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Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Essex County
Glen Ridge Public School District
Glen Ridge High School is a public school located in Glen Ridge, New Jersey with 833 students in grades 7-12.
Named one of America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post. 16th in New Jersey and 508th Nationally.
Named one of the Best High Schools by US News & World Report. 14th in New Jersey and 317th Nationally.
Ranked 30th Best Public School in New Jersey by Teachers were ranked 10th Best in New Jersey.

GRHS students consistently distinguish themselves by achieving numerous recognitions and awards, including: • Nationally Recognized by Newsweek Magazine and US News & World Report • Recognized by NJ Monthly Magazine • National Merit Commendations Advanced Placement Scholars • Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction • Advanced Placement Scholars with Honors • National Advanced Placement Scholars. The Marching Band Awarded Best Music at the US Bands National Championships. Our Girls Soccer team were the North 1 Group 1 Champions, and advanced to the State Finals.

200 Ridgewood Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
Principal: Mr. John Lawlor
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White 77%
Black 4%
Asian 6%
Hispanic 6%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 7%
School size
Female 50.1%
Male 49.9%
Economically disadvantaged students 0%
Students with disabilities 15%
English learners 1%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
7th Grade 18%
8th Grade 17%
9th Grade 17%
10th Grade 16%
11th Grade 15%
12th Grade 16%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 4
Weapons 0
Vandalism 1
Substances 6
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 6
Total incidents 17
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 36%
6 to 10 days 38%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 8%
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English 97.4%
Other 2.6%
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Learn more about Glen Ridge High School.


In partnership with a close knit community, Glen Ridge High School will maximize the potential of each individual student through a motivational and highly challenging academic program. This will be accomplished in an atmosphere respectful of individual and cultural differences, so that students can advance their post-secondary education, contribute socially, and compete productively in an ever changing, increasingly technological global society.


Our school provides students with a host of opportunities to explore interests as they satisfy requirements for graduation and prepare for post-secondary education. Courses are offered at multiple levels to accommodate the needs of diverse learners. Students have access to more than 20 Advanced Placement courses, the latest being AP Capstone, starting in the fall of 2018. The program supports our vision of developing lifelong learners equipped with the ability to think critically, evaluate diverse perspectives, and communicate a position based on evidence. GRHS’s curriculum is aligned with the NJ State Learning Standards. The District’s Curriculum is revised annually, with each subject area updated in five-year cycles. The process is led by our Dir.  of Curriculum & Instruction who collaborates with administrators and teachers to include their input and ensure the curriculum is implemented in the classroom.


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Coed), Cheerleading (Coed), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Field Hockey (Girls), Football (Coed), Golf (Coed), Ice Hockey (Coed), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Coed)


We offer a host of activities to extend the educational experience beyond the classroom. There are opportunities available for students interested in academics, the arts (Drama Club, Varsity Chorus, or Jazz Band), community service (NHS, Key Club, Environmental Club), or taking on a leadership role in the building (Student Council, Gay Straight Alliance, or National Honor Society). Our students have achieved success in various Interscholastic competitions  through Model UN, Robotics Club, and Marching Band. Lastly, our cultural organizations lead to numerous field experiences that have taken students to Europe. Africa, and Asia.


Our School Improvement Panel (ScIP) meets frequently to plan, implement, and reflect on professional learning. Recent topics include improving assessments, and staff/student wellness. Teachers are encouraged to continue their education by seeking professional development opportunities and continuing their education. Collaboration is encouraged. Each department is headed by a program leader who facilitates meetings to develop instructional strategies and share resources.

Post high school

The GRHS Counseling Department is committed to supporting our students pursue their goals for postsecondary education. This includes everything from managing school work and scheduling, to coping with stress and developing healthy relationships. Guidance counselors also assist students and their families with the college planning process. Â Services are delivered via individual conferences and group meetings. Information is communicated through a variety of platforms, starting with the parent breakfasts. They host guest speakers on a variety topics, including college admissions and financial aid. Counselors facilitate classroom tutorials on Naviance and analyzing PSAT reports. More than 99 percent of students graduate high school, with 97% of the class of 2018 attend four-year colleges. Our students attend a variety of public and private universities both in and out-of-state.


Students at all levels have an opportunity to succeed through a dedicated professional faculty. Support services include Grades 7-12 Resource programs, Intermediate 2 program and inclusion in the general education setting. Â Related services personnel include a Behavior Analyst, Occupational, Physical and Speech therapist, School Social Worker, Psychologist, Learning Consultant and Guidance Counselors. Support committees include the Child Study Team, Intervention & Referral Services Committee, Section 504 Committee and Nursing (Health Plans). Services are available for students recognized as English Language Learners. Â Our Guidance Department offers additional assistance for students, along with the Student Assistance Counselor and our ESS (counseling) program. Support staff work closely to consistently integrate differentiated instructional strategies to meet the individual needs of each student.


Our team is committed to provide a safe learning environment for our students. Wellness topics are integrated throughout the Health curriculum. Counselors host support groups. Programs for yoga and meditation are provided after school. The Student Assistance Counselor is trained to assist students in coping with emotional, psychological, or behavioral issues. Â We work with food services to ensure students have access to nutritious offerings. Peer leaders facilitate outreach sessions with younger students to discuss stress management, healthy relationships, and communication skills. The School Safety Team meets periodically to review data, identify trends, and plan programs to support student health and wellness. Recent guest speakers have visited to discuss opioid awareness, vaping, and LGBT acceptance.


Our students and staff benefit from generous parent and community support. The Home & School Association meets regularly with faculty and administration to plan events and support school improvement initiatives. Recent projects include a schoolwide reading program, Yoga classes, ACT/SAT prep courses, and renovations to the faculty lunchroom. The Glen Ridge Educational Foundation sponsors grants to enhance the educational programs, including Virtual High School, and the robotics team. Our Athletic Teams and Music programs enjoy parental support through booster clubs that plan end of season recognition events, scholarships, and assistance at the events.


GRHS is a 1:1 school. Each student is provided a Chromebook, which are used to support 21st Century learners develop collaboration and problem-solving skills. We have a team of Google certified trainers on staff to assist faculty integrating Google Apps for Education. The building is equipped with wifi, and four computer labs, one of which hosts our CAD and Engineering programs. The former is expanding in 2019/2020 to include a dual enrollment course in partnership with NJIT. All students are required to complete at least a half year of Computer Science before graduating GRHSl. Those with an interest in coding and app development can progress in a program that culminates with AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A. There is a robotics class that is supported by an after school program where students participate in interscholastic competitions.


Glen Ridge High School is located in Essex County. We’re a Group 1 School with approximately 850 students in grades 7 - 12. We offer comprehensive programs in the humanities, science, mathematics, and technology. Students with an interest or aptitude in a particular subject can follow a progression of classes that will develop high levels of proficiency. For example, fluency in a world language (or programming language), creating an art portfolio, mastering a musical instrument or advanced mathematics. The education extends well beyond the classroom with travel opportunities, participation in extracurricular activities, and distance learning.  Our students excel in academics, athletics, and the arts. They are supported by a faculty, administration, parents, and community that are committed to help them achieve their goals.

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