School Details

Cicely Tyson Middle/High School

35 Winans Street, East Orange, NJ 07018
(973) 266-5970
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-12 & ungraded 863 students 10 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

52%
38%
66%
68%
54%
79%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • East Orange School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
37%
65%
36%
27%
64%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • East Orange School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
58%
82%
47%
35%
69%
64%
48%
79%

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • East Orange School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
71%
92%
82%
47%
80%

High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • East Orange School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

15%
14%
58%

New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess high school students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it
  • This school in 2013
  • East Orange School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cicely Tyson Middle/High School is a public high school in East Orange. The principal of Cicely Tyson Middle/High School is Dr Stephen Cowan, who can be contacted at s.cowan@eastorange.k12.nj.us. 863 students go to Cicely Tyson Middle/High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 57% of the 863 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Cicely Tyson Middle/High School is 10:1. Al-Muslimaat Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 97% 95%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Asian 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
White, non-Hispanic 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 65%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I go to this school for middle school and its soo fun .also the teachers and students are great .

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has a great academic program. Students who have the ability to Become professional dancers singers and performing artists. it also has good state testing scores. My son is in the band and got a Standing ovation from Ciecely Tyson. I am proud of what this school is accomplishing in this area. Please support them so that they can improve.

  • (1 year ago)

    It has Greater Potential . Wish they would find ways to make learning more exciting or at least be somewhat interested in our opinion.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school but it has many trouble makers and detract ions that take away the students focus and some of the teachers don't give all the support that is needed for the kids that need it . I use to attended but there was many trouble makers that change good students into bad ones and the concequences don't seem to help as much. But I know that the kids like me are very promising young talented people

  • (1 year ago)

    I have mixed feelings about this school but I will give it 4 stars. This school has great potential. It has improved over the years. It has some great teachers and staff. The kids are truly talented. Office staff is good LOVE LOVE LOVE the new principal Ms. Champagne. If anyone takes the school places I think it will be her. We'll see. I thought Dr. Cowan would but the school did not really thrive when he was there. The Guidance Counselors are wonderful Ms. Evans is amazing. Now that all being said I still don't think the school has reached the caliber that it should not yet. There are still kids in the school who cause trouble. They don't deserve to be there if they are troublemakers and bullies. To me the school will reach its full potential if they get rid of the ones who make learning difficult for others because of their behavior. And yes there are some teachers there too who REALLY need to get it together but honestly I think Ms. Champagne will handle it. My kids love the school and I think once they really get EVERYTHING together the school will truly be a force to be reckoned with. And I think they are working towards that.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son entered Cicely Tyson School last September as a sixth grader. I have been extremely pleased with the entire staff. I cannot say enough about the level of support and extra assistance that have been offered to him and also to me as a parent. His teachers have always been willing to call email or meet with me if I had any questions or concerns. We have had a very positive experience and I look forward to the same in the future.

  • (2 years ago)

    I really would like to go to this school but i would like to know the following questions.....Do you have to live in East Orange to attend this school? If you have to audition when do you and if you do have to audition could i audition during the summer time or is it to late?

  • (3 years ago)

    I have four grandchildren that's in attendance at Cicely Tyson school and I must say that they are making their grandmother very proud first with their accademics second their choices of what they chose to do as far as their extra-curricular activities the teachers staff and any other staff members are very helpful with students parents and grandparents. They all have very heavy loads but they are keeping up with as well as going above and beyond what ever it is that they have to do I am not going to complain. There need to be more parent involvement with the school and I don't see that taking place at all but the parents will come out to a program. Come on parents where are you?

