Morris Knolls High School

Summary:

Morris Knolls High School is a public high school serving grades 9-12 in Denville, New Jersey, with a student population of 1,447 as of the 2022-2023 school year. This high-performing school is part of the Morris Hills Regional School District, which is ranked 105 out of 615 school districts in New Jersey and has a 4-star rating.

Morris Knolls High School consistently ranks in the top 15% of New Jersey high schools academically, with 77.8% of 9th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 52.1%. The school's diverse student body is 63.17% white, 20.66% Hispanic, and 8.09% Asian, and it maintains a high 93.1% 4-year graduation rate and a low 0.3% dropout rate. With a student-teacher ratio of 11:1, the school's academic success is likely bolstered by its small class sizes.

When compared to nearby schools, Randolph High School and Mountain Lakes High School stand out as having similar or higher academic performance, while Dover High School and Morris Hills High School have more diverse student populations and higher percentages of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. Overall, Morris Knolls High School's strong academic outcomes, diverse student body, and positive school climate make it a standout choice for families in the Denville area.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 50 Knoll Drive
       Denville, NJ  07866


(973) 664-2201

District: Morris Hills Regional School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
65th of 422 New Jersey High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,021 Help


Feeder schools for Morris Knolls High School:

Elementary:    Catherine A Dwyer Elementary School
    Dennis B O'Brien Elementary School
    Katharine D Malone Elementary School
    Lakeview Elementary School
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Middle:    Copeland Middle School
    Valleyview Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.0 Help
Number of students:  1,447

Racial breakdown:

White:
63.2%
Hispanic:
20.7%
Asian:
8.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  11.6% Help


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Compare Details Morris Knolls High School ranks better than 84.6% of high schools in New Jersey. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 71.9. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Morris Knolls High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (63.2%), Hispanic (20.7%), Asian (8.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 11.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Morris Knolls High School is 11. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Morris Knolls High School is $14,021.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Morris Knolls High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Morris Knolls High School 65th of 422 New Jersey public high schools. (See Morris Knolls High School in the ranking list.)

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Morris Hills Regional School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Morris Hills Regional School District 105th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Morris Knolls High School

