East Brunswick High School
- For other schools named Brunswick High School see Brunswick High School (disambiguation).
|East Brunswick High School|
|380 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"Excellence With Honor and Integrity"|
|School district||East Brunswick Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Michael Vinella|
|Assistant principals||Matthew Hanas (10th)
Sara DiMaggio-Forte (11th)
Glen Pazinko (12th)
|Faculty||167.7 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||2,224 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.26:1|
|Mascot||"Grizzly" the Bear|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Average SAT Scores (2006-07)||595 Math
|National Merit Scholars (2005)||12 Finalists, 34 Commended|
East Brunswick High School is a comprehensive public high school serving students in grades 10 through 12 in East Brunswick Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, operating as part of East Brunswick Public Schools. The school was recognized by the Blue Ribbon Schools Program in the 1990-91 school year. It has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1965. The school motto is "Excellence with Honor and Integrity."
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,224 students and 167.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.26:1. There were 159 students (7.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 95 (4.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
East Brunswick High School opened for the 1958-59 school year. Previously, students living in the Township attended South River High School in neighboring South River. In that first year, the school housed grades six, seven, eight and nine. Those four classes occupied the school until June 1962, when the original 9th graders became its first graduating class and the school contained grades nine through twelve. Because the school exceeded its intended capacity of 1,700 students, freshmen were dropped into the town's two junior high schools in 1967. Enrollment reached a peak of about 2,600 in 1973 before dropping. By 1990, the school had less than 2,000 students, falling to around 1,700 by 1997. At that point, the enrollment began rising again, to its present total.
Additions to the school were built in 1965, 1971 and 2001, in efforts to ease overcrowding. The 2001 expansion included a second level of classrooms, over the administrative offices; a corridor connecting three "buildings" that had previously been connected only by a covered outdoor walkway; and expanded facilities for the cafeteria, library, arts and athletic departments. Currently, a large portion of the building does not have air conditioning and are supplied with fans instead. In the winter, the heating system in several rooms do not function well. As a result, it may get hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
The school day at East Brunswick High School begins at 7:26 AM and ends at 2:12 PM. It operates its daily bell schedule on a 12-period system.
In the beginning of the 2005-06 school year, due to security reasons, the school instituted an ID system in which the students must wear their IDs at all times.
Awards, recognition and rankings
East Brunswick High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 1990-91 school year.
In the 2012 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 45th in New Jersey, after being ranked 48th statewide in 2011. In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, East Brunswick High School was listed in 997th place, the 30th-highest ranked school in New Jersey. The school was ranked 886th in Newsweek's May 8, 2006, issue, listing the "Top 1,200 High Schools in The United States".
During the 2001-02 school year, East Brunswick High School's Intergenerational Program was honored by the Best Practices Program in the state of New Jersey.
The school was the 47th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 121st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 71st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 76th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 60th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 109th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 35 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (87.9%) and language arts literacy (94.4%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In addition to regular, honors, and Advanced Placement classes, the curriculum also includes numerous electives in Humanities, Business, Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Family and Consumer Science, and Technology Education. Two Cooperative Education programs are available, as well as a shared time program at the East Brunswick campus of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High Schools. Students are encouraged to elect courses outside their major interests. Students may receive credit for private music lessons.
East Brunswick High School offers a full range of clubs and events. The school is perhaps most well known for its success in the national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition, for which it won the national title in 1998, and then again three years in a row between 2004 and 2006. East Brunswick High School has also won the state competition for nearly every year in the past 25 years. Other clubs include Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Key Club, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Math Team, Academic Team, Science League, Programming Team, Women's Club, Clarion (school newspaper), Emerald (yearbook), Drama Club, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, African American Club, Asian American Club, Spanish Club, French Club, German Club, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Club, Amnesty International Club, and various honor societies. East Brunswick High School is also one of the growing number of schools in the country that has various religious clubs such as According to Jesus (A2J, formerly known as Bible Club), Islamic Club, Coptic Orthodox Club, and the Jewish Student Union.
