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Manalapan High School Among Highest Performing Schools in NJ

Manalapan High School has received a Reward distinction from the Department of Education based on its high performance in proficiency and graduation rates.

The Christie Administration named a Reward School last week, as part of its new statewide accountability system which has been developed from the No Child Left Behind Act. Manalapan High School is one of 112 schools throughout New Jersey that has received the Reward School designation.

The Department of Education (DOE) defines a Reward School as being one of the highest performing and/or showing the highest progress over the past three years within student achievement or growth. Manalapan High School has been classified as one of the highest performing schools, meaning it is one of  the highest performing schools in the state in terms of school-wide proficiency, subgroup proficiency, and graduation rates.

Besides the Reward classification, some schools throughout the state were also classified as Priority or Focus by the DOE. A Priority school is among the lowest performing five percent of schools in the state over the past three years and a Focus School is a school that has room for improvement, according to the DOE.

“Obviously, we are pleased that Manalapan has been bestowed the 'reward' distinction and that the other schools within the FRHSD have received no designation (Priority or Focus) that would lead to increased accountability to the state,” Superintendent Charles Sampson   said. “The FRHSD is a high performing district and we expect to continue on that path within any school classification system within the state.”

Other local high schools that received the Reward designation include all five Monmouth County Vocational schools: Communications High School, High Technology High School, Marine Academy of Science and Technology and Academy of Allied Health and Sciences.

“This program recognizes outstanding education while sending extra assistance to help schools overcome hurdles,” Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini said in a press release. “It’s the right way to improve education throughout the state by fixing what is broken and encouraging successful programs to continue to do what is working well for students.”

According to the DOE, this is the first time the state has assigned designations to public schools by taking into account both proficiency and growth in order to impart a more accurate idea of school performance and what each individual school needs.

George Hartigan April 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Congratulations to Manalapan High School, students, teachers and administrators. A special thank you to Mr. Simon our hopefully, soon to be returning principal. I'm sure his vision and leadership had a lot to do with the improvement.
cynicinmarlboro April 16, 2012 at 07:18 PM
So it was during Mr. Simon's tenure as principal that the scores went up. Not to say he was totally responsible, but a good leader inspires everyone. Seems he did his job!
Rationalis April 16, 2012 at 09:27 PM
To be fair, if you took the Science and Engineering Academy away from Manalapan, it is no long part of that list.
Rationalis April 16, 2012 at 09:28 PM
longer*
Glor B April 16, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Great job Manalapan- so proud of the students, faculty and especially Mr. Simon, who was the principal during those years. A great leader leads to great things. We are hoping that Manalapan High School will continue on this path and that Mr. Simon will be reinstated.
anonymous April 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Mr. Sampson, how "pleased" could you really be by taking out the leader of this school, that resulted in such distinction and honor based on high performance and proficiency? Time to re-think your strategy, and reinstate Mr. Simon.
Manalapan Resident April 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM
If you read the list it states that Manalapan received the recognition for "highest performing", not "highest progress". http://www.nj.gov/education/reform/PFRschools/Priority-Focus-RewardSchools.pdf Pine Brook also made the list of Focus schools for "largest within-school gaps". Just another example of the pitfalls of basing everything on standardized testing.
Sharon Brady April 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
RE-INSTATE MR. SIMON!!!!
Martin Mabe April 17, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Gee, you have to wonder how Mr. Simon found the time to do all of the wrongs things he is being accused of while all along, he was bringing our high school and its students to new academic heights? It's sad how we have to look outside of our Board administration to find the recognition and honor that Mr. Simon truly deserves.
Sheri Korman April 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Thanks to Mr. Simon, Manalapan High School earned this recognition; now it is time to recognize this and bring Mr. Simon back!
Cathy April 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Congrats to MHS and all of the students and teachers. A special congratulations to Mr. Simon who deserves to be commended for his dedication and leadership during his tenure at MHS. It's such a shame that Mr. Simon was so unfairly removed from MHS because of what seems to be personal vendettas! How in the world can our superintendent claim that Mr. Simon's removal was "essential"? There is no doubt that Manalapan's stellar performance was directly related to Mr. Simon's years as principal! I really hope that everyone who supports Mr. Simon on this Patch can take some time out of their busy schedules and show some support in person by showing up at the next Bd of Ed meeting on Monday, April 23rd at Colts Neck High School!
Jim Sage April 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Only one school in the FRHSD has received this prestigious award from the Christie administration: Manalapan High School. It was under Mr. Simon's leadership that this happened--and yet, they suspend him looking for his job. Not only is this disgraceful, it is going to be a very lengthy and costly boondoggle. Mr. Simon will undoubtedly prevail, and will sue the district for unlawful termination, and creating a hostile work environment. Reinstate Mr. Simon now!
louis April 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM
In response to the comment by Rationalis, the top 12 students are one for one S&E and Manalapan. Although there is some statistcal influence, to dismiss the Manalapan students is absured and petty on your part.
Jim Sage April 19, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Nice award. Too bad Mr. Sampson, superintendent, did not recognize by name Mr. Simon for this achievement. Oh yeah, wait! He is in the process of terminating his employment due to politics. Looks like Mr. Simon's accusation of illegal tuition reimbursement among "certain" employees, is in fact true.
Morgan April 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Nice time to shake up the administration and staff...
jacksonryatt April 25, 2012 at 02:11 AM
to be fair, the science and engineering students don't perform particularly different on standardized tests such as the HSPAs as you might think, especially on the language arts portion

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