Robbinsville High School (New Jersey)
|Robbinsville High School|
Front entrance of Robbinsville High School, Robbinsville, New Jersey
|155 Robbinsville Edinburg Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Respect Achievement Vision Experience aNd Success (RAVENS)|
|School district||Robbinsville Public School District|
|Principal||Molly C. Avery|
|Asst. principal||Nicole Rossi|
|Enrollment||918 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.1:1|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Valley Conference|
Robbinsville High School is a comprehensive community public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Robbinsville Township, in Mercer County, New Jersey, operating as the lone secondary school of the Robbinsville Public School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2008.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 918 students and 65.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.1:1. There were 27 students (2.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 15 (1.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 59th-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 110th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 109th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 43rd out of 389 public high schools statewide in its 2012 rankings, which was based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (94.4%) and language arts literacy (98.1%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association recognized Robbinsville High School as the Group I winner of the Seventh Annual ShopRite Cup in 2009-10, based on the overall performances of the school's athletic teams which included first-place finishes in boys cross country and girls soccer, second place in girls cross country, third-place finishes in indoor track & field, baseball (tie) and wrestling (tie), along with finishing fourth in both girls indoor relays and girls outdoor track and field, with bonus points awarded for not having any disqualifications during the three sports seasons.
History and facilities
The school was first opened in 2004 as a wing in the middle school to house ninth graders. There was a great struggle in the community to get the high school approved, and when it was approved, the vote was extremely close. The plan was to start with only freshmen and each year fill in an additional grade. In 2005, the new high school building opened.
As of the 2006-07 school year, only students in 12th grade from Robbinsville Township were attending Lawrence High School in Lawrence Township, as part of the final year of a sending/receiving relationship with the Lawrence Township Public Schools. With the start of the 2007-08 school year, the sending relationship had ended, and Robbinsville High School began to serve all of Robbinsville Township's high school students on site. The school graduated its first class of 150 students in June 2008.
The school features a large common area with an atrium to serve as a cafeteria as well as several other purposes, an attached music wing, a central hallway which connects the commons area to the four main wings, the kitchen, the black box theater, the 1,000-seat auditorium with a 12-foot-deep (3.7 m) opera pit, the gymnasium wing (including a main gym, auxiliary gym, the weight room, locker rooms, and the trainer's office), and the main office as well as administrators offices on the first floor and contains much technology including a recording studio. Outside, there is a rubberized turf football field along with a track, an aerial obstacle course, and numerous sports fields for all seasons.
Robbinsville High School offers a diverse curriculum to its students covering an art department, business department, English/ language arts department, family and consumer science department, health department, mathematics department, music and performing arts department, science department, social studies department, technology department, and world languages department. Students may also take classes at nearby colleges, typically Mercer County Community College.
- Advanced Placement Art History
- Advanced Placement Biology
- Advanced Placement Calculus
- Advanced Placement Chemistry
- Advanced Placement Computer Science
- Advanced Placement French Language
- Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
- Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
- Advanced Placement Music Theory
- Advanced Placement Psychology
- Advanced Placement Physics B
- Advanced Placement Spanish Language
- Advanced Placement Statistics
- Advanced Placement United States History
- Advanced Placement World History
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered at the high school include:
- Chinese Club
- The RHS Choir
- Dance Team
- Debate Team
- Drama Club
- Friends of Rachel Club
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Future Educators of America
- Gay-Straight Alliance Club
- Harry's Helping Hands
- Improv Club
- Interact Club
- Language Honor Society
- Literary Magazine
- Marching Band (including Color Guard)
- Math Club
- Model U.N.
- Mock Trial
- National Honor Society
- Robotics Team
- Science Olympiad
- Ski Club
- Spanish Club
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- Red Cross Club
- RHS Executive Council (Student Body Government)
- Class Councils (Class Governments)
- Technology Student Association
- Tri-M Music Honor Society
The debate team finished an undefeated season in 2010 and was named Colonial Valley Conference champions. In 2011 the debate team renewed their title as champions.
The regiment received the "Best Visuals" award at the NJ State Marching Band Competition in 2009, and won 4th out of 23 bands at the Northern states Marching Band Competition in 2010. In their 2011 season, the Regiment took 7th out of 21 at Nationals in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The band also moved up from a 1A class to a 2A class band.
In 2012 the Raven Regiment was the only New Jersey band invited to perform at the 2nd Annual Pearl Harbor Day Parade in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
In 2014, the band received the award for "Best Color Guard" at the USBands 2A state championships. They later placed 5th out of 18 bands at the National Championships.
The Raven Regiment moved up from a 2A to a 3A class band in 2015.