Pay to play
In the 2006-07 school year, a pay-to-play policy was implemented for all extracurricular activities due to the situation of the school budget. The cost to participate in a club is $15. For an athletic activity, or an activity needing regular school bus transportation, the cost is $50. This program has continued into the 2007-2008 school year. However, some clubs have returned to being free. This is likely to continue as long as the annual school budget continues to pass.
East Brunswick High School competes in the Greater Middlesex Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 2,229 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,083 to 2,230 students in that grade range.
The boys volleyball team won the 2007 NJSIAA South sectional championship with a 25-19, 31-29 victory over Southern Regional High School. The team went on to win the overall state title, defeating St. Peter's Preparatory School, 25-21, 25-22. This was the 6th state championship in East Brunswick boy's volleyball history, also winning in 1999-2001 and 2003–04, tied for second with the most overall titles with Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
The East Brunswick girls soccer team has been one of the most successful programs in New Jersey. The Bears have won 27 of 30 county/conference tournament championships, including 21 consecutive championships from 1980 to 2000. The Bears have won the last five Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament titles, including a 2-1 victory over Old Bridge in 2007 and a 3-0 win over Bishop Ahr in 2008.
The girls bowling team won the Group IV title in the 2007-08 season, after bowling a 1077 in the state final.
After winning their second Group IV championship in 2008, the girls tennis team won the Tournament of Champions, defeating Millburn High School and ending that school's streak of winning 98 consecutive matches.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championships in 2004 and 2009. The East Brunswick football team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional title in the 2009-10 season, defeating Brick Memorial High School by a score of 9-0, earning the program its first sectional championship since 2004.
Football coach prayer controversy
On October 7, 2005, shortly after being informed by Superintendent of Schools Jo Ann Magistro that he would not be permitted to join his football team in prayer as he had done in the past and that some parents had complained about the prayers, East Brunswick High School coach Marcus Borden resigned from his position. Borden, also a Spanish teacher, had by then had a 23-year career with East Brunswick Public Schools. District spokeswoman Trish LaDuca told the East Brunswick newspaper Home News Tribune that a "representative of the school district cannot constitutionally initiate prayer, encourage it or lead it." Following Borden's resignation, nearly 100 players, parents, and coaches arrived at his house pleading for his return. Borden agreed and received pro bono legal representation the next week. He filed a lawsuit against the district on November 23 that year alleging that it was violating his constitutional rights; lawyer Ronald Riccio represented Borden.
Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled on July 26, 2006, that Borden could bow his head and bend his knee if the team captains (i.e., students) lead the players in prayer. However, this decision was overturned on April 15, 2008 by a unanimous decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in which Judge D. Michael Fisher concluded that "a reasonable observer would conclude that he is continuing to endorse religion when he bows his head during the pre-meal grace and takes a knee with his team in the locker room while they pray."
The school district had all its staff input their students' grades into a computer program called InteGrade Pro. Starting with the 2009-10 school year, InteGrade was replaced with a system known as Genesis, which provides a unified, wholly online attendance and grading system. Genesis also features auto-updating grades, a huge improvement over the previous online component to the InteGrade system, ParentConnect, which only updated once daily. If a teacher finds the need to, progress reports will be mailed to students' homes at a designated date near the middle of a quarter. At the end of a quarter, the grades are exported by teachers to administration, where they are formally presented to the parents/guardians of students through a formal report card.
The Board of Education changed the grading system to a "quality point" type of system where grades are equal to a number (GPA) and your GPA from the four quarters + midterms (and/or finals) are averaged as well.
Grade Point Average Calculations are weighted three different ways: Standard scale, Honors Scale, and AP scale. The Honors Scale transposes GPA values to their respective letter grades by a factor of 1.15, while the AP scale transposes by a factor of 1.25.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. Michael W. Vinella, Principal
- Matthew Hanas, Assistant Principal (grade 10)
- Sara DiMaggio-Forte, Assistant Principal (grade 11)
- Glen Pazinko, Assistant Principal (grade 12)
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- Aaron Yoo (born 1979), actor who appeared in the films Disturbia and 21.
- Tomas Kalnoky (born 1980), singer and guitarist of Streetlight Manifesto and formerly Catch 22.
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