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Rank History for all students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 76.06 80th 343 76.7%
2004 69.22 117th 348 66.4%
2005 73.31 107th 351 69.5%
2006 66.41 146th 357 59.1%
2007 66.53 149th 361 58.7%
2008 72.54 108th 359 69.9%
2009 77.06 75th 370 79.7%
2010 75.13 89th 371 76.0%
2011 70.67 127th 378 66.4%
2012 74.12 93rd 388 76.0%
2013 73.92 94th 396 76.3%
2014 69.19 139th 411 66.2%
2015 55.82 107th 406 73.6%
2016 53.60 136th 409 66.7%
2017 60.52 106th 411 74.2%
2018 64.15 94th 415 77.3%
2019 62.31 108th 416 74.0%
2021 56.33 121st 405 70.1%
2022 61.22 103rd 415 75.2%
2023 71.90 65th 422 84.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.44 58th 355 83.7%
2019 73.14 61st 349 82.5%
2021 58.50 92nd 333 72.4%
2022 65.82 59th 344 82.8%
2023 65.91 61st 339 82.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.45 205th 345 40.6%
2019 53.27 110th 347 68.3%
2021 41.51 180th 326 44.8%
2022 57.88 77th 324 76.2%
2023 57.82 74th 344 78.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.70 93rd 403 76.9%
2019 64.56 99th 408 75.7%
2021 58.28 123rd 402 69.4%
2022 65.89 75th 414 81.9%
2023 66.03 76th 416 81.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.33 111th 405 72.6%
2019 58.27 119th 407 70.8%
2021 54.75 130th 402 67.7%
2022 55.87 116th 410 71.7%
2023 80.22 44th 414 89.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.82 103rd 198 48.0%
2019 54.53 81st 191 57.6%
2021 69.28 33rd 165 80.0%
2022 51.58 76th 175 56.6%
2023 60.49 55th 172 68.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 56.07 75th 247 69.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.13 82nd 368 77.7%
2019 67.88 76th 364 79.1%
2021 56.01 125th 374 66.6%
2022 64.63 74th 382 80.6%
2023 70.21 60th 385 84.4%
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Rank History for White students at Morris Knolls High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.77 102nd 340 70.0%
2019 52.98 120th 339 64.6%
2021 38.76 172nd 336 48.8%
2022 54.92 96th 335 71.3%
2023 67.91 55th 335 83.6%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Morris Knolls High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1427 15 46 5 2 n/a n/a 0 1495
1989 1252 15 45 4 3 n/a n/a 0 1319
1990 1142 19 51 10 3 n/a n/a 0 1225
1991 1045 23 52 12 3 n/a n/a 0 1135
1992 1082 20 52 23 2 n/a n/a 0 1179
1993 1056 23 61 33 2 n/a n/a 0 1175
1994 1050 17 77 34 2 n/a n/a 0 1180
1995 1048 28 73 41 1 n/a n/a 0 1191
1996 1048 28 73 41 1 n/a n/a 0 1191
1998 1131 30 93 48 2 n/a n/a 0 1304
1999 1128 30 91 50 2 n/a n/a 0 1301
2000 1106 26 91 56 3 n/a n/a -1 1281
2001 1118 35 96 60 2 n/a n/a 0 1311
2002 1197 43 115 74 2 n/a n/a 0 1431
2003 1197 43 115 74 2 n/a n/a 0 1431
2004 1284 44 136 98 1 n/a n/a 0 1563
2005 1345 38 132 101 1 n/a n/a 0 1617
2006 1345 44 126 106 1 n/a n/a 0 1622
2007 1307 43 125 127 0 n/a n/a 0 1602
2008 1302 41 124 132 2 n/a n/a 0 1601
2009 1303 48 133 139 4 0 4 0 1631
2010 1346 49 139 151 4 0 0 0 1689
2011 1391 56 113 162 4 5 13 0 1744
2012 1367 57 112 133 3 3 9 0 1684
2013 1325 53 113 134 2 4 13 0 1644
2014 1277 55 0 122 103 3 12 0 1572
2015 1288 59 95 127 0 1 13 0 1583
2016 1254 49 85 155 1 1 12 0 1557
2017 1255 42 95 166 1 2 11 0 1572
2018 1169 37 95 180 1 2 10 0 1494
2019 1090 39 92 195 1 4 13 0 1434
2020 1035 44 98 209 0 3 23 0 1412
2021 989 48 99 238 0 2 32 0 1408
2022 934 45 98 257 1 1 51 1 1388
2023 914 48 117 299 1 0 65 3 1447

