Monroe Township High School
|Monroe Township High School|
|200 Schoolhouse Road
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Monroe Township School District|
|Asst. principals||James Cernansky
|Enrollment||2,068 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.9:1|
Monroe Township High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Monroe Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades part of the Monroe Township School District. The school serves students from Monroe Township and those from Jamesburg Borough who attend Monroe Township High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Jamesburg Public Schools that has been in place since 1980. The school's mascot is a falcon and the school colors are purple and Vegas gold. The motto is "Excellence is Our Expectation".
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,068 students and 160.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. There were 180 students (8.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 60 (2.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school's original building, designed to serve 1,100 students, was constructed at a cost of $4.7 million. Groundbreaking for the new facility was held in July 1971 after a bond issue to cover the costs of the building was approved by voters in May 1971, and students started using the building in January 1974. The Marasco Center for the Performing Arts was added to that building in the 1990s, and more classrooms were added in the early 2000s. Because of Monroe Township's increasing population, a new high school was built and was finished in time for the 2011-2012 school year, despite discovery of an old farmstead on the site. The previous high school building (across the street from the current one) is now used by the township's middle school, and what was called "Applegarth Middle School" is now an elementary school building.
In recent years, the population of Monroe Township grew, leading to a proposal for relocation of the high school onto what was then part of the soccer fields of Thompson Park, across the road from the previous high school building. Opponents of the site of the proposed high school claim that historical records show that the new location is the 18th century site of Bethel Indian Town. An archaeological study found mostly European artifacts in portions of the 35 acres (140,000 m2) of the proposed site, with only about eight or so Native American artifacts among them. The new Monroe Township High School building was completed in 2011 on the Thompson Park property. Monroe Township High School is a rapidly growing school with approximately 2100 students and 200 staff members. The high school offers state–of-the art technology, including a one-to-one iPad initiative intended to provide all students with the opportunity to integrate technology into every facet of their educational experience. Monroe Township High School was also named Top 10 Transformative Schools. MTHS exhibits an incredible focus on technology as a learning mechanism, and sets a bar for connected classrooms.
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Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 82nd-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 124th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 118th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 113th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 106th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 178th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 17 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (78.0%) and language arts literacy (95.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Monroe Township High School has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education. These recognitions are a result of the dedication of our staff and students to our school and to their quest for knowledge.
The Monroe Township High School Falcons compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, which comprises 33 public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 1,583 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 2,349 students in that grade range.
Interscholastic sports for both boys' and girls' include bowling, track and field, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and cross-country. Girls' only sports include softball, volleyball, and field hockey. Boys' only sports include football, baseball, ice hockey and wrestling. The team's colors are purple and Vegas gold.
The boys' soccer team won the Group II state championship in 1987 as co-champion with Millburn High School. The Falcons were the 2012-13 Greater Middlesex Conference boys' soccer champions, defeating South Brunswick High School by the score of 2-1, to earn the program's first conference title since 2008. The team defeated Jackson Memorial High School in the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship by the score of 3-1, the first time that the team had won a sectional title since 1987.
The Monroe boys' bowling team won the Group III state championship in 2017.
The principal is Robert Goodall.
Monroe Township High School provides the opportunity for students to engage in course work which will meet their educational needs in accordance with their individuality. In addition to state and local graduation requirements, students are encouraged to select courses that will best suit their aspirations.
In order to graduate from Monroe Township High School, a student must obtain a minimum of 130 credits in grades 9-12. In addition, the successful completion of certain subjects is required as follows:
- Language Arts - 4 years
- Physical Education and Health - 4 years (for each year enrolled)
- United States History - 2 years
- World History - 1 year
- Fine, Practical, Performing Arts - 2 years
- Mathematics - 4 years
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) - 3 years
- World Language - 2 years
- Career Education (infused in curriculum)
- Technology - 1 year
- Economics / Personal Finance - 1 year
Extracurricular activities provide an opportunity for MTHS students to explore their interests, learn, and help the community. Most "clubs" meet after school when additional buses are available for after school transportation. Some clubs meet at night, in which cases the students are responsible for their own transportation.
Note: This information is taken from the Monroe Township High School Website.
The MTHS Marching Band competes in USBands competitions held within New Jersey and New York. The marching band is under the direction of Martin Griffin and Alfred Hadinger. Some of the instructors have a musical past of competing in the Drum Corps International circuit or Drum Corps Associates circuit. Ever since 2003, they have competed as an A Class marching band varying in sizes of around a group 5, 4, 3 or 2 band. After minor successes in the past, the Marching Falcons won first place in Group 2A at the 2013 USBands A Class National Championships in Allentown Pennsylvania and the 2013 USBands A Class state championships in Group 2A in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In March 2014, the group was promoted from A class competition, to Open class competition because do their success in previous years. They are now a Group 3 Open-size marching band and plan on competing at the Open Class State and National Championships, as well as other local events.
- School data for Monroe Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
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- Monroe Township High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2016. "Monroe Township High School is centrally located within a forty-three square mile suburban community in Southern Middlesex County. Originally opened on Perrineville Road in 1973, our high school became a receiving school for approximately 300 high school age students from neighboring Jamesburg in 1980."
- Cheslow, Jerry. "A Townful of Empty Nesters", The New York Times, October 14, 2007. Accessed August 8, 2008. "In addition to the four elementary schools, the Applegarth Middle School teaches Grades 7 and 8, and the 1,400-student Monroe Township High School covers Grades 9 through 12. It is shared with the borough of Jamesburg, the 'hole in the doughnut' municipality in the center of the township."
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- Tufaro, Greg. "Monroe tops South Brunswick for GMCT Boys title", Courier News, October 28, 2012. Accessed November 29, 2012. "Buffolino finished two perfectly placed corner kicks from Doyle in the opening half and the Monroe High School boys soccer team staved off a late second-half charge for a 2-1 victory over South Brunswick at Nicholas Priscoe Stadium. The conference title was the first since 2008 for the third-seeded Falcons (15-6), who have won six in a row."
- Becker, Mike. "Monroe's postseason run continues with win over Jackson Memorial", Courier News, November 20, 2012. Accessed November 29, 2012. "While their regular season did not go as well as they had hoped, Monroe continued its strong postseason play that started with its run to a Greater Middlesex Conference championship and continued in the NJSIAA Central Group IV final on Tuesday.The sixth-seeded Falcons won on the road for a third straight game, upending top-seeded Jackson Memorial, 3-1, to claim their first sectional title since 1987, 25 years and one day to the date."
- Allinder, Jimmy. "East Brunswick, Monroe pick up titles on the lanes", Examiner, February 27, 2017. "Allinder, Jimmy. "East Brunswick, Monroe pick up titles on the lanes", Examiner, February 27, 2017. "Allinder, Jimmy. "East Brunswick, Monroe pick up titles on the lanes", Examiner, February 27, 2017. "Monroe Township High School came away with the Group III championship."
- Monroe Township High School 2013-14 Profile, Monroe Township High School. Accessed September 12, 2014.
- "Descriptions of Clubs and Activities" (PDF). Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- Monroe Township High School Website
- Monroe Township School District Website
- Monroe Township High School's 2015–16 School Performance Report from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for Monroe Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics