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About This School

Perth Amboy High School is a public high school in Perth Amboy. The principal of Perth Amboy High School is Dr Nestor Collazo, whose e-mail is 2,307 children attend Perth Amboy High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 16% of the Perth Amboy High School students have "limited English proficiency." 53% of the 2,307 students here have subsidized lunches.The class size at Perth Amboy High School is 22, and the student to teacher ratio is 13:1. Perth Amboy Vocational School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 91% 89%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.5%
Asian 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.02%
Multiracial 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 74%
Limited English proficiency 16% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Perth Amboy HS is not an "ideal" hs at all but it has produced many successful students. I graduated 2 yrs ago and am attending one of the top colleges in NJ. The community in which the high school is in is an urban community thus there are a lack of conventional resources (money books class size) available at the school. There are always questionable teachers but the ones I have encountered have made significant use of the resources available to them. It's not an easy job but success has been a product. The kids live in a poverty stricken neighborhood in which crime rates are higher in comparison with other communities. As teenagers this influence can be overwhelming but with PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT & SUPPORT this can be overcome. The failing test scores are the result of the lack of resources available (i.e. tutoring time) and the issue with standardized testing. The majority of PA is Hispanic with many being English language learners. These standardized tests are not altered for diff. cultures and languages! All in all the students of PA face challenges but success is possible with effective use of resources and instruction parental involvement & dedication.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a former student who graduated from PA. There are pros and cons to this school. Some teachers & their methods are indeed questionable. But I'll elaborate more on the good teachers I came across. Mr. Savoia History Mr. Fraraccio History teacher Ms. Stepash Art teacher Mrs. Massopust Art teacher (sometimey but good) Mrs. Barrios excellent spanish teacher with great discipline. (She teaches you beyond the classroom walls) Mrs. Terell History teacher & there are so many more who at this time I can't remember their's been a while since I've been there the principle was my VP in Junior high. She's strong firm but not cold kind in fact. I'd say there are many things wrong with some of the staff but there are some amazing teachers involved hands on in the school--but I remember caring more about my friends' business back then. I think most teenagers are.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers dont challenge the students enough

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is in a horrific state of disrepair it is dirty it is overcrowded and the teachers have little or no drive which transfers onto the children. The only children who have a chance is the Honors students who have been removed from the main school and are being taught at the former Perth Amboy Catholic School facility on Catherine Street. It is a shame a disgrace and disheartening for these children to be short changed in this manner they may be graduating 450+ students a year but the amount of remediation they require prior to taking college classes is indicative of the short comings of their education. Unfortunately the problem begins at the top the school staff is rude they are uncaring they do not respond to e-mails and try to resolve anything even a simple schedule problem by phone it is impossible. The whole system is broken.

  • (5 years ago)

    If the students want to learn they have limitless possibilities; the school has AP and Honors classes which guide the students in the right path. The failing HSPA scores are due to the amount of Special Education and ESL students who cannot speak English yet they are forced to take the test.

  • (5 years ago)

    If the students want to learn they have endless possibilities; the school offers AP and Honors classes which can help and guide the students to the right path. Although the school may seem like it's failing the HSPA it is due to the Special Education and ESL students who although are incapable of passing the test they are forced to take it.

  • (7 years ago)

    Yes this High School seems terrible but it is not. Even though there are a lot of gangs and fights that really doesn't matter. Every school has problems. It is up to the children themselves to figure out what they want to do. This high school is great with sports and also great academically. For example 465 seniors are graduating this year and that is great.

  • (7 years ago)

    The programs and activities are ok but I think they could be better. Also there isn't enough parent involvement. It seems like the only involvement from the parents is when the child is in trouble or sick. Most of the staff are very rude and have no professionalism at all.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school should have required uniforms it's too easy to cut school there are far far far too many students in this school ergo failing grades and failures to reach the standard on standardized testing. Students are not inspired to pass. I met one teacher mr. Lombardi who was great - he is teaching the students what to expect in college - that reminds me of my teachers in 1970. Those are the types of teachers we need.

  • (8 years ago)

    there is not enough books and not much attention are given to the students do not send your child to this school if you want him or her to be something in the future

  • (8 years ago)

    I attended this school. I think it gives students great opportunities for higher level education students just need to take initiative and try to excel.

  • (9 years ago)

    I cant stand the perth amboy public high school. There no kind of respondsibilities upon the staff. The vice principals are horrible. I would appreciate if you were to send this letter of critisism to the board of education in perth amboy. Thank you for your time.

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