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Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
Morris County
Mountain Lakes Public School District
Mountain Lakes High School is a public school located in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey with 671 students in grades 9-12.
Highlights
At MLHS, our faculty works with community members and alumni to connect real-world experiences with authentic learning. This is especially the case with our entrepreneurial and biotechnology programs.
Our College and Career Counselor offers specialized services in relation to post-secondary planning.
Our Guidance Department integrates mindfulness techniques to promote thoughtful learning environments marked by inclusive language and considerate actions.
Awards

MLHS is consistently ranked as a top school district in NJ Monthly, and U.S. News and World Report. In 2017-2018, the MLHS student body included 1 National Merit Semifinalist, 1 National Merit Finalist, 13 Letter of Commended Scholars, 16 National AP Scholars, 39 AP Scholars, 23 AP Scholars with Honor, and 57 AP Scholars with Distinction. MLHS students have been appointed to the US Service Academies. MLHS students are selected for Regional Honor Bands and Choirs.

Location
96 Powerville Road
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Contact
Principal: Mr. Frank Sanchez
973-334-8400
fsanchez@mlschools.org
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Grades
9-12
White 81%
Black 1%
Asian 11%
Hispanic 5%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 1%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 1%
School size
671
students
Female 49.2%
Male 50.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 1%
Students with disabilities 14%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
168
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 25%
166
10th Grade 25%
165
11th Grade 23%
154
12th Grade 28%
186
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English & language arts proficiency
89%
of students

Math proficiency
54%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
4.2
Incidents per year
Violence 3
Weapons 0
Vandalism 6
Substances 16
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 4
Total incidents 28
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
74%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 34%
6 to 10 days 35%
11 to 15 days 17%
Over 15 days 9%
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English 98.2%
Other 1.8%
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Learn more about Mountain Lakes High School.

Mission

Building on a foundation of honesty, excellence, and strong community involvement, Mountain Lakes High School promotes a supportive learning environment where every student is challenged, inspired, and empowered to cultivate the intellectual curiosity, skills, and knowledge needed to contribute as a responsible and productive citizen of the global community.

Academics

The MLHS Program of Studies boasts over 100 courses including scores of honors classes and 27 AP classes. We have several new programs to reach all student needs including PXL, an academy for experiential learning, an Academy for Biotechnology, and our new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a 4-year program in which students will run and then launch their own businesses. For those students looking for more, they can enroll in curated MOOCs through our MLHS Online Academy.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Field Hockey (Girls), Football (Boys), Golf (Boys & Girls), Ice Hockey (Boys), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Skiing (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), Volleyball (Girls), Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs

MLHS offers over 50 different clubs and activities for all students. The clubs are dedicated to student interests that include, but are not limited to, academics, performing arts, social awareness, competitions, community services, and recreation. These clubs and activities are student-driven and supported by our devoted staff. The Student Government Association (SGA) serves an extension of MLHS staff and collaborates with the high school in developing and refining school policy and practices.

Teachers

The excellence of Mountain Lakes High School stems from a collaborative, respectful atmosphere and a dedicated, caring faculty that maintains high expectations for all students. Our faculty has been participating in Professional Learning Communities for the past six years, using student data to inform their instruction. Teachers also lead and participate in virtual professional development by leveraging Canvas as our learning management system.

Post high school

95.2% of Mountain Lakes students in the Class of 2019 are pursuing college degrees; 7% attend two-year or non-US colleges, and 88.2% attend four-year institutions. The remaining 4.8% of the students joined the military, went directly into the workforce, an apprenticeship program, a career/technical school, or took a gap year. Students from the Class of 2018 and 2019 matriculate at 161 colleges and universities.

Supports

Math Lab, Writing Conference periods, a Homework Club and NHS tutoring are embedded within the school day to assist students. School counselors work closely with students to manage academic, social and emotional, and college and career needs. Our Student Assistance Counselor and Sage in-district counselor offer group counseling for students in at-risk populations and focuses on the importance of making healthy choices regarding peer interaction, personal relationships, and drugs and alcohol. Our counselors collaborate closely with our Child Study Team ensuring our students have the best support possible. Our newly updated NJ Tiered System of Supports Team (NJTSS) works with our teachers to provide scaffolding for struggling students. Finally, with a focus on wellness, our Core Team meets weekly to discuss students who we feel may need extra support at that time.

Health

In 2018, MLHS held its first annual Wellness Fair, partnering with the student-led LETS (Let’s Erase the Stigma) Club and local and national organizations to promote good physical and mental health among our student population. Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, such as stress-ball making, and to share positive affirmations posted on a main-hallway bulletin board. In addition, the Crisis Plan Committee is in the process of evaluating and revising the district-wide Crisis Plan. Administrators, teachers, counselors, nurses, and Child Study Team members are working together to ensure that our schools are prepared with appropriate responses to crises.

Parents

A strong Home and School Association, Principal Advisory Committee, and Superintendent Brown Bag Lunches are open to all members of the community. Mountain Lakes Education Foundation, Laker Sports Club and Friends of the Arts sponsor various grants and fund our students educational, athletic and artistic endeavors.

Facilities

MLHS was built in the 1950s. In the following 50 years, an auditorium, science wing, new Media Center and Auxiliary Gymnasium were added to the facilities. In partnership with the Morris County Vocational Technical School, a Biotechnology Laboratory was added to the building. The facility has a number of science laboratories, two gymnasiums, two art rooms and computer labs. In addition, the district recently passed a referendum that will add 12 new instructional spaces, enlarge the cafeteria and renovate the auditorium.

School safety

MLHS practices monthly safety drills that are monitored by the School Resource Officer from Mountain Lakes Police Department and the School Safety Specialist to ensure the district is following best practices. MLHS dedicates itself to employ initiatives in our building that honor the importance of a safe, supportive, and positive environment for all our students and staff. The School Safety/Climate Team meets monthly to identify trends and map out initiatives for the year. The effects of the school safety programs offered to our students allow our schools’ culture and climate to improve and play a significant role in reducing incidents of violence and vandalism, as well as harassment, intimidation, and bullying. The MLHS counseling team plays a critical role in supporting the social, emotional, and mental health of all ours students. The CORE Team meets weekly to identify and assess at-risk students.

Technology

At MLHS we offer a wide variety of technology classes including both AP computer science courses and a Data Structures class that is also a college-level program. In addition, our Drafting & Design program is one of the most popular classes that prepares our students for STEM and engineering careers. We also house an Academy of Biotechnology on our campus. Our technology infrastructure has been revamped and is extremely robust, as is evident by our superior NJTRAX scores.

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Over 90% of student body participates in extracurricular activities including athletics, visual arts, drama, music, school government and service organizations. Our Music program (choral and instrumental) features 7 performances per year. In addition, over the past several years, these programs have taken trips to perform in numerous venues within the US, Canada, and Europe. MLHS offers an Online Academy that affords students academic enrichment opportunities. The Program for Experiential Learning provides interdisciplinary instruction focusing on learner-active, visual, experiential teaching and learning practices. The Peer Leadership program is open to 11th graders who are dedicated to demonstrating leadership skills and a commitment to their school community.

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