School Details

Montgomery High School

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Montgomery Township School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Montgomery Township School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Montgomery High School is a public high school in Montgomery Township. The principal of Montgomery High School is Mr Paul Popadiuk, who can be contacted at ppopadiuk@mtsd.us. 1,719 children attend Montgomery High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 0.4% of the Montgomery High School students have "limited English proficiency." 2% of the 1,719 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Montgomery High School is 14:1. Stuart Country Day School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 66% 64%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian 28% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 30%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.06% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 2%
Limited English proficiency 0.4% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Twp cares more about its image than the actuality. I have three degrees in Ed and many years teaching experience. I consider many of the teachers here to be average at best. They care only about the stars the students who will reflect favorably upon the schools and help the twp justify its high real estate taxes. Even most of the the college-bound seniors cannot write well or use punctuation correctly. There are much better schools around in areas with lower real estate taxes. The myth of Montgomery's superiority is fading. The schools here today are not at all what they are reputed to be.

  • (1 year ago)

    The other reviews are accurate I don't know what else to say. I wouldn't go so far as to say that MHS has a "stellar" reputation... Outside of - well Montgomery nobody really knows about the MHS prestige that everyone seems to boast about. This makes it harder to get a high GPA and creates a hypercompetitive atmosphere that can leave many non-high achieving students behind in the dust

  • (2 years ago)

    I would like to know more about this school district - thinking of moving to the new school district...

  • (2 years ago)

    In my opinion this school is amazing. People might not agree with me but the thing is it is a very competitive school district overall which means you have to work harder. Some people might say "Well the teachers didn't really do much" but really YOU are the one who should be going above and beyond trying to achieve YOUR goals. You can't let a teacher do everything for you. For people who aren't as smart as other students and you say you don't really like this school I'm just trying to say that you KNOW it's a competitive district so why don't you try harder? People who say not as smart people get "waysided" why don't you try harder to get better grades? Therefore I think that this is an outstanding school.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a recent graduate of MHS I can safely say that I could not be happier to leave. In terms of academics many teachers are not competent regardless of how much they love their job. However that's not to say that they aren't excellent teachers either. The administrative staff is highly competent but guidance could use some serious overhaul especially with college admissions. The student body is very fractious and is divided into specific groups of people. In some cases certain groups of people would play a large role in extracurricular leadership which would lead to friends electing friends into positions or roles they cannot handle. As a result of such social inflexibility school spirit and participation in school activities is basically non-existent. Additionally I feel that there is such a huge influx of parents who are very cut-throat with their children which leads to grade-grubbing and cheating amongst the smarter students. From this students who don't fit into this "smart" category (or the special needs category) are usually left to the wayside. Overall if I had to re-do my high school experience again I would not choose MHS stellar reputation and all.

  • (2 years ago)

    Academically focused. If you sign up for all AP classes you'll actually learn something interesting and useful. Other than that the teachers vary ranging from horrible to bad. Inconsistency across even the same classes. One honors bio class could be entirely different from another teachers. Also there is a common complaint among the students that "theres nothing to do in Montgomery". This is 100% true. Also there is no school spirit. Last year a teacher had to yell in the lunch room just to get everyones attention to tell everyone to go to a state playoff basketball game coming up. and no one showed up Not reccomended if you want to have a good time in high school

  • (3 years ago)

    The high quality education Montgomery is known for can be mostly attributed to the highly competitive students and parents it has little to do with the school itself. There are numerous flaws that are constantly overlooked. There is a lack of consistency between courses when they are taught by different teachers something the school is trying to fix right now by limiting the creative power of teachers within the school - basically a course's restrictions are now based on whichever teacher wants to do the least. Furthermore the guidance department is in need of serious improvement. Each counselor has extensive duties in addition to 300 students each to help. I barely spoke with my guidance counselor until my senior year when I still had trouble seeing her because she was constantly so busy. Many of my peers dealt with the same issue. That's just touching on a couple of the academic and administrative problems in the school. The quality of the building is deteriorating there are severe limitations imposed on extracurricular groups and there are simply not as many resources and opportunities as there should be at a school that is known for having such strong merit.

