Maple Shade High School

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Maple Shade High School
Maple Shade High School is located in Burlington County, New Jersey
Maple Shade High School
Maple Shade High School
Maple Shade High School is located in New Jersey
Maple Shade High School
Maple Shade High School
Maple Shade High School is located in the US
Maple Shade High School
Maple Shade High School
180 Frederick Avenue
Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Type Public
Established 1972
School district Maple Shade School District
Principal Scott Arnauer
Vice principals Michelle Haynes
Valerie Jones
Faculty 67.6 FTEs[1]
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 850 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.6:1[1]
Color(s)      Royal blue and
Athletics conference Burlington County Scholastic League
Team name Wildcats[2]

Maple Shade High School is a comprehensive community public high school that serves students in seventh through twelfth grades from Maple Shade Township, in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Maple Shade School District.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 850 students and 67.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1. There were 275 students (32.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 97 (11.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Prior to the school's opening in 1972, the township's students had been sent for 40 years to Merchantville High School in neighboring Camden County. With the loss of Maple Shade students, the Merchantville School District closed its high school after the end of the 1971-72 school year and started sending its students to Pennsauken High School for grades nine through twelve.[3]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 267th-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.[4] The school had been ranked 281st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 301st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 271st in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 253rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7] ranked the school 189th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 19 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the two components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), mathematics (80.0%) and language arts literacy (91.9%).[8]

Mission statement[edit]

"The students, parents, staff, and administrators of the Maple Shade school district are a community of learners, each responsible for supporting one another in reaching our highest potential."[9]


Students complete both midterms and final examinations. The test scores make up ten percent each of the student's final grade, with each academic quarter constituting twenty percent each.[9] Academic awards are given as Principal's Honor Roll (4.0-5.2; nothing below 90), High Honor Roll (3.4-3.999; nothing below 80), and Honor Roll (2.8-3.399; nothing below 77).[9] For entrance into National Honor Society students must have a cumulative average of 3.5.[9] In 2008, the MPHS school board approved a new honors program that would allow eighth grade students to begin taking high school courses. Acceptance into the honors program is based on not just on grades, but also more subjective criteria including student interviews, essays, and parent nominations.[10] MPHS students have the opportunity to earn college credits through Burlington County College for taking certain courses at the school. The credits are potentially transferable to a student's future institution of higher education.[11]


Maple Shade High School[2] compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL) a sports association under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), consisting of public and non-public high schools covering Burlington County, Mercer County and Ocean County in Central Jersey.[12] With 432 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 78 to 478 students in that grade range.[13] The mascot of Maple Shade is the Wildcat; the school's colors are royal blue and gold.[2]

The boys' baseball team won the South Jersey Group I state sectional championship in 2008 against Pitman High School, their first sectional title victory since 1982.[14]

The boys' soccer team reached the South Jersey Group I sectional finals in 2010 but lost 3-0 against Pitman High School.[15] The boys' 2011 soccer team again reached the South Jersey Group I finals, this time losing to eventual state champion Haddon Township High School by a score of 3-2.[16]

The field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group I state sectional title in 2012.[17]


Core members of the schools' administration include:[18]

  • Scott Arnauer, Principal
  • Michelle Haynes, Assistant Principal
  • Valerie Jones, Assistant Principal


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Maple Shade High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Maple Shade High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2016.
  3. ^ McPherson, Gary. "Looking back through the Maple Shade archives", The Central Record, December 8, 2010. Accessed September 2, 2014. "With the then brand new Maple Shade High School slated to open its doors in 1972, Merchantville residents were faced with a dilemma. Keep the high school open and support a 200 student building or close the school and send local students to Pennsauken High School instead."
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 13, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Accessed March 10, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d 2016-17 Student Handbook, Maple Shade High School. Accessed December 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Students get fast-tracked". Maple Shade Progress. 22 May 2008. Retrieved February 18, 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ Murphy, Sean Patrick (January 22, 2009). "College program meeting set for Jan. 27". Maple Shade Progress. Retrieved February 18, 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016 Archived 2015-12-16 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2016.
  13. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  14. ^ Staff. "Maple Shade beats Pitman in sectional baseball final", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 31, 2008. Accessed May 31, 2011. "Pitman, 5-4, in this South Jersey Group 1 sectional final at Maple Shade. It was the Wildcats' first sectional title since 1982."
  15. ^ McPherson, Gary. "Wildcats fall to Pitman in finals", Maple Shade Progress, November 12, 2010. Accessed May 31, 2011. "The Wildcats fell 3-0 to top seed Pitman in the South Jersey Group 1 Championship game on Thursday, ending their dream run through the postseason."
  16. ^ McPherson, Gary. "Maple Shade soccer gets handed heartbreak in Haddon Township", The Progress, November 17, 2011. Accessed September 2, 2014.
  17. ^ History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 27, 2016.
  18. ^ Administration, Maple Shade High School. Accessed May 30, 2016.

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Coordinates: 39°56′54″N 75°00′24″W / 39.948468°N 75.006624°W / 39.948468; -75.006624