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Morris Knolls High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1495 104.0 14.3 n/a
1989 1319 98.0 13.4 n/a
1990 1225 92.0 13.3 1.2
1991 1135 87.0 13.0 1.5
1992 1179 89.0 13.2 1.5
1993 1175 85.2 13.8 2.3
1994 1180 87.2 13.5 1.1
1995 1191 93.4 12.8 2.9
1996 1191 93.4 12.8 2.9
1998 1304 98.6 13.2 1.8
1999 1301 97.5 13.3 2
2000 1281 99.0 12.9 3.7
2001 1311 100.2 13.1 3.5
2002 1431 108.2 13.2 4
2003 1431 108.2 13.2 4
2004 1563 117.2 13.3 4.6
2005 1617 125.0 12.9 n/a
2006 1622 129.0 12.6 5.1
2007 1602 128.0 12.5 6.2
2008 1601 114.0 14.0 5.7
2009 1631 139.5 10.9 5.9
2010 1689 117.0 14.4 6.3
2011 1744 119.0 14.6 6.4
2012 1684 136.9 12.3 7.1
2013 1644 139.8 11.7 6.7
2014 1572 143.8 10.9 9.5
2015 1583 143.0 11.0 9.3
2016 1557 134.0 11.6 9.1
2017 1572 134.8 11.6 8.3
2018 1494 130.6 11.4 8.4
2019 1434 128.4 11.1 7.7
2020 1412 127.6 11.0 8.9
2021 1408 133.5 10.5 9.9
2022 1388 129.5 10.7 7.6
2023 1447 130.8 11.0 11.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Morris Knolls High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1495 104.0 14.3 n/a
1989 1319 98.0 13.4 n/a
1990 1225 92.0 13.3 1.2
1991 1135 87.0 13.0 1.5
1992 1179 89.0 13.2 1.5
1993 1175 85.2 13.8 2.3
1994 1180 87.2 13.5 1.1
1995 1191 93.4 12.8 2.9
1996 1191 93.4 12.8 2.9
1998 1304 98.6 13.2 1.8
1999 1301 97.5 13.3 2
2000 1281 99.0 12.9 3.7
2001 1311 100.2 13.1 3.5
2002 1431 108.2 13.2 4
2003 1431 108.2 13.2 4
2004 1563 117.2 13.3 4.6
2005 1617 125.0 12.9 n/a
2006 1622 129.0 12.6 5.1
2007 1602 128.0 12.5 6.2
2008 1601 114.0 14.0 5.7
2009 1631 139.5 10.9 5.9
2010 1689 117.0 14.4 6.3
2011 1744 119.0 14.6 6.4
2012 1684 136.9 12.3 7.1
2013 1644 139.8 11.7 6.7
2014 1572 143.8 10.9 9.5
2015 1583 143.0 11.0 9.3
2016 1557 134.0 11.6 9.1
2017 1572 134.8 11.6 8.3
2018 1494 130.6 11.4 8.4
2019 1434 128.4 11.1 7.7
2020 1412 127.6 11.0 8.9
2021 1408 133.5 10.5 9.9
2022 1388 129.5 10.7 7.6
2023 1447 130.8 11.0 11.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Morris Knolls High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $223 (1.6%) $13,798 (98.4%) $14,021

Data source: New Jersey Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Morris Knolls High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 108th of 416 High schoolsRanks 65th of 422 High schools
 10.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
9th Grade English Language Arts (Morris Knolls High School)68.777.8
 9.1%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (Morris Hills Regional School District)63.675.5
 11.9%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)55.952.1
 3.8%
9th Grade Algebra I (Morris Knolls High School)38.939.8
 0.9%
   9th Grade Algebra I (Morris Hills Regional School District)41.742.2
 0.5%
   9th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)27.219.2
 8%
9th Grade Geometry (Morris Knolls High School)78.662
 16.6%
   9th Grade Geometry (Morris Hills Regional School District)7766.6
 10.4%
   9th Grade Geometry (New Jersey)59.150
 9.1%
9th Grade Algebra II (Morris Knolls High School)10089.5
 10.5%
   9th Grade Algebra II (Morris Hills Regional School District)10090
 10%
   9th Grade Algebra II (New Jersey)77.665.8
 11.8%
10th Grade Algebra I (Morris Knolls High School)3.90
 3.9%
   10th Grade Algebra I (Morris Hills Regional School District)8.20
 8.2%
   10th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)7.813.3
 5.5%
End of Course Algebra I (Morris Knolls High School)30.338.7
 8.4%
   End of Course Algebra I (Morris Hills Regional School District)32.340.3
 8%
   End of Course Algebra I (New Jersey)43.335.1
 8.2%
End of Course Geometry (Morris Knolls High School)38.260.8
 22.6%
   End of Course Geometry (Morris Hills Regional School District)34.965.9
 31%
   End of Course Geometry (New Jersey)32.251.2
 19%
End of Course Algebra II (Morris Knolls High School)7989.5
 10.5%
   End of Course Algebra II (Morris Hills Regional School District)78.889
 10.2%
   End of Course Algebra II (New Jersey)56.361.7
 5.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students14341447
 0.9%
African American3948
 23.1%
American Indian11
Asian92117
 27.2%
Hispanic195299
 53.3%
Pacific Islander40
 100%
White1090914
 16.1%
Two or More Races1365
 400%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients7.7%11.6%
 3.9%


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Students at Morris Knolls High School are 63% White, 21% Hispanic, 8% Asian, 4% Two or more races, 3% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,447 students attended Morris Knolls High School.

Morris Knolls High School ranks 65th of 422 New Jersey high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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