Voorhees High School has consistently ranked among the top high schools in the state. With an enrollment of 1143 students in grades 9-12, the school serves the communities of Califon, Glen Gardner, Hampton, High Bridge, Lebanon Township, and Tewksbury Township. Fifty-five per cent of the 125 faculty members have Masters Degrees and four have earned Doctorates in their fields. The current student-faculty ratio is approximately 9 to 1.
A comprehensive high school, Voorhees provides an academic program designed to meet the needs of individual students. The twelve academic departments offer a wide array of courses at the General, College Prep and Honors levels. Students may choose from a variety of elective courses that offer enrichment as well as fulfill graduation requirements. Twenty-five Advanced Placement courses are available to qualified students. Vocational courses are offered in several departments as well as through the Hunterdon County Polytechnical School. While 120 credits are required for graduation, most students earn credits far exceeding that number. Approximately 100 students extend their school day by participating in music and independent courses that meet after school.
Members of the graduating class of 2012 who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scored an average of 548 on the reading portion, 535 on the writing portion, and 567 on the math portion. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized one members of the current senior class as a finalist and four as Commended Students. The College Board has identified 83 Voorhees students as AP Scholars. Of these, 13 were named Scholars with Honors, 30 were named Scholars with Distinction, and 6 were named National Scholars.
The vast majority of Voorhees graduates pursue higher education and many are accepted to some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the nation. Of the Class of 2012, 95% are enrolled in institutions of higher learning; 70% are attending four-year colleges, 20% are attending two-year colleges, and 3% are attending business and/or technical schools.
Voorhees High School has remained on the cutting edge of technology. Every teacher is issued a lap top computer. Students have access to more than 400 computers in the school, each with Internet access. The Media Center is equipped with 32 computers for students use throughout the day. Four additional computer labs are equipped with a full complement of state of the art technology. Every science lab has a minimum of six computers that are frequently used in combination with probes to record and analyze scientific data. The World Language Resource Center includes a language laboratory to enhance listening skills. Six sets of 15 computers on wheels are available for use in classrooms.
The students of Voorhees High School enjoy a variety of co-curricular activities. Approximately one-third of the students participate in athletics each season. Two full-time athletic trainers are on staff. There are 27 varsity athletic teams, most with junior varsity and freshman levels. In addition, students can chose from an extensive list of more than 50 clubs and activities spanning a wide range of interests. Students involved in athletics may also participate in clubs during CIA (Curriculum Instruction and Activity) time each day from 2:30 until 3:10. All teachers are available during this time to provide extra help and to sponsor club activities.
Parental involvement plays a major role at Voorhees. The Principals Advisory Council meets every month to discuss current topics and to provide input. An active Parent Teacher Student Association sponsors Project Graduation. A variety of booster clubs help support athletic and other co-curricular activities.
Voorhees is a comprehensive high school meeting the needs of its students and the community. It provides a stimulating, nurturing environment in which every student can reach his or her potential. Excellence in education remains our number one goal.