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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Chatham High School is a top rated, public school located in Chatham, NJ. It has 1,202 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 56% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
255 Lafayette Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928
Telephone
(973) 457-2505

Chatham High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
56%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1270
193 responses
Average ACT
30
174 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
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
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  • Senior internships
    19%
  • Amusement park
    14%
  • Senior Day
    14%
  • Senior Picnic
    14%
  • Senior skip day
    11%
  • Seniors vs teachers volleyball game
    11%
  • Homecoming
    8%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,202
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,514
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.4%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$16,428/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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Chatham High School Reviews

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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.
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Chatham High School gives me many opportunities to excel in my academics and extra curriculars like sports and clubs. I have had the chance to choose a variety of electives ranging from different arts to academic electives such as marketing strategy esstials. CHS also gives students the choice to take a numerous amount of AP classes. The teachers are extremely helpful and will take time out of their breaks to help students with anything they are struggling in. Although there is not as much diversity at this school as others, as a minority student I still feel welcomed and appreciated by the community. Overall, Chatham High School is a well rounded facility and throughout my high school career I have had an amazing experience from the start.
Chatham High School consistently ranks as a top school, but let's face it, are the rich kids really smarter or better athletes? There is a lot of stress in this school (much of it parent-driven), and most (not all) kids who take any advanced classes have tutors to go with it. Most athletes also have private coaching. If your child fits the Chatham mold they may have a great experience. The school is too small for the student body, kids eat in the gyms with tarps down, folding tables, and on the bleachers. The teachers are average. Some teachers blame the entire class if they don't understand something. There is zero diversity here. There are so little students of color that everyone knows who they are. Students drive BMWs and other luxury cars to school. It's just not a school that fosters confidence or individuality.