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J. P. Stevens High School

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John P. Stevens High School
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Location
John P. Stevens High School is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
John P. Stevens High School
John P. Stevens High School
John P. Stevens High School is located in New Jersey
John P. Stevens High School
John P. Stevens High School
John P. Stevens High School is located in the United States
John P. Stevens High School
John P. Stevens High School
855 Grove Avenue

,
08820

United States
Coordinates40°34′51″N 74°21′33″W / 40.580924°N 74.359303°W / 40.580924; -74.359303
Information
TypePublic high school
MottoBe the Change
Established1964
NCES School ID3404500[1]
PrincipalAnthony Shallop
Asst. principalsMeredith Quick
Robert Urbanovich
Faculty140.6 FTEs[1]
Grades9-12
Enrollment2,486 (as of 2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.7:1[1]
Color(s)     Dartmouth Green and
     Old Gold[2]
Team nameHawks[3]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
NewspaperHawkeye
YearbookRegalis
Website

John P. Stevens High School (abbr. JP or JPS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from the northern end of Edison Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. It is one of two high schools in the Edison Township Public Schools District, the other being Edison High School. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1969.[4]

As of the 2017-18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,486 students and 140.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 17.7:1. There were 303 students (12.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 106 (4.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

History

J.P. Stevens was founded in 1965, and rapidly expanded with North Edison. Originally, JPS was a senior high school, serving grades 10 through 12. In 1984, the Edison School District changed the junior high schools into middle schools, moving 9th grade into JPS.

The school was named in honor of John P. Stevens Jr., an influential member of the Raritan Township / Edison Township Board of Education from 1940 to 1959, including 15 years as the board's president, who also was involved in an extensive range of civic, educational and philanthropic activities. Stevens served as President of J.P. Stevens & Co., a textile firm founded in 1813 that was one of the nation's largest and is now part of WestPoint Home. To avoid being confused with a junior high school, the postnominal "Jr." was omitted from the school's name.[5][6]

Students

The population of J.P. Stevens High School enters primarily from John Adams Middle School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

From the time it opened through the 1980s, the school's students were mostly Caucasian, with an African American minority. Beginning in the 1980s, J. P. Stevens saw increasing numbers of Indian-Americans. The largest group of students at J.P. Stevens is Asian American. The average class size of the school is about 37 students. The school's ratio of students to computers is 1 to 1 while the state average is 4 to 1.

In the 2009-10 school year, on the Language Arts section of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), 53.1% of students scored proficient and 39.8% scored advanced. On the Math section of the test, 34.5% scored proficient and 54.1% scored advanced. The average SAT score was 1741 out of 2400. The Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate is 37.3%. The average attendance rate is 96.8%. The school had a suspension rate of 10%. 98.9% of JPS seniors graduated. 80% of the graduating seniors planned to go on to four-year colleges and another 16.9% of the graduating seniors expected to go on to two-year colleges.[7]

Faculty

The faculty population of J.P. Stevens High School in 2012 was around 200 teachers. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1. The average faculty member gets paid $55,035 a year while the state average was $52,563.[8]

Curriculum

J.P. Stevens students are required to take four years of English, four years of math, three years of science, three years of history (one of world and two of U.S.) and at least two years of a foreign language (including Latin, French, Spanish, and starting the 2008-09 school year, Hindi). In 2012, Mandarin and Italian were also added. In addition, health and physical education classes are required for every year in which a student attends J.P. Stevens. Starting with the Class of 2008, one year of "Career Education and Consumer, Family and Life Skills" such as Foods or Technology Fundamentals is required as well as another year of the "Visual Performing Arts" such Chorus, Band or Visual Arts. J.P. Stevens has an Honors as well as a college preparatory track that features several Advanced Placement courses.

2008-09 curriculum reform

Responding to numerous voices within the community for community reform, the Edison Board of Education formed the High School Reform Committee. This committee recommended that for the 2009-10 school year, Foods I and Foods II be converted to Foundations of Food and Nutrition. International Foods will be converted to Culinary Arts. The committee also recommended the "addition" of two AP classes as well: The conversion of Visual Arts 3 in title to AP Studio Art and the addition of AP World History as a Junior year elective.[citation needed]

School funding

The school received 88% of the money from local taxes. The total cost per pupil in the school district was $11,964.[citation needed]

Awards, recognition and rankings

In Newsweeks listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 127th of the 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 23rd among all high schools in New Jersey and tenth among the state's non-magnet schools.[9]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 294th in the nation among participating public high schools and 23rd among schools in New Jersey. in fact, famous singer/songwriter Andrew Fromm graduated from this school in 1993.[10]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 33rd in New Jersey and 1,151st nationwide.[11]

According to U.S. News & World Report, J.P. Stevens High School was ranked 36 in New Jersey in 2012, and has a national rank of 781.[12] In 2013, JP Steven's state ranking rose to 32 and its national ranking rose to 467.[13]

The school was the 30th-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.[14] The school had been ranked 80th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 65th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[15] The magazine ranked the school 52nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[16] The school was ranked 82nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[17] Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 97th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 7 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.3%) and language arts literacy (95.1%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[18]

The graduating class of 2013 had 31 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists and 62 Commended Students.[19]

In 2014, the band director, Andrew DeNicola, was a top 10 finalist for the 2014 Grammy Music Educator Award.[20]

In 2015, CNN featured J.P. Stevens as "The $2.5 billion high school", highlighting three e-commerce companies founded by recent graduates.[21]

Extracurricular activities

Clubs and other activities offered at J.P. Stevens include:[22]

Athletics

The J.P. Stevens High School Hawks[3] compete in the Red Division of the Greater Middlesex Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[25] With 1,659 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,114 to 4,800 students in that grade range.[26] The school competes against nearby rivals such as Edison High School, East Brunswick High School, and Woodbridge High School.

Interscholastic sports offered include:[3]

The football team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional title in 1977, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 2001.[27]

Janet Smith won the girls' 5,000 meter race at the 1983 Kinney National High School Cross-Country Championships held in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, with a time of 16 minutes 43.7 seconds.[28]

The wrestling team won the North II Group IV state sectional championship in 2004.[29]

Model United Nations

The Model United Nations club, JPSMUN, has performed well for years, and has consistently ranked among the top 10 high schools in America. It has earned the special distinction as being the only public high school on the list. The team has received Outstanding Large Delegation and Best Small Delegation awards, as well as a few prestigious Best Large Delegation awards. These include that of HMUN 2012 and RUMUN 2016. Recently, the team has also won Outstanding Large Delegations awards at WAMUNC & VAMUN 2017, and also ILMUNC 2018. The team hosts three in-house conferences for the purposes of competition, and training each year. The team is well recognized and decorated across the circuit. Several members of the team earned national records for consecutive Best Delegate awards.[30]

Robotics

Team 2554, The Warhawks, is a First Robotics Competition team that started in the 2007-2008 school year at John P. Stevens High School. The team consists of two major sub-teams, Marketing and Build. The marketing sub-team is responsible for bringing in the money to maintain tools and buy parts for the robot, which is done through sponsorships from other companies and local fundraising events. The build team is responsible for actually building the competition robot. As a part of FRC, the team competes in 2 district events in the First Mid-Atlantic Region[31], competing against other teams in the region. The team also participates in off-season competition events, such as Brunswick Eruption[32], after the official season is over.

In addition to competing in FRC, Team 2554 performs community outreach events that encourage young kids to pursue a career in STEM, by teaching the basics of how robots work and doing live demonstrations.[33]

Music

Chorus

The J.P. Stevens Choir has won numerous awards, including Best Overall Choir at National and State competitions.[34]

In 2017, JPS Chamber Choir and A cappella Ensemble both participated in the Interkultur Sing 'N'Joy Princeton International Choir Competition. A cappella Ensemble was named Category Winner for the Sacred Music Category and Chamber Choir was named Category Winner in the Mixed Choir level 1 Category. Chamber Choir was also the Grand Prize Winner, with an endowed prize of $2000 USD. Moreover, the Chamber Choir received the Special Prize of an autographed copy of the first four measures of Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium," presented by the composer.[35][36][37]

Many students from the choir are accepted into the Regions II Choir,[38] the NJ All-State Choir, All-Eastern High School Honor Choir,[39] and Governor's School of the Arts.

  • Concert Choir
  • A Cappella Ensemble
  • Men's Ensemble
  • Treble choir
  • Chamber Ensemble[40]

Band

The J.P. Stevens High School band program has approximately 200 students participating in several ensembles, including a marching band, jazz ensemble, and wind ensemble. The program enjoys the majority of its success with its wind bands and jazz ensembles. Its wind ensemble is a perennial participant at the New Jersey Concert Band Gala and Mid-Atlantic Honors Wind Band Festival. In addition, its jazz ensemble has won five state championships, including a three-peat from 2009-2011.

The program consistently places a good proportion of its students in regional and statewide honor bands. In addition, its alumni have been educated at top tier music schools and conservatories around the country, notably at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the Berklee College of Music, and the University of North Texas, among others. Its alumni, most notably David Bryan, have also performed with the CBS Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, the Mel Lewis/Thad Jones Orchestra, and Bon Jovi, among others.

The program annually hosts Bandboozle, a benefit dance that helps VH1's Save the Music, as well as a Comedy Night in honor of a late student in order to give out the Adonis Smith Memorial Scholarship. The Comedy Night has been hosted on numerous occasions by Kel Mitchell.

Orchestra

The John P. Stevens orchestra program has over one hundred members Each year a number of students audition and are selected to participate in both CJMEA Regions II and All-State Orchestra. The orchestras compete each year in various orchestra festivals.

The J.P. Stevens High School Orchestra Program consists of three orchestras, including a number of string quartets. Chamber Orchestra includes 35 students who are selected by audition and perform standard orchestral literature. Concert Orchestra has more than 60 students and Symphonic Orchestra over 80 students. Students who play in the string quartet are selected by audition and perform for weddings and other fundraisers around the community.

Theatre company

The John P. Stevens award-winning theatre company has been an ongoing program in the school for many years now. Since the foundation of the company, several Broadway and off-Broadway shows have been performed; some notable include: Grease, Into the Woods, Pippin, The Wiz, Leader of the Pack and Urinetown: The Musical. The theatre company's production of Urinetown: The Musical garnered several honorable mentions and nominations by the NJ Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards. Other productions by the company from the past include Macbeth, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Working among others. The theatre company put on a production of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Inherit The Wind in November 2007. The company put on perhaps their most successful and lauded show ever: the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in April 2008. Since then, they have put on The Odyssey, Tommy, The Crucible, and Jekyll and Hyde. In the fall of 2010, the company performed the play, Metamorphoses. In 2011, the company performed the rock opera hit Rent and Our Town. Last year, their musical was Chicago: The Musical and their Fall Play was A Midsummer Night's Dream. Currently, their fall play is Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play

"More Ways Out" improv troupe

The "More Ways Out" improv troupe meets every Thursday after school, to practice along with other students the art of "staying on ones toes". In the past years the "More Ways Out" improv troupe has won best in state numerous times. Most recently, the troupe went to New York City for an improv workshop encountering many professionals, as well as attending the NYC comedy festival.

Other

SerenAIDe is an annual, entirely student-run, benefit concert organized to raise money and awareness for victims of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease). This event takes place in the first week of May. The concert was inspired by the choral director's husband's struggle against this disease. Over the last three years the students have successfully raised over $24,000 towards the ALS foundation and the Jewish Community Center of Belle Mead, New Jersey.

The trivia team STARS has made Top 16 of 68 in the Bridgewater-Raritan Invitational Tournament of Excellence (BRITE) three times in a row and once was a quarter-finalist.

In 2009, for the first time, the STARS were named Champions in BRITE and placed 30th out of 119 at Questions Unlimited's National Academic Championship.[41]

Notable alumni

See also

References

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