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9-12 & Ungraded
West Milford, NJ
Students enrolled: 1,237

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67 Highlander Drive
West Milford, NJ 07480

(973) 697-1701
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June 29, 2015
I had a great experience at this school. The teachers were open to teaching and really pushed the students to ask the tough questions. Fortunately I took the AP/Honors classes and the other students challenged me to become a better student overall. During my college search the guidance department played a vital role in my success in getting in to 5 different universities. They helped me each step along the way and offered quality advice. At the end of the day, the school is what you make of it. People are going to say harsh things but if you go in with an open mind and take advantage what the school has to offer academically and athletically it could be a great time.

- submitted by a community member
Develops empathy: Neutral
June 29, 2015
I think its more of an epidemic in the town that has caused the school to develop a negative connotation. Parents in the town are not pushing their kids to accept what the school is actually trying to instill in the youth of the town, once they focus on the important details I hope the future can change.

- submitted by a community member

November 06, 2014
The school needs a serious overhaul. It is fine if you are a "band kid" but for the general population, there is a general dismissive and indifferent attitude about the actual needs of the students. I have kids who are above average high level academic achievers and I would send them out of district if given a choice. It is like a prison being managed by multiple wardens and the district kids go from a character building, respectful culture of the middle school to a Draconian environment. Utter inability to make a decent schedule for the student population. The Administrators at the school constantly contradict themselves when trying to justify policies. We pay an enormous amount of taxes, most of which goes to the school district and I have yet to see any improvements made with the increases each year. If our house was not worth a ton less than we paid for it, we would have moved before our first child entered this school. What a colossal disappointment this school is.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2014
Good for me....new people in place...what you make it..work hard..Guidance needs to improve..great principal.love it ...

- submitted by a student

September 09, 2013
My daughter goes to this school she is an honor student and involved in the band. I have to say she has had a wonderful experience at this school. I was really worried after reading and hearing all the bad things about West Milford High School but for my daughter they haven't proven to be true. Other than the music department the teachers for the most part seem hostile and apathetic towards any parent interaction. If you have a question for a teacher you will wait forever for a response or never hear back from them. Last year my daughter had zeros posted for homework assignments she handed in. After many emails and voice mails and promises to change those grades after the assignments were shown again to the teacher she refused to change them. The teachers seem to only care about their check and not about teaching or their students! Many teachers refused to be available for after school help because the negotiations stalled on their new contract!! So much for putting the students first. No wonder West Milford High School has such a bad reputation.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2013
I am a student at West Milford High School, and I can't even begin to explain how horrible this school is. It is pure disgust the way they handle problems. The teachers don't provide much help, and leave the student to blame. I seriously dread going to a place where I know my education is bad. I try to make the most of it, but it's hard.

- submitted by a student

August 07, 2013
My son went to West Milford High school. He graduated in 2012. The high school has a big drug problem. There is not much support for the students or parents. The teachers are not held accountable for anything. I am so grateful that my son graduated. He is thriving at college away from the school and township.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2013
My daughter was always a star in school, then she came here. I will never forget how she changed. It was not her fault, because even though she was not applying herself as much as she should have, she did not receive ANY help from teachers. It seemed that teachers just told the parents what they wanted to hear. "Yes, I'll help her." But all of a sudden, they say "It's all your daughter's fault." My daughter became depressed and I didn't understand why. I blamed her for not being involved, but looking back I see why she was scared. I even heard her tell a friend that she doesn't even say she is from this town because she is embarrassed of the school. I went as far as to pull her out of this school. I could not stand knowing my daughter feared her school. I couldn't stand her grades either, but she is doing so much better. It's amazing how much happiness can effect a child. Parents, don't blame your children. It is not their fault. They are not the ones to blame. I see a change for the better in my daughter. She was miserable here. After conferences with teachers, I understand why. Don't let your child feel dumb or guilty. Save them before they get into something terrible.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2012
This school administration has a philosophy where no-one takes any responsibility for anything including the quality of education. The teachers are more concerned with their benefits and pay and do not go out of their way to teach or even contact parents when needed. When you ask a question the staff is more concerned with blaming the parent then actually working with them to help the student. No one is held accountable for anything and you have to hound someone to get them to take phone calls. Once you do get someone on the phone they put all these "plans" in place and the staff then do not follow the plans. Further the administration does not take bullying seriously and the victims are the ones punished for finally speaking out to defend themselves.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2010
Let me begin with my children are above average students with excellent grades. The school has poor leadership and no-one takes any responsibility for the quality of education. The teachers are more concerned with free benefits and raises then the quality of education. If and when they are asked questions concerning quality of education and class curriculum, they close ranks very quickly and go into full protect mode instead of assigning responsibilty to someone and holding that person accountable for issues. We have even contacted the Head of Education 'Bernice Colefield' who has yet to resond with as little as a phone call to about concerns..

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2010
The school is below average. Not unsatisfactory, but below what I've wanted for my children. I can't say I'm passionate about improving this system, however, because many of the new laws under Christy are making me seriously consider moving out of state.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2009
West Milford High School is fine for the above average student. However, the apathy of the administration and the staff makes it impossible for students who have any needs beyond the ordinary. Too many students have been lost because no one cared anything about them. Anyone can teach an honor student, it is the educator that reaches all students that is truly gifted.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 27, 2008
The school caters to an enormous 'rural' community, and does a solid job meeting the needs of its population. Last year, students were accepted to several military academies, big-league schools, and state universities; at the same time, the school offers some good work-prep programs like DECA and Industrial Arts. Show some support!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 16, 2008
I think west milford high is horrible and too many bullies and most of all too much drugs

- submitted by a parent
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West Milford High School
67 Highlander Drive, West Milford, NJ  07480
(973) 697-1701
Last modified West Milford High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Milford High School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top