High Point Regional High School

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High Point Regional High School
Type and location
Grades 9-12
Address 299 Pigeon Hill Road
Sussex, NJ 07461
District information
Superintendent Scott Ripley
Business administrator Carolyn Joseph (interim)
Schools 1
Students and staff
Enrollment 1,009 (as of 2012-13)[1]
Faculty 89.3 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 11.31:1
Other information
District Factor Group DE
Website http://www.hpregional.org
Ind. Per Pupil District
 %± vs.
1A Total Spending $25,679 42 $18,891 35.9%
1 Budgetary Cost 19,684 46 15,592 26.2%
2 Classroom Instruction 11,195 47 8,807 27.1%
6 Support Services 2,608 33 2,294 13.7%
8 Administrative Cost 1,968 44 1,592 23.6%
10 Operations & Maintenance 2,502 46 1,954 28.0%
13 Extracurricular Activities 1,142 41 873 30.8%
16 Median Teacher Salary 83,024 43 71,726
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of 9-12 districts with any number of students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=47
High Point Regional High School
Type Regional public high school
Established 1963
Principal Jon Tallamy
Vice principals Erik Carlson
Amy Librizzi
Grades 9-12
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team name Wildcats

High Point Regional High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school and school district, which serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from five municipalities in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, serving students from the five municipalities of Branchville Borough, Frankford Township, Lafayette Township, Sussex Borough and Wantage Township.[3][4] The high school was established in 1963 and is located in Wantage Township. The school is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education.

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,009 students and 89.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.31:1. There were 81 students (8.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 24 (2.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "DE", the fifth-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.[5]

Starting in September 2014, high school students from Montague Township began attending High Point Regional High School, as part of a sending/receiving relationship under which incoming ninth graders will attend the High Point district while existing students attend high school in Port Jervis.[6]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

For the 1997-98 school year, High Point Regional High School received the National Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[7]

The school was the 142nd-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.[8] The school had been ranked 88th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 125th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 157th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 151st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11] The school was recently ranked first of 53 schools in the state in the "DE" District Factor Group by The Star-Ledger and second in the DFG by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Schooldigger.com ranked the school 124th out of 389 public high schools statewide in its 2012 rankings (an increase of 7 positions from the 2011 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.6%) and language arts literacy (95.2%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[12]

From the New Jersey Department of Education's "Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse in the Schools" report for 2012-2013, Patch released a list of the "9 Most Violent School Districts in New Jersey", with High Point Regional High School ranking number 5, preceded by Camden County Vocational School.[13] These numbers brought much surprise to both students and parents in the district, considering the school's strong efforts to combat bullying with the "Students Against Being Bullied" organization founded by one of High Point's own students.

Curriculum and achievement[edit]

The graduating class of 2011 had SAT scores on par with state and national averages, including an average SAT Critical Reading score of 498 (compared to state and national averages of 495 and 501, respectively), an average Math score of 520 (compared to state and national averages of 514 and 516, respectively), and an average Writing score of 500 (compared to state and national averages of 497 and 492, respectively).[14]

In the 2013-14 school year, High Point Regional High School ranked sixth in Sussex County out of nine other public high schools in SAT scores.[15]

High Point Regional High School offers classes including music, theater, media, technology, art, graphic design, web design, computer applications, retail marketing, sales, engineering, and architecture.[16]


High Point competes in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference a high school athletic conference that includes schools in Sussex County, Morris County and Warren County, which operates under the auspices of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), the statewide organization for high school sports.[17] With 754 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 754 to 1,076 students in that grade range.[18] Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in the Sussex County Interscholastic League, which was made up of public and private high schools located in Sussex County and northern Morris County.[19]

The wrestling team won the Group III state wrestling championship against Sayreville War Memorial High School, marking the school's second team state championship overall in all sports and its first ever in wrestling.[20] Prior to winning the Group III state championship in 2008 and being named the #1 team in New Jersey, High Point had won the North I Group III state sectional title 24 times and won its 25th in 2008. They had won the SCIL League numerous times, including the last year of its existence in 2009. In 2009, the wrestling team was ruled ineligible to participate in the NJSIAA state tournament, as 65% of its matches had been against teams from New Jersey schools, less than the required 70% threshold.[21] High Point captured its first back-to-back Group II championship wins in 2013 and 2014. High Point found themselves down 21-6 after seven bouts in 2013 against Long Branch High School and won the title with a four-bout pinning spree before holding on to win by a 33-30 margin.[22] The 2014 team defeated Hanover Park High School with four consecutive pins to win the Group II title, after trailing 33-10 with four bouts left in the match.[23]

The field hockey team won the North I Group III sectional title in 2002 with a 4-0 shutout against West Morris Central High School in the tournament final.[24]


Core members of the administration are:[25][26]

Central office[edit]

  • Scott Ripley, Superintendent
  • Carolyn Joseph, Interim Business Administrator


  • Jon Tallamy- Principal
  • Erik Carlson - Vice Principal
  • Amy Librizzi - Vice Principal


  1. ^ a b School Data for High Point Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ High Point Regional High School 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 3, 2015. "High Point Regional High School is a comprehensive high school serving the diversified needs of the three surrounding K through 8 school districts of Lafayette, Frankford, Montague, and Sussex-Wantage."
  4. ^ Home page, High Point Regional High School. Accessed September 11, 2013. "High Point Regional High School is located in rural Sussex County, New Jersey, where over one thousand students attend from the five municipalities of Branchville, Frankford, Lafayette, Sussex and Wantage."
  5. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Montague Township School District 2014 District Narrative, New Jersey School Report Card. Accessed March 21, 2015. "In September 2014, the district began to transition incoming ninth grade students from the Port Jervis City School District in Port Jervis New York into High Point Regional School District in New Jersey. The transition of high school students into High Point Regional School District will be complete by 2017."
  7. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 27, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2011-2012, Schooldigger.com. Accessed September 11, 2013.
  13. ^ 9 Most Violent School Districts in New Jersey, Patch.com. Accessed December 9, 2013.
  14. ^ How Are We Doing?, High Point Regional High School, updated June 6, 2011. Accessed November 27, 2011.
  15. ^ http://www.state.nj.us/education/pr/1314/37/372165030.pdf
  16. ^ Course Description Catalog 2011-2012, High Point Regional High School, updated June 6, 2011. Accessed November 27, 2011.
  17. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  18. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  19. ^ Home page, Sussex County Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 16, 2014.
  20. ^ Tufaro, Greg. "Weary Sayreville falls to No. 1 High Point", Home News Tribune, February 18, 2008. Accessed November 27, 2011. "Physically and emotionally drained from a dramatic victory in the state semifinals hours earlier, the Sayreville High School wrestling team was no match for High Point in Sunday night's NJSIAA Group III championship at the Ritacco Center on the campus of Toms River High School North."
  21. ^ Staff. "High Point's loss could be Montville's gain", Daily Record (Morristown), February 10, 2009. Accessed April 4, 2012. "High Point, the reigning state Group III champion, has been disqualified from this week's sectional team tournament because it violated the NJSIAA's '70 percent rule,' where each team must wrestle at least 70 percent of its matches against New Jersey competition in order to be able to participate."
  22. ^ Condit, Nick. "Wrestling: High Point overcomes early deficit to win Group 2 title", The Star-Ledger, February 17, 2013. "High Point’s Jason Gaccione lost the last bout of the NJSIAA Group 2 state championship against Long Branch on Sunday, but still had a bigger smile on his face than anyone else at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River afterward.Gaccione did not get pinned in the final match at 145 pounds and successfully protected his team’s six-point lead, which was built on the strength of four late pins that propelled High Point to a 33-30 victory, and its third state title."
  23. ^ Kratch, James. "Wrestling state championships: High Point uses dramatic comeback against Hanover Park to pin down Group 2 title", The Star-Ledger, February 16, 2014. Accessed August 6, 2014. "High Point got one pin. Then a second, and a third and a fourth.It all added up to a miraculous 34-33 triumph for the Wantage school, No. 13 in The Star-Ledger, over eighth-ranked Hanover Park yesterday in the NJSIAA Group 2 final to repeat as state champions at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River."
  24. ^ 2002 Field Hockey Tournament - North I, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2007.
  25. ^ Administration, High Point Regional High School. Accessed August 6, 2014.
  26. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Sussex County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 6, 2014.

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