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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Clifton High School is an above average, public school located in Clifton, NJ. It has 2,901 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 18% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.

Clifton High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
18%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1140
513 responses
Average ACT
25
35 responses
AP Enrollment
7%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$74,307
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,375
National
$949
Median Home Value
$337,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
68%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.44 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.44 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 136 responses
  • Plays, concerts, games
    25%
  • CAST Film Festival
    20%
  • Pep rally
    17%
  • Prom Fashion Show
    7%
  • Project Unify
    5%
  • Varsity indoor/outdoor track
    5%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,901
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.55 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.55 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.55 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,498
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.63 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.63 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.63 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$17,262/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.79 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.79 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.79 responses
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Clifton High School is one of the largest high schools in the state of New Jersey. One of the best parts about Clifton High School is how diverse it is. As a biracial student, the amount of diversity brings a sense of comfort.
Although often overlooked, Clifton High School has been making their mark in athletics. I am on the track team who has done amazing things these last four years. Last year, our Girls Sprint Medley Relay won first place at New Balance Nationals.
Clifton also has a lot to offer when it comes to our Music Department. Our marching band is known as The Show Band of the Northeast and marched in the Chinese New Year Parade this year. Clifton also puts on fantastic annual musical productions. I have been in the musicals since I was a freshman and was lucky enough to score the lead this year. The students involved are very talented and have even been in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Overall, although CHS is large, it has whole lot of heart!
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Clifton High School is a great school in my opinion. No school is perfect, but this comes really close. I've been to many schools, and as a senior at this school, it's been my favorite. The teachers are active and energetic, classmates are participating, and the environment is also supportive. If I were to change something, it'd most certainly be the college readiness. This school does indeed give challenging classes and hard courses, but as far as getting me ready for college, I'm not sure. Such as SATs and standardized tests, you are on your own. I would highly recommend this school for your child though. Amazing experience!
It’s good. Good humanities department. Good teachers. Pretty terrible services, but the school is obviously underfunded, so that is a luxury. As I mentioned above, the humanities department but in the school is really good. I mean, really good. You have some awesome teachers teaching in those places. They are passionate, dedicated, and supportive. If you take those courses, you are guaranteed to do well. I mean it. They tech you about a lot of different things that even have a daily function. It’s really good overall. The food in the school has gotten a lot better. It used to be bad, but we had a union that helped fix things up. The students are friendly.