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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
James J. Ferris High School is a public school located in Jersey City, NJ. It has 1,123 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. According to state test scores, 8% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.
Address
35 Colgate St
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Telephone
(201) 915-6660

James J. Ferris High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
8%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
960
90 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
4%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    B
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$60,703
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,233
National
$949
Median Home Value
$331,300
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
44%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
56%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Pep Rally's
    67%
  • Homecoming
    22%
  • Spirit Week
    11%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,123
Free or Reduced Lunch
70%
38%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$86,180
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.6%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$25,804/ 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
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
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James J. Ferris High School Reviews

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More options for AP Classes and better communication between counselors and students. Mandatory meetings would be a pain but helpful since many kids don't know they're missing Community service hours or sometimes credits until their senior year when graduation talk begins which is usually too late for the latter. Wish we were more informed about scholarship opportunities; everyone just needs to be more involved, both students and faculty.
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My four years at this high school shaped who I am as a person in college. After graduating with a high gpa, I realized they do not prepare you well because all I learned was that if I did my homework and studied prior to a class, I would get an A in that class. But it is nothing like that in college, you have to try your hardest and sometimes even that is not enough. The curriculum taught at this high school should be changed and improved for the younger generations.
James J. Ferris High School is a beautiful school with nice teachers. The students are really helpful and friendly, and actually show an interest in learning the things that are taught.

There are very few things and like to see change, but I would be pleased if the school menu offered a little more options per day. Also, helping new students integrate easier is something I'd like them to do, because when I transferred, I did my best of course, but I did have a couple of difficulties adapting.