more athletic programs there are only about 3 sports if I remember correctly my child loves sports the one sport should they should have is a lacrosse team
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Posted June 13, 2012

MY SON HAS JUST GRADUATED FROM THE WEST CALDWELL VO-TCH SCHOOL.IT WAS THE BEST DECISION WE AS A FAMILY EVER MADE.A WONDERFUL SCHOOL WITH GREAT TEACHERS AND STAFF.IT WAS A PLEASURE WATCHING MY SON MATURE UNDER THIER HELP.THE TECH PROGRAM FOR AUTOMOTIVE IS OUTSTANDING AND MY SON WILL BE CONTINUING HIS CAREER IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY.I WANT TO SAY THANKS TO A GREAT SCHOOL AND STAFF WHO REALLY DO CARE.IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A REALLY GOOD SCHOOL WITH GREAT TEACHERS AND CHARACTER THIS IS IT BAR NONE.YOU CHILD WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT.I CANT SAY ENOUGH.CONGRATS CLASS OF 2012....................JOB WELL DONE..
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Posted May 8, 2006

There are 4 Vocational High Schools in Essex County (Newark, Newark, Bloomfield and West Caldwell). 2005-2006 was the first year the school offered a program to accommodate regular high school level academics. Except for about 30 students this year, ( along with 30 students that will be added next year) the student's academic program here is less challenging than at a regular high school. A new principal was hired in 2005. The school is very safe and the teachers are quite good. The reason we chose the school was because the vocational training is amazing. This kind of school is not for everyone but it was perfect for our child. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in one of the vocational programs that they offer. Students can go on to college and they can learn wonderful skills at this high school that a normal high school can not offer.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
37%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education100%
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant100%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students87%
Female84%
Male93%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education73%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant87%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
40%
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 Students56%
Female46%
Male63%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education38%
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant56%
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

100%

SAT college ready

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Graduation rate

89%


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
Hispanic 51% 22%
Black 41% 16%
White 7% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 73%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Chetram Singh

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  • Vocational education

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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620 Passaic Ave
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: (973) 575-7740

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