Wallkill Valley Regional High School
|Wallkill Valley Regional High School|
|10 Grumm Road|
Hardyston, NJ 07419
|Business administrator||Joseph P. Hurley Jr.|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||673 (as of 2015-16)|
|District Factor Group||DE|
|Wallkill Valley Regional High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|Asst. principals||Taryn Benacquista|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference|
Wallkill Valley Regional High School is a four-year public high school and regional school district serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from four municipalities in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. The school is located in Hardyston Township, approximately 40 miles (64 km) northwest of New York City.
The district comprises four constituent municipalities: Franklin Borough, Hamburg Borough, Hardyston Township and Ogdensburg Borough. Each of these communities supports its own independent K-8 elementary school district. The combined population of the constituent districts is approximately 14,000. The total area covered by all districts is 42.9 square miles (111 km2).
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 673 students and 57.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.8:1. There were 96 students (14.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 15 (2.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school has four Assistant Principals and 70 certified full and part-time faculty members, of which 64% hold a master's degree.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "DE", the fifth-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
Wallkill's program of studies features a wide range of courses taught on five levels of instruction. The levels are honors or advanced placement, academic, general, basic, and resource center. Areas of instruction include Art, Business, English, Foreign Language, Home Economics, Industrial Arts, Mathematics, Music, Computer Science, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Art History, AP Computer Science, and AP Calculus. Students may also elect to take AP Tests even if the class is not offered. Several courses are available for college credit; they are based on the curriculum at Sussex County Community College.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 184th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 125th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 195th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 189th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 190th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
In the 2013-14 school year, Wallkill Valley Regional High School ranked third in Sussex County out of nine other public high schools in SAT scores.
There are 21 different athletic activities available to the students at Wallkill Valley. Many of these activities have three levels of participation including freshmen, junior-varsity and varsity. Several non-athletic activities are also available and leadership positions are sometimes available in each area. Some examples include Mock trial, Student Council, Math League, Environmental Club, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
The Wallkill Valley Regional High School Rangers participate in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 506 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 495 to 762 students in that grade range. The school had participated in the Sussex County Interscholastic League until the SCIL was dissolved in 2009. The Athletic Director is Daryl Jones.
Wallkill Valley shares cooperative sports teams in ice hockey and boys' / girls' swimming with High Point Regional High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that runs through 2017-18.
Sports offered by the school include:
- Football (Boys)
- Soccer (Boys & Girls)
- Cross Country (Co-ed)
- Field Hockey (Girls)
- Cheerleading (Year-round)
- Tennis (Boys & Girls)
- Basketball (Boys & Girls)
- Wrestling (Boys)
- Baseball (Boys)
- Softball (Girls)
- Golf (Co-ed)
- Bowling (Co-ed)
- Swimming (Co-ed)
- Ski Team (Co-ed)
- Indoor Track (Co-ed)
- Outdoor Track (Co-ed)
The field hockey team won the North I Group I state sectional championship in 1982-1984, and won the North I, Group II title in 1988, 1991, 1992 and 2006.
The wrestling team won the North I, Group II state sectional championship in 1987-1989.
The football team won the North I Group II state sectional championship in 1994.
- David Carr, Superintendent / Principal
- Joseph P. Hurley Jr., Business Administrator / Board Secretary
- Taryn Benacquista - Assistant Principal
- Adam Vasquez - Assistant Principal
- Vito Morgese - Assistant Principal
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