School Details

Weequahic High School

279 Chancellor Ave, Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 705-3900

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 695 students 14 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.
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About this school

Weequahic High School is a public high school in Newark. The principal of Weequahic High School is Mr John Tonero, who can be contacted at 695 children attend Weequahic High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 0.2% of the Weequahic High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 695 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Weequahic High School is 14:1. N J Reg Day School Newark is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 97% 53%
Hispanic 3% 38%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 85%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    what can we do to make our schools better? It's up to us to make a difference with our schools and city. Stop complaining about what's so bad about it and make a change.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have graduated from this school in 1995 and I am ashamed that I had attended Weequahic. Most of their teachers were unprofessional including a social studies teacher who had badmouthed me to the class behind my back which I had confirmed with a classmate. I dont even remember her teaching social studies in the classroom only the current events that had happened back then. The Newark school system was supposedly taken over by the state that year but I don't feel that they had done a good job fixing the problems because there are the same teachers that are still there although I believe that they should have been fired and now Im dealing with an incompetent staff member who deals with high school transcripts who doesn't seem to understand the word "status" and doesn't return phone calls. The NJ state takeover of the schools did not work.

  • (3 years ago)

    What a wonderful performance in the Halloween Parade last night in Toms River!! I am originally from Newark and was so pleased to see some of the good work being done by Newark students. The good news needs to get published too! So my rating for this band's performance is a 4 STAR!

  • (8 years ago)

    To be honest I graduated from Weequahic in 1991 but it is nothing like when I attended. This school is horrible. I had to leave the city because unfortunately any other public school in Essex county was no better. There was numerous occasions that I spoke to Mr. Stone the principal and he would just disagree with me some times patronized me or just told me that his hands were tied due to laws or what ever. Which I felt he could have done something other than disregard parents and administrators feelings and pass out lame excuses.

  • (8 years ago)

    A horrible school with poor SAT & HSPA scores. The students are unruly and the Parents do not attend PTA meetings. It's hands down the worse school in Newark. My kid attends due to a divorce and it has done nothing to prepare her for the future. The Average SAT Score id 670 out of a possible 1600 using the old scale. This School is an American tragedy and an example of all that is wrong with Urban Education.

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