Barnegat High School

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Barnegat High School
Type Public high school
Established 2004
School district Barnegat Township School District
Faculty 69.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 954 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.73:1[1]
Athletics conference Shore Conference[2]
Nickname Bengals[2]

Barnegat High School is a comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Barnegat Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, operating as a part of the Barnegat Township School District.

The school opened in September 2004 with the incoming Freshman class only. There were no upperclassmen until the following year when the first incoming class became Sophomores, and the new incoming Freshmen were in place. It progressed this way until all four classes were in place beginning in September 2007. The first graduation ceremony took place in June 2008 with those first and only Freshmen students back in 2004. Barnegat students who were already attending Southern Regional High School prior to the Barnegat High School opening, remained there until their graduation. The final year that Barnegat had students attending Southern Regional was the 2006-07 school year, with 267 seniors at Southern Regional High School in Stafford Township representing the final group attending under a sending/receiving relationship with the Southern Regional School District that has now ended. Barnegat High School is now open for Grades 9 through 12, with Grade 12 having been added starting in September 2007.[3]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 954 students and 69.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.73:1. There were 134 students (14.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 69 (7.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 183rd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 193rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] ranked the school 187th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 36 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the two components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), mathematics (82.5%) and language arts literacy (89.6%).[5]


The school's building was completed in Barnegat Township under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation. The 156,000-square-foot (14,500 m2), two-story building is located on a 66-acre (270,000 m2) campus, and includes 29 classrooms, six science labs, two technology labs and art and music rooms, along with a cafeteria, media center, gymnasium, weight room and a 600-seat auditorium. The campus includes six athletic fields and a track. The new building opened to students in September 2004, with ribbon cutting ceremonies held on November 13, 2004. A contract for a second phase of work was awarded on October 16, 2006, and will include 50,000 square feet (5,000 m2) of new space, with 28 additional classrooms and an alternate gymnasium. [6]


The Barnegat High School Bengals compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore.[7] All schools in this conference are located within Monmouth County and Ocean County. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] as of the 2009 season, 10 varsity football players had moved on to NCAA college play in the first five seasons of the program. The varsity track teams had successful 2010 spring track seasons, with the women's team going 6-1 (winning B-South) and the men's team finishing undefeated with a 7-0 record for the first time ever and winning B-South.


Members of the school's administration include:[9]

  • Principal - Dr. Michael Savage
  • Vice Principal - Ms. Michelle Johns


Barnegat High School's music department is led by faculty members Natalie Altonjy and Anthony Orecchio. The music department offers a wide range of musical ensembles and academic classes. Instrumental ensembles include the 9th grade Concert Band and intermediate Symphonic Band, directed by Anthony Orecchio. Anthony also directs the advanced Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Smaller groups include the Brass Ensemble and Pit Orchestra. Vocal Coordinator Natalie Altonjy leads the Chorus and Select Choir, as well as the after school Chorus Club. The ensembles perform and compete numerous times throughout the year. The department's dedication to high-quality musical performance has been recognized throughout the state. Academic classes offered by the music department include Intro to Music. Intro to Film, and 20th Century Music, Music Theory I, AP Music Theory and Classical Guitar Workshop.

The department also includes an award-winning marching band. The Barnegat High School Marching Bengals compete in Tournament of Bands Chapter 1 as a Group II band. In 2008 and again in 2009, the Marching Bengals were named the Group II Regional Champions in Chapter 1. The band currently competes in group I and placed 2nd in the Chapter I Championships with a score of 89.9. The Color Guard placed 1st. They also received Best Visual.


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Coordinates: 39°46′11″N 74°13′57″W / 39.769674°N 74.232635°W / 39.769674; -74.232635