Morris Hills High School is a comprehensive four-year public school located in the heart of Morris County. The school is part of a regional school district that includes our sister school, Morris Knolls High School. There are over 1,200 students enrolled in grades 9 12. The school serves the local communities of Wharton, Rockaway Township, and Rockaway Borough where the school resides. The student population is culturally diverse.
A commitment to excellence is the cornerstone of all Morris Hills High School programs. This year, we have been recognized as a top 50 high school by New Jersey magazine with a ranking of 42. Currently, we offer a Magnet Program in Mathematics and Science, as well as being an AVID School in an effort to promote college readiness skills for our students. Both programs are growing with our Math/Science Magnet boasting 42 students in this years Freshman Class. Morris Hills Regional District has a long history of providing a progressive curriculum in a block schedule setting that allows us to focus on high order thinking skills and assess for reasoning and problem solving skills. Teachers in the district participate in a wide range of staff development programs, most of which are taught on site. This outstanding program has received recognition and awards over the years as one of the finest in the state of New Jersey.
Each spring, through a state mandate, we are tested in the High School Proficiency Assessment. This past school year our scores allowed us to reach AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) in all of our subgroups. Our SAT scores for 2012 were 499 in Critical Reading, 535 in Mathematics, and 510 in Writing. Our Advanced Placement test results indicated that 90% of 165 students taking 363 exams scored a 3 or higher, while 74% scored a 4 or 5 on their tests. These results have allowed our students to continue to be successful at the next level with 87% of our graduates attending either two or four-year colleges.
Our extra-curricular activities and interscholastic sport offerings seek to involve every student into one of our many after school programs. With our moniker that there is something for everyone at Morris Hills High School, we attempt to provide offerings that allow our students to have roots beyond the school day. Our athletic teams produce both championship caliber teams, and what we are most proud of, is having received the NJSIAA Sportsmanship Award as best in conference eight of the last ten years and currently three in a row.
Parental involvement in our Home & School Association has helped promote a strong sense of school spirit within our school. This school spirit, in turn, allows us to successfully combine communities of students into a united student body. Important school events, sports schedules, and activities are posted on our district website at www.mhrd.k12.nj.us. On behalf of the faculty and administration of Morris Hills, I would like to thank our three sending communities for their continued dedication and support of our outstanding high school. Our pledge is to continue to do our best for students each and every day of the school year!