School Details

Barringer High School

90 Parker St, Newark, NJ 07104
(973) 268-5125

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1498 students 16 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


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
  • Newark School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Barringer High School is a public high school in Newark. The principal of Barringer High School is Ms Shonda Davis and can be contacted at 1,498 children attend Barringer High School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 12% of the Barringer High School students have "limited English proficiency." 75% of the 1,498 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Barringer High School is 16:1. Essex Rgc is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 67% 38%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 53%
White, non-Hispanic 0.7% 8%
Asian 0.3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.07% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 85%
Limited English proficiency 12% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Barringer high has changed a lot!. Now Barringer is slipt into two schools. There are new principals for each school and also staff. The top floor is Barringer of the arts and humumites(BAAH) and down stairs is S.T.E.A.M. With u go to this school I perfur picking BAAH because they will help u succeed instead of STEAM. There are fights here and there in the schools but wat school doesn't fight?

  • (3 years ago)

    I want to know who I give complaint about security police they always makes fun about my daughters or taking about them they just there to do their job ok im sick and tired already. They just there ti make hispanic people fell bad and thats not fear. You need to works with that. Because the only reason that my daughters dont want to go to school its because them. Thank you

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student at Barringer High School And took 12 months studying there I have observed many problems among students that if you have a solution and if they can solve. I think that more regulations should establish and enforce discipline. There are many problems that need more understanding and suspension harsh back home and have proven that school stafff is good (enough) and if it hurts the school and its failures but need to look a little more in depthschool and more sacrifice. Trying to understand but most students give lectures and make them understand that if they can achieve their goals and they have to sacrifice his youth but now in order to be somebody in life trying to make him understand that everything that is around is momentary fashion cigarette among others. Being a school family.

  • (4 years ago)

    this school is so good for my children and they love it!

  • (5 years ago)

    Barringer is a Tough school but also a Great School it's not easy tryin to manage 1 100 student after all Barringer High School is the largest High school in Newark. I know that Barringer is not rated number 1 but if the Principal would ask for more help from the District i think the school would improve acedemically. We need our children to succeed. We got to keep them away from the streets and into the schools where they belong to contintue there education. (We) as Parents can do this.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think is the principal responsibility to establish tough rules for student that are not respecting the school system as well as teacher. I you are tough with them they will be better students and student will not be afraid to go to school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Barringer High for the first 3 years of my high-school career and I thought the school has potential but the students just don't put forth enough effort to even begin to succeed. There are a lot of smart students there that aren't trying hard enough to make something of themselves just because of the school they go to. Just because Barringer has a bad reputation doesn't mean that they shouldn't try to become something despite their environment. I think the teachers that were there when I was a student did their best to ensure we had a good curriculum and got a good education. -Class of 2006

  • (8 years ago)

    Teachers at Barringer needs to participate with the children- how do they expect for them to have good grades if teachers are not teaching at all?

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a special school. The first H.S. in the state of NJ yet the state has neglected the legacy of this school. This school is dire need of attention and help from the state & city. There hard working people there with little assistance. There are also giftef students that start and then leave because of the chaos. There are too many doors for negativity to come in. It would take more than one principal to do a viable job. This school has promise yet it will never carry the legacy forward until the higher ups stop buying us band aids when what's need is chemotherapy.

  • (10 years ago)

    I only want evreybody to know that Barringer High School is a very interesting school to attend. It has become a source of mocking by other High Schools but it is not the fault of the teachers. It is the fault of the students that go there. Many of the students there are disrespectful and have no interest in getting a well rounded education. These students refuse to allow other students the chance to become educated. In plain and simple terms the teachers in Barringer High School are very talented if they were not they would have already left the school system a lont time ago! If you want our student to get a well rounded education show them respect and pride for themselves teachers and fellow classmates. -Class of 96

  • (11 years ago)

    The fact that Barringer High has three times as more students as Science High plays an important factor when computing its average Literacy and Mathematics scores versus the states average. However having attended Barringer High from 91-93 I know first hand of the education offered in comparison to other schools. The education needs to be overhauled to mimic those of the states more successful schools like Science High. Barringer needs to become more Science and Math oriented to give the kids a better chance to succeed. Teachers have to become more involved and not just worry about collecting a paycheck but to remember their oath as teachers make them accountable. Everyday I see kids coming into college after graduating and needing to take preparatory courses. Why can't they all start at college level why don't we make the high school curriculum as intense as colleges? Why not create programs that offer these students mentors in fields that they might be interested in pursuing? Why not create system thats more dynamic and fits these fields?

  • (11 years ago)

    I really think this school needs help. I use to attend Barringer High school until I noticed how many things it lacked. Poor security teaching ability and leadership. If your planning on sending your child here think twice. Arts High and Science High have way more to offer.

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