Kittatinny Regional High School
|Kittatinny Regional High School|
|77 Halsey Road
Newton, NJ 07860
|Business administrator||Kathy Kane|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||1,062 (as of 2015-16)|
|District Factor Group||FG|
|Kittatinny Regional High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|Asst. principals||Sharon Falchetta (7-9)
Robert Black (9-12)
Royal blue and|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference|
|Rival||Newton High School|
The Kittatinny Regional High School is a six-year comprehensive regional public high school and school district in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, comprised of students in seventh through twelfth grades from five municipalities in the northwest area of the county, which are Fredon Township, Hampton Township, Sandyston Township, Stillwater Township and Walpack Township. The high school is located on a 96-acre (39 ha) campus in Hampton Township, about seven minutes outside of the county seat of Newton.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,062 students and 95.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1. There were 92 students (8.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 35 (3.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "FG", the fourth-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.
The Kittatinny regional district opened its high school to students in September 1975. Prior to that time, students from the five constituent districts had attended Newton High School as part of sending/receiving relationships.
Awards, recognition and rankings
During the 1997-98 school year, Kittatinny Regional High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
Kittatinny Regional High School has been recognized as a Star School District, and in the 2005-06 school year, was awarded the honor of Governor's School of Excellence.
The school was the 133rd-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 89th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 149th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 163rd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 149th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 155th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 8 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (82.0%) and language arts literacy (94.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In the 2013-14 school year, Kittatinny Regional High School ranked fifth in Sussex County out of nine other public high schools in SAT scores.
The Kittatinny Regional High School Cougars sports teams compete 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). With 530 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 762 students in that grade range. Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school participated in the Sussex County Interscholastic League until the SCIL was dissolved in 2009.
The field hockey team won the North I Group I state sectional title in 1978 and the North I Group II title in 1979, 1994 and 1995.
The wrestling team won the North I Group II state sectional title in 1991, 1993-1998, 2000-2007 and the North Jersey Group I title in 2008 and 2011-2014; the team won the Group II state championship in 1996, 2001-2006 and the Group I title in 2008. The program's 19 sectional titles are tied for sixth-most in the state and the eight sectional titles are tied for sixth-most, while the streak of seven titles won from 2001 to 2006 is tied for third longest.
In 2006, the Kittatinny Regional High School football team reached the first round of the regional playoffs against Pascack Valley High School. The team had a 6-3 record at the end of the season.
In 2007, the Kittatinny Cougars received the title of top in the SCIL, but were once again defeated by Pascack Valley High School in the second round of the North I, Group II state sectional championship tournament. They finished off the season with 10 wins and 1 loss, marking the best season in school history. Kittatinny had previously never ranked in the top ten in the state rankings, a distinction that the 2007 team held for over 5 weeks. The 2007 season also marked a record high in the number of individual awards
The wrestling team reached the finals of the NJSIAA North I Group II tourney defeating Raritan High School 50-18 to win the 2006 championship. In the 2006 Group II Championship, the team made it to the finals, edging Delaware Valley Regional High School 30-29 to win the state title. The 2007 team won the North I, Group II state sectional championship with a 43-24 win against Lenape Valley Regional High School.
Drama productions at Kittatinny have recently evolved into modern Broadway theatre, endeavors which include being home to the first showing of The Who's Tommy and now Mary Poppins in Sussex County.
- Craig Hutcheson, Superintendent
- Kathy Kane, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
- Brian Bosworth, Principal
- Sharon Falchetta, Assistant Principal (Grades 7-9)
- Robert Black, Assistant Principal (Grades 9-12)
- School data for Kittatinny 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.
- Kittatinny Regional High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 28, 2016.
- Kittatiny Regional High School 2016-17 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 13, 2018. "We opened our doors in September 1975 with grades 7-11 and graduated our first class in June 1977. We are a regional school who serves five townships in the Newton, New Jersey area of Sussex County: Fredon, Stillwater, Hampton, Sandyston and Walpack."
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 20, 2014.
- Kittatinny Regional School District Profile, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Kittatinny Regional High School is a highly successful 7th through 12th grade school district located in beautiful Sussex County, New Jersey. Kittatinny serves students from five (5) local townships including Fredon, Hampton, Sandyston, Stillwater and Walpack. Opened in 1975, Kittatinny has expanded its facility to include a new 7th and 8th grade wing in 2001 with 'state of the art' science labs and classrooms."
- 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."
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- "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
- Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
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- Kittatinny Regional High School 2014 School Performance Report, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 7, 2017.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 10, 2017.
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- 2007 Football - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 25, 2007.
- French, Jimmy. "HS Football: Kittatinny can't escape Pascack Valley", New Jersey Herald, November 18, 2007. Accessed November 25, 2007. "This past season was the best in Kittatinny history.... Although it didn't end the way Kittatinny wanted, the defeat won't diminish the undefeated regular season and the SCIL championship."
- 2006 Team Wrestling - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 25, 2006.
- 2006 Team Wrestling - Group II Championship, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 25, 2006.
- 2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2007.
- Smith, Christina. "Diversity alive in local high school musicals" Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey Herald, February 14, 2013. Accessed April 20, 2013.
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- New Jersey School Directory for Sussex County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 22, 2016.