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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Chatham High School is a top rated, public school located in Chatham, NJ. It has 1,240 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
255 Lafayette Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928
Telephone
(973) 457-2505
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Chatham High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1270
218 responses
Average ACT
30
205 responses
AP Enrollment
46%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$176,364
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,955
National
$949
Median Home Value
$892,000
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
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
65%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Senior internships
    21%
  • Senior skip day
    14%
  • Amusement park
    12%
  • Senior Picnic
    12%
  • Senior Day
    12%
  • Seniors vs teachers volleyball game
    10%
  • Homecoming
    7%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,240
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,833
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.4%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$17,841/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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Chatham High School not only offers one of the best academic curriculums in New Jersey, but also offers activities for everyone. From sports teams, clubs, organizations, and performing arts, there is a place for everyone to feel accepted. There is seemingly a place for everyone, but each group tend to become very exclusive which creates cliques. This is common among young people this age, but there are steps our community can take to diffuse this issue. I would like to see more collaboration between all different types of students outside the classroom.
One annual event that helps with this is Challenge Day. About 200 students are selected each year to break into groups among peers of freshman to seniors to share their highs and lows, allowing them to feel like they aren't alone and to understand to not judge everyone by their outward appearance. More events like this may help diffuse the divide between groups and create a more accepting and inviting community.
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I am very thankful for everything that Chatham High School has done for me. I have had great experiences in their track and cross country programs. I have also had many teachers who have taught me much much more than just necessary curriculum. My freshman year English teacher helped me fall in love with reading and writing with how devoted he was to the subject. Many teachers have experience in the fields they are teaching in. The computer science teacher has experience coding for Bell Labs. The college and career counselor was once an admissions counselor at Ithaca College. Another great thing about Chatham High School is that the principal has an open door policy. CHS prioritizes reducing stress among their students. One way this was done throughout my high school career was the switch from midterms and finals to cumulative tests, which are spread out to 3 times per year. Also, the school often has homework free breaks during holidays.
Student Safety is a major concern and it should be for you too. I asked my daughter if there are any children she thinks could "go postal" she responded, "oh yeah!!!" and proceeded to name several students. I am now looking into private schools for my daughter. The HS has seen a massive increase in students and bullying incidents and as a response they added another psychologist to the staff. Seriously??? Great use of our tax dollars. How about metal detectors and a police officer! I'm not waiting for the 36th school shooting this year. Administration is inept!