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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Arts High School is a public school located in Newark, NJ. It has 702 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 20% of students are at least proficient in math and 43% in reading.
Address
550 M L King Blvd
Newark, NJ 07102
Telephone
(973) 733-7391

Arts High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
43%
Percent Proficient - Math
20%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1020
105 responses
Average ACT
24
18 responses
AP Enrollment
15%
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Living in the Area
C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$33,025
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$981
National
$949
Median Home Value
$222,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 84 responses
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  • Sprit week
    14%
  • Senior Prom
    13%
  • The plays
    13%
  • The once a year musical theatre play
    12%
  • Parties
    12%
  • The concerts
    12%
  • Winter Ball
    11%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
702
Free or Reduced Lunch
67%
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,189
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.8%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$31,960/ year
National
$12,239
69%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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Visualize a public high school with a deep-rooted passion for pursuits both artistic and academic; a high school with a long and distinguished history of producing talented, creative individuals who pursue their dreams with a fervent desire to make a difference; a visual and performing arts high school established in 1931, the first of its kind in the United States.

As the artistic flagship of the Newark Public Schools, today’s Arts High offers a rigorous program for grades 7-12 in dance, drama, music, TV production and visual art. The interdisciplinary studies in which our students participate enable post-secondary matriculation to many of the best conservatories, colleges, and universities in the country.
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Although its named "Arts High", there is a huge lack of art in our school. Our principal is solely focused on more academic situations like testing, instead of allowing us to put on more shows throughout the school and express ourselves. It doesn't have to be the next High School Musical, but a little appreciation for our hard work would be nice. Also, our student body somehow gets worse every year. Many students just come to school to yell in the hallways, make out in the basement, and skip class. Its ridiculous. Its like the incoming freshman just evolve into more careless and immature people. This is supposed to be a magnet high school, not a plushy playground.

I'm just hoping that soon, this school can change and be what it used to be. A school that screams the definition of art and performance, and also dedicated students instead of disrespectful ones. We can be great, we just have to find the same motivation for the arts that we used to have, and even praise at our school.
Arts High School is a very diverse school that connects people with the arts. Arts, however, does not offer many sports and or academic after school activities, such as debate or school newspaper or cheer-leading. The teachers are pretty professional but some of the staff are extremely rude to students. Staff should look out for students more, especially during high school, when they're most likely to be negatively pressured by their surroundings. Arts should advertise and push the academics a little bit more because Arts high students usually forget why they are there; to learn. Overall, it is a pretty good school.