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North Plainfield, New Jersey
Somerset County
North Plainfield School District
North Plainfield High School is a public school located in North Plainfield, New Jersey with 1,048 students in grades 9-12.
North Plainfield High School is a National and State School of Character.
North Plainfield High School has been named to the College Board's AP Honor Roll.
North Plainfield High School has been named to the College Board's Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll.

North Plainfield High School has been recognized as a State and National School of Character. The high school has been named to the College Board AP Honor Roll and the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll. This is awarded to districts that have expanded access to higher education by providing students with academic offerings and college preparation programs. North Plainfield has been awarded a Bronze Medal by U.S. News and World Reports and is a recipient of the NJSIAA Sportsmanship Award.

34 Wilson Avenue
North Plainfield, NJ 07060
Principal: Dr. Jerard Stephenson
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White 9%
Black 21%
Asian 4%
Hispanic 65%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 1%
School size
Female 45.2%
Male 54.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 58%
Students with disabilities 17%
English learners 14%
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
9th Grade 29%
10th Grade 25%
11th Grade 22%
12th Grade 24%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 18
Weapons 0
Vandalism 3
Substances 20
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 8
Total incidents 48
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 8%
1 to 5 days 36%
6 to 10 days 26%
11 to 15 days 15%
Over 15 days 15%
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English 48.8%
Spanish 47.0%
Other 2.7%
Turkish 1.5%
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Learn more about North Plainfield High School.


To engage in a critical self-reflection through reflective questions to identify areas of strengths and areas needing support in their instructional practices to promote equity within their classroom environment and implement culturally relevant pedagogy in order to increase student achievement. We strive to meet our students where they are, and grow them to be successful as people when they leave our doors.


NPHS offers 12 Advanced Placement courses and a concurrent enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College, Rutgers University, and NJIT which allows NPHS to offer college courses on campus. Students in concurrent enrollment courses earn college and high school credits. Students also earn college credits by taking a sequence of courses in our CTE programs in Biomedical Science and Engineering. NPHS offers Cisco courses that provide students an opportunity to earn IT certificates for employment in the IT field as well as a STEM academy.The NPHS Alternative Program allows for a mix of traditional and non-traditional scheduling for courses that a student needs for graduation. Students enrolled in the alternative program will take elective courses they need for graduation during the latter part of the school day and take core graduation courses in the afternoon.


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


The plethora of clubs offered at NPHS are both vital and foundational to the character driven goals of the NPHS community. The clubs span several topic, skills, hobbies and interests while providing students a place to find their voice and advocate for what is important to them. North Plainfield proudly categorizes their clubs into four categories: Honor Societies, Interest Driven/Skill Based Clubs, Publication Clubs and Student Involvement Clubs.


NPHS offers professional development that is tailored to the individual teacher and school needs. This is done by providing individual teachers professional development opportunities that are aligned with their Professional Development Plan. The high school's School Improvement Panel (ScIP) meets regularly to develop Edcamp style faculty meetings based on data collected from the faculty, and standardized tests, Student Growth Objectives, Surveys, and Professional Learning Communities.

Post high school

78% of NPHS' graduating class of 2019 continued their education after high school. The class of 2019 was awarded over 100 thousand dollars in local scholarships. Recent NPHS graduates have attended schools such as Princeton, NYU, Rutgers and other quality schools. 5% of the class of 2019 are serving in the US military. NPHS offers SAT courses, counseling services, and financial aid events. NPHS offers 40 honors courses and 12 AP courses, in addition to 10 Concurrent Enrollment courses.


NPHS is committed to meeting the needs of all of it's students. Every Freshman has an upperclassman that serves as a mentor. Mentors meet with Freshman formally once a month and informally twice a week. Additionally, mentors ease the transition of new students by providing information regarding clubs and activities. Our I&RS and Core Team meet regularly to address the needs of our students. An active guidance department addresses the educational and social needs of students.


NPHS opens up for breakfast an hour before the school day. Additionally, students can pick-up grab-and-go breakfast from kiosks after the school day has started. A dietician is used to develop the menu items to ensure entrees are delicious and nutritious. The high school seeks out student input on menu items and has a student/parent advisory group that meets regularly with the food service director and the dietician.


NPHS has an active Parent Teacher Organization and Project Graduation Committee. Parent groups have been established to support the Marching Band, Drama, NJROTC and Athletics. Quarterly, the district facilitates special education parent groups to discuss topics identified by parents. Parent are involved in numerous school committees where they have a role in the decision making process.


NPHS has renovated computer labs, library and auditorium. The school has wireless access points that allow the entire school to go wireless with our one-to-one chromebook initiative. NPHS has a dedicated dance studio, classroom suite for our Project Lead the Way, Biomedical and Engineering programs, and a dedicated Naval Science room, office and storage facility.

School safety

North Plainfield High School follows the Standard Response Protocol, which is practiced on a monthly basis. Additionally, faculty and students participate in table top activities regarding safety issues during faculty meetings and grade level meetings. In agreement with the local police, the district allows for unannounced visits by law enforcement on a daily basis.


North Plainfield High School is a one-to-one school. Each student receives a chromebook and all teachers use Google Classroom. The high school has initiated STEM academies in the Biomedical Program, Engineering Program and Cisco IT Program. Every classroom is equipped with smart boards and the entire school is wireless. The school boasts computer labs and a Maker Space equipped with a 3D printer in the media center.


Student clubs work to provide support for their peers and community. The Interact Club, which works with the local Rotary division to support the community by hosting events such as the Annual Food Drive, which provides food for the local shelter and bi-yearly blood drives. The Mentors and Heros and Cool Kids clubs work to provide support to the underclassmen of the community. The Student Activities Club hosts the yearly pep rallies, the club fairs and all events for all students of NPHS. The H.O.P.E. club allows students to explore their science interests by providing gardens for the school grounds and visiting natural habitats to discover the importance of preserving our environment. NPHS offers clubs such as the Marching Band, Dance Company, STEP team, Drama club, and Art Club among others. The clubs allow all students to explore their interests and talents and consistently work to provide opportunities for the students to shine. The school also offers several choral and instrumental club options, which work to produce shows that are both amazing and community driven. NPHS offers several clubs that pertain to publication. The Canuckling Club publishes a literary magazine every year. The Yearbook club is expansive and covers all local events and works to provide a memorable publication that encapsulates not only the spirit of the school but all the memories of the school year. The Tunlaw is the school newspaper, which has recently gone online and works with the local news to allow for the student work to reach beyond the halls of NPHS. There are several Honor Societies: National, Spanish, French, Italian, History and Drama. Every student has the chance to explore their interests here at NPHS and the community as staff are committed to providing and expansive and encompassing student experience.

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