  • (3 years ago)

    Very competitive a student thought to be average get b+'s to A's. Going to college is emphasized a lot and everyone there assumes everyone is going to college. Huge emphasis on grades although there are many clubs and extracurriculars that everyone finds time to do while maintaining their grades. The physics department can't teach and the science department quality is low compared to the other departments but it is easy to be successful because teachers stay after to give extra help. Overall highly motivated students.

  • (3 years ago)

    very competitive and an amazing school if you want to succeed. last year 7 students were accepted into princeton with many more into ivies and top tier colleges. this school prepares students for college and though lacks talent in many sports academically this school is excellent.

  • (4 years ago)

    Very oriented to the individual child - great teachers - caring administrators

  • (5 years ago)

    Montgomery High School is consistently highly ranked in the state of New Jersey on the basis of pupil performance. The school gladly accepts credit for this however the abilities of the students are independent of the caliber of the school. I attended this school for four years and graduated with honors however the quality of the faculty was sub-par. There is a gross lack of consistency amongst the same classes taught by different teachers and many of the teachers are just plain lazy. I did have several stand-out teachers but they were overshadowed by the ones who did not teach well or at all. At Montgomery High School I learned how to teach myself material and how to collaborate with my peers in order to learn. There too much emphasis placed on standardized test scores and not enough emphasis on actual learning. Overall not a great experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dedicated teachers and staff. Special education students are not 'swept under the rug' or pushed onto the next grade. If your child has special needs your child receives the accomidations but is still required to perform at the same level as other students. Special education students leave this school district with real knowledge unlike many others who just pass the children on. If your child does not do the work in this school your child will not do well but that is what school/the world/learning is about isn't it? Also all students are offered the opportunity to take AP classes including those with special needs.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended this school for 12 years and it has been getting worse by the year. With only a few exceptions the faculty are young and inexperienced and the restrictions to the students' rights are like manacles.

  • (5 years ago)

    Montgomery is a great school for those motivated to succeed and get into a good college. Students who have no interest in college do not fit in with the atmosphere of this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am the parent of 8th and 9th grader. We have been in district for 10 years. Our experience with special needs -- daughter couldn't read in 5th grade-- was horrendous. Child was pushed through. We finally spent $10 000 for private tutoring. I agree if you are brilliant and a star athlete you will do well otherwise prepare to be humilitated. Everybody has a tutor. I wish we had moved long ago.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school overall. Good environment awesome facilities etc... Very competative environment although I disagree with the comments about 'average students' being ignored. District growing very fast although it's not as good as it used to be as it is slowly falling back in rankings (still top notch though)

  • (7 years ago)

    Fantastic new facility. Top-notch student body. Highest SAT scores. Great staff. Private school public education.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a student I feel like many teachers with their fancy degrees are not qualified to teach. They lament from their textbooks and just give you problem after problem to work on. Then again there are many fabulous teachers here who love teaching and left great career paths to work with students. The competitiveness of the students is something that is always present and will always be here. As long as Montgomery retains it's 'amazing' reputation middle to upper-class families will continue to bring their 'geniuses' here. So...think about it the school's average test scores...reviews...and possibilities will only get better as more people come. Overall your kids will get a great education...but as most get older they'll realize along with their peers that the competitiveness is pointless and while maintaining their high grades find ways to escape and have fun.

  • (7 years ago)

    Montgomery High School has excellent academic programs for children of all abilities (from Special Needs to some of the most highly ranked AP courses in the world - literally.) There is a wide variety of extracurricular choices from intellectual (Robotics Science Olympiad etc.) social action (Trend Interact etc.) to athletics (championship soccer football fencing etc.) Parent involvement is highly valued by the staff and their are lots of opportunities for parents to participate.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a recent grad I can say I am glad my time there is over. Ultra competitive environment in which students who excel are rewarded and those who are not naturally excellent students are largely ignored. Students who do excel are ones who would excel in any school despite the excessive amount of credit Montgomery likes to give itself over and over again. School runs itself like a business and treats students like its employees. I honestly believe the school would 'fire' it's 'sub-standard' students if it could.

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