James J. Ferris High School
|James J. Ferris High School|
|35 Colgate Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Jersey City Public Schools|
|Vice principals||Deneen Alford
|Enrollment||1,232 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||9.1:1|
|Athletics conference||Hudson County Interscholastic League|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
James J. Ferris High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades located in Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operated as part of the Jersey City Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1940.
The school is named for James J. Ferris, a civil engineer and politician in Jersey City best known for supervising the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Stem Embankment and the Powerhouse's concrete foundation.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,232 students and 136.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.1:1. There were 857 students (69.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 49 (4.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Ferris offers specialized learning centers focusing on Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Management / Office Procedures, Marketing and International Studies. Students in the Finance Magnet are high achievers from all over the city. The magnet offers courses in Accounting, Economics, Banking, Financial Planning, Intro to Finance, Computers Business Applications 1&2. Juniors in this magnet attend Shadowing programs once a month at the Hyatt or Pershing LLC. During the student's senior year, they have an opportunity to take a paid internship co-op program at Merrill Lynch, Hyatt, Pershing, Bank of Tokyo, or the Board of Education.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 299th-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 270th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 320th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 280th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 284th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 341st out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings 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).
The James J. Ferris High School Bulldogs compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 905 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 778 to 1,062 students in that grade range.
The boys' track team won the Group III state indoor relay championships in 1973.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Jaime Morales, Principal
- Deneen Alford, Vice Principal
- Gary Gentile, Vice Principal
- Myrta Melendez-Escotto, Vice Principal
- Emilio Pane, Vice Principal
- Derek Stantona, Vice Principal
- School data for James J Ferris High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- James J. Ferris High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 27, 2016.
- James J. Ferris High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 1, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2015.
- Member Directory, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed September 20, 2012.
- James J. Ferris High School 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 7, 2016. "Additionally, Ferris High School has developed partnerships with corporations on the Jersey City Waterfront where students are afforded the opportunity to serve internships in preparing them for life beyond high school."
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- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 24, 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 December 29, 2011.
- League Memberships – 2015-2016 Archived 2015-12-16 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 27, 2016.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2016.
- Home page, James J. Ferris High School. Accessed December 29, 2011.
- James J. Ferris High School
- Jersey City Public Schools
- Jersey City Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Jersey City Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics