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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Highland Park High School is a top rated, public school located in Highland Park, NJ. It has 492 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 30% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
102 North Fifth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
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Highland Park High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1270
159 responses
Average ACT
30
35 responses
AP Enrollment
35%

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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
    C+
Median Household Income
$75,913
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,376
National
$949
Median Home Value
$360,000
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.12 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    32%
  • Sport events
    23%
  • School Dances/Fundraisers
    18%
  • Pep rallys
    9%
  • Club Smash tournament
    5%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
492
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,019
Teachers in First/Second Year
22.9%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$20,519/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.20 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.20 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.20 responses
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I appreciate the diversity in the school's population, and their attempts to diversify classes and genres, such as their test trial with a LGBTQ+ curriculum. Most of the teachers are passionate and care for the students, but there are some who do not understand the damage they do to students when they do not teach effectively. Some of the management decisions made by the high school staff has led to mixed responses and changes, such as budget cuts to the music department and the cut of the home economics department to reserve money for a district-wide chromebook purchase. The potential cuts of several english/arts classes and the ending of the French Program also loom over HPHS. The counselors only help you when the student reaches out. Overall, Highland Park High School is an average school with potential to improve and thrive.
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Highland Park High School is definitely not the worst place in terms of public education, but it can be improved on a lot. This district is extremely small, resulting in a general lack of opportunities for students to excel. Without the necessary amount of students, course options, afterschool clubs, and sports are woefully limited. Special emphasis should be placed on the lack of college preparation provided to students. While the school boasts closer teacher and student relations as a benefit of the small size, counselors rarely meet and get to know the students they are guiding. This is at no fault of their own either, where three (3) counselors are responsible for the ~450 student body. Further, little information is provided to students regarding the process of applying. As for the school culture, the students are mostly Highland Park residents making social life really cliquey. Overall not a bad school but definitely not the best around.
Highland Park is a school with lots of diversity that focuses completely on Education. This leaves sports as a last priority which is an issue but besides that, Highland Park has taught me so much and has let me continue to flourish and learn lessons now that will help me in the future!