High Point Regional High School
|High Point Regional High School|
|299 Pidgeon Hill Road
Sussex, NJ 07461
|Superintendent||Dr. Scott D. Ripley|
|Business administrator||James Minkewicz|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||981 (as of 2015-16)|
|District Factor Group||DE|
|High Point Regional High School|
|Type||Regional public high school|
|Vice principals||Erik Carlson
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference|
High Point Regional High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school and school district, which educates students in ninth through twelfth grades from municipalities in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, specifically the constituent districts of Branchville Borough, Frankford Township, Lafayette Township, Sussex Borough and Wantage Township, with students from Montague Township attending as part of a sending/receiving relationship. 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 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 981 students and 91.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.8:1. There were 123 students (12.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 47 (4.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
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.
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, New York until they graduate.
Created in 1963 as a district, the school opened in September 1966. Students from Branchville, Frankford and Lafayette had attended Newton High School as part of sending/receiving relationships, while those from Sussex and Wantage had attended Sussex High School.
Awards, recognition and rankings
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.
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. 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. The magazine ranked the school 157th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 151st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. 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).
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. 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
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).
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.
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.
The High Point Wildcats compete 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. With 744 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 495 to 761 students in that grade range. 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.
The school is the host school / lead agency for cooperative sports teams in ice hockey and boys' / girls' swimming with Wallkill Valley Regional High School, under an agreement that runs through 2017-18.
The wrestling team won the North I Group III state sectional championship in 1986-1997, 2001-2003, 2005–2008, 2010 and 2011, and the North II Group II title in 2012-2014; the 24 sectional titles won by the program is the third-most of any school in the state. The team won the Group III state title in 2008 and 2011, and the Group II title in 2013 and 2014. The wrestling team won the Group III state wrestling championship in 2008 against Sayreville War Memorial High School, marking the school's second team state championship overall in all sports and its first ever in wrestling. 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. 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. 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.
The field hockey team won the North I Group III state sectional title in 1988, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2002; the team won the Group III state championship in 1988, defeating Red Bank Regional High School in the championship game. The 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.
High Point offers a variety of different classes that are involved in the arts, including but not limited to: Choral, Concert Choir, Concert Band, Piano Lab, and Theatre. Each class offers different levels, depending on how many years the student has been enrolled in that particular class. These classes present their findings of the coarse through concerts, which are open to the public twice a year, once in the Winter and again in the Spring. This department also offers extra curricular activities such as: Chambers Choir, Fall Dramas, Spring Musicals, and Marching Band. The Marching Band as well as the Chambers Choir has been known to compete in several different competitions.
- Nick Boyle (born 1993, class of 2011), tight end for the Baltimore Ravens
- Nicholas D'Agostino (born 1989), motivational speaker
- Members of the band Folly
- Central office
- Dr. Scott D. Ripley, Superintendent
- James Minkewicz, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
- Jon Tallamy, Principal
- Erik Carlson, Vice Principal
- Amy Librizzi, Vice Principal
- School data for High Point Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
- High Point Regional High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2015.
- High Point Regional High School 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 4, 2017. "High Point Regional High School is a comprehensive high school serving the diversified needs of the five surrounding municipalities of Branchville, Frankford, Lafayette, Sussex and Wantage. In addition, we are in a send/receive relationship with the Montague school district."
- 2016-17 School Profile, High Point Regional High School. Accessed November 3, 2017. "Located 63 miles northwest of Manhattan in bucolic Sussex, County NJ, High Point serves students from six municipalities: Branchville, Lafayette, Frankford, Montague, Sussex, and Wantage."
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- Montague Township School District 2016 District Narrative, New Jersey School Report Card. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Montague Township is located in the Delaware Highlands Region of New Jersey. High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest provide the scenery to this rural Sussex County community. Montague Township School District is a Pre-K through grade 8 school in Sussex County. Montague students attend High Point Regional High School for grades 9 through 12."
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013, High Point Regional High School District. Accessed December 4, 2017. "The District is governed by a nine member Board of Education which was formed in December 1963; members are elected to serve three year terms. The school building opened for students in grades 9-12 in September 1966. High Point Regional High School has completed two building additions in 1975 and 1991."
- Wright, Kevin M. Newton Public Schools, Newton, NJ. Accessed December 4, 2017. "At that time, thirteen school districts sent students to Newton High School while two districts sent elementary school children here. Frankford, Lafayette and Branchville students departed Newton High School in 1964 when the High Point Regional district was formed. Kittatinny Regional District subtracted students from Hampton, Stillwater, Fredon, Sandyston and Walpack Townships in September 1975."
- Carlson, Joe. "High Point High School celebrates 50 years", New Jersey Herald, October 2, 2006. Accessed December 4, 2017. "The school opened in 1966 with students from Sussex and Wantage, Lafayette, Frankford and Branchville. Prior to High Point's opening, Sussex and Wantage students attended Sussex High School. Frankford, Lafayette and Branchville students attended Newton High School."
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
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- "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 2011-2012, Schooldigger.com. Accessed September 11, 2013.
- 9 Most Violent School Districts in New Jersey, Patch.com. Accessed December 9, 2013.
- How Are We Doing?, High Point Regional High School, updated June 6, 2011. Accessed November 27, 2011.
- Course Description Catalog 2011-2012, High Point Regional High School, updated June 6, 2011. Accessed November 27, 2011.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016 19, 2014.
- Home page, Sussex County Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 16, 2014.
- NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 22, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 2015 Field Hockey Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- 2002 Field Hockey Tournament - North I, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2007.
- Evans, Bill. "High Point High School defeats Kingsway Regional High School, 1-0, in 11 innings to win state Group III title", NJ.com, June 9, 2012, updated August 25, 2013. Accessed September 27, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2015.
- Stein, Peter. "High Point grad Nick Boyle drafted by Ravens in fifth round", New Jersey Herald, May 2, 2015. Accessed January 11, 2017. "If Nick Boyle is wearing an ear-to-ear grin today, you can understand why. First and foremost, the 2011 High Point graduate and former University of Delaware tight end is headed to the National Football League, after being drafted in Saturday afternoon's fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens."
- D'Agostino, Nicholas. "D'Agostino seeks seat on High Point board", New Jersey Herald, October 31, 2015. Accessed January 11, 2017. "My name is Nicholas D'Agostino and I am a 26-year-old resident of Wantage Township and a 2007 graduate of High Point Regional High School."
- Sistrunk, Jeff. "Friends reunite for Folly shows in Stanhope", New Jersey Herald, April 8, 2011. Accessed January 11, 2017. "The seeds for what would grow into Folly were planted in 1997 when Agim Colaku and Towle met as freshmen at High Point Regional High School and bonded over their mutual love of underground music, namely hardcore, punk, metal and ska."
- Administration, High Point Regional High School. Accessed December 19, 2016.
- New Jersey School Directory for Sussex County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 19, 2016.