Newton High School (New Jersey)

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Newton High School
Newton High School - Newton New Jersey.jpg
44 Ryerson Avenue
Newton, NJ, 07860
Type Public high school
Principal James Tasker
Asst. Principal Kurt Walton
Kurt Weaver
Faculty 64.3 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 700[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 10.89:1[1]
Color(s) Maroon and white
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team name Braves
Publication Calliope
Yearbook Aurora

Newton High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Newton, in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newton Public School District. Students from Andover Borough, and Andover and Green townships, attend the high school as part of sending/receiving relationships.[2]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 700 students and 64.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.89:1. There were 78 students (11.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 38 (5.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 168th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 130th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 167th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 160th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 168th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Newton High School offers a variety of extracurricular activities, clubs, and groups. They include Aurora yearbook, Calliope magazine, Student Council, Peer Leadership, Red Cross Club, Best Buds, Future Farmers of America, Interact, Art Club, Multicultural Club, and Spanish/German/French clubs. Honor Societies include the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, German Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. Academic Leagues include various Science Leagues (which include the highly successful physics, biology, earth science, and chemistry teams), Math League (a consistent leading county contender), and the Academic Bowl.

Jazz Band[edit]

The Newton High School Jazz Band program has been highly successful over the past years. Jazz Band is considered an extracurricular, but the high school also offers Concert Band (for lower level performers) and Wind Ensemble (for more advanced instrumentalists) courses which can be added to one's school schedule.

Academic achievements[edit]

SAT Scores[edit]

In the 2013-14 school year, Newton High School ranked second in Sussex County out of nine other public high schools in SAT scores.[7]

Graduation rates[edit]

According to the New Jersey Herald, the graduation rate for Newton High School is 84.8%. This rate exceeds the national high school graduation rate of approximately 70%.[citation needed]


The Newton High School Braves participate in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] With 559 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 481 to 749 students in that grade range.[9] Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school participated in the Sussex County Interscholastic League until the SCIL was dissolved in 2009.[10]


  • 2009 and 2010 Group I Section I Champions, won against Kittatinny Regional High School both years. 2009 marked the program's first sectional title, achieved with a 40-26 win against Kittatinny.[11] The team won its second consecutive title with a 36-28 win against Kittatinny, and made it to the Group I state championship before losing to Paulsboro High School.[12]

Boy's baseball[edit]

Girl's Basketball[edit]

Boy's Soccer[edit]

  • The boy's soccer team won the North I, Group II state sectional championship in 1999 with a 2-0 win over Hopatcong High School.[17]
  • The 2005 boys soccer team won the North I, Group II state sectional title with a 2-0 win against Glen Rock High School.[18]
  • The 2011 boy's soccer team won the North I, Group II state sectional title with a 1-0 win against Mountain Lakes High School.[19]
  • 2012 State Champions


Newton High School's FRC team, team 3142, won the Rookie All-Star Award in the New York City Regional Competition in 2010


Core members of the school's administration are:[20]

  • James Tasker, Principal
  • Kurt Walton, Assistant Principal
  • Kurt Weaver, Assistant Principal, Athletics & Student Activities

Notable alumnus[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Newton High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Newton High School 2011 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 28, 2015. "Newton High School serves students from Andover Township, Andover Borough, and Green Township as well as historic Newton."
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  9. ^ 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 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Home Page, Sussex County Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive, as of February 4, 2012. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Staff. "Newton 40, Kittatinny 26 (High school Wrestling scores & results)", The Star-Ledger, February 13, 2009. Accessed August 11, 2011."Newton, No. 11 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, rolled to its first sectional title in Hampton. Kittatinny, which won the Group 1 title last year, its eighth group championship, held an 11-6 lead before its Sussex County rival, Newton, won the next four bouts to take a 24-11 lead."
  12. ^ Lashley, Josh. "Newton wrestlers prepare for 2010/11 season: Hoping to best last year’s second place finish", The Sparta Independent, December 15, 2010. Accessed August 11, 2011. "The Braves won the North I Group I sectional crown with a 36-28 win over Kittatinny last February. In the State Group I semifinals, Newton toppled Robbinsville, 39-21. Paulsboro, a stalwart in Group I for many, many years, defeated Newton in the Group I State team championship match last year."
  13. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 3, 2012.
  14. ^ 2001 - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2007.
  15. ^ 2002 Girls State Basketball - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2007.
  16. ^ 2003 Girls Basketball - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2007.
  17. ^ Public Group Semifinals - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2007.
  18. ^ 2005 Boys Soccer - North 1, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2007.
  19. ^ Staff. "Mountain Lakes (0) at Newton (1), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 - Boys Soccer", The Star-Ledger, November 11, 2011. Accessed September 28, 2012. "Brett Conrads fired in a through ball from Steven Churchill with six minutes remaining to give Newton a 1-0 victory over Mountain Lakes in the NJSIAA/Sports Authority North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 sectional final on Friday in Newton."
  20. ^ Home Page, Newton High School. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  21. ^ John C. Mather autobiography, Nobel Prize. Accessed June 29, 2008. "When I finished 8th grade, it was time to go to high school, and my parents decided to send me to Newton High School, where they thought we would get the best available education in our area."

External links[edit]

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