Morris Hills High School

520 West Main Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866
(973) 664-2301

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Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1095 students 11 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Morris Hills Regional School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)

In 2013-2014 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Morris Hills Regional School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Morris Hills High School is a public high school in Rockaway Township. The principal of Morris Hills High School is Mr Joseph Cacciaguida, who can be contacted at 1,095 students attend Morris Hills High School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 0.4% of the Morris Hills High School students have "limited English proficiency." 23% of the 1,095 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Morris Hills High School is 11:1. Mathematics, Science & Engineering School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 73%
Asian 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Hispanic 26% 15%
Multiracial 0.5% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.09% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 13%
Limited English proficiency 0.4% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    As A Morris Hills student I find that this is an amazing school. Morris Hills is a great school for succession the programs and electives are extensive. In The Morris Hills school the guidance are like family they care and nurture for a student that needs help the administration are strict on discipline but can also be great. Having all college prep classes can help show what it is like in college and how the work load is although some faculty may not teach at the expectations set for Hills they still prepare for a brighter future. My experience at Morris Hills has been great so far I'm a Junior and I couldn't have be anymore excited for the future.. Go Morris Hills Go Scarlet Knights!

  • (2 years ago)

    What I love best about Morris Hills High School is the amount of electives available for students to take. The Hills was the first comprehensive high school in the state of NJ and continues to offer a diverse curriculum for its students. We even house the Academy for Math Science and Engineering and sponsor a Magnet program for Math and Science Research. The staff is caring and works as a team with administrators to provide great service to the community. I love my students and I love with whom I work!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter will be graduating in a few months from Hills. She has overall had an excellent experience. She was involved in athletics the music program and several school clubs and they were all excellent. I read the earlier posts regarding allegations of bullying and harassment not being addressed by the staff and I must say this has not been my experience. My daughter was harassed all through grammar & middle school and it was *not* addressed; she had one incident the first week of high school I spoke to the principal and he came down on the offender like a ton of bricks and it stopped. So I believe they have learned their lesson. Overall I have found the atmosphere to be supportive and nurturing. There will be always be one or two teachers who do not live up to expectations but the vast majority have been great. I feel it did a great job preparing her for college and giving her some other life skills as well.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has excelled at Morris Hills athletically and academically. It has been the best experience of his life so far.

  • (6 years ago)

    During my tenure as a student at Morris Hills I was harassed and bullied. My parents asked the administration to intervene and nothing was done. If your student does not have an A+ average with many after school activities they do not care. They are only interested in bragging rights. I advise parents to avoid sending their children here if possible.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think Morris hills is a great school. The teachers are great and they care about the students progress. I will really recomend this class. It has a lot of courses and extracurricular activities.

  • (7 years ago)

    Unsuportive only to the top of the class if your child is middle of the road stay away

  • (10 years ago)

    Morris Hills is an amazing highschool that offers the children many oportunities to interact with one another. There are many social clubs sports and activities available. After my husband and I heard great reviews about it we decided to have a look at it and we loved it. Currently my two daughters are enrolled and they have a lot of fun. Not to mention Morris Hills is ranked Top 30 Public Highschools in New Jersey. If your looking for your kids to recieve a better education I defintely recomend this highschool!

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter a sophmore at Morris Hills HS has had a group of girls harrassing threatening and taunting her since the beg. of the yr. i have visited the school on several occassions to resolve this problem and have got the run around from the faculty. The principal is clueless and helpless i told him to set up a mtg with the students/parents & faculty to resolve this. He said 'that would be too time consuming'. The school was in the newspaper the article was about the violence rate rising. the principal told the students to tell their parents that the article was not true. the school is not safe and the faculty & the superintendant's office are of no help in resolving and making the school safer.

  • (10 years ago)

    MHHS has failed the AYP for Leave No Child Behind - and it shows miserably in their daily attitudes toward our children. It is truly unfortunate that the Admnistration has taken a Public School and catered to educate only the very brightest (guaranteed kids of those happy parents that rated this school favorable.) Look at the drop out rate - you'll be frightened - and compare it to other public schools - FYI - it's generally a white middle class sending district and approximately 50 students dropped out of my son's graduating class over the course of those 4 years. Someone should be looking deeper into the problems of this school. The public should not be allowing the 'loss' of any child's right to receive an education. Witnessing 50 per graduating class is simply a crime.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is a great school. There are many opportunities for students to take a variety of AP courses and other rigorous subjects to prepare for college. Additionally there are many other options for students of all levels such as a detailed auto mechanic shop class and work study programs. There are also numerous extracurricular activities and independent study classes where students create classes to learn things that are not offered (macroeconomics landscaping and photography are three examples). Students are prepared for life after school. On the down side there are a few select teachers and school councilors that parents should be wary of however for the most part the faculty is excellent.

  • (11 years ago)

    Don t blame a school for your lack of ability to raise your child. The school in great and the teachers are fantastic. The only complaint is the new principal but I am sure he will adjust. The atmosphere of the school is wonderful and the curriculum is varied and plentiful. My child is doing great since graduating from Hills and I would not hesitate to send any child to this great school.

  • (11 years ago)

    if you are looking for a safe caring school environment for your teen this is not the one! My child was bullied beaten and pushed aside because he was not an A+ student. BE WARY OF THIS SCHOOL!

  • (11 years ago)

    The school is only concerned about children who excel. If your child is middle of the road or has some issues they will not be addressed.

  • (11 years ago)

    Great school with excellent curriculum and excellent teachers.

  • (12 years ago)

    My daughter went to this school and I have really never had any problems. She played basketball and she adored Barry Spetter as her principal. She is out of the school two years and will be starting her third year of college at Southampton College and she has learned much while at Morris Hills.

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