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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Northern Highlands Regional High School is a top rated, public school located in Allendale, NJ. It has 1,377 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.

Northern Highlands Regional High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
64%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1300
354 responses
Average ACT
29
280 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$158,977
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,921
National
$949
Median Home Value
$710,600
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Holiday hoopla and 90-minute special lunches
    55%
  • The option for electives
    17%
  • Seeing a capella competitions and musicals
    10%
  • School field trips to art festivals, the MOMA, etc
    7%
  • Mr. & Ms. Highlander
    5%
  • Black out/white out sporting events
    2%
  • Engineering Program at Highlands
    2%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,377
Free or Reduced Lunch
1%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.4%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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Northern Highlands Regional High School Reviews

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There are so many opportunities at NHRHS. There is an elective for everyone and there is a lot of clubs to choose from. There are also so many sports (including bowling and golf) for you to get active! You will never get bored (unless you are in history). The teachers are really nice and they are willing to help no matter what. They are also extremely accepting and willing to give advice outside of school-related matters. It makes bonding with teachers much easier (which also makes finding someone to write your college recommendation letters easier). The only downsides would have to be the cost (it is very expensive to live in Ho Ho Kus, USR, Saddle River, or Allendale) and it's diversity. It is a very (and I mean very) white school. There are other races and cultures (and no one makes fun of you for your culture), but it doesn't have a lot of "color" to it. To end on a good note, the school offers an internship program for seniors (summer / during school / after school).
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There are so many opportunities at NHRHS. There is an elective for everyone and there is a lot of clubs to choose from. There are also so many sports (including bowling and golf) for you to get active! You will never get bored (unless you are in history). The teachers are really nice and they are willing to help no matter what. They are also extremely accepting and willing to give advice outside of school-related matters. It makes bonding with teachers much easier (which also makes finding someone to write your college recommendation letters easier). The only downsides would have to be the cost (it is very expensive to live in Ho Ho Kus, USR, Saddle River, or Allendale) and it's diversity. It is a very (and I mean very) white school. There are other races and cultures (and no one makes fun of you for your culture), but it doesn't have a lot of "color" to it. To end on a good note, the school offers an internship program for seniors (summer / during school / after school).
Overall, Northern Highlands is a good school and I have valued my time here so far. The academics are good, there are tons of clubs and activities to get involved with, and there is good preparation for college. However, there is little diversity; almost all of the student body is white and upper class. Teachers are a mixed bag; some are great and will educate you well, while some will do little to help students actually learn and just focus entirely on grades. Unfortunately, the school does foster a very competitive nature, placing emphasis on trying to win everything (like sports and DECA), taking the most advanced courses, getting the best grades, and getting in to the most prestigious colleges. The emphasis on grades is very evident and a lot of students are more concerned with their grades than what they are actually learning. Also, it usually feels as though the Board of Education and the administration do not care that much about students and their concerns.