South Hunterdon Regional High School
|South Hunterdon Regional High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||South Hunterdon Regional School District|
|Faculty||38.8 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||7 - 12|
|Enrollment||372 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||9.59:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and Silver|
|Athletics conference||Skyland Conference|
South Hunterdon Regional High School is a regional public high school serving students in seventh though twelfth grades from three communities in southern Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the South Hunterdon Regional School District. It is the second-smallest public high school in the state of New Jersey with the smallest being Dunellen High School. Students attend the school from Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell Township. The high school is located in West Amwell, though its mailing address is in Lambertville. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1977.
In a special election held in September 2013, voters from Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell Township passed referenda to dissolve the South Hunterdon Regional School District and to combine the three existing school districts from each municipality (Lambertville City School District, Stockton Borough School District and West Amwell Township School District), with majorities in each community passing both ballot items. A single combined regional district would be created, serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade, in which property taxes would be levied under a formula in which 57% is based on property values and 43% on the number of students. The executive county superintendent will appoint an interim board of education for the new regional district, which will be responsible for implementing the merger.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 372 students and 38.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.59:1. There were 30 students (8.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 8 (2.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
South Hunterdon Regional High School's small size and broad extracurricular offerings provides the opportunity for students from outside the district to attend by paying tuition, as some consider the small class sizes and environment to be similar to that of a private school.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 100th-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 21st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 74th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 58th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 120th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school as tied for 180th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 47 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
South Hunterdon High School competes in the Skyland Conference, which consists of public and parochial high schools covering Hunterdon County, Somerset County and Warren County in west Central Jersey, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 197 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 49 to 476 students in that grade range.
The boys basketball team finished the season with a record of 18-8, won the program's first divisional title and made it to the finals of the 2010 Central Jersey Group I tournament, but fell short to Asbury Park High School by a score of 73-57.
Core members of the district's administration are:
- Mark Collins, Principal
- Data for South Hunterdon Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 24, 2014.
- Leeds, Curtis. "South Hunterdon High sets open house; hoping for school 'choice' OK", The Hunterdon County Democrat, January 9, 2011. Accessed January 28, 2011. "South Hunterdon Principal Mark Collins thinks his school will be an attractive option for some students. It’s the smallest public high school in the state."
- West Amwell Township School district 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 24, 2014. "Students interact with their peers at the Lambertville, Stockton, and South Hunterdon Regional High School through site visits and the use of social media technology."
- South Hunterdon Regional High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. accessed January 18, 2012.
- Lambertville Public School District 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 24, 2014. "In September, 2013, the communities of West Amwell, Lambertville and Stockton voted to approve the dissolution of the South Hunterdon Regional High School District and the formation of a new pre K-12 school district."
- Tredrea, John. "LAMBERTVILLE: Schools turn how to make merger work; After historic vote, decisions on buildings, contracts need to be made", The Beacon, October 2, 2013. Accessed October 15, 2013. "Now that the two referendum questions on merging the Stockton, West Amwell, Lambertville and South Hunterdon Regional High School districts into one pre-k to grade 12 district have been overwhelmingly approved, the process of implementing the regionalization can begin."
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 7, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed October 4, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 18, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2014.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 24, 2014.
- Staff. "Asbury Park 73, South Hunterdon 57", The Star-Ledger, March 8, 2010. Accessed October 4, 2011. "Consider the fact that prior to this season, South Hunterdon had reached the state tournament just two times in school history – the last of which came a season ago. Consider the fact that this group won the first division title in school history, hosted the first playoff game in school history, earned the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history (boys or girls) and won the first three state tournament games in school history – which included Friday night’s comeback in which the Eagles scored 34 fourth-quarter points to erase a 17-point deficit and shock Dunellen."
- 2006 Girls Basketball - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed August 8, 2006.
- SHR Faculty/Staff Directory by Department - Administration, South Hunterdon Regional School District. Accessed February 22, 2014.
- South Hunterdon Regional High School
- South Hunterdon Regional High School's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- South Hunterdon Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics