School Narrative

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    Our Core Values: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence

    Panther P.R.I.D.E.


    Perth Amboy High School is located in the historic "City By The Bay." Once the colonial capital of East Jersey, Perth Amboy first made its mark as a seafaring enclave, evolved into an industrial center, and is now enjoying a renaissance as a commercial hub and port of entry for newcomers, primarily from the Caribbean and Central America.

    The Middle States Accredited high school is dedicated to becoming a model of secondary education in an urban setting. Its mission is to instill in its students good citizenship, civic responsibility, and a positive attitude toward learning, so they will become mature, productive, functioning members of society. It also seeks to create a challenging learning experience that encourages high expectations for success through development-appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences in learning styles within an environment that is safe, orderly, caring and supportive.

    All of the ninth grade students are housed in freshmen buildings to assist them with the transition to high school by providing a more personalized learning experience. The high school is exploring the formation of academies in order to form small learning communities that will maintain the advantages of a comprehensive high school within an intimate, more personalized learning environment for all of the students.

    All students work through a nine-period day that allows them to experience a variety of subjects. Perth Amboy High School offers advanced placement classes while also offering progressive courses in such diverse studies as Automotive Science and Culinary Arts. The school also runs a thriving Naval Junior ROTC program that annually serves as many as 150 students. In addition, students can choose from among 38 clubs and 21 varsity sports (including sailing) that provide a wide array of extra- curricular activities that should satisfy just about any teenage appetite.

    Perth Amboy High School also offers its students unique opportunities for remediation and enrichment. It operates a Learning Center that is open Monday through Friday from 3:10 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. It provides academic support in the core four areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Teachers in this program provide students with help incorporating the fundamentals of academic research as needed.  Students have summer school opportunities in credit recovery (core subjects, English as a Second Language, and Special Education programs), advanced credits (Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Geometry, PSI Physics), Summer Bridge (mathematics, science, language arts), and STEM/Kean Program (Computer Science, Robotics, and Engineering).

    Approximately, 84% of Perth Amboy High School students are economically disadvantaged and 24% are English Language Learners. Despite these challenges, our students experience success both inside and outside of the classroom. Upon graduation, Perth Amboy High School students have a long and distinguished history of success in two-year colleges, four-year colleges, all branches of the military, and the work force. Over the past few years our graduates have gained admission to a growing number of prestigious colleges and universities that include Princeton University, Brown University, Rutgers University, Drew University, The College of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, George Washington University, Fordham University, New York University, Pennsylvania State University, New York University, St. John's University, the University of Maryland, University of Miami, and West Virginia University.

    At Perth Amboy High School, we are strongly committed to the parent/teacher partnership. To that end, we communicate regularly with our parents (in both English and Spanish) to keep them abreast of all activities occurring at the school. We maintain a parent portal to allow parents to monitor their children's grades, and invite all stakeholders in the community to invest themselves in the life of the high school. As we continue to evolve as a district and a school, it will take all concerned members of the community to help our students develop their talents to realize their goals.