With the assistance of a NASA 2008 rookie grant, Nemesis-FIRST Robotics Competition team 2590 won the "Rookie All Star," "Highest Scoring Rookie," and "Finalist" awards, and received the Entrepreneurship Award in 2009, 2012 and the 2012 Chairman's Award at the Lenape District. Nemesis won the 2012 Montreal Regional and the Lenape District and has placed in the top 10 at the New Jersey, Boston & Washington DC Regionals and awarded the 2010 "Industrial Design" Award and 2011, 2012 "NJ Best Website Award" and were semifinalists at the World Championship in St. Louis. As a Project Lead the Way High School, qualified students earn three college credits for successful completion of projects-based pre-engineering classes that teach fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. In 2011, RHS gained national recognition as an Exemplary Career and Technical Education (CTE) program by the National Association of State Directors of CTE for the implementation of PLTW and the FIRST Robotics Team.
In 2013 Nemesis won the Chairman's Award and also ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic. They finished the season as quarter-finalists in the Archimedes Division of the FIRST World Championship. In 2014 they went further to win first place in the Archimedes Division and then became Einstein Field semifinalists.
During autumn, a dramatic play is performed. In the spring, the school performs a musical, and then a series of acts named the "Senior One Acts" where the seniors direct one-act plays with other students as performers. Students from the theatre department have also participated in a competition hosted by the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey, and the New Jersey State Thespian Festival. Other activities include an improvisation club as well as a drama club, and a competition of Shakespearean acts in the spring.
The Theatre Department has given many performances including:
- And Never Been Kissed (Fall 2004), Once Upon A Mattress (Spring 2005),
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fall 2005), Grease (Spring 2006)
- Pride and Prejudice (Fall 2006), Kiss Me Kate (Spring 2007)
- Noises Off (Fall 2007), Back to the 80s, the Totally Awesome Musical (Spring 2008)
- The Laramie Project (Fall 2008), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Spring 2009)
- Romeo & Juliet (Fall 2009), Guys and Dolls (Spring 2010)
- The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland (Fall 2010), Copacabana (Spring 2011)
- Is He Dead? (Fall 2011), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Spring 2012)
- The Odyssey (Fall 2012), Nine to Five (Spring 2013)
- As You Like It (Fall 2013), Into the Woods (Spring 2014)
- You Can't Take It with You (Fall 2014), Legally Blonde (Spring 2015)
- A Murder is Announced (Fall 2015), Seussical (Spring 2016)
The Robbinsville High School Ravens compete in the Colonial Valley Conference, which comprises high schools located in Mercer County, Monmouth County and Middlesex County, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 684 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 498 to 750 students in that grade range.
- boys and girls tennis
- cross country
- wrestling, field hockey
- ice hockey
- boys and girls basketball
- boys and girls soccer
- boys and girls lacrosse
The school is the host school / lead agency for joint ice hockey and boys' / girls' swimming programs with Allentown High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
In 2008 the Robbinsville High School, the baseball team turned a 2007 season total of 2 wins into a 16-14 record, a Group I Central Jersey Sectional championship and a spot in the state final before losing to Lyndhurst High School. In 2009, the team advanced to the state tournament, but lost 9-7 to David Brearley High School. The 2010 team won a school-record 23 games and the program's second Central Jersey Group I sectional championship. The 2011 team went 25-4, and won their first ever Mercer County Tournament championship, defeating Steinert High School for only the second time in school history (the first being earlier that season).
- Cross country
The boys cross country team qualified for the state finals in 2006, 2007, and won the Group I state championship in 2009. The girls cross country team was 2nd in Central Jersey group I and qualified for states in 2007 and 2009.
The girls won the Group I state title in 2008 with Megan Flynn as the individual Group I winner that season, while the boys took the title in 2009.
In the fall of 2010 both the boys and girls cross country teams captured the Patriot Division after deciding victories over Hopewell Valley Central High School at Mercer County Park on October 14, 2010. The boys finished with a dual meet record of 10-3 and the girls finished with a record of 12-1.
Again in 2011, the boys team captured the title as Patriot Division Champions.
- Field hockey
The girls field hockey team qualified for the 2007 North II Group I tournament, ending their regular season with a record of 12-4, and placed as the #3 seed in the tournament. The field hockey team secured the 4th seed in the 2007 Mercer County Tournament, and advanced to the semi-finals before falling to Stuart Country Day School in overtime, 2-1, and advanced to the sectional semi-finals again in 2011.
In 2007, the varsity football team finished the regular season with a 6-3 record and qualified for the NJSIAA playoffs, losing to Asbury Park High School, the eventual Group I Champions, by a 41-0 score in the first round of the Central Jersey, Group I tournament.
