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  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
West Essex High School is a highly rated, public school located in North Caldwell, NJ. It has 1,123 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.

West Essex High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1230
314 responses
Average ACT
28
149 responses
AP Enrollment
30%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$190,028
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$887
National
$949
Median Home Value
$722,400
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
  • Color day and Spirit Week
    49%
  • Football Games
    33%
  • Marching Band Competitions
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Wrestling matches
    5%
  • Homecoming
    2%
  • Pep rallies
    2%

Students

Diversity
B-
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
4%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,589
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.1%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
76%
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
$23,353/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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The facilities and resources are generally good and clean. The highlights of the school are definitely the arts department and athletics. Both programs are very strong and well supported by the district. Of course there are favorites and least favorite teachers among the students, but the teachers are good overall. There are a lot of opportunities for AP and honors level classes and the student body is very competitive. Socially, most people find a group of friends and stick with them. The majority of friend groups come from extracurricular activities and sports teams.
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West Essex High is probably the most cliquey and stuck up public school you'll see. There is absolutely no diversity, just for reference there is a SINGLE black guy on the basketball team. The only thing you'd probably learn here is how to show of your new white Jeep Wrangler and be petty. There are a few good things about the education, some of the teachers are actually pretty cool and good at what they do and I felt well prepared for my college classes from regular level class at West Essex-- they hold you to a decently high academic standard. Also, our sports teams are quite good like field hockey and football, so if you play those sport you probably own they school.
After moving through multiple different schools, this schools was different. I learned a lot about myself and people were accepting, the teachers were especially really easy to communicate with and I just felt comfortable overall. It made learning much easier and more enjoyable and lessened the stress. This changed in high school when stress levels increased but overall, it was a great experience.