School Details

James Caldwell High School

Westville Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973) 228-6981
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 785 students 12 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

99%
99%
93%
88%
88%
79%

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
  • Caldwell-West Caldwell School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
69%
60%

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
  • Caldwell-West Caldwell School District average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James Caldwell High School is a public high school in Caldwell. The principal of James Caldwell High School is Dr Kevin Barnes, who can be contacted at kbarnes@cwcboe.org. 785 students go to James Caldwell High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 1% of the James Caldwell High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 2% of the 785 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at James Caldwell High School is 12:1. Essex County Vocational School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 85%
Hispanic 7% 8%
Asian 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 4%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school offers excellent public school education as well as great athletics. I graduated in 2012 and am now attending Northeastern University on scholarship from the Army for ROTC. I took 4 AP classes was President of the school's band for two years and received varsity letters in three sports (cross country winter track and tennis). I had great success at JCHS. My only regret about my time at JCHS was that I didn't play football. The school's football program is outstanding and really seemed to develop individuals on and off the field. The community rallies around the football team too and it would have been great to be a part of that.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have four children three are graduates of JCHS who where student/athlete. (Notice- Student is first!) Some reviews are negative about the school because we have a great sports program. What few think about athlete work twice as hard. They need to maintain their grades along with the sports requirements of practice and games. My oldest son was an AP student went to a Division1 college/ full scholarship for sports. He is now on Wall Street. My other son had ADHD went thru the whole C/WC School's system classified he too received a scholarship Division1 school in sports now a financial advisor. My third child was a student athlete went to College joined the Military as an officer. Among their friends all where 'student/athletes' now Doctors Attorneys very successful business men and women. JCHS is an excellent school your child has all the resources here that are available at any 'local' schools that you want to compare them to. Our fourth child is not in the school yet but I am looking forward to every moment once he will be attending!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school's rankings have declined a great deal between the time I moved into town and the time my oldest entered High School. The Board is obsessed with sports to the detriment of academics. Honors programs for the HS as well as middle school are a joke compared to neighboring districts because the budget heavily favors sports.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm going to be a sr this year and trust me there is really not much goin on. Guidance has given me false information most teachers dont step a foot out of their way to help. Its all about sports - sports are more important than academics arts or music combined. Bad game last night? Take the day off. Bad concert last night? See you bright and early.

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