- Ice hockey
The Boy Ice Hockey team won the Patriot Division and went to the Mercer County quarterfinals, NJSIAA Public B first round.
The girls' soccer team won the Group I state championship in 2008 vs. Waldwick High School and 2009 vs. Cresskill High School.The girls soccer team made it to the 2006 NJ state playoff tournament for Central Jersey Group I, defeating Middlesex High School 2-1 in the first round, before falling to Metuchen High School by 2-0 in the semifinals.
In 2013, the softball team won the NJSIAA Group II softball championship for the second time in three years. That year, the softball team became "the first from Mercer [County] to reach three straight state finals and the third from the county to win two state titles."
- Track and field
In 2008, the girls track and field team won both the NJSIAA Group I Central Championship and the Group I state championship. The girls team won the track and field Central Jersey Group I title for the third time in four years, and the boys also won the sectional championships in 2011. In 2009 the girls team came in 2nd in sectionals and in 2007 in 3rd. In 2012 the girls team won their Division for the first time. In 2013 the girls spring track team won the County Championship for the first time.
In 2012, the girls swim team earned the Patriot's Division title. The RHS swim team is a co-ed team, however in 2013 the team successfully gained enough members for separate gender swim teams.
In 2010, the wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group I state sectional championship.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- School data for Robbinsville High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Robbinsville High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 14, 2015.
- Robbinsville High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 14, 2012. Accessed October 16, 2013.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 18, 2012.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2011-2012 for Robbinsville High School, Schooldigger.com. Accessed October 5, 2013.
- Seventh Annual ShopRite Cup 2009-2010 Final Standings, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 31, 2011.
- Robbinsville High School 2014-15 School Performance Report, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed January 23, 2017.
- Clubs Directory, Robbinsville High School. Accessed March 16, 2015.
- "Robbinsville Board of Education Minutes" (PDF). Robbinsville Board of Education. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- 2015 USBands Performing Ensembles - Robbinsville High School (NJ) (Robbinsville, NJ), USBands. Accessed September 29, 2015.
- About Us, Nemesis Team 2590. Accessed July 15, 2012.
- League & Conference Affiliations 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.
- Athletics, Robbinsville High School. Accessed September 29, 2015.
- NJSIAA 2016 - 2018 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 23, 2017.
- Maloney, Kevin. "Robbinsville baseball trims Steinert to win Mercer County Tournament title", The Times (Trenton), May 20, 2011. Accessed November 7, 2011. "But that victory finally came last night — with a two-hour, four-minute rain delay tossed in the middle — as the Ravens topped Steinert, 8-7, in the 32nd annual MCT final at Waterfront Park."
- 2016 NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 23, 2017.
- 2007 Field Hockey - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 28, 2007.
- O'Gorman, Joe. "Stuart beats Robbinsville in OT thriller", The Trentonian, October 26, 2007. Accessed October 28, 2007. "The Stuart junior scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime to get the Tartans past a tenacious Robbinsville team, 2-1 last night in the semifinals of the Mercer County Field Hockey Tournament on the turf at Mercer County Community College."
- 2007 Football - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 11, 2008.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed January 22, 2017.
- 2006 Girls Soccer Tournament - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 11, 2007.
- Zedalis, Joe. " http://www.nj.com/times-sports/index.ssf/2013/06/zedalis_robbinsville_high_soft.html", The Times (Trenton), June 9, 2013. Accessed October 5, 2013. "In Robbinsville, Ravens' Nation exalted a team that won its second NJSIAA Group II softball championship in the last three years with a 3-1 victory, adding to an already dominant legacy."
- Fortenbaugh, Rick. "HS SOFTBALL: Fischer delivers state title to Robbinsville", The Trentonian, June 9, 2013. Accessed October 5, 2013. "Capturing its second championship in three years after coming up one win short a season ago, Robbinsville beat Hanover Park, 3-1, Sunday to bring home the Group II state crown."
- O'Gorman, George. "NJ GROUP I TRACK: Robbinsville sweeps boys, girls Central Jersey titles", The Trentonian, May 29, 2011. Accessed August 31, 2011. "For the second year in a row and third time in four years, Robbinsville High's girls track team got to celebrate winning the Central Jersey Group I team championship. Only this time it was a coed party."
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 14, 2015.
- Principal, Robbinsville High School. Accessed December 14, 2015.
- Assistant Principal, Robbinsville High School. Accessed December 14, 2015.
- Robbinsville High School
- Robbinsville Public Schools
- Robbinsville Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Robbinsville Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics