Communications High School

  • Communications High School serves 320 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 90-94% (which is higher than the New Jersey state average of 42%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 93% (which is higher than the New Jersey state average of 55%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Communications High School placed in the top 1% of all schools in New Jersey for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 1%, and reading proficiency is top 5%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the New Jersey state level of 12:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 13% of the student body (majority Asian), which is lower than the New Jersey state average of 56%.

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School Overview

  • Communications High School's student population of 320 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 28 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
School TypeVocational school
AwardsHonored for National Blue Ribbon Award Blue Ribbon School (2019)
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students320 students
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Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Communications High School is ranked within the top 1% of all 2,239 schools in New Jersey (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Communications High School is 0.24, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (NJ)
Overall School Rank#17 out of 2239 schools
(Top 1%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)90-94%
42%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
93%
55%
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Student : Teacher Ratio11:112:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
8%
10%
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Hispanic
3%
28%
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Black
1%
15%
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White
87%
44%
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Two or more races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score0.240.70
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Graduation Rate≥95%
90%
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Eligible for Free Lunchn/a
33%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
5%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameMonmouth County Vocational School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, NJ Dept. of Education

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  3.50 out of 5  (2 reviews)
2  
This school only offers 1 AP class (Calculus). With such a prestigious reputation, you would think that CHS would have only the highest-level classes, but any other school I have checked with has more AP classes than us. The teachers allow students to go on their phones all the time, with full knowledge that nobody is doing work. Sometimes I feel like I'm in daycare, we do nothing and sit on our phones. Other days, the teachers treat us like we're in college and don't give us a break. The lack of sports at this school is very stifling for the students. All of the clubs are focused on communications. The communications classes are top-notch, but everything else is pretty average. I find that sometimes other subjects are sacrificed for the sake of the school's focus on communications (no history classes are offered in senior year). Basically, if you have no real interest in communications, there is no reason for you to bother with this school.
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5  
This is one of the finest public schools in New Jersey, and likely in the nation. There is a competitive admission process, which draws highly motivated and intelligent students from throughout Monmouth County. Those who are accepted form a uniquely talented group of young people.The curriculum combines (all) honors-level courses in traditional academic subjects with specialized courses in radio and television production, print media, digital photography -- the depth of the curriculum is amazing. The staff includes faculty from the communications industry as well as more "traditional" teachers. The teaching style is attuned to the students' interests: e.g., producing a digital multimedia presentation for Spanish class.Students return to their school districts of residence for music, sports and other typical "extracurricular" activities, which are (by design) not available at Connunications High. This allows students to remain in touch with their local friends. The communications-oriented classes involve extensive after-school and weekend projects such as filming documentaries about community issues. Those pursuits might be considered extracurricular at other high schools.Parents are highly motivated, involved, and supportive of this wonderful school -- like their children.
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