James J. Ferris High School

35 Colgate St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-6660

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1542 students 11 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Jersey City School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James J. Ferris High School is a public high school in Jersey City. The principal of James J. Ferris High School is Mr Jamie Morales and can be contacted at jmorales@jcboe.org. 1,542 children attend James J. Ferris High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 20% of the James J. Ferris High School students have "limited English proficiency." 67% of the 1,542 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at James J. Ferris High School is 11:1. County Prep High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 6% 11%
Hispanic 49% 38%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 34%
Asian 15% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 77%
Limited English proficiency 20% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Went to ferris for 4 year best school ever. I enjoyed this school however does have some problems with stuff and students but as of education very good.

  • (2 years ago)

    To the teacher that wrote this "I am a teacher at this school and I can tell you for a fact it is a absolute dump. Ghetto kids who don't want to learn with a faculty that with a few exceptions can't teach. An absolute disgrace!" You are an absolute disgrace to our profession! You are probably one of those teachers you are talking about that can't teach...and you obviously don't care about our students. If you hate it so much go find another job and leave the teaching to those of us who care!

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a freshman in this school. I believe that the majority of the students are not interested in academics and there are at least 1-2 fights a week. Most of them don't follow the rules and some of them they barely have any respect for the teachers. Although I can't say everyone there is like that. (If that were to happen it would be the worst school ever. Luckily it's not.) These students lack discipline. They think they can just do what they want and they are too relaxed. I'm surprised that recently most of the clubs no longer exist. Yes they have some sports but there should be more than that. I believe we need more school involvement. Some teachers need to actually teach us and give us lessons thoroughly. There are at least some good teachers who actually care about our education and are eager to help.

  • (2 years ago)

    please DONT send ur kids to this school im a current freshman in this school and i am an immigrant so the difficulties i face are hard but i cope with it but please be careful before sending ur kids to this pathetic school with no academic quality

  • (3 years ago)

    Safety first! Please do not send your kids to this school. It is the worst school! Metal detectors food fight uninterested kids and teachers. The rate should be 1 out of 10.

  • (3 years ago)

    i am a student at James J Ferris High School. It is the worst school teachers yell at the students and students mock at each other.

  • (4 years ago)

    I graduated from this school n it was the best in town now i came back to the USA with my kids n people tell me is the worst school in the area Is this true? a lot of fights and stuff I don't know what to believe?

  • (5 years ago)

    If you are a studentwith disabilities be prepafred to be shamed and blamed for everything that goes wrong in your class. If you are a teacher with a disabilitylike I am be prepared to be ridiculed and verbalkly abused before being let gop because you had the temerity to get sick. This school is a walking disaster area.

  • (6 years ago)

    Being a graduate of this school the staff are really their for the students. Thank you Mr Burgess

  • (7 years ago)

    what this school stands out with among others in its area is its focus on leadership and teamwork. Although it may not be extraordinary with academics its extracurricular activities and sports teams build a strong bond between coach/teacher and student which is beneficial to the student's sense of trust among themselves. a as well as dickinson

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is a student of Ferris. He is now a junior and absolutely loves it there. My other son will be attending Ferris in September in the Business and Finance program and cannot wait!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am an alumni of FHS (Class of 2003). FHS is a school that is in dire need of both funding and policy reformation. Being a victim of the 'No Child Left Behind' which negates the environmental/ecological issues that pervade it's student's psyche and performance FHS's administration and educators were more interested in Basic Test Scores than they were in the success - post high school - of their students.

  • (7 years ago)

    Hi i was the student of ferris wow what a school ausum school with ausum dicipline everything was so organized proud to be a part of ferris.I was an A student and everybodies favorite woh what a school that is.

  • (8 years ago)

    The quality of academic programs is very good. I was an A student and it was a good expericance. The music program was the best. I was in the marching band and concert band and it was so much fun. We did so many activities that I had a blast my years at Ferris High School. The best school ever.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am currently a Junior. Its a great school. Sure its not perfect but what is these days. Many profesional teachers and I think its the best in the city.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think Ferris is a great school I am a Freshman at Ferris and it has offered me a great experience so far Ferris is the best Public high schools in Jersey City.

  • (12 years ago)

    As a graduate and a college freshman I can say that Ferris prepared me. At the time I took for granted mnay of the opportunities given to me but now that I have left I appreciate what I had. The faculty and staff were always willing and able to help anyone after school activities could be found and friends at all times. Ferris High School is not just a school it is a family filled of very intelligent members of society from all backgrounds of the world who come together to share one common goal To get an education. I recommend James J Ferris High School to those who wish to learn grow and success as well as compete for what their passion maybe. The school has everything all you must remember to bring is an open mind and eagerness to succeed.

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