Highland Park School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Highland Park, NJ. It has 1,632 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.
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Highland Park School District Reviews
My experience at Highland Park High School was different than most of my peers. In elementary school I attended a private school in Gladstone New Jersey. This school was founded by my parents who believed in holistic education. This means that students find meaningful connection through their own interests. I moved to Highland Park in sixth grade and my parents homeschooled me until ninth grade. In ninth grade I attended high school. Coming from an educational background without standardized tests was very difficult. I was not used to the workload and often felt behind. There was not anyone who could relate and very few teachers had sympathy. I would say my experience at Highland Park High School was very average. I often had little to no help from my teachers and peers in adjusting to the public school system. However, I think this contributed to my independence and prepared me for being away from home in college and I am excited to start this new chapter in my life.
The Highland Park School district definitely had its positives. There were some amazing teachers and faculty, and it generally felt like an accepting space. However, there was a fair amount of self segregation within the middle and high schools. So while, on paper the school was a diverse place, in practice there wasn't a great deal of interaction between people of different races. This fact was exacerbated by the fact that the race demographics in Honors and AP courses were skewed towards the white and asian populations. That said, it has improved in recent years and there does not seem to be as much of a divide now as there once was.
Highland Park is a wonderful school with a welcoming community. The teachers are friendly, although sometimes incompetent, and I've had a blast being here. Although they are making some budget cuts I strongly disagree with, my heart will always be one with the owls.