School Details

Orange High School

400 Lincoln Ave, Orange, NJ 07050
(973) 677-4050

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 796 students 10 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
  • City Of Orange Township School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Orange High School is a public high school in Orange. The principal of Orange High School is Ms Faith Alcantara and can be contacted at 796 students go to Orange High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. 5% of the Orange High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 65% of the 796 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Orange High School is 10:1. Essex Campus Academy 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

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 84% 77%
Hispanic 15% 22%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%
White, non-Hispanic 0.3% 0%
Asian 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65% 75%
Limited English proficiency 5% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    As with all urban school districts officials face problems that reflect the problems in our society. It is easy to blame the school but there are things that are out of the control of the administration. That is not to say that things cannot be improved. However I would not be the person I am today without the teachers in this school that believed and supported me in all my endeavors. I can proudly say I am a product of Orange High School and that it is possible to be successful. This school built my character and encouraged me to grow up and be a young adult and for those reasons I can say I will be a PhD student at NYU in the coming year. Again it is easy to look at the negatives that plague our urban schools but what is harder is to see the diamond in the rough.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went here for summer coarse i attend a privatte high school but i truly believe that this schoo had teachers hat care and others that do not. I believe ths school is a good its just htat some not all of the students want to learn and tha is the problem. As a senior in high school i believe that you can give the person the tools for the job its is just up to them if they want to use it . The school needs some order as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is pretty bad. There is really no type of order from the administration they seem to not be able to handle students very well. Although there are some great teachers in this school who can help you achieve what you want the motivation of the most students is very low. No one really tries hard for their grades. They slack off most of the time. The so called security guards do not encourage(to go to class) or discipline students who roam the hall during class. Overall the teachers are great but the overall school is bad. I do not recommend anyone to attend this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Its a average school that has man oppurtunities that students should take advantage of. I Suggest this school the Best!

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm a former student of this high school. I strongly believe that my academic life suffered greatly from being a product of this school district. If you are a parent with a child in this school district I suggest you get them out now before they are corrupted by a culture for the perpetuation of poverty and against education. From what I've heard it has only gotten worse since I graduated in 2007.

  • (7 years ago)

    Orange High is not as bad as people make it seem. It has gotten better over the years. Its just like any other school with active students and great teachers. Many of us are performers. We engage ourselves in different extracurricular activities and we still manage to keep our grades up while balancing school and fun.

  • (8 years ago)

    Teachers at OHS are highly qualified but the change-over rate is also high. Teachers supervisors and administrators change usuually after five years of service. Urban public education is always a challenge everywhere so statistics will usually show the negative side of things for OHS however the opportunities that students receive in spite of their lack of motivation are far higher. On the other hand changing supervisors means the greatest amount of disruption for students and patterns of success over years. OHS should try to maintain key procedural trends between supervisors not change entire systems of thinking and process -- keep alive what worked well in the past; don't throw out everything that prior supervisors worked so hard for for decades while they were present. Politics become debilitating for the school rather than organically helpful when the trickle-down ways of changing affective practices in supervisory positions directly affects teachers and students.

  • (10 years ago)

    I seriously hate this school with a passion this school is one of the worst schools you could go to.Everything is all screwed up.

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