  • (5 years ago)

    This is one of the worst schools in New Jersey probably in America. My daughter goes there and she has the worst experience. First of all her lunch is 4th period which is 10 35 in the morning. She has a 9th and 10th period and school for her basically ends at 4 00. The school lunches are disgusting sometimes she doesnt even eat. Another bad thing about the school is how they locked down the bathrooms and she has to all the way to the 1st floor just to go to the bathroom and most of her classes are on the 3rd floor. The last thing is the teachers and the homework. At one point she didnt have a teacher. Eventually she got one but still.... She gets so much homework its unbelievable she doesnt have time for basketball practice or chores. Overall this school is terrible.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is one of the worst schools in New Jersey probably in America. My daughter goes there and she has the worst experience. First of all her lunch is 4th period which is 10 35 in the morning. She has a 9th and 10th period and school for her basically ends at 4 00. The school lunches are disgusting sometimes she doesnt even eat. Another bad thing about the school is how they locked down the bathrooms and she has to all the way to the 1st floor just to go to the bathroom and most of her classes are on the 3rd floor. The last thing is the teachers and the homework. At one point she didnt have a teacher. Eventually she got one but still.... She gets so much homework its unbelievable she doesnt have time for basketball practice or chores. Overall this school is terrible.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 3 children at this school. For the most part the guidance counselors and the teachers are great. They seem to care a lot about my children. I like that it is a performing arts school because my children have many oppotunities to be involve in several clubs and activities which I don't think they would be given the same in a regular public school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to Cicely Tyson and I recently graduated last year. Overall my experiences there were horrible. I was a student there for 7 year (6-12 grade) and there were very few teachers and instructors that actually cared about the academic excellence of the students. The school was about apperances. Over worked and under-appriciated instuctors built on a fundation of the ignorance shared among their superiors. I may have not enjoyed my time as a student there but I have to say I did learn a lot about my profession from the few individuals that wanted to make a difference in my life. Mrs. Laura Trimmings was and still is a horrible principle only concerned with making herself look good instead doing her job. Hopefully in the future some else can take over and showcase how a school of the Arts should be ran.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think that the principal should show more interest in the marching band since it is a performing arts school and not as a second class degenarate. i never saw her at any of the performances rehearsal never show or care what is happening to these kids that represent her school she should or pertent to at least show that she care what happens to these kids.over all i think it is a excellent school where the kids could excell in their careers

  • (5 years ago)

    My name is Quincy Carter and I am an alumni of The Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts. This is one of the best art schools in the state of New Jersey. The staff at the school really expose the students to the real world and what it is like being in the real world. I am not saying this because I graduated from there but because it is truly a diamond in a rough.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is wonderful I go to Cicley Tyson and I admire it. They have good teachers that help students to achieve in the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from cts and let me tell you. the teachers and other staff help the students in any way they can. i am pride to say that i came from Cicely Tyson School of Perfroming and Fine Arts.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is graduating tomorrow from Cicely Tyson and in the beginning she seemed to have a hard time in the beginning but has perservered through the 12th grade.I am so pleased that certain teachers took the extra effort to continue to support and encourage her.I truly believe that this school can use some improvement but i am happy that my child has made it through

  • (7 years ago)

    I am also a parent at Cicely Tyson high school and in fact my daughter is a senior. I can honestly say Cicely Tyson impelled her to become a responsible student. Cicely Tyson preparedd my daughter far more than many schools I know. My daughter has completed internships she has resume she is the founding president of two organizations within the school. Although it has been a great challenge I am proud that my daughter had the opportunities to experience things I never have. Because of the theater instructor my daughter is applying and very well prepared in colleges Julliard mason gross purchase howard and temple. The theater program has opened her eyes and helped her to stand a chance. Cicely is not in best conditions but the education is beneficial.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school is horrible. Typical Public Institution. The school does not offer any program(s) for children who have excelled academically. Administration lacks care concern.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am an alumi student from Tyson and I'm now getting ready to graduate for a pretty well know four year institution. I feel that there were definitely some teachers who helped to prepare me for the transition from high school to college and others that did not so much. I would reccomend that the school upgrade their curriculum and that they make their standards higher so that more students can be better prepared for the transistion into college. I did enjoy my years grades 6-12 very much in Tyson and do not regret being a student there at all! I just wish that I was not in for such a shock when I entered college. There are plenty extracurricular activities at tyson and I feel that the level of parent involvment was mediore but then I didn't see everyting involving parental involvement so I can't be 100% sure.

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