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Memorial High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 23 students

 
 

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Posted February 28, 2010

I have been robbed several times due to the high crime area surrounding the school. Girls have been continually harassed here trying to make it home. The teachers don't care about education. Kids are suspended every other day and they don't offer many AP classes. I'm a junior and I can't wait to get out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

Memorial is an excellent school. im a current student, at the beginning i didn't want to go to memorial. now i love it. it becomes your 2nd home, thats if you become involved in activities. the language clubs even offer your children to go with a group of students and parents and visit france, spain, or italy. the teachers are great! its true, they aren't just teachers, they become your friends. they try to help you in every way possible. there is a large list of extra activities. from film to video production to art and wayyy many more. if you send your child here, i would recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2007

I am a sophmore at MHS and if your thinking of sending your child to this school i think you should first see how unorganized this school is. Theres classes that are always full. The halls are just to crowded. Moreover, theres no air conditioner so its very difficult to concentrate with the hot air. They also had all summer to prepare for the schedules and students had like 3 classes and you couldnt even talk to your counciler. It is an unorganized school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2007

Memorial H.S. has always been an excellent school. I graduated from that school in 89 and now my daughters attend this school. The academic curriculum is excellent, my daughters are honors students and the classes are challenging to the. The school is what you make of it. If you want to learn, you'll learn, if you want to hang out and be left behind, then you do that. Parents blame the schools and teachers, it is not the school staff, its the parents, you need to become more involved in your child's education. You children learn what they see at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

MHS is an amazing place to learn and grow. They offer countless extracurricular programs in a wide range of interests, from band, to athletics, to television production. It is unfortunate that the student body seems to have an apathetic attitude towards the opportunities being offered. The teachers are phenomenal. They form friendships with the students and do everything in their power give to students the knowledge they need to successfully graduate. Unfortunately, MHS focuses entirely too much on discipline. Students are constantly removed from class to deal with detention/suspension issues. MHS does not prepare students for college. It doesn't really prepare them for anything post-high school. There are no programs that teach them about using resources, researching methods, preparing for exams, and how to prepare for college life (including dorming).
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 16, 2007

Memorial High School is a great school to send your kids. The school offers a variety of activities and classes to prepare you for college. Its a great place to learn not only academically, but also socially. West New York would not be the same without a MHS. Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 4, 2006

I think memorial is a good school it may not be the best but its decent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

I don't think Memorial is the worst school, but I also do not think it fully prepare students for college. They do offer a wide variety of sports, activities, and classes. However, I think they offer far too many 'cake' classes designed to get barely literate students out of the school in four years. It is a good enough school if a student is extremely self motivated, and has the support and encouragement of his/her parents. There are advantages to be taken, if the students and parents are willing to go the extra mile for them. They are not out in the open for just any student.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 3, 2005

I totally disagree with the person who said that there are no extra curricular activities. There are plenty of extra curricular activities at Memorial, now if you have decided to live your life as a hermit, that is something else. Memorial may not be the best school there is, but if you make something of your education, you will get something out of it. Just make sure to take the challenging classes, those are the only ones that will prepare you for the future. Don't just stay there being totally uninvolved, be part of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2005

Memorial High School is a wonderful school for students who want to take advantage of the many activities that the school has to offer. I have to confess, at the beggining I was reluctant to send my children to Memorial, but now I am glad I did. Memorial High School teachers and Mr. Sinisi did a great educating my children! I want to thanks each one of them from the very botton of my heart. Sincerely, Rosa Melgar
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2005

I graduated from this school in 2004. Although the school might not have as many technological advantages as other schools, I spent the best years of my life in that building. The teachers are not just teachers. They're your friends. This school definitely provides a warm environment unlike any other.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 24, 2005

I am a former student and I could have not have asked for a better place to learn. I had fun. I now have a wonderful career and family. West New York is a great place to live along with dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 11, 2004

This school is a poor quality facility, lacks extracurricular activities, no student involvement. As a student I can't wait until the day I leave this school and move on.
—Submitted by a 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.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students86%
Female85%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education69%
General education94%
English language learners27%
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former41%
Limited English Proficient Former65%

Math

All Students75%
Female73%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education23%
General education87%
English language learners41%
Not migrant75%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former54%
Limited English Proficient Former75%
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.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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36%

2012

 
 
35%
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 Students36%
Female33%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Pacific Islandern/a
White31%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Special education13%
General education44%
English language learners15%
Not migrant36%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former15%
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

71%

SAT college ready

12%

Graduation rate

78%


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 95% 22%
White 3% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
Black 1% 16%
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 77%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5501 Park Ave
West New York, NJ 07093
Phone: (201) 553-4110

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