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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, magnet school located in Newark, NJ. It has 703 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 17% 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
17%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1030
131 responses
Average ACT
24
21 responses
AP Enrollment
12%

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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$67,292
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,231
National
$949
Median Home Value
$277,700
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
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 96 responses
Report
  • Sprit week
    15%
  • Senior Prom
    14%
  • The plays
    13%
  • The once a year musical theatre play
    11%
  • The concerts
    11%
  • Parties
    11%
  • Winter Ball
    10%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
703
Free or Reduced Lunch
80%
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,680
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.1%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$31,698/ year
National
$12,239
69%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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Arts High School is the first visual and performing arts highschool in the US. Honestly, I love attendings Arts High School. I felt like the workload was very doable and teachers are always trying to connect with their students. Teachers would connect our art form to our academics and real-life situations, which made the class more intriguing. The absolute best part of the school was all the opportunities that came with our major. As a dance major, I was able to train, perform, and make more outside connections with other dance companies. Being noticed allowed me to expand my art form. I will be continuing my art form in college. Because of my amazing teachers at Arts High School, I was recognized by several colleges and was recruited. Overall, these past for years has prepared me for what college has in store and I am extremely grateful to have gone to this school.
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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.
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.