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West Orange High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2141 students

 
 

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Posted May 25, 2014

This is an excellent school. My son won national awards for academics and was accepted early at the top-ranked military academy and that doesn't happen attending a school that doesn't deliver. Caring and acclaimed teachers, an enthusiastic and involved administration, amazing variety of extra curricular and sports programs and a very diverse and outstanding student population help make West Orange High School the great place it is. I recommend this high school without any reservations...GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

WOHS is a real gem. Overall outstanding faculty, administration and curriculum; tons of activities, real world experience with unique diversity mix. A school to be proud of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

My School is West Orange High School in New Jersey is a very good school for a prime education, my son and daughter has and is learing a great deal... continued sucess to West Orange High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2011

I spent four years at West Orange High School, and would never change a thing about my experience. The teachers and administration are outstanding and the curriculum is definitely challenging. I felt like the school went above and beyond to prepare me for college. The student population is extremely diverse, and I feel so fortunate to have experienced it because I really enjoyed being able to have friends of so many races, ethnicities, religions, etc. It is the real world, and it makes you a better person.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

I went to WOHS all 4 years and it was a good school, a good experience. The teachers and guidance counselors are good, and most genuinely care about their students. There was a wide variety of extra activities to do, and for someone like me (who is awful at sports and music) this was great. WOHS is big enough so that almost every student is able to find a niche and function well. I don't know what that person was talking about with 'fights of blacks against hispanics'. I never once saw or heard about that. Most fights were about the opposite sex. But WOHS will give students a feel for the real world. I didn't realize until I went to college just how rare and beneficial the diversity of this school was. Also, interracial friendships/realtionships were normal and expected. No one had to 'chill' with their own race.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

It has the best teachers and so many after school activities for the students to get involved with.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2009

This is the real world. Extremely diverse, full range of teachers, stimulating environment. Nothing is held back. No one is sheltered.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2009

We just moved to West Orange and my 15 year-old daughter attends WOHS. School has a solid college prep curriculum, teachers that view themselves as true 'educators' and an overall awesome student population. School can appear to be a bit crowded but class size is still at a decent size with the average size core classes still way under 20 students. The high school campus consists of three buildings and the school has the best athletic fields in NJ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

We just moved to West Orange and my 15 year-old daughter attends WOHS. School has a solid college prep curriculum, teachers that view themselves as true 'educators' and an overall awesome student population. School can appear to be a bit crowded but class size is still at a decent size with the average size core classes still way under 20 students. The high school campus consists of three buildings and the school has the best athletic fields in NJ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

Great school, diverse, great teachers, lots of opportunity... prepared me for real life
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2008

West Orange High School prepared me for an education at one of the nation's best ivy league schools. The opportunities offered in extracurricular activities and the high academic standards that the school required gave me all the tools I need to succeed in college.


Posted March 15, 2007

WOHS has been a great experience for my son, who is now a junior. The ethnic, social, economic and religious diversity in the school is amazing, and all of us are enriched by this experience. The AP and Honors courses are excellent, and WOHS is above the state and national averages for the kids who take these courses. There are many, many extracurricular activities, clubs, sports and music programs to choose from. The West Orange instrumental music program is one of the best in the state of NJ. The administrators and staff and very caring people and the superintendent is very dedicated to our children. Like any school, there are always going to be issues, but for those parents who care enough to know what is going on in the schools and take the time to work with the staff, their children will have an excellent experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2007

My daughter is a freshman. At this point we could not be happier about the school. She actually says she likes school. She is involved in some after school activities, is learning a great deal in her classes and finds most of the kids nice. There is a great camaraderie between different grades when they are in a sport or activity together. I also feel that the college bound info has been extensive and guidance counselors are very helpful and informative. I am looking forward to her next three and a half years at wohs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2007

As a recent graduate and a part-time sub at WOHS,I have seen a lot of changes in the school system. To my surprise the statistics show that WOHS is doing better than ever! Apparently our test scores continue to increase every year and the student population has become more diverse than ever, which must mean great cultural socialization amongst students. I don't think these ratings are truthful, not saying that there is a conspiracy in trying to give the school a better reputation. But when subbing I had three senior classes and a study hall. The seniors (not in special ed.) were unable to write a one page paragraph about a three page article. Only two students, the only ones that completed the assignment, said that they wanted to go to college. Study hall..no one showed up. As for diversity, there is no amalgamation-just cliques. BOE needs a reevaluation. ASAP
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 12, 2006

Great school because of it's diversity!! My daughter attends here and I am so glad she is in a real world situation already in high school. The amount of countries kids come from that attend this school is numerous... and an enriching aspect for anyone who attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

West Orange high school is very educated and has wonderful programs, my daughter attended this school for her freshman class. Unfortunatly we had to move due to the gangs and the fights of balcks against hispanics. The people inside the high school are really generous. The only catch for that is that you must 'chill' with your own race. Even the deans in this particular school are racists. I as a parent liked the school my daughter attended to bt unfortunatly this happened and we moved to a better and safer place of the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

I have no idea what this parent below me is talking about. If a student can't find an extra curricular activity, that is their fault. No offense intended. There is tons of music programs, sports programs, and unsupported clubs for interests. Teachers sometimes aren't the best, but that can be expected from any school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2005

Once a top rated New Jersey school, WO High has dramatically dropped in the quality of education that I expected for my children. I have been disappointed numerous times with the lack of care that the counseling and teaching staff has demonstrated. This includes a lack of communication regarding my child's academic progression to erroneous gradings on my child's final exams. It has taken my child almost to the junior year before finding something of interest in regard to extra curricular activities. In all, I have been frustrated and it is no wonder why most parents living in WO either move after the elementary level or send their kids to private schools. Not something you would expect from a town with such high tax demands!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2004

Having two sons graduate from WOHS and one that will be in 6/04 I found the school very well suited for my children, two who were in advanceplacement & honor courses and the third in regular classes. There are many good teachers in the school. The new principal is great and I believe that with the staff we have at WOHS if parents put the effort in to be aware of what their children are doing and be active in their lives they will walk away with a great education from the West Orange schools. I also like the fact of the diversity. The children learn to accept one another for who they are not what religion or ethnic group they come from but for the person they are.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
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%
Female94%
Male90%
Black90%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education75%
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former83%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
Black71%
Asian97%
Hispanic66%
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education35%
General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant75%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former23%
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.

580 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
45%
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 Students49%
Female50%
Male48%
Black43%
Asian88%
Hispanic38%
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special educationn/a
General education57%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant49%
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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How schools in the state rate:

25%
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48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

90%

SAT college ready

35%

Graduation rate

86%


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
Black 48% 16%
White 23% 51%
Hispanic 22% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 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 39%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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51 Conforti Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 669-5301

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