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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
James Caldwell High School is a highly rated, public school located in West Caldwell, NJ. It has 801 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 44% in reading.
About James Caldwell High School...
Address
265 Westville Ave
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Telephone
(973) 228-6981
Website

James Caldwell High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1210
183 responses
Average ACT
26
48 responses
AP Enrollment
26%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$101,132
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,736
National
$949
Median Home Value
$474,600
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Pep rally
    29%
  • Music Marathon
    25%
  • Coffee house
    21%
  • Football Games
    8%
  • School Plays
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
801
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,643
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.4%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$17,218/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.17 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
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Excellent experience with two students going through this school. The administration listens to students' and parents' concerns. The teachers are dedicated and genuinely care about their students. They could use more high-level/ AP courses for the most motivated students, but given the small size of the school, it's understandable. My only negative comment is that there is not much diversity and that brings a general culture that lacks cultural awareness and sensitivity in the school. The administration is proactive in addressing individual concerns in this regard, but could do more to improve in this area.
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I have had two daughters study at JCHS. I would give the teachers 5 stars. I have never met more dedicated faculty and staff. Academics are strong and I agree with other reviews that the school could benefit from more advanced level classes but does an excellent job with the resources it has. Both my daughters were active in the music program which also benefits from great faculty and well-organized parent support. The administration is solid, but what keeps me from giving this school 5 stars is the lack of a real, tangible effort to outwardly address issues of race and gender.
As soon as I walked into James Caldwell High School, I felt like it was my home from home. On the first day of school, our principal said this was the "place of the possibilities". I made new friends, joined new clubs, sports and other activities at James Caldwell. I discovered myself here and this school has helped shape me into the person I am today. I enjoy coming here because it is more than just school. It is a very enjoyable time and the people here are more then friends; it is like a family. My Vice Principal said to me, "This is the happiest place on Earth besides Disney World,". I knew by the first month that this was my new reality.